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Handmade Wardrobe – Blanket Coat

This is the last make from 2014 I have to share with you and I think it may be my favourite.

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I think I’ve probably told with you before my fear of sleeves. As we all know a winter coat really needs sleeves so this make was another chance for me to face my fear. I’m pleased to say I am gradually getting over my sewing fears, as with everything practice makes perfect! I decided a while a go (before they flooded the shops over autumn/winter I’d like to add!) that I wanted to make a nice big, warm blanket coat for winter. Something snuggly that I could wrap myself up in on the school run, as that seems to be the extent of my social calendar lately. I spent a long time trawling patterns and ended up picking Vogue V8930 MISSES’ JACKET, it’s a very simple pattern but had exactly the look I was hoping for.

Once I found my pattern it was a quick trip to Goldhawk road to find the perfect fabric. I dragged my mum along to help me decide and after looking at some amazing wools I ended up with some kind of man made fibre blend, I’ve got no idea what it was but it washes a dream, was super stable to work with and best of all it was only £7 a metre rather than the £25 plus prices on the beautiful wools we were looking at. I am completely happy paying for quality fabric but as I had never made a coat before I didn’t want to waste lovely fabric on what may have been a disaster. Thankfully my bargain purple coat turned out perfectly.

Before I started cutting out the pattern I had planned on not lining the coat, but as I read through the pattern I preferred the seam finish on the lined version. I did a bit of pattern juggling and managed to cut the extra collar pieces I needed from my purple fabric. On the same shopping trip I had picked up some more African wax print to make another Mortmain dress (I might cut that out this weekend actually) which complemented the purple, so I used it for the back and sleeve lining, it was like it was meant to be!

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I was a little nervous about how my machine would handle the thick layers of fabric, especially now I was adding lining, normally it gets the right hump about thick layers, but to my surprise the fabric was a dream to sew. The coat came together so quickly and the sleeves went in first time, I don’t actually remember having to really use my seam ripper which is really unusual.

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Making this coat made me realise that I’m becoming much more confident about sewing, especially sewing from patterns. I felt comfortable not sticking to a particular pattern version, I used the shorter length, I added the lining but mixed fabric types and used the inset pockets. It’s the little tweaks you make to patterns that really make your clothes your own and different from ready to wear.

This coat has had a lot of wear over the past few months in rain and wind and it has kept me both warm and dry. The fact that the huge collar doubles up as a hood has helped with that.

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I love this coat. I feel like I’m wearing my personality when I wear this, its bright and fun, while still being stylish. I have had lots of compliments about it when I’ve been out, people even asked where I bought it! They couldn’t believe I made it! That made me feel a little proud of myself. Best of all they couldn’t believe how much I made it for, in total it came in at about £35 and that’s including the thread!! The Hubby was very happy when I told him that Ha!

Myrtle, She’s My Best Friend

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!!

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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?!

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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.

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Next up, a woven version.

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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.

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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.

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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?

Handmade Wardrobe – Scalloped Hem Shorts

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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

Sewing Club Shopping Trip

I’ve been planning making my own summer wardrobe for a while now. There has definitely been lots of planning. Research and planning, but not a lot else. I’m totally scared of actually taking the plunge into dressmaking. Well April is the month I take action! With advice from my lovely friends at sewing club I’ve worked up a list of patterns I’d like to start with. I’ve taken all my measurements (thanks for the help mum!) and written a fabric shopping list, yeah I love lists. So Next step is a good one, fabric shopping.

Last Saturday was sewing clubs first shopping outing. We were all pretty excited, it was like going on your first school trip. I was up early and on the train with my shopping list in hand. First stop Walthamstow Market. I bought some great leopard print jersey from the man outside Sainsburys.

With this one I’m going to make a maxi dress using the Misson Maxi pattern
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And using the same pattern I thought this would make a great vest.

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They were both a bargain £2 a metre.

Here we all are happy with our purchases.

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Photo courtesy of Rachel Pinheiro.

I picked up 6 yards of this 100% cotton from one of the shops along the high street for £10!!

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I had planned to make a full circle skirt out of it but as there’s so much I can’t decide whether to make a dress or matching skirt and top? Any thoughts?

After a good look round the market we all split off to do different things. Mum, Shelley and I popped to Shaukat on Old Brompton Road. If you love Liberty fabrics, actually just fabric in general you should definitely check it out. The website doesn’t do it justice, it’s an Aladdin’s cave of fabric yumminess!

Next mum and I headed off to Goldhawk road. This is where I got a little overwhelmed. Seriously there were so many fabric shops it all just blurred into one. After visiting pretty much every shop I settled on this light weight denim which I plan to use for a pair of scalloped hem shorts. I think it was around £6 a metre.

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Sorry the photo isn’t great, the fabric almost has a shine to it (in a good way) and is so unbelievably soft. I’m a bit nervous about making shorts but I’m really looking forward to wearing them.

I bought this jersey for another vest too, £2 a metre.

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My last purchase of the day was from the lovely Rashid. He was so helpful, here he is cutting my mums purchase.

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I chose this super bright jersey, think it was about £4 a metre and will be another maxi dress.

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After a long day shopping there was only one thing left to do, DRINK!

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