Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Looking Past The Pictures.

I can't wait to tell you all about a fun little project me and Vix have got planned!

Since stepping out on this making my own clothes journey there's been one obstacle that I've had to try really hard to over come. "What is it Bex??" I hear you cry. Well, my friends, I'll tell you. The one thing that I've found the hardest to get my head around is the terrible photos that pattern designers put on the front. 

Now, I don't mean to slate modern pattern makers, I know for a fact that a HUGE amount of work goes into getting a pattern ready to go...BUT...does every picture on the front have to be a cringe worthy & poorly styled?? Take a look at the front of this Simplicity pattern (I managed to look past the picture on the front and was able to see how I could make the trousers to fit into my style). 

It's not good is it? I consider myself no fashionista but what's going on with the half tucked in stripey top? and the weird 'hot dog style' (a phrase coined by my good pal Annah from Girl&Bird) strip down the legs? and the flesh colored stiletto shoes? 

I probably shouldn't complain really, there are some really really brilliant pattern makers who are knocking the ball out the park in the style stakes (100 Acts Of Sewing, Tilly and The Buttons, Merchant & Mills and Liesel & Co to name a few). It's a good exercise for my imagination anyway. Which brings me onto the exciting project me and Vix are beginning.

A while back Vix stumbled across a big box of clothes making magazines from the 80's, the ones with all the pattern pieces and instructions.  After showing me her wonderful bounty we decided it would be a perfect opportunity to re-visit the 80's patterns and bring them up to date. The set we're using is called Make It Easy, there are some real corkers in there! With a bit of imagination and the right fabric I'm certain that you wouldn't be able to tell their original origins. We're going to blog all about our adventures in 80's dressmaking, the highs, the lows, and everything else in between. 
So without further ado, I present a small selection of some of the 'incredible' patterns we're going to re-make:

And, if all else fails at least me and Vix will be able to pretend we're in The Baby Sitters Club.
Watch this space for me trips to the 80's wardrobe.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Me Made May

So...if you walk in similar circles to me then you probably all ready know about Me Made May. It was set up by So Zo What Do You Know 
The idea is that throughout the month of May you try your best to wear clothing and accessories made by you. It can be a handmade necklace through to a pair of hand knit socks. Some people are proper bastions of the handmade wardrobe community and are clever enough to wear a handmade garment every day like the super talented and inspiring Sew DIY
Now I'm pretty new to this seamstress business but I've decided to give it a go, I'm not going to be crazy strict on myself, I know there will be days when I wont be able to manage (but I like to think that on those days I'll at least have one of my necklaces on)
The last few months I've really stepped up the clothe sewing game, and slowly but surely I'm beginning to decipher the confusing world of dress making.
I couldn't have started getting into at a better time, my good pal (and sewing partner in crime) Vicki from Vicki Brown Designs  is also picking up the pace on the garment making front. It means our runs (yes...that's right we run...) are now full of chats about patterns we want to sew and fabric we want to buy. We've got a brilliant series of blog posts lined up for you...more on that to come soon (although there's a sneaky peak below in the picture of the top with blue sleeves)
So without further ado here's some of my most recent makes:

Yellow Top: View B from Simplicity 1364, made in an acid yellow cotton blend.
Top Right: Boxy Tee from The Purl Bee, made in a coral and aqua cotton blend
Middle: A Boat Necked Top (Long Sleeve Version) from Make It Easy, made in a jersey blend.
Bottom: View A from Simplicity 1364, made in a cotton fish scale/scallop print.

Until next time!