Allow me to present another self drafted skirt that I started on in 2015! I have a habit of starting a blog post for a project that has been cut out – that way I sort of have an idea of how long the project took to complete. Well this one has been sitting at the bottom of my 32 drafts queue for a really long time :-). Still better late than never m’kay. The pattern is the same as this A Line skirt here but without the pockets and a tad bit shorter. The fabric is an Echino stag cotton print that I bought a long time ago online – I believe it came from Hong Kong. I have tried to recall why it sat for so long in my UFO box but I honestly don’t know. I was sorting through things in the cave when I came across a blue carrier bag tied at the handles. It was a delight to rediscover the project which was already cut out (lining as well). It only took less than a couple of hours to sew it up and I was very pleased with the end result.
It has a mod feel to it plus its super comfy because of the petersham ribbon I used on the waist. Petersham ribbon is THE best waist band finish IMO.
I made some more dresses for my little people’s birthday outfits. This is the pattern that I used.
I made one change which was to have a straight skirt rather than a gathered skirt. Much as I’d love to say this was intentional – it was down to poor time management on my part. I wanted to make the dresses with a tulle underskirt as well as the gathered skirt so they could have swirly twirly dresses. I arrogantly thought I could whip them up in a couple of hours, however, by the time we got to the eve of their birthday we’d had 60% of the little people ill and I could feel that I was catching it too. Energy was low and I realised I had to make the dresses (because they had been promised) but I altered them to make in the quickest way possible.
I am not proud of myself for this, but I do promise that this year I will do better. The girls loved their dresses though (which made me feel even worse ironically). They turned 3 and had a brilliant day with loads of gifts and games and cake. I cant believe that its been 3 years already!
I bought the jersey from Jacks Fabrics at Leeds Market. Its a lightweight poly jersey at £3 per meter. It pills like mad though so its not something I will use to make day to day clothes. I have about 2 meters left which will make some PJs for the kids. I dont mind pilling on PJs as much.
Here is a picture from their birthday wearing the dresses.
I made some more dresses for my little people. In particulr my twins.
I bought the cotton jersey from B&M Fabrics in Leeds. For the pattern I used an Ottobre Spring 2014 pattern called Funny Faces.
They came together very quickly. I like how the hem is faced – it adds a lovely weight to the dress. I found the neckline a bit too high and had to trim 1cm off the neckline.
They are zany and the girls love them. Unfnortunately I didnt have enough fabric for 4 dresses but I managed to squeeze in 3 dresses.
Sewing the scraps together yielded a T shirt. The T shirt is the same pattern as the dreses just without the skirt attached. I used black ribbing cuff material that I got from B&M Fabrics.
The only other problem was that both girls really wanted the hot air balloons dress and there was a fair amount of crying. Which has made realise that I cant make their clothes too different otherwise its chaos (now you know why parents of twins dress them alike:-) Incidentally when I found out I was having twins I was very much like “ Yeah I am not going to be dressing them alike – I want them to be individual” Lols -doesnt quite work like that!). As it is there is a fragile truce based on taking turns to wear the hot air balloon dress.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!
Peace and love,
PS Here is my Youtube video from when I completed them
This top is the very last of my summer sewing. I had forgotten about it because I finished it some time in September when it was getting cool such that I didn’t even think to wear it. Its from the May 2016 issue – an excellent issue that has a lot of styles I am smitten with.
I sewed it using a lightweight cotton from B and M fabrics in Leeds market. I really liked the circular tile effect plus the blue overtones. For the contrasting placket and sleeve bands I used some leftover fabric from the most recent McCalls M6044. I thought the colours worked well together.
I cut a size 38 which is my Burda size and is always quite spot on. It sewed up very quickly – though I used french seams for a neat inside. The cotton has a slightly stiff handle to it which I hope will soften over time.
This took me longer to finish because after I put the bodice together I wasn’t sure whether the style would be something I’d like. But now that I finished it and tried it on I was quite pleasantly surprised that I like it, especially the sleeves. Perhaps it is the colour that blinds me but I am looking forward to spring 2017 when I can start wearing it in earnest. In future I will make it using something like a Tana lawn and make it tunic length.
I have styled it with my Birkins – they seem to go with everything! Pictures….
