Category Archives: self sewing

Selfish, selfish sewing.

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After having a little wake up call and some hard work it was time to start sewing for me and make myself something special.  Now that was easy to choose, l needed a new Rebecca dress by Sis Boom and having some Jennifer Paganelli Caravelle fabric stashed away there was no excuse to make my new me that something special.

I love the Rebecca dress and have made quite a few but after my lets get back on the road to being healthy l made a new Rebecca dress and l could not be happier.

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The fit of the Rebecca and the gorgeous fabric certainly made me feel fantastic, the fabric pattern is beautiful and so soft for a cotton fabric.  This is definately my favourite Rebecca dress yet.

I had some cotton lace that l had stashed away that l have been wanting to use for quite a while and this was the perfect opportunity.  Instead of the waist band that is in the pattern l simply substituted it with the lace, easy to do and gives another beautiful dimension to this gorgeous pattern. Yes know you see that l do love the Rebecca, funny thing is l never thought it was for me but after making my first l had to have some more.

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Along with my journey the is another step in the journey of the Rebecca to come.  Watch this space for a change up of the Rebecca pattern hoping that l can do a little mix and matching it should be fun.

Link to Sis Boom  http://www.sisboom.com/

Link to Rebecca dress  https://www.etsy.com/listing/87906969/sis-boom-rebecca-dress-womens-sheath?ref=shop_home_active_1

Happy crafting

Leanne.

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Sis Boom ‘Jamie’ dress/top.

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A friend wanted me to make her a Jamie dress, she says ‘it looks lovely, how does it fit’ well l could not tell her as l had not even made the pattern even though l had the pattern for such a long time.

Now was the perfect time to make one because how could l honestly say how the pattern fitted unless l had made and worn one myself.  I started with my muslin which l made as a top and as l was on the high end of the sizing l went with that sizing but even though it is perfectly wearable l did feel that it was a little bit firmer than what l was comfortable with wearing.

 

Making the Jamie as a top will be versatile for a quick top over shorts, pants or leggings even a skirt. Having made a top l really wanted to make a dress and as my friend is very similar to my measurements this was the ideal time to see how it fitted and it fitted perfectly.  The only adjustment will be the fitting of the shoulder straps to get the perfect fit but this is stated in the pattern so it is expected but such a simple thing to do.  Making the dress l sized up after fitting the muslin top and the fit is more comfortable.

For the dress l chose some Jennifer Paganelli fabric from the ‘Happy land’ range, this fabric is a lovely soft cotton so comfortable to wear and perfect for the Jamie dress.  The Jamie dress will be perfect for the summer and spring and would be lovely with a shawl of little cardigan for the cooler evenings.  Not having made the Jamie l was surprised how quick it was to make, l was able to make both of these Jamie’s in a couple of days with interruptions so l am looking forward to making another Jamie top in particular.

link to Jamie pattern.  https://www.sisboom.com/store/patterns/jamie-dress-pdf-pattern-for-women/

Happy crafting.

Leanne.

Something for winter, Jocole ‘quick dress’

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It’s winter time and sometimes you just want to feel a bit more feminine and get out of the baggy clothes and what better way for me than to whip up a quick dress.

Jocole had the perfect pattern and having it in my pattern stash it was the time to make one now.  The quick dress is just that, quick.  Having a few options in necklines and sleeve lengths makes it perfect for all seasons.  Making a dress in knit l downsized 1 size but l needed to take it in another 1/8″ but l think l really could have downsized 2 sizes, l did not want the dress baggy and l did not want to wear a belt  so downsizing definately makes it more comfortable for me.

I chose the boatneck neckline which is higher thinking it would be ideal for winter but l did find that it was a little too high and felt like it was rubbing my neck so l have adjusted the neckline to a little lower and it sits much more comfortably.

Wearing a scarf hid the neckline and adds a little pop of colour for winter as well.

I do really like how this dress can go from casual to smart attire and its so quick and easy in knit fabric.  I have another quick dress cut and ready to sew but l will make with a few adjustments.  Long sleeves are too long but l always have to adjust sleeves so that is nothing unusual for me.  Having to downsize a couple of sizes for knit was a little surprising but this is definately a wearable dress.

Happy crafting

Leanne.