Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Hello Betty Bow....

Just a little post to say that the Etsy shop has been stocked with everything we have and once they're gone they're gone!

We won't be restocking in the new year so if you want one of our bows them grab one now!

All orders between now and Christmas will also receive a free lucky dip bow!

Happy shopping :)

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Copy coat....

When I started to plan what I would be making for my autumn winter wardrobe a new lightweight jacket was most definitely needed and on my list. I was after something very similar to a jacket I already owned but after having a good look for a suitable pattern I decided to ditch that idea all together and just go with cutting up the jacket I already had. 

This is the jacket in question, and now I look at these photos I've realised this upgrade was well overdue. Anyways, this was from Primark a good 3-4 years ago. It's just a really useful throw on and suitable for spring and autumn but also is a good layer for mild winters.

Before I got scissor happy I had a good look over to see what features I wanted to keep. I love the adjustable sleeves, this feature is a keeper...

I like having a hood for when you're caught out in the drizzle, and I really like the fold over collar so you can zip it right up around your chin...

These little toggles inside for pulling the waist in are on the keep list too, I like being able to give it a bit of shape, especially when i'm layering it over a chunky cardy...

The bits I can stand to loose include the button on feature of the hood. I have never once detached the hood so I really can't be arsed to add these, it'll be fiddly and they are just not needed

The inside has a sort of half lining, I'm not sure this counts as a back stay as it's pretty loose, I suppose it was just decorative??
I'm going for a full lining.

I'm also want to keep the patch pockets. They are really nice and roomy and great for stuffing in your phone and keys and a million bobby pins..... I'll get rid of the ties on the front though...maybe add a bow instead?....

So I had my list of keepers so I got busy with the scissors. 

It's actually really interesting to cut up shop bought clothing and have a good nose at how it was put together and the techniques used, it also reminded me to get the interfacing out for the collar!...

I traced every piece needed onto my fabric (a black cotton drill for the outer and some cotton floral print for the lining from Goldhawk Rd) and then added a seam allowance.

I gave myself a bit of time to visualise the order or putting it all together and then just hoped I'd get it all right. I think that having sewn a few shirts helped figure out the order for the collar pieces but the rest was pretty much similar to dress and top construction really. I was surprised how quickly this actually came together considering I had no instructions....

I didn't end up adding any bows to the pockets, I just left them plain with a fold in them to take out the excess along the top. They are nice and roomy but I didn't want them gaping open.

I picked up this really long chunky zip from a shop on ebay, a buy one get one free bargain!

I particularly love the lining, it's such a happy print! It was the last 1.5 meters on a roll so I couldn't stretch to sleeves unfortunately..

I added in the waist sincher right at the end by using some binding from my stash with some cord and the toggle ends from the original coat.

I also used the lining fabric for the tabs on the sleeve adjuster and used fabric covered buttons. I did actually get a bit over enthusiastic with the button hole sewing and the holes are way too big, they seem to still do the job but I just need to add a few hand stitches to close them up a bit..

Oh yeah, I also used the lining fabric for the inside of the hood and underside of the collar too, matchy matchy goodness....

It was definitely worth cutting up the old jacket for this, I managed to get exactly the jacket I was after and I didn't have to buy a pattern I would only use once. This was a really satisfying make, how good does it feel when the image in your head actually becomes reality?!

Friday, 16 October 2015

Everyday denim 6262.....

It's taken a while to get around to photographing this one, basically I haven't stopped wearing it so it's either on me and creased by the time I remember to snap some pics or it's been in the wash. So last weekend I managed to remember to snap some pics before I got going for the day so here's another autumn make, my already much loved denim t shirt dress.

(I cropped my face out of all of these for your benefit, it was a 'its way too early' face...bleurgh)

The denim is the lovely  8oz washed denim I picked up from the Fabric Godmother open day back in August.  I used a new to me pattern, NL6262, for the bodice. I did actually toile this and adjusted the bust darts to be higher which worked great on the toile but now they're on the real thing they are actually a bit too high, not sure what went wrong there? But they don't look too bad so meh. I'll make them lower again if I make another. I do like the bodice, the neckline could do with coming in a bit on the shoulders but the sizing worked well for this fabric, I didn't want it to be too fitted as I think teamed with the thick denim it would have felt a bit constricted.

I used an old favourite for the skirt, the lovely Belladone. I love the shape and the little side pockets. I haven't got around to using this just for a skirt yet but it's on the list!

I lined the bodice with some gingham cotton from my stash and used a concealed zip. I toyed with the idea of an exposed metal zip and then realised I didn't have one in the right length and got impatient so concealed it is!

So this is already a winner. I picked up some dark denim on a recent trip to Goldhawk road. I thought it was black and it was intended for a new pair of ultimate trousers but on closer inspection it is just very dark indigo so I think I'll use it for a dress. Now seeing as I'm wearing this so much do I just make this up again or do I pick  a different pattern?.... I like the idea of a sort dress I can wear over tshirts, a bit like my old denim Hazel...

Hmm decisions, decisions I might have to do a bit of Pinterest research!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Rosey Apple Scoutspring...

It's raining, I'm back from holidays, I'm back at work so now I suppose I should succumb to it actually being autumn now. 
Therefore I better get on with blogging a few makes that I'm behind on from my autumn fabric haul. First up this lovely rosey apple viscose...

I made my Scoutspring dream a reality, it worked and everything!

(scuse the phone in these pics, I was rabbiting to my mum...multitasking!)

This is a mash up of two of my favourite patterns, this top is my beloved Grainline Scout Tee

The bottom half is my newest love, the Saltspring dress

I think they work pretty well together for an easy pulled together look. I love just being able to pull on a dress and it look pretty enough not to be something I really shouldn't be wearing out in public. As with all of my Saltsprings I left out the zip, I didn't line the top of this either, I don't think it needs it and if it gets really cold I'd probably wear a vest top underneath anyways.

I did alter the sleeves and had a go at these tulip pretties. I like them but they're not perfect. I used a tutorial by Dixie which is pretty simple. I think I could do with shaving a bit more off the edges so the crossover is more pronounced. I think I also crossed these backwards. It would be a bit more obvious that this feature is there if the top piece came from the back to the front if you know what I mean? Must remember for next time.....

Pleased as punch with this one, I think I might use the heart print crepe to make another as I can see this being an item I reach for quite a lot and this is a nice quick make.
So that's the first of my autumn makes, I've got a couple of others already done so I'll be sure to get on with picture taking soon!