Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 Favourites....

NYE already?! I know people say this all the time but this year really has gone sooo fast!

I thought I'd end the blog year on a high and pick just a few of my favourites makes from this year....

First up has to be my wedding dress...


I know I've already gabbed on about this but I just loved the whole process and sort of wish I could do it again! Taking that much time and care over it makes me so proud with the outcome knowing that I put everything into it. I wrote about it all here, here, here and here and then got a few tips together here. Still thinking how I can get away with wearing it again....


Next up is my winning #sewdollyclackett dress...


I love wearing this dress, it's so simple but the pattern is so great and different, wearing a duvet never felt so good! I was so grateful to win the top prize in the contest too! 


My final choice is my 2444 cake dress...


I made myself drop the kitten print for once and made up this navy linen mix simplicity 2444. I wore this so much over the summer, it felt so nice and classic and I forgot how nice it was to dress up a plain dress with accessories...more of these on the make list for 2014, I'm thinking another classic black and maybe red?....

Resewlutions for 2015 to come.....

Monday, 22 December 2014

Blogmas Day 22: Red Hemlock....

I had a big wardrobe clear out a few weeks ago although there were a few items I couldn't quite get rid of. I thought they might be quite useful for turning into something different, like this dress..


It had shrunk a bit in length so wasn't quite maxi any more but not quite midi either. Well now it's a lovely Hemlock!...


I cut the main tshirt part from the skirt and kept the original hem so I didn't have to sew a new one and added a simple turned edge to the neckline rather than binding. 
It's not perfect but this will make a nice Christmas comfy.





Sunday, 21 December 2014

Blogmas Day 21: Tshirt Dress....

Just a quick make today. I wanted to use up some lovely navy stretch I picked up on Goldhawk Road and I came across a pattern in my stash I hadn't used yet. This is Dixie's Tshirt dress, and its a freebie download.

Thsi is pretty simple and came together really quickly, the only change I made was to the neck binding. The piece I cut came up so big so I decided to try out something I'd seen on a friends top last weekend where the two ends of the binding scoop in instead of meeting at a seam. You can see where I've scooped them in at the middle front. It's not hugely obvious but I think it makes quite a sweet change.


I've got a long haul flight coming up in January and want to be dressed as comfy as possible without turning up in PJs, I think this will do the job so might have to sew up another couple soon.




Saturday, 20 December 2014

Blogmas Day 20: Colette Hawthorne with Buttons!....


I finished my Hawthorne! 
It has buttons! 
That fit through fully working button holes!


After this blog post I took the comments and tweets, pushed my fear of button holes to the back of my mind and got on with it. 

I did as Lynne recommended and ran a couple of practice holes through the machine which didn't go too badly, so I soldiered on and started with the sleeve plackets. 


I knew I wouldn't really be opening and closing these so I thought if they went wrong I could just sew them shut with the button on top but they worked! 


I used pins to stop me running right through the fabric at either end with the seam ripper and once it was open I did run another set of zig zags up and down each side of the hole to strengthen it. I was happy with these so I powered straight on with the rest of the dress....


I adjusted the placement a bit so it didn't gape at the waist at all and widened them out on the skirt. The biggest shocker to me was that the button fitted through each of them, I got the measurement right...phew. 

I'm so glad I've finished this dress, and faced my fear of button holes...haha. But that means Im going to have to get one with making those holes my best friends now as I promised I'd move onto making a mens shirt while I have time off over christmas....uh oh.


Now I've got button holes started I quite like this pattern and think I'll give the sleeveless version a go, I've seem some really nice chambray versions and I think that would be a really easy wear for summer. 




Friday, 19 December 2014

Blogmas Day 19: Foto Friday....


December 2010



Any chance of snow this Christmas?...



Blogmas Day 18: Bibs......

Today I had a bit of time to get the baby bibs finished that I have on my to do list for a friends baby's Christening this weekend. 
What a zippy little project these are, it's a shame I can't whip them up for more people for presents (Christmas dinner bib anyone??)


