Sunday, 15 October 2017

Driftwood Dress

I actually sewed this one up months ago but have only got around to sharing it now.

This is the Driftwood Dress pattern from Twig and Tale.  I have made and love their vest and pixie pants pattern and thought I'd give this dress a whirl.

To be honest I have mixed feelings about this dress.  The sleeves are quite puffy in this version but that may have to do with my fabric choice, maybe something drapier would be better.  This one is made up with some Tula Pink cotton.

The front and back bodice are the same and the dress can be worn with the closure either at the front or the back.  I'm not sure if the elastic waist is hitting Freya at the right spot. 

The PDF and the dress came together easily enough and had very clear instructions.  I'm just not sure if I like it.  Some days I do and then others I don't.  I think the fabric choice has a lot to do with this, to be fair.  It keeps reminding me of an old-fashioned vintage swimsuit... Freya however has called it her cat in the hat dress and likes it.

So mixed feelings about this one.  I think I will try the pattern one more time with a softer fabric and see what happens.  

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Yellow Ogden Cami Dress

I'm dreaming of warmer weather and started sewing more summery dresses.

I'm not sure where the idea came from but about a week or so ago I came up with the idea of wanting a slip dress, for myself and then for Freya.  I seemed to remember seeing a pattern not so long ago but couldn't remember for the life of me where I saw it! Then I remembered the Ogden Cami pattern from True Bias and wondered if it could be made into a dress.

 A quick google search later and I knew it could be easily done.  I bought both patterns straight away and got started with Freya's first.  I simply added 9 inches to the bottom and voila!

The pattern was very straightforward and easy to sew.  It only took a couple of hours from cutting out to finishing off the hem.  I'd had this fabric for a while and was considering using it for this dress and Freya agreed quite enthusiastically, yellow being one her favourite colours and all.

I love it how it's turned out.  It works well layered with t-shirts and is quite versatile.  I think the only thing I will do differently is finish the ends of the straps a bit differently as you fold them over a couple of time before sewing them over the elastic band and it seems a little bulky to me. 

The fabric is from the Enchanted collection by Alisse Courtier.  I loved this range in the shop and I must admit I got a fair bit of it, so there will be more to come. The purple flowers in the dress nicely set off Freya's new glasses too. We notice only a few weeks ago Freya had started going cross-eyed.  We quickly got her checked out and found out she would need glasses. I'm so glad we acted so quickly because her eyes starting going cross-eyed more and more.

She's pretty pleased with them and I think they've really helped.  When she came out of the Optometrist she announced that she could "Look Daddy, I can see the cars!!" I dread to think how bad her eyesight must have been... Luckily she loves wearing them and has gotten used to them pretty quickly.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Cosmo Dress

I am delighted to be taking part in the Cosmo dress pattern tour.

This is the Cosmo dress pattern from Sewpony and it's another winner. I knew instantly that this would be a dress I would love when I started seeing photos on Instagram. 

I made the pattern as is but I used the cap sleeve from this Miss Polly dress instead.  Freya really likes dresses with short or no sleeves and I wanted to keep using the piping.  I really like how you can mix and match the collars and sleeves from some of the other Sewpony patterns.  
The pattern itself was a fairly straight forward sew and the instructions and photos made each step clear. Adding the piping took a little longer but this dress just works so well with piping, so it was worth it.

It actually took me a while to decide which fabric to use for this dress. I kept changing my mind and finding it hard to commit to one idea. Finally I decided on this one and I'm so glad I did.  I knew I liked it but as soon as Little Miss put it on I LOVED it.

I love the detail of the exposed zipper on this dress.  I haven't sewn many exposed zippers (this is my second) but the instructions were very clear and Suz has even made a video to show you how its done. I used fabric glue instead of pins too which I think helped make it a little less fiddly.

The pockets were a hit as well. She'd only had it on for 5 minutes before she was trying out what would fit in them. 

So another great dress pattern from Suz and definitely one I'll be making again.  I'd love to try and be a bit adventurous with my colour blocking for the next one I reckon. Watch this space!

Be sure to check out the other beautiful dresses on the Cosmo tour!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

A Despicable Tinny Dress

It's another Tinny dress folks.

This is definitely my most used pattern now.  This time I've used the bow collar from the Laure Dress. I really love how some designers make their patterns mix and match. It opens up even more options than the one pattern (although this one still has plenty!)

This dress is actually based on the character of Lucy Wilde from Despicable Me 2. Everytime Freya enjoys watching or reading something now she asks for a dress. I had originally thought of making her a minion denim pinafore but she insisted Lucy was her favourite so that's what I went with.

