Sewing Freya

I know, I know, everyone’s making it but it’s another Tilly and The Buttons Freya (in fact it’s another two!) but until you try this pattern you will not realise how amazing it is to make and wear.

It has a soft mock roll neck, a roll neck or a cowl neck and comes with two lengths, multiple sleeve lengths and an optional frill at the chest, which I think really mixes it up but this will not be happening in my life as I have no need to more fullness across my chest!

I pre-ordered the book and I was so excited that I got to work straight away and had a dress version of the Freya sewn up before the book was even officially released! Obviously, the book is called Stretch so you can use jersey or ponte. I went straight for a red jersey I had in my stash which had been patiently waiting all along for a project like this.

I chose the mock roll neck and made the dress version. The instructions, as always, are super easy to follow and the construction is really quick, I can see this becoming an easy wardrobe staple, especially as roll necks are so great for layering.

I didn’t want to miss out of the chance to ruffle it up so I cut two 3 inch strips the length of the fabric, stitched them in to a loop and gathered like mad! I then attached this to the bottom of the dress to make a bit of a feature. I’m in love with it!

After this success I decided I needed another in my life. I ordered some amazing rainbow stripe jersey from Sew Me Sunshine and got to work on another – again with a mock roll but this time in a top version. This one did not come together as easily because I chose stripes, I needed to make sure that they matched up (well as much as I could anyway). I don’t sew with stripes much but it was nice to take extra care to get it right and I’m really pleased with it. I feel a little bit like a wannabe as Tilly herself has made one very similar but I don’t care because I LOVE IT SO MUCH! It’s the perfect, bright, pick-me-up t-shirt. It also goes with ALL of my Pink Coat Club pins!

One more thing, I have had problems with the fit of TATB patterns before but this fits an absolute dream, I haven’t had to take out for my chest and I feel that it isn’t too tight. The vote for my April challenge seems to be the Joni Dress too so you’ll soon see another Stretch make on the blog hopefully!

Help! April Challenge Vote!

Hi everyone,

I’m a bit late joining in this month’s Monthly Stitch challenge but the challenge is to ask readers to vote which unused, stashed pattern and which fabric to use out of three choices. What a great idea for a challenge because I love looking after people’s sewing options! This has come at the perfect time for me too as I have a lot going on with uni and moving house and I don’t have a lot of time for sewing at the minute so having just one project decided by you would really help me… So what do you think? Please vote by leaving a comment below or over on Instagram

1. I have some of this amazing gingham and floral stretch cotton from Sew Me Sunshine which I was going to use to make some Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers. I fancy something nice and summery so I was going to aim for a cropped version. Those of you who read often will know this would be a huge challenge for me as I never sew trousers…

2. The second option is Cotton and Chalk’s Lily Dress. I’m trying to work on my summer wardrobe and I think a maxi version of this will be great for my holidays. I’m in two minds about the fabric. I can either use Pink flying birds viscose (the fabric is a really soft pink which doesn’t translate too well on photos) or Blue with Pink Flowers both from Adam Ross. What do you think?

3. I was going to attempt the Tilly and the Buttons Joni Dress from the New Book Stretch, another challenge as I’m not sure about the neckline (it looks a bit complicated) but a vote might just push me to attempt it! I planned to make it in this amazing Parrot jungle Jersey from Sew Me Sunshine.

Please let me know what you think and I’ll get moving with it and post it on The Monthly Stitch by the end of the month. ☺

Rosie Dress

Today’s make is one I have returned to… The Rosie Dress by Cotton and Chalk for Simply Sewing Mag was one of my first free patterns and one I tried pretty early in my sewing. The Cotton and Chalk patterns are massive on the ease and the dress I made was a little dodgy (with a very wonky zip) and it was definitely too big. I also didn’t use sleeves, which isn’t something I wouldn’t do anymore as if I make things for myself, I’m making them to hide the bits I don’t like!

