Straightgrain Bubble Dress

Late to blog this number but here is a Straightgrain Bubble Dress (with alterations) I made 2 years ago. I was inspired by Shirley Temple and that Era of dresses to come up with my own version. Here is what I came up with: My inspiration: The details: Pattern: Bubble Dress by Straightgrain patterns (no longer available). I chose this pattern because of the short bodice. The bodice is fully lined with a pointed collar buttoned down. The skirt is the from the sewing pattern – only instead of sewing together the outer and inner skirts to create a bubble I left them separate to create a skirt and a lining. I also added the full back opening to incorporate the fully functional buttons. Ps. Thanks to Bec for the great photos <3 Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...
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 pattern is one of my absolute favourite basics. I have 2 in regular rotation and they are so great for all seasons to wear to work. Not pictured is a cute one in rayon that I have to wear strictly with leggings as it is a bit short (Ran out of fabric). I make a few small adjustments – personal preference really. I prefer this dress with a fully lined bodice instead of facings. I put the zipper in but don’t often need one – the neck hole is wide enough. I have also decided I do not like sleeves on this dress. I find it limits my movements and feels constricting in my arms. It looks super cute with sleeves though. I have several more planned of this one – going to make some with gathered skirts too. It is such a great basic bodice that isn’t too fitted but still gives a little more shape then a shift dress. Overall: Highly recommended!   Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...
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...

My First Grainline Archer top

I have been meaning to sew up an Archer button up for months and months! I honestly was looking for an alternative pattern for a while because I didn’t like how baggy and unfitted it looked on some bloggers. Turns out I did not have to worry  as the size I sewed up (6 for bust down to a 2 in hips) was not baggy at all. My first attempt was not at all perfect and there are plenty of changes I will be making for my second and third (already cut out ready to sew). Even though to my hip measurements I am a 0 in my next copy I will grade the hips as a 6 as these really hugged tight in my hips in an unflattering way. I think the 6 for the bust was right BUT I get major boob gape so the button placement really needs to be reshuffled. I also don’t really like how the last button ends up being so close to the bottom – There needs to be the same length beneath the button as there is between each button I think. I read lot of bloggers wanted their arms to be shorter as they were too long – I had the opposite problem! These are a 1-2cm too short through the arms so I have added extra length for 2 and 3. I do like lots of the details though like the view A sleeve cuffs, the pleat in the back, the back yoke. I found sewing it up really easy following the sew along. Is it a quick sew?...

Imagine Gnats JUBA SHORTS!

I was so excited when Rachael of Imagine Gnats said I could test her new Juba Shorts pattern. For those who do not know Rachael, you really should check out her blog and instagram. She rocks the coolest blue hair and is beyond lovely and very funny (Plus she has lots of gnats dogs and cats).  Okay now onto the pattern. It is a flat front elastic in the back basic adult shorts pattern. The pattern includes options for a draw string as well – I made mine plain though. These would be really easy to customise with pockets, belt loops, cuffs etc.  Honestly the pattern was so EASY. Like really properly easy to put together and to sew. I would definitely recommend it as a solid staple. Great for loungewear, pajamas *as pictured below in a long version*, even with some altering for work. I envision making some in a black linen or a chambray with pockets, belt loops and cuffs and wearing them to work in the Summer! Go get your copy today here http://imaginegnats.com/shop/juba-shorts-men-women/ and check out some other examples by following the hashtag #jubashorts on instagram.  Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Wiksten Tank – sewing for me.

Wiksten Tank   I have admired this pattern since I saw it here and here and almost everywhere else in blogland.   It took me several tries to get it right but I feel pretty confident I have mastered the Wiksten now!   The pattern itself is very easy, only 2 pieces to cut, front and back. Following many other bloggers advice I took an inch out of the back and raised the front by an inch. The fit on me needed a lot of adjusting as my bust and my hips do not fit the same size. It finishes beautifully with french seams and bias tape.   (I do not really like to have my photograph taken, so this is the best you get)      Bias Detail  French seam detail Lined up pocket detail   These are some of my earlier, less perfect attempts at the Wilksten tank.       Pattern: Wiksten Tank Size: Modified S/M Fabric: Japanese printed cotton lawn from Spotlight Modifications: I made this one about 3″ longer then the pattern so that I could wear it over leggings in the ‘in-between-seasons’. I also used store bought bias tape for the arms and neck holes. Now that I am confident with this one I will be selling them here and here. Till next time 🙂 Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

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