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I bought a pattern..the infamous ‘easy trousers’ pattern. I don’t normally ‘do’ Simplicity patterns, but this one caught my eye. Not sure why becayse mustard yellow and brown don’t really do it for me but I just wanted to make some trousers….

Then I decided I liked the skirt…and the jacket.

As it happens, I have some suiting type fabric I bought from a charity shop for £4. After measuing it, I have 6 metres, so I can make all 3!! Yay!!! The colour isn’t quite ‘me’, being a russetty burgundy type thing…


Not that this pic helps in any way… 😀 Was going to start cutting out today but I’m having a clumsy day so will leave it awhile o_O


Meanwhile, lookie what arrived in the post yesterday! My birthday pressie to myself.  I need to make some more fitted clothes that also work as daywear, so I don’t go to work wearing the same crappy t shirts and knackered skirts….there was a resolution in there somewhere….


I particularly like this (and I’d like it more if I could remember how to rotate the picture, yes I would, but I posted the pic from my phone…), though I would like it in a different shade of green, something a little brighter, perhaps


I also like this, for reasons that escape me. I look DIRE in stuff that fastens to the side, but I want this in a dark red or bottle green. Hmmm. We shall see.




This appears to be sideways. Hm. Anyhow, I mad this out of some mystery fabric I bought at Peterborough market. I initially made the long sleeved version, but it looked too frumpy, so I cut the sleeves down a bit. Had to topstitch the neckline due to weird lining not lying flat issues. I have neck issues 😀

The pic looks weird but it actually sits on my waist, instead of an inch above it – this may be down to me forgetting this when cutting out the pattern, but making the seam allowance a bit smaller so it sits right…


Oh, and I got the zip looking reasonably pretty


And from the outside – first time!


Couple of days ago, I also decided to make this…I hate restrictive clothes and thought that as I have a wide back and big boobs, this would be perfect.


More mystery fabric from the market here, slight stretch and lots of drape, but mainly much cheapness if it goes tits up….


Here’s the (sideways) line drawing.


Now, imagine the top of the sleeve near the shoulder…and having to cut at an angle of 45 degrees to make the armhole wider – yep. Make clothes for ‘fuller figured’ women, and forget they also have fuller arms – my arms were dragging the whole thing down which was very uncomfortable! Chopped a lump out and it fits much better. I like the shaping at the waist, as much as I bitched about all the darts!! 😀


This was where I had Buttonhole Trauma. The first was so bad I sewed a button over it. After looking for answers online, it seems I needed to set the stitch length a bit longer – the resulting buttonholes were …ok. 6 were good, 2 were iffy. I know it says 7 buttons on the pattern but I used teeny buttons, and yes the spacing is dodgy – it’s a design feature *whistles*


The neck facing was so awful and bulky I chopped it out and used twill tape instead. Remind me to NEVER do a neck facing again, unless it’s stitched to a lining. The one on my nice purple leopardprint dress has shredded in the wash and looks dreadful…have to keep poking it back into the neck grrrr


Now..what to make with my new stuff?

As I posted previously, I was planning to make a version of this pattern out of stretchy t shirt material. It was, as predicted, a horror to cut, as I didn’t have enough fabric, so had to do some creative stuff to get all the pieces cut out. This included taking about 6″ off the length. The easiest was cutting it small, as it’s a stretch fabric.

Actually, it was not easy……I needed to cut a 14, but the smallest size was a 16 (I’d be an 18 in normal fabric), so I traced the pattern to a 16 and cut it out. Stitching it wasn’t too bad – hurrah for overlockers, but due to the stretchiness of the fabric, the neck is WAAAYYYY too big, and not sure how to rectify that. The rest of it’s not too bad, and it bodes well for when I make it ‘properly’, but floppy fabric and gathers are difficult…think I’ll need to do some form of binding for the neck, to keep it stable……

For now, I think it will make a nice comfy top to wear over leggings. There may be pics later, when I sort myself out. I also found the first thing I ever made – a green cord jacket from a Vogue pattern, which I like, but is so NOT for my shape! Big boobs and side fastening wrap styles do not look good…..the inside is grim as it’s all fraying (I was even more clueless then than I am now), and I had to fudge it but I have to say, I’m impressed at how well it turned out…..considering 😀

Been a while

Posted: November 13, 2011 in Allotment, dressmaking
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Been on holiday, have a crappy cold, and been making stuff. Now, I will not pretend to be a great dressmaker – I am just starting out. My first serious foray into this was the Space Dress, which I love, and may have to make various versions of…..

