Home made pattern with circle skirt

Evening All 🙂

It’s been sooo long since I blogged last.  I’ve sewn quite a few garments since my last blog post, most of them have been successful, some not 😱.  

So here’s the latest one.  I managed to get a shot of it in the garden this afternoon, we had such lovely weather in London today 🙂 

    

The material used is a wool type of fabric which I bought from my local market for my usual £2/metre 🙋🏻. It is quite a heavy fabric so not quite to suitable for the warmer weather but it hangs really well.   The skirt is a full circle skirt made using the instructions from the By Hand London tool .  The bodice was created from a home made pattern using a body block made through a crafty class “PATTERNMAKING BASICS: THE BODICE SLOPER“.    

 I decided to do something different with the the darts. Instead of having the usual waist dart (vertical) and bust dart (horizontal) I combined all darts to a diagonal bust dart.  I think it works quite well and it’s nice to try something different with each garment you make, To test yourself a little further each time.

Since making the Betty dress from SewOverIt last year I must admit I still use the tecnique used to sew the facing onto the arm holes and neck line. It’s full proof every time. Cheers for that Lisa at SewOverIt 💃🏻

It skirt flows really well, I’m really happy with it 🙂

 
I know…I’m daft! 😘

CBug Basic line drawing and Art Journaling classes

My stab at Basic line drawing and Art Journaling watched through ‘Creative Bug

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My first doodle!

My doodle inspired by Creative Bug bug video’s:

  1. Basic Line Drawing by 
  2. Art Journaling by 

I have been watching the above two videos over the past couple of weeks and have felt super inspired to give this line drawing/doodling a go and I must say … I really enjoyed it! I had a nice lazy Sunday morning, kids were amused and I could just chill with my pad and pens. I only have Stabilo Fineliners but for my first attempt they worked pretty well!

The course Art Journaling advised to have a handful of colours and to mix them in round the page so I chose red, purple and yellow.  It also advised you find your ‘Go to’ shapes so whilst doodling I was trying to find these.  I like the Rockabilly scene so cherries, bows, hearts, anchors and stars were my ‘Go to’ choice.

Lisa’s class Basic Line Drawing taught me the scalops which are good to cover blank areas, concentric circles (which I made into flowers), the geometric mountains and triangle pattern.

If you like doodling then I would recommend watching these two classes.  I haven’t finished watching them both yet but this is what I have produced so far with what I have seen.

I hope you like 🙂

Lou Weez x

 

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Black n’ White – Simplicity 1699

I have been trying to blog about this dress for a few weeks now. Finding the time to take pictures seems nigh on impossible sometimes when you work and have 2 children! This weekend I found five minutes and quickly managed to get a few snaps in before darkness drew.1699

I totally love this dress! The fabric and pattern work so well together.

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LWC – Simplicity 1699

I’m wearing my favourite shoes too! It was my birthday on Halloween so on my day off I dragged hubby round Camden market (my favourite place to shop). As soon as I saw these shoes I had to have them. I think they work quite well with the monochrome look 🙂

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LWC – Simplicity 1699

This pattern is super easy to put together. I have already made this pattern in a stiffer cotton fabric. It’s interesting to see how the the two different dresses look due to the different fabric choice. I really like this pattern, I can really see myself making this again!

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LWC – Simplicity 1699

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LWC – Simplicity 1699

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Status

New patterns all around me

I have been looking around online and reading the blogs that I follow over the past week and I have to say that there are some amazing patterns just released or about to be released by British designers. Tilly and the Buttons has an awesome 60’s shift dress FRANÇOISE and the Kim dress from the By Hand London is fab too!

I think I may have to get myself some of this action.  The Kim Dress has not officially been released yet but the FRANÇOISE is available to buy.  There’s also a sweet competition that Tilly has organised where you can win a £500 sewing machine and other runners up prizes.  Details can be found here.

New pattern – Simplicity 1699

Trying a new pattern was way over due! During the half price Simplicity sale a month or so ago I picked some half price patterns. I decided to have a go at Simplicity 1699.

