Today I dashed outside before I missed the two minutes of sunshine and managed to photograph a few of my makes. It was bloody freezing out there so I had to work quick! I thought I’d show you my wrap dress I made in November (I think?). It’s taken me what feels like forever to finally get round to photographing this dress, between the crazy run up to Christmas and the bad weather I really struggled.
I love wrap dresses, I think they look beautiful, they can be so flattering, but only if you get the fit right. Now this is where I have a problem, I’ve come to realise that I’m quite short from shoulder to chest and have a large bust, because of this I find it hard to buy a wrap dress. I had a thought when shopping one day “I can make that!” So that’s what I did.
I chose the Sew Over It Ultimate Wrap Dress as a few sewing friends had made and recommended it. I’ve got to be honest and say I’m not sure I would buy a pattern from here again. The pattern shows two sleeve and skirt length options but these are not marked on the pattern, the instructions are straight forward but I would say on the minimalist side, it doesn’t give you any fabric recommendation other than “Jersey” so I was a little bit nervous as to whether the fabric I chose would be too stretchy. I think the pattern is better suited to people who have attended the associated class (run at the Sew Over It shops) or have more experience in dress making. The dress did come together quite quickly but I did struggle with the fit. The pattern explained that there was not much ease and would be quite fitted so I was half expecting the Size 12 that I was making not to fit. Boy was I wrong!
While I was making the dress I kept trying it on ( as you do) to check it was fitting ok and it all seemed fine. Once the dress was finished and I tried it on I realised it wasn’t wearable. I had excess fabric across the chest so even if I over wrapped the dress still gaped. I was so disappointed. After a pep talk from my mum I decided to take the dress along to our next sewing club meet up and see what the gang thought before taking my trusty seam ripper to it. I’m so glad I did as Rachel had the great idea of gathering at the shoulders to fix the problem. Amazing! It took me all of 2 minutes to do and the dress was saved.
As you can see the dress is definitely wearable although I do still have to over wrap it a little and I have to wear a vest underneath too.
I am pleased with the length of the dress but half wish I had made the sleeves 3 quarter length, I still might.
I guess overall this dress turned out ok but I’m not really sure how much I will wear it. It was a good lesson for me though. I now know just how much I hate facings, they really get on my nerves, I much prefer binding to finish. I also learnt that as longer as I fit the standard pattern measurements I am fine but still have A LOT to learn about fitting. I guess it will come, slowly, with experience, well I hope so anyway.
Now I know I said I wouldn’t buy another Sew Over It pattern but I am glad I bought this one. It has shown me a little more about my sewing style and what pattern brands fit me best. We have to realise that we are all different and like ready to wear clothes some patterns suit some body types better than others.
Can you believe it, 2015. I don’t know about you but I feel like this year has just wizzed by. It has been a busy year for us as a family since leaving Kent and moving to our new home in Hampshire but I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions we have made. We’ve really settled in and both Sean and I can’t believe how well the monsters have adjusted, making lots of new friends and enjoying our new surroundings.
January 2014 I set my self a few challenges on my little blog, hoping that seeing it in black on white would keep me motivated and I’m quite proud of how much I managed to achieve.
Close my Etsy shop.
This was definitely a good idea. It gave me so much more free time to spend with my family and friends as well as getting plenty of selfish sewing done (which I love).
Teach Monster no1 to sew.
We didn’t manage to finish his pin wheel cushion, as he lost interest, but he did make a sea snake for a school project which was brilliant.
– Work through my crafty to do list.
Well this is quite obviously an on going challenge. I’m constantly adding new things to my list but I have managed to cross quite a few makes off along the way.
– Make my own clothes.
Last August I had a bit of a reality check and realised that I needed to lose some weight and get fit again. I started following a Paleo lifestyle and trying to exercise more, which is probably one of the best things I’ve done in a long time. I’ve managed to lose 2 1/2 stone and dropped 2 dress sizes, I’ve got so much more energy and feel better in myself. Anyway, now that I’m not a blimp and actually a size I want to stay at, I figure it’s time to start making myself some clothes. The added bonus being I’ll need less fabric now that I’m smaller . To be honest I’m a little scared of this plan as I don’t really have a clue about making clothes that actually fit properly but we all have to start somewhere and thankfully my lovely sewing club buddy Rachel Pinheiro as volunteered to help me, Phew!
