Sew Scottish Edinburgh Frocktails 2018 and my Vogue 9075 frock.

Well first off – what a night!

Everyone looked amazing, we raised over £500 quid, enough to feed 41 kids for a year in education for @MarysMeals, the raffle was on fire, much so we were running out off tickets!

I am so humbled to get lots of compliments on my dress and fabric choice after having to an emergency repair before I left Home on the zip making me late!

Again, I didn’t take any photos on the night but others did – thankfully ūüėÖ

I’m so sorry if I didn’t get round to catching up with you but I do hope you had a lovely night. You all had wonderful outfits and it just goes to show how wonderfully talented you all are. You should be all so proud of yourselves and give yourselves a pat on the back. Each outfit was lovingly handmade and each unique in its on way, just like you!

Credit to @cme202

So the dress …

Vogue 9075

So after the first attempt not being successful but it will be (it just needs a bit of tweaking!) I decided I was going to try it again.

Fortunately it came together eventually (pockets took about seven attempts)! Yes 7. But moving swiftly on … I got there in the end but had to do an emergency repair on the zip literally 30 mins before I was due to leave and the my machine was playing game so had to had stitch. Drama!! I know!!

Here’s some photos of the Jungle Crepe V9075 …

Fabric: Lady McElroy Jungle crepe from Remnant Kings

Lining also from Remnant Kings, black pongee.

Pattern – Vogue 9075

Accessories – “me made” pink coat club necklace and earrings from Accessorize.

I’m going to give version b a go, which is the culottes Style bottoms with some pretty funky fabric from Rejects in Kirkcaldy. Definitely going to finish off the first version “Chelsea” though, so watch out for that. I’m going to try my first stretch project now and that’s the Colette “moneta”. It’s high time I tried stretch fabric and my overlocker. Also I will finish of my Harris tweed coat!

I just want to thank Lesley @sew_sleep_deprived for taking the reins and going full throttle on this. Without our her organisational skills and wit, I don’t think we’d have a brilliant night to remember. You were a triumph on the microphone and you are such a star!

Credit to @cme202
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Oooopsa lacy!

Since the 5th May I’ve been on a fabric ban but this Friday past I broke it and I broke it hard!

You see when you see something RTW and the stock is low in your size but you have the sewing skills (this does not include boning or lace!!) you go what the heck and go all in, pretty much head first.

So this is the RTW dress I’ve fallen IN LOVE with and just wanna swosh about in.

The RTW dress is a beautiful Monsoon one but as said a second ago, the size I was looking for had gone out of stock. I would definitely pay ¬£139 for it but that’s if they had it. But I’m not going to buy that dress, I’m going to make it eeek!

Fabric:

After ordering several different swatches and doing a ridiculous amount of searches for “mint guipure lace” online I wasn’t anywhere forward. Locally I was starting to loose my confidence in getting what I really wanted. It was on the final straw that I took the tip from a previous co-worker to visit Fabric Focus. It should’ve been first choice – doh!Above the linings, there lay the beautiful lace guipure in exactly the colours and shade I was looking for and too even make my July better the lining was there to make it pop! It’s a-lot more minty than the photo suggests. The lining is a skin tone. But I may have to double it up with a cotton because of the boning!

The Pattern:The pattern was a lot easier to find and in the end the McCalls 7720 was a very close fit.

I’ll get the boning, hook & eye, threads and zip organised at a later date. I might make a toile and see how that goes before I start back at my evening classes in August if I get other projects finished! I can’t thank Kevin at Fabric Focus and his lovely Mum (who actually served me) enough for stocking this lace. You made a very happy lady. This is just a perfect example why we should support local shops like this!

Disclaimer: all opinions are my own!

5 things I wish I knew before I started sewing.

1. It’s ok to mess up.

We’ve all do it.¬† We’ve all piled so much pressure on ourselves and when something went wrong we left the unfinished garment in a crumpled mess on the floor in a corner.¬† I’ve admitted defeat on one or more handmade garments.¬† I’ve still got to pick them up and see what I can do to rectify¬†the mistakes but for now, they sit it a small pile away from my view!

At the moment I’m amending¬†a shoulder sleeve due to them being lopsided¬†– don’t know how I managed¬†but this is going to be worthwhile in the long run as it’s one of my favourite makes so far despite the sleeve issue. Making mistakes is also learning from them, how else are you going to learn and stretch that skill base?

2. Ask for help.

I’m very lucky to have such a good teacher at the sewing class that I go to.¬† I also have a couple of very good sewing buddies I can bounce off ideas and problems with alongside a fantastic community¬†on Instagram too.

