The last of the OWOP hacks. This dress is YET ANOTHER survivor from OWOP 01 and aptly demonstrates that when I re-started this sewing malarkey I had much less quality control. Exhibit ‘A’ m’lud: In my defence this was more or less my first attempt at a zip of this length (22″?) Not terrible enough for you? … Continue reading Nautical but Nice?
Despite being a HUGE Liberty geek I don’t know the name of this print… so… this is Vogue 1739 in something blue. This frock is yet another survivor from OWOP 01, there are so many of them! I sure don’t know how to throw my hand-mades away. I blame the tana lawn it washes… Continue reading Take a bow, bow.
Vogue 1739 in a Cath Kidston print for OWOP Day Two. Currently sporting a sweetheart neckline and a side zip, both of which are deviations from the true pattern. Ha! This is a deviant dress, that amuses me muchly! The same as yesterday, this is another survivor from OWOP 01 and another dress that is… Continue reading Sweetheart Hack
Good morrow dear readers, are you OWOPping? I am and I have (foolishly?) chosen to re-visit the pattern and indeed the very garments that I wore for the inaugural OWOP. What pattern could hold such sway I hear you say? Well it’s this: Vogue 1739 (1996). The bleached out looking dress on the right which is,… Continue reading Up, up, OWOP and away!
Hello there. The sun came out, the light was bright, I stepped out of the black and into some shorts. If only at bedtime. Bit of a mixed week for me. I had no idea just how much the weather influences what I sew and wear. This week I had some great successes: I re-worked… Continue reading Success and failure – MMM’12- Week 2
Idea for scraps of fabric Number Two: Tubular Belles (Even worse? I certainly thought so!) Necessity being the mother of invention I thought that perhaps it might be wise to have some me-made jewellery to help me through MMM12. In Southern England it has after all been the wettest April in over 100 years, my… Continue reading tubes and strips – part two
Nope, not the name of a dodgy new night club… something that I found myself doing yesterday instead of finishing any of the things in my crafty queue. Feels so naughty, like watching telly instead of revising. Anyhoo, since re-discovering my passion for sewing I’ve been pondering what I can usefully do with the piles… Continue reading tubes and strips – part one
There were ups – the beautiful blue skies, the warmth, the Spring flowers, the optimism that I would succeed. There were downs – would I ever take a decent photo of the dresses without a handy helper? What is going on with my hair and why am I pulling that ridiculous face? There was also… Continue reading Oh wow! That was OWOP
This is my favourite version of Vogue 1739. It has a mammoth back story, starting out life as a grown-up version of a Gossypium dress that I made for my daughter. Things that worked in this process – cutting on the bias, which is either in my imagination, or truly does give the dress a… Continue reading Always save the best ’til last
So, sometimes, it’s not until you wear a make that you realise how well its works – or not. Well, today, I was sitting down politely having my first set of reading glasses fitted (I know! That’s middle-age for you). Well, to be frank, I had to fight back the desire to bring up me… Continue reading Top notch