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!

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A perfect afternoon

On Sunday I spent a perfect autumnal afternoon wrapped up inside Buttons and Bows Sewing Boutique eating cake and learning how to sew a basic capped sleeve blouse. The workshop, which involved constructing a sample blouse using the pattern New Look 6356, has taught me how to sew a concealed zip, ease in a sleeve and how to add bias binding. So not only did I have a fabulous time I came away with skills for life which is an awesome thing to happen on any day of the week but especially on a chilled out Sunday afternoon.

As a beginner the blouse does have a few areas that need ‘practice’ but I did learn that my concentration goes after the first hour then the ‘it’s only a sample’ attitude appears and it’s mistakes galore. Therefor I need to be a lot less slap dash and pay more attention to detail when creating an item to wear otherwise I’ll end up spending a fortune on fabric. Especially as Buttons and Bows stock a beautiful range.

With the new techniques fresh in my mind I’m going to attempt the Sewholic Renfew pattern. I have a rubbish memory so hopefully the practice will help me to remember the techniques in the future. I’ll keep you updated on my progress with the sewing so wish me luck!

Buttons and Bows Belper

Sample top full

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refew next project

Look what I’ve made!! My first piece of dressmaking.

Ta, da, my first finished piece of dressmaking! Apologises for the poor quality photos but I wanted to show you the straight away. With straight away being as soon as I’d got back from dashing out to the pub to show the skirt off to one of my friends (that’s why it’s a bit creased).

There’s a few ‘home made marks’ around the hem and waist line but I’m rather impressed with my version of the Sewaholics Hollyburn Skirt. I was doubtful that dressmaking would be right for me as I’m not great at attention to detail  but I really enjoyed creating the skirt and it felt great earlier being out and about in an item that I’d made! I’ve got my eye on  a vintage t-shirt dress next and I will hopefully make it home one night this week before it is dark so that I can take some better photographs of the Hollyburn.

Hollyburn skirt front

hollyburn side skirt

Color Lovers – patterned backgrounds for your blog

Recently, whilst browsing the internet, I discovered Color Lovers. a website that contains thousands of downloadable backgrounds that are fantastic for pimping your blog.

Here are a few of my favorite designs:

If you’d like to download a background for your own blog follow these simple steps:

1.Register with the website,

2.Find a pattern that you like and click on it

3.On the right hand side of the page under ‘Get this pattern image’ you can download the pattern. There are a variety screen size’s to choose from so pick the most appropriate for your blog.

4.Once you have downloaded the pattern you can save the image.

5.Upload the image to your blog