Friday, 27 May 2016

Friday I'm In Love - Baggy Trousers

Hey Peeps!

How are you all this week? I've had another fun week....lot's of sewing, lot's of new commissions and this weekend I have (part of) the family visiting which is awesome. There is lots happening at the shop over this weekend; live demonstrations of jewellery making, painting, paper crafting, wax art and more! So if you find yourself on the Isle that is Wight head on over to Island Artisan and have a look.....

So this week I thought I would share one of my April makes with you.....
.......it's the jumpsuit I fudged together from this vintage pattern...
....and the trousers I copied from a RTW Dorothy Perkins jumpsuit that I've had for years. I've never made a pattern like that before but I thought "how hard could it be!?" and decided to give it a go. Turns out not to hard. It's certainly not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but I'm learning as I go.
Excuse the derpy expression....it was bloody freezing the day I took these pictures! 
When I muslined the bodice I had to tweak the fit a bit as the vintage pattern was the correct size for my boobs which meant it was way too big at the waist, that was an easy fix.... I just shaved off the extra inches in the side seams and darts....it worked. I tried the bodice on and it fitted but it wasn't a tight fit...I kinda liked that. It gave me the idea to try something very fluid like this rayon.
I had initially intended to make some kind of full skirt to go along with the drapey bodice but I was also working on my Liberty Carline jumpsuit which gave me the idea to try the trousers with this bodice and a close fitting waistband. I love how it's turned out....the only thing I would change is the length of the bodice. As I was working from the traced copy of the original pattern I didn't notice that I had already added length which is a standard adjustment I have to make to nearly every pattern I get (damn my long torso). Usually I mark the alterations I've made but apparently not this time.....ooops! I'd added enough length that I wouldn't have needed the waistband so the top is now too long but that only really shows in the back. I may go back and remedy this at a later date but I have worn this out and it's super comfy and (I think) very flattering....there will definitely be more iterations of this in my future!

I bought the rayon from an eBay seller Indian Royal Treasure and it's lovely, so soft, very fluid, washes well, very reasonably priced and it's not too much of a bitch to work with! I've got my eye on a few more prints....
1 / 2 / 3 / 4
 .....can you tell I have a thing for florals?

Friday, 20 May 2016

Friday I'm In Love - Cosplay Ambitions

Hey Peeps!

Happy Friday, how is everyone? I've had another hectic but fun week with more of the same....lots and lots of sewing. The beauty of sewing is that even though the actions are the same the end results are always very very different....... unless of course you are trying to make multiples that is.

This week I thought I'd share something a bit different with you. I am completely obsessed with Once Upon A Time (as any normal person should be), I love the concept, I love the twists they put on the fairy tale characters that you've grown up with and I absolutely ADORE the costumes. Sooooo much sparkly goodness.....*le swoon*. I'm sure it will come as no surprise to anyone that my favourite costumes belong to The Evil Queen (although I do covet Regina's wardrobe nearly as much)....
.......the beautiful Lana Parrila could make anything look good but oh my does Eduardo Castro know what he is doing!
You may know that I class myself as a huge geek and I love going to conventions, I really enjoy the cosplayers and I'm always amazed by the effort and creativity that goes in to some of the costumes they've made.
 So far I haven't been brave enough to attempt a cosplay myself but I've been wanting to make something hugely elaborate and over the top for a while. I have plans for a butterfly gown, and I've also been toying with the idea of an armoured peacock costume (I REALLY want to try Worbla and I have plans for a feathered corset.....) but after seeing the OUAT season 5 finale.....
 ....I'm thinking an Evil Queen gown or riding ensemble could possibly be in my future.....this would please my inner magpie greatly!
I already own the McCall's costume patterns...
.....which will be a great starting point. Now I just have to narrow down which costume of the Evil Queens is my favourite and then start picking fabrics, jewels, feathers, trims.........how will I cope!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Friday I'm In Love - The Trashy Diva Fan Girl Edition

Hey Peeps!