Anyway, I got this lovely navy tie dyed style fabric, which reminds me of the Shibori style of dying from a shop I recently discovered called Fibers to Fabric over on Etsy. They sell some beautiful, bright, ethnic style fabrics! This fabric is a lovely light cotton and although I sewed this up on a rare snow day from school, it had my thoughts in spring. It presses and handles a treat and is beautiful and rich in colour. I decided it would be perfect for a remake of the Rosie dress.

I sized the whole pattern down by a size, even though the measurements say I should be an XL, I knew it would be too big, so I used the L. The pattern has subtle gathers at the shoulder and bust and a waist-band which is pretty flattering.

It comes with a bias binding neckline which you stitch in place before you join the front for a really neat finish. Anything that use bias binding it a winner in my eyes (I mentioned I hate facings, right?) The construction of the bodice was pretty easy but a little lengthier than usual as you have the extra features. I was lucky the the patterning on the fabric is pretty random so I didn’t have to worry too much about pattern matching.

The sleeves are interesting as they have a little gather in them also, this is created by a 2 inch piece of elastic which you pull as you sew.

Having seen that the fabric took pretty easily to the elastic, I decided to try a little trick… Because I was essentially too lazy to put a billion gathering stitches about the waistline and I know the dress needs A LOT of gathering, I decided to try the method for gathering that the Moneta uses, which is to use clear elastic to gather the waistline.

I measured the bottom of the bodice and cut elastic to that size and then I stretched it as I sewed it to the top of the skirt piece whilst stretching the elastic. It worked an absolute treat, it was so much easier and it has made for really neat gathering. All I had to do then was attach it to the bodice, no gathering required! (winner). I’m not sure this would work with all fabrics but because this is a light, soft cotton, it worked a treat!

I distinctly remember making my first Rosie dress and it’s meant that I have really felt how much my dress making capabilities have improved. I’m really happy with this gorgeous dress, it feels floaty and feminine and perfect for spring and summer.

Nancy Dress

I won the Sew Over It Nancy Dress as part of my prize from Indie Pattern Month Dress week last year. If I’m completely honest, it was a pattern that I had been looking at. The dress has a floaty style which I didn’t think would suit my figure as I need a bit more shape round my waist. (Turns out I was right!)

However, it was free and I was so grateful to be a winner so I thought I’d give it a go. I decided on the fantastic jersey I got from the market in Leeds on Sew Up North day with the intention of repeating the Cashmerette Appleton. I changed my mind (as we dressmakers do) and decided on this instead.

This was the first time I has used a pattern which said instructions like overlock or zigzag and I was actually able to overlock, which was so exciting for me! My insides looks so neat and it made me feel really professional

The back is a great little detail, I used a popper at the top to make it look nice and neat. Excuse the bra though, I’ll have to think about what I’m going to do about that!

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After I struggled meeting the odd shapes in the TATB Zadie Dress,  I was a bit concerned about meeting the corners together right at the front of the dress as the pattern shapes are a bit unusual. However, it comes with a really helpful tip of basting some stitch lines to follow, which I promptly ignored and just used my air erasable marker to mark the corners. It worked out great.

Because of fabric restrictions I could only manage a short sleeves but I inserted these. This was another step which I ignored as the instructions call for a set in sleeve but I don’t feel that is necessary with jersey so I inserted the sleeves before sewing up the sides as one.

I had already extended the pattern as it looked too short for me on the pattern front, I’m not very keen on a short dress. I had been quite generous though so I used an inch to hem it.

Alongside this I also made a little cardigan and scratch mitts. Baby clothes are so great for fabric scraps.

I’m not sure about the dress, I think it is as I feared and doesn’t have enough shape at the waist for me. It’s seems to swamp my shape. I also feel it’s a bit too big. If I was to make it again, I’d downsize it. I seemed to have saved it with a contrast pink belt though! There’s no way I would wear it without a belt but I quite like the full skirt it gives.

