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French Navy Forsythe

Another Black Friday grab, the Forsythe from French Navy has been on my radar for a while now.  I have always wanted this pattern, but never felt I had the right fabric for it.  So I re-purposed some Jersey stripe from Girl Charlee that was originally intended for my grunge dress that has failed to materialise into existence.

The main thing I love about french navy is the illustrations – I love a good sketch.  I don’t know if it is because I appreciate it more as someone with a background in art, or that it just looks better in a pattern as apposed to a photograph.  Either way it is perfect and something I would like to do if I too made patterns.

I already have the Orla Dress Free pattern (if you don’t, i recommend you get that here)  but I am yet to use it, despite many plans for it.

So How Did It Sew?

 

Overall, I think this particular Jersey may have not been the best idea and a stiffer fabric would be better.  Although I tried to pattern match, it seems I lost my way around the pocket area and it was a complete fail.  The dress is comfy and I like to wear it, but the pattern and draping feel a bit off to me.  This is purely my choice of fabric, that I had purposely bought for another project.  I have some lovely linen like pieces in my stash that I would love to give this another go with in the future.

The pattern itself is amazing, and I love that the instructions have photographs!  As much as I praised the main illustration, and was surprised this trend didn’t follow throughout, I still loved the neatness and precision of photo instructions.

Please check out the PDF here, you won’t be disappointed and it is a staple sustainable sewer pattern.

Me Made: Oversized Smock Dress

I always like finding out how other sewers work, how they went through the thought process that bought them to a certain garment.

Its a bit of a riddle like what came first, the chicken or the egg?  Was it the pattern or was it the fabric.  Usually with myself, it is the pattern leads to the choice of fabric (although if I was more organised and only bought what I need for patterns I would have a very small fabric stash!)  But this time round, I used a fabric which dictated a pattern to me, I have now made oversized smock dress 2.0.

Way back when I first had this idea with a beautiful grungy coloured tie dye fabric and self drafted a pattern.  I wanted it almost baby doll like and almost too exaggerated.  It worked and I still wear this to death, but it could be baggier! (check that out here)

So into my life via my cheap shop came this beautiful Mauve Fabric.  It was quite heavy, soft to the touch and had an amazing drape.  It also was the most beautiful mauve colour I had ever seen, and for someone who limits her colour palette to black/white/grey&nude, I was in strange territory…

So How Did It Sew?

 

I think I have sussed out what I want from a smock dress.  I think the key for me it the amount of length on the shoulder, from collar to sleeve.  I exaggerated this aspect and it has turned out extremely successful compared to other attempts.  Also keeping it ‘boxy’ and square really gives that oversized feel, with no shape.  I love how the waistband hangs with an arc, and the skirt follows.

The colour looks great on, despite still being quite muted, it IS indeed a colour that has snuck its way into my wardrobe, but a beautiful Autumnal colour at that.!

I can’t wait to wear this layered up over tights and boots this Autumn/winter  the heavier fabric really gives that added warmth to the piece.

I am sure this is not my last oversized smock dress, so watch this space!

 

Denim Shirt Dress: Simplicity 8014

One thing I do love is a shirt dress.  And what I love more than that is a Denim shirt dress.

For a while I struggled to purchase Denim, in the end I was lucky enough to stumble upon some in my cheap shop.  It was more of a chambray but had the diagonal weave shape in the fabric.  I think with Denim it is best bought when you can get a feel for the weight and colour in real life, as apposed to online purchases.

Another good selling point of this fabric is that is was BLACK…

Despite having a pattern stash FULL of shirt dresses (like the kalle, the sahara to name but a few) I felt I needed another, but one that was a bit more dress like.  I love simplicity patterns in the sense that it is a back to basics in patterns after being spoilt by the beautiful and varied world of indie patterns. There is just something about the brown tissue paper and yellowish instructions that I find quite nostalgic.  Simplicity always do good solid basics and this is no exception.

So How did it Sew?

 

Apologies for the pictures, it seems of the five I only took of this dress, all pictures were quite bad and inconsistent.  But you get the idea.

As with all simplicity patterns, the make was straight forwards.  I am one of those weird people that like doing collars,  cuffs, yokes and other fiddly bits, so I was in my element here.  The fit was tighter and more body con than I anticipated, I wish I had now hacked it to have a cute circle skirt or just more of an A line, but I love it all the same.  I love the fabric, despite being from my cheap shop, i have a feeling that it has been sorced from somewhere that uses quality fabrics.  the extra bit of stretch gives a great shape to this garment.

I struggled to find buttons for a while, I was concerned I might have to go for more of the denim hardware with studs and rivets, all extra costs with tools for someone who has not yet ventured into it.  But luckily I came across these basic brass buttons that were perfect and could be sewed on, no extra effort.