3. Measure yourself.

Pattern sizes¬†are completely differencing to ready to wear sizes (RTW).¬† Please don’t buy a pattern and go on you RTW as you’ll have a garment that won’t fit once you put all that time, effort and lovely material (and dosh!)¬†into it.

Measure yourself. Take that tape measure (grab a friend if you need help!) and jot down your measurements.  Pattern companies can differ in finishing measurements, so check each new pattern before you start the project!

Remember this: Don’t beat yourself because it may seem you are going up a few sizes from the RTW to the pattern sizes and also your finished garment will fit you better if you take your time to measure yourself correctly ūüėė

4. Seam allowances matter,

Again. Check, check, check!  Read your instructions a couple of times before you even start the process of cutting out. Highlight the seam allowances on each step.

Get yourself¬†a seam guide¬†and test to see if your seam allowance is really 1/4‚ÄĚ.¬† Same with 1/2″ and so on.

When you find the spot on your machine that is 1/4‚ÄĚ mark it with¬†washi or masking tape¬†that way you won‚Äôt forget where it is.

5. Invest in a basic sewing kit.

Scissors (Straight, pinking, little snippers for cutting little threads and ones for paper), Measuring Tape, chalk, pins and a seam ripper is all a good start and then you can add more, such as hand sewing needles, extra bobbins (make sure you get the right ones for your machine as there are not universal where as are machine needles are), pin cushion (homemade or bought). This list could go on for miles (trust me!) but get the basics and add from that, which should keep you right!

A frock for cocktails & #EdinburghFrocktails

When a chance comes up to get all glammed up I will jump at it. ¬†But then the overwhelming feelings that I’ve got to make what I’m wearing fit like a dream, it’s scary – REAL SCARY and It’s to be ready for Saturday the 2nd of September!

Speed isn’t my strongest point when it comes to making something. ¬†I look at all the Instagram¬†feeds and see what and how many creations are made in a day and some people creative sometimes 3 or 4 in a weekend, which again¬†scares me. ¬†The fact is, if I do rush things, then it looks rushed and not brilliantly finished.

So instead of me leaving the frock until the very last minute, I better start thinking pattern and fabric now.

Question, How glam are we talking¬†about? ¬†(cause I don’t want to be under or over).

This dress must be easy to make.  But it has to be wow (at least to me anyway).

Plus like Lesley of Sew_Sleep _Deprived, we also have a big fat zero of weddings to go to and feel the need to actually get dressed up.  I am lucky that we have a social life due to having no kids though.  And like Lesley, I am super jealous of the Dressmakers ball and the Sew Brum meet up, we really need to add a disco ball event for us Scottish Sewists!

So what am I thinking?

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I love to do something with a lace panel.  Maybe just the bodice and then the skirt and just flow.

So that’s the thought process at the moment, I’ll let you know how I get on with it later, perhaps leaving the big reveal until the actual #edinburghFrocktail date (yeah I know, I am a big tease)!

So if you’d like to come and join Lesley and the Scottish¬†Sewists for a cocktail, please note your interest in the comments section on her blog post.

Cheers,

Emma

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own!

My Shopping List: Sewing Patterns

So I’m guessing you know what this is all about then! ¬†The last month I’ve been adding up a range¬†of patterns that I quite like to own. ¬†And instead of having¬†loads of tabs open on my laptop, I thought it would be quite cool to pop them into a blog post and share them with you (also I can close some tabs since I have a record of them, ha ha!). Who knows when I’ll get round to them, but they would be nice to have.

 

First up, is the newest pattern company that I’ve come across and that’s Sew Different. I’ve already mentioned the Everyday Chic Dress pattern in the blog post that I purchased at the #knitnstitchshow¬†via Emma Garry but had my eyes on the cocoon jacket too. ¬†I like the fact the go up past an UK size 18 to fit my oh so roomy hips in!

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Then we have another coat and that’s from Sew Over It – ¬†The Chloe Coat. ¬†Looking at my Instagram feed, there’s been a few good ones and I’m really inspired to do one. Also, the big plus is that if you buy the pattern you get an online class to keep you right (honestly I’m not on commission) so it’s ticking all the right boxes. ¬†I really would like to make a coat, this might be the right one to start with!

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Another SOI pattern is the “Silk Cami“. ¬†I love the simplicity of the top – and it looks like a winner in my book for summer tops or a little black number for a night out. It’s in PDF form to purchase but that won’t stop me now that I’ve figured out a low-cost printing place, which you can read all about here!

