Monday, 12 June 2017

Sew What Do I Wear? Vacation Edition - M4M and P4P

Hooray! Another blog tour hosted by the lovely ladies at M4M and P4P - this time we're all sewing up great outfits for a vacation - and for a change, the sun is actually out in the UK!


For my vacation pieces I wanted some staple items and tops that are good for layering - perfect for the changeable British weather!


For my first item I used some really light drapey knit to make a M4M Mama Claire - this top is so cool, as you can wear it either way round - with the cross over bit on the front or the back which makes it really versatile. I used the long waistband so I can ruche it up to wear with jeans or shorts, or pull it down longer so I can wear it with leggings!


Next I used some grey jegging knit for my P4P SOS knit pants which I hacked to short length - I love this colour because it will go with pretty much any colour top! And the best bit - they look like a pair of denim shorts thanks to the pockets and faux fly, but they are so much more comfortable!!


Last up I made myself a P4P Summer Kimono out of a mystery fabric - It's stretchy like knit, but sheer and looks more like a chiffon! This is such a great layering piece - I can throw it on over a strappy top and jeans on a cooler day, or use it as a cover up for my swimsuit at the beach.


I just hope the sun stays out for my summer holiday so I can get lots of wear out of these pieces!


Make sure you check out the rest of the beautiful ladies on the tour throughout this week to see what ideas they came up with - some have made full capsule wardrobes!


Link: http://www.madeformermaids.com/sew-wear-vacation-edition-day-1/

Monday, 27 March 2017

Pattern test - Scarlett Moto Skinnies by Laela Jeyne Patterns


Well what can I say about this pattern - other than, look how awesome these trousers are!! Just look at them!!!!


I love the fabulous Moto details on these trousers - although there is also a plain version included in the pattern - which make for a lovely simple pair of skinny jeans.


The pattern includes the back pocket pieces - but you are left to your own creative devices as to how you decorate them - if you want to. I went with a fairly simple V shape design for mine.


The front pockets are optional and you can decide if you want a woven waistband with a zip (not a fly zip) or a knit waistband - I went with knit, because my waistband is generally always covered by a top, so why not be comfy!!! He he!


The pattern is designed to be sewn with a stretch woven fabric - but some stable knits may work (although I would advise making a muslin incase you find you need to size down, depending on how stretchy your knit fabric is). I used a stretch twill for my pair, which was really nice to sew with.


If you like these trousers, be quick and grab a copy as they are only on sale for today!! ($7.75 instead of $10)

The pattern is available HERE.  

Monday, 30 January 2017

Sew What Do I Wear? Valentine's Edition - featuring M4M and P4P

When I saw Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates were doing a Valentine's blog tour I signed right up - I loved the idea of sewing up something fun and flirty, great for Valentine's day and date nights in general! Plus, they both make really lovely patterns!!


So, here is what I sewed up for my Valentine's day outfit - I made the M4M Mama Lauren from some soft drapey chiffon and a pair of P4P Peg Legs from some funky printed spandex.


I have sewn a whole bunch of Pegs in various fabrics, so I whipped these up pretty quickly! This is my first Mama Lauren, and I chose a challenging fabric - so this was a little more time consuming! But still, well worth the effort - I love a floaty top, and you won't get a lot floatier than chiffon!

Because I wanted the inside to be nice and neat I used French seams - the pattern has 1/2" seam allowances, so I didn't need to make any adjustments - I just sewed wrong sides together with an 1/8" seam allowance, then right sides together with a 3/8" seam allowance.


The Mama Lauren has tonnes of options - different sleeve lengths with elastic or button tab, neckline options, top/tunic/dress, ties or not, and it is so my sort of style!

I was very tempted to sew the keyhole cutout neckline (you know - for a bit of extra flirtiness!), but then I remembered I was sewing with chiffon, and thought better of it!!


I'll definitely be recreating this outfit in different fabrics, it'll be great for lots of occasions. And next time I'll use a more stable fabric so I can try out the keyhole version!

You can find the patterns here:

Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs (By the way - there is an extra special discount code for these if you join the Facebook group) :)

Made for Mermaids Mama Lauren



Got to apply some lippy for Valentine's day, right?!


Check out the rest of the fabulous outfits coming up on the tour!



Thursday, 26 January 2017

New pattern from Wardrobe By Me - Asta Dress

I have always been a massive fan of Wardrobe By Me patterns - and the newest dress pattern is just as awesome as all the other patterns!!

