Thursday, 24 April 2014

New Look 6802 ~ long sleeves

Anyone recognise this dress?

For anyone following it's the same pattern that I blogged only a couple of weeks ago (HERE) This version with the long sleeves has been on my to do list for months and getting around to blogging the one I made last year inspired me to finally make it again for Spring.

The pattern of course is New Look 6802 now OOP.

This time I made View D but with the long sleeves on View A. I also added gathers to the sleeve head as in View C.

When I started making this up I wasn't sure I was going to like this one. Having successfully made it before with short sleeves (twice) I just wasn't feeling it this time around.
The other 2 dresses turned out great. I made one for me, and one for my Mum.

But when I started sewing with this fabric, it slipped and slid all over the place, stretched in every possible direction, appeared to be very flimsy and so I was guessing it wouldn't hang very well at all. My excitement was deteriorating.
But not to be deterred I soldiered on.

Oh and boy am I glad I did as my thoughts turned out to be very very wrong!
I mean, look how well this drapes...

Even though I had made this for myself before, I wasn't taking any chances and tacked the sides seams together first and tried it on. Well, it fit like a glove and hung beautifully. My faith was restored! Don't you just love it when that happens?!

The fabric which turned out to be perfect for this dress after all is a soft jersey viscose available HERE from Fabric-Dreams. Whom of which are based in Germany.

On writing my Sewing Pattern Review for this dress (HERE), one of the questions is "Would you make this again?" I would love the sleeveless version of this dress for summer, but as much as I adore this pattern I do think after 3 makes, it is sadly time for it's retirement. There are so many other patterns out there I need to be making...!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Happy Sewing

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Vogue 1250 ~ Happy Easter!

So it's Easter. And Easter = Spring. And Spring = all things yellow....


And My New Dress....

Of course Easter for me means work is busy and lots of hours are spent there, so this post is brief!

Yellow is my favourite colour. It's bright, cheerful and pretty. Yet wearing yellow without another colour with it is another first for me. I am a fan of all things seasonal so I just had to make my first yellow dress.
And I am so glad I did. I had no idea that I would suit wearing yellow!

The yellow fabric is a lovely ponte roma jersey knit that I bought on eBay some time last year (Available Here) although it was much cheaper then than it is now!

The Pattern is Vogue 1250 Designed by DKNY (Donna Karan New York)

I particularly love the shape of the seam across the back. It's so flattering.

and of course the super cowl neckline

It's a nifty little pattern with only 3 pieces. Much to the delight of someone like myself who dislikes cutting out! It also makes up in no time at all.
I would call this an emergency pattern. Everyone should have one. If you need a dress quick and have a spare metre of fabric, this is the pattern to grab. An hour later, you're wearing it and out the door!

I am so chuft with this dress, don't be surprised to see a different version of it on my blog sometime soon. I've just got to make another in a patterned fabric! :)

To read my Sewing Pattern Review CLICK HERE

Thanks for stopping by and a HAPPY EASTER!!

Dawn :)x

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Kwik Sew 3897

Meet My New Make

Kwik Sew 3897 -  My April  Garment for the MAGAM Challenge. The theme this month was of Growth and Regeneration so the suggestion was to " learn a new technique, or expand your sewing knowledge". So I decided to expand my knowledge by trying something completely new.
New in every step of the way as everything about this project is a first for me:

I have never used a Kwik Sew pattern before, never made Dungarees before, and certainly never worn anything like this before. Pretty sure I have never made anything in corduroy before either.

Oh and nor have I ever attached or used Bachelor buttons and dungaree clips
These were surprisingly easy.

Dungarees have become a bit laughable over the years and deemed a bit "un-cool" Even the pattern envelope photo does not give a very good impression!

But Dungarees are certainly making a come back and it's how you wear them that can also make all the difference

 I loved the idea of wearing these with one of the straps unfastened. This was the look that inspired me. So with leftover Cotton fabric from Frumble that I used to line my Minoru Jacket I lined the bib with this for contrast as an added feature

The bib lining

I also cut a narrower leg

When looking online for some corduroy fabric, I kept coming across something called a "Wale". It was only then that I realised the lower the wale number per inch, the thicker the width of the wale. I don't know why I didn't know this! 
Anyway I didn't want a big thick chunky corduroy, so I settled on a pure cotton 14 wale needlecord available HERE from Truro Fabrics.

So on the whole, as everything about these was all new to me, I am pretty impressed with the end result! And, I have to say, as much as I love making and wearing dresses, I am feeling very much at home in these!

To Read My Sewing Pattern Review CLICK HERE

Thanks for stopping by :)

Happy Sewing!
Until next time :)x

Saturday, 5 April 2014

New Look 6802 ~ Polka Dotty

This is one from the archives! A dress made in 2013 for our honeymoon cruise, which I wore and have worn since quite a lot. (Well, up until our summer disappeared anyway!)


The pattern is New Look 6802. An oldie and sadly discontinued in the UK. I noticed there are still some available to the US though.
If you can get your hands on a copy it's well worth the make. It'a such a practical little dress with a clever little twist on the front bodice (I was fascinated to learn how this went went together) and gathers on the skirt. I just love gathers!

It's an easy and interesting make. It's for stretch knits only (which is another huge like of mine) This is a green and black polka dot cotton jersey. I went for quality here as this was the only available print available in this fabric at the time. It's soft, the perfect weight for this dress, drapes beautifully and it's virtually un-creasable (if there is such a word?!) so Win win all round! Although when Hubby saw it before it was made up he asked if I was making pyjamas....!!!?!!

The wrapover, twisted bodice is definitely the key feature here and It's a perfect holiday/summer dress as the gathers on the skirt make it nice and loose without it being baggy. Great for those hot summer days.

A nifty bit of sleeve detail too 

All we need now is some warm sunny days so I can start wearing it again! (she says looking out the window at the pouring rain) :/

I hadn't started this blog when I reviewed this pattern which was some time ago now! But you can read my Sewing Pattern Review HERE

Thanks for stopping by ~ Keep Smiling :)

Until next time...