Dress

Birdy Flora

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I made a dress 😀

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AND it has pockets !!!

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AND the fabric is super pretty !!!

My mummy actually brought it back from America for my birthday last year because she is AMAZING ! Thanks mummy 😀

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So this is the By Hand London Flora Dress with the faux wrap bodice.

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I redrafted the skirt pieces of it though. Made it into a half circle skirt which we had full on trouble with haha. Basically, I wanted to cut the skirt in 3rds so that I can put inseam pockets in and not have them right on the side seams because it doesn’t quite feel that natural. So the skirt seams are about an inch in from the side seams.

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The issue that we had (my flatmate Juliet was helping me draft one) was that we were trying to calculate the thirds using full circle skirt calculations instead of half circle skirt calculations. Ridiculous, but we got there in the end with my sisters help haha.

I used the Burda Style tutorial for the inseam pockets, but I can’t believe how easy they are to do, it was amazing. I must do this with ALL of the dresses.

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I also had troubles with the bust darts, they were in really weird positions for me so I moved the side dart down by about 1cm and the bottom dart across a bit (can’t remember how much). I crossed the front pieces over by quite a lot though because I didn’t want any boob gapage going on there, so I probably shouldn’t have moved the bottom darts but they still seem to work so it’s all goods !

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Of course, I still had gapage so had to tack it (just below the necklace) so it wouldn’t gape and I can wear it to work!

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I can’t remember what size I made because I’m a bad person. But I had to take it in this much from the top of the zip downwards. It was VERY gapey at the top, made me sad yo!

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Then I put a hook n eye at the top of the zip to make it look professional like and things 😛

The zip isn’t quite invisible, I found my needle isn’t positioned in quite the centre cause my machine desperately needs a service

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I made a pretty pretty label to go with it to. You can see where it was originally but I had to move it cause my zip took it in heaps haha! Also, sorry about the blurry photo, my awesome flatmate Andre took the pictures for me using his fancy pants camera and this particular one was taken with my phone 😛

hemming

OMG this is another cool trick I learned from somewhere online. Though I have no idea where I found it…

With full skirts it’s hard to get it to sit nicely around the curve, so you put in a line of gathering stitches in then it’s so much easily and quicker to iron it down and hem it.

Though when I went to do that, Lola decided she needed some more love. Oh good.

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Alice in Reglisse

So this Halloween my man and I decided to go as Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter. What better dress to make than the Deer and Doe Reglisse?!

eeeeeeeeeee it’s SO cute right?!

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I didn’t want a plain blue dress and I found this gingham at the Fabric-a-Brac a couple of weeks ago in Wellington – total WIN!

Oh, and of course the pale blue contrast cause pure gingham was gonna be WAAAY too much.

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I may have also not finished the hem (pictures were taken on 31st October) and wore it to the party like this. Dress is currently still not finished.

I also have trouble with the elastic twisting and folding inside the waistband. Usually when I use elastic I make a line of stay-stitching type stuff (I don’t know what this is called..) down the length of the elastic (stretched out obviously) so that it doesn’t twist but I got lazy, SO LAZY!

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Did I mention that this amazing dress has a neck tie?! So good!

Neck tie, cap sleeves and elastic waistband, can’t go wrong right?

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I made size 42 and it fits really well. Could have possibly used less elastic but my shoulders are SO much wider than my waist that I wouldn’t have been able to get it past them – awkward.

Also have some sun spots on these photos – my bad. It was a really sunny day.

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Full circle skirt – look at all the fabric! I added some to the bottom to balance out the top and cause it would have uber short.. Starting to get a little self-conscience about the short skirts especially at work.. hmm old age perhaps?

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All of the blue.

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To make it more Alice in Wonderland like I made a matching apron with little pockets, awwwwmygawwwd pockets, BOOM!

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I didn’t have any bias binding and could not be bothered to make any (also don’t have a little gadgety thing). So the neckline has just been overlocked and pressed flat. A lot. It did not want to stay flat. Bias binding would have been good.

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The gingham was SO see-through that I had to line it with something, luckily I was cutting the fabric out at my sister’s place who had some yellow poplin I could use, THANKS SIS!

It makes it look so cute!

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I love this dress, it is so awesomely cute.. however not my usual style so I don’t actually know if I will wear it again but it is super comfy so will definitely be making this pattern up again.

Teeheehee there’s a little shop toy of my nephew’s in the corner of the photo.

OAL Outfit Along

Hi hi !

A couple of months ago my sis decided it would be a good idea to join in the OAL outfit along with Andi Satterlund from Untangling Knots and Lauren from Lladybird. Oh my gosh, it totally was a good idea. I KNITTED A THING!

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Kat also knitted a thing. Together we knitted the same thing. Win.

