Dreaming of…more stuff to giveaway!

Last week I offered up some of my excess fabric. Since then I’ve added some new ones to the list – so dive right in if you fancy any of them.

Same rules apply as last time.
1. First to comment that they want the fabric (you can choose as many as you want), gets the fabric. Once the fabrics have been claimed then I’ll take the photos down.
2. Happy to post worldwide so long as you’re happy to cover postage costs.
3. If you win the fabric then you will need to email me with your postal address within 24 hours of me replying to your comment, otherwise I’ll re-list it.

Vintage synthetic silky fabric - brown pattern on white length - 86ins width - 35ins

Vintage synthetic silky fabric – brown pattern on white
length – 86ins
width – 35ins

navy / red / beige wool blend length at shortest (has had a circle skirt cut out) - 25 inches width - 60 inches

navy / red / beige wool blend
length at shortest (has had a circle skirt cut out) – 25 inches
width – 60 inches

cut out shape on above fabric

cut out shape on above fabric

beige / navy wool lots of mixed rectangles all more than 8 inches wide

beige / navy wool
lots of mixed rectangles
all more than 8 inches wide

blue / grey stretch fabric large remnant piece

blue / grey stretch fabric
large remnant piece

Dreaming of … a budget where I can buy everything from Anthropologie

What would you buy if you won the lottery? I love playing this game. Obviously I’d give half to charity :-) and then I’d donate a wing to Hogwarts so that even though I didn’t get to go, my kids would be able to, but apart from that I’d probably blow the whole lot in Anthropologie!

A few weeks ago I visited my Grandma in Bath and we spent a good portion of our day browsing in Anthropologie. I fell in love with this dress. And this one. And this one. And…you get the idea!

Anyway, the Gallery Row dress was my absolute favourite. The fit was great, the length was perfect and the fabric draped beautifully. It was farrrr to low though, which was a shame. But then I reminded myself that I can sew. This had the added bonus of saving me £158. I already had fabric that I wanted to use – it had the same drape as the original dress and the navy blue is actually more my colour.

So I pretty quickly got to it. I used the burdastyle dress with gathered rectangle skirt for the bodice. My muslin was the lining of the dress and I had to shorten the darts substantially – they were trying to crawl up my throat! I also moved the zip to the CB so that I could use a chunky metal zip like the original dress.

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For the skirt I cut a full circle skirt and an extra quarter circle panel. I wanted to add pockets to the front of the dress (like the original), so I used this extra panel in the middle of the skirt front and then sewed in seam pockets in here. Very subtle, but practical I think you’ll agree. It also meant that I could lightly gather the skirt to make it even more full.

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I made a fairly slim petticoat to give a slightly more vintage shape. I couldn’t find a tutorial that made much sense to me, so I followed my own ideas and made a very simple version with a gathered cotton slip and a net layer to give some shape.

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Overall it was a pretty simple dress to make, but I love the outcome. The lining of the bodice fits perfectly, but somehow the outer bodice is slightly looser. I actually really like the way this has turned out. It looks great with a belt and the fabric slightly overlapped. At least I think so! Still holding out for the funds to shop exclusively in Anthro, but for now I’ll settle for making use of my sewing skills!

Dreaming of … a time when it will stop raining long enough to feel safe venturing outside to take photos (although not accounting for the wind). AKA the British summer!

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The weather around these parts (yes I’m British so I will start the majority of my posts with weather comments) is crazy. Literally torrential rain and thunder and lightening one minute and bright sunshine the next. I’ve made quite a … Continue reading

Dreaming of … up cycling adventures

I very rarely buy rtw garments anymore, but last month I caved and picked up something I loved.

No it wasn’t a gorgeous dress, no the fabric wasn’t something that I’d be too scared to sew, no it didn’t fit perfectly and no I didn’t know what I was going to do with it.

Sounds like a recipe for success huh?

Basically it was this xs shirt for a man. The only thing that made me buy it was the pretty print, the softness of the cotton and the fact that it was on sale.

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I got it home and put it on the mannequin. It was too tight over my chest area, but I wanted to make it into a simple sleeveless shirt by using the sleeves as panels in the side seam. I tacked these in and tried it on, but it looked horrible, so I took it back apart and came up with a new idea.

What about a shirt dress, from a shirt, with darts added and a simple skirt. I had my new plan.

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I picked out a simple vest bodice pattern from my stash. By chopping off the sleeve and keeping the buttons closed, I could treat the shirt as a flat piece of fabric. I cut out the bodice back easily, but did need to add a panel to the bodice front sides in order to fit the pattern on. That was easily achieved and from there it was a very simple case of sewing the bodice together as usual. There were no fastenings needed as the buttons were already there.

Can you see the side panel?

Can you see the side panel?

Moving onto the skirt…

And just as simple. I cut one width of some thick black cotton in my stash, folded the short edges over twice to make the button placket (all I had to do was make sure it was the same width as on the shirt) and then pleated it into the shirt waist.

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After adding button holes to the skirt section, I replaced the original buttons with these glittery ones from my stash, hemmed the skirt, bias bound the neckline and armholes, and within a couple of hours I had a brand new dress.

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I really love that it looks like a shirt and skirt when worn with a belt.

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Blackberry picking

Blackberry picking

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Blackberry eating

Blackberry eating

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But that you can tell its a dress without the belt and when you notice the buttons are all the same…

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I also like the little pocket detail that lets you know it hasn’t always been made like this.

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Watch this space for a similar project coming soon…I think I’ve found my new instant gratification project!