New Year, New Makes!

It appears I’m lacking a little in the creative title department but as much as I want to do more outfit posts of the things I make, I also don’t want to over do it to the point of boring people to death with similar items or items I have made before. So I want to blog more about making new patterns and the challenges I found with them. Also I’m a little too lazy and one of these items took so long to make, it’s currently too small for me to model anyway! But I want to keep you up to date on my me me made wardrobe and whatnot.

Come into My Dreamland Dress

This was the first dress I finished this year that has been sitting in the WIP like forever! So I installed a zip, finally mastered the art of bias binding and managed to find three buttons that matched in my massive random button stash!

This material is by Tula Pink and the pattern I used was a vintage shirt dress pattern. I didn’t have enough material to the a fill length or sleeves, so I had to shorten the skirt a bit.

My plan this year is to master fiddly finishing bits like sewing button holes that actually match, zips that aren’t lopsided, pockets of all kinds mainly ones with welts, waistbands which are not wonky and belts. On my current project I’m also teaching myself to add lining to an item where the pattern doesn’t include one because I’ve decided in my infinite wisdom to use a fabric that requires a lining because it’s a bit see through!
Pattern -Vintage Shirt Dress Pattern (unbranded)
Material –Β  Tula Pink Fox Trot in Dusk
Style -Vintage
Size -40 Bust
Post Title – Come into my Dreamland by Ed Harcourt
Death Trip To Tulsa Skirt

So sometimes I bulk cut out stuff in preparation for a sewing marathon, get distracted by something else and then forgot a project or two I had cut out. At one point I was convinced I had lost the pattern pieces I used for this skirt because I had tidied it away so well and they happened to be still attached to the fabric. It was only when I rediscovered this project that I also discovered the pattern pieces weren’t lost at all. This is why I try to stick to my one project rule but to be honest that never works. In fact when I decided to finally sew this skirt together I had just cut out another skirt!
This pattern is a simple skirt that I’ve sewn a few times before, it’s great when you only have a metre or so of fabric to use. It’s categorised as a one hour project but between being distracted updating Instagram and making cups of tea, it’s always more like two hours.
When I bought this material which is a thick cotton canvas, I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I was originally thinking a coat but I thought it might be a bit too much, so I decided on a skirt and used the rest to make bags and purses for the shop. I still have a little bit lingering about somewhere as well.
So this was my second finished make of the year.
Pattern -New Look 6843
Material – Cotton Canvas
Post Title -Death Trip to Tulsa by The Mark Lanegan Band
Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill Skirt
I was actually looking for some other fabric for a project when I stumbled across this my local haberdashers, it was just to good not too buy. Being about Β£12 a metre I decided only to buy 2 metres and use for a skirt. The pattern was too bold for me to want to make a dress out of it but thought it would make a great statement skirt that could be paired with a black top. I also love the retro vibes is has going on.

So I rummaged around in my stash for a skirt pattern but due to the nature of the print I ended up taking the skirt pattern off a dress and altering the width of the base of the skirt, giving it more of a flare.

In my bid to use up whatever I can it my stash I used some pink cotton muslin as the lining. I’m not a fan of polyester lining, so I tend to opt for cotton where I can, it sort of matched as there is some pink in the print.

Β I’m not totally happy with the waistband and this is something I need to work on as you can see this is an abysmal attempt at a waistband. I think I should have probably skipped the buttons and used a longer zip and maybe a hook and eye instead but it’s all a learning curve. I think I’m going to add some belt loops mostly to hide the mistake!.
This was my 3rd make of the year.
Pattern -Modified skirt from Butterick B4724
Material – 100% Cotton, no designer info available
Post Title – Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill by The Horrorpops

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