Friday, 13 March 2015

Colour Block Scout.....



This little project is a perfect example of running away with the sewing in my head and not sticking to the plan

This was an weekend impulse make. It's pretty clear from my list of makes that I love a good Grainline Scout. It's a really nice plain pattern that's good for showing off a good print design or, in this case, bold colour block.

Having cut out my Ultimate Trousers (sewing up the legs and then swiftly giving up as they need a load of alterations....groan) I had a bit of this lovely royal blue fabric left. Stuffing it back into my stash box it sat next to this left over stripe cotton...bring on light bulb moment! These don't need to sit in this stash any more, they can marry up to make enough fabric for a new top to wear out this evening!

I sewed the two fabrics together before cutting out the pattern pieces, this seemed like a much easier option than working out seam allowances to factor in doing it the other way around. Then I managed to cut the first piece out a bit too generously though and then ended up with not quite enough of the stripes to be able to match the front and back so in comes my lovely DESIGN FEATURE of DELIBERATE mismatched side seam stripes.




I used some matching bias binding for the hem and inside sleeve edges and used french seams for everywhere else.

A satisfyingly quick Saturday make which was promptly worn that evening :)



Monday, 9 March 2015

Galactic Bombshell.....


Stash busting, that's what I'm up to at the mo, and here's make 1 from the pile. I went for it with a Bombshell out of this amazing star print stretch from Funki Fabrics. Honestly, this stuff is so nice to sew with. I really thought it would be a nightmare but it glides through the machine, it's actually pretty sturdy for a stretch. 

So anyway, the Bombshell swimsuit really isn't a pattern I thought I would ever go near. I didn't really see the need for making swimwear. I either wear a bikini on hols or a real good Adidas swimsuit for lengths so I just didn't see when I'd get wear out of something like this. Anyways, seeing as I had this fabric left over and a friend lent me the pattern I thought what the hell and just went for it....


Turns out I bloody love it!

I sewed up version A but omitted the ruching detail in the back. That's the only bit I really didn't like, I don't think adding fabric to an area that you don't really want drawing attention too could be flattering so I just used the pattern pieces for the lining instead. I love the retro feel, just add huge floppy hat, sunnies and a cocktail please!


The ruching on the front is fine, I find that it needs a bit of 'arranging' for it to lay nicely but that's no biggy. I can't imagine swimming in this though, it's pretty heavy to start with so when it's water logged it might be a bit of a drowning hazard...it's ok though I'm a strong swimmer, but I may just do with paddling when wearing this one. 


The halter neck is really cute, I didn't bother adding any cups, didn't really see it as necessary.


I'm going away for a long weekend in the sun at the start of May so I'm going to give this an outing then...Oooh maybe it can be part of Me Made May?......Hold on a minute......it's nearing that time already??!!!!




Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Hello Spring Time.....

Spring has sprung out there in the sunshine and also over in the Hello Betty Bow Etsy shop. It's pretty pastels a go go in the Spring colour collection!....








If a huge big bow isn't quite your thing there'll be some cute smaller versions dropping soon too, keep a look out!


Monday, 2 March 2015

Spring time stash busting plans.....

The closer it gets to feeling like Spring is nearly here the more my thoughts of new patterns and fabrics run away with me and I find myself pinning everything and writing a million post it lists full of ideas to go on my to sew list. So this means my fabric shopping list is starting to expand too. Today I made myself stop (although not throw it away...) and actually made a plan to use up a fair amount of the fabric I already have before I start adding to my stash.

My fabric stash room (as in room for the stash to go rather than a whole room full of fabric *dream dream*) is pretty limited so I really need to try and use up a chunk of what I have before I get more. A lot of what I have is only suitable for linings and small projects but here's a few pieces that now have a plan...


This is piece of the amazing galactic print left over from my Funki Fabrics leggings. I didn't realise I had quite as a big a piece left over. It's a bit chopped up and all over the place but theres more than enough to have a go at this....



I didn't think I could be bothered to give swimwear a go but seeing as I have this fabric and someone let me print off a copy of their pattern what have a I got to loose? (actually I may have already made in roads on this one......)


This fabric was difficult to photograph but it's a navy-ish (slightly lighter than true navy) blue cotton from Goldhawk Road with a bit of stretch. It's really soft and a good weight. I was going to use this for a plain dress but feel like I'm up for a bit more of a challenge (see swimsuit above) and being inspired by GBSB I'm going for....


Those guys made making these up look pretty easy so I'm hoping they won't cause me too much bother ?! I'm going for the trousers and, having never made any trousers apart form slouchy PJs before, I'm hoping I don't have too many fitting issues. Any top tips?


Then it's these cute little parrots from Regency Rags. I only bought a meter with the intention of a top of some kind. I'm thinking one of either of these...


The only thing is that I'm not sure I'm going to actually wear it, hmm I don't know maybe it'll stay in the stash a bit longer until a light bulb moment comes to me. 

This is also staying in the stash for a little bit longer...


It's the Hello Kitty Liberty cotton I treated myself to. I need to make the right summer dress choice for this, which might involve a bit of toiling as I'm thinking of trying out a couple of the version B's of a couple of patterns I already have. I still like to get it out and coo over it every week or so though......oh and I'm also still working on the Colette Negroni and using this sew along to draft a new collar piece. Once I have a version that his highness is happy with (which may take some time) I'll be looking forward to getting a final version sewn up. 

Well that little lot should keep me busy for a while, do you have any stash busting plans at the mo?