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Simple Sew Lena dress

It’s finished…. With sleeves! (thank you to all you girlies who offered views and sold me on the sleeves!!)

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This is the Lena wrap dress that came free with love sewing magazine,  I don’t own a wrap dress as not sure if it would suit my bodyshape (read no boobs to fill the wrap section 😣) but this was advertised as a false wrap so thought I would try it out.

The fabric is from girl charlee from their bargain lot section: turquoise black Diamond cotton spandex blend knit fabric for a steal at £7.90 for two metres!
It’s super soft and super stretchy. So much so, that this post was almost titled “a

stretch too fa

r”!

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The top half was simple to put together but the instructions offered no assistance!!

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Note that it tells you to join the lining and bodice together at the neckline and armholes….. But you don’t sew the armholes and if you do you can’t complete the next 3 steps! Luckily I spotted this and ignored but feel for a more novice sewer who might not spot this.

I binned the guidance at this point and figured it out on my own and used a mixture of my overlocker and normal machine with walking foot to join seams and finish the inside.
After I finished the wrap section with my overlocker I tried it on for size and realised I had stretched the neckline fabric to resemble a saggy mess 😭
I steamed it over and over on my mannequin and miraculously it seems to have worked..  Phew!
The pattern has notches for matching the wrap sections but this was miles off for me but simply making each point join the seam line fitted a treat (and possibly helped the sagging front!!). I also added a tack stitch on the lining to hold the front together and avoid me pulling it up throughout the day.

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I didn’t want a separate band at the bottom so cut this into the main a skirt piece, only to cut it off again at hemming stage as it was about 10cm too long for my liking.
This dress now sits just above my knee and the sleeves are just above my elbow.

I was unsure about adding sleeves but encouraged by many of my blogging companions I did add them…..and you were all right! This length sleeve means I won’t need a jacket in the office during spring and summer.

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Sleeves or sleeveless??

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I have finally started to make the lena wrap dress that came free with love sewing magazine. The instructions are terrible and if you were a newby to sewing you would be totally lost!! I’m just going for it in my own way.

I’ve got as far as the darts and then tacked it to my mannequin for sizing.  I’m normally a 10 in simple Sew patterns and cut this pattern out a few weeks ago but when I double checked the sizing I realised a 10 would be too small. The pattern actually only shows you the finished size and no body measurements anywhere.

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I just about managed to squeeze the pattern out of the discounted fabric from girl charlee bought in the new year sale. 

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Now I have pinned it together I can’t decide if I should add the short sleeves or leave it without sleeves.  What do you think? Opinions would be appreciated….

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Toaster #2

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I managed to finish my toaster #2 today just in time to share the photos on instagram tomorrow (if I can figure out how to do that…. I’m such a technophobe you would think I’m a lot older than I am!!).
I finished the first toaster #1 before Christmas which you can see here.

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I bought this fabulous chevron knit fabric from girl charlee in the Christmas sale and kept it out of my stash for monthly stitch January challenge ‘not stashed ‘. I actually thought it was sweatshirt fabric with a loopy backing but it’s a knit. It feels super soft and slippery to work with so not sure if it was the best fabric for this make but I do love the finished article.

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I’m really happy with my stripe matching,  especially as chevrons are a bit of a nightmare.

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I overlocked the armholes and sides but had to use my sewing machine for the neckline to open the seams and secure the facing on the neck.

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The split hem is really neat and I used a twin needle to finish the hem and sleeves.  I think this fabric was a bit thin to cope with my twin needle so made a little raised channel but I think I got away with it.
The length is better than I thought,  it’s described as being cropped but it fits me well at 5’5″ without any adjustments.

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The only change I made was to the sleeves…. They looked like they were designed for a giant with extremely long arms.  I ended up cutting off 5cm + original 1.5cm seam allowance and they are still a good length!!!

I will definitely make another one of these, probably in scuba like my toaster #1. The pdf from sew house seven was really easy to follow and stick together and very clear instructions.

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I won a Bloggers Recognition Award

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I’m very excited to have been nominated for a blogger recognition award by Emma.  Thank you so much, although I have had my blog for a while it has only taken off in the last year so it’s really lovely to hear that others enjoy reading my witterings.

