Sleek Silhouette

October 13, 2014
by Katy
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Dolores Batwing top

I was recently one of the lucky readers chosen by Zoe of ‘So Zo’ to try out her new pattern the Dolores top. Naturally, I was over and the moon! I really like the causal and comfy look of the top, and I really need some more long sleeved tops right now!
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(I broke my camera the other week so I only have phone photos till I get a new one :( hence the not so perfect photos!)

This pattern only takes 11 pages of paper to stick together to get the pattern pieces – Zoe’s utilised the space as much as possible and has managed to loose a page entirely. I don’t think I’ve ever worked with a pattern with so few pages :) I was really pleased by this – the number of times I have been frustrated that after cutting out pages and pages of pattern pieces only to find that one or two actually have nothing useful printed on them! Such a waste of paper. I love that Zoe’s environmental beliefs have influenced the layout of her patterns!

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The pattern has a few variations for you to choose from: a top, longer tunic and dress, with or without long sleeves. I decided to make two versions of the top, a dress with long sleeves, and a tunic with short sleeves, cos, options!

First up was the dress version. I decided to use my loved mustard yellow Jersey that I’ve had for aaaages. This is a very loved fabric. I love the colour and have been waiting for forever for the right pattern to make a dress from it. (It had to be a dress!). Also, mustard is just so Zoe! The pattern calls for very light, drapey Jersey fabric and in hindsight this fabric might be a tad too thick. It’s ended up a bit more like a jumper (awesome!). However, I actually really like the look.
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Now, the observant among you might realise that this is not a dress…. My machine and I had a little disagreement when it came to sewing the hem… It won, and after unpicking it THREE TIMES! and it still not hanging right I decided to chop off the hem and turn the dress into a tunic. I was sad, but actually a top is more versatile, so win! I don’t know what happened to my machine, first it kept making the hem wavy by stretching the fabric as it was sewing somehow – even with my trusty walking foot, then it would not sew without getting caught and making a big thread ball every few stitches… It looked totally nasty. I finally managed to get it to sew a passable hem on the tunic and after that it worked just fine, typical! I’ve since given it a good clean and it seems to be working fine now.

My body shape is very different to Zoe’s therefore I had to make changes to the pattern. My bust and hips fitted the size 14, and I cut down to the size 10 on my waist and shoulders. It’s still a bit baggy round my waist so I might go down another size next time I make it. I also had to make changes to the pattern due to fabric limitations – I only had a metre of fabric and was desperate to make a dress! I had to cut off length off both the sleeves and dress. The length of the dress doesn’t really matter now that it’s a top (but at least know it is possible with some sneaky cutting), but I took around 4 inches off the sleeves. The sleeves are now more like three quarter length, which I prefer anyway so that’s another win ;). Here they are when I haven’t rolled them up.

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The instructions included are also really easy to understand and are accompanied by photos which really helps a visual brain like mine!

My second make was the short sleeved tunic as I wanted to see how these sleeves would look. I used a black and white Aztec-y patterned Jersey for this one. This Jersey was very drapey so probably more how Zoe envisioned it.

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Comparitively to the other top this took no time at all as the hem went in first time with no problems! Zoe notes that her favourite way to sew a hem in Jersey is a 3-stitch zig zag, which I had not seen before so I decided to give it a go. I am pretty much converted to this stitch! It gives ways more stretch than a standard zig zag and looks pretty neat. I’ll be using this technique again for sure :)

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Overall, I really like this pattern. It’s quick and easy to sew – probably perfect for a beginner. The dress is smart casual – perfect for work. A great pattern for Autumn :)

October 1, 2014
by Katy
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Mix and match!

Ever felt like you want an outfit in every colour? Yeah, me too! That’s what inspired this little collection of beauties. I am loving the crop top/high waisted look at the moment, so I decided to make a few to mix and match: multiple outfit combinations!

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Separates were everywhere this summer, crop tops and high waisted skirts/trousers, you name it. So many bloggers have made really lovely versions, Salieoh, Tasia, Katy and Laney, and many more. I really loved this look and have been meaning to make my own version all summer. Thing is though I wanted options. The love the matching separates look, but plains are so much more versatile.  You can’t tell easily in these photos but the colours are white, navy blue and black. I have to admit, I’m unlikely to wear the black and navy blue outfit often, but I love the blue/ white and black/white combo’s. In fact I have worn variations of these outfits practically everytime I’ve gone out recently! I was planning to make another patterned version (with some african wax print, love!), but didn’t get round to it! Oh well, hopefully this trend will still be here next year.

