March is always a busy month, with Amber’s birthday, but this time we also had schools reopening and the pup being poorly. Along with loads of other crazy bits and bobs! I don’t know where the month went…
At the beginning of the month I finished off a huge project, something I can’t wait to show off. That along with everything else meant I needed something nice and easy to make.
I’d been wanting to make the fehr thong for a while, perfect for scraps and a simple project. I made the medium, but it’s big on me, so I need to take it in, or make a smaller version next time. But I’ve now got something else to match my gorgeous emerald velvet bra.
When I saw cutting thread looking for pattern testers for the Corin shirt, I had to apply, just because of the name! It’s a gorgeous pattern, I chose to make the shorter sleeves with the drop hem. I made it from left overs of the leopard print bedsheets I used in last month’s dress. Nope, I definately don’t have enough animal print in my life! I finished it off with some gold vintage buttons.
The detail on the ruffle neck collar is what drew me to the pattern, it’s stunning!
I discovered on instagram, the hashtag #frugalfrocks2021 and had to join in! It’s completely me, I love dresses and I love all things frugal. I discovered the hashtag in the last week of March, with the deadline being 31st, I needed to go for something fairly easy to sew. The Siella dress pattern was free on love sewing magazine, the fabric I’ve had in my stash for a while. They were the perfect combination that I’d thought about when rooting through my stash when I first got the pattern, this challenge was the perfect push to get it made!
The fabric is gorgeous, a floral embossed ponte roma in baby pink. I added ‘ribbing’ to the arms and neckline, as I prefer the finish to turning under hems on jersey. I styled with a vintage butterfly belt and stood infront of the pinkest house I could find.
A sneak peak of that big project I mentioned earlier…
Lockdown number 3 has meant I’ve already done fairly well with my #makenine2021 goals. I started off with fairly modest goals as I’m getting married this year and I know I’ll be busy with making things for that, I didn’t want to feel stressed with goals I couldn’t manage. But I’ve already slightly changed one of my makes to something quite challenging, so we’ll see how the rest of the year goes…
First up, and this didn’t even make my list, but I decided after my successful Christmas presents that I needed one, was this Barrette bra. I’ve since added a wider elastic to the bottom (and not yet pictured it) I didn’t have any at home at the time and had an itch to sew this given that we’re spending so much time at home, comfies are what’s needed!
First from my #makenine2021 list was this seemingly smitten kimmy top. It was on my list last year and I just didn’t get round to sewing it. I chickened out I think, as the pattern calls for woven fabric, I pictured it in this sheer patterned jersey I’ve had in my stash for eons. But didn’t want to wreck it so didn’t make it! I’m so glad I finally went for it, it’s perfect in jersey, dare I say maybe better in jersey?! If I made again if possibly take in the sleeves a tad as they are a little loose, fine for a casual look though.
I’ve been wanting to make cloth pads for a while, and just never gotten round to making any. I finally made a couple up, with a little push from a friend. They are super pretty and weren’t too much hassle to put together either. There’s a charity making and distributing them to refugees, so that’s on my to do list, make a few for them too. I definately have enough fabrics in my stash to donate!
On my #makenine2021 list I wanted to make an embroidered black beauty bra, I’m unsure why I chose to make this as my first black beauty bra. The corded parts required a lot of hand cranking, I still broke a few needles! But it’s stunning, now I feel the need for more just like this. It’s like a fantasy bra but I can still wear daily! It was also my first time sewing cut and sew foam, it was a dream, I don’t know why I was nervous to try it!
Binky panties (Evie la luv) have been made to match all of my bras, apart from the pink one (that one was made from scraps, so not enough left) they are the best fit! So thats another tick on my #makenine2021 list. I’ve been experimenting with other techniques on them, including this rouched back and I’ve been making them as gifts too. Next goal will be to self draft some panties, I’ve been watching the Beverly johnson classes on craftsy…
Agian this wasn’t on my #makenine2021 list, but something I wanted to get done for a Christmas present last year, was this fun jacket for Jasper. He has a bomber jacket with tigers on from river island that he absolutely adores, but it’s so small now, so I thought I’d make him a new version. I bought this fabric for me really, but when it came it wasn’t what I thought it would be, perfect bomber jacket fabric though! I lined with a ponte Roma I had in my stash and used fun ribbing from truro fabrics, I’m so pleased with the outcome!