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DSC_2458-01.jpegDSC_2463-01.jpegDSC_2461-01.jpegDSC_2462-01.jpegDSC_2468-01.jpegDSC_2459-01.jpegI was gutted to find that the fabric had a pinking shear cut in it when I tried it on. I don’t know where it came from. I had already made the dress at this point so I just sewed it closed. I hope it’s not visible and if you can see it, please don’t tell me because I couldn’t stand to know!!!

Mia Set

I’ve been making attempts to get through my to-do box before getting distracted by some of the lovely fabrics you may have seen in my last post.

The Mia set which came with Simply Sewing Magazine last July, tempted me straight away and I used this unusual fabric I got for a bargain on eBay. I thought it would look really cool as it’s quite a wacky fabric but the pattern is quite simple apart from the sleeves. I have shown this over on Youtube already but I wanted to give a few more details.

I cut it out straight away. Due to fabric restrictions, I only cut one of the two optional sleeve pieces which make the fluted look at the ends. Then… I got distracted and it sat in my to do box until I have been off over Christmas! I felt it was about time I showed it some love!

So, out it came! It’s a really quick sew so it was a travesty that it remained untouched for so long but at least it meant that I could use my overlocker so the whole thing looks so much more professional. I was able to overlock the curved edge of the sleeve and fold it over to hem it, it’s such an easy way to hem curves. It has a simple shape like a shift dress, with darts from the arm hole to the bust and that’s it. I would definitely give the dress version a go at some point.

The sleeve options are either, one big circular sleeve or two flutes which are smaller. I only used one of the smaller pieces as I thought two might be a little much in this fabric.

The set comes with no fastenings but with the option for a small opening the back, I chose to ignore this and cut the back piece on the fold. Similarly, I ignored the facings (as I usually do) and used bias binding. I cut the fabric to use the border along the bottom so all that was left was to use the lines in the border print to do a quick hem and I’ve got a simple top with fluted sleeves, which I love! Other than the border print, I have kept the pattern placement random as I think with a fabric like this you just need to just go with the flow.

I wore this over Christmas and on a day out to Carlisle with my husband. He, as always, completed his marital duties on being my photographer in chief. I am a little travel creased though, I’m afraid!

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Taylor Trench Coat

Hi everyone, 

Sorry I have been a bit M.I.A. I replaced my last blog post with a vlog and didn’t manage to get one together for last week – plus most of my makes are christmas related at the minute so I can’t share! I definitely will afterwards. Anyway, I finally blogged my Cleo on Friday and thought I’d throw in an extra post as an apology and it’s a good one because… 

I made a coat!!

This, my friends, is the BEST thing I have ever made!

It is a very classic trench coat pattern which has literally just been released by Rebecca Page so I chose an ex-Burberry waterproof coat material in an Aubergine colour with a pink and blue floral lining both from The Fabric Man on ebay.  I’ve always wanted a coat with a funky lining so I was pleased with this find. It uses quite a lot of fabric but I don’t mind because it’s the kind of garment that will stand the test of time. I wanted the lining I chose to be a little bit stable so it wasn’t too fiddly so I went with a thicker viscose. I also utilised vast amounts of spray starch which helped hugely and is my new best friend!

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I made this as part of a being a brand ambassador and it came at just the right time as I was ready for a project that would stretch my wings a little… and have they been stretched! Sadly, I have had to step back from working with Rebecca because I can’t keep up with work, uni deadlines and my sewing so I won’t be making anything else prerelease just now.

 😦

Anyway … The Coat. It comes with lots of different options, such as front and back yokes, welt or patch pockets, sleeve tabs and a hood.

I chose to do pretty much every option but the hood (as I didn’t have enough fabric). I knew I was making it challenging for myself but I wanted to embrace the challenge and do as much of it as I could. So, my version has:

Front and Back Yokes

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Welt Pockets (My first welt pockets!) I attached one upside down and all the unpicking meant it went back in a little messier than I would have liked but I’m pleased just the same!

Shoulder and Sleeve Tabs

Vents – some sewists chose to omit this and just joined the pieces in a straight line.

I think all of these elements add together to make a real classic trench look. I really enjoyed doing all the individual parts as it meant it was a absorbing make which I could really take my time with.

