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Victory Patterns – Lola Jumper Dress

Well this was a long time coming to completion!

I had cut this pattern and just left it sitting in my to do box for the longest of times… I blame the December madness, it had nothing to do with me not wanting to do it!

The fabric was from my little cheap shop at Watney market, It has been in my stash for quite a while (but not as long as others) I was debating whether to use it for this, or just a plain jumper.  I was concerned that the dots wouldn’t work with the pattern as it has so many pieces to join together.  Being so small it would be difficult to pattern match (if at all)  I took a chance and relied on it being so busy that it won’t notice, and I think it turned out okay for the lack of effort of not pattern matching.

So How Did it Sew?

This is my third victory pattern, but was my first PDF version from them,  I was pleased with the quality of it and how easy it was to piece together.

Completed: December 2016 

This, despite all the sections, is an easy sew. You basically make the top and the bottom and just attach in the middle.  It is easy, but time consuming, even on an over locker, mainly due to the sheer amount of seams and joins, it also takes up a lot of time when cutting.  It can be a bit fiddly lining up all the seems, I was lucky I was consciously being quite neat and not just going with it as I tend to do sometimes (read as: most times…)

I annoyed myself as I forgot to cut the sleeves longer, I prefer a jumper to have a full sleeve rather than a 3/4 length, but I have been wearing all the same, just over some leggings as pictured.  I think for my next attempt I might try a lighter fabric for a more sports lux look.  One thing i would like to hack is a smaller neckline, it was just a little too wide for my liking.

HACK! – Long Sleeve Inari

My never ending love for the Inari has lead me down the path of long sleeves. I can’t say this was totally my idea, I have seen numerous attempts on Instagram. But this is my attempt and how I went about it…
So How Did It Sew?

Completed: October

It is a simple hack really, all I did was trace the sleeves down and thinned then out a bit (the original short sleeves are quite open) I followed the same cuff finish, but I did it on a much smaller scale.
Overall, i am really happy with the make, I chose a thicker grey marl fabric to make it have a slightly more sweat shirt like feel.
It does look like a very good basic now, without its sleeves it loses its Inari features, until you notice the bottom.

This was before my overlocker, which would have made it a faster make.

HACK! – Moneta with Longsleeve

Having made a few Colette Patterns Monetas, I decided I needed a full sleeve version.   I had some light grey marl left over from a cardigan. It was just enough (with a bit of a pattern wiggle) for a Moenta.

So How Did it Sew?

Completed: 7th June

Because Monetas are generally about 12 inches too long for me, so I pre-cut (as in folded the pattern hem) the skirt piece.   I scrounged back some fabric by doing this first.
The Moenta is a basic and easy make,made more easy by not including the lining, I skipped that as this is a real casual make.

I love this little dress, its everything I want from a skater style, even using up an end of fabric: something i tend to have quite a bit of.

Moenta is my go to skater dress, and tbh i really don’t see anything else coming close.

HACK! – Grey Sway Dress

Having fallen in love with my Sway pattern by Papercuts, I desperately wanted to add sleeves to make it more wearable for me. I also didn’t want to hack it and loose the rolling technique, so I had to figure out the sleeves around it.
I started by tracing out the sleeve shapes from the pattern pieces, this gave me the basic shape. This gave me the basic length of the seam, so I tried to tidy it up as best i can without affecting the measurements.  I went for a 3/4 length sleeve to start with, plus i wasn’t 100% sure at first if i could even roll it in the lining/dress connecting roll technique.

So How Did It Sew?

Completed: 1st September

This time I extended the sway slightly to make up for the fact I had cut short a previous attempt at a nearly midi length dress (see here) Plus I couldn’t justify having another dress that length. Due to how I wanted to wear this I ditched the belt and belt loops.
It worked rather well despite the roll being a bit more of a squish. I used one of my cheap purchased fabrics from my stash, which has a nice fine knit and drape.
I will probably use this technique again as I love a sleeve and I love the sway trapeze shape. I also like how it can be worn with no clear front or back, to mix it up a bit.

Made by Me – Hayden Top

Always making dresses or tunics, I was in desperate need for some separates, mainly tops. Plus I can’t stretch my abilities if I am always making similar things and don’t mix it up a bit.
Scrolling through Instagram, I came across Seamworks Hayden. Seamworks itself has a good variety of basic patterns and the Hayden does not disappoint. Its Princess seam shape is really flattering, especially with big boobs, giving a slimming shape.