I’ve felt like experimenting this year, stretching my knowledge and learning new techniques. What else is there to do! This bra was inspired by emeralderinsews, she made a bra entirely from white fabrics with a gorgeous heart detail. I had this rainbow elastic in my stash and wanted to give it a go too. To be honest I’ll probably revisit this bra, it’s very comfy with that wide elastic band, however I’m not happy with the rainbow detail showing through on the wire line. I love the heart detail though and the pink fold over elastic to finish it off, it’s so much fun!
Next up I thought I’d make a sensible bra, in luxurious fabrics though, and another tick on my #makenine2021 list! This fabric was left over from some cushions I made for our bedroom. It’s a gorgeous green velvet, it curls under so much so I used a starch spray to sew it together. It went together like a dream! It’s so simple but absolutely stunning! I made binky panties with cut outs to match, I think both really compliment each other.
Another Barrette bra gift, it fits so well another was requested for her birthday! This was the real reason this rainbow elastic was bought, it’s perfect for this bra, all the colours are so much fun together!
I can’t remember when I sewed this top for Amber, but it’s the first time she’s put it on and let me get a picture! She was in need of jumpers and I have lots of fabrics left, so made this sweatshirt type jumper with large cuffs and waistband too. I finished it off with a cute ruffle around the neckline. She suddenly looks like a teenager!
I cut this dress out last year, but then chickened out of sewing it because I never thought I’d wear it! I’m still undecided as to whether or not I’ll wear it, maybe come the summer… I fancied something easy to sew and because this was already cut out, I went for it. I French seamed all seams which I enjoyed doing in the pretty fabric, then I finished off the neckline with fold over elastic. The hems didn’t need sewing as the fabric has this gorgeous lace edge. I made a quick slip out of some ponte and fold over elastic in my stash and I do love how pretty it all is.
The pattern for this dress came free with love sewing magazine, I’ve fancied a shirt dress for a while, so had to buy the magazine just for this! I used an old bedsheet for fabric as I love the print, but no longer use them as sheets. I was a little nervous it would be really obvious I was wearing bedding but I don’t think it looks that way, I’m so pleased with the outcome! I finished the dress off with vintage 80s buttons and a brown leather belt for contrast.
This is a tad late but here’s a round up of the last few months of 2020’s sewing…
Another orange lingerie Berkley lace bra and evie la luv binky panties in a gorgeous mint green and gold lace. Another great fit, in fact slightly better again!
November saw this little cutie, Chamonix, join our family. I made her a quick jersey jumper. To be honest the fit isn’t the best, she measured at a medium on the pattern I downloaded and then it needed taking in a lot. Hense the leg holes being way too big. But it filled a hole while the weather was starting to cool down and looked cute. Though Corin wasn’t impressed I made it in leopard print!
This flocked star and lace Berkley bra and binky panties is my favourite version of this bra so far.
Amber needed some new bits and I’ve got so many fabrics left. I have also been daydreaming slightly about restarting my little business. But I want everything to be perfect before I do (if I do) eg. sizing, any techniques. I revisited my signature top with the heart back and lined it this time. I used an almost sheer powernet, you can hardly tell it’s there, but this means it looks pretty from the inside and no embroidered threads on the skin so should be comfier too.
This lace isnt stretch, so probably not ideal for the berkley bra, its a bit of an experiement, with working out part lace and part powernet. I also self drafted a one-piece cup, I wanted to show off the lace to it’s max, I didn’t want to ruin the design with seams. It’s stunning and luckily fits really well, especially since I just sort of went for it!
Two christmas gifts I made using the free pattern from Madelyn intimates, the Barrette bra. These turned out so well, I didn’t want to give the star one, I wanted to keep it for myself!