Sewing my way through ‘Love at First Stitch’ – The Megan Dress

Sewing my way through ‘Love at First Stitch’ – The Megan Dress

The Megan Dress is one of many patterns in the Love At First Stitch Book, thanks Granny Nancy for the awesome gift. It was not love at first ‘stitch’ for me with the Megan Dress. The fit on me did not match the fit displayed in the book and it wasn’t something I was used to wearing. I have worked out that this is because the measurements to fit are very different to the finished garment measurements. I made the first one in an amazing light weight Indian Cotton in blue with a small pattern on it. I loved the fabric so I committed to wearing the dress… Even if it was looser then I had hoped. I am beyond happy to report that I grew to love this first Megan Dress so much that I now wear it so long it is definitely a major staple in my wardrobe. Granted, I do have to wear a bra with this dress given that it does not have a full lining and it is not fitted. I love love love the Megan Dress (at least my first one). I have tried unsuccessfully to make another Megan Dress that I have fallen in love with. This is my fault though for choosing the wrong fabrics. Light and soft fabrics only for this one guys. Definitely try it and love it, or hate it and then give it away. I have tried making it with the sleeve option and have always hated it and found it uncomfortable. You might like it though, so who knows. Thanks for reading. Catelyn 🙂 Share this:TweetShare...
How I altered the Grainline Archer into a dress.

How I altered the Grainline Archer into a dress.

If anyone has been following along with my Instagram (@morningstardesigns) you will know I have made a number of Archer Shirts. You can check out some I blogged here and here. I have been looking for a sleeveless shirtless dress to wear over leggings or jeans in Autumn/Winter for a while and could not find any in the shops… I would also like something I can sell in my shop that is actually good. Now for the photos (follow to the end for the how).         Now for the part that all the sewing people out there might find interesting… Here is the short of it: I have altered the bodice part of the Grainline Studios Archer in the past to fit me well and now I have a pretty well fitting set up. So what I did with this one: Add 6″ in length and made the skirt more A-line. Omitted the sleeves. Angled the top of the arm hole in. Added bodice darts to wherever they worked the best. Finished the arm holes with bias tape. Extended the button placket all the way to the bottom (the buttons are fake after the top 5).   *** What I will do different next time, make it an extra inch longer. Use a bit less interfacing. Hopefully work it so I don’t need a bust dart at all.   Happy Sewing! Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Sewing my way through ‘Love at First Stitch’ – The Lilou Dress

  Welcome to my version of the Lilou Dress. I have so far made 2 – one in green and one in pink. These are very quick to sew and reasonable comfortable. The bodice pattern has a total of 6 darts.    I made an alternate skirt – I just gathered up whatever fabric I had so that I could use the existing selvage on the fabric.  I had to tweak this pattern quite a bit and still have more that needs doing. I took a lot out of the back bodice at a dramatic angle. The back darts don’t sit as nicely as I would like and the front darts make me look a little like Madonna – but all in all with some alterations it is a fine dress for day wear and for work. I even can get away with wearing it bra-less as it is fully lined. Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Sewing my way through ‘Love at First Stitch’ – The Clemence Skirt

For my Birthday this year I got a copy of Tilly and Buttons ‘Love at First Stitch’ (Available here). I have since decided to sew up a whole lot of work clothes for Summer from its provided patterns. I started with the Clemence Skirt, basically the book just tells you how to make the pattern. Very simple stuff and is identical to a skirt I made myself when I first started machine sewing nearly 2 years ago.  You have your simple waistband (waist measurement + seam allowance), skirt length + desired width…. For me that is usually however much fabric I happen to have left. Sew it all together and add in a zipper and done.   For my second version I tested out the provided pocket pattern and love it. I made awesome in seam pockets. It really takes it from a 20 minute project to a 40 minute project BUT sometimes you just gotta put a bit of extra work into a garment you are going to wear a lot. My goal is to be a less lazy sewist.  And… I need pockets! Check back later on for my versions of other Love at First Stitch patterns. Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Project Run & Play

Hello, I am posting early for Project Run and Play’s 2nd week challenge: Spring Break. My look is inspired by the holiday destination I am most excited for this year: Italy! Mind you I will be there in January so it might be a bit colder then the beautiful imagery that inspires my outfit. My inspiration: What I came up with: Patterns: Dress: Own pattern Leggings: Leggings from Shwin Designs‘s Baby Basics set The pattern size is 12-18M which actually ended up being massive on this string bean little nearly 2yo. Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Pinafore binge

This past week I have been getting into the Roly Poly Pinafore . I have not finished my binge and imagine this will be a great way to work through my stash.    Complete with a sweet little set with some bloomers from Shwin Designs baby basics bloomers. I am sneaking this in as my signature style as it features my favourite elements of the now; organic fabric, wooden buttons, metallic gold polka dots and the right amount of whimsy.    Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

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