My first forays into a Lilou Dress

I am awful at blogging, so I have decided to write this post straight after the last one, and then schedule it to be posted another day. I love being able to do that! I feel very organised! I may even do another one! (or not. but you will have to wait a couple of days to see if I have or if I have not…)

I have been busy though; I travelled back home for the Easter holidays, did some teaching, met up with some friends, reapplied for student finance, did a lot of shopping… so I have not been idle!

I have also painstakingly traced round the Lilou dress pattern from Tilly Walnes’ ‘Love at First Stitch’, which I got at Christmas. It took me forever, and I had monopoly over the dining room table for the best part of a morning, but I did get it done! (I thought I had photos of this, but apparently not. Not that they would have been particularly exciting photos mind you.. just image a lot of paper on a table)

This holiday I was supposed to be making a Ruby dress for my sister, however at the last minute she decided to watch the rugby instead of going fabric shopping, so I don’t think it will be done this time round. I did go shopping and pick up a lot of bedding (prettily patterned ones from charity shops) so that she wouldn’t have to leave the house to pick the fabric, but alas, none of them she liked. Her loss really! I found the nicest patterned one; white with pink and yellow and blue flowers; it is very summery!

I was planning on making my first Lilou dress with a yellow and white table cloth that my Nana bought me at the same time as she bought my cat lady material, but I have left it in Plymouth. I was a bit at a loss because I don’t have much fabric here (hence why my sorbetto is made out of very stiff cushion covering, and looks like something out of a children’s book), and I had really wanted to do some sewing.

That is when I put two and two together, and used some pretty bedding fabric to make my Lilou!

2015-03-27 15.53.30This is the fabric folded in two. It was a double duvet cover (thank goodness) and the underside was plain white. So I decided to do something different. I cut through both layers at the same time, cutting out a lining at the same time! I have never sewn with lining before, and it is a bit tougher on the old sewing machine so I am doing most by hand.

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Here is my attempt at doing a scalloped neckline… I don’t think it has quite worked, but I will see when I try it on! If not, I will just shear it off and no one will be any the wiser! (unless they have read this blog post which I doubt)

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I know I know, the photos are upside down etc etc but hey, I can live with that! Just look at the pretty fabric!

I machined-sewed the darts in the bodice, and the tops of the arms together, and the rest I am hand-sewing because I don’t think the machine can handle four layers of fabric, and I feel more in control this way anyway. The pleats have gone in, and everything is pinned into place so the next time I have five minutes, I can get straight to it! I have just ordered a zip from eBay, which will arrive when I am on holiday, so that is perfect. The pattern/Tilly calls for an invisible zip but hey. Why stress myself? I don’t want that extra hassle, and I’m sure an exposed zip will be fine….

That is it for now, after Easter weekend I will get back to it, and sew with renewed vigour, but for now, have a lovely break!

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Charity Shop Haul – Patterns and a celebration!

Hello hello!

Today I thought I would share with you some of the amazing things I bought in charity shops in Exeter and Plymouth. This will be a photo heavy post!

I bought a couple of zips (brand new in their packaging) for 49p each (!)

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And this pattern for 49p in the same shop; (I’m thinking of making view E)

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The rest of the patterns I bought for 50p each;

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Not too bad in my opinion!

I also bought a bag of assorted buttons for 33p (to add to my rapidly expanding button collection)

That is all I have to show you for today, but I will keep you posted on any more hauls!

You may have noticed in the title of this post, I mentioned a celebration. Well WordPress have just informed me that I have reached 50 likes on Sewpunny, and 30 followers. This is a small amount in comparison to more prolific sewing bloggers, but I am very proud, and so thankful to those who take the time to read my rambles, comment, like and follow.

Every time I get a notification, I am so excited, it really makes my day!

So thank you everyone!

Quick Top Refashion

This is just a really quick post about a top I bought in a charity shop for £3.45.

It was so cute, a top/dress with cats on; how can I not!

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So, as you can see, it is rather long and poufy and lovely. The only problem was that there were two buttons which awkwardly slanted to the side and I didn’t (and still don’t) understand whyyy they were there in the first place!

So I uh chopped them off. Not a big refashion, or one that was particularly difficult, but effective all the same!

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