Thank you so much Rachel for setting me this challenge, I’ve fallen in love with dressmaking and plan on growing my handmade wardrobe through 2015. I have a couple of garments from 2014 still to share with you but thanks to the grey weather here and a case of flu I haven’t managed to photograph them yet. Once the monsters are back to school I’ll get my camera out and share them with you.
– Exercise more.
Self explanatory really. The weight I’ve lost has been 90% diet so it’s time to get toning, if you’re a mum reading this you can imagine the amount of work I’ve got to do on my jelly belly lol. I’m just hoping I can crochet while on a bike at the gym, multitasking at its best right?
Another on going mission. Up until our summer holiday I was doing really well but thanks to Christmas over indulgence (stuffs another truffle in mouth) I can feel my muffin tops slowly re-emerging. On a more positive note I have joined a great Yoga class and the hubs is buying some new equipment for our home gym (garage), now all we have to do is use it!
– Blog at least once a week.
Erm, I tried my best, surely I can only continue to improve this year??
Well I don’t think I did too badly over the year do you? I’m not setting myself a list for 2015, although it has been nice to look back and see how much I’ve done. I just don’t feel like 2015 is a list kind of year. 2015 is the year to go with the flow, see what comes my way and go for anything that takes my fancy. On the sewing front I’m already signed up for a few swaps which I really enjoy, I have a dress waiting to be cut out and a mountain of Farmers Wife blocks to catch up on so for now that will keep me busy. There will be crochet, but as yet I don’t know what and I hope to try some new crafts too. Do you have any new crafts or projects planned or any to recommend?
Family wise Sean and I have both agree fitness is a high priority for us. I would like to climb a mountain this year but we both need serious training before we do it so as of Monday we’ll be hitting the gym and getting plenty of walks in. The monsters were telling us how much they want to go on more holidays and see new places so I’m sure we will cram as much travel as possible in to 2015 too. Monster no1 has become a little obsessed with Bear Grylls so at every opportunity he wants to go off on an adventure even if it is just going on his scooter to feed the ducks.
I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas and New Year and hope that 2015 brings you all the excitement and happiness you deserve!
I’ve been thinking lately, what would I do if I didn’t sew? Have you ever wondered?
When people find out I sew they tend to give me a bit of a funny look and say in a slightly high pitch voice “oh really?” I know they think it’s a little odd but I just can’t understand why? I love spending my free time creating something new with fabric or yarn so I just can’t work out what they do instead?
If you didn’t sew how would you spend your time? Housework? Watching tv? I know what I’d rather be doing! I may live in a house full of boys but a living room floor covered in granny squares is definitely the norm. I wonder if I didn’t sew would we have family dinners at the dining table instead of me taping patterns to it to trace?
Since I discovered my sewing obsession I’ve had the chance to meet lots of friendly like minded people, many who have become great friends. How do other people make friends?
How different do you think your life would be if you didn’t sew?
I was lucky enough to get to test this fab pattern for my IG buddy Leanne Fanny. The Joni has a dress and top version, I tested the top version in a size 14 (to fit my big bangers in). I did have to take the side seams in a little extra but it fit me perfectly across the bust.
This is the first pattern Leanne has released, you can find it here, in her Etsy shop. I really like the shape of the neckline on the Joni and love that the back is the same shape.
The pattern is great for beginners as there are plenty of photos and comprehensive instructions to follow. The dress version has an elasticated waist which looks cute, but I haven’t had a chance to make it yet.
I had fun picking fabric for this top. I had originally planned on using the leftover blue floral print from my Myrtle dress but I didn’t have quite enough. Instead, off I trotted to Fabricland where the classic cars caught my eye. Lucky for me they had a plain lilac polycotton in the same shade as the cars in the print and exactly the same weight. A match made in heaven don’t you think?
