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Winter sewing plans

December 5, 2017
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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

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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):

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Plus there’s this dress I found online:

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But apart from that, there’s also the Tilly and the Buttons Martha or even a longer length BHL Anna. Read about my love for the Anna dress here.

The comfy dress

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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.

The pinafore

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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

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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

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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.

DIYs, Dressmaking & sewing, Featured

A handmade Liberty skirt

October 11, 2017
Liberty skirt And She Made

I started this Liberty print skirt ages ago along with a tartan version. I had visions of one midi length pleated skirt and one to-the-knee version, both made from the same tutorial.

I followed Almond Rock’s guide on how to make a pleated skirt but I’m not that great at maths and it came out too large. Both of these skirts therefore ended up on my pile of unfinished things. But then, when I was home last, I decided to salvage this one. I just loved the fabric too much! The quality of the tartan was not that great so I’ve left that one on the sewing pile for now, but I’ve got plans to use it as a jazzy lining for a jacket at some point.

I pulled the waistband in by quite a bit and based the pleats around that. I added four pleats to the front skirt and four to the back. I prefer pleats over gathers in skirts as they’re more flattering, don’t you think?

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At first the length was just below my knees but I took off quite a bit of length to make it in a style that best suits me (tried and tested of course) and I’m much happier with it this way than if it were longer.

I bought the fabric on Ebay and it was described as a crepe cotton rather than a tana lawn which gives it more structure but I’d definitely choose a tana lawn over this the next time I make it. There’s just something special about a tana lawn.

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The fabric is Liberty’s Tatum, a firm favourite which I’ve featured before here and here (this last one is what I made from the leftover fabric I had from the skirt). I think this fabric is my all-time favourite Liberty fabric but it’s just too hard to decide between them all.

What do you think? Worn with my all-time favourite brogues and a black long-sleeved top this is my current favourite outfit!

Crafting ideas, Dressmaking & sewing

A mustard colour palette

October 9, 2017

It’s always at this time of year that I particularly start craving an autumnal colour palette. For me, there’s something a bit special about mustard or yellow when the weather is a bit colder outside. I think it started with a certain Marks and Spencer advert featuring Twiggy, Erin O’Connor and a beautiful yellow coat a few years ago. The colour just stood out for me and I’ve been associating yellow, and mustard in particular, with this season ever since.

There are a number of beautiful clothes in the shops at the moment and, as ever, I’ve been pinning my faves. Here are just a few things I’ve been inspired by lately and hopefully some of these will translate into actual made by me clothing.

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See here for credits: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

 

Clothing, Dressmaking & sewing

A perfect pink

September 27, 2017
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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.

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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!