Sunday, 29 June 2014

McCalls 6083 ~ Sunshine and Flowers Jumpsuit

So I have been away from My Blog again for over a week. There is just so much going on with life at the moment; all new and exciting, but the main reason for my absence this time is because we took a few days away last week to spend with family.

I made 2 items in preparation for this trip. Neither of which I got to wear! The first, Simplicity 1425 was my project this month for the MAGAM Challenge (of which I currently have no photos so will have to blog next time, but at least it is completed!)
 The 2nd was this last minute quick and easy make from McCalls 6083

There are endless wonderful versions of this on the Sewing Pattern Review website (you can read mine HERE). It totally doesn't need another review as it's that highly rated, but I added mine anyway because this is such a great pattern for not just summer but by using a completely different fabric can also be made for a night on the town!

I chose the summer option...

I am discovering that one of the beauties of sewing is that it makes you step outside your comfort zone and try something new. I would never have bought an item of clothing as bright and as vibrant as this, yet the fabric leapt out at me.

I originally bought it to make a dress. Having never worked with scuba (neoprene) before I wanted to give it a go. But when the sewing pattern arrived, due to the fabric's bold print I so wanted to use it for this instead.

One thing to mention about neoprene... it does not like being pressed. At all! Therefore I'd say it is definitely more suited to body-con dresses because with the body filling out the dress, the seams would automatically look like they've been pressed ( if you get what I mean!)

Fabric I used is available HERE and is also available a variety of colours, plains and patterns. All from MINERVA CRAFTS

Notice the tie belt on this Jumper? (looks pants without it). I wanted to make a contrasting belt but didn't have any suitable fabric to hand and I was in a rush to finish. Rather pleased with the matching one though :)

Super, Wonderful, Smashing, Great, not to mention useful Pockets too! :)

Thanks for stopping by :) and hopefully soon, I will have my June MAGAM up and posted soon.

Until next time :)
Dawn x

Thursday, 19 June 2014

New Look 6121 ~ Country Chic

Since moving into our lovely new home my sewing mojo has been totally zapped and taken over by room ideas, decorating and DIY. I have been unable to get my creative juices proper flowing.

So one quiet evening that I had to myself last week, I took myself off into my new sewing room and spent a couple of hours looking at patterns, fabrics and sewing blogs. I bought a couple of different fabrics and sewing patterns, all of which arrived within days! It's always exciting to get new fabrics so it was enough for me to get the mojo going again to finish this project I started in May.

This was meant to be my project for the May Magam Challenge but due to the design changes I wanted to make, a new house and no sewing room, there wasn't time to complete :(

This is New Look 6121's pattern envelope

Believe it or not, I made the Dress on View B. But as I'm not keen on wearing skirts and tops I made it to look like a skirt and top! (were you fooled...?!!)

I cut the pattern at the waistline then added a couple of inches to the bodice length to give that blouson effect.

I also changed the neckline from a V-neck to a slightly more rounded neck.

The top part is a bright orange soft and silky crepe polyester (now OOS). But not wanting to look like a tangerine I toned it down with this gorgeous Brown/Beige Animal Print Soft Polyester for the skirt which is made up of 3 tiered gathered panels.

Both are available from Minerva Crafts. I Love, love, love the skirt fabric!! Soft, floaty and uncreasable to matter how hard you try! And the perfect partner for my Tangerine orange ;)

This is a throwover, loose fitting dress with no fastenings. This is what it actually looks like:
Not a flattering look! (not on me anyway)

So to give it some shape and to hide the waist seam join I added a wide belt to complete the look.

Add cowboy boots and hat and you even get that proper country gal look!

To read My Review for this Pattern CLICK HERE

Thanks for stopping by :)

Happy Sewing
Dawn :)x

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Simplicity 2222 ~ Aztec Romper

So it's hot and it's sunny. It's my day off tomorrow and I need something cool and casual to wear about the house and to dabble at a bit of gardening. Only we haven't unpacked most of our clothes yet as we still currently have nowhere to hang anything!  
I remembered making this for our Honeymoon Cruise last year and as it's cotton jersey, thought it would be ideal for wearing tomorrow. Only can I find it? No. I cant!

Anyhow, it's also reminded me that this little number needs adding to My Blog. So whilst I pause in my hunt for the missing aforementioned, here I am writing this instead!

As you can see from the diagram, I made View B from Simplicity 2222
From the Suede Says Collection, this is such a versatile and practical pattern that can be used for all occasions as the pattern envelope illustrates.

The little romper suit is soooo cute, (described there as "edgy") but I certainly wouldn't inflict the world by putting my legs in that!

