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Made By Me: The Grey Darling – Megan Neilson

Once, Long ago – I bought the Darling ranges from Megan Neilson.  I had loved the Sudley so much I knew I would love this dress too.  Unfortunately, my first attempt with a cute plaid was a complete fail – I needed to add extra to the bust but I didn’t, and it went no where near my boobs!

Sometimes towards the end of the summer, wanting another cute grunge dress, I set about using this beautiful light fabric in this grey/mauve colour.  I added the extra boob room, I have recently been getting into tracing and up sizing my smaller fit patterns, and its a useful skill to have in sewing.

Unfortunately, again, my work was put on hold, but this time it was because I couldn’t find the right buttons.  It then ended up in the TO DO pile and forgotten.

Then, months later in the giant button haul, it finally got finished.  And here it is in its full glory:

 

 

Sew How did it Sew?

Even with the added bust adjustment, this pattern was a breeze.  Its such a simple make but looks amazing on.  Yet despite the simplistic make, it looks really well put together on.  I love how it sort of hints at a tea dress without being too fussy or shaped.

I love this version, the colour and fabric are just perfect for me.  But its far too lightweight for winter, even layered up.  Its definitely a summer dress that I can chuck on.

I love the overall look, it really fits my grunge ascetic I always aspire too.  The buttons are a pewter colour and are perfect.  I didn’t follow the pattern advice and bought a smaller button and added more as I felt needed that, it helps conceal a bigger bust.

I cant wait to make this dress again, but I am definitely waiting around for the right fabric.  I don’t think for how I plan to wear it I would chose a stiffer or thicker fabric, but it definitely deserves some pattern!

 

Made By Me: Sew House 7 – Bridgetown Backless

Thank god for Black Friday sales.  Honestly It has taken a significant chunk out of my future buys list that weekend.  This pattern being one of them that has lingered on their for a while.  I bought this along with both versions of the Toaster jumper.  Both of which I cant wait to make.

This is obviously more of a summer pattern.  But I really wanted to see it made, to see if it suited me being plus size.  so I used some basic bulk white I had to make one up as a test run.  What I have ended up with is probably the most perfect little holiday dress ever.  One that, as is, I will definitely wear and definitely make more of.

So How did It Sew?:

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The graphics on the pattern instructions are beautiful, simply laid out and easy to follow.  The actual make was so simple to put together, but still looks great on.  What I love about this pattern is how it has a ready made feel about it.  Something I strive to achieve in my sewing is not looking like I am wearing me made clothing, almost like i am bridging the gap from store bought to me made and proving it is sustainable with fashion.  And this type of good basic pieces to throw on in summer do just that.

Another thing I love the name Sew house 7, to me it sounds like the title of a Quinton Tarantino movie, so I just think its amazing.

I am definitely making more of these for the better weather, I now have a similar black fabric so I can make another good basic for my wardrobe.  I think some sort of lace panel in the back would look amazing too, and maybe give the dress a bit more support in shape.

DIY: My pattern – White Frill Top

One thing I lack in my wardrobe is good solid interchanging Basics:  These are the types of cheap tops that come in many colours that fill the high street shops.  They know you need them, that’s why there are so many!   It is one thing I miss shopping for in my pursuit of the perfect DIY wardrobe.   Plus are they really a waste of money or bad for the environment if I wear them TO DEATH?

But Self made isn’t without its faults,  I am finding with sewing it is more and more about the ‘event’ piece, normally a dress. How many times do I wear a dress just around the house?  Most of my TOP 10 PATTERNS were good basic pieces.  So I set out about making a top myself.

One shape I kept seeing was the button front with a ruffle ‘shirt’ like frill part.  Using the white fabric I have in bulk, I set about making a wearable toille version that I could perfect before using more expensive fabric.

So How Did It Sew?

 

The pattern was an old traced top I had in my collection.  I traced it, added a V neck and some buttons.  I think next time I will not make actual button holes, instead try and add in some loops with domed buttons instead.  Over all this was a simple sew.  The ruffle was a simple add on, the most time was spent on the hems (when is it not…) Even though I made this from my bulk light fabric, i have found it far more wearable than a thicker Jersey.  I have even worn it open over a dress like a cardigan as i like to cover my arms a lot.

Hopefully I can make a few more of these but as always I find it a challenge to branch out into colour.  Maybe a mustard or wine colour, but definitely a black is a must!

 

 

My Top 10 Patterns – Part 1: 10 – 6

Disclaimer:  This is about my sewing experience and favourite patterns,  compiled from about a year and a half of serious sewing.  All patterns on this list have been made by me at least once and are in my pattern collection.  I have a pile of newer patterns to try out, so a follow up in the future will definitely be needed… on that note, if you read this and know a pattern I would like, please feel free to leave a comment.  I love a good recommendations (If it isn’t already in the TO DO pile) 

All patterns have been linked, I have put the PDF link where possible, but do search for a paper pattern if you prefer… its just you might want to download it straight away and sew it.

Please not this post has been divided in two, but please be warned its still a long one. x


Part 1:  10 to 6


I have been thinking of this post for a long time, I always say throughout my blog posts that ‘oh it’s one of my top 10 patterns’

But what is that definitive list?

Believe me it was hard to decided just ten, so here they are:

10.  Pauline Alice – Cami Dress

Left and Middle: From Pauline Alice website. 

Right: My version.Check out the Original post here.

This is a very recent addition to the list, but had to be included as it bought my sewing journey full circle .  What I had attempted to draft myself in the early days, I found about 1.5 yrs later in this pattern.  So far I have only made and worn one, but this definitely needs further exploration, and many colours.


9. Made It Patterns – Drop Dress & Top

Pictures from Made It Patterns Website.

