Friday, 14 July 2017

Dinky head.....

I forgot; I made a baby thing!

This is the super cute Oliver & S Bucket hat. It's free, it's easy, and it's super quick.  A good little stash buster too.

It's been perfect for these gorgeous sunny days but I might need to attach a bit of a chin tie soon as he's taken to pulling it off!

I really want to find some more patterns for cute boy clothes, probably for him to grow into in the next year or so. Any tips for good patterns? 

Monday, 26 June 2017


Two months later......we have a dress!
Yep, this took me forever but it's finished and I'm wearing it so still winning :)

I got started on this back in May, cut out all of the pattern pieces, well those for the bodice and lining and then realised the fabric was no where near wide enough to fit a Flora skirt onto so left that for a few weeks. Over those weeks I slowly pieced the bodice together.

I had no intention of fitting this along the way, I cut out the pattern to my measurements and just hoped it would fit at the end. 
During that time I also decided to add a simple gathered skirt, I actually used the skirt from the Bonnell dress as it is slightly more shaped than a gathered rectangle of fabric.

Finished fits! Well it does but weirdly it came out quite big in the waist. This fabric does have a bit of stretch, it could do with a couple of inches taken out but not for this version, it's fine as is and actually feels quite comfy like that for now.

I hemmed the skirt with some bias binding to keep as much length as possible and I'm really happy with that but I really should have bothered with pockets....ALWAYS ADD THE POCKETS ZOE!! Where the hell am I meant to stash my phone, lip gloss and emergency dummy now??!!

Other than being a bit on the big side, I like the bodice. I'd maybe make the straps a bit narrower as they look a little clunky.

You can see the waist is way too big here, it's a bit smock like. Maybe I should wear it with a belt?

Here you can see my absolute disregard for any pattern matching. I didn't have enough fabric and I didn't really care for this version, wearable muslin it is!

Overall I'm happy with this, I have a new dress to wear, managed to get my sewing mojo back and have used up some stash...all good. 

Now I need to apply myself a little more for my wedding guest dress, and soon as I now only have one month to get that done...and I'm still to actually decide what to make......wish me luck!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Slow start....

It was over a month ago now that I blogged about starting to sew again, although slowly, well it's going really slowly. So slowly in fact that I haven't done one little thing. 

Friday was a chill day, well as chill as you can when entertaining and caring for a 5 month old all day. Going out is so much easier than staying in these days, but every now and then a harsh night of little sleep means we really do just need to stay in our pjs at home for the day. So I used this opportunity to get out some fabric from the stash and a pretty dress pattern to go with. 

Now at this point they are just sitting on the table BUT they are now in eye view and I know I won't be able to just leave them there not doing anything for very long so this is me finding my sewjo again.

Having not even got as far as choosing some fabric for my wedding guest dress I thought I should get on with making up something else to get me into the swing of things.

I've got out this piece of stretch cotton. I have no idea what it actually is as I picked it up from a bin bag of fabric at work but I think it's probably got about 3% stretch and it has a lovely weight to it.

I've decided it's destined to be a BHL Flora. I made the faux wrap front version last year and really liked it, I actually need to take in those side seams a bit so I can wear it this summer-I gave it quite a bit of ease to accommodate the bump. This time I'm going to try out Version 2 with the high neck and straps but stick with the straight hem skirt. 

Lets see how long this really takes.....

Thursday, 16 March 2017

About time....

Time......I really never knew I had so much of it.
All to myself, to do whatever I wanted and exactly when I wanted to do it. It's a cliche but since having little Ted time literally flies by and pretty much none of it is for me. It's all owned by this little guy now, and thats so, so fine but out of everything I used to do in my oddles of free time I'm really starting to miss my sewing time now.

I last had the sewing machine out in November, thats nearly a full 4 months ago! HOW IS IT THAT LONG?? See time REALLY does fly!

To be honest, I'm not really sure what I would make at the moment. I don't really have anything on the to make list....well of course I do, that list is never empty, but nothing thats really needed or necessary right now. But I'm itching to get involved in a new project.

On a rainy day I probably have about 3 half hour stints where I could fit something in, well prioritise something over giving the bathroom a quick whip round or folding the never ending laundry and thanks to Ted being amazing at bedtime we also have our evenings back so I do have a bit of time I could use there too.