Before I go I just want to say sorry for the scary stare in these photos, I don’t know what happened? Think I lost the ability to smile. Seriously what was I doing??
Yup, big news in this house ( well for me anyway). I managed to make an item of clothing with sleeves, actual sleeves. “So? A lot of clothes have sleeves, what’s the big deal?” I bet you’re thinking. The thing is I have a bit of a fear of them, they scare me. I know how silly that sounds but when you’re learning there is always something you know you are going to find difficult and your brain just won’t be able to handle it. For me when it comes to sewing I fear sleeves, I just cant understand how you can smoothly fit an arm into a shoulder without it becoming a horrible ruched mess.
So far my handmade wardrobe hasn’t required much sleeve sewing, the weather gods have been on my side, but Autumn is officially making its presence known. The weather is starting to get cooler and my arms are getting chilly. I really want to carry on with my handmade wardrobe plans so I faced my fears and made a cardigan. to ease myself in gently I opted for the Coppélia top from Papercut Patterns. It’s a cute little wrap cardi and the best bit is it has raglan sleeves. I know I know I’m a bit of a cheat but a sleeves a sleeve no matter how its constructed!
To give myself more of a challenge I chose to make it out of some mouth watering electric blue Lycra. It reminds me of my childhood dance uniforms Woo!
I wasn’t sure how well I was going to get on with Lycra but its pretty easy to work with, I’ve come to realise I’m a big knit fabric fan, if its stretchy I love it.
I made a size S as per my measurements but really I should have made an XS. As you can see in the photos its a little loose fitting, especially in the front.
Luckily the wrap style means I can get away with wearing it without the back looking too baggy. It came together nice and quickly, which is great as I plan on making more, it’s a great wardrobe staple.
My glamorous assistant wanted to get some of the attention too.
I’m not planning on wearing only raglan sleeves through the winter months so at some point soon expect a blog post about inset sleeves. Wish me luck!
I’ve got a new best friend. Her name’s Myrtle. She looks good in every colour and print imaginable and what’s best of all she likes both woven and jersey fabrics!!
This is the first Colette pattern I’ve tried and I was really pleased with the results. The Myrtle has two length versions, I started with the short version in a metallic stripe Jersey from Fabric House (of course!). There is also an option to add epaulettes but I decided to make it without.
Seriously how awesome is this fabric?!
The dress goes together reasonably quickly. I pre-cut and took it to our August Sewing club meeting, I managed all the sewing while I was there except closing up the waistband and hemming. Well actually I did get the waistband done but the stitching was a mess because I was rushing so I redid it when I got home.
Next up, a woven version.
Although the pattern is supplied with instructions for making the dress in Jersey you can find instructions for using woven fabrics on the Colette Patterns website. I got some bargain, blue, floral viscose (I think) for something like £2 a metre from a shop in Goldhawk road. It was light and had a nice drape so I figured lets give it a go. I found some ready made bias binding in Fabricland which went perfectly with the fabric for the back of the neckline and armholes. It’s the first time I’ve used binding instead of facings and I love the finish, I’m not really a fan of facings so will try using binding more often.
I opted for the longer length and I think it works really well. Next time I make a woven Myrtle I would add a little extra to the seam allowance just to give me room for a nicer finish.
The dresses are so easy to wear, the jersey version was great on holiday with both heels and flats. The floral one I’ve worn since we’ve been home with a shawl for a party at a friends house and also dressed it down with a grey, boyfriend fit, cardi and a pair of converse. I really like the fact there are in-seam pockets too.
This is a great dress for me as the pattern is easy to follow and the finished dress looks a lot more complex than it actually is to make. I love how easy to wear the Myrtle is while the neckline adds a bit of interest. It’s definitely versatile too, how great would a velvet version look for winter with tights and boots? Or maybe even a maxi length version?
I don’t know about you but I like my holiday clothes to be easy to pack and wear, I try my best to travel light and I don’t want to spend my valuable holiday time ironing. This summer Hubby, the Monsters and I spent two weeks relaxing in the Red Sea. While on holiday I wanted to wear as much handmade as possible. As you can imagine Egypt was HOT so I wanted light weight items that would also compliment my other clothes. I could never be described as a fashion forward, I love clothes and fashion but with 2 boys in the house I don’t spend much time in heels. I like my clothes to show my personality but at the same time they need to be comfy and easy to transition from day to night. If I’m being really honest I’m a pretty lazy dresser.
