Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Colette; Hazel....

I won a prize!
The lovely Jane held a giveaway on her blog and I won some gorgeous Robert Kaufman Railroad Denim from the lovely Village Haberdashery...
Ooh and it is lovely...after my excitement at wining I then had a bit of a panic thinking oh no I've chosen a pattern that wont work with denim..what was ai thinking! but it's lightweight for denim, more of a quilting cotton I'd say so it's actually perfect for the dress I had in mind...the Colette patterns Hazel.
Even thoguh this is obviously a little summer sun dress I thought it would work out to be a cute pinafore type dress to wear over a top and tights. The way the bodice is cut is crying out for some directional patterns too so the stripes are perfect, and here's my finished version...

Ooh stripes+camera=headache, here's a more eyeball friendly pic....

I added a little swallow brooch from Ladybirdlikes, I have quite a collection of brooches and never wear them so I'm just going to start adding them on like buttons so I can no longer forget they exist!

I love the small stripes and am really pleased with how it turned out..

I pinked the inside seams and had planned to switch up my facing for some light weight cotton as Jane suggested in her top tips but as the fabirc wasnt as thick as I thought it might be it worked just fine...

Another bonus is that I still have just over a meter of fabric left for another project :)

Thanks again Jane and The Village Haberdashery!




Friday, 17 January 2014

2014 Resewlutions....


 Just put together a few little points on areas where I should start paying more attention and improving my sewing skills this year....
  • Take more time care over my makes, especially when it comes to pattern cutting and finishings
  • Spend more time hand sewing; finishing things like hems and zips rather than running off a machine hem when I could get a nice invisible hem going. I hate hand sewing so this will be a challenge!
  • Take time to plan my makes and choose the right fabrics-rather than choosing bad quality fabrics just becasue I love the print and just have to make that dress this weekend!
  • Get together a spring/summer  colour palette so I have a much more wearable wardrobe. I think I managed to do this quite well over the winter with grey, navy, berry and a nice bit of monochrome. This made getting ready loads easier in the mornings as most stuff matches (apart from the odd party dress, mad prints and mental colours a go go there)
  • In that vein, get a nice new fabric stash together.  After I've done some sweing planning (as above :) I should have some solid ideas of what summer makes I'd like so Im going to make sure I pick just the right fabrics
And finally...
  • Have enough pieces ready for this years Me Made May so I can wear something every day!
Oooh I am looking forwrd to MMMay14!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

New year stitches...

Well two new and one veeerrrryyy delayed Christmas party dress, it's late but I was on holiday (2 weeks ago ahem) Anyways, I'm back to it now...
 
This is the last pattern from my pattern haul last autumn, Simplicity 1873. I wanted a cute little party dress for my Chrstmas do's and this was it! I found this super cute bow fabric and knew it was perfect for this pattern (I like bows?? whaaaaat??) I also drafted my own collar pattern peice...I know! All on my own aaaaand.................. IT WORKED!
 
 
(Ignore that white mark on the collar-think I put a bit too much washing powder in the machine or sumink?)
 
I'm so happy with how this dress turned out, it's such a cute little pattern, I love all of the pleats in the skirt and the round neckline. Most of my patterns seem to have a slash neck/boat neck thing going on so it makes a nice change. This pattern has the cutest little puff sleeves too...
 
It was hard to photograph but there are small darts all the way round to make it 'puff' out.
 
The bow dress can't be counted towards any new year makes but these two newbies can..
 
 
 
 
 
Yes, it's the beloved Dixie Ballet dress again, NOT sorry. This is the perfect dress for work and I just keep coming across lovely patterned jersey knit so I just can't (and won't) stop.
 
Oh I have one more December make too, I had some the amazing fabric leftover from this dress and seeing as it's pretty seasonal I needed to get it made up before the year was out, hence the December Scout...
 

 
So I've started off 2014 in good sewing spirits, 2 dresses down and ready to really amp up my skills this year. I'm planning on getting a good list together so I can do some organised fabric shopping, get some resewlutions together and start planning the best dress I'll ever make.....my wedding dress!
 
2014 is going to be pretty amazeballs, happy new year everyone!