How is everyone today? I've had a very busy week and it's only really just starting for me....since opening the shop I've been trying to balance my hours there with the hours at home I need to spend prepping projects so I have something to actually do whilst I'm at the shop. I've mentioned before... with all that balancing I seem to forget to have a day off but this week I remembered and gave myself Wednesday off which was lovely. Mum and I went in to town to do some shopping, have lunch, get poked with needles (that was Mum, not me) and go to the cinema. We saw Captain America: Civil War and I thought it was fab. So many good movies coming up this summer.....I can't wait!

So today I thought I would share some of the newest release from my favourite brand Trashy Diva....

.....first up is the very newest print Ruffled Feathers, oh my it's gorgeous. There are lots of styles to choose from but I particularly love the Lena Sarong which is a style I've not tried yet but I think this might have to be my first! Then there is the beautiful Crimson Clover, another firm favourite of mine. I have the Obi style I've shown here but again there are some lovely styles to pick from.

Next up we have the Deco Daffodils and Victory Florals....

.....and I've picked the Blanche style which is a super flattering wrap dress. Both of these prints are knit fabrics which means you can eat the largest of lunches and still feel comfortable.....always a plus in my book!

As you know I stock Trashy Diva in my shop, the beautiful prints and designs were part of the reason I started the shop in the first place. I always look forward to their new print releases and so far this year has lived up to expectations! Which is your favourite?

Friday, 6 May 2016

Friday I'm In Love - Pansies Are My Favourite

Hey Peeps!

How are you all this week? I've had a very busy but rather lovely week. It was my birthday last Sunday (thirty seven how did THAT happen?), Papa and I cooked an amazing roastie beastie which was followed up by very yummy chocolate cake and fizz. Monday and Tuesday were spent filming and editing some YouTube clips which was a total pain and took way longer than it should have but so worth doing. The only reason it was a pain is that I was using Papa's camera which is awesome but I have absolutely no knowledge of it's workings so there was a steep learning curve involved! Wednesday I spent prepping sewing projects to take to the shop, yesterday actual sewing occurred (!) and today I finally started cutting out the fabric for the wearable muslin of the Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat! Phew! Construction of that will start tomorrow I'm hoping but first there are a few little projects that need finishing off.....I can do it!

Today I wanted to share the last of my March completed garments and I think I saved the best till last....
.....it's another KB Grace dress but as I mentioned in my last look book vlog if you have a tried and true pattern that you love then I see nothing wrong with making many MANY versions of said TNT. This iteration is in a stunning pansy print which I've been hoarding for years now waiting for the perfect pattern to come along. First up I was thinking some kind of wrap dress, then I was considering the Butterick "Walk Away Dress" but I didn't really have enough fabric for those so it sat on the shelf mocking me.
After working with a few border prints it occurred to me that I could also cut this fabric on the cross grain giving me a skirt width of at least two and half metres which is approaching the fullness I love. For my summer dresses I prefer the skirts to fall below the knee which means a skirt length of 27" which only left me a 15" width of fabric to cut the bodice out of so it really has to be some kind of strappy bodice and the Grace dress is perfect for that. I ended up with the tiniest scraps left over...not big enough for a bag lining even but there will some of this in the "All The Dresses I've Ever Made" quilt that I'm planning........in the huge list of quilts I want to make......my brain really needs to stop coming up with new project ideas......at least for a little while!

One of the vlogs I uploaded this week is my May Fabric Haul and Sewing Plans and these are some (yes SOME) of the fabrics that will hopefully be turned in to beautiful things....
Dress for Me / Dress for Me / Dress for Mum
Dress for Mum / Romper for Me / Skirt for Mum
Dress for Mum / Cushions for Cousin / Skirt for Sister in Law
.....there are seventy two days in May right? This picture doesn't even included the commissions I'm working on! It'll be fine.....who really needs sleep?