Sunshine Bloggers Ice-cream Shirt Dress

Hi everyone,

I am so excited about my first blog post for the Sunshine Bloggers Team! When I was asked to be part of it, other than being RIDICULOUSLY excited, I was all ice creams in my head because I knew I HAD to use the amazing Rico ice cream fabric for my make. It’s fantastic, I love the print and the fabric was an absolute dream to work with. My absolute dream outfit!! 

Go and check it out over on Sew Me Sunshine’s Website where there is also 15% off novelty fabrics, including the ice-cream this weekend!! 

Appleton Dress

I make a special effort to try and find a fabric shop whenever I go away. On our recent trip to Belgium, my Mother-in-law asked the lovely man on reception at our hotel and he was able to direct us to one called Moda Stoffen and I was in heaven.

I bought two fabrics, a Mustard patterned jersey with lots of drape and a super thick terry style sweatshirting with a furry lining for my first attempt at a Linden. It was 10% off too so that was a winner.

I used the jersey as soon as I got back and determined not to revert to Moneta mode, I fished out the Cashmerette Appleton Dress which the lovely Lhizz sent me from New Zealand with my hand-made dress swap!

It was very much pattern tetris with this, I have no fabric left at all! I was really pleased to just get three quarter sleeves out of it and I had to cut the ties slightly shorter to make the most of the fabric!

The pattern is great, it’s super easy because there are no fastenings so a quick sew.  It would’ve been even quicker if I didn’t have overlocker issues. I tried to use a yellow alongside white but the smaller spool was not working! The lovely Laura @agirlcalledboz over on instagram kindly showed me how she does it!

I’m still getting used to sewing with jersey but I’m definitely improving. The facings were the trickiest bit and they don’t match up perfectly but I think only I can see that. I used spray starch to help me control the fabric which curled up quite a bit but needed a lot of precision.

The pattern is sold as being perfect for cuvy girls and has different cup sizes and it definitely does not disappoint! It’s such a great fit and I find it really flattering. I would definitely try other Cashmerette patterns if they are this good for fit!

I made the dress especially for my Sister’s baby shower and I loved wearing it, it felt really autumnal and just the right feel for the occasion.

Me Made Windermere

In the latest in my series of me made holidays I have recently been to Lake Windermere for the weekend with my Mum and my Sister. As many of you will know, I always try to make something nice ready for my holidays, but I try to stick to practicality too. With this in mind and thinking about the fact that it ALWAYS rains on our trips anywhere I bought this amazing umbrella Fabric.

It was my mum’s birthday whilst we were away so I also made her the Style Arc Abigail Top Which was free last month when I purchased the Fay Cardi. Strangely,  I made the freebie before the actual garment I bought (mainly because I’m struggling with the facings) but I’m well pleased with this top and I think if you compare it you last year’s birthday offering it shows a massive difference in my skills. My mum opened it and said, ‘I’m going to wear it tomorrow and you can take a picture for your blog!’ so here she is…

It’s a great shape on her and it was so easy to whip up. I will definitely be making one for myself soon !

On the Saturday I wore my BlancTee by Blank Slate Patterns in this jersey from sew sew sew.  It was such an easy make (literally two pieces and a neckband) that I didn’t bother blogging it. It’s a great staple piece though and something I’ll definitely repeat as it’s easy and has a relaxed shape. I’d definitely recommend it, especially if you’re a curvier lady who likes a looser fitting Tee. Plus, it’s free if you sign up to Blank Slate Patterns Facebook page.

That evening  I wore my French Navy Orla Dress which I have talked about in my vlog and blogged here. I really enjoyed wearing it. I think the gathers at the waist make for a really flattering fit and it’s great for full busted ladies. I would pinch an inch out of the neckline though as it’s a bit roomy. Anyway, I wore it with my new shiny silver brogues out for tea.

On the Sunday I wore my SewGirl Tunic Top  which I made using this amazing umbrella fabric as it always rains when we go away (I thought I was being funny!) and… it didn’t rain. I wore it anyway with black leggings (these are RTW so pattern recommendations would be appreciated).

This tunic is just what I needed for this highly patterned fabric. I had made it before so I knew I liked the shape. I made this one longer and added a pocket but I made no other changes. I didn’t take any pictures so see the vlog for a closer look!

I’ve since been to Ostend so look out for another post soon!

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