One of the reasons I knew I would be able to take this challenge is because the Rebecca Page patterns are always so detailed. They talk you through every little step and I would recommend them to newbies in a heartbeat (though maybe not the coat!)

I really enjoyed the process of making this, I did every little step with precision and really took my time to get it right. I was super fussy and unpicked parts that I wouldn’t usually, such as small bits of top-stitching I wasn’t happy with or slight ruffles.

I’ve learnt so many new skills through doing it. I’ve never done welt pockets before or tailored sleeves (which were super tricky!) The trickiest part was the lining though. I have never lined anything and although I feel it is ever so slightly lumpier than I would like, I’m really pleased with myself.

I followed all the markings for the buttons, exactly but I still feel it is a bit off centre (it uses a shed load of buttons by the way- I’ve never spent so much on buttons!) I think I will just do one row next time!

What do you think?

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When your mum thinks it’s hilarious to photobomb you…

Call me crazy but I have also bought some yellow waterproof fabric and I intend to make a short version with a hood too. though that will definitely be on hold until after the uni deadlines!

Look out for lots of Christmas makes posts over the festive period, I’ll be so glad to finally share!! 

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.

Sewing the Scene

Just when I was in a post Indie Pattern Month dip, in which I won amazing prizes for my dress and my wanted Tee and Culottes combination, I noticed the #sewingthescene challenge which Jo at The Unfinished Seamstress has organised. I talked about all the challenges in my last vlog post

The idea behind the challenge is that you copy an outfit to be worn every day (not a costume) based on an outfit you have seen in a film or TV programme. There are prizes in three categories.

I have found this ridiculously inspiring. I’ve been scouring the Internet and pinterest (see my film outfit inspiration board here if you’re interested). My original thoughts were from the following:

But in my searching I got over these ideas a little bit and was lusting over the amazing outfits that Louisa wears in Me Before You.

I’m sure lots of people are using this character as inspiration but I couldn’t resist! I decided on this deceptively simple blouse and skirt combination. I’m quite keen to hone my shirt making skills so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity. Plus, it’s practical, I could easily wear both items separately and without the tights of course! I’m also obviously hoping that I will look like her when I’m done…

 I had a rummage through my pattern stash for something which would fit the bill for the blouse and found Simplicity 6232 which I had used to make my brother a shirt last Christmas  so I had never used the female version. I cut it out and used a white cotton from my stash (this challenge was getting better and better – I hadn’t spent anything at this point!)

I tried really hard to be super precise in my cutting and as I was constructing it, everything came together really easily. I find with some garments, I don’t have to follow the instructions too much now, but I followed this to the letter and it seemed to pay off, I’ve got neat plackets and cuffs anyway (sewing win!)

Trying to stay true to Louisa’s outfit I went against my inner embellisher and kept it plain white, but I couldn’t resist throwing in a contrast yoke! I used this lovely bird print which was in my stash, which reminds me of a China cup.

Anyway, the shirt doesn’t have any buttons showing along the placket and I wasn’t sure how I could replicate this so I got out my trusty popper gadget and I inserted poppers along the inside of the placket before I attached it so that they couldn’t be seen on the outside. Then, once I had finished the shirt I inserted the poppers for the other side.

I’m going to try this blouse again with some funky iron-on embellishments like this shirt I saw somewhere online on a website called Shein…. So cheap I don’t trust it but still a good shirt! 

For the skirt – I looked around to try and source a fabric for the skirt which would lend itself to big deep pleats, like in the picture. I couldn’t find anything which stood out so I reverted to an indigo cotton. I self-drafted a skirt and used lots of fabric to insert big box pleats. The fabric isn’t the same blue as in the picture sadly but I like it.

All that was left to do was dig out my black and yellow tights and I had my Sewing the Scene outfit.

Trying to get yellow tights shot!

Are you planning on joining this challenge? Even if you aren’t, I definitely recommend using film and TV wardrobes for inspiration. There’s  so much out there! Thanks so much to Jo for organising!

