Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Bettine #2

Hello all! I'm back with my Bettine #2! 

I started this almost as soon as my last version was completed, and managed to get this finished just before setting off for our lovely vacation to Hong Kong and Bali! It was the perfect holiday, and this was the perfect holiday dress, if I may say so myself ;) 

Some action shots for you today:

The tide was coming in!

 Dramatic rock formations at the Blue Point beach

I hunted down a dreamy piece of Ships Nautique Chambray from Backstitch (still available here in case you were interested) for this dress, which had more structure than the soft and drapey viscose I used for the last version.  

I opted for the sleeve tabs this time, and finished them off with a pair of antique-look anchor buttons to complete that nautical look. 

I have to say, this project turned out exactly how I envisaged it, and I think I may prefer it to my last version! It is a hard choice, but I'm basing it on the level of warm & fuzzy feeling that I get from wiggling into them. That said, my viscose version enjoyed plenty of wear on this vacation, and I very much appreciated how comfortable, cool, and pretty it was.  

That's all I've got to say about my Bettine #2. Before I go, let me leave you with one of my favourite snaps from the beautiful island of Bali, and I hope it brings you as much calmness and zen as it does to me.  

Friday, 26 August 2016

My first Bettine!

Who's loving the heat wave this week? The weather has been so lovely in the last few days, so much so that I felt inspired to make a summer dress! 

I wanted something comfortable and cool to wear, that could be thrown on without much fuss.You may also have noticed that I have not posted a sewing project for a while (since I've been busy doing up the house again!), so I wanted something straightforward to ease me back into sewing.  

Can you believe that this is my first Tilly pattern? And I have to say, I was impressed! 

I love the simple design of the Bettine. It is beautifully casual, and extremely easy to put together. 

I had a lovely piece of viscose in my stash, which was picked up in my Garment District trip over 2 years ago. The busy pattern of red and white striped, scattered by blue grey flowers was the perfect match for this relaxed little number.  

I made a few minor tweaks to the pattern/construction:
  1. I shortened both the bodice and the skirt slightly;
  2. I did not topstitch the facing as it was pretty flat, and I prefer it without the visible line of stitching;
  3. I did not bother with the cuff, and did a little hem on the sleeves instead. 

I'm really pleased with how quick it was to thrown together (it only took a weekday evening!), and how it turned out. I'm already sewing my next version, so watch this space! 

In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine this bank holiday weekend!  

Monday, 6 June 2016

MMM'16 Final Week round-up!

A little late, but here's the round-up of my last week of MMM'16. 

Let's begin with the Old Favourites Dress:

My Bottle Green Vintage Liberty strikes again:

 The Vintage Pleated Skirt:

And last but not least, one of my McCalls 3830 in action: 

So that's it for another year! I've found it really enjoyable to participate, and MMM has inspired me to make more of an effort to wear home made items for the rest of the year. 

Have a great week guys! The sun is shining here beautifully, and I hope you've got the same fantastic weather where you are, too! 

Friday, 20 May 2016

MMM'16 week #3

It's time for our week #3 Me Made May 2016 round-up! 

Since I missed out on wearing any homemade outfits last week due to feeling poorly with a bug, I wanted to make the most of it this week. So here we are!

Tuesday (I worked at home on Monday in my PJs again!) -- first day back in the office, I needed a "feel good" dress. This TNT mash-up dress never fails to cheer me up :D

Wednesday daytime- in the office with my first version of Vintage Vogue 1137 

Wednesday evening - Back to Basics top

Thursday - attending an all-day conference in London in my new Bottle Green Liberty dress. I met a dear friend of mine afterwards in an amazing little Thai Cafe near Waterloo. Just about to sip my Thai ice tea here -- one of my favourite drinks of all times!

 Dress-down Friday - Cheap as Chips Alma Blouse

The weekend is going to be filled with decorating and other home improvements, so chances are, my home made wardrobe will be getting a little well-deserved break :) Whatever you will be up to this weekend (hopefully something a little more glamorous than what I've got planned), I hope you have a great one! 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Back to basics - Simplicity 1106 top

Hey guys! I hope you are all having a good week so far! 

After coming down with something a week or so ago, I had spent most of last week at home with a very nasty viral infection. As a real trooper, I managed to work most of the week, but not getting out of my PJs all week had meant that I had effectively missed week 2 of Me Made May! Thankfully I'm much better now, and am getting back into the swing of things. In fact, I'm trying to wear more homemade garments this week to make up for it ;)

Anyhow, I'm back with a new project to share with you. It's completely back to basics, but at the same time really rewarding as it was so quick to knock together. 

The pattern is Simplicity 1106 - I made view D but without the cut-out in the back. 

I had been wanting to find a simple, dartless and loose-fitting blouse pattern for quite some time, and I'm really pleased to say that this is exactly what I have been looking for! I love the neckline, the little sleeves, the shaped hem, and the optional pocket. It's basic, and extremely versatile. 

I need to give that pocket a better press! 

The fabric is a lovely, soft coral viscose/rayon that I have had in my stash for years. It's really comfortable to wear, but does wrinkle up rather easily. 

I finished the seams with a rayon seam binding in a light coral, which I picked up from my NYC Garment District trip a couple of years ago.  

As this top cried out for a narrow hem, I got out my narrow hem foot, and gave that another go. Viscose isn't the most well-behaving fabric for this sort of thing, but I managed an okay hem by turning the speed limit down on my machine to the lowest setting. Did anyone see Jamie churning out narrow hems on his skirt on the Sewing Bee on Monday night?? One round down, I'm putting my money on him to win -- what a legend!

For a quick project, I'm pretty happy with how this top has turned out. I can see myself throwing it on for both dress up and down days, and the colour is perfect for spring. More importantly, I feel like my sewing prayer for a nice, basic woven top has finally been answered. Thank you Simplicity! I am already planning my next version in a beautiful piece of printed silk. 

Enjoy the rest of your week. I'm now off to check out all your week 2 MMM outfits!  
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