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Cocowawa Crafts: Marshmallow Dress

I was so excited for this dress after I saw EVERYONE’S makes for it on Instagram, all at the same time, so I eventually ordered it and made it.

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Check out Cocowawa Crafts Marshmallow Dress Here.

The pattern is amazing, I have been looking for a big dress like this, with a ruffle detail hem, for quite a while now.  I was also looking for a suitable pattern to whip up out of a bit of Tartan over Christmas. It was a perfect match.  I went for a Dark Tartan, with Navy and Bottle green, I am not 100% sure where I got it from, but it arrived just before December.

When I cut out the pattern I extended down the hem of the sleeve as I planned to make it long sleeve, like a shirt. I use this method a lot to get the perfect fit on a sleeve if a long sleeve version isn’t provided (almost a custom fit in a sense)

So How Did It Sew?

Completed: 4th January 2017 (Majority made in December 2016)

This was a good sew as in the way it goes together, although it has been one of my most challenging patterns, but that was due to my own stupidity:

All was going well until The sleeve!  I had made the majority of the top when I decided to sort out the sleeve before attaching (it was sewn, just needed a taper down to the cuff)  Before that I thought I would slip it on to pin the taper and get a good fit.  This is when I discovered that the upper arm was too tight.  I was devastated as I had already chopped up all the fabric (it was narrower than usual) and wouldn’t be able to cut more sleeves.  So in a bit of a Huff I dumped it into my To Do box to deal with later.

I had planned to have this as my Christmas day dress, so I then whipped up a plan B and went for the Red Crushed Velvet Sudley (see previous post)

After Xmas, in that weird time before New year that no one quite knows what to do in, I wanted to tie up some loose ends, so picked up the Marshmallow again.  Just to see how much I was off by, I slipped on the sleeve to see what I could do… and would you believe it, it fitted!  Honestly i have not lost weight on my arms, I must have just had a stupid moment first time round (blame the Xmas December Madness)

So I finished the dress, with long sleeves that fit, and I love it!  I cannot wait to wear it out properly.  I love how it is floaty, yet doesn’t add volume to my figure!  I highly recommend this pattern, and I can;t wait to see what Cocowawa Crafts has lined up for the future.

Megan Neilsen -Sudley Dress

I have had my eye on the Megan Neilsen patterns for a while, I have seen many makes pop up on my Instagram feed, but I finally took the plunge over Xmas with a 30% off.  I got three patterns: The Sudley dress and top (of which I have completed the Dress) Darling Ranges and the New Karri Dress.  Unfortunately I got so excited adding in all the Patterns, I forgot to add the MAKER tee too.  Honestly, it wasn’t till a couple of days later that I realised!  OH WELL, next time maybe.

I had seen that the sewing community had erupted into a frantic sewing frenzy of crushed Velvet, brought on by the festive season no doubt.  I myself looked on longingly, I really wanted a red velvet dress, but HATED the reds I was seeing… The orange red is really not for me due to a combination of skin colour and my current fake hair colour.   This was until I found the colour CRUSHED BERRY!  Oh the pinky/purple hues were exactly what I was looking for, and one of my fave little fabric stores on Ebay had LOADS (check that out here)

Never one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to make this Dress Christmas Eve… to wear Christmas Day.  We all joke about not making things the night before but we all do it!  I had a bit of a fluff with the previous choice of Christmas me made dress, and had kind of given up wearing something special.  I had been toying with the Idea of using the fabric for a Kimono, but I am so glad I picked the pattern up (although a kimono would have been much quicker)

So how did it Sew?

From pattern cut to complete, this took one evening, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The pattern itself is very user friendly, plus I love getting patterns with more than one option of what to make.  I also adore the graphics on the front, I love the hand drawn feel and they are super cute.  If I ever made a pattern, I would want something similar on the front.

I opted for the version with  no collar and tie strings.  THe pattern does recomend a hook and eye fastening as well as the tie.  I recomend this, even though I had a lot of friction with my fabric, the tie still started to sag and slip open.  It just saves you re-tying during the wear.  I also went a bit rouge on the sleeves and added an elastic, i just prefer the look on me, but might not do thins on a more flowing light material.

I will definately be making this again, I am just going to hang out for the perfect material.  I can see me making many cute summer/festival dresses with this pattern.

I can’t wait to try the other two patterns.

 

 

Update: December 2016

So, I make videos, organise my blog, get rid of the back log and what happens?   I stop sewing.  Not completely, just not at the pace I have been speeding along at these past few months.  This is solely down to one thing:  Sleep.  I am getting a full nights sleep for the first time in my life.  I honestly don’t think I slept this well since I was a baby. It took a couple of all-nighters to catch up with me and i somehow tricked myself into a new bedtime routine.  Which is great for my well being, not so great for my creativity.

Not only have I drastically reduced my nocturnal sewing activities, December is also busy busy busy.  I am currently away from my sewing space with the little person.  I will be away till Thursday, then we hit a busy weekend.  Thank god I got my Xmas shopping done!

This does not mean that i haven’t thought about sewing.  I have managed to stick a couple of fabric and pattern orders in here and there, plus my note pad is full of ideas and to do lists.

hopefully neck week i may at least have a December plans video knocked out…

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