Home made pattern with circle skirt

Evening All ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฑ.  

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 


The material used is a wool type of fabric which I bought from my local market for my usual ยฃ2/metre ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป. 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 ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

It skirt flows really well, I’m really happy with it ๐Ÿ™‚

I know…I’m daft! ๐Ÿ˜˜


Flora Dress sew along – Completed! #florasewalong

My Flora Dress Sew along from By Hand London is complete ๐Ÿ™‚


Flora Dress Sew along | pattern from By Hand London

I chose to make the Faux Wrap style version which was actually quite tricky. ย I felt like I pushed myself out of my comfort zone with this dress. ย Although I have been sewing for a few years I would say this year it’s all started to ‘click’. ย The dresses I have made this year actually fit me! ย I am so happy and proud of myself … YAY! ๐Ÿ™‚

I wore this dress out today to the local market to see if I could ‘bag’ myself some fabric bargains. ย There a lady approached me and commented how lovely my dress was and asked where I bought it from. ย She looked shocked when I mentioned that I had made it myself (Yes! get in there Lou you can make awesome dresses!! – sorry…reality check time).

I love the fullness in the skirt with this dress. ย The wrap part on the top is a little gape’y for me but I just wear a camisole type vest thing under so no showage ๐Ÿ˜‰

I will definitely make this dress again. ย I think next time I will make the tank top version…watch this space folks! So here’s a few pics of my fab dress ๐Ÿ™‚


Flora Dress Sew along | pattern from By Hand London


Flora Dress Sew along | pattern from By Hand London


Flora Dress Sew along | pattern from By Hand London

Link to High Res pic of me in my dress for the By Hand Sew along Competition are ย – here and ย here

New pattern just arrived – Coco :)

I’m very excited about my new pattern which has just arrived in the post his morning ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜
My Hubby helps out when he can … thanks Zombie! x

#SOIsewalong bodice completed



I’m enjoying the SewOverIt sew along ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚
Now for the skirt part!

Drafting a pattern from a shop bought skirt

I have an all time favourite skirt that I would to reproduce in different materials. It’s a skater skirt and ‘should’ (she says) be easy enough to recreate!


So here’s how I went about attempting this:

1) I laid the skirt down flat on to some kiddie craft paper. I then took my pattern tracer wheel and ran that along the seams. This made a dotted mark along the paper.

2) Using my pattern making ruler and grader’s set square I straightened the lines and made the curves better (not sure how else to word that). The front part to my pattern I folded it in half to make sure it was using the centre front as the fold line.

3) I drew the straight grain parallel to the centre front line and centre back seams. I found the straight grain for the side pattern pieces by folding them in half and drawing the straight grain along that folded line.

4) I then placed the back part of the skirt down and traced those seams, but I found with this particular skirt that it was the same as the front but with a seam where the centre front is which is where the zip would go.

5) I then added a 1cm seam allowance round all seams apart from the centre back (zip seam) and hem. I allowed a 2cm seam allowance at the hem and 1.5cm seam allowance down he centre back seam to allow room for the zip to be sewn in. You can either add the seam allowance on to the pattern or add it on once the pattern is pinned to the material (like of have).


6) I decided to make a toile first using calico to test my pattern making skills. So I placed the pattern down lining the straight grain to the selvedges, added the seam allowance then cut out my pieces.

7) The waistband was just a strip of material double the width with a 1cm seam allowance on the length and 1.5 cm at the zip.

Here’s the tested pattern made out if calico:


It fits perfectly :). Now to make it out of the real fabric!

Cutting the pattern and material #SOIsewalong


It was a bit tricky to cut the correct size as I am a 12 on the bust, 12/14 on the waist and 14/16 at the hip. Fingers crossed all goes to plan!

I used a rotary cutter to cut the crepe de chine as it was quite slippery, that worked quite well. I also decided not to cut the facings out of the same material as it is very slightly see through. I plan to use a soft cream material for that.

Handmade cushions

I was inspired to have a go at making a patch work cushion after watching Kirstie Allsopp handmade crafts. An idea was to make one using the same design as Kirstie but based on cats for a Christmas present for my Mum (who loves cats!).

I ordered some fat quarters off of ebay, sketched a design and got to work.
I was surprised how quickly I got it made and how much I enjoyed making it. My Mum loved it ๐Ÿ™‚

Just after Christmas we took a trip over to see the in-laws. I took some extra material with me as I usually have a bit more ‘me’ time whilst I am there. I decided to make a cushion for my mother in-law Hazel. This time I tried to use a bit more of my embroidery skills.

Hazel loved her cushion too!

Further pictures of these cushions can be seen on my flickr site.

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LouWeezCreates….a Pizza Party!

For Barney’s birthday we have decided to have a Pizza making party. After lots of research online for some childrens chef hats and aprons I decided to ‘try’ and have a go at making them myself…bearing in mind this is for 8 kids!!! I must be mad ๐Ÿ˜‰

Update so far…I have ordered and received some black n’ white checkered material, some black bias binding and some honeycomb material. I already had some black poly cotton for the lining. During the weekend I started cutting out the aprons and sewing on the bias binding.

I used a free apron pattern which I found online, click here so see the pattern I roughly used.

Not quite sure how I am going to approach the chef hats yet…will post an update soon.

Lou x

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