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My 8th Moneta needs no introduction….

Hey hey guys!

One of my favourite dresses on the planet is finally on the blog! Whoop! Its a Moneta dress – number 8! Will there ever be a number 10? How many more can I make? Only time will tell. In the meantime this is a pictures post :-)..

Colette Patterns Moneta Dress
Colette Patterns Moneta Dress – awesome stripe matching!
Colette Patterns Moneta Dress – Pockets are EVERYTHING!
Colette Patterns Moneta Dress
Colette Patterns Moneta Dress – Slightly wonky but who cares?
Colette Patterns Moneta Dress – Dancing!
Colette Patterns Moneta Dress – ” Caption this pose please!”
Colette Patterns Moneta Dress Dont know what to call this pose….
Colette Patterns Moneta Dress – “I woke up like this and this is how I yawn” 🙂
Colette Patterns Moneta Dress – This is my ” I mean business pose” 🙂

Pictures taken at The StitchRoom Sewcial. Fabric was from Fletchers Fabrics in Leeds Market.

Dress in motion here..

Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy sewing 🙂

Peace and love,

Hila

xox

Sleeveless Peplum Blouse BurdaStyle 07/2015 #114 #burdachallenge2018

BurdaStyle 07/2015 #114B

Here is a pattern that I like so much I made several of them in succession! I like the simple look and feel of the pattern. It is something that I have had traced for almost 2 years but never got round to making it. It seems I have made up for that.

Sleeveless Peplum Blouse 07/2015 #114

Sleeveless Peplum Blouse 07/2015 #114

I have the tops in this Youtube video here

So I made it in the John Kaldor Lizzano sateen fabric first. The John Kaldor was something I fell for when my friend Ali (akathimberlina) showed hers on IG and I quickly bought from an online shop. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of the shop. Its beautiful vibrant fabric that I used to make a shirtdress the M6696 shirtdress and used leftovers to make some this top.

I managed to sew this out of just under a meter of fabric. The rest was used to make a sash.

BurdaStyle 07/2015 #114B
BurdaStyle 07/2015 #114B
BurdaStyle 07/2015 #114B
BurdaStyle 07/2015 #114B

The instructions tell you to insert an elastic on the waist but opted not to do that as I found (much to my surprise) that I like the free boxy look.

Instead of sewing the armhole bias binding in the round, here is what I did:

After finishing the neckline I sewed up the shoulder seams. Then sewed the armhole binding in the flat. Next, I sewed the side seams. I fell like this was far easier and neater than sewing in the round.

 

So when it came time to think about my #makenine2018 I knew that the barkcloth would look amazing in this pattern and I did not hesitate to cut into it. I love it!

BurdaStyle 07/2015 #114B
BurdaStyle 07/2015 #114B
BurdaStyle 07/2015 #114B
BurdaStyle 07/2015 #114B
BurdaStyle 07/2015 #114B

I also had some linen left over from the Hollyburn skirt I made a couple of years ago and it was just enough to make this top too. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures but you can see it on my Youtube channel at the link above.

And then I tried the longer non-peplum version of the top but with a few twists, i.e. adding a knit cuff neckline on a woven like I learnt when I made the Merchant and Mills Tee for my husband. It did quite work out though because I forgot to not stretch out the knit cuffing. I am so used to stretching it slightly when sewing but I needn’t have done it with this one so. It does do a bit of a puddle but never mind. The John Kaldor fabric is so comfy against the skin. I barely had 3/4m left from when I made the Sheath Dress.

Alterations

The line drawing shows that the back has a CB seam which means cutting 2 back pieces. I only did that with the first one. Subsequent ones were cut on the fold. It makes no difference at all because the CB is straight.

Size traced: 38.

Verdict – Definitely, a great top that I have no doubt I will come back to again and again. I had a think about which one is my favourite and………..its…………

Making my first print at The StitchRoom Sewcial, Loughborough University, June 2018. Picture courtesy of Lucy Regan, SewEssential.co.uk

 

Thanks for stopping by and until next time

Happy Sewing!

Hila

XoX

Twisted Bustier Dress 03/2018 #113 #burdachallenge2018

 

Twisted Bustier Dress 03/2018 #113 

In March I decided to sew up this interesting shirt dress pattern from the March Issue of BurdaStyle Magazine. The March issue itself was not that awe inspiring to me and I struggled to select styles to sew. I ended up with 2 things this dress and the panel skirt here.

The shirtdress has a twisted bustier which piqued my interest – if only to see how it sews up. The skirt is wide with some sections of gathering and the bodice is accented with the casual twisted bustier that has the look of a bikini top. This style gives the traditional shirtdress a playful makeover. Here is the line drawing:

Twisted Bustier Dress 03/2018 #113

The fabric recommendations were lightweight cotton dress fabrics, with stretch blend. I used a shirting cotton that I bought from SewDown Dewsbury here. It has a twill weave which makes it reversible – its raspberry pink on one side and pale pink on the other side.

