Thursday, 26 April 2018

New pattern from Itch to Stitch - the Giverny Dress

Whenever Kennis from Itch to Stitch posts a tester call I rarely have to think for long about whether I'm going to apply - I know with Kennis' designs the fit is always perfect for me (helped by the fact that many of her patterns have cup sizes - big bonus!!) - but she's always really on trend and stylish too.

When I saw the tester call for the latest pattern, the Giverny Dress, I don't think I even stopped to breath before I'd filled in and submitted the application form!! Such beautiful and classic details - I knew I needed to make this dress.

As I mentioned before, the pattern comes with cup sizes (A-DD) and the finished garment measurements are given, which I find always makes it much easier to get a great fit first time.

There are options for either a short sleeve (as I have on my version) or a 3/4 length sleeve, but have the pretty pleat details.

The front bodice has a slit at the neck with a button closure, and some pretty pintucks. 

The dress is completely lined, so the insides are as beautiful as the out sides! This also means you can get away with using nice light fabrics, without having to worry about see-through issues!

I used crepe de chine for my dress, which is lovely to work with - it's the perfect balance between having a good drape, but it's also nice and stable, so much easier to work with than a silk or satin.

The dress has an invisible zip at the back with princess seams for a nice fit and the skirt is made up of seven panels, so it's lovely and full and flowy.

The waistband is curved for a flattering fit and there is an optional sash to tie round your waist for a bit of extra cinch!

Oh - I nearly forgot to mention - the dress also has pockets! Always a winner for me! They are in seam pockets, but they're cleverly anchored to the waistband so they don't drag the skirt seam down when you pop anything in them.

So all in all, I'd say this dress is a massive winner - stylish, flattering and practical - YAY!

Because of all the pretty details and the additional fabric cutting for the lining pieces, this isn't a super quick make - but sometimes things are worth a little extra time and effort - and this is definitely one of those things!

Be sure to grab your copy whilst it's on sale (20% off for one week) HERE

Monday, 26 March 2018

Wardrobe by Me Belle Skirt - Beautiful new pattern

Christina at Wardrobe by Me was asked if she could create a beautiful flowing tiered skirt by members of the Wardrobe By Me Pattern Support Group - and this is what she came up with - it definitely fits the bill!!

This is the Belle Skirt - it has three tiers and an elastic back waistband, with the option of a tie belt. For anyone who is above 5'6" (the height this pattern is designed for), or anyone who would like a longer version there is a longer length bottom ruffle.

For reference for anyone who is wondering - I am 5'6", and used the shorter length bottom tier.

This skirt is quite fabric hungry due to all the lovely flowy layers, but I bought four meters to be on the safe side and have a fair bit left over - and it is well worth it! I used a viscose, which was around £4 per meter from my local fabric shop - so the skirt really didn't work out very much cost-wise compared to what you would pay on the high street.

The pattern is simple to construct with nice easy to follow instructions, and you can alter the elastic length in the back of the skirt waistband to get the best fit for you. The only time consuming part really was hemming it - that is one long hem!! I used my narrow hemming foot, which made it much quicker and easier, as it folds and stitches the hem all in one step for you!

A great top to match this skirt is the WBM Summer Tulip Top, which Christina is also offering at a sale price for the duration of the release sale. One tester made up the tulip top in the same fabric as her skirt, which made her outfit look like a beautiful dress.

Check out the Belle Skirt listing page for more pictures of all the testers lovely skirts.

Look how wonderful and twirly the skirt is in the picture below!! Go and grab your copy of the pattern while it's still on sale ($9 instead of $11) HERE.

Monday, 12 March 2018

New pattern - Mountain View Pull on Jeans by Itch to Stitch

Well these are officially my favourite Jeans ever!! And the best part about them - they hide a little secret that makes them much more comfortable and practical than 'real' jeans.... Keep reading to find out the secret!!

So on the face of it, they look like any other jeans - They're made of denim, there's lots of nice top stitching, and some funky stitching on the back pockets - you can chose your own design for the pockets - I went with this 'two-colour' look, and am really happy with the effect! You can also add rivets for a really authentic look, but I was so keen to wear mine, I didn't get round to doing this! LOL!

The pattern has pieces for a straight leg jean, but comes with instructions to make a skinny leg version - I made the skinny version, and they were really easy to do, following just a few simple steps.

So, here is the big secret....... The fly is faux and there is no button!!

