Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Bustier and panties set No. 2

After my first attempt in delving into underwear sewing, I had to have a second attempt.
This one turned out pretty good, not too much to say other than I added straps, padded out the bustier and made it a touch smaller.

When I ordered the fabric for this make, the company set me the wrong one.
It. Was. Hideous!
so much so that when I got in-touch to arrange a return the company told me to keep the wrong fabric (or donate it to charity) and they would send me the right fabric with no additional cost. Excellent service from them, but truthfully I wonder if they would have done the same thing had the fabric not been so hideous!

I padded out this bralet using cotton batting and covered this using lining. I would of preferred lining in black but I had a lot of white left from another project. Yay for stash busting!

Straps were a must this time round. I used my mannequin's shoulders as a guided of where to cross the straps and to stop them cross over from moving around I tacked them in place.

You can see in the photo below the zip is navy - again stash busting but the zip went in really well that you can't see any of it, so a little black nail varnish will do to cover the zipper pull.

I mostly used the overlocker for this make, but the edging and top stitching were done using my sewing machine.

I think it's time I took the plunge and made an actual bra. Any tips on which pattern to try first, that might also be beginner friendly too?

Friday, 5 December 2014

Hunger games inspiration....

I finally got round to watching The Hunger Games. which, why did nobody tell me sooner- the costumes, they are A-mazing!! Cue inspiration galore, especially in the form of jackets.

 Girl on fire jacket! Want, Want, Want, with the fire an all.

Realistically speaking I've been on the look out for a leather jacket for a while but non are taking my fancy. Not the ones in my budget anyway, but The Hunger Games inspired me to come up with this jacket idea...

 The idea of sequin sleeves on a leather jacket really would make it that little bit different, along with small shoulder details the rest of the jacket could be kept simple an clean, no lapels or fancy zips just leather and sequins.

What's inspiring you right now? 

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Self Drafted Pattern: Libby Shorts...

I'm not completely mad, honest! I do know it's winter, and I have made a pair of shorts (but it's summer somewhere in the world right?) It might sound better if I say I started these back in the summer but have only recently finished them (I'm on a mission to finish my ufo's by Christmas).

There's not a huge amount to say about these. The pattern is self drafted and is the same one I used to make these shorts. I didn't include the back pockets this time round and added an extra 1.5cm to the side seams to give some extra room. 
 As I've made the shorts twice now, I've decided to christen the pattern with the name 'Libby shorts'. 

Fabric wise I up cycled a charity shop skirt that I bough in spain. I lost the original pictures of the skirt, but it was uber pleated and about midi in terms of length. I'm pretty much certain it's polyester, it's as light as anything though and hardly wrinkles (win win for holiday shorts). After unpicking the pleats and giving the fabric a good wash and iron I could just about squeeze a pair of shorts out of the it. 

The only down side was instead of facing the waist band I folded it in half which has left it too narrow for belt loops. 

Seen as I was donning a pair of shorts and a cropped t-shirt on what was the first morning that we had a proper frost, I thought it was only right I went the full nine yards and popped my sunnies and headed to the beach ( I wish!)  

Actually popping on the sunnies did make me feel somewhat summer-y now if only I could go somewhere hot. 

Friday, 21 November 2014


Having to dress for warmth and comfort, over style for work is leaving me a feeling a bit lost in the fashion stakes so I've been having a good mooch through pinterest looking for style ideas to spice up my winter wardrobe....

I truly believe the way you dress and look can have a big impact on the way you feel. I'm hoping to try out a few of these looks in-order to jump start my style and feel less drab.

Have a fab weekend x

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Sewing Fashion Trends: Capes

I do love capes, I've got a military style one from a few years back (store bought). Even though I already own one I'd love to make the next one I own.

Inspiration - These one have recently taken my fancy....

                     Asos- Gloverall £299

                             Band of Outsiders £840

                             Saint Laurent £1,770

If like me you fancy sewing your own up, then you'll be pleased to know there are lots to choose from, these are my top picks ....

                           Burda 7313      

                           New Look- 6324

                                   Donna Karen for Vogue - V1322

                           Milano Cape By Papercut Patterns

Ooo spoilt for choice!! 

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