A late summer 3/4 length sleeve top using jersey pieces from my stash!
This is from Tilly's book 'Stretch' and is a great casual top that is semi fitted a bit like the Coco pattern. This one has a higher neckline with separate neckband though and raglan sleeves.
For some reason I got my stripes uneven when making this so had to do a lot of unpicking before getting this right. Unpicking stretch stitch on jersey is very frustrating!! Named necklace is Tatty Devine btw!
I have made a number of these casual semi-fitted tees from Wendy Ward's book 'Beginners guide to sewing'. I really like the boat neck shape, the fact that it isn't too clingy and the cap sleeves. These can be made in a contrasting fabric so perfect for using up those jersey scraps! In some versions I have hemmed the tee to sit just on the waist so it can be worn with a full or gathered skirt. I love this sailor strip version because it just screams SUMMER!
I am also very happy with the swallow print grey marl version below. The hemline is kept long and tunic-y to sit nicely over skinny jeans.
I've been doodling little creatures and turning them into fabric toys! I had some lovely grey chambray left over from a dressmaking project and have decided to work on a range of monochrome toys. More to come!..
I wanted to make a new frock to wear to a family gathering in chilly February in Northern Ireland! I found this rather wild print fabric in Ditto, Brighton and thought it would be fun.. I definitely wanted sleeves and pockets (of course!) and so created a semi fitted short shift. It is a pull on number, so no fastenings involved.. It was relatively quick to make and I'm pleased with the result. Teamed up with thick tights, a fitted cardi and some jewellery it was ideal for the party!
I have made 2 versions of the Fulwood by MIY collection. It is a great over- the- head casual semi- fitted garment that can be adapted in many ways to make it your own.
The outdoor pic above is me in Tuscany- on one of the best holidays EVER! (beautiful scenery, swimming, wine, pasta, olives!) It was a very mild autumn half term holiday and in fact very hot at times during the day. This was a perfect outfit for the season. I used a very lightweight cotton shirting from Goldhawk road which was ideal for the garment in terms of comfort and appearance. It also has the look of a light linen in the way it creases. I gathered the skirt part to the bodice and prefer this casual look to the sharp pleated version below.
This is such a great 1960s floral print fabric that I had to use it for one of my quirky little characters.
Having worked on some mermaid toys recently, also with vintage fabrics I thought it might be fun to include some sea creatures to the collection. The texture of this linen along with the bark cloth vintage fabric works perfectly. Stuffing the curly tail was the biggest challenge with this project!
I found this great value and good quality monochrome print fabric in Ikea!
It is designed by Hanna Dalrot and is perfect for this simple but structured shift.
For the print to work for this dress I had to use the fabric sideways. This didn't affect the drape in any way and just means the colour blocks run in a more wearable way.
Due to the heavyweight nature of the cotton fabric (bit like a canvas or drill) it is slightly stiff to wear. However I think this gives a more formal appearance making it suitable for a smart occasion..
I love collecting bold print fabrics from the 1970s and now have quite a stash! I've recently been using them to make up some quirky toys from a pattern book of the same era.
The Golden Hands series of craft magazines produced a great issue on making childrens toys. Produced in 1973, 'Toy Box: 40 soft toys to sew' was a well used publication in our house when I was little. I realise I owned quite a few of these homemade toys, ranging from a hippo so big you could sit on it, to a rag doll, a chimp and a baby bear that would fit in your pocket!
The patterns are of varying difficulties and each toy has been given a name - here we have Josephine the giraffe and Osimoff the owl! My next one will be a purple corduroy chimp called Charlie.
I always find it hard to choose 'work clothes' as boring office wear is not me and is uncomfortable but casual tee shirts just don't feel professional enough. Most of the time I wear narrow dark jeans that sort of look smart enough on the bottom half but I wanted a top that was a cross between a blouse and a tee shirt that could be made in all sorts of appealing prints. I wanted it to be long enough to give the right silhouette and to hide the 'jeans features' such as the pockets and rivets on the jeans! I've made 6 versions of this pattern and wear them all the time.
I use a New Look pattern, number 6225. It might be one you'd skip past as the picture on the front of the pack is a rather cheap looking uninspiring orange lace version.
I'd been looking for a suitable dress to wear for a spring wedding for a while. I was both overwhelmed by the choice of options but uninspired by the patterns and colours. Many of the dresses were too girly - prom style- all full skirts and pastels. While others were just too frumpy or worse still too clingy! With a six course menu ahead and all that standing around sipping champagne, clingy wasn't an option..
I liked the idea of a fitted bodice with a tulip shape skirt with a bit of pleating around the hips for a little more shape and then tapering in narrowly just below the knee.
I had been toying with the idea of finding a vintage style print and unsure whether to go for a floral or not. In the end I spotted this monochrome abstract floral (a little 1950s...