But seeing as these are in plain colours these outfits don’t just go together, they also go so well with so many of my other separates – RTW and homemade. I think these items may just be the most versatile I’ve ever sewn! Separates Rule!
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So what are these little beauties? Well the skirts are simple enough, they are just half circle skirts based on my waist measurement. I think this is just about the most important skirt for a sewist to have in her wardrobe. Not only does it take absolutely no time to make one (ignoring hanging time) but the shape is amazing. I decided after making my full circle skirt that while the shape is nice, there is just way too much fabric for me! I felt swamped by it, and I am far too comedy clumsy enough to pull of the lady-like look. A half circle skirt by comparison has the perfect amount of fullness – not too much, not too little – I’m coming over all goldilocks :) . The fabric you choose also makes such a difference. I used a stretch cotton twill from here. It’s really soft while having a great amount of body, meaning that the skirts really hold their shape. I love how much they ‘stick out’. The stretch also means I can eat without feeling too constricted, something I have used to great effect recently, oops!

The tops are made from the bodice of the Salme Sonja dress pattern. I really love the shape of this pattern as it is slightly racer shaped at the front and back, which I think is a really modern look.  I’ve made the full dress of this pattern a couple of times (here and here) and absolutely love it! I can’t recommend it enough, and remember – it’s free! Get it here. Seeing as these tops were meant to be part of a dress I had to work out exactly how to add a zip and still be able to get the top on. In the end I decided to sew in open end zips, meaning that putting on the tops is kind of like putting a jacket on back to front, does that make sense? This way they are super easy to put on!
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I also lined the tops in the same fabric. I could have just used bias binding, or a facing… But I hate facings and I love how neat a lining is. Using the same fabric means that the tops still stretch if needed, and I really like how strong and sturdy the tops feel. They aren’t going to fall apart at all!

So, basically, even though summer is over and these outfits aren’t particularly weather appropriate any more I love ‘em! Separates are the way forward people. Have you made any?

September 23, 2014
by Katy
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Belated summer tops

Belated in that I actually made both these tops much earlier in the summer and have been wearing them A LOT in the (occasional) heat we’ve had.
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The first is a refash! Check it out, I’m actually capable to doing (simple) refashions now! *smug* ;) Last year I fell in love with these cute topshop dresses in a vivid yellow print. To be honest I wasn’t that fussed about the dress, but I loved that print! Alas, they sold out before I could get my grubby mits on one :(

Isn’t the fabric cute??? I totally loved it’s vibrancy, but sadly I didn’t find one in time. So, imagine my delight when I saw this very dress hanging in my local charity shop window, for £4 no less! I bought it there and then without even thinking about the size. When I got it home I realised it was a size 14, and too big for me as a dress without some serious taking in around the waist. But I wasn’t sure I wanted it as a dress, I mean who wants to walk around in last years fashion? Or something that’s not homemade? ;)

Plus this is the back: (you’ll have to make do with photos from the web as I forgot to take any of me in it,doh!)

This and the VERY short length (on me) meant it all just felt a little too skimpy for me to wear. So I unpicked it into the skirt, top, and zip and played around with what I had…. Not quite enough for a tee, bit boring to just have it as a skirt….I needed to do something interesting with it.
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As an aside, having started to unpick RTW clothes, I am surprised by how badly they are made! Just look at how wiggly that hem is, nothing seems to be cut particularly straight. Anyhoo, in the end I decided I had juuust enough fabric to make another top, based on my newly made denim dress. This was a lovely, simple make. Since I already had the pattern pieces I just laid them on the fabric from the gathered skirt and cut them out. There wasn’t enough fabric to have both the front and back on fabric clear of seams so I made sure this time that the centre back had a seam down it, not the centre front. I also reused the hem – it may be uneven but it’s already done!
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Et voila, the final top. Very simple, but I like that it puts that gorgeous print centre stage.
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I really love that back! The hem may be slightly wavy, but I can live with it!
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So a very simple cami, but I’m pleased I have something saved from that dress, and for only £4, bargain! I see many of these tops in my future! (Btw, it got caught in the wind in this photo – I’m not pregnant or anything :) )

The second top I made using the left overs of my gorgeous tie die fabric, which had made my kimono. Initially I had no idea what to do with it as I wanted the top to be special. I finally decided to trace one of my favourite RTW tops and make a copy. The top I copied is a very simple, racer back, floaty top, which I love to death and has started to fall apart :( . All was fine until I sewed the bias binding on the neckline. Now, I have no idea what I did, but I messed it up good and proper. Embarrassingly so. It gaped like you wouldn’t believe and was totally unwearable. I unlocked and tried to save it several times, but it didn’t work. I did take a photo at the time, but it was a while ago and I can’t find it anywhere, trust me – it was baaad! I was really quite gutted as this was my lovely hand died fabric, and I needed to save it!