I also added a basic belt (not included in the pattern) and belt loops, to give me more options whilst wearing it.  As always I added in a placket to roll up the sleeves. I like having options to get the most wear out of my pieces.  Since making it I have also worn it open and on it’s own as a dress with a brown belt.

Overall I am very pleased with this dress and would like to revisit this item in a lighter material, like a linen,  to see the outcome of that and how it can be worn differenty.  It is also begging for a hack, maybe a wider skirt in a more chambray-esque lighter denim fabric.

 

UPDATE: JULY 2018

Well, hello guys.  Sorry about the long absence, longer than usual, but sewing really has taken a back seat in my life at the moment.

There is the issue of time as always.  As a family we have been busy, had a holiday, went to a couple of amazing concerts and several other mini events over the summer weekends.  So my limited me time is somewhat delegated else where, and sometimes that time is spent just sitting on my booty having a lazy moment amongst the madness.

I am also doing other creative things that take away from the time and energy I have for sewing and blogging.  I also am on a new weight loss programme and the gym is becoming a big go to for me.  I am one of those weird people that love the gym: Air conditioning, people keeping themselves to themselves, not being a mum for an hour and getting a break from my kid… all the great things!

Also, I feel like mentally I have taken a step back from sewing.  Without going into to much detail, I put myself out there in regards to moving forward with my sewing.  Something I never do as I am such a Lone wolf, but I felt confident and it felt right.  Anyway, long story short I got rejected.  I was absolutely fine with this as I still had a slight apprehension, but subconsciously I think I just couldn’t face sewing any more… And still I am not sewing, despite sorting out my fabric stash and buying new patterns.

I think what has concerned me the most is after I did a little look for a certain type of fabric online for a new pattern, I thought ‘Sod it! I will just see what my little local fabric shop has for me’ (not been there in a while) And as soon as I had had that thought, I instantly didn’t want to go… I didn’t want to go fabric shopping… me.  Something is still not right.  And its made me a little sad,  hence why I am now on here.  Hopefully some blogging will get me excited again.  I still have 5 or 6 drafts to edit, they just sat here all this time, abandoned.  They need to see the light of day, I made some beautiful things before my Mojo left.

Sorry to be such a bore, but hopefully this is the first step in moving forward.  I will probably as always be floating round Instagram being nosy at everyone’s stuff!

Keep watching for some updates.

 

 

Made it Patterns: Groove Dress

I had seen Made it Patterns Drop dress and Top on Instagram, so I finally checked it out, and also found the Groove Dress.  And I am so glad I did…

Left: Made it Drop Dress    –   Right:  Made it Groove Dress

This pattern comes with the free teenage version, as well as having multiple options for you to make: High/low hem line, straight hem, five necks (Round, scoop, slash, cowl or hooded) long or short sleeves… makes for endless possibilities!

adult-groove-garment-illustrations

So How did it Sew?

Completed: 13th December 2016

I went for the long sleeve, High/low Hem hooded version.  I wanted to make a Goth/Pixie/Festival look dress, one that i can wear layered up with boots and legwarmers.  The fabric had been lurking in my stash for a while.  I had used the lighter version of the same fabric for my yoga pants, so wanted to try something completely different with it this time round.

With all the options, I am very excited to make this again, possibly a short sleeve summer version.  I really love the High/Low hem. I am also looking forward to making the Drop dress in the future, I can see that being a new favourite basic!

 

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.

Pattern: Phedra – Ralph Pink

I have raved about Ralph Pink Patterns Before. I tend to live in my oversized shirts from here, and I love my baggy yoga pants too.  But now I also have an amazing tunic top from here too.

Get it HERE

I had to include this picture from the site so you can see all the potential this item has.  I myself ran it up in a white Jersey (see below) This, as suggested in the instructions  should be made from a chiffon or silk for best results.

Here is my Version:

I love this, I love a long/tunic vest and a bubble like bottom is so flattering; and pockets!
I went for a really nice quality, but light, soft knit. I think due to the sheer volume of the pattern with all its shapes it couldn’t be much heavier.
But do a test run/toile first, or as I did in a cheap material (that ended up being the best).

The only issue is, I really struggled with the patterns instructions on this (and from a quick google search in desperation, so did other people) I ended up just going with it and eventually it just emerged as a Phedra. There just seems to be a big disconnection from the instructions to the garment. I don’t want to moan but I honestly think it does not reflect on the finished garment or my love for all the patterns. I just feel indie patterns should be better than that (as most are) Its a basic requirement for a good pattern.

Come summer I will have many of these. I would really like to make a silk one in a similar colour to the version featured on the site, and maybe mix it up with some jersey inserts too.