Alpha Beta Gaga Dress


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I’ve been meaning to add some more black and white pieces to my wardrobe for a while now. I actually have this material in three colour ways, white and orange, white and black and black and white. I mainly bought it because it was pretty cheap and perfect for toiles. Most of my toiles end up wearable and although cheap, this fabric is pretty decent for its price. I’m not sure I’ll end up wearing the white and orange colourway but it’s getting good use for mock ups and experiments.

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I bought this pattern a while ago, I think probably in the Black Friday sales. As you already probably know, shirt dresses are a particular favourite of mine and I’m always looking for new variations.  I also decided I needed to add in a lining which wasn’t incorporated into the instructions but turned out not to be as scary or as hard as I thought. It also meant I finally got to use belt hole puncher/rivet thingy I got from Lidls a few years ago!

lempi buttons and belt

Despite having tonnes of buttons, I don’t have a lot of matching buttons and had to go and get 9 large buttons for this dress. The belt buckle I raided out of my vintage stash which is why it looks slightly random.

lempi pockets

The side pockets were the fiddliest but only because I was attaching a lining. First I made sure I cut the front lining minus 5cm from the edge  up to the fold point, so that it would sit neatly in the button band. I also cut in a few inches shorter at the hem. The only reason I added a lining was because the material was a little too see-through, which is why I don’t really wear white.

I then secured in place when finishing off the button band and finally I finished off the belt and the hem line and sewed on the buttons. I made a bit of a hash job with some of the button holes, half came out fine, the other half not so great. Not sure what happened there but needless to say buttonholes are have gone on my nemesis list along with zips! These photos have also reminded me I need to add a snap button to deal with gapage due to too much boobage!

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All in all I like this pattern, the instructions were easy to follow, there were a lot of pieces to cut out and iron interfacings on to in prep of making this dress but the actual construction was pretty easy. Adding a lining wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, in retrospect I should have attached the lining to the sleeves before attaching the collar but I’ll know for next time.

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Things I would do differently next time are probably choose only one set of pockets, I think I prefer the outer pockets and would raise them up a bit. I might also lose the sleeves as I quite like going sleeveless, especially in the summer. A thought has crossed my mind that if I were to lengthen the sleeves this might also make a nice trench coat but that’s an experiment for later down the line.

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This is officially my 5th item of the year. I was little apprehensive about this pattern especially with adding in the lining and I’m not sure 4 pockets are really necessary but it was definitely good practice. Also as you can see from the photos with this grid pattern, it looks a little better with just a plain black belt which I think helps break up the outfit a little.

I’m not sure I like the sleeves on the dress but it could just be the material and the fact that I usually prefer sleeveless dresses. I used a cotton fabric I bought for practice makes, this is technically a toile, so I’m not too fussed over the mistakes. I’m a little concerned it looks a bit too much like a funky lab coat or maybe that’s just because I’m not used to wearing white! Though you can see my love of grids has not waned.

And that is the Alpha Beta Gaga Dress, I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences of sewing up this pattern.

lempi dress named clothing

Pattern -Lempi Button down dress by Named Clothing
Material – 100% cotton fabric
Style -Modern
Size – 42
Post Title -Alpha Beta Gaga by Air

The ‘I love You Wade Wilson’ Dress

So I normally name my clothes after song titles but this one was inspired by Deadpool which I love and the fabric pattern just kind of reminded me of film, so I named it after the lead character. I also promise that I will start doing proper posts soon of me actually wearing the clothes I make but I won’t lie, I haven’t been feeling up to prancing around in front of a camera these last few months but I will get over myself and get on with. Plus I have some really nice makes planned and I’ll be talking about in my next post of some fabric I got recently, my wardrobe planning is taking a different direction.

I used a 1970s Maudella shirt dress pattern and made version #3, though I’m kind of tempted to make the suit version, even though I’ll probably never wear it! I wanted to make a belt but didn’t have enough fabric in fact I didn’t have enough material to do a full length version as I was working to my usual 2m of fabric, which I’ve now stopped buying as a standard length as it’s apparent most of my dress patterns need at least three metres! I’m now only buying fabric with specific projects in my mind and ordering to pattern requirements which should keep my fabric stash from growing too big and also cut down time choosing which fabric to use.

I like this fabric but it is a bit migraine inducing!

I did tone down the collar a bit because it was a tad too big for my liking and one gust of wind and I might take off!
This dress had been sitting in my WIP pile form last year. I think I started making it last summer and although it’s a tight squeeze it actually fits (just) even though I did adjust the pattern to accomodate my 40 inch bust, so by this summer I should be able to wear without squishing my boobs!
The pattern itself was pretty easy to follow and instead of standard darts, it has French darts which I had not done before but just requires a little tacking before sewing.I’ve also learnt that darts should really be pressed upwards instead of downwards!

I managed to sew the bias binding on the wrong side of both armholes! Thankfully and easy mistake to fix. Though my proudest achievement on this dress is the pockets.

Though the sleeveless version on calls for one pocket I decided to do two pockets and managed to do some near spot on perfect pattern matching. The smaller the pattern repeat, the harder it can be to match the pattern up I find. However, with a good steam iron to press the corners and a little patience in-between the pattern making me going boss eyed, I managed it. The left pocket is a little off but I’m still pretty stoked how these turned out!

