I realised when I started this blog that almost everything I have sewn has been blue, so making this I was determined to use some old red fabric and change the colour scheme. I bought this fabric a few years ago  for a school event in which I had to wear red and made a Purl Soho Boxy Top, a pattern I’d made before. However, in my rush to make something, I cut the wrong size ending up with a top a few sizes too big and also picked a material way to stiff for this kind of boxy top so I never finished it. Luckily I had enough fabric left that I could cut up the top and remake it into something that I know I’ll actually wear.

I followed the instructions on the Felted Fox website. I was a little nervous about this make because I didn’t make a toile and this was a one size only pattern. I just blindly followed instructions in the hopes that the top would turn out ok. Luckily, the instructions were clear and only minor alternations were needed. I added a little bitt of extra length at the back, a small tuck above the join of the wrap pieces to eliminate some gaping as well as taking in the side seams. However for a free pattern that was one size only these were minor and super easy to do so no problem at all. 

My final top seems to be a little less cropped than the original (or maybe all the skirts and jeans I own are just high waisted) which I think works better with my style, so was a bonus for me, as I don’t usually wear cropped tops. It also sits a little differently due to the weight and stiffness of the fabric but I don’t mind it too much and it’ll be good to have something I made in my wardrobe that’s not blue!

 

FABRIC:      Heavy weight cotton.  Spotlight

PATTERN:  Felted Fox

This dress has become an unexpected favorite in my wardrobe. I never had a very clear idea of what this dress was to be when I started it and the dress constantly evolved over the sewing process. I had two meters left of a blue and white striped rayon from another project and wanted to make a flowy dress that would be easy to wear. I did a bit of Pinterest searching for inspiration and ended up with this blend of a few dresses I saw. This dress is made of  three rectangles so is a great simple design that made with rayon (which has a fair amount of drape) allowed for a little bit of my dodgy underarm stitching to be covered up.

  1. Cut three rectangles of fabric. One that is twice the height of the sleeve x length from end of each sleeve (I just used the entire width of the fabric and hemmed later). Cut two rectangles the width of body rectangles x length of skirt. Remember to include seam and hemming allowances in measurements. 
  2. Cut neck hole in bodice rectangle by folding it in half twice to find the middle point then opening it up and tracing an oval around this point. My neckhole has an 8cm radius and was 13cm deep at the front and 3cm deep and the back.
  3. Measure to find the desired width of the body and sew from either end of the body piece to create sleeves, I sewed 33cm in for mine. 
  4. Gather the top length of the skirt pieces to the width of the body.
  5. Sew the skirts together along the side seams.
  6. Attach skirt to bodice. At the point where the skirt and top meet under the arms there is a large bulk of fabric due to three seams meeting so it is helpful to cut down these seams and maybe hand sew a bit at the point just to make it look a little bit cleaner. You could also sew a little higher as indicated in the dotted line on the diagram and trim seam allowance to further eliminate this bulk if it makes the sleeves hang badly. 
  7. Cut a V shaped slit in the middle back of the neck hole 10cm long.  Sew the long stripes of fabric right sides in lengthways to create 2 long tubes. Turn inside out and sew to the tops of the neck hole V slit on either side.
  8. Finish nec khole (I used bias binding) and hem armholes and skirt.

This dress ended up super flowy and exactly what I needed in my summer wardrobe. Although it took me 5 days of procrastination to finally finish the seams and hem I am very glad I got it done with plenty of summer left so I can wear it often!

Pattern- Self Drafted

Fabric – Spotlight

I’ve been wanting a pair of high waisted paper bag shorts for a while and when I found this free pattern in Peppermint magazine I knew I had to make some.  I was excited to be making shorts as I don’t often sew bottoms, making a lot of tops and dresses, and they have huge  pockets and shorts should not exist without pockets. 

I followed the pattern perfectly and made no changes, apart from not adding in the drawstring at the end and leaving the elasticated waistband as is.  I did add the button holes for the drawstring before I made this decision so there are button holes in the front of my shorts but they are mostly hidden. I hadn’t sewed with a pattern for a while so really enjoyed this sew as no guesswork was involved. The PDF pattern was also super easy to put together as the gridlines on each pieces offered multiple points on each page that joined together. This meant that for the first time when I had taped all the paper together it lay completely flat. Normally I end up with lots of bumps where the pages don’t quite match up at the end. I also really like the inclusion of hem band which made the hemming super easy and simple with no pinning, measuring and folding like is normally needed for a hem which if often why I procrastinate doing them. 

I really like this style as it’s just a tad more dressed up than my usual denim shorts and the elasticated waist and baggy style make them super comfy to wear.  I’m sure these will get a lot of use of them for the rest of summer.

 

Pattern – Drawstring Shorts – Pattern Runway for Peppermint Magazine

Fabric  –  Navy Linen from the Fabric Store

Tully is our family’s mini schnauzer.  Her favourite pastimes are chasing birds, eating and laying comfortably in the sun.  I made her this dog bed when we couldn’t find one we liked and that was inexpensive. This seemed like a perfect project for me as a quick and easy sew, and that I could finish in an afternoon. 

For the inner of the bed  I used a child’s bean bag that I already had and then  I used a heavy denim for a stronger, more dog friendly cover. If you don’t already have a bean bag to use it would be best to sew an inner sightly smaller than the cover and then stuff it with either beans or stuffing. This means that you can wash the outside without worrying about damaging the filling. Instead of denim a soft fleece, woven wool, heavy linen or cotton could work just as well.

To sew the cover…

  1. Cut 1 oval just larger than the desired size of the final dog bed (to account for seam allowance).
  2. There is a zipper in the centre back so you need to create two half ovals. To do this fold the already cut oval in half lengthways and trace adding 1cm seam allowance on the long straight edge. Cut two.
  3. Insert a zipper to the middle of the two halves of the oval. Sew along the entire seam to create one oval with a zipper in the middle as shown below.
  4. Pin the side band to the outsides of the ovals right sides facing in and sew around to create a bag that the bean bag will sit inside. Finish all seams and turn inside out through the zipper hole.

Tully is always to be found laying on her bed sleeping, catching any sun that comes through the windows in the afternoon so this project was a success. 

Fabric- Heavy weight denim from Spotlight

Pattern- Self drafted