In the end I cut out the offending sections of neckline, until it sat flat. I then made some spaghetti straps and attached them to the front and to the racer back, which I had also cut, at the back. Extra straps on tops seem to be a ‘in’ right now, so I’ve inadvertently made the top more fashionable! How ironic.
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By cutting the neckline the top now fits slightly higher up than before, and I can only wear it with a strapless bra, but I’m ok with that. I top stitched everything with white thread so it stands out, a touch I like :)
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In the end, and considering the disaster it was, I’m quite pleased with the outcome and have worn this top frequently over the summer.
So, two simple tops. Did you make any this summer?

September 18, 2014
by Katy
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RecreKate: Striped Moto Jacket, with HOOD!

I finished it! I finally finished it! I have been ‘making’ this jacket for a while now. What that actually means is that it has sat in a corner half sewn together while I happily sew together a summer wardrobe, and generally chill out ;) … Oops? But the weather has turned a bit and am now in need of a new jacket – one with a hood!

You may remember I wanted to recreate this lovely (and expensive) jacket from Karen Millen:

Striped leather biker jacket

I’m obsessed with stripes, and with monochrome – what can I say? So this is my version, what do you think?
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Just like my floral jacket I used Burdastyle Asymmetrical Moto Jacket 11/2013 but I made some alterations. Firstly I got rid of the peplum effect by sellotaping the pattern pieces directly together. The second change I made was to add a hood! England rains, a lot, and I don’t like umbrellas!  This was very easy to do as the pattern already has a large collar. I simply added the hood from the Minoru to the pattern. This was a mega easy pattern hack.
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The fabric is a stripe Denim from Fabric Godmother, and is such a beautiful fabric. It’s soft but thick. The only issue is that it is a stretch fabric with the stretch running the wrong way. This wasn’t a huge problem but was something to bear in mind when sewing the seams, so I used my walking foot throughout to avoiding the seams stretching and becoming distorted.
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Having made the jacket up before it was a breeze to sew it together again, but I completely ignored the Burdastyle instructions – those things are just too confusing! Like last time I lined the whole jacket in the same fabric as you can see the lining at several points. This also makes sure the jacket will be warm in the autumn weather :)
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The sleeves are made of leather – yup, REAL leather! I bought my leather from here  and was really impressed with the quality. There were no holes in it and it sewed up beautifully! It was my first time using leather and I was a bit nervous about giving it a go, but actually it worked absolutely fine. I just sewed with a leather needle and there were no probs. I went over all the seams with my overlocker, not because I was worried about it fraying, but because I wanted the seams to be nice and strong. I didn’t line the sleeves and instead did a blind hem along at the cuffs. But this is a bit visible so I might go back and line the sleeves.  It will look more professional this way, buuuut…. the jacket is finished now, so the likelihood of that happening? Slim to none :)
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So? I am so happy with the outcome. It is comfy, fits well, HAS A HOOD and I like the slightly sportswear look created by adding it. Oh and I saved about £400!! Now I just have to go through my wardrobe to work out what I can wear with it :)

August 17, 2014
by Katy
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Fabrikate Alder Shirtdress

Hey! I’m so excited to show you my lovely new Grainline Alder Shirtdress!

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It’s made using some silk I recently dyed when I also dyed using shibori techinques. I actually wasn’t planning on dyeing this fabric, but then I was dyeing my shibori dyed silk and fancied shoving some more in (Yes, that’s a technical term ;) ), but this time I wanted it to look dip-dye. I prepared the fabric in the same way as I did before , prepared the acid dye, and then….. hung it from a hanger while I let some of it fall into the pot.

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I boiled up the dye for nearly an hour and can’t quite believe that the silk hasn’t shrunk – the part that isn’t dyed it exactly the same width. Considering the high temperatures the silk was in, I was very surprised!

The dye hasn’t seeped/spread up the fabric like I imagine it would had I used procion dyes, or Dylan dyes. But I like the uneven effect it’s given it, which is more or less just due to where I put the fabric in the dye solution.

