Sigma Dress

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The Sigma Dress from Papercut Patterns – finished!

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I’m a total convert to this New Zealand based pattern maker! The patterns have so far been so easy to follow and make beautiful dresses, plus they come in the most beautiful packaging. I mean they do take a couple of weeks to arrive and are at the top end of my budget, but still great as a wee treat.

The Sigma Dress was a Christmas present from my brother, so I thought it was about time I made it! I bought the fabric aaaages ago from Fabrix in Lancaster, my favourite fabric shop of all time. It’s quite thick with a one-way stretch and actually very similar to a lot of the prints on the High Street at the moment.

These are from River Island (and I’m still so tempted to buy both) and have a similar smudged pattern.

Here are my work in progress shots, as modelled by my mannequin below!

It’s not obvious from this photo but I went for the version with gathers either side of the waist, which I thought would be most flattering. I cut out the medium size without bothering to measure because I made the Clover dress in a medium, but this one was massive! I had to unpick the waist to take in the side seams and then still had loads of excess material at the back. I’ll definitely be measuring properly and cutting a smaller size next time! It’s also quite a short pattern, which was fine for this dress but worth noting for the future.

I was a bit stuck with this dress for a while though because I couldn’t decide on what to do for the sleeves. I think the versions with the long sleeves look great, but I wasn’t sure about it for this thick material. I like the short sleeves too, but there have been so many times I’ve added sleeves to dresses and then wished I hadn’t… but I went with the sod it, let’s do short sleeves attitude!

I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. Love this pattern and its definitely one I’ll be using again. Next time though I will measure up properly and cut out the size that will actually fit properly! And probably add a few inches to the length too; ah tall people issues.

It’s a Shirt 

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Hot off the sewing machine, this is how I styled my very newly finished chiffon shirt for today’s Sunday pub lunch at The Bull Inn. Delicious food and no washing up – what’s not to love?!

I love how the pastel purple of the chiffon brings a bit of colour to the rest of this monochrome outfit, and the white of the collar and front band looks great with my little white bag!

Jacket: H&M

Shirt: Handmade

Jeans: Monsoon

Boots: New Look

Bag: Accessorize

 

 

Burda 6847

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My first finished coat!

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I won’t lie, this coat is very similar to one I already own, bought from Primark at the start of the season… I just thought I could make a better version!

This is the first Burda pattern I’ve used and it was brilliantly straight forward. I went for view B but didn’t bother with the collar. There aren’t many pattern pieces and the jacket doesn’t require lining so I think this was a perfect choice for one of my first coats.

I think I started this jacket in December, but the reason it has taken me so long to finish was actually just the wait for the bronze coloured zip to arrive! I’m pleased with how this jacket turned out, although looking at the photos I think it is a little big so I might take all the seams in a bit. The problem is that although this is a beautiful, soft, fluffy fabric, it’s bloody hard to work with! The hems are nowhere near as neat as I’d like them to be because of that, but luckily you can’t really tell because it’s so fluffy (I hope).

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Simplicity Lisette 1419

 

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Isn’t this such a cute dress?!

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I made it using Simplicity Lisette pattern 1419 and some blue polka-dot material a very kind friend bought me for my birthday.

I love the details of this dress – the pleats, Peter Pan collar and keyhole front.

It’s not a difficult pattern though, despite all those details. There’s a facing plus interfacing to create the keyhole front, and the instructions are really clear.

I used leftover polyester panama material for the collar but it was a bit heavy really and made it harder to achieve the really rounded shape. When I make this one again I’ll use a lighter material for the collar, and probably keep it sleeveless. I prefer the in-progress photos without sleeves and kind of wish I’d not bothered with them! What do you think?

