Because I really needed an excuse to make another dress πŸ˜œ

Hello lovelies ❀️

As the heading suggests, I am about to share with you my latest creation.

My beautiful cousin Leia was married on the 1st of November. In true form I used this as an excuse to make another frock 😊. And so came the trouble of choosing a style, pattern and fabric. The problem was that I have sooooooo much fabric and sooooooo many patterns but not so much time…..eek.

I ended up going through my iPad (I am a serial screen shooter) inspiration photos and narrowed it down to 4 styles which were the following.

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Then I chose 4 fabrics that would suit those styles…..

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But I was at a loss. I simply couldn’t decide. So I uploaded both photos to my personal page plus a couple of sewing groups on facebook and took a vote over 24 hours. And the majority voted C3….. So that’s what I made.

I didn’t have a pattern so I had to make my own….which for a first timer was a little daunting. And after a few failed attempts I decided to just simplify it. It is basically a rectangle that i increased one end on the fold and rounded it off. And gathered under each breast (Forgot to take photos of the process after the first couple of failures). Added a waistband and a lovely long circle skirt.

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And added a few buttons for effect.

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To me it seemed to be missing something though. You guessed it! It wasn’t full enough. So I made a petti skirt 😊

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I used the 50’s petti skirt tutorial on the Burda Style website as a guideline.

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And here is the finished product. I love it.

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Super Hero Day at work

Hi guys πŸ™‚ sorry it’s been a while. I haven’t had a lot of time to write on here since being back at work. You know how it is? You eat, sleep, work, clean then repeat. Story of my life. I have managed to get a little bit of sewing in though (when I should have been cleaning lol). In particular yesterday. And it was actually very lucky I had an RDO otherwise I may have been left wearing a pair of knickers on the outside of my leggings lol. Wouldn’t that have been a sight.

Anyhow, I was lucky enough to finish early the day before so after work I drove on up to Bathurst to my nearest Spotlight store with this pic in hand for inspiration.

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In fine form as per usual it turns out that this pattern isn’t in Aussie stores till next season.

Plan B

So I decided how hard could it be to come up with something myself similar. Not very it turns out.

For the bodice I used the Sis boom Angie pattern which I’ve used on previous projects. I used this lovely blue satin and bound the neck and arm holes with blue bias tape folded under then stitched. I then cut a 3 inch thick piece of gold stretch denim (I never realised his hard it would be to find suitable gold fabric) by the width of the bodice x 2. Sewed the ends together and with the seam at the centre back attached it to my bodice.

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I then cut a standard circle skirt from this lovely red rayon and attached that to the band, stretching the band slightly where needed to fit. I then overlocked the bottom hem with my 4 thread overlocker and folded it over twice and sewed for a clean finish.

For the cape I used the width of the rayon x my shoulder to ankle length. I simply cut a curved edge at the bottom and hemmed the same as I did the dress. I didn’t bother doing the sides because they were both salvages anyway and I figured they with be safe from fraying. Plus I didn’t want it to be too bulky.

At the top of the cape it was too wide so I put about 5 one inch pleats overlapping one another on each side and ran a basting stitch thought the pleats. I then overlocked the raw edge the whole way along.

To attached the cape I used my KAM snap press. I used two on each shoulder and two on each side of the cape but I wanted the fold over effect so on the cape I put the snaps with the cap on the wrong side if that makes sense.

For the emblem I cut the shape in heavy weight fusible interfacing and ironed it onto a piece of scrap yellow cotton. I folded over the edges and stitched close to the edge. I then cut pieces of thin red bias tape and pinned it around the edge, wrapping the ends under so there was no raw edges and stitched. Then I used thick bias tape to form the S and stitched around its edges. Then I found my centre of my bodice and followed the stitching on the red edging and attached it to the bodice.

Overall I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

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As you can see I also got a bit creative with my scraps and made forearm cuffs and stockings to match πŸ™‚

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The dress isn’t actually crooked I was just standing funny…., as usual lol.

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Well I hope you all enjoyed that. If you did please click follow for email updates when I write new posts. Feel free to comment with any questions. I should have another post up soon.

Bye for now lovelies xox

Sewcation – Part 4

On Thursday I was ready for my next project and I had been inspired by a thread I was reading on Facebook about the Sisboom Angie dress. I bought the pattern ages ago but hadn’t even looked at it yet.

Since I hadn’t used the pattern before I decided to do a muslin of the bodice as my bust and waist measurement is larger than the biggest size on the pattern.

Since I’d run out of calico to do my muslin I had a look in my stash and I had just enough of that black and white fabric that I made the circle skirt with the other week left to use instead.

I made the bodice with the bias tape on the inside. As I was saying before about my measurements being larger by just over an inch, to give that extra ease I just didn’t do the darts in the back of the bodice which gave a couple of inches. The bodice fit so well that I decided to make use of it instead of letting it go to waste. And being the lover I am of 50’s styling I chose to add a circle skirt instead of what the Angie pattern recommends. I used some black fabric which you would normally use for business pants as it has a slight stretch but I liked the weight and had heaps of it so figured why not.

So I got the measurement by laying the bodice flat and measuring across the bottom.

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I used the website www.cirleskirtcalculator.com to work out my cutting measurements. Folded my fabric twice and I marked the measurements with my trusty Chaco liner and joined the dots.

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I pinned near the chalk marking to avoid the fabric slipping and cut it out.

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I marked the centres with pins and attached the skirt starting by pinning from the centre front to the back. There was excess at the back so I gathered the fabric and attached to the bodice. As the pattern call for I still attached a 6mm elastic to the seam. Then I overlocked (serger) the edge and folded up 1/2 an inch for the hem.

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All in all I am really happy with it. Definitely going to wear it with legging as it’s pretty short but I still love it πŸ™‚

Hope your all having a great weekend πŸ™‚ bye for now xox

Lazy Sunday sew day

Hello lovelies πŸ™‚

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I have actually been sick most of it so haven’t really done much of anything to be honest. I have bronchitis and it’s really knocked me on my rear end.

Moving on……. So the other day I posted that red and black tulle pettiskirt I made and I mentioned that I’d have to make a skirt to go with it. Well I became a little motivated yesterday and picked out some fabric and did a pre-wash. Aaaaaand that was as far as I got lol.

So today after sitting around on my backside wallowing in my germ infested self pity until about midday πŸ˜‰ I again found a shred of motivation. Grabbed the fabric out of the dryer and managed draw, cut and sew the whole skirt in about 3 hours lol. Pitiful I know. I mean I am not the fastest sewer on the planet on my best day but I had a couple of phone calls and numerous coughing fits in the time period……yeah yeah blah blah poor me *blows raspberry*.

Now I do apologise for my crappy photos. My hubby does the best he can in the poor lighting on my iPhone. When I become rich I will hire a proper photographer lol.

Cutting out fabric

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Front shot with pettiskirt underneath

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Side shot with pettiskirt

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And here is a couple without the pettiskirt underneath

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All in all I am pretty happy with it. It’s super comfy. And I think I’ll make a few more. Just need to tweak my measurements a tad.

Thanks again for reading and hope to share some more soon πŸ™‚ bye for now xx