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