• My First Jenny Overalls, with Like Sew Amazing

  • ***SPONSORED POST***

    Guys, I am so excited to share this make with you! Not only is this my first project as part of the Like Sew Amazing Blogger Team, but this is also my first ever pair of Closet Case Jenny Overalls and I can’t stop gushing over them!

    The fabric I used was a linen viscose blend with this giant daisy monochrome print from Like Sew Amazing, and using it with this pattern was complete marriage made in heaven. This blend of linen/viscose  has a lovely balance of structure and drape, making it ideal for this make.

    I had a bit of trouble with attempting some pattern matching, as the pattern was so large, and had some very slight differences across the fabric. I tortured myself for a while, trying to get it perfect, and then realised that I might as well just get on and enjoy the process.

    I fretted for a while over the sizing of these overalls – convincing myself that they wouldn’t suit me, or fit around my hips/bum! I ended up sewing a straight size 10, and I’m astonished at how well they fit. Seriously – they’re so good!!

    And I thoroughly enjoyed every part of the construction of these gorgeous overalls – from the faux fly to the side zipper (I inserted 1 only, and that is fine for me). The instructions were as you would expect from Closet Case – crystal clear and enough detail to stop you (me) from screwing anything up.

    I honestly cannot stop raving about his pattern. If you’re toying with the idea of making these, then I urge you to bite the bullet. One of my all time favourite patterns!

     

    Pattern: Closet Case Jenny Overalls

    Fabric: Mono Daisy Linen/Viscose from Like Sew Amazing

    Size made: 10

    Alterations made: None!

    Frankie got involved with the photoshoot!

    Disclaimer – Fabric gifted to me as part of the LSA Blogger Team

  • Self-Drafted Statement Yellow Skirt

  • Just a quick little make I wanted to show you all today! I drafted a BRIGHT YELLOW half circle skirt… and I love it!

    I ordered the fabric from Sew Me Sunshine a while back, just falling in love with the colour. It is a viscose twill – a combination which I don’t think I have come across before. But man is it dreamy! It has all of that lovely drape that we want from a viscose. The twill element means that you can see the diagonal lines across the fabric (like you see on denim, except without the weight of denim, if that makes sense!). The fabric was fairly sheer, so definitely needed a lining. I just bought a cheap white poly lining fabric from John Lewis. Though I wish I had bought something a bit better quality because after I finished the skirt I found it to still be a bit on the sheer side! Nude undies a must!

    The maths part!

    I started the skirt by measuring my waist, and that let me work out the size of the waistband. This measurement is the circumference of the circle, if you’re looking at it from a flat pattern point of view. Then you need to work out the radius of said circle to then draw out the pattern (the equation is r = c / 2Π ). There are lots of websites which offer a circle skirt calculator – the best one I have found is the By Hand London one here – https://byhandlondon.com/pages/circle-skirt-app. I really enjoyed working out the maths of all of this… I used to love this kind of stuff at school! I should also mention that if you are wanting to work all of this out yourself to make your own skirt, then always remember that you will need to add on your seam allowances too.

    I ended up using a piece of string tied onto a fabric pen, and a long pin to draw out the pattern straight onto my fabric. It didn’t look perfect as I was drawing it out – quite sketchy! But all worked out in the end.

    I then added an invisible zipper and the lining… and hey presto! One finished half circle skirt of yellowey loveliness!

    I love teaming this with my Strong Girls Club slogan tee from Mutha.Hood. I feel super in this outfit!

    Thanks for reading lovelies x

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Pattern – Self-drafted skirt

    Fabric – Sew Me Sunshine

  • My Mustard Mila Dungarees

  • Finally I’ve gotten round to blogging my latest make – and she’s a vision of mustard loveliness!

    These are the Tilly and the Buttons Mila dungarees, which had been on my sewing hitlist for quite some time. I even bought this mustard denim (from Guthrie & Ghani) especially for this project – before the pattern had even come out. One keen bean right here! Not only am I a massive Tilly fan, but I also a lover of dungarees – an obsession which started as a kid to be honest. And I’ve never grown out of that particular obsession (or grown up in general really – I refuse to, it’s a trap! Haha!).

    The pattern itself was a joy to sew. Tilly’s patterns are consistently reliable and high quality, from the pattern itself to the instructions – and I love that she puts plenty of notches into them too. I think I found one missing from the waistband, but it didn’t matter. It was a pretty straightforward part of the make anyway.

    I found myself using this make to really try to up my topstitching game too. I studied my RTW Topshop dungarees to take notes on all the details of topstitching, so I could try to mimic that finish. I have written a whole blog post for Brother Sewing UK (sponsored post), so if you’re interested in seeing what I have to say on this topic then head on over to their blog! Link here – http://brothersewinguk.blogspot.com/2018/06/topstitch-like-pro.html.

    The fit of the dungarees is almost perfect for my body shape. I feel like it needs some adjustment around the crotch area to look more professional. So I’m making a challenge for myself to really do my research into fitting trousers. If you have any resources you would recommend for learning about fitting trousers then please let me know – I’m all ears! Otherwise though I really like the fit on the legs – they are the perfect width for me. I like wearing them with the legs just rolled up slightly above the ankles.

    Hope you all like my attempt at these dungarees anyway! I couldn’t resist making them in the statement mustard-coloured denim!

    Thanks for reading lovelies x

    Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons Mila Dungarees

    Fabric: Mustard denim from Guthrie & Ghani

    Size made: 4

    Alterations made: None!