I had no idea what to do with this gorgeous fabric once it was done, but then I saw the new Grainline Alder Shirtdress and I knew they would look good together!

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Naturally I had to make some changes in the length of the dress. I think I added on about 2 or 3 inches overall, and I reckon it’s a perfectly respectable length now. I made up a size 6, thinking that it would fit my bust ok, but it’s a little bit too tight…. I really do have to just bite the bullet and learn how to do a FBA! Annoyingly there is enough ease in the dress for my bust, but some is at the back – where I don’t need it.  I should have added in more ease to the front of the dress. Having said that, It looks fine with a top underneath, and I was unlikely to ever really wear it done up fully so no real problem.

The Grainline pattern and instructions where easy to follow and the whole project was like a dream. If you’d like some extra help there’s a sewalong going on at Grainline at the moment! It was really enjoyable to sew something slightly more complex again, I feel I’ve been sewing a lot of basics recently.

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I really love the dip dye effect, and so added on a dip dye pocket too! Although working with this silk was a little tricky – it was soooo slippy, so the pocket is not sewn on perfectly but I’m happy with it. The slippyness of the fabric worried me so I took my time to make this one perfectly. I’m so pleased with the outcome, the sewing is all straight and I even made my own silk bias binding which I was not expecting to go in as easily as it did. This being made of silk I could only sew french seams, the fabric almost demands it!  When I’m not sewing things together quickly with my overlocker this is my preferred way of sewing seams, it just looks so much more sleek. Overall? Chuffed!

I found it difficult to decide which thread to use for all the topstiching, seeing as the dress goes from white to black. I originally sewed it all in white, including the buttons holes, but I really didn’t like the look. So I went out and bought a fabric pen and blacked out all the white stitching. It think it’s pretty successful – it’s managed to hide the white and I don’t have ugly sections where I’ve had to change the thread. I did a similar thing with the buttons and started with white buttons at the top and changed to black buttons at the bottom. Thanks to everyone on instagram who helped me with that conundrum! It’s looks much cleaner this way! Although next time I’m buying smaller buttons, I always go too big!!

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So, opinions? My husband thinks it’s a bit too ‘art teacher’, I’m hoping you disagree??

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Also, how much do you love my shoes? I’m in LOVE! Far too tall to wear, far to beautiful not to wear!

 

August 11, 2014
by Katy
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Single layer dress

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So, Today I give you the double layer dress from Burdastyle! This is a simple, SIMPLE dress. So simple that I’ve even managed to enticed my non sewing friends to give it a try! As an easy, non-fussy dress I think it’s perfect.

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I used this gorgeous multicoloured viscose from croft mill. which sadly is not in stock anymore. Seeing as this fabric is so busy I needed a simple design to show it off – hence this dress! I think it’s a good matching. Sadly, the fabric was quite a bit off grain so I wasn’t able to get much more fabric out of it. Which is a shame as I’d hoped I could have a dipped hem at the back. However, I do like how the dress turned out, and it’s probably more wearable now.

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The fit is pretty good, if a little big across the back and bust. I usually have to make extensive changes to burdastyle patterns to allow for my curves, but seeing as this dress has an elastic waist I could make the waist as small as I needed it to be and so just cut out my bust size with no changes. The style is pretty relaxed - the dress hangs slightly over the waist which I like. The observant among you may have noticed that despite it’s  name this dress has only one layer? Well I just didn’t feel that I needed to make two! The pattern provides style lines for both the dresses on one pattern piece. The ‘outer’ dress has a lower neckline and lower armcycles and, you guessed it, the ‘inner’ dress has  a neckline that is slightly higher. I went with the higher neckline and I think that it’s turned out reasonably modest, but I’m not sure I’d want to wear the ‘outer’ dress without something underneath!

I have not created an elasticated waist this way before but quite like the result – I plan to use it again in the future on other makes. The instructions call for you to zig zag stitch over some elastic thread, which you then pull to the correct length. This makes for easy sewing and a super easy dress to get on and off as it has no fastenings. I’ve been adding a belt to mine just to excentuate my waist, which works well.  I’m thinking this might be a useful dress for all  my friends that seem to be pregnant at the moment! Perhaps I can make them some post pregnancy prezzies :)

The instructions call for you to make your own bias binding, which I’m getting a dab hand at now so no problems there. I think this might even be my cleanest insertion of self made bias binding. I almost copped out and used shop bought, mainly because I’m lazy, but I’m glad I didn’t in the end. This bias binding is almost totally invisible – helped by the busyness of the print.

