Vintage Sewing Pattern Haul vlog

Two posts in one week?! Craziness!

Here is my latest vlog which is the second part of my holiday sewing haul. This time I talk about vintage patterns and some other sewing treasures. I hope you all enjoy!

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5 Last Minute Summer Sewing Patterns

Guess what guys, summer is not over yet. Yes, if  you live in the UK most days it feels like summer never really actually came around. Sunny days have been few and far between which means summer sewing hadn’t really been a priority. (That’s probably why I’m panic sewing some last minute bits for my holiday!) But there seems to be a few sunny days left in this summer and we all know there’s always a last burst of sunshine in September.

So I wanted to do a round up of 5 last minute summer sewing patterns that are quick, work for warmer climates but can also be transitioned into autumn winter.

1. Adelaide dress 

Another great dress for layering. I’ve just sewn this beautiful pattern up in a slightly altered denim version perfect for summer travels but when I’m back and the sun is no longer around I want to get more wear our of it and  when sewn in the right fabric it is perfect for layering. My denim version could be worn with a striped top  underneath (I’ve just sewn multiple Nettie’s that would be perfect) and some ankle boots. Transition done!

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(Pink cord, Denim , Liberty cord

2.  Sudley dress 

I’ve just made this dress in a beautiful Liberty Tana lawn and I love it which has made we eager to sew others. I have a top version in the pipe line for my holiday but again I think this pattern, while beautiful, is also a great pattern to transition. It can be worn as it is now and when made in a beautiful fabric like a Tana lawn is breezy and cool but as the colder weather comes you can layer a jumper over and show off the collar detailing or add a cozy chunky cardigan over the top.  Make it in a blouse and wear it with shorts in the summer and under your Adelaide dress in the winter with thick tights and boots.

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(Liberty, Rifle Co., Feather)

3. Françoise Dress 

Some of you may have recently seen my first Françoise dress and I think this makes a great summer to Autumn transition piece when sewn in the sleeveless version.

While this isn’t a super summery piece being sleeveless makes it easy to wear when the weather is warmer paired it’s some nice sandals. However this can be transitioned into A/W through the wonderful art of layering. When made in the right fabric this 60s style pinafore dress can easily be warn with a long sleeve top underneath or even better a roll neck and tights!

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(Cat, Dashwood, Cloud 9_

4. Bailen Slip dress

I spoke about this dress in my July Favourites video and it was the pattern that prompted me to think about this post. Slip dresses are great for warm weather. When made in a viscose, as I did with mine, they are light and breathable. Exactly what you need when it’s just too hot. But layer a polo neck or jumper underneath when the chill hits, they then add some colour to your winter wardrobe and help you embrace 90s chic. An easy (free!) pattern and versatile. I like a lot!

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(Poppy, Tropic, Medalion)

5. Coco dress

I have a new found love for the Coco and I can see why it is a Tilly and the Buttons best seller. It is so easy to sew and so comfortable. Now knits might not be what you think of sewing in the summer but seeing as our summer’s aren’t hot hot the coco makes a great transition piece. It’s easy to wear without tights or sew a loose fitting top to wear with short or a denim skirt. I have sewn a long sleeve top version in the yellow stripe and a short sleeve dress in the black and i’ve only had the pattern for about a week.

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(Spots, Black stripe, Yellow Stripe)

What last minute summer sewing are you doing to transition into AW? Have you tried any of these patterns? Let me know if you have any fabric or pattern recommendations in the comments below.

(PS I am on holiday for two weeks so there will be fewer posts and I no videos though I do have so good ones lined up for when I’m back. Do check my Instagram to stay up to date with my travels and Handmade Holiday Wardrobe. You might even see some of these in there.)

 

New Favourite Pattern? Butterick B5030

If there was ever an example of why you should never judge a pattern but its cover the Butterick B5030 would be that example. Ok, so it’s not the worst I’ve ever seen but it looks frumpy and lets say I had to use my imagination when buying it.


So the reason I bought this pattern and ignored the horrible cover is because I had a vision and this pattern was the closest I could find to bring my vision to life. As some of you will have seen in my previous post this vision came from the beautiful dresses over on Reformation. I wanted to make a modern take on the wrap dress. It’s a style I’ve never tried before because I’ll admit, I imagined it as a style for an older woman. But Reformation opened my eyes to it’s potential and I am so glad. While this design isn’t groundbreaking it’s the little changes that make it modern.

So first up the pattern.