Now, I will stride forward towards autumn.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend. I’ll be back on Sunday 🙂
I made another shirt dress using the very awesome McCalls M6696 shirt dress pattern. I made my first one here in a gingham cotton lawn . Though my pattern matching was dubious – Its a solid addition to my wardrobe that I love.
The story of this dress starts with the fabric. I first laid eyes upon this luscious John Kaldor on Ali’s IG feed. I saw. I wanted. I bought. All within the space of about an hour. I initially wanted to make some cigarette pants out of it but when it arrived, the fabric had other ideas.
It Screamed SHIRTDRESS!!!
I heeded the call. and voila! I present to you my UBER dress!
I feel uberfeminine, uberlovely and ubersplendid.
Construction deets : Since I had perfected the fit already there were no alterations with this. I made self covered buttons using the thingy majicky – it takes me less than a couple of hours to do. I did a lot of hand basting with this to make sure the pleats were hanging just right. All the work was worth it though. The pocket lining is in a pink cotton. The armhole I finished with green satin bias binding.
I love this. Its a most uber dress yes?
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I am just so excited to share more of these kiddie shirts. I finished them in time for our sojourn to London over 2 weeks ago. The pattern is from Ottobre Kids Design Magazine 03/2015. One is size 155cms (6yrs old) and the other is 102cms (4years old) size. For Ottobre I add 1/2″ seam allowances. Having sewn 4 of them before already (link here) these were a quick make.
The fabric is a lightweight cotton that I bought quite a long time ago – it been in the stash for over a year. Initially it was going to be dresses for the twinkies but the boys really liked this when they saw me sorting out my stash. There is not much more to add – except that I sewed 2 pockets this time and used a contrast undercollar on one of them because there was barely enough fabric. Dont even ask about pattern matching m’kay!
Verdict: the boys love them! I dont sew for the compliments but I felt really chuffed when I was asked where I bought these ‘adorable monsters shirt’ and I said “I made them” #smug 🙂 OK pictures…..
I took a rather unexpected break from blogging. Actually it was forced upon me…its summer holidays and the kids have been wanting to play a new PC game they got as a present. Wrestling for control of the computer when you are a significantly outnumbered as I am means that I have no access to write up my blog posts :-(. I need a laptop <sigh>.
Still I have managed to bribe them with extra morning PC time in exchange for 30 mins to write up this post. Please forgive any typos and remember that Done is better than Perfect :-). I am running behind on posting my finished items and these were finished over a month ago actually. OK here goes…
I bought the Oakridge pattern a long time ago but never got round to sewing it up . I even started it but never finished it off. In a flurry of productivity I decided to tackle some of my UFOs after getting back from holiday in early May and these 2 were in the pile. Continue reading →
Its summer holidays and I have not a care in the world right now. Trying my best to plan for a fantastic holiday. In September my oldest starts high school while my 3rd starts reception! Oh my I am getting old!
Anyhow, here is a cute top I made in the most delicious lightweight chambray fabric. I have used this chambray before to make a sleeveless Granville shirt here (I believe I messed up the sleeves while attempting a placket so it had to be sleeveless). This fabric is such a pleasure to hold and work with. Its sews beautifully and takes the iron well.
When I picked up M7093 during a McCalls sale I knew it was going to be made in the chambray .
Construction wise its super quick make. I went for the version with the pockets. I cut size 12 and made no alterations.
The armholes and neckline are finished using bias binding. I made the bias binding from the chambray.
Seams were finished with the overlocker but this top would look great (on inside~) with a french seam finish but alas patience is a virtue I am yet to learn.
I was really excited about this make until I tried it on for the first time and thought I looked a bit like I am wearing hospital scrubs?…..Pictures….
My last ever entry into 2016 IPM! And what a month it has been. I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges set this year. This one more so, because I got to really look through all those pins on my Pinterest boards and get to choose something I could make using my stash items.
This particular outfit came about because I love nautical stripes . Its really a combo of these 2 Pins……
I can hardly believe June is almost over and IPM is coming an end. This is one of my entries for the last challenge : RTW copy. Here is my picture of a fashion blogger outfit I have loved on Pinterest for years.
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.
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….
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….