After going through my wardrobe I decided I needed a few more dresses and some bikini cover ups. My fabric of choice was definitely Jersey, it just rolls up so tiny for packing and I love to wear it.
Cover ups –
You can’t go wrong with a playsuit. Quick to slip on over a bikini but can just as easily be dressed up for the evening with heels and jewellery.
The pattern was an old Prima pattern I had from a few years ago, it also had a jumpsuit version which I might make too. The fabric I picked up in Goldhawk road from my favourite shop, Fabric House.
On the same shopping trip I bought two chiffon prints from the famous “man outside Sainsbury’s” in Walthamstow market. I thought they would be great for simple kimonos. I used this tutorial and added cute crochet trims from Fabricland.
As I chose sheer fabrics I opted for french seams. The main reason I added the trim was because I couldn’t decide how to finish the raw edge. I had originally planned to do a rolled hem using my overlocker but I just couldn’t get it to work properly. It was the first time I’d worked with Chiffon and it wasn’t really my friend, the crochet trim definitely saved me!
I thought I’d wear these a lot in the day but I ended up wearing them in the evenings with a plain vest and skirt or shorts. I’ve also worn them a lot with jeans since I’ve been home.
Dresses were a no brainer, I whipped up two Mission maxis, this time minus the maxi.
I kept one short.
And the second midi.
Both fabrics were from Fabric House, again. My mission maxi pattern was definitely a good investment, so far I’ve used it to make 3 dresses and a vest, it’s so quick to sew up and fits me perfectly.
How cute do the monsters look in my holiday snaps?!
I’m crazy late in sharing this post with you but to be fair I wanted to wait until my swap partner received their gift from me and I had received mine. As this was an international swap the snail mail took a bit longer. Anyway gifts were all received but then I was frantically sewing holiday clothes and the monsters were off school for the summer so it was a mad house round here.
We’re back from our holiday now and only a few more days then it’s back to school too so slowly normality is returning to Casa O’Meara. Finally I have a few minutes to share my swap photos.
Incase you haven’t heard of Schnitzel and Boo (what’s wrong with you?!) Kerry is super lovely and decided to organised an international, secret mini quilt swap.
I made a mini for the very talented Sarah from No Hats in the House. I have to admit I was a little nervous about what to make as her quilts are beautiful and I didn’t want her to be disappointed with her gift. I knew she liked monochrome so I started there.
After playing around with a few ideas I settled on this design.
Sarah had also shared that she loved international gifts so I included some English fudge and a selection of teas in London themed tins. I also made a little zip pouch with some sewing themed fabric because, well, you can never have enough zip pouches.
I was totally relieved when Sarah received her parcel and liked it.
I received my gift from Jade (@cr4zycupc4ke on IG) who completely spoilt me! She made me this brilliant mini quilt plus sent me a Hello Kitty overload, how awesome is that?!
I really enjoyed the swap and home Kerry organises another soon. In the mean time you can check out all the great mini quilts that were made in the Flickr group here.
Well hi there, how have you been? I don’t know about you but here at Casa O’Meara we’re all looking forward to the summer holidays, only a few days to go. The down fall to having the monsters at home for 6 weeks is my sewing time gets seriously cut. So before my project progress becomes non-existent I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to.
A few Sundays a go I got to spend a bit of quality time with Monster no1 helping him with his craft homework, he had to make a sea creature of his choice. After trawling the internet he decided on a banded sea snake, we raided my stash of felt and got to work.
It was great to see him really concentrating and enjoying using the sewing machine. I don’t think I’ve seen him sit still for that long since he started walking! He was so proud of his efforts, he did a brilliant job. I only had to help him sew the curve of the head and to close up the tail.