Varda Top

The Christine Haynes Varda dress/top pattern had me persuaded to buy it because it has some magnificent pictures of the different versions people have made. I saw them on instagram and I was hooked. I already have the Ultimate Shift Dress pattern and use it regularly as you will see here and here but they had a sale and I had to have it.

I mentioned on my first vlog that I intended to make it as a top with this lovely light blue linen that the lovely Simona over at Adventures in the Attick sent me. It was probably about a metre and I knew I wouldn’t get the sleeves out of it so I used the cap sleeve pattern which come with the Ultimate Shift Dress and made them instead.

It’s another super reliable and quick pattern. It has more shape the the Sew Over It pattern as it has really deep side darts and darts in the back so I think the Varda could quickly replace it as a go to shift pattern. I sometimes feel I needed a bit more shape with it and often found I wore belts with the dress so I think this will offer more shape for me.

I got the the zip insertion and decided to use a patterned Zip (I don’t know the of official name of it!)  on impulse which is exposed. I love the effect this has on an otherwise simple shift top (I think I have issues keeping the things I make plain!)

I’m really happy with it, especially the sleeves which end up lined so it has a really nice finish. I followed the same steps as with the Rebecca Page Riviera Blouse which I have made twice and used a bias binding to encase the raw edge and give a neat finish, which is pretty hard to photograph! 

I wore it with RTW white jeans from Marks and Spencers and a statement necklace. I felt like it gave me a really relaxed and chilled look. You will note I have still not got my act together and made my own trousers or jeans yet! 


 


I will definitely use this pattern again and intend the make the dress version next, maybe in black as I think that would make a great wardrobe staple.

Me Made Northumberland- The Summer Edition. 

It’s no surprise to anyone, I’m sure, that Kyle and I have spent our summer holidays up in the lovely Northumberland. It is our favourite place in the world. As always, I’ve tried to make as much as my wardrobe as I can, sticking to some more casual pieces this time. I had 2 weeks of the Summer holiday before we went so I managed to get some good sewing in, so many of my garments will be as yet unblogged. Anyway, I still wanted to share my makes Me Made May style.

Day One: we were mostly travelling and settling in so I wore my super comfy Moneta Hack top and some RTW leggings and a Hoodie. I love this fabric from Girl Charlee, it’s so comfy. I got it in the Sew Up North swap. We did arrive early so I managed to get some time in on the beach with my crochet project, Virus Shawl, which I will blog once it’s finished.

Day Two: We had to perfect Sunday chill day, with a lazy breakfast, a walk around the village of Belford and hanging round on the roof terrace. This called for my chilled Linen Tunic, blogged here. It’s an old pattern called Sew Girl and for what I can gather it was free with a magazine about 3 years ago. I got in the swap at Leeds. The fabric was from John Lewis in the sale on the same day.

Day three: I wore my most recent Moneta in the amazing paisley jersey I got from EBay. One of my most favourite Monetas yet. I love it. I wore it to Beadnell Beach where we say watching the fishermen come in on the harbour. Perfect.

Day four: I wore my recent Florence Dress by Sew Over it,  which is super comfy and relaxed for a drive in land and a very impromptu trip to the pub, where to locals were having a jamming session. The dress is made using this super light Mermaid fabric from EBay and was a sewalong in Simply Sewing Magazine.  

Day five: we spent a relaxed day at the beach and in true Northumberland summer style, I needed both a hat and my sunglasses! My outfit was a RTW light jumper and jeans combo but I did wear a handmade hat! This hat was made for me by the lovely Lhizz who I did my handmade dress swap with. In our communication with each other I told her I had started crochet and so alongside my Dress I got this lovely hat, which I knew would be perfect for the beach!

Day six : was a beautiful day and we had a travel to Ford and Etal where I wore my first and favourite Galaxy Moneta.  It’s a great throw on dress!

Day Seven: I wore my Rebecca Page Arabella Skirt which is her newest pattern. I made this as a brand ambassador. It has just been released and it’s a super easy make so check it out. I love this retro tape fabric, it has just the right flow for a dress with this much gathering. I feel really feminine in it and it’s super comfy for relaxing with my book!

