Tuesday, 23 April 2013

A modified Cambie

This is the first of my Me Made May panic stitching.

I went on one of my impulse fabric buying sprees and came back without a clue what to do with any of it, you know the kind where you see some fabric on a bolt that you quite like so you buy a couple of metres, then you see something else but you're trying to be quick because the woman is already cutting the the other fabrics and then something else catches your eye but you don't have a proper think about it because you don't want to become one of those annoying people who hog the assistant and make her wait while you carry on choosing things, and then all of a sudden you've spent £50 and when you get home and look through your purchases you think 'what the fuck was I thinking?'

Well, this dress was born from that.

I did really like the spotty fabrics, but had no idea what to do with them. After getting out all my patterns and showing him almost all of them with various fabrics held up to them, Stuart suggested the Cambie but with a straight skirt. So that's what I did:

Faith insisted on being in the photos to show off her new apron and hat

The lining is the same fabric as the outer but with blue spots on white.

I omitted the waistband, partly because I'm never sure I like them, and partly because I couldn't find the pattern piece, I know it is somewhere with all the pieces I copied for my last one, but they could be anywhere.

The neckline on this annoys me, the first one I made isn't so bad, but it sticks out loads on this one so I need to figure out how to fix it.  The only thing I really don't like about this dress is the back. I really need to start doing swayback adjustments to my patterns but I don't really know where to start with it.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

A Negroni for Helen: Part 3

I actually finished the shirt back in April but realised this morning that the post was still marked as a draft.

The original post I drafted was going to tell you all about how proud I was of getting it finished and it turned out despite not really knowing what I was doing and having to give the seam ripper more of a workout than it has ever had before. But then I gave it to Helen and demanded photos of her wearing it. We quickly decided it was actually just the second muslin and that I would try again.

I was gutted it didn't fit properly but it serves me right for not doing another muslin to check the changes we decided on. The actual body of the shirt is fine aft making the original alterations but I need to move the pockets, shorten the sleeves a bit and shorten the shoulder. Its all going to have to wait though because I used up all the fabric we bought for it and the car has broken so until thats fixed I can't justify spending any(more) money on fabric. She said she doesn't need it until September anyway so there's plenty of time.

Friday, 12 April 2013

A Negroni for Helen: Part 2

Well, I bought another buttonhole foot and have made a start on Helen's shirt. So far I have two wonky flapped pockets and a couple of edged front facings. Sorry about the crappy photo but Stuart has literally fallen asleep on the laptop so can't upload any decent ones. I'm tempted to add a photo of him for comedy value but I don't think he'd appreciate it.

Anyway, back to the shirt - I've been dreading starting it because I've got used to doing simple projects that only take a night to complete, but I'm actually really enjoying doing something that takes concentration and (of a fashion) precision, which is good because after this I've got a skirt and waistcoat to do for my Gran and then I get to do some selfish sing for Me Made May. Yay!

Goodnight good people, I'm off to carry on sewing facings before the clock strikes 10 and my brain turns to mush.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

I'm in!

For The past couple of years I have admired from afar all the people who take part in Me Made May. I've been envious of anyone who made clothes that they actually wanted to wear, let alone enough of the to wear every day for a WHOLE MONTH!

In the past six months or so though I have become much more confident with my sewing abilities and I now wear most of the things I make myself fairly regularly (even in public!). So, now is the time to dive in and just get on with it.

What I really want to get from this challenge is to take pride in being able to wear something I have made myself each day. And if I'm honest, when I'm just pottering around at home I may possibly be in the habit of throwing on the same pair of jeans more times than I should before washing them. Plus, the only time I really bother making myself look half way presentable is when I need to take a picture for the blog so having to do it everyday will be good for me.  Oh, and it'll help me work out what I else I need to make for my wardrobe. Do you think that's enough reasons?!

'I, Sally of Sally Bee Makes, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavour to wear at least one me made item each day for the duration of May 2013 with no more than two repeats of each item (except my coat).'

Ooh, exciting!

Thursday, 4 April 2013

A stashbusting dress

It's been a while since I made Faith a dress and while I was looking for fabric for something else I came across this fabric I bought in the summer with the intention of making her the a dress I downloaded here.  Well I finally got round to actually making it and doesn't she look gorgeous.

I did it a bit longer than the pattern so that she can keep wearing it for a while and I didn't bother adding the buttons but looking at the photos I think I might put some on to give it a bit of interest.

Monday, 1 April 2013

A confession

This is going to be painful, but it needs to be done....

I'm turning into my mother.


I felt it happening at before Christmas - instead of being irritated when all the shops started getting their Christmas stuff out, I found myself thinking 'ooh, I better start getting things sorted'.  As if that wasn't bad enough, Easter took it to the next level.

I went to the shop last week to get a few bits to do some baking with Faith with and then I came across the seasonal aisle...

They had an Easter egg hunt kit.  Now, an Easter egg hunt is not something I have ever remotely considered doing for Faith, but for some reason seeing this got me thinking about doing one for her.  And then I went a bit mad and spent a bit too much money buying things to hide (we don't give her much chocolate so she just gets one egg).  I even made her an Easter bonnet:


She gets the poser gene from her Dad!

Anyway, hope everyone had a good Easter, I'm off to scoff some chocolate.

Disclaimer:  My Mum is great and I do love her very much, I just don't want to be her