Sunday, 13 July 2014

Colette Laurel Number 2!

So after my first attempt at making a Colette Laurel - I was dying to make another. This one was much easier as I knew what issues I might face! I'm so over the moon with the this one - it's so comfy, fits amazingly and I think looks really good!

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Issues:

  • I did put in a yellow neckline with bias binding (like the sleeves) but it just wouldn't sit right and was driving me bonkers. So I just sewed it down - and by magic it falls perfectly! 
  • Have you noticed the error I made? I cut out the back fabric upside down! So the front and back are slightly different. 


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Colette Laurel Dress

Pattern: Colette Laurel 
Fabric: Bonkers print, cotton lawn from Fabricland
Size: 2 on the top, 4 on the bottom
Difficulty of pattern: 7/10 (sizing issues)
Happiness of end result: 8/10

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This was my first attempt at making a Colette Laurel. I'd been eyeing it up for a while and seen lots of different variations. This was also my first go at sewing something other than cotton in a long time - and I absolutely love how mental this fabric is!

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Considering this pattern was marked as easy I was a little disappointed. The pattern was written fantastically - and was incredibly easy to make but the sizing on the pattern was terrible. I cut a 2 on the top and a 4 on the bottom. However the sleeves ended up being far too small and I ended up drafting my own in the end - making them longer.

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I also think that the darts need to be lower in the chest. They fall perfectly when you first put the dress on but I find that the dress ends up riding up and making the neckline higher (which in itself is fine) but the darts then end up too high!

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However, I really love this dress. It's so comfortable and looks great with a belt too. I definitely learnt a lot from making it too including:


  • Don't cut the zipper off and end up having to just sew it in because you didn't really need it anyway
  • Cheap bias binding is itchy
  • With delicate fabrics you really need to finish all the edges or else it's basically going to fall apart 
  • Measure, measure and measure some more - it'll save time in the long run!

Monday, 5 May 2014

Mushroom Dress (aka New Look 6457)

Ok so I made this ages ago but since I haven't been blogging I wanted to share it as it's so cute! After my first dressmaking attempt, I went on to make the New Look 6457 again but in this gorgeous mushroom fabric.

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It fits really nicely and I found it a lot easier to make the second time around.

I did a crap job of putting the zip in though!

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Sewaholic Cambie Dress

Oh my goodness. Sewaholic is my new favourite pattern makers! They are so ridiculously easy to understand unlike most patterns. I love them!

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I'd been eyeing up the Cambie for a while and I completely love it. My first version was in some fairly cheap cotton which I wasn't that fussed about when I bought it - but actually it works so well!

I love that this dress is fully lined and has pockets!

My second version was in this awesome dinosaur fabric I found.

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It wasn't cheap and in typical fashion I proceeded to balls the dress up left right and centre. Stupid things like cutting the bodice fabric out upside down - and not having enough to cut it out again! So instead I had to sew two bits together - hence the seam in the front. I also didn't have enough material for the pockets so had to do them in black. I didn't bother to pattern match it - and the zip was a pig! The first cambie invisible zip went in like a dream but this one was terrible! I'm hoping it will ease over time - at the moment I have to get my husband to zip me in and out as it keeps getting caught. Any suggestions on how to avoid this with invisible zippers welcome!

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The finished result however, I'm really happy with. It's so comfortable!


Oh hello there!

Wow - it's been a whole year since I've posted. Bonkers. Anyway - I kind of fell out of love with blogging but I'm back to use it as a place to talk about sewing and share my makes. So if you don't like sewing then this will probably bore the pants off you! Sorry!