Sewing Pattern Review – Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges

You might remember this fabric from my July Sewing Haul, but since then I haven’t shown you what it became over here on the blog. You might have seen it over on my Instagram but I thought I’d give you a little pattern review her on the blog.

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I think I mentioned in my vlog that I was playing on turning this gorgeous fabric into a Megan Neilsen Darling Ranges dress hack and extend it into a maxi dress version. After some consideration I decided against this and went for the normal length of this dress. Mainly because I don’t think Maxis ever suit me.

Let me just say I LOVE this dress. It’s just so comfy! I made the unfitted version in this soft viscose fabric from Fabric Land (similar) which has made it a dream to wear. Occasionally I nip it in at waist with a belt but I like the versatility and think it looks fine without.  And hello, pockets! Love, love, love!

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The pattern was easy to sew. At first I had a little bit of an issue with the binding around the neck but it was easily fixed. I had the PDF version of this pattern so found the Megan Nielsen app a great help when sewing this together. Genius idea.

I  wore this when travelling to America and let me just say it is great plane wear. Comfortable because you don’t have to worry about fitted areas becoming uncomfortable when you’re wearing it for hours on end and covers you up enough when the plane gets cold, all while you carry on looking stylish.

I can’t wait to make more. I have plans for a blouse version from the lovely constellation fabric I bought while in America and would also love to try the version with the fitted waist. Overall just really love how simple pattern this pattern and how versatile the style is. It will quickly become a wardrobe staple!

Have you tried this pattern?  What patterns do you love for comfort and style?

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July Sewing Haul

Right so let me start off by saying that this video has been the biggest pain. I’ve had to film it three times and I think it has been uploading for about 6 hours. Was it worth it? Hopefully! Regardless but here is my latest sewing haul.

Thanks again to everyone who has subscribed. I know I’ve been a bit patchy on the blogging front recently but it is now the summer holidays (woo!) so I have lots of sewing planned and quite a few posts lined up so stay tuned.

As I am planning new posts and videos let me know what you’d like to see in the comments. What’s everyone been making? What have you been buying?

 

Birthday dress

It’s my birthday! I still get so excited about birthdays, yes the getting older does suck a bit but the actual birthday part is great! 


The best kind of birthdays are the ones that fall in the weekend as its like a birthday weekend bonanza. As my birthday is on a Sunday this year I got that treat, so to celebrate I’ve worn two new dresses! 

This is my first completely self drafted pattern and I’ve worn two different versions for my birthday weekend so I  feel like this pattern should be called the birthday dress. Imaginative I know. 

For the pattern I decided to shape the arm hole around the natural shape of that area  to flatter the shoulder/arm while keeping a high neckline, which I always prefer. For the back I decided to contrast the front by opting for  a lower back and summer straps. 


For the skirt I went for a simple half circle because I thought the shape looked good with this style bodice. It also helps to flatter my waist without any gathers or pleats. 

I’ve sewn two versions. One I wore on my birthday eve for food with friends and the other for my actual birthday which I spent with my family. 


The first version is in this cheap polycotton I bought in A1 fabrics on Goldhawk Road. 


It was super cheap and the quality isn’t great but I just loved the simple pattern. I LOVE this fabric sewn up and think it really suits this pattern! 

The other is in this beautiful Liberty fabric that I actual got for my birthday two years ago. I wore this for family fun on my actual birthday. 

Here’s to 26! 

What have you all been sewing recently? Do you like to sew yourself something new for your birthday?  Let me know in the comments below. 

Pay Day Sewing Wish List – June edition

It’s that time of the month again, pay day is here and my wish list has grown. Sadly, what with booking holidays and all of that stuff I didn’t manage to get much from last month’s wish list but I am definitely still lusting after it. That being said I still plan to add to it, you can’t stop a girl from wishing.

There have been quite a few pattern releases creeping up on us and I’m need of a wardrobe update, what with this so called summer approaching. (Sun if you’re reading please start shining soon.)