As well as homework I’ve been working on my handmade wardrobe. We’ve finally booked our holiday and I’m hoping to have plenty of handmade clothes to take with me. My project list is full of beach cover ups and lightweight easy to pack items. First tick off the to-make list was a quick little upcycle. My t-shirt I love but have sadly shrunk out of (yup that’s right!) was too ridiculously big to wear anymore so thanks to pinterest and my fabric scissors I chopped the sleeves off, changed the neckline and plaited the back.
Beach cover up done!
Next on my list – Lace t-shirt
I popped into my local haberdashery and for some reason this coral lace just called out to me, honestly it made me buy it. Next thing you know I’m skipping out the shop with lace and neon binding. I mean it could only end well
I already have an old lace t-shirt I bought a few years ago, its cheap but just the right size, so I used that to draught myself a pattern while Monster no2 took a rare nap.
To finish it off I decided to trim the hemline following the lace pattern, for a cute scallop edge. I love the neon binding and the dropped hem at the back, its little touches like that I like the most on handmade clothes, that’s when you get to really put your personality across.
My last project to show you for now is a fun little make up bag I made as a gift for a friend, I hope she likes it!
Another make off my list, although not entirely successful When I first saw the Scalloped Hem shorts from Pattern Runway I just knew I had to make them. The shape was exactly the sort of thing I would wear a lot, not too short, functional but still feminine. Only problem being I hadn’t made shorts before and was really nervous about fitting.
Well I plucked up the courage and gave them a go. I double checked my measurements and opted for a size M. I chose some lovely soft fabric I found in Goldhawk road. It was in the denim section (I can’t remember which shop now?) but it’s so fine and has a lovely drape, unfortunately it does not photograph well.
Making these shorts was quite a challenge for me but I did learn a lot. The welt pockets gave me serious brain ache, I didn’t find the pattern the easiest to follow and the recommended tutorial used a slightly different technique to the pattern so just made it more confusing. After a lot of perseverance (and swearing!!) I figured it out.
I really tried my best and worked so hard, in the end I was really happy with how they turned out. The pink stitching detail I added finished them perfectly, only one problem, they don’t fit!!
After all my blood, sweat and tears they don’t bloody fit! They’re just slightly too tight across the hips I found them such a challenge to make I just can’t bring myself to take them apart and adjust them. I think it’s just going to be easier to adjust my body by half an inch instead, so paleo and exercise here I come! If only I had chosen fabric with just a little bit of stretch then I would have been fine.
Even though I didn’t exactly enjoy the pattern itself I am going to make another pair, maybe minus the welt pockets. I do really love the finished shorts and it would be great to have a pair I can actually wear this summer. The next ones I make I’ll do in a size M again but just use a smaller seam allowance, problem solved…………hopefully.
Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet, I promise I have a valid excuse, I’ve been sewing like crazy. I’m so pleased I think I’ve finally got my sewing mojo back! Since I moved last Christmas I’ve found it hard to getting into any kind of routine with my sewing, couldn’t really get my rhythm if you know what I mean. But at last out of nowhere my mojo is back, I just can’t stop sewing.
I’ve got quite a few things to tell you about so expect plenty of posts over the next few weeks.
I thought if start with something fun. A couple of weekends ago my good sewing friend Rachel organised a brilliant meet up for sewing bloggers from all over. We all met at the V&A for coffee, cake and lots of sewing chat. We then had some photos taken of all our amazing handmade items and a group shot of us all, I think on final count there was about 70 of us!
We then head off to Goldhawk road for some retail therapy. Although I didn’t end up buying anything I had a great day getting to know the other sewing bloggers and look forward to seeing them soon at another meet up. Unfortunately I spent too much time chatting and not enough time taking photos to share with you guys. Luckily everyone shared their photos of the day on Instagram, Twitter and Flickr using #nylon2014 so you can see what we got up to.
Everyone’s handmade outfits were amazing! I’d been a little nervous about what to wear, being a bit of a newbie to making my own clothes I thought I would let the side down. I wore my Mortmain by Gather and was so surprised by the lovely compliments I received. I really loved how my dress turned out and plan on making another soon. The fit was just right for me, I didn’t have to make any adjustments. I found the pattern so easy to follow and would definitely recommend it. I love everything about it, especially the exposed zip down the back. As I said earlier I was pretty crap about taking photos, I got none of my dress. Have no fear though I totally took one for the blog and managed to get a couple outside Prada, in Milan. Milan darling!