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Closet Case Patterns has been getting my attention of recent, with two of their patterns. One is the Ebony Dress which looks delightful in Scuba (one of these fabrics that I haven’t quite got round to playing with, yet!). ¬†The high-waisted Ginger jeans are ticking my “oooh” box! ¬†I’m tempted to but another coat? I really shouldn’t (The Clare Coat is amazeballs), but I think you know what’s going to happen, don’t you?!

 

 

Next, we have The Avid Seamstress with their Day Dress pattern. ¬†Again I’ve been Instagram inspired … It’s getting as bad as Pinterest!!

 

Another pattern which I’ve been going back to is the Paola Top from Named Clothing. ¬†I really like this staple wardrobe top. ¬†And it looks like a quick make.

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Coco from TATB is another one I keep looking at. ¬†One reason, in particular, is the Cowl neck – I’m in love with it and it looks splendid¬†in the dress form.

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So I think (I’m sure I’ve left something out!!) that’s¬†the list. ¬†I won’t be getting them all at once because that would be silly and the bank manager would be taking my card off me!

Let me know if you have tried any of these patterns (I’m sure you have!) and tell me how you found them – it would be really nice to hear from you.

Happy pattern stashing!

Emma

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no I’m not on commission (ie I’m not being sponsored)!

The Knitting & Stitching Show, Edinburgh 

Flipping heck! What a wave of fresh air in fabric gooeyness.

I’m feeling very happy with all my purchases and date I say it I could have bought so much more but resistance was in control. (Thank heavens as I would have bought double the amount of fabric!).

It’s the second year for the show in Edinburgh and I think it was better even though I noticed a couple of stalls not being there from last year (yes, I did miss them!) but hey, you can’t have it all.

My TATB Cleo is getting her grand day out!

Ready, Set, GOOOO!
 

Lots and lots of stalls!

I bought three fabrics from fabrics galore!
The grey textured fabric is for a Saunio Cardigan.  The flamingoes and the black & white fabrics are for M7094.
I chatted to Lauren of Guthrie & Ghani and watched her demonstrate top tips at the creative living theatre on sewing with stretch and jersey fabrics.  I also bought a lovely viscose.

 

Lovely soft viscose, destined for the McCalls 7094!

The lovely Lauren, demonstrating with stretch and knit fabrics!
Ben (@Sewcialogist) gave me some helpful hints regarding the collar in M7094 using the Viscose and how to use the Prym “Wash off Tape” instead of using pins or basting/tacking, which is a winner in my book (I hate tacking).  He was wearing his newly made shirt, which was perfect on G&G’s stall.   The viscose is a long term staple of G&G too, so it’s good to know that lots of people have bought this!

I wasn’t alone for long as I met Shirley (@Beatgirl9091) and Lesley (@sew_sleep_deprived) – because I arrived at 10 am ready for the doors opening and did two circuits of all the stalls.  looking back I should have looked at the needlework exhibition in that time, but hey ho.  Whilst I did two circuits of the stalls I totally missed Girl Charlee stand.  Luckily Lesley and Shirley informed me – I am a numpty! And, yeah that would be rude not to check it out.

And yes I bought lovely some lovely cotton jersey from Girl Charlee!  In fact the same as Shirley – as I ‚̧ԳŹ teal too!

But it’s not all fabric, as I picked up the very cute pattern from the Emma Garry stall – it wasn’t a hard sell as Emma was wearing it herself and it was a beautiful version with some classy hacks! I’ve never heard of Sew Different Patterns before, have you? Let me know if you’ve tried any of the patterns! Emma Garry is based in Yorkshire and runs classes as well as designs and sells patterns.

It’s definitely a better show than last year. Maybe TATB and Sew Over It could make the journey as we’d love to see you up here!

This year was definitely busy than last year but there wasn’t any pushing or elbowing to get to any stalls from anyone. Plus there was plenty of lovely fabrics left from all the stalls. I think I will be getting one or two more from Fabrics Galore that I fell in love with!

 

A new Cleo in Arrows?

Amy – Collette’s’ sorbetto?
And if you think that was all the fabric I added to my next shopping list, think again because I spotted more whilst I was at the M stall … cue fabrics from Montreux Fabrics that will also somehow magically appear into my stash soon!

 

My TATB Cleo had her grand day out and I got so many lovely ūüėä comments on her! We all know we are our own worst critic but I’m truly humbled to receive so many nice comments on my first Cleo.


But in the evening at home, I must have pulled the dress at the buckle bit and it’s torn!! I’m distressed ūüė©- s7&*!!! 

Should I patch it and reinforce it with interfacing and then add a bit of material to both sides to avoid this happening to the other side?  I will have to get another stud as the current one has ripped through the fabric ūüė©.  Any help on this matter will be gratefully received. B&¬£¬£#%!!!