Day Eight: We had a walk to Saint Cuthbert’s Cave, which was super cool. I wore a Peach Skin Sorbetto with fabric from Abakhan, which I never bothered blogging and a RTW jumper and jeans. It’s quickly becoming apparent that the only solely RTW things I have in my wardrobe are jeans and jumpers, I have to sort this out as winter approaches.

We went to the pub later that evening where I wore my Velo Culottes again with a RTW chambray Tee. I didn’t manage to get a picture though because all the family were with us by this point.

Day Nine: I wore my Newest Moneta again today to go and see the Handlebards, who are a cycling touring theatre company who perform Shakespeare. They did Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bamburgh Castle and it was such an amazing night! The sunset was to die for!

Day Ten: we had a trip to the Milk Bar at Wooler for Milkshakes and Sundaes, I actually wore RTW with a denim style Tee and some harem style trousers and then very quickly realised why I make my own clothes… Look the this horrendous pattern matching on the crotch!

I also went to The Village Tea Rooms and Emporium and bought some more lovely fabric to make these amazing cushions for our new sofa.

Day Eleven: I wore another Moneta I threw together before we came away, which has glasses all over it so it is very me.

Day Twelve: My mum and I went to Edinburgh for the day and I wore my Sew Girl Tunic which was perfectly practical for a touristy day. We had an amazing time; the fringe was on so we saw lots of things going on and the city was just vibrant! Here I am outside Edinburgh Fabrics with my trusty raincoat!!

Telling you about everything we did could be a post in itself but the highlights were, looking around the fashion section of The Scottish Museum.

And finding The Elephant House Cafe where J.K Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter.

Day Thirteen: was a beautiful day and Kyle and I went for breakfast before we all visited Beadnell Beach. I wore my Hacked Orla, which I will blog soon, especially as it isn’t much like an Orla like at all any more! The fabric is another I got in the Sew Up North swap.

Day Fourteen: finally, I wore my Bird Tee which is Mccalls M6927. A really practical make for another day on the beach.

I hope you haven’t found the post too long, I find it a really useful way to round up what I have made and assess my wardrobe; I quite clearly need hand made jeans and jumpers in my life! Let me know to you think and it you follow me on instagram you’ll see more daily pictures anyway.

Arabella Skirt

Hi again everyone, 

This is my second make as part of being Rebecca Page Ambassador. We are only asked to make one a month but this Skirt looked too good to miss out on. 

The skirt is the Arabella and it comes with a pattern for the child’s sizes and a pocket template and instructions for the adult sizes. 

This was perfect for me because I like to draft my own skirts anyway so the instructions were perfect and it meant no printing, cutting and sticking. I just brought them up on screen. 

I used this AMAZING crepe from Flamingo Fabrics, who I’m slightly addicted too at the minute. It has tapes on it! It’s so funky and bright and I love it. The skirt asks for a drape so this was ideal. I bought 2 Metres and it was just enough. 

What was great about cutting the pattern pieces is that they were all square so it was a real no waste sew, I literally had a 8 cm square left at the end. Perfect. I didn’t manage to have enough to make the pockets, as the skirt is quite gathered it needs quite a lot of fabric. 

I always worry about cutting rectangles and squares in case it goes wonky but the tapes on the fabric were a God send here as it meant I could follow the line in their design. 

Anyway, the construction was really easy and quick, I French seamed everything and made the ties. The only thing I did differently was to hem the bottom of the skirt first. Probably, a bit controversial I know but they were perfectly square and hemming is my least favourite thing. I though it would 1. be easier to sew whilst the fabric wasn’t gathered and 2. save me dreading the job at the end of the Sew!

The skirt is really really full and I was worried it might add bulk to my frame but it’s great. The fabric is really light and flowing, which means it just skims over me. I love the length of it too. I’m glad I didn’t go with a maxi because I know I would get the same wear out of it. 