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The biggest change I had to make was the length of the skirt. Now I’m not short I’m 5ft 7 and even so I had to shorten this pattern A LOT! Just from looking at the pattern I knew it needed to be shortened. So when cutting the pattern pieces I shortened the paper piece straight away by about 4inches. Yet when I had completed my sewing, when I tried it on, it still came past my knees! Now it was fine, but I felt that this dress needed to be shorter to keep it modern so i then had to shorten it by about another 4 inches. Even now it’s short but its not indecent. Another change I made was with the gap in the neckline. In the images the neckline is quite reserved. I am not a big boobs on show kind of girl but again to keep the modern feel I felt it needed a lower cut. I’m happy with it. It does need a popper in the front to stop it gapping but I like the neckline and the amount of skin on show.

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As you can see from the pictures I went for the sleeves on version C. Overall I could not be happier with this dress and with the changes I now know I need to make I can’t wait to make more and you will be seeing a lot more of this pattern.

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I have a new favourites video going up on my YouTube channel tomorrow so if you haven’t subscribed head on over so you don’t miss out! 

Have you tried the Butterick B5030? Do you have any suggestions for fabrics I could try next? Let me know in the comments below.

Pay Day Sewing Wish List – July Edition

Pay Day this month has crept up on me, I can’t believe we are at the end of the month. Sadly pay day this month has also passed me by. With a holiday looming, my money went as quickly as it came. So this months pay day wish list is mostly sadly just that, wishing. But making sacrifices for a holiday is hardly the biggest hard ship.

Lets jump into my wish list.

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First up is fabrics. This month my fabrics are all from Liberty. The reason for this. I have a gift card. My friend very kindly got me a Liberty gift card for my birthday and I have patiently been waiting to get spending. So all my fabric browsing has been on the Liberty website thinking about what lovely fabric I can buy without making a dent in my own bank account. So these are the fabrics I have been lusting after. I sadly don’t have enough for all of them so I will have to make a decision. Let me know in the comments which is your fav. But knowing me I’ll go in store and will end of being wowed by something different.

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First up is the Juniper Tana Lawn. Every time I scroll through the Liberty website this fabric catches my eye. My heart says this is my favourite and the red colour way in particular but I am fond of the black with the yellow flowers!

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Hard decisions but I have this dress in mind for the red fabric. Dreamy!

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Otherwise I really like the girliness of the Delilah fabric in this green. I don’t really have fabrics like it but feel it very me and can imagine lots of dresses made up on this beautiful fabric, perhaps even the Wear Lemonade top that you are about to see in the patterns section.

Lastly is the Lolly Tana Lawn. Again like the  Juniper I’m having a colour dilemma but as much I like the green, my sewing visions are having a red moment. I can imagine the dress I previously mentioned made up in this fabric . Oh Liberty why have you got to make such beautiful fabrics?

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I have been really interested in sewing my own bras recently. I’ve seen some beautiful ones popping up on the Internet and seeing as underwear is so damn expensive I have been considering whether this can be a new skill I can learn.

 

The first pattern I have been lusting after is the Boylston Bra by Orange Lingerie and this is mainly because I saw this bra made by Miss Make in this gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel rayon.

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Boylston Bra by Miss Make

Isn’t this just the most beautiful thing you have ever seen? I have some wonderful Liberty scraps left over and I think there will be enough to knock up this bra. Imagine this in the Liberty floral from my Birthday dress, ahhh perfect!

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Another bra pattern I have been eyeing up for a while is the Watson bra by Cloth Habit. I really like bras like this, not being particularly blessed in this department is something that has never bothered me as I love easy bras without wires. So much comfort. So the Watson bra is definitely one that could become a sewing staple.

Pay Day wish list Dominique Major Wear Lemonade Falbala

Last up on my pattern wish list is another Wear Lemonade pattern. Back in my Pay Day Sewing Wishlist I included the Lila skirt. I just love the Wear Lemonade patterns, the branding is so on point and their styling is everything! I am tempted to sign up to their take on an Netflix for sewing patterns. I love so many of them it seems like a good investment. My favourite this month is the Falbala blouse. I love a ruffle so it was tie between this and the Leia. See I said I need this subscription.

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Pay day Sewing Wish list rosie martin no patterns needed

Lastly, I have a bonus item for this months sewing wish list and it is a book. This month I am intrigued by the new book by Rosie Martin – No Patterns Needed: DIY Couture from Simple Shapes. I’ve seen some beautiful images on Instagram and there are so many things that I can see myself wearing so I might just need to give this book a go. Any one tried it?