The jeans have a nice wide 'pull on' waistband instead - this makes them soooo comfy, and also much quicker to sew - so for anyone who is a little unsure about sewing a traditional pair of jeans, this would be a great place to start! The other great thing about this waistband is it gives great 'tummy support'!!

It is really important with this pattern to make sure you use the suggested fabric with the right amount of stretch - you wouldn't want to go to all the effort of sewing them up only for them not to fit!

I love the extra detail of the seam down the back of the legs - it makes for both a beautiful shape and a lovely design feature.

If you fancy giving this pattern a try you can get your copy HERE

And check out the rest of the Itch to Stitch patterns HERE - there are so many great designs, and they are all beautifully drafted with detailed and easy to follow instructions.

BTW - the jacket I'm wearing in these pictures is also an Itch to Stitch design - I have worn this Hvar Jacket so much since making it!

Friday, 1 December 2017

Wardrobe By Me Wanda Wrap dress - new pattern release

This dress ticks all of the boxes for a great dress - it's flattering for all shapes and sizes, it has pretty details, it looks a lot more complicated than it actually is to make and it will work for all seasons with varying sleeve lengths. What more could you want from a pattern?!

For my Wanda Wrap dress I chose the elbow length sleeves and a nice drapey black knit (a Rayon/lycra blend) - normally I like to buy fabrics with a print, but the details of this dress are so pretty I thought I would let the pattern speak for itself and make a perfect LBD.

Having been sewing for many (many, many!!) years I can usually predict how a pattern will come together and roughly what the pattern pieces will be like - but this dress is something different and I think Christina of Wardrobe by Me is a genius for designing it!!

Honestly - it's so clever! All the testers remarked on the design as we were sewing up our test dresses, and pretty much everyone got a perfect fit first time.

Only the top part of the dress wraps around (you can tie it as you please - front/back/side) and the skirt has 6 gores, which makes it lovely and flowy, as you can see in my slightly windswept shots above!! Luckily no embarrassing moments, as there is no split in the skirt!!!!

I can't wait to make more versions of this dress, I'd love to do short sleeved one in a floral print for the summer months (although those seem a long way away in the bitter British cold we have here at the moment!) - until then, I think I will be wearing my LBD Wanda for my Christmas do next week.

To get your copy of the dress Click Here and for the Curvy version Click Here.

It's on sale ($9 instead of $12) until the 8th Dec - so get in there quickly!

If you'd like to see more of Wardrobe by Me and get pattern support, join the Facebook Group where you will find tonnes of inspiration :)

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Sew What Do I Wear? Professional Edition - M4M and P4P

I am very excited about this edition of Sew What Do I Wear, because working in an office I am always after new work appropriate outfits!

I've been in a bit of a work wear rut lately - sometimes I just end up rotating the same few outfits, so I jumped at the chance to sew up a few fresh items to add to my wardrobe!

First up I made a Brunch Blouse - I went with the short sleeve dress option and used a nice floaty rayon.

I love how quickly this dress comes together - there's no setting in of sleeves to do thanks to the nice neat little dolman sleeves, so it has just three seams!

I love the shaping the back seam gives the dress, it just nips it in around the waist. I like to style mine with a waist belt and layer a cardi over on chillier days. (This cardigan is shop bought, but a Grandpa cardi or Cocoon Cardigan would work perfectly)

Next up, I made a Mama Quinn shirt and I used two front pieces to give it a V back. I used chiffon, which is a bit slippy to work with, but I think it's worth the outcome! Just use lots of pins and take it slow!

To go with my top I made a Pirate pencil skirt using some wine coloured scuba knit. This skirt is another really quick easy sew and the best part - it's free! It's comfy and easy to wear, but still smart enough for the office. I will more than likely pop a blazer on with this outfit as it's getting colder here in the UK!

I am in love with my final outfit, I used the Timeless Tunic pattern and made it in this fantastic Liberty cotton lawn. I think this pattern and fabric were made for each other!

I went with the short sleeve dress options for my version - but there are tonnes of other options included with this pattern to get lots of different looks.

Again I like to accessorise with a waist belt (although it's not needed as the waist is elasticated - it's just for looks!)

I chose to layer it with a Gandpa Cardi which I made in a navy rayon spandex. I added pockets - because we all love a pocket! And used the banded sleeve and bottom hem options.

This outfit is just so easy to wear, and it works just as well layered over leggings at the weekend. I will definitely get tonnes of wear out of it!

Make sure you check out the rest of the beautiful ladies on this tour: