Adventures in Tulle

In the past few years since I’ve found my femininity along with my self confidence in my figure, I have begun wearing a lot of skirts and dresses. If I ever decided to show my collection of sewing patterns you will see my obsession reflected in this. I have hundreds 🙂 lol.

I also really admire 50’s and Rockabilly styling. It’s definitely a style that suits plus size figures. So I’ve decided to try and add a few more pieces to my wardrobe. First starting with a pettiskirt. I’ll be perfectly honest and say I have never actually worked with tulle before so it was a bit of a learning curve for me. I also didn’t use a pattern. But I looked at about 50 different tutorials on Pinterest. Though none really suited plus sizes in the type of skirt I wanted. So after winging it, it didn’t turn out too bad but I know what I would do different next time.

Here is the finished result (sorry for the messy sewing room).

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I ended up with a two tier skirt alternating in black and red. On the lower edge of the skirt I did a tight red ruffle on the black and vice versa on the red.

So now all I have to do is make some skirts so stay tuned 😉

Oh and a big welcome to my new followers 🙂 thanks for your support

Another dress up day at work :)

In fine form as always my work decided what better way to celebrate Black Friday or Friday the 13th than to have yet another dress up day for a bit of fun (not that I’m complaining) 🙂

Anyhow, after much deliberation and asking for suggestions from my Facebook friends and sewing groups I decided to just go to spotty (Spotlight) and let the fabric do it’s magic…..$150 later I walked out with 7 metres of black velvet, 8m silver satin, 4m red satin, 4m of black lace, 4m each of red and black tulle, a couple if patterns and god know what else LOL. lucky is was 40% off fabric that day 🙂 SCORE.

So I decided that no matter what I dressed as it was going to have a cape.

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I went with option B which is the black one.

I had a 4 day weekend so I decided that I’d focus on my costume since I had the time for a change. Well let’s just say I barely got the cape done. I learnt a lesson that weekend. Stretch velvet and non stretch satin don’t play nicely when it come to lining up pieces and sewing. I got it together in the end but it certainly was not to my standard in quality. But it did the job. And since I only got the cape made in the end I just went with a vampire. I figured you can’t go wrong. And boy was it funny how many customers I made jump when they got a load of me that day hehehe 🙂

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All in all a fun day at work 🙂 hope your all having a great week
Bye for now xx

All in a day’s work :)

Ok so I finally got that boot up the rear end I needed to get my sew-jo back 🙂 yay. Today my workplace held a dress like a hippy day to raise a few dollars for our social club and just for a bit of fun too. I only found out about it a week ago and as usual I left it to the very last minute to arrange something to wear as I don’t have any hippy style clothing in my wardrobe. So after asking on my favorite sewing groups on Facebook and looking through my stash of fabric I decided to make a vest, tunic and of course……flares 🙂

Luckily I already had a pattern for a vest at home which my boyfriends dad asked me to make him a vest with this really expensive fabric he’d bought. But I guess I was a bit worried I would stuff it up because I am still learning, so I ended up pushing it aside. But now that I have made one for myself I am much more confident to make his one now 🙂 Anyhow, this is the pattern I used.

Kwik Sew Pattern 2314

Kwik Sew Pattern 2314

Yeah I know it’s a men’s pattern but who really cares right? I don’t lol.

I made it in the XXL which ended up being quite generously sized. I didn’t add the pockets or the tie at the back though.

The finished product :) it was the first time I had fully lined a garment and it turned out really well and i am very happy with it.

The finished product 🙂 it was the first time I had fully lined a garment and it turned out really well and i am very happy with it.

In all honesty I am not the fastest at sewing so the vest took me about 6 hours from cut to finish so I was delighted to find an old mock-up I started making about a year ago for a tunic top (saved me wasting time starting fresh). It was made from calico which was sort of hippy-ish and all it needed was all the seems to be finished and hemmed……SCORE!!! Then all I had to do was make some flares. I decided to go the removable way and did an elastic pair that I could slip on over my jeans 🙂

The ensemble

The ensemble

I am pretty happy with how it all turned out. I teamed it up with some blue aviators and braids in my hair and the reaction I got from my co-workers was fantastic….but the amount of funny looks and double takes I got from the customers was hilarious.

Me being my usual nutty self :)

Me being my usual nutty self 🙂

Not bad for a Sundays sewing efforts. Thanks for reading and hopefully I will post again soon.

Bye for now xox

Sew much for that!

Ok so apparently I suck at keeping a blog as much as I do trying to keep a diary lol. I admit I haven’t even turned on my sewing machine lately. Kinda feel like I have lost my sew-jo. But hopefully that will all change this weekend as on Monday my work is holding a dress up day to raise funds for our social club and also to officially celebrate our spring launch so we have to dress up in hippy/flower power type clothing. Needless to say I am probably a little young to have a pair of flares in my closet but I will certainly get in the spirit of things and whip something up to wear on the day. I am sure I can find some fabric to use from my enormous stash lol. Ahh nothing like a deadline to get you motivated 😉 hehe. Until next time….

Hi everyone 🙂

Well here I am finally after months of deliberating on whether or not to start my own blog. I figure by doing this it may help to kick my sizeable butt into gear and start sewing more and using up some of my enormous stash of fabric that I have collected over the years (not to mention the hundreds of patterns I have stashed). I am still only an intermediate sewer but I hope some of the things I make can help inspire more plus size ladies out there to have a go at sewing or even help show ways to alter smaller patterns to fit. After all it’s been years of stalking other people’s blogs that has given me the guts to start my own 🙂 so please be nice as I am only new at this 🙂 thanks xox