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Purple power

June 21, 2017
Purple dress NL6866

DSC_0180Anyone who knows me knows of my love for purple. It’s a colour that I’ve always loved, ever since I was a child and when I found this fabric in my stash I knew what I wanted to make with it. it’s basically the brightest purple ever and I love it!

You may remember the fabric from this top which didn’t quite work out (and you’ve also had a more recent sneak peek of this dress here). I bought it a few years ago from eBay. It’s viscose so has a lovely drape to it, which maybe didn’t lend itself well to the Marthe top I made, but definitely works for this beauty.

I used the New Look 6866 pattern (a reproduced pattern from the 90s I believe) to give it the grungey edge I look for in most of my summer dresses these days and it’s been on my to-make list for ages. I literally obsessed over this dress for ages before I made it!

And She Made May sewing plans

One thing I would say for this pattern is it comes up large. I made a small which is meant for a size 8/10 and it was still too big. I’d definitely recommend sizing down with this one, although had I used a sturdier fabric perhaps I wouldn’t have had the same issues? I made view E but the back is V necked, kind of like the front of A and B (minus the bow).

Purple New Look 6866 dress

I’ve made a second version of this now and a modified version, but next up on my list is the midi version. I basically visualised myself wearing this in a teen movie from the 90s – that was the look I was going for. I’d also love to make a version with vintage fabric! Hmm, lots of plans!

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Skirt inspiration

May 25, 2017

It’s so wonderfully and uncomfortably hot at the moment in London and I seem to be craving all kinds of new clothes for my daily commute. Usually, in this weather, it is bare legs and midi skirts that I look to and this time it’s no different.

If you saw my recent post on May sewing plans you’ll know I had some of the below in mind. If not, go and take a look!

I ventured to Walthamstow market last weekend and of course I couldn’t leave empty handed. I bought this wonderful viscose fabric with dainty flowers on from the man outside Sainsbury’s.

And She Made skirt inspiration

I know I want a big, flowing skirt from this fabric but I’m not quite sure if it’s going to be a circle skirt or a gathered number. What do you think? I’m thinking of going back this weekend for some more so I can make my second option as well, a 90s slip dress like the below:

And She Made skirt inspiration

Secondly, I know I do want a gathered skirt in some form or other. I saw some lovely olive green viscose from the same stall and, although I didn’t buy that one, a fabric like that would lend itself well to a gathered skirt, potentially with big pockets on the front and buttons down the front, like this one. Swoon!

And She Made skirt inspiration

Lastly, I picked up some incredibly cheap pale denim fabric from Cloth House yesterday and know this one is destined to be a denim skirt. It’s not very much fabric but maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to squeeze a skirt from it.

And She Made skirt inspiration

What skirts have you got planned for this summer?

 

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May sewing plans

May 1, 2017
And She Made May sewing plans

It’s the first of May, which means that it’s nearer to the summer. And that means we can start planning what we want to make for the warmer months.

I’ve been inspired loads lately and just want to make a huge amount of summery dresses, strappy tops and lovely skirts, so here’s my rundown of what I’m planning on making soon.

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