This year is flying by and, as ever, I have a long list of things I’d like to sew the next time I’m reunited with my sewing machine at Christmas.
I’ve got plans for party dresses, slouchy dresses, cord pinafores and even a top or two. So here’s what I’m planning to make during the festive period. Who knows if I’ll get it all done though?
The party dress
I’ve got a few patterns in mind for this one. The McCalls 7381 is a firm favourite since I got it free with Love Sewing magazine a while ago. Then there’s Colette Peony dress (and specifically the hack shown below):
Doesn’t everyone want a dress they can wear during the festivities? One that looks great but doesn’t compromise the sheer amount of overeating we’re all guilty of over Christmas. I’m imagining this in a dark denim like the above dress from ASOS.
Ever since I saw this Pin ages ago, a red corduroy pinafore dress has been on my wishlist. I’ve had my eye on a few different shades of red online, but I’m planning a pre-festive trip to Goldhawk Road or Walthamstow to search for the perfect fabric for this one.
The peplum top
I have a full-on obsession with peplum tops and this In the Folds top is one I’d like to add to my list next. Plus, it’s free! What’s not to love about this? It’s a great dress-up piece for wearing with jeans or trousers this festive season.
The simple top
I find tops incredibly quick projects and the New Look 6483 is a firm favourite. I even got my friend who makes incredibly intricate quilts into garment making with this one and I made a quick version a few months ago too, which I’m yet to blog. I don’t have a set fabric in mind for this one, but am likely to use some leftover fabric for this make.
What are your winter or Christmas sewing plans? I’d love to find out more.
The Cleo sewing pattern took the sewing world by storm last year and there are so many beautiful versions of it around. I wear my black version all the time and there really was no excuse to make another.
This particular Cleo dress was, I think, inspired by something I more than likely saw on Instagram. I love the Cleo pattern – it’s quick to sew and the perfect beginner pattern. It’s also a pattern that can be made up in a variety of ways (just look at this floral number for the perfect sewspiration).
I had my eye on this cotton/denim blend on Ebay for ages (the colour I bought was Old Rose) and used it for my scallop skirt too. I bought a couple of different colours (obviously one was a bright yellow, who couldn’t!) and now want to go back and buy the pale blue version as well.
As ever, I made the longer version and just hemmed up to where I wanted it to sit. This was probably not the most professional way of doing it but it worked for me. I didn’t topstitch it like the pattern suggests and only added the breast pocket – basically the same as I did with the first version I made. I’ve worn it a couple of times and it a great addition to my wardrobe but the pink colour isn’t one I want to wear all the time and this is more of a SS dress so I’ll probably retire it for the AW.
Yet, I love its bright colour and it is a beauty! Perhaps I just need a floral version now too!
I have finally watched La La Land (you may have seen me mention it here) and it was as amazing as everyone says it is. It’s got both Ryan Gosling (I’ve loved him since The Notebook) and Emma Stone (one of my fave female actresses) in and the costumes, which all seem to be made in primary colours, are beautiful. I think the costume designer has done an incredible job with the clothes in the film.
One of the main reasons I wanted to go to the cinema to see La La Land was because of the fashion. If you haven’t seen the film yet, you really should. The trailer shows some of the amazing costumes that Emma wears, but it goes without saying that you can see them in better detail in the film.
Although I’d really love to recreate each one, there are a few dresses that stand out in particular for me, so I thought I’d do a round-up of the costumes I loved. Read on for more.
Quite a while ago now (a shamefully long time actually), I went along to the Cath Kidston Autumn/Winter 2015 press show, where I saw a beautiful range of dresses and skirts in their distinctive style. Now I’m seeing the range pop up in their online shop and thought it would be a good time to pick a few of my favourites from the new collection and show you a few photos from the day.
I think anyone and everyone knows the Cath Kidston style by now but the brand does still keep its clothing on trend and current. Plus, it can’t just be me who gets excited and searches their website daily in the run up to the new season, can it?
I haven’t done any sewing for a few weeks now, what with being in London for work and all, but I did make this beautiful (if I do say so myself) dress before I went. I don’t really know what to say about this dress, except that it’s another Emery pattern, in a Liberty Strawberry Thief print. I really love my Liberty print!
Despite making quite a few of these dresses now, this Emery still turned out differently, even though I followed the same instructions. I’m not sure whether I was a little bit tighter with the seam allowances but this one was bigger in the waist and bodice than any of my previous attempts. Hmmmm.
I’m also a massive fan of the length of the Emery dress, but the last one was just a little bit too long. So I shortened this one quite a bit and now the length is perfect for me.
I loved working with the Strawberry Thief fabric and I loved that it had quite a straight print as it made me really take notice of how I cut it and of making each part match up. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
The only thing that’s slightly annoying me is that I made a facing for the neckline. Although I love facings generally, this one seems a bit bulky in the front and needs pressing down. My initial plan for this dress was to make matching bias binding for the neckline and arms, but I cut out the facing before remembering my plan and didn’t really want the beautiful fabric to go to waste. I think, in the future, I may take it out and try the bias binding option.
Like the other Liberty fabric, this one too is very thin but I’m sure I’ll get a lot of wear out of this dress. Plus, it’s Strawberry Thief! Who doesn’t like birds picking fruit from a tree on their clothes?