Sewing inspiration V8723

It’s not that I don’t have any original ideas but I like to see if other people have had better ideas. For example there is nothing unsensible with googling other people’s V8723 dresses.

For instance Spatastic’s yellow version is cute but not my colour and it’s good to know where she had problems.

Jorth’s spotty version captured my attention because I’m a crazy spot fiend.

And though I’m not brave enough to wear a totally white dress this version by Terri is so girly and pretty I’d like to twirl around in it in a field of daisies.

Ahem back to reality. I think I’ll make this out of a fairly sturdy cotton from ikea.

And if it goes well I’ll remake one or both of these two…

God I love a good pop of stripes or a clash of spots!

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MMM12: Day two!

Today I wore a stripey little top that I’d cooked up a few nights ago. It was supposed to be a dress but when I washed the fabric the black stripes bled into the other stripes in places and I ended up with less than a metre to work with. Chuh!

Least it was only £1 a metre, courtesy of Jack’s Fabrics! You can even see some scraps left over in the background (ahem: I’m normally a lot tidier promise).

Amazingly for me my attempts to match stripes worked out well. Considering the variations within the patterns it took a while to figure out and I’m so glad it did. (My mental maths lets me down a lot.)

A girl at work said something nice about my top which is always appreciated. My boyfriend nearly convinced my to sew a huge bow to the front of the top but I thought I looked deranged so I’m glad I didn’t. He’ll read this later and I bet he’ll try and make out it was my idea in the first place. Bah, lies.

Now I’m going to cook up what I’ll wear tomorrow and possibly pinning something new like my Vogue 8723 pattern!

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I will NOT throw my rolled hem foot across the floor

 

Right, so not to be narky but I was promised by a couple of people that a roll hem foot would change my life. My hems would be “neat and chic” and “look dreamy”. I got a 3mm foot for under £5 and away I went practicing and practicing….

I thought I’d pretty much perfected my technique. Yay me.

 

Smugly I then attempted to add a rolled hem to my latest top project. Errrr disaster.

Not sure whether I crumbled under the pressure of it not being test fabric, I need more practice with my technique or whether every time you have a go at these hems there’s a high chance of it turning crap.

Probably all three!

I’ve  just read an ace blog post offering calm collected top tips for rolled hems from someone going through the same torment as I have been. I recommend you read it you’ve contemplating buying a hemming foot.

http://tanitisis.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/the-rolled-hem-foot-devil-or-divine/

I’d also recommend you get a 4mm or even 5mm (if they do them) as I think it’ll be easier to work with as you’re not trying to get such a tiny hem started/maintained! I’ll be off to try and buy a 5mm one soon.

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MMM12: Day one!

Yippee! Day one of MMM12 done!

I eased into things by wearing this cute knotted headband.

I made it using a great presserfoot tutorial. Find it here at:

http://presserfoot.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/tutorial-diy-nautical-headband.html

Sadly Presserfoot is no more (see Kelli : www.truebias.com and Rian : www.trachties.blogspot.com)

I’m going to put an updated version of the tutorial on here soon. It’s a great tutorial already but I think some instructive arrows would help further!

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What the frock!?

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That’s right! I’ve started a blog and the first thing I’m doing is Me-Made-May!

I might be crazy but got to give these things a go, right?!

I’m going to definitely wear at least 3 items of me made clothing every week. I will aim to do 7 days a week and see how I get on as my wardrobe is still a little weather dependent.

Know I don’t have any followers right now but hopefully when I do I can look back on this and feel proud of how the whole blog started.

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