We used the same wool – Crucci Landscapes – but different colours – mine is the Forest and Kat’s is the Lava.

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The outfit along consisted of a cardigan and a dress. I decided to go with the chosen Myrna by Andi Satterlund for the cardigan.

For the dress I chose the Alameda Dress by Pauline Alice. This is the pattern that I won from my Circley Tiramisu Dress in Indie Pattern Month “New To Me” challenge. Thanks again to everyone who voted for me, I absolutely LOVE this pattern.

The Myrna knitted up quite quickly considering this is my first knitting project. The other knitting projects I have done were scarfs when I was a kid that I never completed and.. I didn’t actually start them either, that was mummys job, you’re amazing mummy!

I found the pattern very straight forward to follow and the only thing that really confused me were the short rows – I think I did my left side 4 times and then realised I was following the instructions for the right side.. awkward.

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The keyhole in the centre back looks AWFUL until you touch it up and then it looks really good, I am so pleased with it!

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Since my waist seems to be quite high – as in, I usually take everything up by about an inch to make it fit properly – the cardigan sits a little bit too low and wrinkles. Good to know for next time so I can try to take it up a little bit? HA that’s if I can figure out how to do that.

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The buttons I found in my stash and were cheap ones from Spotlight back in the day. My flatmates helped me choose them and I am happy with the result, well done flatties!

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Neckline detail – it looks pretty good I reckon!

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Sleeve, which unfortunately does not sit properly at the underarm across to my boob – lame! Maybe I actually needed to put more stitches in here since I now have total guns from the gym. W00t gym, guns not so much.

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EEEEE dress – look at the flounce at the bottom, beautiful! On a side note – not sure what face I’m pulling there.

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The Alameda Dress by Pauline Alice is lovely. It has piping down the princess seams, a flounce along the bottom, an invisible zip up the back and is fully lined.

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I haven’t made up a Pauline Alice pattern before and the instructions were lovely to follow!

I also used the pocket pieces from the skirt on view B (view B is a skirt with flounce and invisible zip and pockets and a crop top).

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Excuse the bra straps!

I used a quilting fabric that I got at Made on Marion about a month ago when I got 3 fillings at the dentist. Poor Maryanne, she had to talk to me when I couldn’t make my mouth move properly cause the numbing stuff. Bahahahah must’ve been quite hard to not laugh at me I reckon.

The lining I found in my stash – last piece, just enough! Awesome, cause I totally forgot to buy some for this.

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The piping I made myself by using the instructions from my Birdy Bluet post, which need a bit of touching up, so I might put it into a tutorial post of its own, easy to find for next time!

I used a dark chocolate-brown poplin from my sisters stash – thanks sis!

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So the dress is fully lined, as in the only ONLY seam that isn’t enclosed is the CB on the flounce since the flounce isn’t lined.

The pattern says to hand stitch the lining around the zip and around the bottom. Umm.. that is definitely not a thing that I do, not anymore anyway, I HATE HAND STITCHING!!

Right, so.. I used my zipper foot to attach lining to zip down to the bottom of the lining with a bit left unstitched so I could fold it under.

I then folded it under and top stitched it around the bottom – fully encased, no hand stitching, total win!

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There is a bit of gaping around the armholes, but it’s because I was making this in winter, in my cold cold room and did not want to try it on during the process. Also, I don’t make muslins cause lazy.

I can deal with a bit of gaping since the rest of the dress looks damn good!

I took in the centre back seam by about 1cm on each side since it was a bit big and perfect! Love it! Favourite make so far!

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eeeeeeeee pretty waterfall pic, enjoy!

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Purple Lady Skater

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Hi everyone! Lovely to see you again!

So I’ve had a couple of busy/doing-things-other-than-blogging weeks. It’s been fun! But I realise that I need to give you guys some attention. My plan is to try to enter all the Indie Pattern Competitions on The Monthly Stitch. So, I might not have a social life for the next month, but this is fine, I can handle that.

Ugh and then I was out for a week and a half healing after having my bottom wisdom teeth out. Where I was in agony (probably not but I’m a wimp so I felt like I was dieing) I managed to finish a crochet scarf and a crochet blanket, both of which haven’t been blogged.

I also managed to trace up several more patterns to try out and this was one of them! Basically this is my lack of wisdom teeth dress. The overcoming of becoming less wise. *sigh*

BUT I LOVE THIS DRESS!!!

The Lady Skater by Kitschy Coo dress is amazing. So EASY to make up and a beautiful fit.

I made the size 5 with short sleeves.

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The waistline curves down a bit at the front which I’m not entirely sure I like, but it does actually look quite good in this photo and strangely enough, side on it looks straight.

