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.

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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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A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing – The Language

If you’ve been following my guide so far, you should have your kit sorted and you’ve chosen a pattern. Now you’ve opened your pattern and you’re worried you’ve bought it in a different language… what does it all mean?

So the next part of my guide is to help get you speaking the sewing lingo and ready to apply for the next season of the Great British Sewing Bee!

The following things are what you would normally find on your pattern pieces and what you need to do with them.

Notches

A Beginner's Guide to Sewing The Language Notches

You’ll find notches on the edges of most pattern pieces and they are often triangular shaped. These are used to help match up pattern pieces accurately. For example match a notch on the side of your front bodice to the side of the your back bodice and all your side seams should match up! Ta da!

On the fold

A Beginner's Guide to Sewing The Language on the fold

When your pattern asks you to cut on the fold, it means place this edge on the folded edge of your fabric. When you cut it this will be one piece that you can open up. Often used for front pattern pieces as they wont have a seam running down the front.

Cut 2

This means once you are all cut out, you should have two of these pieces. If you’ve folded your fabric you should have two but, unlike when cutting on the fold, these will be separate pieces.

Seam allowance

This how much allowance has been added to the pattern to allow you to sew without compromising the size. Most patterns give you 1.5cm or 5/8inch but do check.

Grainline (arrow)

A Beginner's Guide to Sewing The Language grainline

This showing you where to place your pattern piece on the fabric. This line should run along the grain of the woven fabric you have. This is important as it can change how the final garment fits or hangs.

Darts

A Beginner's Guide to Sewing The Language darts

These are used to give your final piece shape. Your pattern, when on paper is flat, your body is not. When these darts are sewn into your fabric you can see how it creates a shape that fits with the human body. The fabric in this area is usually pinched together to create the shape. Usually found around the waist or bust the help remove the extra fabric. Clever little things.

So that’s it from me this week. Hopefully this helps you understand your pattern a little better.

Is there any sewing language I’ve missed? What would you like to see next?

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Me Made May 2016 Week 3

This week has been hectic. Have you ever had one of those weeks where it just drags and every morning feels like it should be Friday? Well it was one of those, I woke up 3 times thinking it was Friday when it wasn’t. However, while it was long it wasn’t all bad.

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This week I had another article published on the Huffington Post, about Five reasons the GBSB Should Inspire You to Start Sewing.

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I also finished some dresses for the band The Tuts for a video they are shooting for their first single off their upcoming album. I’m so excited to see how it all turns out. This was my first custom order and I’d love to do more, If you ever need something do contact me. I plan to do a post on this one so stay tuned.

So enough about that, here is my round up of my Me Made outfits from week 3 of Me Made May 2016…

Day 15

I spent the Sunday not doing a lot. I only ventured out to Tesco to do shopping for the week, so I wore this very old matching top and skirt. This is one of the first things I ever did sew. It still holds up but you can see a lot of progression in my sewing skills with this one.

 

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Day 16

I posted a video about my favourite sewing patterns and the outfit for this day was one of the dresses featured. Here is a clip of my video with the dress in question, but be sure to watch the full video here.

Day 17

All yellow in my Tilly and the Buttons Lilou dress from her book Love at First Stitch. I carried on the yellow theme with my Topshop shoes.

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Day 18

As you can tell from my previous outfit(s) I like to wear colour, so it’s quite rare for me to wear an outfit with so much black in it. But for this day I wore my self drafted faux leather skirt with exposed zip. I spent the whole night finishing off the dresses for The Tuts so it was an extremly long night…

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Day 19

… and an early morning. A 5am wake up call to get some last minute photos before the dresses were sent off meant this simple outfit was cobbled together. Another self drafted skirt with exposed zip, this time aline. The tshirt is a great Amelie top from Thailand.

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Day 20

Hold on isn’t this the same fabric as yesterday’s skirt? Well yes, yes it is. But this time it’s a hacked Papercut Patterns Rigel bomber. I did wear it with my trusty self drafted button front denim skirt but I tore a button off it. It couldn’t be photographed, RIP skirt.

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Day 21

Which brings us to my first repeat item of Me Made May 2016, my maroon cord Tilly and the Buttons Arielle Skirt . This was part 3 of my pattern cutting course at LCF so i brought along my trusty Tilly and the Buttons tote to carry round all my pattern cutting essentials and matched it my Stay at Home Club t-shirt because sometimes you just need to stay home.

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What have I learnt this week?

I’ve worn all my Me Made clothes that are either appropriate for the weather or I’m happy to be seen in public in. So the next week might see a few repeats crop up. This doesn’t bother me, We are 22days into the challenge and I’ve had one repeat which I think is pretty good going. This has shown me that my Me MAde wardrobe is larger than I thought and also more versatile. This week should be quieter and I have a few makes that I have been working on, near to completion. So this next week might also see some new sews enter the mix.

How is your Me Made May 2016 going? What are you learning? What have you been sewing?

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Five Reasons the Great British Sewing Bee Should Inspire You to Start Sewing – Huffington Post


Was everyone inspired by the GBSB? 

Well I was and this time it’s inspired me to write about  sewing for the Huffington Post. 

Be sure to check out my article 

http://m.huffpost.com/uk/entry/9995496

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.

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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?