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!

Charity Shop haul; Patterns and fabric

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year! I hope that this festive season has been good for you, and that you are feeling sufficiently refreshed for 2015! I don’t go back to uni for another week + so I am making the most of my time at home, and all the good food I can eat!

I went on a shopping trip with my mama and my sister on the 30th, and it was a very good haul, especially for sewing!

I bought fabric and patterns, but from charity shops, so I was just doing my bit to raise money for good causes…

Okay, onto my haul!

 

 

 

 

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First up is three yards of some sort of fabric for £2.49, a double flat sheet (which is more greeny/blue in real life) for £3, two pillow cases for £1.99 and a crib sheet with clouds for £1.99.

The blue fabric will become a top I think (as most of my fabric is destined to become this year following my sewing goals!), and the pillow cases will most probably be used as lining for pouches. My mum has already asked for another one, and this will happen for her birthday I think!

I love the cloud fabric, it is really so sweet! I think I will use the flat sheet as an actual flat sheet, but I’m not sure for how long, as the material really deserves to be some sort of outfit! Maybe crop top and shorts or a skirt or something… we will see!

I also bought myself a dress for £8, which is very nice, however the red part is not as fitted as I would have liked, and it is scratchy anyway. So that will be unstitched and at some point replaced by a nicer feeling fabric. I don’t know what, and I do not know when, but that is a planned refashion. Watch this space!

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Now onto patterns! I bought the first one for 50p and then all the rest for a £2 donation (which ended up as 14p each!!!) Basically, I was sorting through the patterns I wanted, and the lovely man at the counter just told me I could have all of them. So. Here I am!

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The blue and yellow tops look adorable; I like the diamond cut out in the front!

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I really love this one, I am so excited to try it out! Not sure why the photo is so blurry but there you go. That is another thing I need to get better at; photography. Your poor eyes!

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This looks good too; I would love to make myself a jump suit, but that is probably out of my expertise zone for the moment….

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I bought some more vogue patterns! One of which is from 1922, and the other is a 90s Anne Klein blouse pattern. Exciting stuff!

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I also bought myself a sewing magazine. I am toying with the idea of getting a subscription, so I am trying out all the ones I can find, starting with the one below. And if I am going to get extra patterns, I am not going to complain!

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I have several more blog posts in mind, so this will not be the last you hear from me today!

New Fabrics and Patterns

Hello hello!

I have been doing a lot of sewing, none of which I can blog about until after christmas, as most of them are presents!

I did go shopping at the weekend, and bought some new fabric from a stall in the market. I spent £2.50, which equates roughly to 36p a piece of fabric!

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I really like them, even if they are small, but really, all I am going to use them for is to line pouches (which is all I seem to be making at the moment) I also love the christmas fabric awh!

I also went charity shopping, and found two patterns for a total of 40p. (Even I am impressed with that!)

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Knitting! Charity Shop Haul

Hello hello!

I am trying my hand at knitting, spurred on by my recent trip to the charity shops.

I spotted two bags of wool for £1.50 each;

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The blue is double knit and the red and white are chunky.

You can see the started kitten blanket; I only began on Tuesday so I am pretty pleased!

I also bought two new sewing patterns; a blazer/cardigan and a drop waisted jumper dress. All very exciting and very cheap; 50 p each!

Secret Santa Pouch

Hello!

Second post of the day, to show you all my secret santa gift I have made.

I used this tutorial to make a pouch out of some laminated type material I bought in a charity shop for £1.95. I used some material I won for the lining, and a 25p zip.

As the money limit on the present is £5, and I have only spent £2.20, I have lots left over to buy things to put in said pouch!

The sewing is not the neatest, buttt I am pretty proud of myself nonetheless!

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Velvet Skirt Refashion

So yesterday, I had a sudden panic. I am going up to Oxford today to spend the weekend with my boyfriend , and we are going out out, and I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!!!

Well, I do, but I mean I wanted a plain black skirt, which bizarrely, I didn’t have. (aside from all of my work skirts I mean). And so I cast my mind to the bag I have of clothes to refashion, and I remembered a black velvet skirt which was just begging to be shortened.

WIN_20141113_204729 And shortened it had to be! You can’t tell here, but I was standing precariously on my wheely desk chair to get the length into the shot! it was so so so long! I maybe could have pulled it off as a calf length skirt, but it will get so much more use as a shorter skirt!

So I pinned and lopped and sewed, and voila!

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Oh yes, I didn’t mention the fact that I had bought this in a charity shop! (But you had probably guessed anyway! It cost me £1.99 in the British Red Cross.

Geeky Monthly Stitch December Challenge… a tad early!

I know, I know, it isn’t even close to the end of November. So I probably won’t be able to enter this into the Monthly Stitch December challenge, but I just needed to do some sewing, and I had the perfect material; the curtains I blogged about!

They are Whinnie the Pooh curtains, and although I never really was a fan of the big yellow bear, it was just too much of a perfect coincidence not to use them!

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As you can see, Whinnie and Piglet are watering and tending to their garden, which is rather sweet.

I used this pattern;

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and a 50p zip I bought from a charity shop back home, bringing this make to a grand total of £3.99, which is not too bad!

So, here are my photos; this is one I took mid construction; I the pattern I had was for a size 16, and I didn’t fancy cutting into the pattern pieces, so I stuck it on my mannequin and pinned the excess fabric;

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(excuse the awfulness that is this photo….)

I also didn’t have a 20 cm zipper, so used a smaller one (obviously)

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I also hemmed the skirt using bias tape! I have never used it before, and as I couldn’t be bothered to google a tutorial, I just folded it in half and sewed. (I know, I know, blasphemous, as I am pretty sure that is nottt how it works). I found some lovely gold sparkly bias tape in my ribbon stash, not sure when or how it got there as I have never intentionally bought any before… I thought the colour worked well with the fabric and reminded me of honey, which is what Winnie the Pooh loves… (I have just realised  that I haven’t a clue how he is spelt!! oops).

I also used the top of the curtain bit as my waistband, as the pattern called for some petersham, which after a quick google, am still none the wiser about. It sounds like stiff ribbon, and so the top of a curtain does the trick for me! I also added a hook and eye to the back, as it would have gaped other wise. I did change the style a little, as I think this skirt was supposed to have a side zipper, but I opted instead for a back one. There is a bit of weirdness going on at the bottom of the zip, which I will have to fix if I want to wear it out of the house. (And I do. I’m sure I can work that into my work wardrobe…)

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