A juicy Bettine for International Watermelon Day!

This 80's watermelon print was part of my haul from Akhabans in Manchester. It was super hard to sew as it was so slippery but I loved the print so I persevered. The final dress (Bettine by Tilly and The Buttons) is a little bit see through but nothing that a vest and slip can't fix. I wore it to the pub quiz (which we won!) and a lady pointed out it was International Watermelon Day. it was fate surely?

Bettine Dress attempts one and two

Any dress pattern that requires no fiddly fastenings and can be smart or comfy is a winner by me!   This new dress pattern by Tilly and the Buttons is super cute AND has pockets! Be still my beating heart!

My first attempt was a test with cotton lawn from ebay - the fabric was much to stiff really and the bodice needed lengthening due my larger top half and the side seams needed taking in due to my lack of hips.

The second attempt was made using a viscose with the best palm tree pattern fadjng up to black that I found in Akabhans in Manchester. This time I lengthened the bodice and it drapes really nicely. Now I just need Tilly to show is how to make it out of jersey and I think I've found my new favourite pattern.

Ok this is getting silly - Washi Dress #5

Right, I'm having a self imposed ban on making this pattern any more - it's all getting a bit out of hand! I found this amazing print in Brighton whilst on a trip visiting friends (finding fabric shops is a legit way to spend time in a strange city right?). After some discussions with friends we decided it looks like an 80's sleeping bag - it's so joyfully colourful and 80's - I love it!


Camber set dress - the return!

So glad I attempted this Camber Set dress again. This time it made it up in a brushed cotton from Moda in a dark red and light grey with a contrast yoke and red pockets. I thin this patterns looks much better in a more structured fabric like this brushed cotton than a thinner lightweight fabric. It's so soft but also hangs really nicely -  a good combo.

Camber Set Dress in Cachette

Wow this pattern was really difficult for some reason, I had to redo the neckline, sleeves, darts AND hem. I Started with a size 14 which according to the pattern should have been a perfect fit but it came out huge and I ended up having to trim 1.5 inches off the sides, take the darts in etc. Basically it was a size too big and ended up a bit of a mess. Total nightmare. But I WILL not be beaten by a dress pattern! I'll be back to try this again. 


Mustang Fancy Sailor Top

I spotted this 'Mustang' fabric by (you guessed it) Cotton & Steel at a store in Ely and it was a must have. I turned it into a Fancy Sailor Top but this time I graded the size from a Large around the bust to a Medium at the waist and bum. This meant there is a lot less fabric floating around than my first attempt. This time I also followed the instructions on how to baste (I couldn't work it out before) and it meant the gathers were much more even and controllable. I also managed to complete the neat inside yoke by stitching in the ditch which was another skill I had picked up since my first attempt. 



Batik Print Bianca dress

This is my third Bianca because it currently holds the title for 'The most comfortable dress ever' in my wardrobe awards. This time I left out the V in the neckline as all the other attempts have ended up in a hole at the end of the V and the need for some well place binding. Sad face. ANYWAY I combined 'The softest fabric in the world' with 'The most comfortable dress ever' to make this beauty. * bows *



Batik Print Grainline Scout Tee

This was my first attempt at the Scout tee by Grainline so I chose an inexpensive batik print cotton lawn I found on eBay for £4 per metre. This is such a super soft fabric and the pattern is really flattering I think. I'm pretty sure I've picked the wrong size though and will take it down as is next time  - as the pattern is so busy I don't think you can tell it's too big but still. 



Self drafted Octopus Skirt


This is a self drafted skirt based on instructions for self drafting from Tilly and the Buttons book 'Love at First Stitch'. I'm obsessed with this Octopus fabric by Cotton & Steel which comes in beige and navy. I can only seem to get hold of the beige one in the UK (they are a US collective of designers and the navy does't seem to make it this far and is snapped up when it does). When it arrived I realised it was going to really wash out my face so made it into a skirt instead. I think this skirt is going to be a good summer staple but I need to not eat a big dinner before wearing it (like I did for this photo!) as it sits right on my tummy. It also needs the hem taking up as it's a bit long but over all I'm pleased with he result.






New Look Circle skirted dress

I'm torn on the results of this experiement. I think i fitted the bodice quite well by adjusting  the seams at the zip on the back but the pleats in the neckline make for a weird fit around the bust. I might stitch them down and press them flat. Of the shoulders sits down fine and the other is wonky (no idea why). I do really like the skirt bit though - it's fun and twirly. Maybe I'll just hack the top off and make a skirt.


Bianca take 2

After making the first attempt at this pattern too big I made a size down and I'm really pleased with the result. This fabric was bought off the internet somewhere. it's a slightly thinner cotton and the shark tooth makes for a smarter take on the same pattern.

Bianca by Made by Rae

This dress pattern is Bianca by Made by Rae. I made this in size large and adjusted the front facing to accommodate my larger than average bust. But when I tried it on it was way too big. I took it in at this seams by almost and inch on each side and that helped but it's still a bit big around the shoulders. It was a fairly quick sew though at 3 hours including cutting out. I found this fabric by Moda in Sew Much To Do in Ely and love the animals peeping out of this really retro flower pattern - it's nice modern twist. This is a great pattern for breezy summer number. Bring on the Pimms!


Washi Dress #2

I loved the fit of the Washi dress so much that I wanted another one. So when my fabric arrived   in the post I couldn't wait to turn it into a Washi. I cut on the bias so the diagonals would make for a more intersting pattern. It pulls a alit acros the bust as a sresult but I think it's worth it.