If you’re looking for easy burdastyle intructions, these are probably the closest you are going to get -seeing as the dress is so simple. But if you wnat clear step-by-step instructions, you’re still going to be disapointed. Luckily there are plenty of tutorials for making and adding bias binding on the web, if you don’t know how to do either of these things you might want to check them out first!

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All in all this is a really easy dress to make and wear, even in the wind!

August 7, 2014
by Katy
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Denim Swing Dress

Is it me or is it too hot to sew? All I want to do right now it sit in a beer garden with an ice bucket, and a glass of wine! This is mainly why my output of late has been lacking. Or rather the photographing has been lacking….

But I’ve finally gotten around to both making and photographing something, yay!

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This is my denim swing dress. I have wanted a denim dress for aaaages! I think they look gorgeous in the summer. I’ve tried on a few denim dresses in shops and always found they don’t fit right across my hips. So I really had no excuse to make one, and make it fit right – perks of being a sewist right? Luckily, I had this lovely denim left over from my denim circle skirt. I LOVE the colour of this denim it’s lovely and light, just what I wanted. If you’re interested, it’s from Minerva Crafts and you can get it here.

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This is essentially a very simple dress. I didn’t use a pattern, but made my own :) I couldn’t be bothered to start from scratch so I started with the double layer dress from burda (a post on that coming soon) as I knew that mostly fit. I removed some excess across the bust as it was a bit big, and removed some of the fullness of the skirt. I wanted this to be more swingy than floaty, if that makes sense?

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I actually did something new with the bias binding on this dress. I’ve had problems on the last couple of things I’ve made with the neckline stretching out. I was determined this would not happen with this dress! So I stitched a large stitch along the neckline and slightly, and I mean slightly, gathered it. This way when I added the binding it sat perfectly! I don’t think this is normally necessary, but it helped this time.

I then completely changed the neckline, making it a racer back and making straps by continuing the bias binding. I made the straps cross at the back as I like that little detail.

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Although you can’t really see in these photos (it was so sunny!) There is a design detail at the front of the dress – a strip of denim. This photo probably shows it more clearly.

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This was actually the result of a total cock up on my part – I didn’t have enough fabric to cut both the front and back on the fold, but it was only AFTER I cut it all out that I realised I had put the back on the fold, not the front. Duh!! This is why I take ages over my cutting out – I’m prone to stupid mistakes. In the end I decided to make a feature out of it and added a strip to the front. I like it now :)

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I think it works :) basically, I’m really happy. Finally I’m starting to make some weather appropriate clothes. How are you guys getting on with sewing in this heat?

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July 22, 2014
by Katy
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Sewing with friends, a party, a wedding, and getting back into sewing!

Hi! Long time no see :)

My exams are over!!! Or rather they were over a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been having so much fun celebrating that fact I have neglected the blog somewhat – oops! But the exams are over, and the best news is -I PASSED! Woop. I am officially a second year doctoral student, phew!

This wonderful piece of news obviously needed a party, and luckily one came along at exactly at the right time! The By Hand girls held a party to say thank you to everyone who helped them reach their kickstarter goal. I’m sure you’ve seen some beautiful photos all over the web from that night, but you’re just gonna have to see some more (less good) ones!

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imageYet again, it’s just so nice to meet such a wonderful group of sewists. I can never get over how friendly everyone always is! There was every colour of candy ever….imageAnd possibly the best drink ever in existence!imageJust what I needed to relax after exams :)

Especially when it involved dancing the night away!
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A week later I wore the same dress (my floral flora) to a wedding! The dress is getting a lot of action at the moment. Have to say it’s a beautifully designed dress – I love it so much!
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Now, I didn’t exactly do much sewing over the exam period (my jacket is still hanging up half made – I only need to attach the sleeves, but I’m taking my time getting around to it). So I think I need to ease myself into it again slowly. What better way to do that but to help a friend a complete novice  to make something? Enter my friend Laura. She admired my tie dye kimono recently and said how much she’d love one. Big mistake when I’m around – Within a few minutes I had bought her some fabric and set a date for her to come over and make one herself.

I don’t think she actually thought I would make her do it all…. so naive :) Armed with some lovely viscose from Minerva crafts, a Kimono tutorial from Elle Apparel, and a bottle of wine (naturally) we got to work. I even made the poor girl sew french seams….
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But it looks fabulous doesn’t it!
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And she did it all herself. It is gorgeous, it makes me want to buy some more fabric and make myself one!