Having a think about what I'd like to start my sewing mojo back up with it just has to be a dress and we have a wedding to go to this July so after a bit of Pinterest oogling I've decided to start that dress now. I know it's ridiculously early but I'm thinking that with the limited time I have this is going to be the slowest project ever so I might as well start now.

I think I might actually enjoy how slow this project will be and I'm going to try and make something a bit more special than usual seeing as I have a good few months to get it finished! 

I'm back off to Pinterest to try and narrow down my ideas then. In the meantime...any top tips for sewing in short bursts or anyone else out there fitting sewing around spending 99% of your time with a little baby? How do you do it?! 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017


Yes it's another of the same but nfg on this one, this pattern is way to perfect for life at the mo. I knew I'd be after some comfort clothes this winter but I also knew that I'd want to make more of an effort than wearing my actual pyjamas out of the house....sometimes.
The Colette Wren was great for pregnancy and I can now confirm it's also a perfect make for postpartum comfort and nursing.

So, firstly, my fabric. I've used ponte before but to be honest, pretty cheap ponte and I just found it quite sweaty and static so I wanted to see if price really does make a difference. I found a gorgeous range of winter colours on the Fabric Godmother website. However I was a bit reserved about how well this farbic would be for a stretch dress. I've only used jersey in the past which has a really good stretch to it and I know that ponte is a bit stiffer but a little tweet later and I was assured this would be a perfect pattern/fabric match. 

Firstly this fabric is an absolute dream to sew. It made me love my twin needle again! 
although this fabric has stretch, it's stiff enough to run through the machine just like a cotton.

Having already made a couple of Wrens, this one came together really quickly. I did make one massive mistake....I got carried away and forgot to pre wash my fabric! DOH! can confirm it actually didn't make a difference, no shrinkage on this fabric equals massive thumbs up :)

The fabric is quite dense which made gathering a little tricky on the skirt but overall it's worked well. It doesn't have a huge amount of stretch so the front isn't as easily, erm accessible shall we say?! but it still works well enough. So although this ponte is great for this dress it probably isn't the best for the stretch it needs to make it nursing friendly.

Couldn't resist having the little spud in these pics too, he's clearly not interested in being photographed though.

I kept the bodice the right length for this version rather than shortening it like I did last time to give a bit of space for the bump. This fabric really hangs lovely in the skirt, it's got a decent bit of weight to it and it washes really well. I might start to prefer this over cotton jersey....

Oh little squidge chin!

I really like this version and it will get a lot of wear over the next few months. 

I'm starting to itch for a bit of sewing time, still no idea how I would fit that in any time soon but I might start to plan a next make and take the actual "putting it together" part nice and slow, who knows I could have a new dress by around April?!

Friday, 6 January 2017

Spotty dress nursing hack......

Happy New Year!!

Christmas, birthday and New Years eve all passed me by in a bit of a blur this time around. It was all lovely but I don't feel like I really engaged with any of it, seems you spend quite a lot of time looking after a new born....who knew?!

I definitely haven't got back to sewing yet but I do have a couple of things that I haven't yet blogged but made up last year. So first item up is this spotty dress....

I managed to plan ahead a bit during my maternity leave and make a few items which I hoped would see me through at least the first few months of being a new mum. I made up this dress after seeing a few in this style on a few clothing websites but not being able to find any vaguely nice colours or prints.

It's based on the Dixie Ballet dress for the bodice with a simple gathered skirt, but it holds a secret......

Boobs! Well, easy access to boobs anyways, perfect for nursing mums! I didn't take any photos of the process of making this up (not helpful) but basically I traced off the bodice pattern peice and then sliced it into three pieces down either side of the neckline giving a middle part and two sides and added a bit of seam allowance.  I treated the two bodice parts as one at the neck and arm holes but only attached the under bodice to the skirt at the waist. I added a bit more length to the outer bodice so this could be hemmed and left loose over the top....does that all make sense?! My brain isn't quite what it used to be yet so I wouldn't be surprised if I typed a load of gobbledegook! Hopefully it does! Anyways, it turned out ok and I can confirm it works great! I wish I'd actually taken the time to make another but hey ho, one will have to do for now!

The fabric is another lovely piece from Girl Charlee, it's super soft cotton lycra. The only gripe is that because of the double bodice it does take ages to dry this after a wash, so maybe this would work well in a ponte, which seems to dry pretty quickly.

Now me is thanking past me for being so organised, I've got very few things to wear at the mo so remembering I had this in my wardrobe was a right treat!