Projects #17, #18 and #19

It’s again been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I’m using this efficient post to put things back on track! These are all basic pieces I made a while ago but hadn’t yet gotten around to photographing. It’s probably been obvious from my posts so far that I’m obsessed with floral prints…I must also admit that I’m immensely fond of polka dots! 🙂

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P.S. I’ve been working on something a bit different to usual this week – I’m looking forward to sharing it soon! 😉

Project #13

My mum gave me this fabric from her own collection a few years ago. I have very fond memories of rummaging through mum’s suitcase of fabric while she sewed (probably making a terrible mess). So it felt quite special using some of that fabric to make something of my own. I based the pattern of this tunic on another I own that I wear to death during in-between weather. 

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Project #12

I’m not entirely happy with this dress. It is far less chic and ten times more matronly than I had hoped! However, the fabric is bamboo so it’s incredibly soft and the fact that it’s a wrap makes the dress super comfortable to wear. So despite my misgivings I still can’t resist wearing it!

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Project #11

It’s been a while since my last project – I’ve started a new job and have been flat out. It’s a terrific feeling to be posting again 🙂 Expect to see a bit more from me than usual over the next few weeks while I frantically try to catch up!

I bought this silk fabric on a whim a few years ago but never really knew what to do with it. The design is so bold and fun – I really wanted to make something that showed it off. I ended up deciding on this smock dress with a waist tie, which I’ve taken to calling my ‘seaweed dress’. Perhaps not the most flattering of names, but I feel it works!

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Project #10

10! Crazy.

This dress is from an old pattern I had for ages but had never used. I had a great time constructing it, mostly because the fabric is floral and boy am I obsessed with floral! I used to despise invisible zips but I am now rather fond of them – I love how well they blend into their surrounds. Again, looking forward to summer to wear this one!

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Project #8

There’s going to be a bombardment of posts from me this week as I’m running a couple of weeks behind.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this top/tunic and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Unfortunately it’s too cold at the moment to wear without a jacket – disappointing because the back is my favourite part (I love the gathers and yoke). I plan to use the pattern again to make something more appropriate for winter.IMG_8117 editIMG_8145 editIMG_8130 editIMG_8156 edit     IMG_8174 editIMG_8168 editIMG_8135 editIMG_8172 edit

Project #6

Project 6! The weeks are going so quickly. So far this blogging business is definitely working at keeping my sewing motivation high (you might even say I’ve become a bit obsessed…oops).

This dress feels a little more dull than most things I make for myself, but it’s also very practical and versatile (admittedly not usually the things I look for in clothing!) so I’ll be able to wear it to work. I’ve already worn it (of course) and found it comfortable and surprisingly warm. There are a number of imperfections so please don’t look too closely! I find I’m still learning how to work effectively with stretch – I’d never realised how challenging it can be!IMG_8045 editIMG_8036 editIMG_8050 edit

      

Blue silk dress (Project #5)

So I was finally able to wear the dress I made for Project #5 (okay I only had to wait about a week – but I love to wear things when I first make them so it was tough!!).

I’m currently in the process of finishing off my next project, but right now I’m going on an online hunt for new patterns/fabrics. I’ve recently become addicted to Sewbox after discovering it on this very helpful post by eclecticthreads. I still prefer the experience of going into a fabric store and playing with all the fabrics before deciding what to buy, but shopping online means I can indulge my fabric-buying urge at any time of the day! And there are few nicer ways to be welcomed home from work than with a fat package of fabric waiting in the letterbox…bliss.

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Project #5

This silk cotton fabric is so divine – I love how soft it feels! I wanted a dress that used as much of the fabric as possible – this one fit the bill fairly well. It was easy to make – four panels sewn together, with facing (hand sewn in place) at the neck and arm holes and a sash to pull in the waist. I haven’t had an occasion to wear it yet but I’ll keep you posted 😉

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Project #1

Feeling very excited to have my first project completed!

I’ve always had a fear of light fabrics and their tendency to slip and slide while you’re sewing them. That’s why attempting this floaty dress made from two metres of chiffon was quite daunting! However, patience always seems to pay off – besides, who could resist working with such a bright and beautiful design? I wore this dress the night I finished it to a friend’s birthday dinner. It was a great night and by wearing this dress I felt I was really making the most of the last days of warm weather.

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