It worked, I’m now back on the sewing horse! I have a few pieces lined up to show you all, and I LOVE them. I need to get sewing and make some lovely summer clothes so I don’t melt in all this heat!!!!!!!!!!

 

June 5, 2014
by Katy
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Who knew re-fashioning was this fun?

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The answer seems to be: most people except me! Since I finished my first re-fashion I’ve been seeing possibilities everywhere – things hanging in my wardrobe for ages I’m now seeing in a different light. Take this dress:

Ok this is not the actual dress I had, I forgot to take a ‘before’ pic, but it was basically like this only shorter.

It’s ok isn’t it? Pretty basic but an ok summer dress, nothing special. I wore it quite a lot the summer a couple of years ago, but since then it’s been languishing in my wardrobe being passed over for more interesting clothes, or dresses where I’m not consious of needing to have a ‘thin’ day. Since it hasn’t been worn in over a year (or two?) I thought I was worth spending some time working out how I could make it more wearable, or at least more interesting to me. It turns out this it the easiest re-fash ever. I just decided I would love it as a skirt! I love stripes, but at the moment it feels too much to have them all over my body. So I did a really esay hack at the waist, to cut off the top:
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Then took some elastic I had in my stash (I always seem to have loads of elastic in my stash!). This particular elastic was left over from my Minoru parka so was very wide (2 inches). I simply added the elastic to the top of the skirt. I did this a slightly different way to how I’ve done it with my gathered skirts (by making a chanel and feeding the elastic through). This time I thought the wide black elastic would fit in with the rest of the stripey skirt, and be a bit of a statement. So, I overlocked the elastic to the top of the skirt, elastic to the right side of the fabric so the overlocked edge would be on the inside once it was finished. 
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Anoyingly, being a bit of a numpty I don’t have many photos of this process as I did not appear to engage my brain at the start…. I cut the elastic to fit my waist, and assumed this would fit the skirt – not so! RTW never fits my waist right, duh Katy! But silly old me carried on till I got half way round the skirt waist and ran out of elastic! A quick unpick, a few inches chopped off the sides of the skirt and the elastic fitted fine :)
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 So a very simple re-fash and a very simple pencil skirt, but I bet it gets worn so much more now! I really like the monochrome graphic style, jeez I’m beginning to sound like a broken record! Haha. But seriously, the thick elastic fits in well with the stripes of the skirt Perhaps I can do something with the top too? Watch this space….
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By the way, my wonderful sister has just started up a thought provoking and funny blog about daily challenges. Check it out!

June 2, 2014
by Katy
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MMM’14 final round up and final thoughts

Here we go, last week of MMM!

Monday (Day 26)

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Me mades: Grey hemlock tee (still unblogged, oops!)

Something comfy for a day revising (boo). This top did me well in MMM, so easy to just throw on!

Tuesday (Day 27)
I felt really poorly today so took the day off from work. I stayed in my pj’s most of the day but tried to stay in the MMM spirit and cosied up in yesterdays top. No pic as no-one wants to see my make-up free face!

Wednesday (Day 28)

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Me mades: Mustard birdie Mathilde dress

This dress was comfy and a nice ease back into work. I still really love this dress :)

Thursday (Day 29)

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Me mades: Gingham Archer

I have come to the conclusion that I must not have printed the pdf of the Archer pattern correctly! All of my three versions feel smaller than they look on other people… I think I must have left the page scaling on, doh! Let that be a lesson to you all! This one is very wearable but towards the end of the day I ended up unbuttoning it (I had a top on underneath, don’t panic!) And really liked it. I wish it was a bit bigger though, it would get worn SO much more.

Friday (Day 30)

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Me mades: Easy jersey dress

Another easy work dress. Another make I wasn’t sure about to begin with but it’s become a work staple.

Saturday (Day 31)

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Me mades: Shibori kimono

It was lovely and warm today so I threw on my new kimono. I’ve got to wear it, it’s new!! It was super lovely and comfy.

Wow, I’ve learnt a lot about my wardrobe and my style this month. It turns out I like basics; tees, shirts and skirts for day to day. I also like things pretty fitted.  I have a wardrobe full of pretty vintagy dresses with full skirts that I made last year, but I don’t really feel like wearing them every day. I much prefer a more casual look, hopefully with a bit of a modern take or style. Now I know what gaps to fill, I’ve realised I need more everyday clothes and fewer pretty dresses! Bring on a summer of sewing – mainly trousers!!!! Wow,  this would have been easier if I had some trousers to throw on….

How did you guys get on?

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