Saturday, 29 June 2013

Claimed !! :))

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K xxx

Friday, 28 June 2013

Before and after


I thought I would share with you one of the adjusted pattern pieces from the world famous Elisalex dress. Of course the pattern didn't fit my body right out of the tin, so I had to do quite a lot of work with paper, scissors and tape ;)

I must say I have made 2 of these dresses (not including various muslins) and am pretty happy with the fit. I'm hoping to take a photo of the dress later, as I'm wearing the second incarnation today :)

As you can see I had to do quite a lot of work to get even this one piece to fit !! Including an FBA using the directions on the 'By Hand London' site. It actually wasn't difficult to do, just time consuming. 

If I'm honest I added a little too much to the waist seams, so have shaved a little off for my third version, maybe ill take off more for the 4th !! 

I didn't make the tulip skirt, I'm just too hippy ;) so I have frankenpatterned the bodice of Elisalex with Gerties pencil skirt. It took a while but I'm super happy with the results. 

This floral version I am wearing today I just love. Such a flattering bodice (when it fits well :) ) 

Ooo I know I'm a tease !! If it wasn't pissing down with rain here (as usual) I would have snapped a pic ;) 

Mañana mañana 

K xxx  

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Beach huts and seagulls


I realised yesterday that it had been over a year !?! Since I had posted a picture on this blog !! And that was of me partaking in water sports !! Nothing sewing related !!

This sometime seamstress would seem to be very sometimes indeed according to this blog, which is crazy as I live and breathe sewing !! My love affair with it has grown, as has my output. My ability to change flat patterns to accommodate my frame has come along in leaps and bounds. But you wouldn't know that from looking at this blog.

Add to that my loathing of self photography and my move onto an iPad a year ago in May (for which I struggled to create a publishable blog post until I found the blogger ap yesterday !!) my little blog a log has been sadly lacking. 

This is not what I had envisioned when I started this blog. 

I can now write posts on iPad !! Hurrah !!

I can take little snapshots using Instagram !! Yay !!

I found out (finally) how to insert a photo into my blog post using iPad !! Stop the phone !!

So rather than be a bit of a chore, blogging has become fun for me again. Yes I know I need to post the finished garments, but I feel ready to tackle that, you just wait and see.

Also, just because I now know how, I am showing you some other cute hem trims that I am yet to use in a project. I have my eye on the grey seagulls next, how cute are they ?!?

Anyhow expect to see a whole lot more postings wise round these parts. And thank you for sticking with me. I didn't ever start this blog with the intention of being popular, but it is nice to know that folks care, and continue to show their support by reading my little blog a log.

And to thank you for this I will be hosting a couple of little give aways over the next couple of weeks. So check back for that, especially if any of the pretty trims above tickle your fancy :)


K xxx

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Pretty hems


I know it's been a while right ?! But even though I have not been posting I have still been keeping up to date with all your wonderful blogs !! And I have been doing even more sewing !!

As usual I enjoyed sewing a pretty hem on my projects and can share some of that goodness with you at least. I really MUST get round to posting up some pics, but hot damn !! I can't stand taking my own photos, I always feel such a benny !! (Apologies if your name is Benny, I am sure you are very nice :) and are most excellent at taking self portraits !!)

So in an attempt to revive my poorly blog I have found Instagram and have taken some snaps of pretty hems to show you :) (I did have some trouble with uploading photos so I hope this post works).

I was going to try a photo shoot last Saturday, but I tore my calf muscle (yes always something I know !!) so can only use one leg right now. The left one if you are interested ;) Not my finest hour !!

So without further delay, proof positive that I have been sewing up a storm !!

So a sneak preview of 2 of my recent makes :)

Now to get over my bad self and my aversion to self portraits !

See you much sooner than in another 6 months I promise.

Cheerio for now,