Thursday, 21 August 2014

Oversize Chiffon Top

I have been looking at the oversize chiffon tops for a while and thought I could probably make my own pattern up.  I had a go at the weekend and it worked a treat.  I was really pleased with the way it fitted and draped gonna make me a drawer full I think!!  Just managed to buy an end of roll in a black white and grey chevron at 99 pence a metre so I may be busy!!

Wendy -x-

Saturday, 9 August 2014

DIY Mermaid Skirt

I managed to make my own pattern for a Mermaid skirt (comes in at the knees and flares out again to the ankles to balance the hips).  Made by following a tutorial from Shari Williams 'My Daily Threadz' blog.  Made using a zebra print Cotton Jersey Lycra fabric remnant.  It feels lovely on - I am loving this one a lot!


Another couple of dresses made as well, played around with the neckline a little.

That's all I managed for this week.


Saturday, 2 August 2014

Kimono Jacket Version 3

Sharing Kimono Jacket Version 3 - my own pattern, longer jacket, bigger kimono sleeves and fringe detail to hem.  Fabric is a soft crinkle polyester.  Had ro keep coming back to this one, originally the front didn't lay right, so I picked a pair of scissors up and altered the shape and width of the front pieces, happier with it now.

To fill in the gaps between thinking about the jacket and altering it I ran up another couple of dresses.  I got a large box of Jersey remnants off  EBay and still have a huge pile to make up.

Made one round neck and one V neck - need the practice with the V necks, it's not always easy to get them to sit right.  


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Kimono Jackets Version 1 & 2

Here is what was sitting on my desk waiting to be made up.  Kimono Jacket Version 1 made using New Look pattern 6217 as a base.  My fabric remnant was slightly short so I shortened it slightly and squared of the rounded front. Made using a remnant of Crepe de Chine.

This is Version 2 - I made this using a pattern that I drew myself, very easy, just three different sized rectangles.  This one has the sleeves set in for a dropped off the shoulder look. This was made from a peach skin polyester fabric.

Plus another Bodycon dress made using Cotton Jersey Lycra remnant and my trusty McCalls 6886 pattern.  Neck has been altered again so that it's not too low and not too high.

Wendy -x-

Saturday, 26 July 2014

A Retro Comic Remnant

Sharing this weeks 'makes' - beginning with this fab retro comic jersey remnant that I found on EBay.  I didn't think I could carry a dress off in this so I decided to go with an off the shoulder top with straps.  Pattern used - Simplicity 1613.

Secondly - this sleeveless jersey dress.  It had to be sleeveless because I didn't quite have enough fabric for the sleeves.  I used McCalls 6886 again my trust favorite.  I did alter the neckline though - the pattern has a V neck, high round neck or low scoop neck and I wanted a round neck somewhere in between the high and the scoop.

Another Mcalls 6886 - this time with the V neck.  The project siting on my sewing table for next time - a kimono jacket.  Moving onto these as I need a pile of them!!!

Wendy -x-

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A Trip to Burghley House

Had a lovely day out with hubby today.  We went to Burghley House - one of England's greatest Elizabethan Houses.

It was right up hubby's street because there was a Deer park.

The inside of the house was amazing with so much art, the place took my breath away. Below are some pics of the walls and ceilings.

My favorite room in the old houses is always the kitchen.

Some of the gorgeous textiles and tapestries.

Just a few of the pics taken on the day.

Wendy -x-

Friday, 18 July 2014

A Good Splash of Orange!

Another maxi dress plus a light weight jacket.  Maxi dress made using McCalls 6886 and the Jacket was made using New Look 6028 with some slight alterations.  

When I was thinking about something to go over the top of this dress I first of all went with Navy and then thought I would add a good splash of colour and picked out the little bit of orange in the dress to make the jacket with.  I didn't want the jacket lined, just wanted a light weight top to throw over it so some slight alterations were made. 

Wendy -x-