But here’s an older pattern that I’m surprised I haven’t bought yet but have definitely been lusting over and that is the Tilly and the Buttons Francoise. 

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This classic 60s shape can be made in everything from classic fabrics to jazzier pattern fabrics. I love the sleeveless version and feel it will be the perfect addition to my handmade wardrobe.

I’m also really loving Meghan Nielsen patterns at the moment. There are quite a few so it’s hard to choose one. But if I had to, I think my current favourite  is this one from the Darling Range. I quite like the ease of the unfitted version and think it will make a great casual summer dress in a light chambray. Perfect for travelling and when you don’t want something clinging to you in the heat.

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Now there’s no hiding the fact that I love dungarees. I already have the Kwik Sew K1438 dungaree pattern as a wip but that doesn’t stop me lusting after the Pauline Alice Turia dungarees. I’ve seen quite a few bloggers making them and I think it’s about time I made my own.

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Alongside, a bunch of new patterns I have of course been eyeing up some new fabric.

First up a stiped jersey. I love a striped top, well who doesn’t? But as of yet I haven’t actually sewn one myself. So I’m very tempted to rectify this with this really cool stripe jersey. I like how the stripes are zig zag which I think adds a cool twist.

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It’s no secret that I love a print but this time I have one that isn’t a floral! I really like this lip print fabric and think it would make a great jumpsuit.

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Remember those Turia dungarees? Now how about those in this awesome floral denim fabric? Yes, just perfect.

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Now that’s all for this months pay day sewing wish list. Having just booked a holiday I need to be a bit more careful with how I spend my money so I can spend it all on lovely sewing things when I go away. What’s better than visiting sewing shops in places you’ve never been before? Currently I’m off to Vancouver, Portland and Seattle so any recommendations, please send them my way!

What’s on your pay day sewing wish list? What patterns and fabric did you buy last month?

Introduction to Pattern Cutting at LCF

Welcome back guys! As I said in my June Sewing Plans, during the month of May I took a Pattern Cutting Course at the London College of Fashion. So I wanted to give you a roundup of the course, what I learnt and what to expect in case you happen to be interested in signing up for a similar course.

So first up…

Why did I sign up?

I’d been thinking about doing a course for a while. I wanted to learn something new creatively. I had thought about pottery or jewellery-making but while these would be fun I couldn’t see a benefit to my personal creativity beyond the course. However, I didn’t want to do a sewing course because I couldn’t see the value for money. I know how to sew and what I don’t know, there are so many online tutorials to follow so I didn’t see the need. But I’d seen this course on the LCF website and debated whether I would get enough out of it. After much deliberation, I decided that this was something I perhaps would struggle to teach myself, it’s a renowned fashion college and it would benefit my personal creativity. So the rest, as they say, is history…

What is Introduction to Pattern Cutting (Womenswear)?

The course I took was five weeks every Saturday from 10am-5pm. It took place LCF’s Lime Grove campus, which is dangerously close to Goldhawk Rd… you’ve been warned.

Over these five weeks you learn:

  • dart manipulation
  • how to draft a bodice
  • how to draft collars
  • how to draft a skirt
  • adding seam allowance
  • adding button stands
  • fit
  • various sides of design
  • and so much more…

The course is a great mix of practical and technical knowledge. Class sizes are small – my class had a 9 students and not everyone would show up each week.

My tutor, Claudette, was so friendly and supportive. Any questions she would answer and she would give you so much, much more than the basics of the course. She provided so much industry knowledge.

This is an introduction to pattern cutting but I was very lucky that my tutor really pushed us. So be prepared that there will be lots of information in these 5 weeks and lots to absorb in your own time through practise. But as an introduction there is so much more to learn but this serves as a good base.

If you are interested LCF have a bunch of pattern cutting short courses here.

Below is my current project a summer dress, more to come on the finished project soon.

Have you tried pattern cutting? Or is there anything else you’d like to know about pattern cutting? Let me know in the comments below.

