Saturday, 27 June 2015

Vintage Watermelon Skirt

Hi everyone!  I just wanted to share with you my favourite new skirt.  I found it in a vintage clothing shop in my neighbourhood.  I absolutely love it!  It fits perfectly, has a great tie up high waist, buttons down the front and a super bright and summery watermelon and palm tree print... what else do you need from a skirt?  Oh, pockets! Yes it has pockets too!

I have no idea when it is from though... I'm thinking 80s, but let me know if you have a better idea than me.

I hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine! Is anyone else wearing vintage this weekend?

Friday, 19 June 2015

I made a Sorbetto top!

Well, I'm pretty sure that everyone in the sewing blog world has made at least one Sorbetto by Colette, so I thought I would join the club.

I made mine in a lovely Liberty Tana Lawn, which I got on sale!  It's a great top and I can see myself filling my summer wardrobe with a few different versions of this.

I have to say I did find that it came out very short.  I have quite a lanky frame so I probably should have adjusted for that and added a bit of length.  Oh well, you live and learn.  Next time.

Clyde Cat photo bomb
The main thing that I loved about making this top is that not only is it the first time using bias tape, but I made my own!  I found it a bit time consuming and fiddly, but I really think it was worth the effort.  I think a contrast bias tape might have been fighting with the quite busy print of the top so I really wanted to use matching fabric.  Plus I have a new skill under my belt!  I think I want to make this pattern again soon to really practice the skills in this and (hopefully) get the hang of the fit issue.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Fabric Fiesta

I've been in South Devon this weekend visiting my in-laws.  I had a great time and the sun was shining for us.  While I was down there my mother-in-law mentioned that there was a "Fabric Fiesta" happening in a nearby village.  How could I resist?  Just a 5 minute drive away there was a whole fiesta just for fabric!  So I convinced my poor long suffering husband to drive me down there to take a look (I know, I know, but I'm taking lessons, honest!)

It was great!  OK, so it wasn't very big, but it was crammed full of stalls filled with fabric and cake and patterns and buttons and ribbons and... breath!  Sorry. Got  bit too excited there.

It was chockablock, but I did manage to come away with a couple of things.

The first was a gorgeous vintage kimono that was bit torn and worn in places, but was so irresistible that I just couldn't, well, resist.  I have no idea what it's made of, but it feels so lovely and silky with a bit of texture like crepe.  I can really see this made into a lovely cap sleeve blouse, but this is really a case of aspirational purchasing here, as that is far beyond my current skill level.  A girl can dream...

Here's a close up of the pattern.  I just love Japanese kimono prints

I also picked up a far more practical black cotton with white polka dots.

I'm planning to turn this into a New Look K6107 in version E (the shorter pencil skirt).  That's the plan anyway, so we'll have to see how it turns out.  I'm rubbish at fitting so I'm hoping this will help me master that skill.

Has anyone else been fabric shopping?  What have you picked up?

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

I can sew my own clothes!

Hi there! I'm really excited to be here.  I know I'm pretty late to the sewing party, but it's better to turn up late than not at all!

I was given a sewing machine by my lovely husband for my birthday and some sewing lessons for my Christmas present in 2013 (I know, isn't he lovely?  Talk about encouraging!) where I learnt the basics of how to use my machine, and I rally enjoyed the simple pleasure of being able to create something.  I made a tote and a make-up bag, but what I really wanted to do was make clothes, but for some reason I just felt daunted by the prospect.  So my sewing machine was pretty neglected last year, but a couple of months ago I felt inspired by all the lovely crafters/sewists/bloggers out there to get my sewing machine out and have a go.  What is there to be afraid of??  It turns out nothing at all!  And I actually made something that I can (and do) actually wear. It's not perfect (far from it) but I'm so proud of myself.

It's a Zinnia from Colette made in a sort of faded burgundy coloured double gauze.  Like I said, its not perfect, but I like to see every mistake as a lesson to be learned.

I loved making this skirt.  The instructions were really easy to follow and the simple construction meant that it was pretty quick to make, even if it did take me an entire Saturday to figure out the waistband.  The instructions were fine, but I just couldn't visualise it for some reason, but I guess that's just my massive lack of experience.  I also think might sit too high on my waist and because of my lanky frame is a bit too high above my knees.  What do you think? Is the fit awful?

What I am happy with though is all the things this simple skirt pattern taught me (so much!)

  • Buttonholes
  • Buttons
  • Invisible zips
  • Pockets (did I mention this skirt has pockets!)
  • Hemming
  • Pleats
  • Waistbands

I love this button, shame about the massively wonky waistband/button/zip meet up area. Anyone have any tips to improve this next time/where I went wrong?