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To start with I traced the bodice pieces for the dress on to craft paper (my favourite kiddie play paper roll from Wilko). I chose size 14 Bust and 16 round the waist. I like to make a toile/muslin from the bodice pieces first for fitting. I do not bother to cut out the facings just the main parts. Once sewn together I check the fitting. I found that the front bodice piece cut on the fold needed to be reduced on the fold by 1/4″ as my apex was too wide. That did the trick! Then most bust seams had to be bought in by 1/4″ too but not the waist that was the right size. So a 12 would’ve been ok to cut originally.

After fitting I cut all pieces out of my actual fabric. This fabric (45″ wide) was bought from the local market at £2/metre…happy days… 🙂 I made a couple of amendments to the pattern. The skirt front pattern piece has a centre front seam which I was not too keen on. The bodice pattern does not have a centre front dart to match the skirt centre front seam to so I decided to cut that part on the fold taking of 1/2″ at the fold where the seam would’ve been. Also the neck line was very high so I re-drew a new one lower down which meant that I had to create new facing pieces to match.

The sleeves on this pattern are not sewn the usual way which made sewing this pattern super easy 🙂

And here it is:

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Simplicity 1699

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Not such a great photo but better than nothing 😉

 

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M4826 bodice with BHL circle skirt Combo

Hi Everyone,

I have had this dress made for a while but have just been soo busy lately with x2 children, LegoLand, Sonisphere festival, office parties and more that I have not had time to blog about it.  I have about 20 minutes now so this may be a little on the brief side….

I’ve had the McCall’s pattern M4826 for a while now.  I love the bodice/halterneck that this pattern has but not so keen on the gathered skirt. So I thought I would try something a little different.  I had some Cherry fabric (from fabricland.co.uk) that I had been keeping back for the right dress.  Now seemed the appropriate time 🙂  When I have a plan/idea in my head I just have to get on with it straight away!

I traced off the bodice pattern pieces on to my faithful wilko kiddie craft paper.  I made a Toile/Muslin of the bodice pieces as I needed to get the fit right.  This needed a little adjusting.  I then transferred the adjustments to the traced pattern pieces for future versions 🙂

Aftermaking the bodice/halterneck I used the circle skirt app from By Hand London to help me find the right dimensions for the circle skirt.  As I my fabric was only 45″ wide I could not get the length I really wanted so it kinda came out as a skater type skirt in the end.  Lou future note ** quite tricky to make a circle skirt with a 45″ wide fabric…next time try a different skirt solution** 😉

So here it is:

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M4826 bodice with circle skirt

My shoes are Jelly shoes by Mel Women’s Popstar Synthetic Mary Janes

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My Betty Dress by Sew Over It #SOIsewalong

Hello Everyone,

I finally found time to blog about my Betty Dress which I made as part if the Sew Over It Sew Along challenge.

There were a few moments where I thought I would not finish my dress in time.  With the school year drawing to a close my calendar is full! I’ve had two sports days, the School fete, a music evening, dance competitions and to top it all off my four year old has chicken pox!  But I managed it…phew!

The fabric I used for my ‘Betty’ was bought from the local market and was a super bargain at just £2/meter (150cm wide).  I bought 3 meters and still had some left to spare (maybe I’ll make a matching hair bow or bag??)

When cutting the fabric I decided that I would not cut the full skirt length from the pattern. From experience I usually end up taking about 1.5/2 inches off the length.  So me and my trusted measuring tape decided that this was a wise decision to shorten the length here too.

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Betty Dress creation stages

I really enjoyed this sew along, it taught me a few new ways of stitching the facing on to the bodice.  I must say I like this technique where you do not sew the shoulder seam until nearing the end.  It worked very well with my dress!!  Click here to see how this technique is sewn.

So here are a few pictures of my ‘Betty’ with and without petticoat 🙂

To vote for your favourite dress click here

Oh, and if your interested in my shoes they are Jelly type shoes from Mel in Blue 🙂 you can buy them from Amazon here: MEL Womens Popstar Platform

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LouWeezCreates Betty for SOI Sew along

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LouWeezCreates Betty for SOI Sew along

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LouWeezCreates Betty for SOI Sew along

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LouWeezCreates Betty for SOI Sew along