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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.

Made By Me: Ralph Pink – Sahara x2

Ralph Pink are probably my favourite pattern designers. I love ALL their makes, I have a feeling that over time I will end up buying, and making, all their available patterns, and cherishing them forever. So far I have the O-hara, Sahara and Pheadra. I am also dying to get the little blazer, and then possibly further into the future, a corset?
I acquired a beautiful white crisp fabric in a fabric binge at my cheap shop i frequent. I was surprised at the quality for the cost, and glad I grabbed it.

So How Did It Sew?

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Completed: 31st August

The Sahara Shirt itself is super simple, the size of the pieces just fit together without much thinking. Even the collar and faux pocket (the most complicated technically of the whole piece) is quite do-able for even the most inexperience sewer. With a simple cuff, this is a great intro into shirts.

The instructions could be better, these were better than the Pheadra, but for an indie they could be improved. My advice: double check and go with the flow of this make ( i will write about the phedra in another post)

As you can see it is amazing on. I love this top/dress/tunic shirt. I feel that this most represents my style in a single garment. Belted, loose or open, over leggings or tucked in. buttoned to the top or showing a bit of clevage: it is so versatile and easy to wear.

So i made it in black…

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Completed: 9th October

This fabric was not as crisp as the first, but I like its more casual feel, I used my overlocker to finished the edges and straight stitched it. Unfortunately, I only had white thread at the time… its on the inside, no one will see it

I have not yet exhausted this pattern, I would really like to make a denim one, possibly with some studs or applique on it.

Made by Me – Inari…with Pockets

Everyone has that one pattern they just keep coming back to, mine is the Inari by Named clothing.
I also decided I wanted a black version (naturally!) as i am positive i will wear it to death in that colour. But I also wanted to mix it up a bit and opted for some pockets. I do love to do some pocket posing in my clothes, and I am starting to feel lost without them.

So how did it sew?


The fabric I had acquired in a cheap bundle on Ebay, It was a crinkle, black with silver brocade. That had a nice hang to it, yet just enough thickness.

Not knowing what was the right way of the fabric I chose to put the silver shiny side on the inside and use the black with a slight shimmer as the front. Although either way would have looked great. This really looked good when i rolled up the sleeve and as I moved the silver showed on the bottom inside hem.
I can probably sew an Inari in my sleep as i have made so many, so adding the pockets was extremely simple and hardly any extra effort.
Overall I think it is very successful with the pockets. Yes it can be a bit bumpy but i think it is dueto the lack of top stitch that I may go back over. I will eventually sort it out…

Made By Me – Luisa – Wear Lemonade

Today is a bit of a two for one as I will clump both Luisa makes into one blog post.

One brand of Pattern makers I am loving has to be the very beautiful and quintessentially French, Wear Lemonade.

I stumbled into their patterns purely by chance, I fell for the design and the graphics, so i just had to get some.  I am now the proud owner of a Luisa and a Dita.

What I really thought was lovely about these guys was the video accompanying me through my make.  I am a very visual person, so armed with very basic french language skills, I was able to tackle the project much easier than just using the English instructions.  Not that the instructions are not good, they are excellent and have beautiful photographs to support the words, its just my personal preference.  Its a bit like how I like looking at reviews before I buy, I got to see the garment made before i myself attempted it.  Its a nice way to work.

So how did it Sew?

1st attempt: Completed – 25th July 2016

I used a very light black semi sheer fabric that I had gotten in a bundle of cheap fabric on ebay for very little.  It has a soft matte feel and a beautiful drape, perfect for the luisa trapeze shape.

The pattern was extremely simple and I love the finish of the yoke and how neat and easy it is to achieve.  I chose not to add a bow as suggested by the pattern…its an option definitely not for me.

Unfortunately, I was so worried about it not fitting over the bust (which it did just fine) I completely disregarded the fabrics lack of stretch and how it would effect the sleeves. THe arms are very snug… as you can see me awkwardly standing in a picture with my arms to the right.

My next attempt will resolve this and go for a knit jersey…

2nd attempt:  Completed – 23rd October 2016

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This has turned out much better in the Jersey Knit fabric.  I just love the witchy coven vibe from the dark tie dye print.  This version was completed on my overlocker, and Jersey is the way forward with this pattern.  The arms are still tight BUT are actually not a problem and more wearable (as in I can actually move)  I was concerned that the knit would hang to heavy, but this dress has amazing movement when in motion.

