Fabulous Places Christmas Fair

Howdy folks.

It’s always great to be writing a post for you lovely lot but today is especially nice as it means that camera is fixed! Last week I was really excited to finally be at home when their was enough daylight to take a few pictures of my recent purchases however after ‘the shoot’ I ended damaging the memory card and therefore was unable to download any of the pictures. After a quick visit to the shops to buy a new memory card and normal service can resume ūüôā

By the way out of the two interviews I attend I was offered two jobs so will be starting a new post on Monday! I will also shortly be moving back out of the mothers (I can’t believe I managed 6 months!) and closer to work. A few weekends ago, in preparation for the house move and to bring me luck with the interviews, I went hunting for goods for home decoration at¬†Fabulous Places Christmas Market. Although there were rooms full of fantastic crafters I ended up buying a print designed by Louise Wright and a tea towel and mug created by Jade Devall.¬†I’ve followed both of these makers on Facebook for some time so it’s really nice to finally own some of their work. As soon as I move both the tea towel and print will be framed, taking pride of place in my new living room.Louise Wright Design Owl
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Jade Devall Designs Ay Up

 

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A great British sewing feat – my first me-made dress

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Evening folks. Wanting a push to get me sewing more often, and eventually out of my sewing comfort zone (once I find it) I’ve decided to join The Monthly¬†Stitch Collective. As each month participants are challenged to sew one or ore items based on a certain theme. I was certainly pushed to try something new this month as the challenge was to sew something out of a book.

I’m terrible at buying books based on their gorgeous photographs of colourful handmade creations yet I never seem to get from buying the book to actually making any of the projects. For this months stitch along, having recently purchased a discounted copy of the Great British Sewing Bee, I eventually decided to sew the free tunic pattern from the back of the book. Being a shorty at 5’2 the muslin has ended up as a loose fitting dress however I’m happy with the result.

Having made the muslin in a plain black jersey and with it turning out ok I’ve decided to declare this my first me-made dress! I even wore it to work and a sewing class this week and after a bit of LOOK AT ME I received lots of compliments about the garment.¬†I eventually want to add embellishments to the collar area but seen as I had a job interview on Friday and have another next week (I will hopefully find out about them both next Friday) sewing is on hold for the moment whilst I prep.

Once I’m able to get back into the sewing room I’m also going to make another version of the dress/tunic in ¬†blue flowery liberty jersey as it doesn’t take long to cut and sew the garment pieces together.

Great British Sewing Bee Tunic

No more ill fitting clothes? I can customise them instead!

I’ve just applied for a new post and to bring me luck I’ve already invested in the interview dress. Surely if I already have THE DRESS they got to offer me an interview? Fingers crossed!

PETER JENSEN RABBIT DRESS

The navy Peter Jensen Rabbit dress is from¬†People Tree¬†which is one of my favourite stores, and it specialises in¬†Fair Trade and environmentally sustainable fashion.¬†Although I absolutely loved the dress before I’d even ordered it I knew the high neckline would make me look frumpy so I was already planning on altering the neckline once it arrived.

Making the first cut was pretty scary though. I’ve never altered a garment before and at ¬£68 I couldn’t afford to mess this up. To get the shape for the neckline I pinned the dress up against a v-neck t-shirt that I wear all the time and used tailors chalk to draw around the outline. I then cut down the middle of the shape, turned the material inside and pinned. After trying it on to check that it looked ok I sewed up the seams and wa la, here’s the finished garment:

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PETER JENSEN RABBIT DRESS
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The neckline has ended up slightly to one side but I don’t think it’s really noticeable once on. Even if it is I’m not too bothered, I have the ability to alter garments to suit my shape, even if it does go a little bit wrong being able to alter my own clothes is still a special skills to have!