Wednesday, 23 December 2015


I thought I'd squeeze this make onto this years blog roll, it's becoming a winter favourite and I think it'll get a few wears over the Christmas hols.

(excuse terrible indoor pics but it's way too wet out there!)

I finally got around to making up Megan Nielsens Veronika skirt. This is a free download (love a freebie) and I printed it off back in the summer. I've wanted to make up a simple circle skirt for a while but it just kept getting pipped off the to make top spot in favour of well anything else. I don't know whay but I've had a fear of making up a circle skirt. I think finding the width of fabric I needed was a put off and also I'm not a love of skirt that has the potential to show the world my pants with the slightest puff of wind.

This skirt still does that but I figure I'm wearing a coat all the time at the mo so my modesty will be preserved over the winter months, perfect time to go for it.
The pattern is the most simple, two pieces and a waistband. I know you can totally make up a circle skirt without a pattern but I haven't got the head space for the maths so having the paper pattern is my way to go.
The fabric is a piece of polka dot viscose I bought in the autumn. I didn't have enough to get each part out whole so there is a back seam but that really doesn't matter. As you can imagine this is a nice quick make, once you've got as far as adding the waistband and zip you just need to make sure you can leave it to hang for at least 48 hours so the fabric can stretch out. As there are a lot of parts that fall on the bias these parts need to settle into the drape of the skirt. You couldn't make this up and wear it that evening, wonky hem a go go.

I hemmed this to fall just above knee length which feels most flattering in tights. I still love the idea of a midi but they always look better with heels and I'm a flats girl. I'd really like to try that look out though, maybe for a summer wedding or something....

There are two waistband options, this is the narrower of the two, I think I'd use the wider one with a stiffer fabric so it holds up with bending and sitting throughout the day.

I only had a cream zip to use but it's pretty invisible so that's no biggy. Megan's instructions are super clear throughout, I think this would be a great beginners pattern. She has also added an option to make it up in stretch fabric and there are some cute patch pocket options too, I'll be using those in my next Veronika for sure.

That's it for this year, just one more morning at work then it's time to fully settle into that Christmas food and drink coma. I'm not sure if I'll be getting the machine out, part of me wants to completely rest up and not touch a thing where as the other half wants to spend the whole 10 days using up every last bit of fabric in my stash while I have time....hhhhmmmm we'll see how it goes.

Happy Christmas to you all, thank you for dropping by every now and then. I look forward to seeing all of your new year makes and making many more of my own me mades in 2017,

Have a good one!!! xx

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Labels by Nominette.....

I was recently contacted by who asked if I would like to try out their online custom label-making tool for a review, and having had a good nose, knocked up something worth using and have now received the lovelies I am more than happy to share.

I have a few labels which I like to put in all of my makes (when I remember) but they are along the lines of a name badge, like the ones you had in school so the idea of a proper clothing care label really appeals. 

Their website was really user friendly, there are some really good options to choose from like where you want your fold line, which care logos to add and lots of lovely colour choices but it's all laid out nice and simply and takes you through step by step. 
You can also upload your own image or logo so I chose to use my little Betty catface...

picked my garment care options (I just went with the most basic that would suit most of the clothing I make) picked my colours, checked the preview and sent it off. 
They arrived really quickly considering they were sent form Belgium. They come in one long strip ready to cut....

I chose to have navy blue labels and metallic silver words and logo. I usually lean towards plain black and white but I thought I'd try out something a little different for a change and I wasn't disappointed. The silver is really sparkly and not scratchy at all.

I'm looking forward to adding these to my future makes as a nice little finishing touch. Thank you Nominette!

I was gifted 50 free labels to review from Nominette but all words and opinions are my own

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Pomegranate Peony.....

I picked up some suitably Christmassy fabric from Elephant in My Handbag at the end of October. This was after realising all of my makes of late have been pretty sensible, staple items and I was in need of making something a bit more fun for a change. 
A Christmas dress! without actually been too overtly Christmassy, not to be dull, but I'm definitely more a fan of makes that I can wear more than once. When you put in so much effort it seems a shame to end up with something you can only wear once, I've even worn my wedding dress since the big day, but that's a whole other blog post.

Look it's Slinky!

So yeah, this fabric is some gorgeous Winter Pomegranates by Cotton and Steel. I love the colourway and it's a really lovely quality cotton which is super easy to sew. I'd recommend Elephant in my Handbag too, this was my first purchase from them and this turned up the day after I bought it, impressed by the super quick service! 

I chose to make a Colette Peony dress. I really like this skirt shape in the winter, it doesn't ride up under your coat or blow up in the wind (and it's so windy atm!) I just got this short sleeved version out of 2 meters.  

I wanted to make this dress a little more special so went on the hunt for a pretty exposed zip. I grabbed this one off ebay but sadly realised I mistook inches for cm as soon as it arrived, boohoo! I'll save it for a top or something. 
I put out a Twitter cry for help and I ended up finding some lovely 20inch ones on Berylune so I grabbed a few of those and will more than likely go back for more as they are so pretty I'll probably want them on all of my summer dresses too! 
Thanks for the heads up Roisin!

So this is the actual pretty!

This Peony came together really quick and easy, I've got my altered pattern piece pretty spot on now so I know it's going to be a good fit. However looking at the pic above theres a bit of rippling on the back isn't there, maybe it's how I'm standing? or maybe I need to look at that bit again......

  I wasn't really sure how to insert this zip as it's not really like an exposed zip in that the whole thing sits on the outside of the dress and nothing is sewn into the seams. So I just guessed it. I folded in the seam allowance of the bodice and bodice lining, basted them together then pinned the zip to either side of the outer bodice and sewed it straight on top of the fabric. I don't know if that's right but it works and looks fine, did I do it wrong? Any top tips for these zips?

I'm pleased with this little festive number, this print is so pretty. I actually wore this to a wedding reception at the weekend, it doesn't scream Christmas, just gives it a little nod in the right direction don't you think?

I'm starting to see quite a lot of Christmas dresses in sewing blog land, have you made one for your parties yet?