Debbie’s handmade wardrobe series – March update

How is everyone doing? What a strange month it has been! I never ever thought we would be in this situation. The upside is I’ve had more time for sewing and it really is helping to give my days purpose…think my make 9 will be more like a make 30 at this rate! 

I feel very lucky to have a hobby which gives me so much joy and distracts me from reality for a few hours a day and it’s making me want to try some new crafts while we have this time in self isolation. On my list is knitting, crochet and Macrame! Sammy has just uploaded some gorgeous macrame cord to the shop so once I’ve decided what colours I want I’m going to buy some and give it a go. There are loads of instructional videos on You Tube and also one on the blog here.

Anyway, I thought I’d give you an update on where I am with my handmade wardrobe so far…

I’m making myself a summer dress with the McCall’s M7950 (view C) With this lovely plaid cotton

I’ve made the bodice and have started on the patch pockets. I’m a little worried that the straps are too long so I might need to adjust them and shorten them, but it’s a fully lined bodice so I’m not quite ready to unpick it all just yet! I’m sort of whishing I’d made view D now which are simple tie straps which you can adjust yourself…next time!

I’m hoping this dress will look good with a t-shirt or long sleeve top underneath so I can get some wear out of it in the colder months too!

I’ve also made a True Bias Shelby dress which I’m really really pleased with. It’s a princess seam playsuit/dress. I made View C which is the playsuit version and it’s going to be super handy in the summer at saving my modesty when I’m riding my bike!

I love a polka dot so this Georgette fabric would work beautifully.

I couldn’t help but give it a real 90’s twist and add these adorable daisy buttons! At only £2 for a set of 5, you can’t go wrong! I wore this last night on ‘Date night’ (in the house with my husband and a bottle of red wine!) and I felt so comfy but also like I’d made an effort so I would highly recommend this pattern and i’ll be making a few more!

I also made the Fennel Fanny pack with the Flower Market Fabric from A Beautiful Mess

I’ll go into more detail in my dedicated post about this but I found it a really fiddly make and made a few mistakes with this one! It hasn’t put me off making more though, I think maybe I rushed it a little so next time I’ll take it slower, sometimes you just have days where everything goes wrong!! I love the result though, it’s the cutest little bum bag and wll be great on dog walks to store a few treats and poo bags! Who else has made this project?

That’s it for now! What are you sewing at the moment? Are you finding time to sew? 

Stay safe everyone and sending lots of love to you all. I love this fabulous sewing community and it’s really keeping me going at the moment.

The dogs are enjoyng the sunshine which is a bonus too!

Debbie x

Sally @theyorkshiresewist and her Nautical dream dress!

A Nautical Dream

Geez, what a crazy couple of months… Had a stint of nearly 2 weeks in the hospital to an un-confirmed IBD which I’m back and forth to Hospital and GP but fingers crossed I’ll get there in the end eh?!

Thankfully in between, I had some energy to concrete on a bit of selfish sewing which of course involves a twirly dress!!

Since it was International Women’s Day on 8th March, Lisa from Sew Over It has kindly given the pdf pattern for free and of course, the Yorkshire lass in me couldn’t say no a freebie!

With this pattern having a full circle skirt and plus couldn’t be bothered with taping copious amounts of A4 paper together I sent my copy shop version to a local company to print.

Now when Sammy asked the Team of what materials we wanted to use… Now that’s where the hard part began as there is so much choice and they are all so pretty!

So after much consideration, I decided to go with The Robert Kaufman Anchor Print Chambray as I am quite a fan of nautical and you can’t go wrong with the quality of this fabric either.

I tried to get the thread to match the best I could and of course, I don’t do the ordinary and went for a lighter colour zip.

Just how cute does your bundle of goodies arrive too, I love little attention to details like this!

So before I cut out my pattern pieces, I checked my measurements and I fell in-between the 14 and 16. So I started at size 14 for shoulders and bust and graded to the 16 for the waist and hips.

Rather than cutting into the good stuff straight away, I made a toile of the bodice out of an old bedsheet and with disbelief it was a perfect fit, no alterations needed!!

With the sun shining, I brought my sewing supplies to the garden and cut out my pattern pieces, nothing better than sunshine and sewing!

Don’t know about you guys but sometimes I just can’t get a straight line for my darts so I still now even mark my dart placements using Tailor’s Chalk.

As always, since I am vertically challenged (aka short!) I had to shorten my zip. So I measured down from the top towards the bottom to my preferred length which is 16”. I then marked the spot with a pin as this is where the new bottom stopper will be.

I then heated up a metal knife on my Gas hob and then carefully placed the knife onto the plastic teeth to melt it.

Then I trimmed off the excess zip and there we go a zip that fits me!

Also whilst I was altering my zip, to help with the install of the invisible zip, later on, I gently ease the teeth with my iron (on low Setting as we don’t want to melt it!) to be more accessible and to get a closer stitch line the first time.

This dress was sewn up in no time at all, as always I finished my seams before I started to sew just to speed up the process and plus saves bringing one machine up at a time. To remember where my notches were, I just placed a pin for reference.

As always I have my Man Mog at hand as my Sewing Assistant!

As I’ve previously made the Silk Cami and the way you sew the straps together is great and is visually pleasing.

So the long part was letting the dress hang to make sure the circle skirt dropped and there was no uneven hem. Also, where did I think it was a good idea to double hem a full circle skirt?! It took absolutely ages! It does look good though!

Then I slipped stitch the shoulder straps, so a bit of hand sewing thrown in too!

Here’s a view of it before putting on.

So here you folks my swishy nautical dress whilst I was at Teesidecreatives, a very nice Sewing weekend break with fellow teamie Carol, her daughter Vicky and Becca.

Sally