It's a quick straightforward sew, and super flattering for all types of figures - what could be better?!

So here is Asta:



The bodice is fitted, there is a choice of two neck lines - Turtleneck or Boat neck, there are optional pockets and five sleeve lengths, including sleeveless.


I chose to do the Boat neckline and elbow length sleeves, and I left the pockets off my dress because the pattern on my fabric was quite busy, and I felt they would just get lost!


For my fabric I chose a Ponte de Roma - it's medium weight and has a nice stretch to it - so is perfect for this pattern. You could also use lighter weight knits such as jersey or heavier fabrics like scuba knit - as long as they have the amount of stretch suggested in the pattern information.

So with all the options and fabric possibilities this pattern can be used all year long! One of the testers in the group even shortened the skirt to mini length for a perfect little summer dress.


So What are you waiting for?! The pattern is on sale for USD 9 for 1 week only (normal price will be USD 11)

There will also be a sew along where we will be able to help each other out and share our creations, and there might even be a prize up for grabs!! Details will be coming up in the Facebook group - join up HERE


Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Two new patterns from Itch to Stitch

As always I was very excited to be chosen to test new patterns for Kennis at Itch to Stitch Designs – I just love her style, and her pattern drafting and instructions are always exquisite! So to get to test two of the four new patterns I was extra excited!

Here are my versions of the Zamora Blouse and the Seville Skirt.


I love work wear at the best of times - I like to feel smartly dressed and put together, so the thought of making myself a head to toe handmade work outfit made me very happy.

The Zamora Blouse has some really pretty detailing – a feminine V neck with long ties, tucks and darts for lovely shaping and sleeves that are gathered at the cap and cuff.



The pattern has the layers feature to save ink if you only want to print one size, and has sizes 00-20 with A, B, C, D and DD cups included, which means getting the perfect fit if so easy and those that have a larger bust, like myself, don’t need to worry about full bust adjustments!


I went with the bracelet length sleeves, I love how my arms are covered down to the wrist, but I can wear a bracelet without it being swallowed by excessively long sleeves! There is also a ¾ sleeve option, for those of you in warmer climates!!


I used rayon for my shirt, which I think is perfect for this pattern as it flows beautifully.

For my Seville Skirt I went with a medium weight suiting so the skirt has a fair bit of structure, but you could also use a heavier wool, or a nice lightweight fabric for a more floaty version of the skirt.


The skirt sits at your natural waist, which is very flattering and it flares out below the hips. An invisible zip in the side seam keeps the lines of the skirt very clean and I went with the lined version for my formal office skirt, but there is also the option for leaving it unlined if you want a lighter skirt.


As with all the other Itch to Stitch patterns you can print just the size you need with the layers feature, and this pattern is for sizes 00-20.

Head over to the blog to check out the other two new patterns and all patterns are 20% off on the website until the 13th March.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Wardrobe Builder Tee - pattern release, sale and giveaway!

So, how many options for different T-shirts would you like a pattern to have? 1, 10, 100? Well this pattern has 150!!!! Yes - 150!!

I feel behind having only made two so far!!


So let me give you the run down of options for the Wardrobe Builder Tee by Wardrobe By Me:


  • 5 Necklines: Crew, Scoop, Deep Scoop, V-neck and Boat neckline
  • 5 Sleeve lengths: Full, 3/4 elbow, Short sleeve, Cap sleeve and Sleeveless
  • 3 Hemlines: Hip length, Tunic length and Curved hem
  • Optional ruching at the side seam


For my first T-shirt I made the longer body length, 3/4 sleeves and regular scoop neck.


The T-shirt is designed to be fitted through the body and sleeve, and as always Christina has worked really hard to get a great fit.

Also, even though there are so many options, Christina has kept the pattern instructions very concise and easy to follow - so you don't have to keep flicking backwards and forwards through pages and pages!


For my second T-shirt I picked the side ruching (which is just on one side of the T-shirt), the deep scoop neck, and 3/4 sleeves.


Fabric wise, you will need a light to medium weight jersey fabric which contains lycra for good recovery.


If you would like a chance to WIN this pattern, there is a giveaway running HERE



And the pattern is currently on sale HERE for just $7 (normally $8.50)

If you want to see more from Wardrobe By Me - visit the website or Facebook page