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This dress is made up in a light weight cotton knit. A beautiful purple that my sis lent me (thanks sis !!) and it’s so comfy and soft. I want to wear it all the time. This is also the length of the pattern so if you don’t like short then I advise to add more length to it!

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I raised the waist by about an inch and took it in at the waist about a half inch each side and now it’s quite sturdy around my midriff which means that it won’t flap around too much when I’m skating (HA! When I learn to do that).

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Something Like this right?

SKATING

And then maybe some falling over cause I’m so uncoordinated?

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But, I’m still happy as.

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Geez, I’ve wanted to skate for AGES but I keep holding myself back for various reasons. My bro in law even made a skateboard perfect for me to learn on and I got on it once. ONCE !

Now since I’ve moved up here all I want to do is sew. And crochet. And knit (I just started a cardigan, my first knitting project since I was a kid and I have done it all by myself, so far).

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Mostly I am just rambling because I have so many pictures and not enough to say about this garment. If you have made it this far then well done, I am impressed, hopefully you’re finding this somewhat interesting..?

IF NOT, let’s talk about the dress more.

I love it.

I want more.

I will make more.

Purple is cool.

It’s so comfy.

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Oh and I also Top stitched the sleeves and neckband as per instructions. I used my stitch in the ditch foot cause really, that’s the most awesome foot for this and tbh, probably my most favourite foot.

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AWWW and I nearly forgot! I used my twin needle – my new shiny stretch twin needle – to hem the skirt and look how pretty that turned out!

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This dress was all sewn on the overlocker/serger apart from the top stitching and hem/twin needle stitching which was done on my pretty Bernina sewing machine.

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A back view since I was missing one of those. Nice and simple and just the right amount of fabric in the skirt to fall so pretty!

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Not sure what I’m doing here.. Still on the pain meds/antibiotics so maybe I saw some fairies? Or a floating whale?

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So there ya have it peeps. The Lady Skater. At the moment my favourite dress. But will it continue to be the fav as new ones come along, who knows?!

I Scream for Cherries

After watching my sisters blog grow so large with some amazing dresses that she had been making, I decided I wanted to make one, however whenever I made a anything with a bodice it never fit quite right so I when I came across the Amazing Fit Simplicity 1606 I had to try it!

Simplicity Amazing Fit

So I finally finished it. It went on the back burner for a while when I was sewing to raise moneys to move to Wellington and when I got around to finally doing some more on it, the zip broke, just as I finished it and went to put it on the first time. AARRRRGGGHHHHH!!!

It was in the naughty corner for a while again after that. However, when I got another zip I stuck in and got it finished and I love it to pieces!

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(The hem is actually straight, I promise, please don’t judge me)

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Aww, who’s that over there?!

It’s Aunty Jen in her brand spanking pretty new Cherry Dress!

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This dress is actually quite straight forward to make (until the alterations, then it can get fiddly!

The bodice has princess seams and the skirt is just a front and 2 back pieces.

do I look pregnant?

I didn’t get any pictures of the alterations because I actually did them all last year, however I’ll try to relate what I can remember happened!

I had a lot of gaping at the front princess Seam by the armhole. I fixed this by unpicking a couple inches and then redoing the seam by making it more rounded.

I had to unpick that part because there was more excess fabric on one side of the seam than the other to make it sit flat.

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I also graded it in more below the bust by rounding it in wards. A lot – it is a very close fit, maybe too close? My girls are quite defined, not sure if they need to be.

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Since I took the front princess seams in a bit near the armhole it made the armhole quite tight which I didn’t factor it. It’s not super tight, but just uncomfortable enough to annoy me.

The waist was also a bit low so I had to take it up, more so in the centre front area, by a cm or so (can’t really remember how much).

HELLO !

Of course some pictures got photo bombed since we had the little guy with us.

These photos were taken at the water tower above Newtown on such a beautiful day I’m surprised I didn’t turn into a lobster/tomato/something really red.

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The dress looks really short. From what I remember I used the length of the pattern but my fabric wasn’t quite wide enough so it had shortened sides on the bottom and I cut the hem up to there. Probably a mistake? But hey, gets me more enthused to gym it!

I scream

The necklace. Isn’t is awesome?! I got it from Fortune and Blame jewellery which Mel’s fashionable younger sister’s (FYS) owns and create things. This piece is created out of resin and yes, it does have real 100s and 1000s candy in it, so if I get caught out in that zombie Apocalypse I will have something to munch on when times get a bit too dire.

It’s called the I Scream.

I vote go have a look, she has some very VERY cool things.

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Look at my pretty new dress it’s amazing!

Yes, I may have said that last sentence is a VERY girly voice, enjoy.

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You can just see the little guy thinking:

“Dude… What ARE you doing???”

Suspicious much?