MMM12: Successful? And a load of other waffle

Wooo I survived my first me-made-month. I did pretty well. 10 items worn collectively about 22 times. I used my ink blot tote bag so much and my red polka dress got worn quite a few times! I’m sure that the next time I attempt something similar it will go even better.

Kate, Kate and err Kate

Now for the rest of the excitement! I’ve been partying it up during my long weekend and there’s still more to come. Friday night was a work Jubilee party. Here is me and my friend Natalie with Kate Middleton. We’ve been told we look like sisters…. you decide hahah.

On the Saturday I did some sewing and screaming before we went to see Prometheus at the cinema. Not sure how I slept that night but it was a really good film. The screaming was for a red lace party dress I’ve been working on for a week. I don’t know what was going on but lace and I were NOT getting along. It also didn’t help that a) I kept sewing my lace the wrong side up and not noticing and b) I kept changing the style of the dress.

Sunday I picked up the dress again and with the power of Prince (me singing “Little Red Lace Dress” instead of “Corvette”) I powered through the last stages of the dress ready to wear to my second Jubilee party of the weekend.

Lady in Red

The dress started life as a big gathered skirt with an elastic waist hidden in a casing. I wanted to do a revealing back too as I thought that would be cool.

I soon corrected my thinking.

Open back? What about a bra Amy? Big gathered skirt? Won’t that make you look like you have a crazy red lace frou frou dress on? Elastic in a casing? Isn’t the dress just screaming red if you don’t have a waistband? So this is what I finally ended up with.

A shift dress with a visible elastic band waist and regular back panel. Possibly suitable for work too?!

Prince would be so proud

If you’re curious about the drink it’s Singapore Sling! We had lovely teapot cocktails which we drank from delightful teacups!

We also pranced around in various Royal Family masks, played giant Jenga and had a humongous fireworks display!! Great night.

What’s next you cry?! Well tonight I’m hoping to whizz through New Look 6808 in red polka dots with red satin bias trim! Then I can take it on holiday with me tomorrow yippee!! More on that when I return…

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MMM Day 28: Hello sunshine!

Wow the weather was so good recently. And I spent a lot of time away from my sewing table and my computer! I went out for a wander in town in this little number on Saturday. It’s one of the first things I ever made and I still love wearing it! It’s made from quilters cotton in a print called Brooklyn heights. There are little dots arranged in an unusual zig zag pattern and the colour is beautiful (to me anyway). I HAVE to get better at my photos. This was taken in the courtyard and again, we missed the sun and the best picture turned out to be my crazy face snap.

Now moving on, time to brag about my Mother again, AND my Dad this time too! Remember the car boot?

They went back and cleared it out!!

45 zips in varying colours and sizes, some double ended zips too!
3 patterns, some lilac cotton, cream satin and brown satin bias binding and some pink braided cord
3m of blue polyester lining, 7m of peach polyester lining, 2m of peach chiffon, and 1.5m of royal blue silk
9 bobbins of mercerised thread, and then a whole load of colours and sizes. Yummy

🙂

I’m a super lucky girl. And you know what I’m going to say. This lot was an insane bargain!! A massive £12 for the lot. Amazing!!

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My Mum is awesome!

Here’s why….

I went over for our weekly (usually ends up being a-lot-less-than-weekly) swimming session and she said, “I’ve got something for you!”. She passed me this little brown bag…

As you can see it’s well padded and you can already get the feeling the contents are sewing related!

Well I opened it up and it was JAM PACKED with thread and zips.

Mum and Dad had gone to a car boot on Sunday and a woman had a stall selling loads of sewing items. She explained that she was closing down her haberdashery and thought this was the best way to get rid of her stock!

Mum didn’t really know what to get me so she picked a variety of colours and variety of zips. Like I said she’s awesome!

I love the variety of colours in the threads. Nice silvery colours and a range of spool sizes. I love that pinky colour but they all look lovely and shiny.

They’re all polyester threads. Some say “stretch polyester” which I’d never heard of but must mean they can take a bit of strain, right?

And you can never have enough zips.

Some of these are rather small but I’ll find a use for them. Maybe some zip pockets or little purses. Or for a little help getting into a tank top.

There’s only one invisible zip but that’s okay. I’m grateful for anything I get! Mmmm lovely red zip!

And now for my final point on why my Mum is awesome. She got me all this for £2.60!!! OMG can you believe it!?! 10p per thread! And it was roughly 10p a zip! PLUS the woman said she’d be returning until the stock was all gone and bringing different things each week (She told Mum she has lots of ribbon and bias binding to bring another week). So my Mum has promised to keep buying me stuff every time she sees the lady! Woop!

If you’re curious and in Yorkshire, this is the Rufforth Car Boot I’m talking about. Go along and see if you can find her tomorrow, Sunday 27th. And if you see a lady piling a bag high with things it’s probably my Mum! 🙂

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MMM12: Day 21. Elsie knock-off

Woo I’m super pleased with myself. And not afraid to say it!

Ages ago I saw a picture of Elsie and went “ooooooh”.

I love Elsie’s blog A Beautiful Mess. Her fashion taste is fab and she always tries to include lots of varying fun diy ideas. She’s also a lovely photographer.

Immediately I pinned this dress on Pinterest and set about making my duplicate! What do you think?!

Unfortunately my fabric isn’t as bright, but it is still lovely and was £1 a metre! Have I said before that I LOVE Jack’s Fabrics.

I then made my own pattern for the front panel. I use baking paper when making my own pattern pieces. It’s a bit stiffer than tissue paper which makes it harder to pin but the pieces last longer.

I found some cheap red lining fabric and buttons that are a near perfect match for the Elsie buttons. And set about sewing. I decided not to include the sleeves as they looked a bit poofy in the picture and I didn’t think they’d suit me.

I’m super pleased with the construction because I used french seams, top stitching and my serger finished all my seams beautifully!

I wore the dress to work and was quietly smug. It turned out to be lovely and sunny today too so I didn’t feel too out of place in a sundress.

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A brief deviation from sewing….

I’ve just finished an awesome polka dot dress. I’ll be putting photos of me wearing it up here on Monday as we’re going away for the weekend! Yippee.

We’re off to Cambridge to see Jimi’s family. His Grandma Maisie is the sweetest little lady. Jimi speaks to her every week and she always asks what I’ve been baking and sewing! She knows my mum makes cakes for a living so assumes mine are as good.

Well I decided to make her a little birthday cake. Ta da! I didn’t put her age on it because a lady should be modest about her age, so I put some daisies on instead. Daisies for Maisie!

Bit wonky but hope she likes it.

It’s lemon curd cake and I tried not to make it too sweet (as in lemony-sour-sweet). Here’s hoping it’s edible.

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