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Saturday, 8 July 2017

What I wear on holiday. Packing for all weathers!

People keep asking me what I wear on holiday and if I take only me-made clothes.
The answer is that it depends on where I am visiting. So here are a few examples of what I take with me.
The one thing which annoys me now is that cabin baggage has mostly been reduced to 5k. A good portion of that for me is taken up with necessary medication and my electronic devices. I used to enjoy short breaks where the cabin allowance was 10k or sometimes more. The hold luggage has now been reduced to 15k mostly too. When I am in holiday I like to wear all my nice clothes, so I have to admit that I pay extra and then I can take 20k.


My last holiday was to Austria which is somewhere I absolutely love. The climate is wonderful but it can change in an instant so you do need to be prepared.



Tuesday, 4 July 2017

How to sew The Serendipity Willow Tunic A MCBN post

Pretty Flamingo Tunic Top

I love the combination of tunic top and cropped pants for summer and I was therefore delighted to have been given this pattern and fabric  by MinervaCrafts for a blogger network post.
Embroidery is so fashionable at the moment too, and so are Flamingoes so what better way to adorn this tunic than with embroidered Flamingoes? My embroidery machine is the Brother Innov-is 800E from jaycotts.co.uk . Do look at this machine Brother Innov-is 800E and the other embroidery machines in the range and give Jaycotts a ring to discuss which machine best suits your needs. The number is 01244 394099


 The post itself is on this link. Serendipity Willow Tunic
So do fly over there right now and read all about my experience with this rather lovely sewing pattern ( and the near disaster I almost had!)

Thanks for reading this

Angela



#tunic #embroidery #embroiderymachine #chambray #flamingo #jaycotts

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Easy sewing challenge, try adding a lining to a Simplicity dress

Lining a dress



There is nothing quite like a fully lined dress. It feels special and it looks special. Adding a lining to a dress makes it feel wonderful, it hangs better, it lasts longer and when you choose the right type of lining it swishes when you walk. As a bonus your dress will look just as good on the inside as it does on the outside.
It is definitely something which you must do for a special occasion dress but why not line a day dress and see how wonderful you feel when you wear it.
This pattern includes a lined bodice and if you choose the straight skirt a lining is included. It is however very easy to add a lining to the full skirt version


I chose a bold printed linen and cotton mix fabric which is widely available. This particular fabric was from Abakhan Fabrics. Linen on its own creases badly but the addition of cotton helps to prevent it happening quite so much. Other fabric choices are cotton lawn and viscose. Whatever you choose for this full skirted version it needs to drape well. If you are going to make the dress with the straight skirt then your fabric choices are almost endless, why not try a brocade for a cocktail dress or a slub silk for a wedding?
I used the same fabric to line the bodice and sleeves for coolness and comfort but I chose a good quality lightweight woven lining fabric in Navy for the skirt. This gives a swing to the skirt and makes that delightful swish as you walk.
You can use lining fabric for the bodice but remember that it will not be as cool to wear unless you pick a lining fabric made from natural fibres such as a pure silk or a cotton voile.



The pattern is by Simplicity and it is New look 6447 available from Jaycotts on this link  NewLook 6447
There are options for a wide skirt or a pencil skirt and cap sleeves or sleeveless.
I cut out size 12 and it did fit well. I have a narrow back and needed to make a small adjustment during fitting, more about that later.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

An easy make summer dress in printed Batik. Why not sew two?

A jaycotts.co.uk blog post

I have been longing to get into my summer clothes here at home and now that summer is here I want some quick easy makes that I can wear in a day or two.I know people who cringe at the thought of wearing summer clothes, assuming wrongly that the sun means baring skin. Not so, some of the coolest clothes to wear are those which offer some protection from the sun. My usual summer clothes consist of pedal pushers and tunic tops, but I guess that's more out of habit than anything else, so I am making myself some dresses.



I made two versions. The red one is in an African printed cotton and the dark blue is Hand printed Batik. The red one has a fully lined bodice.

 Fabric choices

For fabric choices  look no further than Minerva Fabrics.
MinervaCrafts have an amazing collection of batik fabrics do look at the choice on the link to their website. Batik Fabric
The price range is excellent and I am always impressed with the quality, so do take a look


This is a very pretty dress by Simplicity, available from Jaycotts Simplicity S8294 it is a vintage style dress with the option of having a collar, waist tabs and short cap sleeves. There are also two skirt options so this pattern does offer value for money.
I made a size 12 and it needed no adjustments. You will find that your pattern size differs from your commercial dress size, please do not be alarmed, just make sure that you cut out the size which most closely resembles your body measurements. If your top and bottom halves differ then this pattern allows you to cut out relevant sizes for your top half, and a larger or smaller size for your bottom half . It is easy then to merge the two sizes together at the waist.


I like the slightly lower back in this pattern and as I do not appreciate having burnt shoulders I was glad that one of the options is to include a cap sleeve.
When choosing your pattern think about any parts of your body which you would like to cover up and look for a pattern which will do that. For example if you do not like your arms then think about choosing a pattern with a sleeve - which could be a flutter sleeve, short sleeve or whatever length you prefer. To draw attention away from a problem tummy or hip then choose a flattering neckline to draw the eye upwards.


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

How to sew Simplicity 1940's Style Vintage Trousers


On last month's MinervaCrafts Blogger Network I posted the blouse made from the same pattern, this month I completed the outfit with this lovely pair of trousers.
The trousers are wide leg and as fashionable now as they were in the 1940's.
 Never made trousers before? This Simplicity pattern is very flattering and simple to follow so you won't have any problems.
My post is all about fitting them to suit you so please click on this link and view my post on MinervaCrafts website.Simplicity vintage style trousers on Minerva Crafts Blogger Network



Do let me know what you think about this outfit and please contact me if you have any questions

Angela