So how did it sew?

Using a woven fabric, a quite thick woven, was probably not the best idea. I definitely need to try a fabric with a bit more give, or a woven with more flex.
The make itself was simple, I really likes how the band at the bottom connected and finished off the top. Its also available in a wide range of sizes, so is a good staple for all sewers.
I am looking forward to finding a good fabric for these, the photos on their site show it in a beautiful light fabric.

They really sell it on their site with :

You’re on the perfect summer road trip — sun shining through rolled down windows, sipping a chocolate shake, singing along to your favorite songs on a freshly pressed playlist. You’re going to be in the car for quite awhile, and those long miles between road side attractions call for comfy threads that not only travel well, but look great in all those memorable photos you’ll be taking. That’s why Hayden’s easy fit and stylish silhouette make it the perfect companion for all of your on-the-go activities.

Hoe poetic, but I totally get it.  It is the perfect road trip top… in the right fabric.

I think now, this will be in my next summer wardrobe, I will revisit it next year.

Made By Me – Named clothing – Keil0 2.0

I loved my original white burnout Keilo I made. But Maxi dresses are not always practical, especially for me, who tripped and ripped a hole in it. I am not surprised, I wore it SO much over the summer, it was bound to succumb to my clumsiness, (fear not I have fixed it)
So I decided on a shorter one, being the height of summer I went for my second burnout fabric, like the first, from Girl Charlee.  I checked, it is still available, you can find it here.

Now when I do colour, which we all know is quite rare, I tend to make up for my usual lack of it and go all out, brighter than bright. Its like some balance thing. It’s the  same thinking behind my pink hair, it makes up for my lack of colour in my clothes. Allowing me to wear nearly all black without looking too goth.

So How did it Sew?

Completed: 25th July 2016

The fabric is beautiful, I love a good burnout, they add a new dimension to a piece, and what I love is every thing I make with them looks shop bought. Jerseys in general tend to have this feel for me.
This time I extended the ties and at first I did make them TOO long (much too long) and had to chop them down. But I like that I could wrap it round a couple of times, which was lacking in my original.  Again I used the free sleeve hack Named Clothing supply on their site, definitely makes it a more versatile make. I went for 3/4 sleeves again, and I think next time I will go for full (although it was summer when I made this)
For someone my size I find it extremely flattering across the stomach, which is something I struggle to find in a good pattern.  Some patterns can be hacked and adjusted to suit, but its so nice to just have a pattern that works first time.
Over the summer I wore this so much that I had to blog about it, even in winter!  I will definitely be making some more of these come summer, I think I will chop and change it up by making the front and back two different colours, so when i tie it you can see the colour come through.

And don’t forget to check out Named clothing, I have a few more of their patterns to blog about soon.

Made By me – Wrap Dress – Vouge V8379

Lets talk about Boobs… I have big boobs, always have. I am in no way ashamed of them, but what I do despise is having to deal with the specific requirements they have when it comes to clothing.
One being I can’t just buy an off the shelf ready made wrap dress without my bust attempting an escape.
I have been on this journey a long time, with many trials and errors, with many lace top vests involved to tame the two problematic beasts… I have even attempted the faux wrap in case that would solve the issue, all to no avail.
I had almost given up hope until I realised: I could just make one!

But this wasn’t without more issues, it lead to an extensive search for the perfect pattern.
I would love to find, and also afford a vintage Diane Von Furstenburg one. I had seen a couple on Etsy, but again the sizing would present the same issue.
I then found the very easy Vouge V8379 in the 16-22 size, and I thought it was at least worth an attempt. It also had an optional collar, not that I used it on my first attempt, but I felt it would be better suited for a stretch viscose, or stiffer fabric. Possibly a future make…

I had a bit of a fabric binge at the time, and got a beautiful soft grey from the shop i frequent in lewisham. I chose a knit with extra stretch for the bust.

So how did it Sew?

 Completed: 26th May 2016

The pattern is a pretty standard vouge pattern,  or any mass produced pattern for that matter) Very user friendly, gorgeous design, classic pattern.
The whole thing was a simple sew. This was also one I did before my over locker, yet still very much doable on a more basic machine.

It is still a bit busty, but is a vast improvement of any wrap that has come before. I think i have managed to find my new best basic wrap. It is a shame that I no longer need formal work wear, or this would be perfect. I will probably wear this more in the Autumn, possibly styled with boots.