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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?