I thought the fabric could work even though it doesn’t necessarily have any stretch in it being a woven cotton. It is crisp and I felt that might look good with the full skirt.

The process of sewing it was quite easy. It is the featured sewing course in the issue which means it comes with full instructions supported by illustrations. The magazine instructions say the pattern pieces to be traced are shaded in but there is a printing error. It is actually the green lines of sheet A.

The only change I made was to remove the long sleeves and keep it sleeveless. In my head I was imagining this as a summer wear, especially with the pink fabric so I just couldn’t fit the long sleeve with the my vision. All I did was to not sew in the sleeve and used a satin bias binding instead to finish the armhole. It has side zip and it fit like a dream when I made it. I sewed size 38.

Twisted Bustier Dress 03/2018 #113
Twisted Bustier Dress 03/2018 #113
Twisted Bustier Dress 03/2018 #113
Twisted Bustier Dress 03/2018 #113
Twisted Bustier Dress 03/2018 #113
Twisted Bustier Dress 03/2018 #113
Twisted Bustier Dress 03/2018 #113
Twisted Bustier Dress 03/2018 #113
Twisted Bustier Dress 03/2018 #113

I love the dress – I positively feel like gliding and bouncing everywhere when I am wearing it! Here is my YouTube video review of the dress so you can see it in motion.

It so funny how the March issue was one that really struggled with and yet it has produced two really outstanding garments for me! Goes to show that sometimes you don’t have to be madly in love to try something.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,

Hila

This was a planned make for my  March #burdachallenge2018.

 

MCBN August: Kwik Sew K3389 Coveralls & Allotment Stuff

This heatwave has been so good for our allotment. Berries have never sweeter, pumpkins have never grown as large, our bounty from the allotment is the best we have yet had in the 5 years of allotmenteering! It seemed only fitting that this would be the year that I finally made my OH some coveralls to protect his clothes when he does all the outdoor work. Here are some pictures from the allotment taken on Saturday and…..

Here is the link that will take you to the post on the Minerva Craft Blogger Network. Enjoy!

Bright Orange cotton drill Kwik Sew K3389 Coveralls
Jack O’ Lantern pumpkins
Wildflowers
The swiss chard has been a prolific cropper!
Carrots doing well.
Cant wait for the tomatoes to ripen.
I love marigolds – they remind me of my childhood.
A new strawberry bed that has done really well.
Leeks are coming along nicely.

Apples. When we took over this plot this tree only cropped 5 apples in that first year.
Our sunflowers didnt do too well – this was the best one.
The children love the allotment and thats the most important thing for me.
The kids decorated the shed using sample points of paint left over from when we renovated our house.
Another pumpkin variety. This is the first time we have had more than one pumpkin grow to these sizes.
Another massive pumpkin growing. Looking forward to harveting!
I grew globe artichokes from seed and now they are keeping bees very happy.
Globe artichokes are so beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Peace and love,

Hila

 

Girl’s Seersucker Dresses 11/2017 #130A #burdachallenge2018

As it happens, the twins were going to a wedding in June with their dad in the USA. Since it was term time and we didn’t want the school going kids to miss school, we sent a delegation to represent us at the wedding so to speak. And so began the wedding guest dresses project.

It all started with the seersucker fabric that I picked up when I was at Fletchers Fabrics in Leeds Market with my friend Eleanor. There was something about the crisp delicate lightness of the pastel colours that caught my eye. Eleanor has had experience with seersucker and she advised me to not press it – its supposed to have the raised texture. Wikipedia explains it “……..giving the fabric a wrinkled appearance in places. This feature causes the fabric to be mostly held away from the skin when worn, facilitating heat dissipation and air circulation. It also means that pressing is not necessary.

There is a joy to working with a woven fabric that does not need pressing! It made me realise just how much time is taken up with pressing when sewing up a garment. There were times when I forgot though and found myself pressing a seam out of a deeply ingrained habit.

Girl’s Dress 11/2017 #130A

As for the pattern, I went with a cute but simple dress from BurdaStyle 11/2017. Here is the line drawing:

BurdaStyle 11/2017 #130

 

And here is the style picture – 

Its a relatively simple dress to sew up especially since the skirt is a rectangle gathered to fit the bodice. I traced out the size 110cm though they are about 100cm tall – and the fit is just right for something I want them to wear for at least another year. They are at the stage where they are growing rather fast so I am finding that I have to size up so I don’t blink and they can’t fit into it. It’s not so much of an issue with knit fabrics.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough fabric to cut both front and back bodice pieces on the bias so only the front had to do. The neckline is finished with a facing. I added patch pockets to the skirt fronts. Still, they love their dresses and the seersucker was perfect for a hot and humid Saturday in Annapolis. Pictures..

Thanks for stopping by! And until next time, Happy Sewing!

If you’d like to see the fabric texture and drape you can check out this quick video where I talk about my plan for it.

Peace and love,

Hila

#burdachallenge2018