My Super Sweet ’16

After giving myself a much needed physical and mental break I am ready to tackle 2017 and get back in the creative groove. I have a post about my plans for 2017 lined up so keep an eye out for that to find out more about my sewing plans and what to expect from this blog and my vlog, but for now I wanted to do a round up of the year.

So here is a look back over 2016…

2016 Roundup | Dominique Major

Instagram: So 2016 has been quite the year for my love of Instagram and I have found it such a great creative outlet to share things with the sewing community. Here is my top 9 from the year and I am so happy to have reached over 1000 followers, which I know in the grand scheme of things is small but seeing as I started the year on about 200 I am so happy to be able to share my photos with all my wonderful new followers.

2016 round up achievements | Dominique Major

Work and things: After a rocky end to 2015 and start to 2016, one of goals for the year was to push myself further with my work so I am happy and proud to look back over some of the things I have done in 2016. Of course the biggest and most exciting has been making Suzy Magazine and seeing it going out into the world. It has been such a great way to the end the year and surpassed any expectations. I can’t wait for more Suzy fun in 2017. I have also been pushing myself to write for other websites. Earlier in the year I published  writing for The Huffington Post and most recently for  gal-dem magazine. Some of you might also remember the dresses I made for The Tuts’ music video, these were also on the cover of Bristol Live Magazine. I completed a Introduction to Pattern Cutting course at LCF and, of course, became part of the Sew Crafty Design team. Phew… I can’t wait to have a 2017 full of even more exciting opportunities.

2016 round up travel | Dominique Major

Travel: I had another year of wonderful travels with a VERY cold trip to New York in February and another summer trip to the US travelling from Vancouver to Seattle and finally down to Portland (somewhere that had been on my travel list for quite a while).

2016 round up me made | Dominique Major

Me Made Wardrobe: And, of course, my handmade wardrobe has really developed this year. Since the start of the year my small handmade collection has developed significantly and I am now actually wearing #memadeeveryday. I feel my skills have developed and while there are still many areas of improvement and ways in which my wardrobe can expand, I am proud of how much I have achieved in such a small space of time.

So that’s 2016 in a nutshell and I can’t wait for 2017 to be even more exciting!

Blog update and blog/vlogmas

So how long has it been since my last real blog post? Let’s not be too specific with dates but I am very aware it has been far too long.

You might have been thinking, have I given up on this blogging and vlogging thing? The answer is no but there have been multiple reasons for this unintentional hiatus.

 

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Firstly, I always suffer from post summer come down. My motivation levels drop as soon as winter hits and I find I have less energy to do even the things I love. I have been struggling to keep up with my sewing to do lists so haven’t had the chance to keep up the blog as well. With that in mind I decided a break might be good. Gather ideas and come back with great content rather than something half put together! This also goes for the vlogs because the other problem with winter is I don’t have the light in which to film videos. Ugh!

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Thinking about the blog and vlog content I haven’t been completely pleased with how it has all been looking and for me putting out content that I am not completely happy makes me uncomfortable. So I’ve wanted to do more than sitting in front of the camera holding up fabric on the vlog (though sometimes there is a place for this) I have been eager to go for a redesign for my blog, perhaps even a new platform. So fingers crossed I can get my arse in gear and that will be coming!

Suzy Magazine Dominique Major

Lastly and perhaps most excitingly, I have been working on launching Suzy Magazine! In case you haven’t seen, Suzy is an Indie sewing magazine for the fashion forward sewist. With my friend Rosa I have been creating this magazine because we wanted to fill the gap between fashion magazines and sewing magazine. We wanted to have a magazine that had a fashion magazine feel, with editorial shoot, styling ideas etc but with handmade clothes instead of clothes from the high street. I will do a detailed post very soon.

Suzy Magazine Dominique Major

So as you can probably guess this has been taken quite a lot of my time.  We are currently sold out but we have some new issues coming from the printers very soon so if you haven’t managed to get your hands on a copy yet, you can put yourself on the waiting list over at www.suzymagazine.com

So feeling a wave of motivation (read: craziness) I have figured that the best way to get back into blogging is to take part in Blogmas. So stay tuned for a post every single day. I am going to combine blogmas and vlogmas together and use this as an opportunity to revamp both. So I will be posting everyday, not on each platform but across both platforms. So some days it may be a blog and others a vlog. I am still deciding on how I plan to make this work and I am going to be honest I only decided to do this, this morning. So be patient.

See you tomorrow…

The Seamstress Tag

I’ve answered questions for The Seamstress Tag which has been set up by Hollie from Hollie Sews.

You can watch the video below but don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for lots of exciting content!

Let me know in the comments below if you have taken part by leaving a link to it or if you haven’t choose your fave question and let me know your answer below. I’d love to know some of your answers! 🙂 

Monday Moments – 3rd Oct

Show Monday who’s boss! Here’s some motivation for the week ahead!

Style- Pleats

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Read – Am I introverted or just rude?

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Watch –  While I still might not be watching anything but Gilmore Girls (End of season 4 OMG!) I will be trying to include some other faves such as Freaks and Geeks.
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Listen- Grimes- Flesh without blood

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Sew – New Look 6203 (Ok this might not seem like the greatest pattern but I have great plans for this week. Trust me!)

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See you next Monday!

 

Pay Day Wish List

After spending all of my hard earned pennies on all the fabric I bought on my recent holiday, not only have I crossed a bunch off of my wish list but I also have too much fabric! (If that is such a thing.) So with that in mind I have recently been hunting for new patterns to try and put all this fabric to good use. So this Pay Day wish list is pattern packed!

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While I am yet to make a Named Pattern, their new pattern collection looks set to to change that. The styling, the modern styles. I love! So there are quite a few on my wish list but I think the one I am lusting after the most is the Helmi Tunic. I like the relaxed fit tunic and the neckline. But I think the shirt will be great to layer under pinafores or paired with skirts in the winter.

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Since making my Butterick B5030 I can’t get enough of wrap dresses. Why has it taken me so long to wear them? They are so flattering! We all know I love the Wear Lemonade patterns but I really like the Dita and I like the fact it can be worn either way. From the promotional mages I’ve seen I think I really like the wrap at the back.

I’ve always loved Madalynne’s bra patterns so when I heard she was bringing out patterns with Simplicity I was eager to try them. So these two patterns were high on my wish list. They were quickly taken off my wish list and put into my pattern collection when I saw the Simplicity patterns at half price over on Jaycotts. If anyone has any recommendations of places to buy lace lingerie fabric do let me know in the comments below!

What are you lusting over this pay day? Has anyone tried any of these patterns? Let me know in the comments below

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.

Dresses by Dominique handmade for the The Tuts www.dominiquemajor.wordpress.com

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.

 

Me Made May 2016 Day 15 www.dominiquemajor.wordpress.com

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.

Me Made May 2016 Day 17 www.dominiquemajor.wordpress.com

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…

Me Made May 2016 Day 18 www.dominiquemajor.wordpress.com

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.

Me Made May 2016 Day 19 www.dominiquemajor.wordpress.com

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.

Me Made May 2016 Day 21 Tilly and the Buttons Arielle www.dominiquemajor.wordpress.com

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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