I used the pattern from Spitup and Stilettos. But it's just a simple outline so you could easily draft your own. I used fabric from my scraps bag and happily found I had a piece of the super cute kitten print left from when I made my peplum top


I lined each of them with some soft brushed cotton I've had left over form making PJs and and vintage pillow case, and found I had some sticky velcro pads left over form some craft project ages ago, I knew they'd come in handy!


Theres a few babies popping out in the spring so I know what I'll be making for those new little sprogletts next year...





Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Blogmas Day 17: Tree terroriser.....



In our home, our tree has a mini makeover most days as we wake up and reassemble all of the decorations that have been 'rearranged' by Betty. I have to remember that on evenings I come home and can't find her anywhere that when we have a Christmas tree I should always start by looking under there first, in amongst the presents...ah yep, there's the catface.

We went for a little guy to sit in the corner. He's a bit wonky but I quite like that as it means he sits against the wall well. Look at me calling it 'he'...emotionally attached to a tree...... 


Paul, John, George, and Ringo approve...






Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Blogmas Day 16: Hello Betty Bow Christmas sale...


We're into the last few days of Christmas shopping, the last day for Christmas post for Hello Betty Bow is Friday 19th December. As a special treat take 15% off your Etsy order for any listed bows! Perfect for last minute pressies!... 





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Blogmas Day 15: Baby bib....

We're due to go to a christening this weekend for a friends sweet little baby girl. I've never been to a christening, are you meant to give a gift? I have no idea, but I have a perfect pattern to use so I thought a christening/Christmas gift might be a nice idea.

A while ago Spit up and Stilettos put all of their patterns up for free and took advantage and along with my haul I nabbed this little pattern...


I'm sure you could manage to a bib without a pattern but I'm hoping this gives me a better chance at getting the neck size right.
I'm also thinking that this will be a great little way to use up some scraps that are just too small for anything else but I couldn't bare to get rid of.

I've seen a few cuties on Pinterest which have inspired me too. I love the stripes with the little whale....


Liberty bib?! Baby chic!...





Monday, 15 December 2014

Blogmas Day 14: Tourist....



We took a little trip up to Liverpool this weekend to catch up with friends before Christmas. I've been going for the past 12 years or so but when you visit somewhere that's 'home' to you or your other half then you sort of forget to be a tourist and see all of the things that everyone else see's as being iconic to the area. So this trip we decided to have a stroll to some of the prettiest sights, Paddy's wigwam and the cathedral.

'Paddy's wigwam' is Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Its the shape which gives it it's wigwam nickname. Outside it has these amazing stained glass structures which cast these gorgeous colours on the ground.



 Later in the day we went along to Liverpool Cathedral and just managed to hear a bit of choir practice which sounds amazing in this HUGE building. This place is a bit jaw droppy, I just can't get over how big it is. We also went up the bell tower to have a look out over the city at sunset. Unfortunately it was a bit cloudy so we didn't get the full sun effect but it was amazing to see everything from up so high. Actually I realised it was a little bit too high for my liking. I didn't think I was too bad with heights, until I had to go back down the stairs in the bell tower and clung onto the railing like a mad woman. The structure is totally safe but it just makes me feel like I'm going to go flying over the edge...won't be going up there again in a hurry...


Oh and they had the most gorgeous wreath, suitably sized for the MASSIVE doors...




Saturday, 13 December 2014

Blogmas Day 13: #officechristmas...

Working in an office is not the most visually exciting place to be at the best of times, not to mention how it looks at Christmas, grey isn't a colour I personally associate with Christmas. I spend the majority of my week in our little office space though and in order to remember that things are getting Christmassy out there we had to bring a bit of it in here.

Now there's not much you can really do, unless you're wanting to throw a load of money at it (which I'm not,so Liberty Christmas hall this isn't) but with a few snaffled decorations , some crafty paper work and some sparkly lighting our little office has now become our little grotto....



Jazzing up that wall planner....



Dusting off the troll!.....


Ooh those lever arch files really make it...


Hoping I can keep this alive for at least the next week....



Do you jazz up your work space or are you a 9-5 bah humbug?!