Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Completed: Victoria Blazer Skull Pansy Style...

Instagrammers rejoice! I have finally photographed my illusive Victoria Blazer!
Thanks for all the lovely comments on my skull pansy skirt, now I give you the matching blazer!
Yes Matching!
 I have to confess this has been on the finished pile for quite a while. Even before the skirts existence... We'll gloss over that shall we,
Oh how I love this jacket! Its relaxed without being too boxy. 80's without being too Bonnie Tyler. Not my usual style but it pushed me out of my comfort zone. I'd say it pretty much pushed me off the cliff of my comfort zone! Nevertheless I'm really pleased with it!
I love By Hand London's patterns and this was the first I'd made. However its certainly not the last (Flora cough cough...)
 This jacket has been styled with my new skirt. I wanted to specifically pick out the blue. Its actually a lot easier to style than I anticipated due to almost every colour in the rainbow being represented in the pattern. Oh but did I mention? Cotton Sateen, still totally my favourite fabric! Its so comfy and perfect for this time of year plus the 3/4 sleeves stop me getting too warm.
I decided to line the sleeves initially but in the end relented and took out the lining. It was lovely but it didn't have as much stretch as I'd have liked. The ladies knew best after all!
(I hope you like my unimpressed face due to the Pixel photobombing I had to endure!)
 See what I have to put up with!? Pure cuteness...
Have you made Victoria? Or ever been pushed off the cliff of your comfort zone? Do Tell!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Minerva Blogging Network: Denim Delight! Lisette Market Skirt

Hi friends!
Its been a really busy month for me but anticipating that I decided on a lovely speedy project for my April make.
This is Simplicity 2211 also known as the Lisette Market skirt by pattern designer Liesl Gibson I always loved her designs and I'm sad to say this is one of her patterns which is now out of stock.
I have made version two before a couple of years ago, oddly around this time of year!
Unfortunately I used the same pattern pieces, forgetting I'd lost a bit of pudge since then. I would happily have this skirt a size or two smaller. It pools a little at the front but its too comfy and in rotation too often to change now but the next version I will.
In order to add some detailing I topstitched the seams and added the tab and two little rose gold coloured buttons from the stash.
 Ah Pixel Pug is getting used to these photos now! This is very typical of how i've been wearing this skirt. The upside of a plain denim skirt? It goes with everything! It has barely been off my body since I finished it. The denim is a lovely firm quality, hardwearing but not heavy and in a perfect shade of mid blue. A colour I can't seem to find jeans in on the high street at the moment. Perhaps I should think about making myself a pair with this denim...

 I love a versatile skirt! I grant you its not the most flattering without a waistband but I have some denim left over. It got a bit wrinkly after wearing it for the whole day but I think thats to be expected. Pixel has decided that its his turn in the limelight. He bought his grotty chicken toy over to play!
 He's determined to show you his messy bit of the kitchen. All his own work you understand!
In the end Pixel obviously won!
Fabric: Minerva
Notions One spool of thread Minerva and buttons from stash
Wearability: 8/10 If I cut a smaller size then it would be a ten!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Completed: The Skull Pansy Skirt...

Another FO? Stevie are you feeling ok?
Yes friendlings I have been sewing up a storm. This is another piece for my SWAP! I call it the Skull Pansy Skirt.
This is Simplicity 2258. A pattern I have had eons and never used. Why? I'm not quite sure but I wanted something simple in design to show off my awesome fabric.
Which fabric you say? Only my freakin' skull pansy fabric. Behold...
I have hoarded this for soooo long. I bought it on one of my first trips to Goldhawk Road years ago and I haven't been brave enough to cut into it until now. 
Its a cotton sateen so its buttery soft, little stretchy but stable enough for just about anything!
 Yes lovely people there is skulls inside the flowers! This fabric felt a bit too avant garde for me for a while but by using it on a separate its actually surprisingly easy to co ordinate.
 The amount of colours in the skirt make it busy but easy to pick out. Hence why its the cornerstone fabric of my SWAP. I can go into pinks, purples, blues, whites, greens, yellows. You want a colour? This print probably has it. As for the skulls, its punky without being in your face. I like that about it. I don't dress like a goth, its just not how I roll. I love colour and this made it a happy medium.
 Did I mention how much I love pockets. This is such a clever construction and to be honest the pockets are the most complicated this skirt gets. The back view is pretty boring but like I said, showcasing the print. The skulls are random as are the flowers so some are upside down and some aren't. This meant there is no particular way up on the print. Hence why very little matching occurred it was just too complex and random a print.
Fabric: Goldhawk Road Pre Jan 2014 Therefore £0.00
Notions: Elastic in stash £0.00 Thread in stash £0.00
Total: £0.00
Wearability: 8/10
I think I'm cheating a bit calling it a free skirt. I had plenty of fabric left over so I could guess I paid about £20 for 3m making this about £8's worth. I think its super wearable and like nothing I would get on the high street so I'm pretty happy about that. Plus the elastic waistband makes it comfy too!
Do prints like this make feature garments in you're wardrobe?

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Completed: French Theme... Deer and Doe Plantain

Bonjour again friends! I seem to have gone a la Francais this week. I have whipped up a Deer and Doe Plantain. This snazzy little t-shirt is a Free PDF! How awesome is that. I've seen gazillions being made on the interwebs and I decided to have a go... Pixel is still confused by this whole photo thing...
 Anyhoo this top is drafted soooo well. I love the neckline depth and the deep U shaping. Its very flattering for me and the waist actually fits! This happens rarely with me as there is such a difference between my bust/hip measurements and my waist.
 Nope Pixel is still not getting it...
The fabric came from a swap and I fell in love with it there is a kind of geometric pattern inside the minty coloured leaves and the base colour is a mossy green. Not a fabric i'd normally go for but its more flattering on than I anticipated.
God I love that back, my swayback is deep again to do with the waist issue this pattern glides over it really well.
Fabric: Free from a swap £0.00
Notions: From Stash £0.00
Total: Freakin Free!!!
Wearability: 10/10!!!! I can see me making hundreds of these. Indeed another will also be gracing the blog soon!
I leave you with Pixel finally getting to grips with this photo thing!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Completed: Oui Coco!

Here's my Coco for Tilly's Coco Party! I whipped it up toute de suite last night. Those on Instagram will have seen it in a much bigger incarnation. This is such a speedy project and great once you get the fit right for you! I can't wait to make the funnel top version.
 I actually bought this fabric on a blogger meetup with Tilly herself. I didn't know why I wanted it but I'm glad I did. You guys this dress is so comfy! Perfect with tights. I had some serious adjustments to get the fit I wanted but my waist is disproportionately smaller than the rest of me. I don't seem to do the sack thing well. Next time I won't cut such a large size. Simples!
Fabric: Double knit from Goldhawk Road Say £8 for 2m I still have leftovers
Notions: Thread from Stash
Wearability: 8/10 Its a little short for me but with leggings or tights its just the job!
Total: £8! Not bad for a comfy dress.
Pixel wanted in on the party, and he bought teddy too!
We had a little boogie in Tilly's honor! This dress? Perfect for dancing! Happy Saturday Everyone!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

SWAP 2014: How it's going...

Hi Lovelies, Thanks for the kind comments on my Coppelia. I see many more in my future. Although there are so many awesome new patterns out at the moment I don't reckon it will be anytime soon.
I have however used it for one of my garments in Artisan Square's Annual SWAP Challenge. I have briefly blogged about it here and here in my Resewlutions. I'd really like to finish this one so i've been using some of my Minerva garments within my plan.

This time they have asked for 11 garments. 3x3 pac's and two wildcards.
This was my original plan:
Smart to Casual:
Archer Shirt
Moss Skirt
Hawthorne OR Bellatrix Blazer

Rainy Days:
Minoru Jacket
Auberpine Dress
McCalls 6708 Cardigan

Home Comforts:
Virginia Leggings
Coppelia Cardigan
Colette Zinnia

Vogue 8685 Dress
McCalls 5974 Dress
I have made big changes to this plan. I realised I didn't have the time to make two shirts, two jackets and three dresses in the time. So I had a rethink and came up with this second plan. The ticks are garments finished or just needing tiny finishes like hems. The scissors are those cut or in progress.
 I changed it up a little taking out the garments that would slow down the process. Its not perfect, I still have to check if Home Comfort is allowed two bottoms if they co-ordinate with each other, but i'm happier with the sets. I think they are things I will genuinely wear.
The revised SWAP consists of
Smart to Casual:
Archer Shirt
Simplicity Lisette 2211
Papercut Coppelia Cardigan blogged here

Rainy Days has turned to Sunnier Climes and has been renamed:
Deer and Doe Plaintain tee
Simplicity 2258 Skirt
By Hand LondonVictoria Blazer

Home Comfort is still going to change, not sure how yet:
Megan Nielsen's Virginia Leggings
Briar blogged here
Colette Zinnia Skirt

McCalls 5974
By Hand London Georgia Dress blogged here

I have so far completed 7 garments. I'm in the middle of the Archer and I intend to cut my skirts and plantain tonight. There is a month left to complete. Here's hoping I can make it!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Minerva Blogger Network: Papercut Coppelia

 This is my second project for Minerva's Blogger Network. For this I chose to use their Purple Knitted Textured Slub 'Carnival' Designer Dress Fabric. Thats a lot of words to describe this awesome fabric! Its strange, like a series of ribbons woven together with metallic strips. Whatever it is, I was drawn to it straight away!
I thought the fabric deserved something simple to show it off so I opted for Papercut's Coppelia Cardigan. This pattern is a breeze to put together, all in all I think it took around 2 hours to make. Lovely speedy project! I'm happy with the result and it looks great with fuller dresses! I did take these photos with a pair of jeans on, but the styling just didn't work. I think if I added length to it then it would look fab with jeans and things but on my bodyshape it looked blurgh!
I chose to just tie the bands but there have been some lovely versions of this like Nettie's at Sown Brooklyn and Rachel's at House of Pinheiro that do a faux wrap. I think when I make this next time (and there will be a next time) I may try that out. Other changes i'm considering are making the sleeves smaller, for some reason they drowned me a bit, shortening the arms, (I like sleeves over my hands but not quite as much as that) and creating a buttonhole opening inside to slide the fabric through as you would a wrap dress. 
I only glanced at the instructions so that may have been in there... Lazy sewist alert!
If you're after a quick speedy project you can do no wrong with this one. Its also a really handy garment to have around! I find myself grabbing it before I go out the door. Its just enough warmth without being too heavy, perfect for layering! I have lots more jersey in the stash waiting to be a Coppelia!