Next month’s pattern is super exciting! In the meantime, here’s the pictures. I wore it with my refashioned wanted Tee and a navy body. Not sure why I look vaguely annoyed! 

Firm Favourite to Fix a Fail 

I know, I know another Moneta but I was in serious need of a pick-me-up! I tried and MASSIVELY failed to sew a Mimi Blouse from Tilly’s Love at First Stitch and it was a nightmare. I had this beautiful Spanish looking fabric in orange and pictured a lovely, bright blouse but it wasn’t to be. The yoke is too high up. I added piping as she suggests in the book but it made it stiff and awkward, the sleeves were too small and the top it off, the actual blouse was too, even though lots of people warned it would have a lot of ease. To make matters worse, it was supposed to be my last make before my holidays and 2 weeks away from my machine so I felt really unsatisfied. 

All good intentions doomed. 😦

And so my friends, I was consoled… By this amazing fabric and the super quick Moneta

It really was super quick. Literally the night before we went on our holidays, knowing I would be without machine and determined to leave on a high, I grabbed this jersey recently added to my stash, the trusty Moneta pattern and cut! 

I sewed it together with the speed of a mad woman and had the whole dress complete, including the consideration of the pattern placement, in an hour. 

I made the following changes; I lengthened the skirt to mid calf, like my Galaxy one. I was hoping for a maxi hack but I didn’t have enough fabric. I wanted to include the amazing colours at the bottom of the fabric in the skirt and I think calf length suits this dress. I lowered the back slightly. I also discounted the pockets (no time for that). 

That’s it! The moneta has been so crucial in getting over my fear of sewing with jersey- I only wish I would now step away from the Moneta and try some new Jersey patterns as was intended for this fabric!!! 

I wore this on my holiday on a trip to Beadnell Bay where we watched the fishing boats come in and took in the views. A perfect dress for that I think! 

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Sewstainability

A journey towards sustainable sewing

jess sews clothes

blogging my homemade wardrobe

Merrymaking Sewing

Adventures in learning to sew

Notes from the Sewing Room

Projects and thoughts from a little dining room in England

Petite Republic

five feet and under

craftandothercrazyplans

Trial and error-the best way to learn

The Zipper Foot

A beginners sewing journey, learning all the time along the way. Hoping to process into more complex patterns as time goes on.

Coastal Crochet

All things crochet inspired by coastal living...

Naomi Sews

All things sewing with Naomi

Adventures in unpicking with sewmyown

Developing my skills as a novice sewist and exploring my Dalek obsession

Redhead Thread

Adventures in sewing

Jolirose

Sharing my love of all things French and my obsessions with sewing and knitting

Sewistella

Sewing, Seaside living

the curious kiwi

Happily immersed in sewing nerdyness…

Sew Pretty in Pink

Andie's sewing & crafting adventures in Toronto, Canada

That's Sew Peachy

A little sewing blog by a little sewer...

Sewcialists

A Sewing Blog for Everyone

Sew in the Garden

When life gives you melons do an FBA.

Sew sleep deprived

Lesley blogging about her sewing projects

Emma and her Machine

Adventures in Sewing

The Renegade Seamstress

Refashions Beyond My Wildest Seams

Flowercat Designs

Sewing. Flowers. Cat.

Sewing instead

I would rather be...

Fox Hollies

Never underestimate the power of a woman with a sewing machine

Charlotte Sjöstrand

mes créations en français et en anglais- My creations in english and french

SewAndrew

here’s what I’m sewing...

Pocket for sweets

Musings on dressmaking

Wendy Ward

designer | writer | teacher | maker

not sew simple

one stitch at a time

swarm of chickadees

a sewing blog with a nonsense title

Zoe Sews

A blog about my sewing adventures

all my own work by ann

Sewing and textiles with Ann

Fa Sew La

My adventures in sewing a handmade wardrobe.

Doctor T Designs

Clothing, Costumes, and Crafts

craftysarahsews

Selfish sewing and creative adventures in Leicester

applebymakes

Stuff that our family has made

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