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!

Mum’s Birthday Pressie

I have recently made this top for my Mum, for her birthday. (New Look K 6483) The pattern claims to take one hour* with an asterisk, the small print being that this should be sewing time. However, it took me more like two and a half* 1.because I’m so novice, 2.because I wanted my binding to be the neatest in the world and 3.because I inserted and unpacked an entire sleeve! Major sulk at this point.

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Though possibly not the most seasonally appropriate (I was going to put sleeves in but it seemed the bunch round the neck- a common problem for me- so I left them out) I still think it’s really sweet and will really suit my Mum.

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This is my first venture in to making a clothing gift for someone, my lovely Mum being the perfect candidate. It means that you put so much more in to it but this is something I’m trying to do with all my makes anyway. It was tricky though because she couldn’t try it on along the way and I just had to hope it would fit. I got so jealous of the way it turned out though that I made myself this top following the same pattern. Then because it’s so easy, I made this cute chiffon top, ready for Dublin too!

I did this super cute contrast binding, which I love.

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I feel like this is a genuine proud moment for my little label!

I also used the binding on the side slits, another first, so I’m glad they turned out so neat.

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Although the pattern didn’t call for it I also added a little zip for another feature and just in case it was needed.

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She loved it and said she could see all the work that has gone in to it. I’m really pleased my first hand-made clothing gift was so well received!

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