Sunday, 21 August 2016

Summer makes 2016

Oh hello! Sorry I haven't blogged in months. I'll be honest, I've been outside and enjoying the sunshine in my home of Brighton, sea swimming, sun bathing and street partying.

I've been dressmaking, but perhaps not as much as I normally do. It's been nice to step away from the sewing machine and look at the world with a wider view and not spend my spare time staring at stitch after stitch.

From the things I have made, I've had some successes, some minor successes and a giant fail.

Here are my recent makes:



This dress was originally a McCalls 7080 but I removed the pleat and the fastening on the back. It's a simple slip on over the head dress made from a cotton I found at Ditto fabrics. I love the fit of this dress but the cotton is slightly too stiff to allow for any drape in the skirt. I wear casual clothing for work, but if I had to dress up a bit more, this would make the perfect outfit for a smart office.


I think this was also the first time I did an all in one neck and armhole facing - it looks so technical but it is so easy!


The prettiest pjs 


The pyjamas were inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee after they made luxury sleepwear. I bought the Burda 7627 pattern which includes pyjamas, a nightgown and a dressing gown. The
pattern is for use on silky, soft and drapery fabrics but I ignored that and found this amazingly pretty cotton at Fabric Land. It's the sort of fabric I'd love to wear every day, but as the turquoise isn't really my colour, I though I'd use it for night wear where I can just wear it indoors.


It's such an easy pattern to make, with simple straps that come from the armscye, and an elasticated waist on the bottoms. I did make a pair of the bottoms but shortened them too much in the wrong place so had to make another pair - luckily I bought enough fabric! The straps on the bodice were too short which is unusual for me, so I made a new pair of straps to create new straps that tied at the shoulders. I also put the lace trim on the wrong way, but I was just too excited about the prettiness to read the pattern properly.

Viscose smock dress



This dress is another version of the McCalls 7080. Originally I bought the fabric to make a shift dress, but a follower on Instagram told me just how floaty this Fabric Land viscose is, so I changed my mind and decided on the 7080. Again, I took out the pleat between the bodice and skirt, and wanted to raise the waistline so the dress was more of a smock style. 

I had to unpick this dress about four or five times - despite making it three times before! I got frustrated, the fabric kept getting caught whilst attaching the skirt to the bodice, and it just wouldn't sit right. I took a few days off and finally got there in the end, just don't look too closely as the waistline is slightly off under one boob. Shusshhhh.



With the leftover fabric, I rustled up a simple Tilly and the Buttons eye mask as a gift for my friend who is off travelling. It's such a quick and easy make I'll definitely make one for myself when I've got a spare moment.


Finally, I got this tie dye jersey from Minerva Crafts in the hope of making another Moneta. The jersey arrived and felt super tacky and thicker than I thought.The fabric had some sort of sheen that made it very slippery and it just felt all wrong. I don't normally have issues with getting fabric online and I am disappointed with this fabric, particularly as Minerva are a reputable fabric seller! 

Despite this, I cut out the pieces and started sewing. The bodice was hideous, I tried making a neckband but it didn't sit right. I already decided I didn't like the fabric, so I didn't like the dress and I hadn't even finished it. The skirt hadn't been cut out yet so I thought I'd turn it into a simple tube skirt. Again, I just got too frustrated and retired this make to my fabric scraps bin (it'll go on Gumtree for someone else to enjoy) after just an hour.


And that's it, I'm trying to get through my stash before the Handmade Fair next month but I've also got a trip to Abakhan next week so I will just buy more fabric - oops. 

My next makes should consist of a couple of New Look dresses that were magazine freebies, and I've just subscribed to Seamwork as I'm desperate to make an Astoria! See you all soon :)


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