MeMadeMay 2016 Week 4

Hello chums,

Tis the last day of May already and here are last weeks outfits. Its half term now and my little people don’t go back till next Monday.

Day 23

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Burda Kasia Skirt

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When Alder met Nani Iro.

Hello all!

Its FriYAY! I love Friday so much – its my joint favourite day with Monday :-). I am here to share an Alder shirtdress that ought to have been finished a couple of months ago at least. Alas, it has been a UFO sitting in a carrier back waiting for button holes—oh the shame of it! Anyhow better late than never eh?

This Nani Iro ‘Poncho’ fabric has been in my stash for a really long time (like since the stash began :-)). Being rather precious about it,  of course it was going to made into a TNT pattern like the Alder shirt dress which I have made in blue cotton lawn here and in John Kaldor lawn here . Though I would have loved a bum ruffle – insufficient fabric meant I went for the minimalism of the View A. To add some sizzle I opted to use a scrap of Cotton and Steel in lilac on the under collar. I decided against sewing the full collar because double gauze  is so soft – it doesn’t do crisp corners very well.

Can I just take a paragraph to wax lyrical about how breathtakingly lush this fabric feels against my skin – I feel like I am wearing nothing on at all which is nice yet strange. I digress…pictures…

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My Birthday Dress aka Burda Tie Neck Maxi Dress 07/2015 #105B

Hello all,

Happy May Madness to all. I keep seeing that phrase everywhere I go and its now stuck in my head. Anyhow here is the last of the items I made before I went off on holiday. Since my birthday was going to be away  from the cold and uncertainty of Northern English weather I decided to make a tropical dress for my big day.

My choice was a sweeping eye catching dress that reminded me of the 1920s. 18 months ago I went to watch Top Hat at the Leeds Grand Theater and I was so inspired by the 20s styles I saw there. When Burda 07/2015 came out the front cover didn’t catch my eye but it was the line drawing that hooked me. Continue reading

Sewing happenings….

Hello chums,

Just a quick post to share what I am getting up to. Spring and Summer usually mean a burst of sewing events, challenges and competitions. And I do so love a challenge! I have picked up a few things to do in May and June.

First up is a Skirt Contest over at Pattern Review.  It runs from 15 May to 15 June. The rules are pretty simple: Continue reading

All sorts any one? Ottobre Kids Design shirts.

Hello chums,

I am just so excited to share these kiddie shirts. I finished them on Friday night and my little people adorned them on Saturday morning. Seeing how adorable they looked and how much they LOVED their new shirts meant it jumped the blog posting queue and here we are!

Pattern is from Ottobre Kids Design Magazine 03/2015. I traced 2 sizes – one for the elder  (155cms size) one and the other 3 are the same size (102cms size ). For Ottobre I add 1/2″ seam allowances.

Ottobre Design Kids 03/2015 Shirt with yokes.

These were a blast to make. Let me preface by saying how much I love the fabric. I saw it on B and M Fabrics website and went gaga for it. Ordered it immediately only to fall further in love. But alas, though I wanted to make myself a shirt or dress the kids took one look and they thought it was for them! I couldn’t very well say “No darlings. This sweet fabric is more fabric to add mummy’s sewing cave…..already full of …………fabric.”  Do you see my meaning? Lols. I digress…pictures….

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MeMadeMay 2016

Hello chums!

How are you? Hope you all also had the most sunniest weekend yet! We got the paddle pool and BBQ out – it was such a gloriously sunny weekend. I cant believe that Me Made May is upon us already. If you dont know about this yet here is the link to So Zo. I did it last year and had a blast. I am participating this year and here is my log for Days 1 -7.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Thanks for stopping by and until next time – Happy Sewing!




Oliver and S Bucket hats plus more Spring watching

Hello again,

I am excited to share these cute little hats. As I was packing for our holiday I realised we didn’t have enough kids hats one day before departing. Instead of heading out to the shops to buy them I googled “free hat patterns” and came across this Oliver and S Bucket hat.

Oliver and S Reversible Bucket hat

I printed it out, selected fabrics and boom! 3 hours later I had 3 hats :-). The first one took the longest to make and the last 2 were made assembly line style and finished in 45 minutes. This was a scrap busting project too…gotta love a project that doesn’t cost you anything :-). Continue reading

McCalls M7242

Hello chums,

Sunny May greeting from the North of England! Its lovely and  sunny after some truly horrid weather that included hailstorm which battered my lovely flowers and snow which killed of some of my tender shoots :-(. Still no hard feelings as long as the sun continues to shine. Ok Rant over…lets talk McCalls M7242.

McCalls M7242

I first saw this pattern with the new release on the US website and immediately fell for it – I loved the description too:  Loose-fitting dresses have mandarin collar (I do love these), blouson bodice, back pleated into self-lined yoke, elastic waist, side pockets, and narrow hem.

I patiently waited the 4-5 weeks it takes for UK to get the latest releases but alas it turns out its a Laura Ashley pattern and only sold in the US and Canada (teeeny tiny print on the website that I missed).

Despite loving it and being obsessed I still could not bring myself to pay the $15  P&P charge for ordering from the US site. So what are you going to do when you just cant get it out of your head? Well for the sake of my sanity I decided to appeal to my IG buddies and wow! I love being a part of the sewing community – so many nice and lovely people willing to help the cause of a fellow sewist. Continue reading

McCalls M6973

Hello everyone.

Is there such a thing as selfless sewing? I have come to doubt it because after making these shorts (that I am super excited to blog about) for my husband I realised that I really love seeing him wear things I’ve made :-). I wish I could say that this epiphany arrived while I was happily toiling away at the sewing machine (I wasn’t – I was just dying to start on other projects) – it was only at the end with the finished garment that I felt a sense of being a good person).

What kept me going during the sewing of said garment was the awareness that Mr SNS is extremely supportive and tolerant of my sewing (and messes) therefore it would be good for him to benefit. He also patiently takes pictures for the blog.  Selfless acts are supposed to mean that the giver gains nothing from it – so if I am gaining a feeling of satisfaction at making things for him then it cant be selfless surely….

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