Super hubby whisked me off to Milan for a few days of quality time together while the kids spent some quality time with my (also super) mum and sister. It was great to just totally relax, we spent a lot of time drinking Aperolspritz and eating gelato. Perfect. We took a train to Como for the day, which was simply beautiful. A lot of the day was spent just sitting and taking in the scenery, oh and eating gelato.
There was so much inspiration to be found in the boutique windows. I can’t remember which shop I spotted this in but I just fell in love.
The Duomo blew my mind. We had planned to take the steps up to the terrace but it was just too hot so we stayed at ground level and took it in from there.
If you are ever in Milan it is a must see, even though it is incredibly touristy. Just make sure you make the effort to head away from the main square to get something to eat or drink. We stumbled across this amazing gelato shop. The place was heaving but well worth the queue, they fill the cone with liquid chocolate and then pile it high with creamy gelato. I had a white chocolate filled cone and pistachio gelato.
The only downfall to a quick little get away is the washing when you get home, which is exactly what I have waiting for me right now. If you need me I’ll be wading through a mountain of washing and dreaming of gelato.
I’ve been a busy girl working on my handmade wardrobe. My Mortmain dress is nearly finished, I can’t wait to show you. This week I whipped up a simple gathered skirt using the left over fabric from my Mortmain. For the skirt I didn’t use a pattern but read a few tutorials and adapted this one by adding bright yellow hidden pockets and a fully exposed zip (like the Mortmain).
The skirt is by no means perfect but it was great practice for me, it was my first time sewing hidden pockets, gathering and adding a fully exposed zip. All in all not bad for a quick scraps project, plus I got to practice my overlocking skills again.
This Saturday I’m off to London for a blogger meet up arranged by Rachel (House of Pinheiro). I want to wear something I’ve made but I can’t decide whether to wear this skirt or not? As well as arranging the meet up Rachel organised a name tag swap. My partner was Louise, she loves pinks and greens and has a cute little teapot logo which I decided to incorporate in her name tag.
Louise sent me this pretty tag that I plan on taking with me on Saturday.
So far there are over 60 people coming to the meet up so the name tags will definitely come in handy! If you’re planning on going to the meet up I’d love to know, leave a comment below.
Well I think I’m getting the hang of the overlocker, I even had to rethread it, which I managed without too much trouble.
This week I had another go at the Mission Maxi pattern only I opted for the vest version. I love a jersey vest, they’re an easy wear in summer, layer well in winter, small to pack for holidays and most of the time you can get away without ironing them. I have a bit of a thing for animal prints and this neon pink was crying out to be a vest.
This fabric was quite a lot stretchier than the fabric I used for my dress, although I used the same pattern size (12) I had to make alterations to the vest. The extra stretch meant that the straps were too long so I had to shorten them.
I’ve also started on a Mortmain Dress. It says it’s for “ambitious beginners” at least I’m definitely a beginner! The pattern is easy to follow so I think I’ll be ok.
After lots of coaching and encouragement from my lovely sewing club friends I made up a muslin of the bodice in a size 12 and got the fit right (I think?!), then set to cutting out the dress from this amazing wax print.
I’m just waiting for my exposed zip and some dark thread for my overlocker to be delivered and then I can finish the rest of the dress.
I had so much fabric left after cutting the dress out that I’m also going to make a simple gathered skirt too. Something simple and easy to wear for running round after the monsters, but hopefully still a bit girly. I haven’t got a pattern for this one, think I’ll just read a few tutorials then wing it. Yup I love to live on the edge lol.
The monsters went back to school this week which means only one thing in casa JAK & GEEGEE – peace and quiet, perfect for me to spend some quality time in my sewing room. Now my make list is getting pretty long but the first thing I wanted to do was have a play with my new overlocker. It took me all of 30 seconds to decide on a Mission Maxi dress, I have it on good authority that this pattern is simple to follow and quick to sew, perfect.
