Here is Lovely free pattern from CocoWawa Crafts You Tube Channel. It shows you how to make this top or dress and it didn’t take long to make, I recommend having a look. Ideal make for summer, quick to make and practical on hot days like today.
Im off to make a dress version of this in tiny print gingham… watch this space for the results.
My latest make for https://www.simplesewpatterns.com is the Raglan Dress. This dress was themed for the DressMakers Ball in Leicester, which I couldn’t go to but I know I will get loads of wear out of this dress, especially at Christmas!
This dress can be made in jersey or woven and I chose woven, as I decide I wanted to make a statement with the sleeves. I have this amazing fabric in my stash from http://www.craftysewer.com Its silk, cut into small pieces and stitched in rows on to the base fabric. I love it but was sturuggling to find the right pattern for it but this one was perfect. Here the link to it on Simple Sew Patterns Website https://www.simplesewpatterns.com/products/the-raglan-dress
I bought the black crepe from https://www.fabricsgalore.co.uk
I love the zero waste challenge when cutting out so had a few goes at positioning the pattern peices
Next up was to mark the darts, first I pinned, then used chalk pen to drawn them on the fabric before I tacked them.
Drawing the darts, they do look a lot wonkier than they actually were in this photo!
Here I have tacked the darts – sorry for the poor photo, black is really hard to photograph!!
Bust and front of dress darts tacked.
Cutting the sleeves out was a slow process as the silk chiffon was not that easy to work with as it was really mobile. I found it easier when I used my weights and silk pins (longer and thinner than normal ones)
I then pinned the sleeves together…and I can’t wait to see what it looks like so ….
Had to pin it on my dummy Flossie to have a sneak peek, does anyone else do that?
Only stitched at the shoulders
So back off Flossie and now time to cut the facing for the neck. I used a light weight interfacing and joined the 2 parts to make a circle.
Next I pinned the sides from hem to cuff and pinned the facing around the neck (leave the facing off if you are using jersey material)
Back on to Flossie and I am really happy with how its looking…in need of a good press now
I left the fabric to drop over night before I pinned the hem.
Here she is, rather hard to photograph, so used my selfie stick for the first time!
I took out the darts on the front and back as the fabric hung better that way and I think it needs to be taken in a bit, but am really happy with it.
Sew, my second make as a blogger for Simple Sew is the Nicole Dress.
I liked the denim look that Simple Sew had made it in but as I have just finished making a blue denim dress I wanted to try a different look, and I had plans for a pattern hack.
I love a dress with pockets, maybe its because I am a photographer I need some where to put bits!
So I had a rummage through my fabric stash to see what I could make it in as I am on a mission to sew my stash this year. I have way to much fabric, not to be called a fabric collector now and although its great insulation for my home, I feel I need to free my pretties and get making beautiful things with them. I am going to write a post about my mission towards zero waste fashion at a later date – watch this blog for details.
These pretties were the finalists
But in the end I choose a pink stretch denim that my friend Rebecca of http://www.livingabstracts.com (check out her brilliant Instagram Course) gave me and the red floral cotton from http://www.fabricland.co.uk for the facing and pocket contrast.
As the fabric had a stretch to it I decided to make it a pull on dress, with big pockets – ideal for long haul flights as I have a couple coming up this year. Also I decided to make it a maxi dress which I am rather fond of for traveling when you are going from a cool climate to a hot one.
Here you can see how I decided to extend the length, and my cute new fabric donut weights from http://www.ohsewquaint.co.uk
I liked the fact that the pattern had some shaping to it even though it was a relaxed fit.
Trying to minimise waste – I often cutout 2 different patterns from the same fabric. Loving my donut weights.
Time to make up the facing, by stitching the front to the back. I used a light weight interfacing as the facing was a light weight cotton.
I then joined it at the shoulder seams
I clipped the edges of the curves around the next before I turned it over
Making the darts: I put a pin through from the bust point to the other side of the fabric and then marked it with a pin.
Normally I would have put a tacking stitch in but this worked as a quick fix.
I started stitching the dart from the armhole and ended it by tying it off at the end.
I tried different designs for the pockets
And here she is Nicole in all her glory
I love this dress and would recommend the pattern, its quick to make and versatile. This version in stretch denim is perfect for the spring. I am going to make a mini one is cotton for later in the summer…watch this space.
my Little One loves her My Little Ponies, so when I saw this fabric at the Knitting and stitching show I knew she would love it. Only problem was I was on a self inflicted fabric ban as I am trying to sew my fabric stash. I decided to buy only half a metre and see if I could find a childs dress pattern that only need this amount of fabric.
luckily I did find one from http://www.simplicitynewlook.com/simplicity-patterns new season. I made a design decision to replace the frill with pompoms and just managed to cut the whole dress from the half metre. The only bit I have over is going to make pockets so I do feel very happy I met my Zero waste fashion brief this time.
The dress is nearly finished just needs some straps to finish it off. I did end up making it bigger than My Little One normally wears as I couldn’t face wasting the fabric…photo to follow
This is my first make for the lovely people at Simple Sew patterns and I chose the fab Jackie O Jacket. Click here to have a look or buy the pattern Jackie O Jacket Pattern I initially chose it as I had bought some amazing 2 sided printed linen from Japan via Ebay and really liked the idea of using it for this pattern as the jacket is unlined and I thought it would be fun for it to have a different inside pattern.
I loved the fact that the pattern was printed on ‘normal’ paper not tissue, as I cut the largest size of the pattern, then trace off the size I am going to use and somehow no matter how careful I am the tissue ones never last as long.
The Instructions and diagrams were clear, which was a relief as some companies pattern instructions are not and rely on you having a lot of existing knowledge and experience of garment making.
I liked it so much I decided to make another one, this time I wanted to make a more formal more so pattern hacked it to make it longer. The fabric was from the utterly wonderful ABAKHAN I chose a boiled wool in charcoal, however i realised that it was going to need to be lined as the wool was brilliant for the jacket but a bit itchy for me to wear if I wasn’t wearing any sleeves under it.
For the lining I chose a lovely silky bird print from one of my favourite local fabric stores Fabrics Galore The print design reminded me of Ted Baker prints and I wanted the lining to have a bit of a colour pop about it, and this fabric was just right.
I extended the length of the body by 4.5 inches and the sleeves by 2 inches as you can see below
A slight aside here, but I have a bit of thing about Zero Waste. So when I cut out a garment, I try I see how close I can get to either zero waste or what I could also cut from the remaining left over fabric. This time I decided to cut a matching jacket for my Little One who is 4yrs old. You can see her bodice ‘block’ in this photo (its the blue/green shape). I am happy to say I did manage to have enough fabric over to cut her a jacket. When I have made it up I will post some photos of it.
To make the lining, I tired the bagging out method, without the facing. I wouldn’t recommend this and when I make the Jacket again I would cut the lining by tracing off the body, less the facing, then stitching the 2 together. This way I would get a more professional look, but I thought my way was going to look good and be quick, I was wrong on both counts!
I finished it with a fine black trim around the sleeves, neck, bodice front and hem line.
I am really happy with this version and will be making another Jackie O Jacket in the future.