So that’s it for this month. What do you think of my picks? Do you have a favourite? What’s on your pay day sewing wish list this month? Let me know in the comments below.

Summer Sews- Drafting a Midi Skirt

First up I did make a great midi skirt in a 70s inspired floral fabric and yes this is the first time in a long while that I have actually completed a project for myself. But more importantly I threaded by overlocker! It has been sat unused for a couple of months because threading it is such a pain in the arse. But I decided it was about time and I did it. It was actually not as bad as I remembered.

Anyway back to the make.

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I bought this viscose fabric a little while back. I wasn’t sure what I would do with it but I knew I loved it. But this week when i was sorting through my wardrobe I found an old rtw midi skirt also in a 70s style fabric and that’s when inspiration struck. I knew the swishy fabric would be perfect for a half circle skirt and the movement that’s often much needed for summer. 

What do you need? 

To start drafting your skirt shape.

To sew the skirt

  • fabric (the jazzier the better I say, I bought mine here)
  • an invisible zip
  • thread
  • fabric shears

And of course a sewing machine. (I also used my overlocker to neaten those seams!)

Let’s get started!

Taking Measurements

So this skirt is going to be based on your own measurements.

You’ll need to take your waist measurment and then decide on how long you want your skirt to be. The app suggest 24 inches but adjust this based on your height and where it will be most flattering for it hit.

Then the lovely ladies at By Hand London have made a clever app that tells you how to use these measurements to draft your skirt. I won’t take credit for this.

I made a half circle.

By Hand London Circle Skirt App Dominique Major

It will then tell you, your waist radius and how much fabric you will need, followed by can image of how to set this out on your fabric.

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For my waist area.I drafted the radius on to paper, cut it out and pinned it to the skirt. and cut it out.

I then drafted a waistband, attached my zip and hemmed it all.

Then Ta Dah! A swishy summer skirt. I even have some fabric left that I perhaps could squeeze a matching top out of.

I also hope this jazzy video makes up for my lack of pictures of me wearing the actual skirt.

What have you all been sewing this weekend? Do you have any makes lined up for when the sun reappears? Let me know in the comments below.

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Me Made May 2016 – Round Up

Tuesday 31st May 2016… we made it. It’s the end of May and therefore, sadly, the end of Me Made May 2016.

So I managed to do it. I successfully wore a Me Made item everyday for the month of May. Here is my original pledge.

I didn’t manage to wear a different piece each day, which I always knew was unrealistic but I did pretty well. I was very impressed with how my me made wardrobe held up.

You can catch up with all my previous weekly roundups here, here and here.

 

My Favourite Me Mades

My Lisette. I love the shape, the colour, the pattern and it’s damn comfortable.

Can you tell I like my Miette? Can you tell I like that pink colour? Enough said.

This dress always gets compliments. It has elephants holding balloons – oh, and it’s pink!

I love the colour of this dress and these hidden bunny buttons are so cute!

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I also managed to sneak in my me made shoes.

So what did I learn?

I learnt that lots of my me made items are colourful and have lots of pattern. Before this I had thought about whether this is something I should change, but what, Me Made May has shown me is that these are things that make my wardrobe mine and I like that.

I learnt that I have so much more I want to sew but I didn’t do anywhere near enough sewing this May.  While I managed to wear lots of me mades, May was a super hectic month.

I’ve been taking a pattern cutting course at LCF. I’ve learnt SO much and I can’t wait to put it all into practise. I have so many plans…

I also made a custom order for a band!

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The Tuts are an all-girl band who have just recorded their debut album and I made 70s style pinafores for their upcoming music video.

I’ll be putting together a post when the video actually comes out but here are a sneak peek of the dresses. I’d love to do more things like this, so if you are in the market for a new dress do contact me.

All in all I didn’t even have much of chance for some selfless sewing. So my aim for June is to add more me made pieces to my wardrobe.

This was my first year taking part in Me Made May and I’m so glad I did. I’ve enjoyed seeing everyone’s Me Made May makes and enjoyed the thought I’ve had to put into my wardrobe for the month of May. So thanks to So Zo for setting up this challenge it’s been great.

How did you do this Me Made May 2016? What’s everyone’s me made plans now that May is over? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Me Made May 2016 – Week 2

Whoah! Week 2 of Me Made May has been a busy one!

My working week has felt like the longest ever and my to do list doesn’t seem to be shrinking! But I unleashed my teen fan girl self at a Busted gig at Wembley and completed day 2 of my Pattern Making course at LCF.

