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...
The Stella Dress

The Stella Dress

The Stella Dress is one of my absolute favourite dresses from my collection. I love all of the women’s dresses because they are so comfortable and easy to wear. I have worn my own dress so many times and washed it so many times the fabric has become so buttery soft that I don’t even iron it at all. The dress is fully lined so can be comfortably worn without a bra. The classic cut and design lends this dress effortlessly to every season. I wear it in Summer with sandals, Winter with leggings and cardigans and in between seasons with a variety. Dress features a V shaped back which is very flattering. The details: Fabric: Brushed light weight cotton available here Pattern: Altered Ruby Dress available here Model: Bianca Saul, Adelina Martinez Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...
Simple Sew: Ruby Dress

Simple Sew: Ruby Dress

I first saw the ‘Ruby Dress’ on Facebook when Love Sewing magazine offered it for free with their latest magazine. The pattern is by Simple Sew. Designed for woven cottons, back zipper, facings, darts, circle skirt, V back. It all looked great on paper…BUT I sewed up the dress to my measurements – clean size 10 (waist and chest). The dress does not sit right. The chest looks awkward and too big. The chest up has too much fabric. The armholes don’t sit flash – they gape in the front a little I do like this pattern but I need to try to fix it. I could try the next one out with a full lining instead of facings… That might help! I will report back if the next one turns out better.   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...

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