I used a white and pink fabric for the bow as a nod to Lucy's scarf and of course the twirly skirt of the Tinny is always a winner.

I was a bit worried when I showed her while I was half-way through making it, and she said it was wrong.  But luckily she loved it when I'd finished and wanted to wear it straight away.

I was just happy to make something not based on a Disney Princess. I'm really enjoying making these character inspired dresses.  My goal is to be make wearable for everyday while still having that dress up quality. 

Monday, 7 August 2017

Because one Elsa dress just isn't enough...

After seeing how much Freya loved her first Elsa dress, another Princess dress was always going to be on the to-sew list.

So I went back to Frozen for this one and decided on Elsa's coronation dress.  I used the Magrath dress pattern for this one and have plans to use this pattern to make the next Princess dress on the list (and Freya's list keeps getting bigger).

I added yellow piping between the seams which wasn't the easiest thing to do with the shaped bodice. I got out my embroidery machine for the bodice patterns. I got the design from Daisy Sprouts and it stitched up beautifully.

I changed the back to make it a straight yoke and added more piping.  I wasn't originally going to use and exposed zipper but the piping didn't agree with the invisible zipper so I went back to the original design. This is the first zipper I've ever done that wasn't invisible and I kind of like it.  It's got me thinking about using some more exposed zippers with some other dresses.

Other than the back, I didn't alter the pattern at all.  This is a size 5 and it has plenty of room.  To be honest Freya would probably still fit a size 4 in a few patterns, but I always sew up a 5 to be safe, and to make sure it will last for a while. I didn't lengthen it as I wanted this dress to be a bit more user friendly than the full length one.

The pattern was great.  The instructions were clear and had photos for each step. The PDF itself went together quickly and smoothly. 

Needless to say it was a big hit with my girl.  She's already talking about the next character dress she wants, and luckily it's not a princess next time. Watch this space.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Tulip Dress

Last term was so busy, it's been wonderful to have a good break during the School holidays and have the chance to do some sewing.  Of course, by time I've had chance to photograph some of them it was miserable outside, so I'm afraid it's inside photos today.

One of my first projects was the Tulip Dress from kaatjenaaisels.  I'd had these fabrics on my shelf for a while and knew I wanted to put them together and finally decided to use this pattern to do it.

The pattern itself is both in English and Dutch.  The PDF went together quickly and didn't have a lot of pages.  I think a label for a zipper line was missing but it was pretty easy to figure out.  This pattern has a button or zipper option, but I've discovered Freya really likes zippers so that's what I went with.

Construction wise it all went together quiet smoothly.  As other bloggers had said the shoulder seams can e quite think as there are lots of layer to sew together, but it honestly wasn't that bad and easy to live with.  There was nothing overly fiddly and the instructions were clear.

I love how the dress has turned out.  I made a size 5 and it fits well.  She seemed to like it as well, which is a bit of a relief.  She's so unpredictable in now in dresses she likes and doesn't like.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

The Inevitable Elsa Dress

When you have a little girl firmly in the Disney princess stage, an Elsa dress was always an inevitability.

I'd been promising to make her one for ages and invitation to a Frozen party was just the excuse to finally get around to making it. Of course having a sewing deadline during report writing time wasn't exactly ideal, but I got it done.

I used my faithful Tinny dress by Straightgrain as the starting point. I used the Jaanu bodice as a bit a guideline and cut the Tinny bodice into the two parts.  I also added the long sleeve from the Ishi dress and used the longest circle skirt from the Tinny pattern with the size 5 at the waist. It all went together beautifully which was good as I didn't have time to make a muslin. I found this great Michael Miller fabric range called fairy frost and it was perfect for the Elsa dress.

I found this fabulous sheer fabric from Spotlight ages ago ready for the Elsa dress I would one day make. I had originally planned to sew it into the bodice and yoke seams but I wasn't sure how it was going to wash and last so instead I decided to make a separate cape. I was under strict instructions to make the cape "super long" so I used the full length of fabric and just eye-balled cutting it out without a pattern piece.  I sewed it into a detachable peter pan collar and used velcro to close the collar.  I think it's turned out to be the right decision. When she gets tired of the cape she can take it off and it's easy to put it back on.

She absolutely loves it and hasn't taken it off all weekend, even during a trip to the supermarket (without the cape that is, I'm not that patient). She's already talking about having a Belle, Moana and Rapunzel dress so I think I'm going to have my work cut out for me. At least then this dress will have a chance of being washed...