Moving on quickly to avoid me get all angry on (I am ūüė§) that matter would be a good idea.

So did I enjoy the show?

You betcha! I sure did! Meeting Lauren and Ben at the Guthrie & Ghani Stall was total amazeballs, as was spending the afternoon with Shirley and Lesley – they made me have a good chuckle! I wish I had a bigger budget for all the material that I walked away from but I now have regrets about not buying it but then again, if I did I would regret being skint for the rest of the frigging month!

I can’t wait until next years show! Eeeek, what will it bring?

Emma

Disclaimer: All views are my own! Please ask if you want to use my photos – Cheers!

Anything in Pink is Instagram names!

Aprils’ Feast || Patterns || Great for us girls that have curves!

So whilst doing a very quick scroll on the Fold line site’s Pattern reviews, I came across a review for designer stitch’s Tunic.  Not having heard of Designer Stitch, I quickly gave it a google expecting the worst (the sizes only go up to a 16, meaning some serious grading up) but I was pleasantly surprised.  And if you haven’t heard of them yet – great something new to you too!

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Designer Stitch is definitely ticking boxes with the size range – from UK size 6-26 and wait for it, A0 options for printing at the copy shop.

I’m liking the look of the “Gypsy Tunic dress” as it’s somewhat very similar to the Sew house Seven’s “Bridgetown Dress”.  It fact the back detail is the only difference at first glance.

Then I spot the “Alyse Slim Leg Pant” whilst skimming through the other (many patterns ladies!), could these be an alternative to sizing for the SOI “Ultimate Trousers”? OMG!!

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They definitely look like they can be made in cotton span and stretch denim and if I make them into a cropped length, then they would be perfect for summer.

This could be dangerous. VERY dangerous!  I think I may have cracked out a maaahhhhhovsive can of worms on this one!

I think next month I’m going to be doing one or two PDF purchases from Designer Stitches shop, the problem is narrowing it down – ARGGGHHHH.

My pattern collection is getting huge …

Emma

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own – mwah! xx

Made it: 1920’s style!

So I was invited to a 1920’s murder mystery that took place last weekend.

I scoured the internet for some sort of 1920’s dress but then remembered I had a lovely lace dress that I bought from Monsoon so that was that sorted.

Then the necklace and feather boa came from WM Armstrong store which hosts a selection of great vintage wear. The pearl necklace,  I found at the Grassmarket Armstrongs and the Black Boa in the Clerk Street store.

Tempted to buy a fake cigarette and holder and long black gloves but I held off. The thought of more fancy dress never to be worn or used again was too much!

For the head-dress, I decided to make it. YES, you read right!

I found this tutorial, which kept me right for the basics –¬†Head Dress Tutorial

From Remnant Kings, I bought some stretch sequin trim. Abby, my sewing teacher kindly gave me three peacock feathers to complete the look.

It was a pretty quick process and one I’m quite happy with. I stitched the feathers in with thread and a small piece of stretch sequin to stop the bottom of the feathers from scratching my forehead. I think it took my roughly half an hour to complete it and finish it, which a huge jump from any of my current makes!

*Disclaimer:

  • Please don’t use any photos without consent from myself- ta!
  • All opinions are my own!

Favourite Blogs: March

Blimey, March has come up all rosy with these crackers!

 

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I’m pretty sure I found all of these whilst on The Fold Line website.  The Fold Line itself is a great encyclopaedia for us sewists, I keep finding loads on the forum.  It’s something I’d recommend to anyone who sews as most questions have been asked and answered!

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http://beebeeshandmadedress.blogspot.co.uk/  – I can’t remember why I clicked but I’m sure happy I did as a Seamwork “Mesa” was reviewed and shown off by the lovely Stevie.  It’s been one of the Seamwork patterns that have been on my radar and really must get down as I’m sure Little Miss Lorraine has done one as well and it looks so good!

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https://sewinprogress.com/2017/02/25/the-saunio-cardigan/ – As you can see the title just cries out with the saunio cardigan!  Ha Ha and I’m not quite sure if you know that I wasn’t particularly blown away at first.  Well that changed, thanks to this version and a whole lot of other versions of Saunio.  I love her layout of her blog as well.

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https://stitchingupparisblog.wordpress.com/tours/ – Who wouldn’t run around in sheer hyper happiness shouting “yes, Yes YES” to Fabric tours in Paris?  Personally, I love a macaron, but combining a tour with fabric and Paris is sheer amazing in my books … I wonder who many pennies I would have at the end of one of these tours?  Probably zilch! I better started saving if I want to go!

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

Keep stitching!

Emma

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own.