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Made By Me: Nina Lee – Bloomsbury

When I went to the Great British Sewing Bee Live at the Excel (waaaay back last year)  I got to meet some of the pattern creators, and discover some new ones too.

One of these was Nina Lee.  It was so nice meeting the people involved in these patterns,  I think no one can be as passionate about a pattern more than the person who makes it.  Plus both of the ladies at the both (who were lovely btw)  were wearing at least one make and that always helps.

One thing I love about these types of shows is something that crosses over with the fashion world.  Little booths of clothing concessions.  That little stand had a lovely boutique feel to it, and a great rack of pre-mades for me to coo over.   I couldn’t justify buying the Kew Dress pattern that day (I already had invested in a lot of dress patterns) so instead I opted for the Bloomsbury, as it was a blouse, and I was not disappointed.  I think I was also swayed with the sheer amount I had seen on Instagram too at the time.

So How did it Sew?

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I chose a light white cotton with holes in it.   I have used this previously on an Alder shirtdress make.  But when you buy 6 metres, you need to get imaginiative with the different patterns to use and what projects wont look the same.

The pattern itself is beautiful.  I love the chintzy feel of the brand, expressed through its illustrations and colours.

The pattern itself is awesome, I love the lay out and the instructions were a pleasure to work with.

The actual make itself was amazing.  Being plus size I was worried that it wouldn’t fit, since the fabric was woven and unforgiving.  But it fits beautifully, and I would say very true to size.

If you are thinking of tackling  this pattern yourself I would recommend to make a toille first as the wider collar/ruffle may not suit all fabrics.  Its definitely better for softer fabrics as the stiffer ones tend to stick out, unless of course that is what you want,  But be warned.

The make was simple; the ruching was probably the most time consuming element of the whole thing.  But keeping that in mind, it was a surprisingly quick make.

On my version I opted for adding a ribbon to the collar,  I was going for a Victorian- esque vibe and I really love that little embellishment, and it hides the button well.

I wish I had to make a Victorian costume as it would have been perfect.  But don’t let me talking costumes fool you.  I feel like this, at present is really on trend.  Especially heading for Autumn.  The frill like collar and longer chest ruching has been seen throughout my shopping endeavours of late.

I have even seen some gorgeous band tees bought to life with a chiffon ruffle across the chest , which I love as a concept, I think that this with a contrast chiffon ruffle on a bold pattern would look amazing and is definitely a note in my future makes

As for my Version I will probably wear this with some form of pinafore in the future and look to make a hacked version from lace into an oversized bat wing Dress ( For someone who moans about having too many dress patterns and not enough tops I really shouldn’t hack into a dress, but there is space in my life for a dramatic gothic lace dress and this would be perfect)

I am looking at getting both the Mayfair dress AND the Kew Dress in the future and incorporating them into my wardrobe.  Check out Nina Lee Here.

 

Pattern: DP Studios – Le 604

I think that the DP Studios is one of those sewing pattern companies that just get me.  I often feel slightly on the fringes of the sewing community.  I tend to shy away from the endless tea dress patterns made up in gaudy floral prints, instead I opt for a muted palette and style that boarders fashion design as apposed to quaint homely dressmaker.  Just a note, there is nothing wrong with this type of sewing, it just is at times I am treading a very lonely path in my seining adventure and finding it harder to find patterns and fabrics that may not appeal to the masses.

FInding DP studios bridges that gap – Its home sewer meets high fashion and high design.  Its modern and timeless rolled into one and I feel so inspired by their pieces that it just makes me want to make them all so they can sit together in my very own beautiful capsule wardrobe.

So How did it Sew?

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There was no hand holding with this one guys!   Some seams caused a bit of a headache.  You are given one page of instructions and that is it.  They have very good diagrams though, I think as someone who works more visually I loved the more graphic approach to instructions.

The box itself is amazing, No fiddly pattern envelope that you are trying to squeeze the paper back into, this has depth!  Its amazing how such a little detail can cause so much convenience.  Why aren’t all patterns like this, we shouldn’t have to struggle.

I chose to make this in a very fiddly, but beautiful, leopard print fabric.  I had been lusting after long tunic/ dress shirts in leopard print, but sheer was all i could find, apparently i am very fussy with animal print sizes and densities.  In hindsight it may have not been the best choice, but after fiddling around with all the bust seems and using a guide stitch, all the trouble was worth it for the result.

As well as the epaulettes on the shoulder, the shit also comes with a detachable collar embellishment.  Its cute, and really gives this design another dimension.  I did eventually leave the points on the collar off.  In fact, I snipped them off and it looked fine.  They just kept sticking in me and not staying where i want them.  But that is the beauty of sewing, it can be suggested rather that carried out.

I am definitely making this again.  Now i have done one, i feel like the next will be smooth sailing, although I really enjoyed having a project where I was trying something new, this made me pace out the work and not speed through like I normally do.  I definitely think I will make it longer next time.

Check out Le 604 Here.

 

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.