Hello everyone. It’s Sunday and I’m finally sitting down after a week at Centre Parcs where 4 our of 6 family members had stomach bugs and after a busy but brilliant trip to the Dressmaker’s Ball in Leicester. I thought writing a blog post might be nice and soothing!
You’ve seen a version of this dress before in very unlike me colours… I made a gorgeous purple and orange shell print version shown below. I don’t wear it as often as I should because I can never find my nude underwear… wow life is tough right?
A quick reminder it’s an old New Look pattern I got from sewingpatterns.com to print at home. It’s an absolute pain in the butt to sort as you need special software and a licence code and there’s a limit on the number of prints allowed.
There’s a slight problem with these photos in that I’ve put on a bit of weight since I made the dress. So its tighter than it should be. I made a size 8 around the upper body and a 12 at the waist like last time. But I should have gone up to a 14 I think as it cuts in a little tighter than I hoped. A reminder for you, my measurements are currently 36A, 31, 42. I think I was a 30″ waist when I made the first dress.
The dress is so lovely to construct. I of course ditched the pencil skirt for a gathered style and this time added pockets. The only tricky part is clipping and notching the scallops properly so they turn through neatly. You need to be super accurate at getting close to but not clipping through the stitching line.
This soft and rich coloured blue chambray has tiny bicycles in it! It’s from Empress Mills currently priced £8.55. They have a few different chambray prints plus I’m in love with the jerseys they have. The bicycles are nice to wear given I’m married to a cycling fanatic who smiles when I wear it and the warm blue colour pairs perfectly with winter tights and cardigans or sandals and sunglasses!
The zipper that I installed perfectly, and matches across both waistband seams is mocking me here by stretching under my weight gain. Super annoying when I worked so hard to install it. I mean I’m still wearing it don’t get me wrong, I just hate how its pulling at the moment.
But hello, its mega cute and I’m sure I can lose an inch on my waist. If not I’ll unpick and let out the side seams. I’m not letting this pretty dress sit in my closet unworn. Maybe it’s also time for me to try another view of the pattern? It couldn’t hurt right?
Happy long weekend everyone.
I’m sharing a dress I posted on Instagram a while ago but didn’t let you peek at the finished garment.
It’s an old New Look pattern I got from sewingpatterns.com to print at home. It’s an absolute pain in the butt to sort as you need special software and a licence code and there’s a limit on the number of prints allowed. And the other day my licence code didn’t work, so I bought a McCall’s pattern I can’t print. Humpf!
Anyways it’s a mix and match pattern with gorgeous bodice, waistband and sleeves options, and boring skirts… so I obviously put a gathered skirt on there instead haha. This is bodice B featuring a scalloped neckline paired with the plain waist.
When Cloud 9 Fabrics released the Elizabeth Olwen collection I couldn’t resist buying some. I was torn about which print from Morning Song to get but loved how the purple and orange in the Breezy Floral voile was strong but girly. I picked up stash points by buying from Village Haberdashery too.
I underlined every piece for opacity with white polyester lining. Using a hem facing and the scallop stitch on my SMD4000 I was able to add a scalloped hem to the skirt as well. The stitch creates perfectly even scallops that you then clip and turn through, then I handstitched the facing to the underlining. Since it was giving me sweet vintage vibes I thought a lapped zipper would be nice.
The reason I love New Look patterns is that they fit my body almost perfectly out the envelope! All I had to do was grade out the side seams towards the waist. I made a size 8 around the upper body and a 12 at the waist. The only tricky part is clipping and notching the scallops properly so they turn through neatly. You need to be super accurate at getting close to but not clipping through the stitching line.
So I think I’ll make another version with the neckline from view C. Maybe in a plain fabric… shock horror. Have you made this pattern?
For the record I am not, and never will be, a Scrappy-Do fan.
He may have been the thing that killed the cartoon in the hearts of children all around the world.
In fact I’m not sure I know anyone who actually liked that annoying pup.
But the alliteration was calling to me.
I love pinning and will continue to do so but I really want to use Pinterest to drive action and results in my creativity rather than just being a mood board.
Last year I made few things from my pinterest boards.dress via A Beautiful Mess; cookie cutter pumpkin tutorial; tote made with ink blot tutorial
This year I want to aim for at least TEN makes from pins but would love to do TWELVE. A bit like the Pinterest Challenge (which seems to have gone a bit quiet lately).
So how are you going to do this Amy?
The “Don’t Just Pin In!” Challenge
I’m not going to allocate each month a pin but instead go with the flow.
I also want to action anything I’ve pinned that incorporates scallops into my clothes! And definitely in collaboration with the above point.
Recipes are encouraged as it will develop my cooking skills. Ideally I’d like to make more savoury food than baking but I am obsessed with sweet treats so let’s see.
And finally anything home or DIY related would be great to include.
My first pin turned to reality for 2013?
Fish Karahi – Fish cooked with onions, peppers, tomatoes, garlic and ginger to create a rich authentic taste.
I made this the second week of January by sort of following the recipe here and what I remembered of an amazing meal at from Akbars restaurant.
There are already some front runners for this year:
This is likely to be the next make. Piñata Cookies for Mr AR’s Birthday.
After that, this blouse by Charlotte Azou has been paper drafted using a similar pattern and I’m currently refining the collar.
Also lined up is this polka dot Topshop dress. I have fabric and a pattern ready!
Next, if I manage to overcome my previous fabric stamping fails I’ll be making a horse print dress just like this.
And if we move to a new house this year I’ll definitely be making a triangle quilt.
I want this exact style but with slightly different colours.
So do you use Pinterest for making mood boards? Or do you actually turn these pins into tangible real life makes?
I’m taking the Don’t Just Pin It challenge this year. Anyone want to join me?
**And yes I know I have one too many full points in my ellipsis but it took me sooo long to make the graphic and the button while poorly that when I spotted it I didn’t have the heart to amend it, even though the professional editor in me is very disappointed in my sloppiness**