This pattern is a bit of an unsung hero of the wardrobe and deserves a place purely for the mileage from one pattern:  I have made many of these in various colours.  Unfortunately, due to them being mainly for my casual round the house wear they don’t lead as glam a life as some of my other hand made pieces.  That’s not to say they are any less important, in fact they do so much more hard work compared to other pieces.  I love this pattern and would also like to include an honorable mention to their other pattern, the GROOVE, which has so much potential with interchanging pieces… including a hood!

My Drop Dress original post is here. If you are curious, the Groove is here.


8. Wear Lemonade – Luisa

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Images from Wear Lemonade. Link in title.

Of all the Lemonade patterns I have, I have made the Luisa the most.  With the Luisa I have used it as a base, hacked and shaped it into many other items I love and wear today.  The picture I have shown is the one I love the most and is the Luisa in its purist form.  Of all the smock Dresses I have this one is the most flattering on.

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Original Blog post can be seen here.

Bonus points to wear Lemonade for the Video Tutorial (despite me only knowing basic french) which is a great help when making.


7. Ralph Pink – Sahara Shirt

 

Ralph pink has fast become a favourite of mine, I think it is one of those brands where I feel I want to make ALL they have on offer.  Saying that, my absolute favourite is the Sahara:  It completely embodies everything I love to wear in one garment:  smart, casual and oversized.  I have made a black and a white one and have worn them continuously  for about a year.   You can dress them up, add a belt wear them over stuff.  I will be making more of these soon, hopefully branching out into pattern.  I am just waiting now to find the most perfect fabric to reserve for my favourite garment.


6. Colette Patterns – Moneta

Left:  My favourite Moneta that to date I have made.  See the blog post here. Right:  From Colette Patterns Website.

Moneta has placed quite highly on this list, not just because of the sheer amount I have made, but for how much I have also used it as a base for projects in some way.

It is the ultimate base pattern, and without its help in the beginning of my sewing journey, I may not have experimented as much as I had done without it.

Not to mention how amazing it looks on, all the measurements are perfect.  This is the ultimate basic skater that all Sewers should have in their collection.

Also, a bonus shout out to using about 3 different body types on the site to show how well it suits everyBODY there is.  Thanks guys.


 

So that is my 10 – 6… Part 2 will be published in a few days and before 2017 ends, so keep an eye out here, and definitely on my Instagram.  If you want to join in with the countdown, feel free to add your own with the #mytop10patterns, I would love to see what you think.

 

Made By Me: Sew Over It – Tulip Skirts

One thing I am bad at doing is making ans buying any other pattern other than dresses.   As with the lack of colour and pattern in my sewing (and subsequently my wardrobe) this is something I wanted to make a conscious effort to try and tackle.

So I decided on skirts.  Also, after looking at my wardrobe, it was definitely an area in which there was a need as apposed to just a want.  But needing something structured as well as flattering and that could blend into my wardrobe… and wasn’t a skater skirt, was proving to be a challenge.

After a bit of a search I decided to give the Tulip Skirt from Sew Over It a go.  I still can’t believe I haven’t had one of their patterns before, despite them being so prominent in my social media sewing (read as sewing stalking!)

So How Did It Sew?

I was not disappointed, It was a beautiful on:

I made the fist one as a sort of trial from this scrap of grey fabric.  I was worried about the fit and ended up making it far too big.  i was disapointed for over thinking the measurement that shortly after I went for the second attempt:

The second one was the left over fabric I used on my schoolhouse tunic.  I went for the actual size thinking it would solve the issue, but it was just a slight bit small.  The issue I am having with a lot of patterns is I am just out by an inch or less.  This is something I will definitely tackle on my next attempt.

I feel that with this pattern I have found a good go too favourite.  I love Sew Over it, I really should make more of their patterns,  sometimes I feel I always overlook it as it tends to be a bit prim and proper in florals and their vintage shapes.  But maybe I just need to see it in my own style and colours.  (or lack of colour)

Made by Me: Kalle Shirt Dress Pattern

Sometimes when a pattern drops, and everyone is making it, its hard to resist.  Especially when you had been looking for a decent basic shirt/shirt dress like the Kalle from Closet case.  Also, as a side note, check out how beautiful the model is they use… and each version photographed is EXACTLY a version I would sew and wear myself!

In an attempt to stash bust, I opted for a nude/beige Peach skin I had failed to use on an oversized shirt a while back.  It seemed like the perfect choice, soft and structured, yet light for summer.

I went for the PDF on this one as I wanted it instantly, and its simple to put together.  I like the small triangles and an outline.  The instructions are clear and concise.  I love the interchangeable options of the patterns itself: long/short sleeves, various collars and different button plackets all make you want to make more than just the one option.  And with so much choice, each make can have something different.

So How Did it Sew?

On my make, I opted for the long length, plain button placket with a grandad collar.  I plan to wear it open at the collar.

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Date Completed: 30th April 2017

A massive plus point for this patterns is the size variation, I made a 20 but honestly, could probably go down a couple of sizes and it still be oversized.  Comfortable as well as more fitted, but I love this look, its just so simple.  I especially love the bottom Hem, something so simple can make a shirt look structured and so much more.

Altogether, this was a pretty easy sew, the only issue I had was loosing my place in the pattern: with so many different option pieces, if you take your eyes off the section, you can easily loose it.  But this can also be seen as a me issue with my crazy brain, Yes you can follow the pictures, but maybe being broken up into sections would help more.

One thing  I would love to do is try to hack this in some way, maybe with a long sleeve of sorts, possibly with a button loop to take it to a shorter sleeve.  This idea seed needs time to grow.

Overall this is now one of my fave shirts, as I get so many complements about it whilst wearing it.  Definitely a wardrobe staple.

 

 

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.