This post is going to be long, so bear with me. I have been experimenting and reading many blogs of late. My biggest problem is that I get bored, and frustrated, as today will no doubt show……this post is a little picture thingy of stuff wot I have made, and it will serve as a cringeworthy reminder in years to come of how ropey I was in the beginning :p

A few things to clear up. Despite the fact I look a bit of a goth, go to goth weekends and festivals (Whitby was awesome, by the way), I do have a penchant for bizarre fabrics and lairy colour combinations. Oh yes. The Space Dress is a case in point, I just HAD to have the fabric

Space Dress

Ignore the gruesome hallway….

While buying the buttons for the dress, I found some equally bizarre fabric, and made the Broccoli Top. A variation on the top half of the SD, with shirring instead of a zip. Learning point from this was that I should have made the shirring deeper, as the hips are huge. I may yet take the bottom in a bit….I also couldn’t resist the chilli fabric, so I made a circle skirt in that….

And as part of the green theme, I made a netty petty. Never have I cursed pins so much, or nearly fallen asleep at an overlocker. In true style, I started to get the hang of it when I was nearly done. I’m going to make a purple one soon, a longer version, but I will recover from this one first…

Veggie heavenTeh Evilz

I then decided to try something more adventurous, in a scary silver leopard print. Oh yes. I bought the fabric before I read the reviews of the infamous Butterick 4790. I originally wanted nice light girly fabric but was swayed by the lairy shit….and then found I would probably be garotted by it anyway. I made it, in the silver and some black satin (WHY?? Satin is shit to sew, particularly cheap stuff, FFS I must hate myself) – The hem went tits up, so I decided to bind it. Everywhere had sold out of black sating so I bought silver. Big mistake. When I get time (and the will to live, binding 6 metres of hem is fucking soul destroying), I’m cutting off the silver because it looks crap and replacing it with black satin. Pic as proof of the vileness of silver bias binding….

Walk away dress, and I want to!

I WILL make this again, in a more suitable fabric.

As always I made my dreadies for Whitby, white, blonde and ice blue, though I added turquiose at the last minute cos I panicked I didn’t have enough. In progress… (the brown ones are ones I was making for a friend)

And installed (and me wearing the broc top lol!)

I look a tit


I bought more fabric while I was at Whitby. I got some plain black and white gingham, and some obnoxious cat fabric

In fact, I checked my fabric stash, and for a total novice, I thought it was quite good, apart from the lack of red….

I remembered some fabric I’d bought from an Indian shop a while back – the plan was to make a skirt for a wedding, but it all went tits up, as satiny stuff is rotten to sew, and frays like buggery – not good when you don’t have an overlocker….thankfully, I currently have occasional access to one, so I decided to use the remaining evil fabric in a top. And the accompanying pink chiffon stuff as the lining. Because I’m stupid like that…..I bought it THEN read the reviews on

As usual, I didn’t pick a straightforward one…….

I did take note of the ease issues (there’s loads of it), and cut it one size smaller at the bust and two at the waist, though I lost the plot with the instructions for the lining and decided to make it up as I went along…there are a few dodgy bits, but right now it doesn’t look too awful…apart from the colour clash…….I just need to get some buttons tomorrow and brave hemming the bloody thing (unless I can find hot pink bias tape……) It seems to fit OK, maybe a little big, but I’ll see when the buttons go on….

Tomorrow, I will be having help digging the weeds (I helped someone else today) then there will be buttonhole hell followed by a first attempt to draft a pattern block for a skirt. I may also cut out pieces for the gingham top – another variation of the broc/space top, with more shirring and possible sleeves, a v neck and modesty panel. If I get time…….

Oops, quite image heavy this one, and I haven’t said much about anything….off to look at more blogs now…..

I have actually fallen in love with a dress I saw on a blog, despite the pattern photo looking awful (I don’t like orange, for a start). When I get some serious cash and some nice fabric, I WILL be making the lovely Ceylon dress…blog I found it on here

How amazing is that dress?

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