Ok this is getting silly - Washi Dress #5

Right, I'm having a self imposed ban on making this pattern any more - it's all getting a bit out of hand! I found this amazing print in Brighton whilst on a trip visiting friends (finding fabric shops is a legit way to spend time in a strange city right?). After some discussions with friends we decided it looks like an 80's sleeping bag - it's so joyfully colourful and 80's - I love it!

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Camber set dress - the return!

So glad I attempted this Camber Set dress again. This time it made it up in a brushed cotton from Moda in a dark red and light grey with a contrast yoke and red pockets. I thin this patterns looks much better in a more structured fabric like this brushed cotton than a thinner lightweight fabric. It's so soft but also hangs really nicely -  a good combo.

Camber Set Dress in Cachette

Wow this pattern was really difficult for some reason, I had to redo the neckline, sleeves, darts AND hem. I Started with a size 14 which according to the pattern should have been a perfect fit but it came out huge and I ended up having to trim 1.5 inches off the sides, take the darts in etc. Basically it was a size too big and ended up a bit of a mess. Total nightmare. But I WILL not be beaten by a dress pattern! I'll be back to try this again. 

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Mustang Fancy Sailor Top

I spotted this 'Mustang' fabric by (you guessed it) Cotton & Steel at a store in Ely and it was a must have. I turned it into a Fancy Sailor Top but this time I graded the size from a Large around the bust to a Medium at the waist and bum. This meant there is a lot less fabric floating around than my first attempt. This time I also followed the instructions on how to baste (I couldn't work it out before) and it meant the gathers were much more even and controllable. I also managed to complete the neat inside yoke by stitching in the ditch which was another skill I had picked up since my first attempt. 

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Batik Print Bianca dress

This is my third Bianca because it currently holds the title for 'The most comfortable dress ever' in my wardrobe awards. This time I left out the V in the neckline as all the other attempts have ended up in a hole at the end of the V and the need for some well place binding. Sad face. ANYWAY I combined 'The softest fabric in the world' with 'The most comfortable dress ever' to make this beauty. * bows *

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Batik Print Grainline Scout Tee

This was my first attempt at the Scout tee by Grainline so I chose an inexpensive batik print cotton lawn I found on eBay for £4 per metre. This is such a super soft fabric and the pattern is really flattering I think. I'm pretty sure I've picked the wrong size though and will take it down as is next time  - as the pattern is so busy I don't think you can tell it's too big but still. 

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Skirts

Self drafted Octopus Skirt

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This is a self drafted skirt based on instructions for self drafting from Tilly and the Buttons book 'Love at First Stitch'. I'm obsessed with this Octopus fabric by Cotton & Steel which comes in beige and navy. I can only seem to get hold of the beige one in the UK (they are a US collective of designers and the navy does't seem to make it this far and is snapped up when it does). When it arrived I realised it was going to really wash out my face so made it into a skirt instead. I think this skirt is going to be a good summer staple but I need to not eat a big dinner before wearing it (like I did for this photo!) as it sits right on my tummy. It also needs the hem taking up as it's a bit long but over all I'm pleased with he result.

 

 

 

 

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New Look Circle skirted dress

I'm torn on the results of this experiement. I think i fitted the bodice quite well by adjusting  the seams at the zip on the back but the pleats in the neckline make for a weird fit around the bust. I might stitch them down and press them flat. Of the shoulders sits down fine and the other is wonky (no idea why). I do really like the skirt bit though - it's fun and twirly. Maybe I'll just hack the top off and make a skirt.

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Bianca take 2

After making the first attempt at this pattern too big I made a size down and I'm really pleased with the result. This fabric was bought off the internet somewhere. it's a slightly thinner cotton and the shark tooth makes for a smarter take on the same pattern.

Bianca by Made by Rae

This dress pattern is Bianca by Made by Rae. I made this in size large and adjusted the front facing to accommodate my larger than average bust. But when I tried it on it was way too big. I took it in at this seams by almost and inch on each side and that helped but it's still a bit big around the shoulders. It was a fairly quick sew though at 3 hours including cutting out. I found this fabric by Moda in Sew Much To Do in Ely and love the animals peeping out of this really retro flower pattern - it's nice modern twist. This is a great pattern for breezy summer number. Bring on the Pimms!

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Washi Dress #2

I loved the fit of the Washi dress so much that I wanted another one. So when my fabric arrived   in the post I couldn't wait to turn it into a Washi. I cut on the bias so the diagonals would make for a more intersting pattern. It pulls a alit acros the bust as a sresult but I think it's worth it.

Sailor top by Fancy Tiger Crafts

I love the look of this sailor top - it's going be a very versatile pattern as it could beice smart when made of a sharp dark cotton or relaxed in a summery, light, floaty fabric. I'd never made a yoke before which was a bit of an experience. Despite my best efforts to agther the fabric evenly around the yoke it didn't quite work and it meant I over agthered at the back of the seams. Practise makes perfect so I'll be trying this again soon.

Sigma - Papercut Patterns

This is the first time I've attempted the Sigma dress by Papercut Patterns. In retrospect I chose the wrong fabric to make it out of - the cotton I chose was mutch too crisp and it could have done with being made out of a viscose or something else with a little strecth in it. My version bulked at the back so I had to cheat and ad shirring to make it fit. I love the print of this fabric though - I need to make sure I chose the right fabric for the pattern not just becasue I love the print!



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Washi Dress #1

This is the first dress I've ever made and I'm really pleased with it. It took me ages as it had loads of things I'd not done before: box pleats, sleeves, full neck facing and SHIRRING!. I love the fit though and will be wearing it to a spring wedding soon. The patter is by Made by Rae who has  quite a few more tempting looking patterns too.