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Spring

It is definitely feeling like spring now, the sun has been shining and look at all the flowers that are out (ok the first one is a cut rose, but the rest are out in the garden I promise).

Nice to feel a bit of sun and warmth, but it does distract a bit from the sewing. Still have rather a lot to do on the dress I need ready for a wedding I am going to in a couple of weeks. And I have so many other plans… a black tulle skirt, some glow in the dark PJ bottoms, a scalloped dress, I have a lace black dress to finish to name but a few.

What you bought more fabric?

Yes, I may have ordered yet more fabric.

I have plans for a dress for a wedding that I am going to in a few weeks from this turquoise fabric, a scalloped dress in blue using the pattern I used for this dress and some pyjamas from the navy, I’m thinking glow in the dark stars (have ordered both some white fabric paint and glow in the dark fabric paint!!)

Peppermint Creams

Mum forgot to buy any after dinner mints, so requested that I make some and they came out pretty well, even if I do say so myself.

I made the recipe, then rolled it out and cut out heart shapes. They then went into the fridge and then later I dipped them in Dark chocolate.

If you want to give them a go, check out the recipe here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/peppermint_creams_00124

Mar 8

The Great Gatsby

Just watched the Great Gatsby, have been wanting to watch it for a while now after reading it last year.

Had a bit of a modern twist, but loved it :)

Mar 4

Pancake Day

Love pancake day, anyone who knows me will know this. Pancakes are like my favourite food and to be fair I don’t need pancake day as an excuse to eat them, but obviously I have to eat them on pancake day!!

English Pancakes... so so good!! Dad's the best cook :)

How do you eat them? I love the classic lemon and sugar, but I am also a bit partial to melted chocolate and ice cream!

Candy Dress

I saw this dress, someone’s version of the Candy dress on Burda, and had to make one.

It is yet another free pattern, I do like my freebies, otherwise the cost of patterns could soon add up.

You can get the pattern here.

I love the collar mainly and the way the back scoops down and that it was quite simple, no zip or anything.

This is the design of the front and back.

Candy_sundress_large

So my basic pattern was this, from plain black fabric, with an idea to print a design onto it.

So I got to work and printed the pattern, here it is on my living room floor.

Then got cutting out the pieces, only a front and two back pieces, nice and easy.

After looking at the pattern I decided not to make the collar out of lots of circles separately, but redesigned it, so that it was in just two pieces.

I then cut these out, so they were doubled up.

Now that make it all sound very nice and simple, but I somehow turned something that should (and actually is) nice and simple into something very complicated.

I ending up doing a lot of unpicking and fiddling. Mainly because I sewed things in a different order and changed the collar and sewed an all in one facing and then come a little unstuck. I know how I would do it differently next time, but that was little consolation when I felt like I was unpicking a stupid mistake for the hundredth time.

Anyway I have plans for another of these dresses, but with a twist and this time it should actually be simple!

Happy with how it came out though, despite not looking like it in this picture!!

Love the back.

Have put a little bow belt that I got for a bargain a while back, but have not yet worn. 

I had/ have plans to print a design on this, but after my Mum’s comment of ‘won’t it spoil it?’ I’m not so sure. I do quite like it and would it spoil it?? Now I don’t know.

I had made these designs with thoughts of birds, foxes or a heart print.

Hmmmm, what to do?! Any advice? I don’t want to ruin it, but also don’t want to hold back and not make it into the dress that I was hoping for and end up leaving it a little boring.

Grey Cap Sleeve Dress

I’ve seen a lot of cap sleeved dresses recently that I love and so decided to make a grey one.

This was my design:

I also decided to make my own pattern, so started off with my block pattern and started to make some changes. I started with the sleeves and then made a muslin from an old bed sheet. (Yes me, I made a muslin, but wasn’t sure how this was going to come out).

I cut out the pieces and made it up with an old zip to check fit.

As you can see I had to make a few adjustments, so after a few changes I got gong on the real fabric.

I used my newly made pattern and added a skirt part to it.

Once cut out I sewed it up and added a zip.

Then for the next fitting.

Still a few issues, sleeves needed changing a bit, they were a bit wide, and the skirt was a bit crazy at the sides.

It also needed a wash as the fabric was a bit starchy and this helped it look much better and a good iron helped too.

And this is how it turned out:

Green Shirt Dress

I knew I wanted a bottle green dress, but didn’t just want the same old thing, especially seeing as this was a plain fabric. So I browsed images of dresses that I have saved and searched the net for things that I liked.

I eventually come up with this design, I didn’t want a plain back and have recently seen some lovely dresses with bow backs and I have also seen some great shirt dresses, so combined the two.

I decided to have buttons all the way down the front, I had considered other options.

Then for a pattern, because I was doing a shirt dress I decided to reuse my JJ Shirt pattern from Burda that I used for a couple of shirts that I made, you can see one here.

The pattern is free, even better, and you can find it here.

I used this is combination with my block pattern, which you can see below.

Then after sewing it all together I started experimenting with the bow back detail.

This is the first bow that I tried, but it seemed much too small.

So after a bit of unstitching, I made a larger bow, which I was much happier with.

Then for the buttons, and there was a lot of them. I started off pinning where I wanted them to go.

Look at all those pins.

Then I selected buttons from my stash that I wanted to use. I could have bought all matching ones, but thought I’d go for a selection of different green ones.

I lined them up with how I wanted to put them on, then got sewing and sewing…

Then for all those buttonholes. Somehow in all these years I have been sewing I had not discovered this buttonhole foot for my sewing machine, it is amazing.

If you are not using it, then make sure you do. My buttonholes are now neat, perfectly aligned and all the exact same size, love it (and I didn’t even have to buy it, it was there all along in with my sewing machine equipment).

This is my finished dress.

and the back:

Honey and Oat rolls

I love the Honey rolls you get in subway, so decided to find a recipe with a honey topping. I made a white bread dough, made it into rolls, then made a topping using warmed honey, oil and oats.

They rose well and ended up rather large, but were yummy, like the sweetness of the honey. And made a good sandwich with lettuce, red pepper, chillies, cheese, ham, onions, chilli sauce and mayonnaise, was good :).

Great British Sewing Bee is back

The Great British Sewing Bee is back on 18th Feb.

Love that there is finally something sewing related on tele and a second series too.