This pattern is now my perfect shift dress make. I feel that I could do with a few more colours, and possible experiment with a High polo collar (and maybe lose the yoke) for winter and Christmas version.

Watch this space for more Luisa…

Made by Me – Pattern – The Lottie

When I first started trawling through Instagram for inspiration back when I first started sewing, one pattern that kept popping up again and again as a firm favourite amongst the community was the Christine Haynes Lottie.  So I just had to give it a try.

At this time I had invested in a few boho-esque patterned fabrics – one being this gorgeous cotton paisley in a beautiful ‘grungy’ muted browns and taupe.  I bought this from Oh Sew Crafty, but i think it was their Ebay shop (June 2016)

The pattern itself is lovely, I love the quaint look with the yellow and hand drawn models, which is always a plus with me – a throw back to patterns in a time gone by.   The paper of the book is a great quality with a great choice of font;  both very important to the design geek mind. The pattern itself, blue on white paper seems a bit more fresh than the beigy-brown of other patterns.4

So How Did It Sew?

From the cutting, through the construction to the finish, is an incredibly fast process with the Lottie.  I made the dress with the sleeve option (of all the options it is the one with the most pieces)  and I did it in a couple of hours give or take.

Unfortunately when I put it on, i was not totally thrilled.  I am a Plus size, with skinny person shoulders and this dress was not flattering.  Even thought my bust is big, it gaped around the armpit.  This is the first time I have experienced extra materiel in that area.  I went back to the machine and cut and sewed away quite a large chunk under the armpit and bust sides.  Now, even though at the time it was one of my early attempts as dresses, I still understood that patterns do need adjustments, that is what toiles are for after all.  What I didn’t like is that I felt I had adjusted it beyond being a Lottie, eaten into what gave it some of its individual shape,  It could easily be any shift dress with pockets now.  This is a shame as I had been looking for a good easy basic I could run up in all the fabrics, but so far I am still yet to wear this dress, which goes against my sustainable fashion morals.

Overall, it is just not one for my body shape.  I will possibly attempt the maxi in the future so the pattern was not wasted on me.  But do check out other reviews and Instagram to see other people who really got on with this pattern.

 

Made By Me – My Pattern – Tie Dye Dress

Recently I got into looking at modest fashion clothing.  I have been following a couple of shops that specialise in religious fashion.

The funny thing is, I am in no way religious, I feel no need to cover what someone tells me to.  BUT I personally like to cover, i tend to go for these types of clothes and they tick all the modest boxes:  They don’t cling to my figure, muted colours, and lots of flowing layers.  All these properties lend themselves to religious attire.

One thing I keep seeing was a long line swing dress.  One site in particular is Mimu Maxi, who I love on Instagram!  I love people who post a lot about things I love.  These are a couple of their dresses that are very me:

And of course I picked out the ones with the most muted colours…

Then there was this from Merricks Art, with actual instructions on how to make it:

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^^^^^^ I had been stalking this on pinterset for a while, the yellow is not me, but it is the perfect swing cover up.

So combining all my inspiration, I set about making my own version that would suit my needs.  I used the top of a very old shift pattern dress, but flared the skirt out to the max.  I chose a grey tie Dye from the big fabric shop in Lewisham, which i had been saving quite a while for such a make as this.

So How Did It Sew?

The dress didn’t turn out how i wanted.  Firstly, it was too big and i had to take it in A LOT…

Secondly, I am a complete idiot and i cut it too short.  I left far to much on the bottom to get the perfect length, then i just forgot what i was doing and went and cut it at my usual shorter length.

This is by far not unwearable in any sense,but it is not what I intended.  Unfortunately I now have something very similar to a ready made i already own.  Doh.  It kind of defeats the whole ideals of sustainable fashion.

If I had cut it out at the right length, this would have been a complete success, unfortunately I ruined the best laid plans…. I have worn it, but it is definitely tunic length.  I am in desperate need of something that shows a little less knee.

I will pop this on my sewing this for a second attempt.