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New Look Pattern 6262

I love this pattern. With the fitted bodice and gathered skirt New Look 6262 is a beauty. It’s also very similar to the popular Christine Haynes Emery Dress at a fraction of the price… not to mention the many dresses of this shape on the high street! I do have a couple of them that fit well from Topshop and New Look, but generally they can be pretty poor. The gathered skirt usually seems to start just below the boobs – not flattering! But this pattern gets the balance just right.

I’ve made this full dress three times now, and have used it to make a separate top and skirt too. I just love it! Simple to use and fits well. A slight warning though, the waist is pretty tiny! I adjusted the pattern to increase the waist by a little as the rest of the dress in my size fitted perfectly.

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Part way through making the first two of New Look 6262. The one on the left is in a soft viscose fabric and the right is a Liberty print. I had both fabrics ages before I could choose a pattern good enough to cut them up for!

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I tried one of the other variations for this last one, with the V-neck and no sleeves. This one is in a light Chambray with braid sewn on at the waist.

So overall, another great pattern from New Look. Don’t think I’ll be stopping at three with this one…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Look Pattern 9065

Another of my favourite patterns!

So here’s my pattern review for New Look 9065…

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It’s brilliant, buy it!

I’ve made this dress three times now, twice in polyester panama and once in a viscose print. It’s so easy to make and the fit is so flattering. The darts at the bust and in the back create that shape, but neither are too tricky to do. There’s a zip down the back which you can either do as an invisible zip or just normal, which is what I went for.

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The green and pale blue versions are both in polyester panama, which I think makes them fairly smart – I hope so anyway, I wear the green version all the time for work! I absolutely love the colour of the pastel blue dress, but unfortunately I think its quite a summery shade so I haven’t had a chance to wear it recently.

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I think this viscose print version is my favourite though.

Great for a night out, but just stick tights, boots and a baggy cardigan on with it and it works as a daytime look too.

So as you may have gathered, I highly recommend this pattern! It’s versatile, works with different fabrics and always makes a really flattering dress.

I have heard others say the sizings are a bit big on it, but I think it depends what you’re after. I cut my normal size and it was perfect.

A Weekend in London Town

Styling handmade in the capital…

What I wore during my weekend in London.

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Tapestry skirt: Handmade; Top: H&M; Coat: Primark; Necklace: New Look

The outfit I wore to see Cats, which was brilliant! Nicole Scherzinger was AMAZING!! What a voice. And the dancing was just incredible. Definitely recommend seeing this.

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Co-Ord: Handmade; Coat: boohoo.com; Necklace & Bag: Accessorize

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We wandered round by the Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, and obvs got photos outside them… It would be rude not to!

We did the Aquarium too (even though I hate fish). Loved the penguins though!

And then after being preached to about reducing the amount of fish in our diets, we went for dinner at Sushi Samba!

My first taste of sushi and it was incredible, as were the views from Heron Tower over London.

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Cocktails at Mahiki… Dress: H&M

…And Saturday was a repeat outfit because I love it so much! See my earlier post for full details on this one.

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Amazing weekend. London, I’ll be back soon.

A Spotty Dress and a Fedora

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Hats are my new favourite accessory.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t think they’d suit me or that I’d be able to pull them off, but hey I’ve decided I like them. I’ve even bought two now: this fedora from H&M and a little bowler hat from boohoo.com. Not only do they look good but they keep my head warm and mean I don’t have to bother doing my hair – what’s not to love?!

Dress: Made by me

Cardigan: Made by my Gran

Belt & Fedora: H&M

Necklace: Accessorize

Boots: New Look

Red is the New Black

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The little red dress – the new LBD! A little bit too festive maybe, but red shouldn’t just be for Christmas.

I’ve styled this bold dress simply because that’s all it needs. Just black tights, black boots from New Look and a long, gold, pointed pendant from Accessorize.

I always wear some sort of jewellery – I feel a bit naked without any! I blame working in Monsoon and the focus on accessorising… It’s true that good accessories can totally bring an outfit together though. Jewellery is one of my (many) shopping weaknesses. Not too expensive and can always be justified…