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Handmade Wardrobe – The Holiday Edition

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Dresses –

Dresses were a no brainer, I whipped up two Mission maxis, this time minus the maxi.

I kept one short.

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And the second midi.

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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?!

Handmade Wardrobe Update

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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One bodice done.
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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.

Handmade Wardrobe – Mission Maxi Dress

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!

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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.

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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??

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I promise the next handmade wardrobe post I will try my best to smile!

My Birthday Week

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.

The lighthouse at Flamborough Head.
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South Landing
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Rock pooling at North Landing
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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.

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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.

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She also spotted a few vintage items which she new I would love.

Crochet hooks.
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Some sewing pins and this book.
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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.

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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.

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Chips, donuts and candy floss while walking along the sea wall all made turning 30 seem not so bad.

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We finished the day with champagne and a Hello Kitty cake made by my mum.

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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!