My #smyly video is now up on my You Tube channel.
Not only is it about how the Lady Skater from @kitschycoo can make anyone feel fabulous its about how I empower eomen and enhance their confidence through my sewing classes.
Sewing makes me love mysrlf but it can also make YOU love yourself.
Have a watch link in my bio
Super excited to be apart of the #vlogger / #blogger team for the #dayandnightdresschallenge hosted by @elizabethmadethis ! Be sure to check out her profile/blog to learn more details. This is going to be awesome!!
This is a series of firsts: first #memade stripey tee; first time using a twin needles; first proper use of my new overlocker; first time pattern matching. And first time I've run out of fabric which explains why the sleeves are cut on the bias, it's the only way I could squeeze them out!
I actually kind of love it though and I need to get better at accepting mistakes so I'm gonna wear it a lot and be proud that I threaded my overlocker correctly on the first go.
This is the #mandyboattee made with super soft jersey...which I think was from @sewmesunshine.uk but I can't actually remember 🤷 Pattern matching knowledge gleamed from @tillybuttons (her blog is THE BEST for a novice like me)
I made a @brindilletwig pattern bodysuit this afternoon. Because we're having a small human at the end of May 😱🐒 It's a girl. But I love grey, and gold stags anyway. ✂️ This was my first time working with both jersey and fold-over elastic. Way too messy zig-zag stitching on the binding as I'm still learning how to control both materials 🙈 Does anyone in Singapore know where to get baby-sized ringer binding? (Or good online sellers?) Lye Nai Siong, Brighton, and Spotlight don't carry it. And fold-over elastic just doesn't look as comfortable.
I further modified the Miette dress draft to include a partial button placket, and a higher waistline. In a particularly thin woven Japanese cotton lawn, very "resort collection" 😝 (Does drafting the pattern to written instructions, modifying the sleeves, waist, and adding a placket finally count as making it "my" design? 🙄)
Not too shabby for the #firstdress I’ve ever sewn, eh! 👗Had a vision to incorporate a zipper and fully finished bindings...but ended up with raw edges, asymmetry, and a pocket. Naming this one the “perfect imperfect dress” 😏 #sackdress#whitsews
Need a dress in two days. Last minute sewing project. Why do I do this. Because it’s fun!!! And I love the pressure! I have been enjoying all of the diys of this dress on insta so I had to add my own! #loveachallenge#hopeihaveenoughfabric#deadline ✂️✂️✂️❤️🍷
I'm an ambassador for this fabulous new sewalong (running between now and 28th feb) called Sewing Makes You Love Yourself - hosted by @hattie_van_der_krohn @athinakakou and @lisakisch! I'm going to be focusing on how sewing has helped me to understand how my disabilities affect my body and given me a way to deal with that. If you would like to participate, all you have to do is sew a garment that makes you feel beautiful! What kind of garment that is, is totally up to you! On the other hand we would like to invite you to tell your own story on how sewing has changed your life and/or your body image.
Thought I might join in with #makenine2018 this year, it's going to be a bit tricky given that I will be very pregnant for the first 4 months of 2018 and then mummy to both a new born and a toddler for the rest but we'll see how it goes 🙈 mostly nice tops and a jacket to throw on with jeans and a maxi dress for summer @tillybuttons @sewoveritlondon @byhandlondon @namedclothing @closetcase.patterns @papercutpatterns
Received some beautiful @wearlemonade fabric for Christmas 🌸 Thinking of making a @seamworkmag Almada robe with it. I also got these cute little cake stitch markers and a cake needle minder from @chapelviewcrafts on Etsy 🍰 #seamworkalmada
I’ve made a new coat! This is the Shawl Collar Coat pattern from the @themakersatelier .The material is wool and cashmere, I made a leap of faith and ordered it from China via AliExpress. A leap that most definitely paid off and I’ll be doing again. Gold and burgundy paisley lining is from fancy silk.
Bought the pattern at the @thegbsblive , the first pattern I’ve bought from an independent pattern company. The pattern for the coat is unlined, but they did a blog post on their website showing how to line the coat. The pattern itself is great to sew up and the instructions and diagrams were clear and easy to follow. The blog post for the lining however is where I came unstuck. There were no diagrams detailing attaching the lining to the main body and as someone who is self taught and still learning, this where I became a bit unsure. So when it came to hemming the coat at the end I realised that I shouldn’t have attached the lining on all the way to the bottom of the coat. But as I’d already overlocked it I was unable to unpick it, so the corners are not quite how they should be. A more experienced dressmaker would have known not to do that without it being explicitly detailed in the instructions, I’ll just have to add it to the lessons I’m learning as I go.
On a whole I’m extremely happy with the finished coat. I really like the style and silhouette and the only alteration I made from my original mock up was to lengthen it. I can definitely see myself making this again in different fabrics.
The more I sew the more I’m learning I have to look beyond the styling and aesthetic of the company selling the patterns and just look really closely at the pattern itself and the shape of the garment. Because a lot of independent pattern companies market towards the same ‘type’ of woman, who apparently all want a plain capsule wardrobe in muted colours! And that is definitely not me!
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Happy Christmas Eve Instagrammers! I figured it was high time I share my latest make with you. This is my rose gold sequinned @papercutpatterns Sigma dress for the festive season. Sequinned fabric was from the lovely @cottonreelstudio, and probably the nicest lining fabric I have worked with from @trurofabrics. Full details and photos up in the blog now [link in profile]