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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MMM12: Days 9, 11 and 14

I said I’d be back and I AM!

I have been pottering away with a couple of projects. One which will soon be posted as a tutorial.

I won’t go into the drama of Sunday and my time spent watching paramedics scamper round my boyfriend but I will say he’s all fine now. Phew!

Recently I wore two tops made from the same self drafted pattern. I love empire line tops if you haven’t gathered but do plan to try some button and zip up tops to stop having to feed elastic taped to a safety-pin through almost every item I make!

So here are days 9 and 11. Summery tops but here in cold miserable Yorkshire I’ve had to wear jeans, cardigans, scarfs and keep an umbrella with me at all times.

SO what about day 14?

Well after watching Mondo on Project Runway All Stars make his own ink blot / Rorschach print with fabric dye I thought “I CAN DO THAT!” and promptly bought a plain canvas bag and a little tub of fabric paint in a squeezy tube.

The result is this tote bag that I’ve used for hulking stuff about in like shopping and swimming gear. I love it. I think it looks a bit like a woman’s face with a crazy beehive. What do you think?

As I said… tutorial to follow. I plan to make more of these on better quality canvas bags, possibly in different colours (meaning different colour bags AND paints) and then if I’m feeling brave I’ll try like Mondo to make a t-shirt or dress with a panel of this kind of print on it.

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MMM12 continues… I promise.

Wow the last few days went super quick! And I have some photos for MMM12 to upload soon but tonight I’m absolutely wiped out.

It was a dramatic day to say the least(!) as Jimi did his half marathon and got right to the end but then  needed paramedics and a stretcher and I was so frightened. He’s okay now and he told me to sew once we were back home and he was all sorted out, but I’ve been too skittish to focus. I promise photos from the last few days soon.

I have been wearing me made items just saving them up for a proper post. Just want to spend time checking the big fella is okay right now then I’ll upload some treats!

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MMM12 Day 8: Spot On!

So I had a bit of a sewing disaster this weekend. For some inexplicable reason a cup of tea flung itself out of my hand and all over: a) my sewing table, b) my mannequin “Beryl” and c) some of my fabric. Oh and the floor but who cares about that?!

Errr can I stop taking photos yet?

By the time I’d mopped it all up, washed the fabric and gotten myself a new cuppa I’d lost the will to sew. *Sulk*

But by yesterday I’d gotten back enough motivation to add straps to my new dotty top! Amazingly this was a prima magazine pattern gifted to me by my mum’s friend Sandra! Thanks Sandra 🙂

Prima patterns are very straightforward which is both a good and a bad thing. They don’t look like much when you’re done but they are easy to make and provide a nice staple for the wardrobe.

I have some other Prima patterns to work through including a very simple skirt pattern to try. Hopefully when I get my pattern review page up and running I can add details there!

In other news, the trampy red lace I bought is washed and looking at me longingly… or am I looking at it longingly?! I don’t think it’s that trampy actually. I’m more worried about the white lace looking granny-ish! And I am desperate to start cutting out my spyrograph roses and my fish print fabric…

Oh and I wanted to also share this awesome Vogue colour chart showing the Queen’s fave colours. She loves a bit of blue….

Rainbow Queen
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