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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.

 

 

Made By Me – Papercuts – The Sway Dress

I have already sung the many praises of papercut patterns for bring the best at designing the patterns (see here)
Last time, the piece I made from them, the wrap top, was extremely practical. This time the dress is so simple that the main focus for me was the pattern and fabric.

One of the Instagram sewers I have followed for a while introduced me to the sway with her beautiful orange version. And at the time of making this, being the height of summer, it was perfect.

In my stash I had a beautiful light cotton with a dark marble/cloudy pattern, despite being slightly see through it was defiantly the one for this dress.

So How did It Sew?

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Completed: 18th August

The pattern itself is simple yet involves a new technique that takes a bit of a think. I have seen it referred to as the burrito technique (which is hilarious and also accurate) This was used on adding the lining to the sleeves and neckline. It involves a lot of rolling, so that the bits that need to meet do, Its like a magic trick for beautiful seams.
I made the belt and even though I prefer the trapeze style, its nice to have the option of mixing it up to make it look different, and have a different silhouette with not much effort.  Also I tend to tie it just at the back to give it some shape.

Made by me – Named clothing – Helmi

I was so excited with the new pattern range from named clothing, The Evolution Theory. I instantly fell in love with the Helmi, both options: the tunic dress and trench blouse.
It looked so simple yet elegant, I decided to start with the tunic.
In my stash I had a dotted chambray in a black ( but can look blue) and white. I was intending to use this on an oversized shirt with piping, but I felt it would suit this perfect.
I invested in some buttons and was ready to go.

So How Did It Sew?

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Completed: 19th September

Thankfully the pattern was not as layered as normal named clothing patterns. I had taken a bit of a gamble when ordering, but i am glad they do patterns you can just cut now. I had a bit of a nightmare with the Keilo and the tracing was not fun…

The make itself is pretty straight forward to construct. It is very neat and elegant with the hidden buttons. the fit needed only a slight adjustment, due to it being woven i had decided to go for the bigger size to skim any lumps and bumps but i love the result.
The only thing I will change next time is rouching the sleeves with elastic or doing a full sleeve from the shirt pattern. The way they are now is not something I am overly happy with.

I can’t wait to make the shirt, I am just waiting on the right material.

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.