I’m still going strong with my Me Made May pledge of wearing at least one me made item each day. So check out what I’ve been wearing this week and find out my Me Made May thoughts at the end.

 Day 8 

A hot, hot, hot Sunday was spent at the beach wearing this hacked Simplicity 1166 skirt complete with Cath Kidston heart buttons to match my trusty bandana.

Day 9

Clearly I was feeling red early in the week because I spent Monday wearing my Tilly and the Buttons Miette skirt in a red linen, which looks lovely but creases so easily! I paired it with my favourite Cribs t-shirt.

Day 10

The warm weather didn’t stick around for too long and by Tuesday the tights were back on with Simplicity, Cynthia Rowley 1105. I love how easy this dress is to wear and despite it being covered up a cardigan all day I love this bow detailing on the back.

Day 11

So if you know me, Busted were my favourite band growing up. I mean I was obsessed! Imagine my delight when they decided to reunite 12 years after their break up. Sheer joy! Anyway I digress, for this wonderful day I wore my Tilly and the Buttons Arielle skirt in a maroon cord. When i went to work I paired it with my striped top and swapped this for black body suit for the evening. More action from my bandana and the Busted scarf I’ve kept since I was 13.

Day 12

I can’t go long without wearing colour and print, so by Thursday I was back in this Simplicity dress in this gorgeous floral fabric I bought last year in Copenhagen

Day 13

Another Copenhagen fabric, this time for my self drafted skirt. By Friday I was exhausted so I was keeping it casual with this outfit.

Day 14

This is one of my favourite dresses. It fits so well and this Liberty fabric is just perfect. It was day 2 of my Pattern Cutting course at LCF so I spent the day working with these tiny blocks, how cute!

So that’s Week 2 done. You may have noticed I wasn’t feeling having my picture taken this week, so lots of flat lays

What I have learnt?

While I know I don’t need to wear a different me made piece for the whole of May, what I’ve realised this week is that I’m nearing the end of being able to wear something different each day. I’ve also realised I’ve been slacking with sewing recently, I have a whole pile of fabric just waiting to be sewn and showcased this May. Therefore, my aim for this next week is to make myself at least one new thing. Check back next week to see if I manage to do it.

How was your second week of Me Made May 16? How is your me made wardrobe holding up? What have you learnt? Let me know in the comments below.

Keep up to date with my Me Made May pictures over on my social media.

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Monday Motivation – Week 3 

Coming back at you with some more Monday motivation.

READ: The Similarish – Sometimes, Lean Back (Perfectly summing up the need to just do you.)

WATCH: Taylor Swift 73 Questions for Vogue

LISTEN: Eat me – The Cribs

SEW: Handmade Style – Floral Dresses

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STYLE: Culottes

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QUOTE: Clear Eyes Full Hearts Can’t Lose


 

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Handmade Style – Floral Dresses

My name is Dominique and I love floral dresses!

Ok, this isn’t anything new but I can’t help myself. I see colour, I see print of the floral kind and I have to have it. It’s therefore no surprise that the majority of my handmade wardrobe is made up of this.

So this is a post in honour of my love for floral dresses.

I’ve picked my top 5 dresses.

 

Simplicity 1157 (Project Runway inspired) made in a green floral fabric that I bought in Stof 2000, Copenhagen, a fab fabric store that was perfectly positioned right next to my hotel.

The back of this dress (not shown) is open and I decided to add bunny buttons at the back. Very spring appropriate.

 

Simplicity 1105 (Cynthia Rowley) made in a John Lewis sale bargain fabric. With its flowy shape this  dress is great for hot summer days. I wore this when I went to Palm Springs and it was perfect. I did have to take it in a little bit because the trapezium shape was even a bit too much for me.

New Look 6223 with adapted neckline. (I think?!)  This is one of my favourites. The fabric is bold (John Lewis sale bargain) but it is so easy to wear. I love the hidden bees that are dotted around.

Tilly and the Buttons-Lilou made in, you guessed it, another John Lewis sale bargain. Again, another great dress to throw on and let the fabric do the talking. This Lilou has a gathered waist and a looser shape which is great when the weather is warmer and you don’t want to deal with fabric sticking to you.

Simplicty 1419 Lisette (I believe this has been discontinued though…)  Yes, another John Lewis fabric! I’m a teacher, I get John Lewis gift cards and I spend them on fabric.  I love how bold this fabric is, and the dress has pockets so it’s super practical.

That’s it, my favourite floral dresses.

Do you love florals? Share some of your favourite floral makes with me, I’d love to see them!

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