The Dream Jeanie Dress – Refashioners 2016

Aug 29, 2016 | Posted by in finished project, sewing | 1 comment

Hello blue jeans baby,

I’m only popping by to share my most complicated, theatrical make yet for the amazing Portia Lawrie’s refashioners challenge to turn jeans into something else. I was a late recruit to the epic #jeanius team and I couldn’t be happier to be involved…

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Thankyou to Portia for a excellent project to get stuck into too. I now have a lotta love for Jeans and hand sewing (which I never thought would happen!!)

Love the Seamstress for the band,

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The Big Vintage Sew-a-Long – V2903 +++ GIVEAWAY!!

Aug 26, 2016 | Posted by in finished project, sewing | 23 comments

Hello you wonderful people,

I have been excited about this make and opportunity for so long I can hardly believe it’s finally here – the day that I can unveil my make for the amazing Big Vintage Sew-a-Long! Firstly, I am overwhelmed and honoured to be involved alongside all these incredible bloggers/seamstresses making beautiful vintage patterns up and secondly, I am over the moon to be doing this for the Eve Appeal who are championing women’s gynaecological cancers. I have to say it all feels meant to be when you are keeping yourself busy and distracted from having cancer by sewing up a pretty dress to help other people through it so I am very thankful for this project!

Anyway… the dress:

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I dragged my wonderful husband out to our local forest at dusk with the camera to really show off this beautiful dress- fairytale style! I loved this shoot and pretty darn proud of my hubby (who should basically be a photographer!) I also added a rose crown by the lovely Deborah Fanning.

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The Pattern

Choosing the pattern was a tricky one for this challenge as we all got to choose between 20 beautiful patterns from 30s-60s era and my shortlist was nothing like short! V2903 Called to me in it’s big skirted, princess seamed beauty and I’m so happy it did as it’s a stunning pattern and I learnt a lot making it!

Of course, being as indecisive as I am I had problems choosing which view to go with … A – short sleeved with smaller yoke or B – Long sleeved with a contrast yoke… Short sleeves seemed to fit a summer make much more so version A won that race!

The Fabric

WOW I love this stuff… I can’t tell you what it is or what it’s made of because I bought it in such a flurry of excitement in Walthamstow for FIVE POUNDS A METER and completely forgot to look or ask what fabric it actually is… all I need to know is I love it. The COLOUR is unbelievable – so rich, so different and yes they are grey roses that you see on there which to me makes it a little gothic in a very very nice way!! Am I the only one that is reminded of Beauty And The Beast?!

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The Making

OK I’m not going to lie… there was a lot of head scratching and googling with this pattern – it is very tricky. Definitely the most complicated thing I have made yet… the sleeves attach to the yoke shoulders and then are tucked under and only sewn to the facing seam allowances… what now?!

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I had to go my own way with bits of this… I added topstitching to the yoke so it stayed in place and ended up with a tuck in the sleeve to make it work.

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I’m sorry but I didn’t pattern match as the dress already called for SEVEN METERS of fabric I wasn’t going to add more to my shopping list but luckily it’s come out sort of matched in a few places anyway! I love it when that happens!!

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Unfortunately it’s all come out a bit big too – it’s definitely not meant to have this grungey feel instead of a 50s cinched in waist! I have some serious taking in to do before I next wear it- which I will because it’s a stunning dress that deserves a lot more than a lifetime of solitude in the wardrobe!!

I will leave you with some more pretty pictures – I really do love how they came out!

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So that’s Vintage Sew-a-Long make and you really should see the ones before me – they are all amazing!

Still to come is…

Friday 2nd September: Rachel Pinheiro, House of Pinheiro

Friday 9th September: Elena Rose Brown, Randomly Happy

Friday 16th September: Wendy Gardiner, Butterick

Friday 23rd September: Winnie Longhurst, Scruffy Badger Time

Friday 30th September: Rachel Walker, The Foldline

So you are in for a treat!

A huge thankyou to to McCall Pattern Company for this brilliant Sew-along, and to The Foldline girls for getting me involved!

Why not join in yourself and make something vintage to help raise money for the Eve Appeal too – sewing for a good cause is about as perfect as making gets!

Find out more at www.vintagesewalong.co.uk


Oh and THE GIVEAWAY…

One of you lucky lot will get a free copy of the V2903 pattern so you can frolic in a forest like me too!

FrolicTo win please just comment below with your email address and anything else you’d like to say and I will pick a winner at random.

Closing time for the giveaway is THURSDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER then I’ll announce the winner on Friday 10th Sept… GOOD LUCK ALL!

Have a lovely weekend all!

Sew much love,

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Sewing Space Inspiration!

Aug 12, 2016 | Posted by in diy, Stash, summerhouse | 3 comments

WARNING – This is a Pinterest heavy post and may lead to purchasing of sewing storage solutions!!

Well good morning daisies!

I haven’t blogged here properly in a while and used to love my ‘Friday Funday’ posts back when this was a young, fresh blog and mainly about DIY things. As I’m about to take on another big DIY project (more on that later) and it got me reminiscing about me and the blog running through the fields, the wind in our hair – laughing for no particular reason. Now I think the blog and I sit further away from each other at the table and occasionally look up- but not at the same time. So, dammit, I’m not letting it go flirt with some other blogger- I’m going to make it work!!

One thing I do struggle with is finding the time to actually sit down and write blogs and mainly, have pictures to blog with but excuses, excuses- we always have PINTEREST! I am constantly inspired by Pinterest so I thought I would share them with you.

Today… the sewing space and in particular… Sewing Storage!

I really need a rejiggle of my sewing space- both the Summerhouse and my space under the bed as there just isn’t enough storage!

So firstly – the Summerhouse:

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This is the only picture I have where you can actually see what’s going on here as it’s mainly a complete tip of bags, and piles of stuff on and around it! I’m planning on moving out this second table and replacing it with a big ole storage solution for patterns, notions and trimmings like these…

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So it might be a trip to IKEA for the Expedit or I’ll have to be patient (yeah right!) and keep an eye out for something special at car boot sales, markets etc. I’m not very good at being patient… 😉

And for the underbed space…

That mirror has got to go and I wonder if you can guess what I want to replace it with?! The cliche, but quite rightly so, of sewing spaces… PEGBOARD!!

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Ooooh I have wanted a pegboard for as long as I can remember and they finally becoming more available in the UK. I reckon IKEA will have one by 2017 too! (Wanna place bets?!!)

And that DIY project I mentioned earlier is building another summerhouse- opposite mine, this time for the Mister. Yes, we are going to have Mr & Mrs Sheds! How twee are we?!

Right off to get cement to lay down the base!

Have an amazing weekend,

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