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! 😘

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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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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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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

 

 

Dress for Wedding made from a homemade pattern

Hello 🙂

I have been trying to blog about this dress now for a few weeks but just haven’t had time or the right words in my head.  I’m not a natural writer and find blogging a little tough but I’m getting there!

So…the story goes…a friend of mine from work was getting married and I decided to make a dress to wear to the wedding.  I had some polyester satin which I bought from the local market a while back that would be perfect for a lovely summers day wedding.

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Polyester Satin bought from local market

Up until now I have been using shop bought patterns and had been having quite a few issues in getting the bodice to fit me.  This has always been my downfall and enough was enough.  I decided to take this matter into my own hands and find a fix.  So my solution to this problem was to make my own bodice block with my body measurements which I did following along to a craftsy class ‘The Bodice Sloper’.

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Suzy Furrer is a great teacher and I found her class easy to follow.  I had to invest in a few new rulers as mine were in cm and I needed inches to work through the class with her.

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My sewing/creative desk

After putting all my measurements on to a large piece of paper I then (using Suzy’s guidance) cut the ‘Moulage’ out of fabric to check the fit which should be skin tight with no ease.  You add the ease in later when it becomes a ‘sloper’.

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Creating my ‘Moulage’ cut with princess seams

So here’s my Moulage on my dress form. I had to amend the arm and shoulders slightly (mainly due to an incorrect measurement taken at the start).  Other than that the fit was perfect!  Very impressed and proud of my achievement.

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Top two pictures are my ‘Moulage’ The bottom two are of my pattern creating stage

So I had my Moulage, I then added ease to make my ‘Sloper’ or ‘Block’ as we call it here in the UK.  I got straight to work in copying the block on to my Wilko paper and starting amending the darts and neck lines 🙂

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My goodness!!! Poly Satin is tough to work with! I decided on a boat neckline with a ‘v’ shaped back.  I also lined the bodice with white taffeta.

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Bodice creation stage (pinned back)

I added box pleats to the skirt part and slightly sewed down the line do give a different effect (not sure what this technique is called…please comment if you know – ta’)

Yes working with slippery fabric is pretty tough going but putting the invisible zip in after is even harder!! I had to sew the zip in twice 😐

I made a bow belt from a pattern in Tilly’s book Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking. I love this book and plan to make the Lilou dress soon!

My finished dress…I love it!! It was well worth the effort and it fits beautifully! YAY!

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My dress made for a wedding using a pattern which I created myself 🙂

Here are some links to a few tools I ordered and used when making this pattern:

I used this one ALOT! HAND Multi -Purpose Fashion Scales

Sew Easy Soft Grip Tailors Awl

French Curves

Starting the #florasewalong By Hand London

Last weekend I started on my next challenge the Flora Sewalong with By Hand London. I thought I would try something new and decided to attempt the faux wrap style version.

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I made a Toile/Muslin from the bodice pieces first. First I traced off my mashed up sizes from the main pattern on to a roll of kiddie play paper using a pattern tracing wheel. The kiddie paper is great for creating your own pattern on as it’s cheap and fairly thin. Interested? Here’s a link to it – Wilko paper roll. I then used the traced version to cut the calico from. I traced the dart using a tracing wheel and Carbon paper. I then got to work sewing the darts and bodice together for fitting.

Boy was I way off, the apex points were about an inch off of my apex points! After looking at the Sewalong blog I realised that I was badly in need of a SBA (small bust adjustment). I cut my pattern and moved the darts along as the blog suggested. I then picked unpicked my darts and traced new ones ready for fitting number 2. The side bust darts were ok but the darts from the waist just weren’t right. I unpicked the waist darts and pinned the darts by hand on my dress form. The were quite different from the patterns darts but at least it fit me. I also had to pull in the seams on the shoulders which pulled the pattern up so I guess when cutting the pattern from my main material I will need to add a little extra for seam allowance at the waist. Better to have more than less!!

I have now traced the dart and shoulder adjustments to my paper pattern version to make the main fabric from.

So here’s my toile so far:
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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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