Narnia dress – Kim wraparound

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I finished this dress off on Wednesday – I’m super proud of myself, I think its turned out really well!

I used the Kim pattern from By Hand London and I think it worked so well with the fabric which is ‘Biology border print’ by Sarah Watson, I got a bolt end from Backstitch as I fell in love with the print – I think it looks like how I imagine Narnia would look in spring!

20160303_074402I really didn’t know what to do with it at first as I had just under 1.5m but I managed to squeeze (most of) the Kim dress onto it. I had to miss out the knife pleats on the front and cut back on some of the gorgeous sweep of the front. I flipped my bodice pieces upside-down, so where they meet at the waist is actually the top of the fabric. This was a little tricky as I tried hard to avoid any upside down butterflies on the bodice…

20160303_074345In the end it took me about 2 hours to place and cut the pieces! Which is about 4x longer than usual! But I’m really please with how it turned out!

Toria

Making my own wedding dress: Part 1 – Planning!

 

Call me foolish – I’m not much beyond a beginner sewer and here I am deciding to make my own wedding dress!

I’ve started getting bits and pieces ready – I’ve now got my silk, lace and pattern –

I’m torn between the Kim bodice and the Elisalex bodice from the lovely ladies at By Hand London, I’ve made a couple of Elisalexs before see the flamingo one, and the green silk one, and I’m currently making a Kim dress – which is on hold as my machine is in Janome hospital.

I’ve decided on a full circle skirt, and guipure lace overlay on the top half (from Truro fabrics) and the silk from the Silk Route – which I’ve NO IDEA how to do…

I’ve been taking inspiration from the amazing dresses over Chotronette as well. I’ll be sure to keep you updated with my progress!

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You shall go to the ball *in an Elisalex

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I am super proud of this dress – it’s taken quite a while to make as I’ve been so picky and careful about all of my finishes. I made it to wear to my cousin’s wedding on Saturday and everyone had a wonderful time – Congratulations Mr and Mrs B!

I’m normally a bit slapdash with finishing dresses off, just wanting them to be done and wearing them straight away. But with this gem I took my time learning loads of new techniques in the process and I think the end result is absolutely beautiful (also the shoes were pretty perfect too).

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Apologies for the windswept look, I wanted to get a picture by the lovely lake at the wedding but it was a bit blowy! This is a sort of practice run for my wedding dress, which will be made out of the same silk dupion (in ivory this time). I’ll keep the sleeveless Elisalex bodice (from the amazingly talented ladies at By Hand London), attach a full circle skirt, make a tule petticoat and then create a French guipure lace overlay for the bodice (which I’m terrified about).

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But I’ll be talking more about that dress later. Let me show this one off first – My princess seams and inverse box pleats all line up on the front, my invisible zip is the best I’ve ever done, the bodice is fully lined and hand finished around the waist and zip, all my seams are finished a la Hong Kong style, bound with black binding and I hemmed it by hand with a herringbone stitch.

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Eeny meeny miny Moneta

This was my first step into jersey – I was a little nervous. I’d read about stretch needles, ball points, stretch stitches, sergers and more; but I was/am determined to crack jersey! It works out a bit cheaper than other fabrics due to its width 150cm over the usual 110cm, it’s super soft, and it (seems) really easy to fit!

I’ve got a stretch stitch on my machine, I bought some cream and white jersey fabric off the lovely people at my fabrics, the Colette Moneta pattern in pdf and off I went. *I’m going to come out and say I didn’t buy any ball point needles… I just went for it – I didn’t come across any snagging or pulling, but I can see how some pulling could happen, and have since bought some ball point needles for my next projects…

(I’m pulling it out so it looks less wrinkly as I was fighting the setting sun to get a photo in natural light – not an easy thing to achieve this time of year at the top of the northern hemisphere!)

I way over ordered fabric, so you’ll probably be seeing it again at some point. I really liked the cream and white stripe Colette used in the promo picture so I decided to play it safe for my first project! (I’m a sucker for navy and white stripe so I think I’ll go for something like that next!)

I actually found the whole dress really quite easy to make! The jersey behaved itself and I didn’t make any adjustments size wise. The one booboo I did make was seeing one of the patterns sleeve wrong side out, but since it’s really quite tricky to tell which way *is* the right side I’m going to forgive myself on my first attempt!

I’ve seen loads of Monetas out there so this is another into the mix! Take a look and let me know what you think?

Toria

Swishy swirly circle skirt

I really like this really simple circle skirt – I originally bought the fabric to make a dress – but I found it a bit too scratchy against my skin, so though it would make a lovely casual skirt.

I originally tried to hem it normally – double turn and stitch, that it looked a bit of a mess, and I think it also needed something to break up the sea of blue, so added green bias binding at the hem, which I think works rather well 🙂

At the back of the skirt is a non-invisible, invisible zip as I only had a normal foot at the time, and it was my first ever zip! I’ve since bought an invisible zip foot and had really good results (such as in the hygge Kim skirt). When I have a moment I’ll take the zip out and put it in properly!

I always forget I can alter clothes I’ve made!!

Toria

Bits and bobbins – sorting out the sewing supplies

I’ve recently been increasingly annoyed at my mess of sewing supplies! They’ve just been piling on top of my sewing basket, but every time I try and get something out, everything else just falls out and you end up with bobbins running away down the corridor.

I’ve seen pegboards on Crafty Pinterest boards and decided it was time to make my own – all you need is:

  • A peg board
  • Dowels to fit the board (you can get both of these from a DIY shop or online)
  • A glue gun (optional)

   
All I did was decide where I want everything and popped the dowels in – unfortunately my dowels are that *little* bit too small *sigh*. So I decided to glue gun them in place – this actually worked out rather well as I made sure the dowels all dried pointing up more, meaning everything stays in place! Awesome!
How do you guys organise your sewing supplies? 

Toria

Fabric for wedding dresses – where to start?

No pressure: I’m trying to choose the fabric to use to make my wedding dress…

I’m telling myself we’re only having a small family wedding in my parents’ garden – so it doesn’t really matter if my dress isn’t perfect… But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try my best!

I’ve ordered some samples of ivory handwoven (which has the thicker more uneaten texture), ivory ‘power woven’ (smoother dupion) and a natural smooth silk. I think I’m going to go with the ivory handwoven as I love the texture – sorry if the pictures don’t show it off well!!

I’m going to take the whole process very slowly as I’m not exactly used to either dealing whith expensive fabrics or finishing my sewing projects to the highest levels – I know there are different camps out there, and sadly I fall firmly into the – well if you can’t see the seam why does it have to be neat camp!?

But my wedding dress – that’s a whole different story – this beauty (I hope) is going to be perfect(ish) inside and out!

I sent off for some fabric samples this week – I’m thinking of going along the silk dupion route (my mum calls it raw silk, and I’m not sure if there’s a difference?).  I like the ivory – not white white, but not too yellow, and use some French Guipure lace to cover the bodice and add sleeves with an invisible zip running down the back.

The colour silk is for me to make a full version of the dress before for practice, in the same fabric but in a different colour – then I get practice and something to wear to my cousin’s wedding in February! I ordered a few different samples but I think I’m going to the teal (in the middle).

Toria