And that my friends is my fourth finished item of the year and also a vintage pledge to boot! Though Vintage pledge is technically not running it’s usual format this year, there still is a pinterest board to pin this years makes to.

Pattern – Maudella 5749
Material -100% cotton
Style -Vintage
Size – 40 Bust
Post Title – Inspired by Deadpool

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 –  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 £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.

 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

2017 Me Made Wardrobe Plans

This year I’m taking a more vintage approach to my wardrobe style, I was very much into vintage as a part of my style until I became self employed and then ended up mostly wearing jeans and t-shirt everyday for practicality sake more than anything, then my style just kind of waned a little. But I’ve been working on that since last year after going back to the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly festival last year, I was totally inspired by the vintage style again and have slowly been adding vintage and me made repro pieces to my collection.

I did this by also joining the Vintage pledge last year, I didn’t quite meet my target of a piece from every era from the 40s to the 80s but I did manage to get a few pieces in my wardrobe and ready for the festival.

After that I started have problems with my fluctuating weight/ food intolerances again which kind of put me off making clothes until the problem settled. Having to constantly resize clothes is a pain! Which is why I slightly changed my plan for January’s sew list. I do want to lose some weight because I do have a lot of clothes in my wardrobe that I love and don’t currently fit and I want to wear them. Like my favourite sparkly blue vintage lurex dress, a coral shirt dress and some dresses I got last year. I don’t do diets but I do need to exercise more and definitely eat less sugar! I know this is the time of year when diet fads and exercise programmes are thrown at you left right and centre but to be honest my aim to be healthy all year round but also not to deprive myself of treats! Not that I have justify my weight loss to anyone or health regime to anyone but sometimes it feels hard to find a balance between the sides. Anyhoo, moving onwards as that will probably be my only mention of health and weight this year on this blog!

So I managed to get a bunch of stuff finished at the last minute in December as I worked my way through the unfinished projects pile and so have some new pieces for this summer, only to find that none of them fit (see above) and so am moving on to making some new clothes that don’t really require much alterations if I do end up losing a few inches here and there, like the Lempi dress but we also know how much I love shirt dresses!

It will be mostly repro and vintage patterns with a few modern styles thrown in, there are some trousers and a dresses I really want to add to my wardrobe, I’ve been busy buying a few patterns and fabric for specific items in the Black Friday and Post Christmas sales. I’ve been laundering fabric and have a make diary to record projects and notes on each one. The make list seems quite long but that’s mainly for choice, I don’t actually plan on making everything, though I would like to make on average at least one thing per week! So I guess my ultimate goal is 52 items this year including knitted pieces!!!

I’m also hoping to blog at least once a week on things I’ve made clothes wise, each year I want to up my skills and I never got round to making trousers or a jacket like I wanted to but it’s definitely on the top of this years clothes making agenda! I also want to make more tops.

If the Vintage Pledge runs again this year, I will definitely be taking part and I will be writing a little bit more about vintage/retro life and also style and fashion in general as well because it’s a topic that interests me and has different meanings to people, and it would be nice to explore that.

I was also be carrying on with my knitting and adding a few more pieces that way, hopefully some socks and maybe a knitted dress!

What on you me made wardrobe list this year?

Me Made Clothing Round Up 2016

It’s that time of year for lots of round up posts, so here is the first this one which is my me made wardrobe post, specifically the actual goal which was:

♥ To make a minimum of 12 items for my wardrobe this year, that is one a month, I know people who make one or more a week.
♥ Make four new items never made before, a pair of trousers, a blouse, a coat/jacket

In regards to my Vintage pledge, I didn’t managed to make my one item per a decade pledge. But I’m carrying over the planned project that never got made over to this year anyway, as I always tend to have a rolling goal list! I did manage to make 4 items that I submitted to the Vintage Pledge. I even managed to get some projects on Kollabora.

So in total I made a total of 21 item which technically way more than I pledge! I’m definitely aiming to make a few more than that this year and will get a head start finishing last year’s unfinished makes!

  • 8 dresses
  • 5 skirts
  • 0 trousers
  • 0 jacket
  • 0 capes
  • 3 blouses/shirts/tops
  • 5 knitted items
 Love Cats Shirt
 Club Tropicana Dress
 Pretty in Pink Dress
 Release The Stars Dress
Call of Ktulu Skirt and Beneath the Sea Cardigan

 My God is The Sun Skirt using a self drafted pattern

 Picnic By the Motorway Dress using an old Simplicity pattern

 Where the Wild Roses Grow Dress using a retro Butterick pattern

 Beneath The Sea Cardigan using the Vianne Pattern

 Land of Sunshine cardigan using the Myrna

 The Nameless Cardigan using the Hetty pattern

 Green Hornet Cardigan using the Hetty Pattern
 Managed to also make something for The Goth, actually I made two shirts including another versio of this shirt with a purple collar and pocket.

 Last minute finishes!

 Day O Dress using the Belladonne pattern by Deer & Doe

 Black Bell Ocean Skirt using a self drafted pattern

 Golden Age of Grotesque Dress

A Snowcapped Romance Dress using the Belladonne pattern.

What did you make this year? Did you reach goal?