So I settled on the "classic" version. And even then, I added about 4" to the length as the skirt also is rather short! Too short for my legs anyhow!
 I did however shorten the bodice by a couple of inches as several other reviews recommended this. However for me personally, I would have preferred it had I left it as it was. It's OK though! This is a great little dress to wear (when I can find it!) because it's so practical, it's casual and it's comfy; especially as I made mine out of a cool, uncreaseable Cotton jersey.

Not sure where I got this aztec print from as it's ages since I made it. In hindsight it would have been better suited to a maxi dress but I fell in love with the fabric print and didn't need a maxi dress at the time! 

Of course, the best thing about this little romper dress is the Racer back. I Love this feature! 

You'll have to take my word for it, but it looks even better on from the back! These are the only photos I have of this dress and as I can't find it..... :/ !!

It's a good many months since I made this, so the details are a bit vague now. But for a bit more info on the pattern you can read about it on My Pattern Review HERE (posted August 2013)

I am slowly starting to get back into the swing of sewing again now, so I should have some new makes to post up soon!

Thanks for stopping by :)
Happy Sewing

Dawn x

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Burda 7065 ~ Here comes Summer...?

Throwback Thursday

I think that summer has finally arrived here in sunny Cornwall! It is certainly feeling like a warm summers day again today so for Throwback Thursday I am posting this lovely summery dress that I made  last year on a rare August afternoon off. It'not quite hot enough to be wearing this today so these are also last years photos

The pattern is Burda 7065

I made View A which is the top, but lengthened it to make a maxi dress as I didnt want the fullness of the skirt in View B. I chose this pattern because the key feature here is the crossover halter neckline. It's not actually made up as a crossover; you cross it over to wear it! Genius!

From this:

Tah dah!! To this...!

Totally loving this fabric. It's got Maxi Dress written all over it! Isn't it such a pretty summery print? It's a Jersey Viscose and is perfect for this dress. Also perfect for holidays as it doesn't crease. I bought it from last year so it's now unavailable but I almost made it in this lovely jersey viscose instead. That would look fabulous too in this pattern; well any maxi dress pattern!

Had to do quite a bit of taking in on the halter neck strap ( a good 3"!!) to get the right fit as I found it very loose, but other than that this went together really well.

You can read My Sewing Pattern Review from last year, for this pattern HERE

I don't have too many photos of this dress as I wasn't blogging when I made it, but you get the idea I'm sure :)

Thanks for stopping by :)

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

McCalls 6706 with 6436 ~ Sea Green

Generally, I'm not really a skirt person. I never seem to know what to wear with them and I seem to have this issue with bulk around my middle (i.e the waistband and a tucked in top!) so it's just easier and more comfortable to wear dresses.  Also, I'm sure I live in the windiest seaside town  ever known to man so full skirts like this one are for me, certainly not of a practical nature!
But one thing I do like is making different things and this skirt ticks that box.

I chose McCalls 6706 View C because of the high-low hem (mullet hem as I call them; short at the front, long at the back!). It's just that little bit different from making a normal inverted pleat skirt. Although having enjoyed making this up, I'd still like to make the other versions just because!

I got the skirt fabric for the bargain price of £2.99per metre from Minerva Crafts, so at that price, it didn't really matter that I probably won't get much wear out of it. But as it was that long ago and from the clearance line, it's no longer in stock. It's just a woven polyester in white with a pale green check but also has an awesome shiny silver thread woven into the fabric as well.

shiny silver thread close up!

As you can see this fabric is kinda light so I added an A-line lining from Tricot. I made this quite some time ago but was waiting to find the right colour fabric to make a matching top. Eventually I found that such colour! (see what I mean about having to find the right thing to wear with a skirt?!)

The shirt pattern is McCalls 6436 and I can't rate this pattern highly enough!! I loved everything about it. The last shirt I made was a Simplicity Pattern (Blogged HERE) and I have to say that despite that being an "Amazing Fit" Pattern, this one for me wins hands down. This really is an amazing fit and had cup sizes on the pattern ranging from A to D. Again, as with full skirts, shirts aren't something I wear a huge amount of, but I am definitely holding onto this one as it's a good basic use and use again shirt pattern.
And I think I might just be getting some wear out of this shirt because I love it! The Cashmere Crepe fabric is lush, handled really well and feels fabulous to wear. This SEA GREEN colour is currently OOS but there is a variety of other colours available HERE from White Lodge Fabric.

 I am feeling extremely summery in this shirt and skirt and even the sun is shining! Perhaps summer has reached the UK after all :)

Thanks for Stopping by :)

Happy Sewing!