Tuesday, 1 April 2014

More dressmaking

I had an "aha" moment the other day when I realised why I've been doing so well on my no-quilting-fabric-but-dressmaking-fabric-is-totally-allowed plan: I have suddenly turned into the world's most prolific dressmaker. It's a veritable sweatshop here. And then there are all the totally quilt-worthy leftovers that don't count as fabric purchases because they are scraps. See? Genius!

This weekend was a whirlwind of pattern tracing, full bust adjustments (I can do them without looking at tutorials now) fabric cutting and frantic sewing together of garments. I've got another dress waiting in the wings and two others are yet to be photographed, but without further ado, I present to you:

1. The Victoria Blazer. What a fabulous pattern. I love this so much! I sewed a size 12 (UK) with no adjustments other than shortening it by three inches (the long was too long for me and the cropped was too cropped - this is the Goldilocks length). It's fully lined (including the sleeves) in Liberty lawn (oh my god, I love sewing with this stuff) and the outer is some unlabelled tiny pinstripe something-or-other I got on Berwick Street. It was a remnant, albeit a very generous one - four metres of the stuff for about £20. This jacket is going to get some serious wear this summer. And who can blame me, when it makes me feel this sexy:


And yet again, I delight in the modelling of clothing.


2. A(nother) Washi dress. This time with a lined bodice and collar (both from the new expansion pack). I made a size small with an FBA, and I really love the fit. I don't think I can have too many of these dresses - it's such a fantastic pattern. And it's perfect for a little light swinging.

That's what she said!

Thanks to Kelly for her marvellous photography skillz. Love you, Croydon.

23 comments:

  1. Your photos are just too cute. I'm glad to hear that you have hit your stride with dressmaking.

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  2. I love the Mick Jagger pose, although would have loved to see one shot astride the giant elephant!!

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  3. I particularly enjoyed the strip show you gave Amy and I and quite probably Nat's neighbours ;)

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  4. You are rockin' that blazer! Great makes x

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  5. You are a nutter. And I love you.

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  6. What's it like being shy and retiring? Do tell.

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  7. You crack me up! Love your stuff, love reading your blog.

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  8. So fun! I can hear the laughter in these pics!

    Cute clothes too. Love the cuffs.

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  9. What Katy said :o) LOVE that Washi dress!

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  10. gaaad i loves ya! and i want your blazer...do you think i could make one? harder than the washi? easier?

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  11. Your little blazer looks gorgeous - I would carry it around inside out just to show the beautiful lining! I have scrolled through your last few posts and love your blog - your personality shines through your words and pictures. Your quilts are lovely too. xCathy

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  12. Oh I love a comedic dressmaking post I do.That looks like heavy swinging from where I'm sitting...

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  13. You are hands down my favorite model. I'm so impressed that you've totally mastered the FBA. When you're bored, wanna fly out to the states and teach me? I'm still totally chicken. The washi dress looks like an awesome fit!

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  14. I'm too sexy for my blazer ....too sexy for my dress....

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  15. Fab garments and fab photos! GBSB 2015 watch out!

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  16. LOVE the washi with collar, and impressed with your blazer too. And the 'what's that over there' catalogue pose is brilliant!

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  17. Those pictures are amazing!! totally distracts from actually reading the post!

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  18. Not only do I get a "that's what she said", but I get some amazing shots of you being totally natural. Perfect post. You are the best! Both the dress and the blazer are lovely on you, my dear!

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thanks for making my day!