Tah-dah! My first yoyo dress is finished!And I’m sure it’ll be the first of many. Continue reading
This is not the first or the last Sigma dress that I will make, but it is the first with long sleeves and an invisible zip!
Inari Tee Dress
This is the Inari Tee Dress by Named Clothing made in a scuba fabric from Remnant Kings.
Hello there 2016…
And hello to my first make of 2016!
This is the Clover Dress by Brooke Tyson for Papercut Patterns. It’s the third one I’ve made and I think it’s my favourite version.
A mash up for the races
A bit of a pattern hack/franken-dress this one. It’s made up of three patterns Continue reading
A Dress for a Wedding (no, not a wedding dress)
There are older makes I really ought to be be posting about first (such as the kimono that probably won’t make it on the blog til winter at this rate)… But I really love this dress and want to share this pattern! Continue reading
A Clover For The Sun
A sleeveless Clover dress! I love the shape of the Clover dress but I wanted a strappy dress for inter-railing so I got rid of the sleeves Continue reading
And we have trousers
So firstly apologies for the lack of posts recently. I went interrailing round Eastern Europe with the boyfriend and it was amazing! We booked it less than a month before going though so lots to organise in minimal time. Managed to squeeze out a couple new makes for my holiday wardrobe before going though, so there will be a blog post to come soon!
This one’s all about the trousers though.
I’ve loved the patterned trousers trend so thought I’d give it a go. These are Cynthia Rowley pattern 1371. I loved the shorts so thought if make the trousers too. I made one alteration which was to remove the waistband and use black binding as the finish. The super high-waisted style worked well for shorts but I thought it might be a bit much for trousers.
I used material bought at Kendal’s indoor market and it was labelled as ex-Topshop. It’s quite thick, so perfect for trousers, and I really loved the monochrome pattern – so much so it took me ages to pick something to make with it! I get such a fear of wasting any particularly nice fabric I buy, so usually sits in my stash while I’m being very indecisive. This fabric had the same pattern on the other side but with the colours reversed, so even more choices before I could even start sewing. Honestly it’s a miracle these trousers ever got made!
I’m really happy with how they turned out. I just love the shape of these trousers.
Next for this pattern will be to make the top in view A… Or I might be brave and copy one of my favourite sewing blogs House of Pinheiro and try making the pattern into a playsuit or jumpsuit – hers was amazing!
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So Sigma, So Bright
Styling up my newly finished Sigma Dress for a night out. The bright and bold print calls for minimal accessories, so I’ve gone with some of my favourite New Look black heels and a silver statement necklace I picked up at a London market.
I love the shape of this dress, but it’s a bit short for casual-wear I think! This will be added to the going-out section of the wardrobe, perfect to take me through spring into summer.
Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity 1371
I used this pattern to make my first ever pair of shorts and I love them!
I used grid print crepe fabric from Remnant Kings to make the high waisted shorts in view D, inspired by a pair I saw in Topshop. I got two metres of the stuff and managed to get a shift dress and these shorts out of it – well impressed!
I’ve always avoided trousers and shorts, thinking they’d never fit right or be too difficult, but these were pretty easy to make and are a great fit.
I’d definitely recommend this pattern for anyone who, like me, wants to just have a go at making shorts. The high-waisted shape with the pleats at the front and darts at the back is really flattering, I think anyway! Just a warning though, they are really high waisted. I love that about them as I have a fair few cropped tops that will go great with them and my quite a long torso!
The instructions for this pattern are so clear and detailed, which I was so grateful for because I could not work out which pieces went together how to make them! I didn’t need to alter it at all either – although to be fair I wouldn’t know how yet!
I’m really pleased with how these turned out. I’d definitely make them again.
Next I’m going to have a go at making the cropped top, view A, minus the ruffles! It’s so similar to tops I’ve seen in Topshop and River Island, but I’m going to make my own unique version.