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!

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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…

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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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!

July Sewing Favourites 

I have a new video for you over on my YouTube channel! Enjoy!


I’m also planning out a bunch of new posts so what kind of things would you all like to see both here as written content and over on YouTube in video form? I’d love to hear so let me know in the comments below. 

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?

 

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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Snapshots | New York | February 2016

I started a Youtube channel!

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To start off with I have some travel videos, the first from my recent trip to New York. It’s short because it was so cold I couldn’t take my camera out most of the time. If you like this subscribe to my channel for more travel videos and some upcoming Handmade Style videos.
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Catch up with my pictures from my trip (mainly of food) over on my Instagram. @dominique.major