After reading the manual cover to cover I plucked up the courage to turn on the overlocker. Thankfully it was already threaded so I didn’t have to get my tiny brain round that task but I did have to slightly adjust the knife position. I’m pleased to say the overlocker wasn’t as scary as I remember from school (yup that’s the last time I used one!), a little practice and then I got going on my dress.
The Mission Maxi was a great first project. The pattern is super simple and very easy to follow. I had the dressed finished in no time at all. Having said all that my dress is by no means perfect, it’s my first attempt using my overlocker and I’m a beginner when it comes to making clothes. Before I show you I should warn you that, as well as being a novice dressmaker, I’m also a novice model! I can’t really work out why I look so miserable in these photos so try not to look at my face and focus on the dress ok? Thanks!
The pattern gives the option of leaving the bottom as a raw edge or hemming, I opted for hemming mostly to give myself extra practice with the overlocker. The fabric was from my shopping trip a few weeks ago to Walthamstow market, it was great to work with and wasn’t too stretchy.
I made the tank top version but the pattern does have halter neck and godet versions too. It also gives you the option to make a vest rather than a dress.
Overall I’m pretty happy with the first item in my handmade wardrobe. I chose the size 12 and didn’t make any adjustments. Next time I make it I would like to tweak the back slightly as I had a small amount of excess fabric in the small of my back. The dress is just the type of thing I like to wear in summer and easy to take on holiday to wear day or night. I’m already planning a second dress and a few vests. So success I guess!
I’ll leave you with this beaut of a photo, seriously why do I look so grumpy??
I promise the next handmade wardrobe post I will try my best to smile!
This time last week I spent the last day of my 20’s in a car stuffed to bursting with kids, dogs, food, drink and plenty of warm clothes. To celebrate my 30th birthday Sean booked for us to spend a week in a cute little barn conversion on a farm in Flamborough with the monsters, my mum and sister. Incase you’re not up on British coastal towns Flamborough is a beautiful place just north of Bridlington, Yorkshire. We were really lucky with our cottage, it was literally a few minutes walk from the edge of the cliff, with amazing views every way you turned.
Now I’m no twitcher but the wildlife was impressive. A few miles away from where we stayed is an RSPB centre which is renowned for its seabirds. We saw hundreds of nesting Gannets, Guillemots and Kittiwakes, as well as several varieties of Gull. The monsters had great fun using binoculars to spot the different birds.
The weather was on our side, bright but pretty windy so we managed to a few local spots.
While we were investigating the caves at north Landing we were lucky enough to spot a pair of Puffins who had set up home in the side of the Cliff, unfortunately I couldn’t get a good photo but I was so excited to have actually seen them!
On my Birthday I was a very spoilt girl. I was woken (super early) by the monsters shouting “Happy Birthday!!” And given a big pile of presents to open. Sean and the monsters gave me some new Hunter wellies I’ve had my eye on.
Seriously how cool is that bright pink stripe?! I also got a Nike fuelband to help me get my butt in shape and a remote for my DSLR camera. I have to admit the boys did well, I’ve been dropping hints for a while and they got every one. Thank you boys!
My little sister Frankie did a great job of spoiling me too. She secretly got the monsters to write their names and had it made into a silver bracelet.
She also spotted a few vintage items which she new I would love.
Obviously this book was made just for me! My sister found this book by chance for sale on Etsy and just had to get it for me, what’s freaky is I had seen the very same book on Etsy a few weeks ago and considered buying it for myself!
The last present I had to open was from my mum and dad.
My very own bloody OVERLOCKER!!!! How spoilt am I?! I have the best family ever.
After the excitement of opening all my cards and presents we got ready and took a trip to Scarborough.
Chips, donuts and candy floss while walking along the sea wall all made turning 30 seem not so bad.
We finished the day with champagne and a Hello Kitty cake made by my mum.
All in all turning 30 wasn’t anywhere near as scary as I thought it would be. Oh and you’ll be really pleased to know that since turning 30 I really haven’t grown up. Phew!