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June Sewing Plans

Hi Guys! Long time no blog. I’ve hit a bit of a creative block which means despite having a week off of work last week I didn’t get any sewing done and haven’t started any new projects.

I often find myself so overwhelmed with ideas that I don’t know where to start, so I just don’t. I also find myself more creatively stimulated when I am working, this might be strange but maybe it’s my mind wanting to escape. What I find is that by the time I get some time off I’m exhausted and just want to sit and do nothing! Does that happen to anyone else? How do you fight a creative block?

But that being said I’m not going to beat myself up about it, it happens! On the plus side we are in June and despite last week’s miserable weather (which I think contributed to the block) the sun seems to have put its hat back on.

So I thought I’d ease myself back in by making some plans for June. Now I know that May was a crazy month – Me Made May had taken over our Instagrams and put handmade into the forefront of our minds, but what now?

For me I’ve just finished my course at LCF, so with all those skills under my belt and my Saturdays now free I can’t wait to put that into practise. I’m currently drafting a summer dress, so keep your eyes peeled. Also I do plan to do a bit of a round-up of my course at some point in case anyone else is interested.

Another reason for my sewing block is that I haven’t bought any new patterns recently. There’s nothing really screaming out to me that I need to have that isn’t similar to what I already have. I think it’s also the knowing that I can make some of my own that’s putting me off, but I do have a bunch of fabrics just waiting to be used.

Seeing as drafting my own pattern just adds more time to process and I am eager for some new clothes, I do have some old patterns I’m hoping to tackle.

The first being a Rigel bomber in a stand-out fabric. I love a bomber jacket and I want one in a nice bright floral for summer. I think it would look good over denim and t-shirts, to jazz up a more casual look.

These three other fabrics I’m hoping to use for some self drafted goodies. The black and white I’m hoping to make into a summer dress. The 70s floral fabric I plan to draft into a midi skirt and the denim into a must-have pinafore.

It’s also my birthday at the beginning of next month so as a birthday treat I’ll make a birthday dress out of the this Liberty fabric I’ve had for ages but am always to scared to cut into.

What’s everyone’s sewing plans for June? I’d also love to hear how you get yourselves out of a creative block. Let me know in the comments below.

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Me Made May 2016 – Week 1

Boom! Week 1 of Me Made May is done. Here’s a roundup of my first week of this challenge.

Day 1

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I braved the cold and rain in Cornwall with my Lisette dress in this bright John Lewis fabric.

Day 2

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Make My Lemonade Paloma dungaree dress in this boat corduroy from Copenhagen. Perfect outfit for that beach life come down and a 8hr car journey back home.

Day 3

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Fighting post-Bank Holiday back to work blues in my Colette Patterns Hawthorn dress.

Day 4

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On Wednesday I wear pink and this time it was this Simplicity (unknown pattern) elephant dress.

Day 5

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Fighting for all things Girl Power on Election Day in my Tilly and the Buttons Miette skirt with this brilliant pink linen fabric from Fabric Land.

Day 6

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More Tilly and the Buttons, but this time it was all bright in my Love at First Stitch Lilou dress.

Day 7

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Back to school in another unknown Simplicity pattern dress in this fab sunflower fabric.

What have I learnt?

So from this first week, I’ve learnt that the majority of my handmade wardrobe is full of brightly coloured and patterned summer dresses. I’ve wanted to wear more skirts but apart from my Miette I don’t really have any appropriate for bare legs in this warmer weather. Also, I would like to make more tops because none of my Me Made skirts have anything to be paired with. Perhaps some jersey basic tops would be a good addition, something like the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes or even the Nettie bodysuit.

So I’ve managed to keep up with my daily photography and hope to do the same throughout the month of May.

However May is shaping up to be a super busy month. I’ve just started a pattern cutting course at LCF and my to-do lists just seems to be growing and growing. I can’t complain too much though, I’m working on some super exciting things. It’s just a shame I don’t have any time for some selfish sewing at the moment.

How was your first week of Me Made May? What have you learnt so far and what’s now on sewing list?