For those who haven’t seen this nomination before the rules for receiving this award are as follows:

– Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
– Write a post to show your award.
– Give a brief story of how your blog started.
– Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
– Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.

Right then,  I have said thank you above (and I really am grateful for the nomination)  and you can see Emma ‘s blog from the link on her name above.

I started my blog in February 2012 as I was doing lots of crafty things from knitting and crochet to jewellery making and my husband encouraged me to create a blog to capture it all.
It’s really great to be able to look back and see how my sewing skills in particular have improved over the years.  I tend to sew over every other craft now so I rarely post about knitting etc any more.

My two pieces of advice are:
1. Interact with your fellow crafters on blogs. The use of my blog has really increased in the last year or two as I started to follow others and they reciprocated.
2. Join in as many challenges as possible.  These are another great way of connecting with others. Since I joined the monthly stitch I use wordpress as another form of social media. I find everyone on here is more positive and supportive than you would ever find on Facebook!
I have joined #sew my Style this year so have another toaster on my cutting table to get finished by Tuesday!

The bloggers I am nominating are (sorry if you have already been nominated and I missed your post!):
1. Did you make that?
2. Life in a mads house
3. Gingerella
4.  Appleby makes
5. Creative little cwtch
6. Modern vintage cupcakes
7. Wear the ducky tie
8. Mousie makes
9. Randomly happy
10. navy blue threads
11. Spare room style

Big smile still on my face and hoping to pass that feeling on :mrgreen:

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Selfless Sunday – jeans hem

Not a very exciting one this Sunday but it is Sunday and a selfless sew so worthy of a short post.

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My husband struggles to find jeans with the correct leg length and ends up turning up the hems and wearing them like that. That looks great for the first few months but after a while the bottom edge starts to wear out from contact with the floor.  I guess normal jeans have the hemmed edge to give a bit of strength,  but not so when just folded up.

His favourite pair ended up worn almost completely through and he asked me to save them.

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My only option was to cut the turn up off and reattach close to the original hem. I straight stitched with my sewing machine and then trimmed and edged it with the overlocker.
I saw a blog post the other day with this technique and although I don’t think I would choose to do this to take a pair of jeans up (I’d rather hem them myself and topstitch etc) I think they look acceptable after a good press.

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Unstashed Delphine skirt

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Selfless Sunday- pinafore dress

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My daughter is growing up fast, she’s only 10 (11 in four months) and still plays with Barbie dolls but she’s on that cusp of being aware of fashion and peer pressure.
I have always made her little dresses which she proudly wears and tells people that I made them for her. However, the last few school discos and birthday parties have caused long debates on what was “cool” to wear.
I decided the best way to keep her interested in home sewn outfits was to get her to design her own clothes.
At Christmas we bought her some fashion design books and I downloaded some croquis to design some outfits.
She decided that she wanted a dungaree dress and drew the above design.
Chloe was clear that she wanted a gathered skirt and straps that started from the waist.

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I drafted a pattern after taking a few measurements. The skirt is made of two rectangles with tabs at the top that I hemmed and turn in for the side button plackets.

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Chloe chose a denim chambray with little white flowers on it and picked out plastic flower buttons. I added a pocket to the front and top stitched around the bib.

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I added buttons on the side to fasten it up and finished the inside with facing.

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She is very happy with the finished item and think I have managed to sneak another hand made item into her wardrobe.

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Capsule wardrobe and filling the gaps

I really want to plan my sewing better this year now I have covered most of the basics (except jeans).
I am completely drawn to fabric by print and design but this has left me with a mismatch wardrobe.

I think I got away with it during the summer as I could just wear dresses and sandles and not worry about matching tops etc.
I almost have a totally home sewn wardrobe now and only bought a handful of items last year as RTW.  Therefore I photographed by whole sewn wardrobe to identify gaps for me to focus on….. Get ready for a lot of photos!!

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Signing up to bloglovin

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I think I’ve managed to link my blog to the bloglovin site. Unfortunately, WordPress isn’t able to support the bloglovin button.

It would be great if someone could test it for me and let me know if it works.
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50 Followers

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Yay, thank you everyone for supporting me and my blog.  I know 50 Followers doesn’t sound much to some of you but I only set this blog up to record my makes so its lovely to know I have so many people encouraging me!

A really positive start to 2017 :mrgreen:

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