My dress to enter Sew Dolly Clackett Competition #sewdollyclackett

Hi, I have fully enjoyed my latest project, I decided to join in with the Sew Dolly Clackett competition (details found here).  Basically Roisin also known as Dolly Clackett (who is an amazing dress creator and blogger) is getting married and her good friend has created this competition in celebration of this awesome event 🙂 You can chose from a few patterns that Roisin uses regularly, I chose and ordered a pattern from Christine Haynes – Emery. I chose some fabric from FabricLand.co.uk – http://fabricland.co.uk/eu732%20031.jpg and got to work 🙂

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I made a toile/muslin from the bodice pattern pieces first and adjusted a couple of the darts. I quite liked the collar look so I went with that.  I’m not keen on sleeves so I chose not to make the dress sleeveless.  I cut and made the bodice from my main material and the collar from a stiff white cotton (interfacing was not needed).  I put all the pieces together as I was instructed.  I liked the pocket idea too so I went with that…and gathered the skirt pieces and sewed it all together.  I did not like the gathered look on me, it just did not suit me.  I had seen box pleats on the Great British Sewing Bee and thought I would them a go! I have never made a box pleat before! I measured the gaps and and gave them a go.  I think they worked pretty well! I even managed to get the back pleats opposite the back seams!

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Anyway enough of my rambling on…lets see the dress! louweezcreates.co.uk louweezcreates.co.uklouweezcreates.co.uklouweezcreates.co.uk louweezcreates.co.uk louweezcreates.co.uk

Getting my confidence back :) #Akatsuki #Naruto

I am really enjoying my sewing 🙂 I feel so much more confident than I did a year ago. I used to have so many problems with commercial patterns…after measuring and cutting the suggested size it would NEVER fit! I completely lost my enthusiasm and confidence.

Last year I booked myself on a pattern cutting evening class for one term with my friend Pip. I really enjoyed this, it made me open my eyes to how patterns are designed and how to alter neck lines and darts. The patterns did not seem so daunting after that.

I was told by my teacher that I should invest in a Graders set square.  Me being me (and wanting to get a bargain) I decided to buy one I found on Amazon…it was like a set square but also had curves like the french curve.  Great I though – best of both worlds.  I could use out find and I use it quite a lot 🙂

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After being on my evening class I needed to make a garment that fit me. After some research I found an online class on craftsy ‘Gertie’s Bombshell Dress’. I watched all the videos from start to finish.  Gertie is great at fully expelling the whole process whilst showing you…it was great!!! Amongst other things she made me realise the importance of making a toile/muslin first.

With my basic pattern cutting skills I got to work on a cloak for my son to wear to ComicCon October last year in London. He’s really loves Naruto (Japanese Anime cartoon) and passionately wanted an Akatsuki Cloak.

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I drew round him on some card and started to make the basic shape. I then add my seam allowance and cut it out of calico. With a slight adjustment to the neck line and winging it with the bell sleeves I got to work! It took a little bit of time as I was making it up as I went along. I have never made or sewn a sleeve before but watched a few YouTube videos to help me along.

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So here’s the end result, he loves it and now his friend really wants one too!

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#Sorbetto Sleeveless Top finished

Sorry I have not updated my blog for a few weeks chaps…

So…about a month ago I popped down to a local market stall and found some super cheap fabric, £2/meter and had polka dots…YAY!

I thought it was perfect for trying out ideas and using my basic pattern cutting skills instead of using calico which I can not wear.

I made a slight change to a free pattern that I found online (I removed the fold in the middle) Sorbetto Sleeveless Top top from Colette Patterns

My next plan is to try this again and change the neck line and add a Peter Pan collar and a slight and button fastening at the back (so I can get into it).

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Sew Over It ‘Sew along’ 1940’s Tea Dress Finished!

Last night I finally managed to get round to putting the finishing touches on my Tea Dress and now I can reveal my finished garment … YAY 🙂

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#soisewalong 1940’s Tea Dress by LouWeezCreates

My most challenging part was the fitting.  I can sew/machine sew quite well but I always fall down during the fitting phase…but I persevered and with a little help from my Mum, Hubby and quite a few pins I managed to get the fitting right.

When originally cutting the pattern I realised that my shape was different from the top, waist then hips so I had to ‘wing’ it slightly.  My bodice (mainly the front) had to be amended in a few areas which then meant that the skirt had to be amended so the seams joined at the waist.  After getting this area right I then had to slightly amend the arms too to fit the amended bodice.

So here it is:

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#soisewalong 1940’s Tea Dress by LouWeezCreates

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#soisewalong 1940’s Tea Dress by LouWeezCreates

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#soisewalong 1940’s Tea Dress by LouWeezCreates

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#soisewalong 1940’s Tea Dress by LouWeezCreates

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#soisewalong 1940’s Tea Dress by LouWeezCreates

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#soisewalong 1940’s Tea Dress by LouWeezCreates

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#soisewalong 1940’s Tea Dress by LouWeezCreates

This was quite a challenge for me but I did it, yay!

1940's Tea Dress Sewalong

– See more at: http://sewoverit.co.uk/1940s-tea-dress-sewalong/#sthash.vtzOw6d4.dpuf

New pattern just arrived – Coco :)

I’m very excited about my new pattern which has just arrived in the post his morning 🙂

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It’s a pattern that requires a knit fabric which I have not used or sewn with before. This is my next challenge to take on 🙂

I have to finish my tea dress first which I am making with the Sew Over It ‘Sew along’.

I made a promise to myself to finish a project before I start another as I have way too many unfinished projects round the house. My main problem is the fitting stage. It’s hard to fit your clothes on yourself without help 😐
My Hubby helps out when he can … thanks Zombie! x

Link

Useful info and free pattern link

Useful information based on the Great British Sewing Bee program:

http://www.thesewingdirectory.co.uk/news/2014/02/18/sewing-bee-series-2-epsiode-1-supplies-and-techniques/

Free downloadable sewing pattern (sleeveless top):
http://www.coletterie.com/colette-patterns-news/free-pattern-to-download-the-sorbetto-top

More techniques from GBSB episode 2 (Patterned fabric):
http://www.thesewingdirectory.co.uk/news/2014/02/25/the-great-british-sewing-bee-episode-2/

More Techniques from GBSB episode 3 (Stretch Fabric):
http://www.thesewingdirectory.co.uk/news/2014/03/04/episode-3-the-great-british-sewing-bee/

#SOIsewalong bodice completed

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I’m enjoying the SewOverIt sew along 🙂

I had a few issues with zigzagging the seams as my sewing machine has set sized stitches and the largest zigzag was making the edge of the material (crepe de chine) turn up at the sides. It was fine when zigzagging two pieces of material at the seam, my problem was mainly on single pieces of fabric.

I had to adjust the side of the bust area as it was gaping. But I managed to get there in the end 🙂
Now for the skirt part!