Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Wedding update....

I have been extremely productive, not particularly in the area of blogging, but it is surprising how much sewing you can get done when you dedicate every spare moment to it.


I finished my wedding dress in April, bar the hem as I am waiting for my shoes to arrive. I won’t be sharing any pics until after the big day on the 27th July. I moved on to the mother of the bride and maid of honour (sister's) dresses, which I will complete after final fittings this weekend. I haven’t made many dresses for other people and I am really excited to see my mum and sister try them on- I just hope they fit and they love them. The enjoyable thing about making dresses for other people is talking through all the different styles and fabric choices. I could talk about fabric and sewing all day long, so it is nice to have someone listening for once!


My Mum’s dress is Vogue pattern V1108 which I have made in a colour similar to that on the pattern envelope except it is shot with a red thread running across the crosswise grain which gives the green a slightly autumnal feel. I will review the pattern in full in a separate post when the dress is complete.


We started from scratch with my sister’s dress. We played with the idea of a either a trapeze dress or a 50s style dress and the 50s style won out in the end. After a good few pinterest sessions and google searches, we came up with the following design. 

We spent a good 4 hours wandering between the fabric shops in Soho and settled on a mint green/turquoise dupion from the Silk Society on Berwick street. The skirt is underlined in silk organza and the bodice is boned to support the off the shoulder design and help nip in the waist. Again I will do a full post after the wedding. 

In other news, I am making 70 meters of bunting! I'm about 15 meters in so far.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Me-made May: Days six, seven and eight

Day 6- I was in the middle of a bank holiday sewathon. So ignoring the sunshine, I hung out at home in this floral t-shirt and gap jeans. The t-shirt is actually a practice at drafting cowl necks.  The seams and hem are unfinished. 

Day 7- Me-made wool trousers. These are the first and only trousers I have ever made and unfortunately it shows. The knees aren't in quite the right place and the style would suit a fabric with some more stretch. I think drafting the pattern was a step too far- maybe I'll try a commercial pattern next time. 

Day eight- me-made "Darcy" cardigan from Kim Hargreaves Heartfelt collection. I have worn this cardigan a huge amount, which is good as it took me five months to make! The shape is not quite perfect as this was the first piece of clothing I knitted that wasn't a hat or scarf and I dispensed with making a tension square- I was so naive! But after five months I was not about to frog it. I still love the style and it always gets compliments. 

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Me-made May 13: day five

Me made t-shirt, worn with gap jeans, banana republic cardigan and scarf from accessorize.

I need to make more t-shirts!

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Me-made May: day four

I had a pyjama day yesterday, but I am back on it today.

Me-Made polyester blouse, worn with Topshop jeans and my haflinger ladybird slippers.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Me-made May13- Day 2

Me-made sleeveless top
Me- made linen skirt
Me-made handbag

Worn with cropped cardigan from Zara and leopard print pumps from Dune.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Me made may challenge 2013- Day one


I have decided rather belatedly and a tad rashly to take part in this years me made may challenge, click the widget above for more information.

The long and short of it is I am going to try and wear 1 item if clothing made by me each day for the entire month of May. I was a little apprehensive as with all the wedding planning (three months to go!) and could do without any extra stress, but hey I  like to be busy and I wear me made items quite a lot, so why not!
Day 1:

Me made dress- vogue 8593 ( blogged http://silkwings.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/vogue-8593.html)
Me made scarf- not blogged

I wear this dress a lot, so it is the most apt piece to start the challenge, I dug out this me made scarf for good measure.

N.B. I cycle to work, so look forward to plenty of iPhone photos from my locker room!