Saturday, June 24, 2017

Colette Wren Dress - (aka secret pyjamas!)

This dress was my first venture into the world of sewing with stretch fabric. I was very nervous and did mammoth amounts of reading articles on websites before taking the plunge.

I chose this pattern after seeing Laura's Petite Passions review. I thought she looked so lovely in it! I read a lot of other reviews of the pattern and everyone seemed to say it was a straightforward sew. Some people commented that the waistline came up a bit high on them, but as I am pretty short anyway I figured it would be fine for me. Also, Laura mentioned that she didn't make any adjustments either and I figured we're probably similar height.

It then took me a long time to choose the fabric. I eventually decided on this lovely viscose jersey from Splendid Stitch. I initially sent an enquiry, explaining that I was planning to make the Wren and checking whether they thought this would be a suitable fabric. The staff there were very helpful and confirmed that the fabric had the required amount of stretch. The fabric is truly gorgeous, so soft and comfortable to wear and the design is so eye-catching without being over-the-top.



I found the pattern instructions easy to follow but I did run into difficulties with the waistline though. I struggled to get a straight waistline. Sewing the elastic onto the waist was tricky and it turned out a bit wobbly. It wasn't too bad so I thought I'd get away with it. Then, when attaching the skirt to the bodice thing got even more wobbly! Unfortunately, in my naivety/inexperience/rush I did this on the overlocker so there was no turning back! So there are a few wobbles but I don't think that anyone other than me will notice them really. Lesson learnt - sew on the machine first, then overlock after checking.

I absolutely love this dress. I have worn it to barbecue parties, work, shopping, everywhere. I always get lots of compliments when I wear this. To be honest, it makes me feel like I am wearing sunshine! And it is just soooo comfortable.

If you haven't made it yet then I totally recommend this x


Friday, April 28, 2017

My first make - Tilly & the Buttons - Bettine Dress

Hi,

so... here is the first dress I made.

I made it last July and it took me ages to decide what to make. I knew I wanted to make something simple - so no zips or buttons. After a lot of reading other peoples blogs and pattern reviews I decided to give the Bettine dress from Tilly & the Buttons a go.

After having chosen the pattern it then took me even longer to choose the fabric! I found it really difficult to know what would work best and I didn't want to spend to much money in case it all went horribly wrong. Eventually I found something I liked - a houndstooth rayon from Exeter Sewing Machine Co which was only £5.99 p/m I think

After taking my measurements I cut a size 4 - I really should have gone up a size but I was kidding myself that I would lose weight! And, as I am only 5' 1" I decided to be really brave and have a go at shortening the pattern. I got a bit carried away and took 2 inches off - I was lucky that it left me enough for a tiny hem without risking indecency!

The instructions were really straightforward and I had no issues following them. I am so pleased with how this turned out. I love the style and I love the pockets. I wear it a lot! The only problem I can see with it is that I haven't sewn both hips quite symmetrically, one side puffs out slightly, but I think I'm the only one that notices.

I would really recommend this pattern to anyone who wants to give sewing a go.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Welcome!



Hi, I'm Linda and I'd like to share my sewing adventures with you.

I started sewing in July 2016 after watching The Great British Sewing Bee. Since then I've discovered a whole new world of sewing bloggers and have picked up so many tips and inspiration from them. I've been really pleased with my progress so far and hope I can inspire someone too.

I'll start with a bit of a retrospective look at the things I've made so far and what I've learnt along the way. Then I hope that this will be regularly updated with whatever I'm currently up to.

I''m new to blogging so I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of my posts,

ciao,

Linda