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Monday, 30 November 2015

HOW I MADE MY FAUX FUR HAT AND JACKET.A Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post

WINTER WONDERLAND
Coat pattern by Simplicity. hat pattern by Burda




I have been looking at these coats in the shops and noticed how expensive they are, so when I saw this fabulous faux fur fabric on MinervaCrafts.com I knew I had to make one my own coat.
Here is the list of items you need to make one of your own
  • Faux fur fabric.2m made both hat and jacket in size 12 /14  I used the long pile fur in Grey. It comes in other colours and in a short pile version.  PLAIN LONG PILE FUR
  • Anti static dress lining in Navy Blue,    Lining
  • Prym fur coat hook and eye fasteners in Grey Fur coat Fasteners
  • A very small piece of interfacing for the collar Interfacing
  • Simplicity 2150 pattern Jacket pattern
  • BURDA 7175 for the hat HAT PATTERN
  • I am fond of COATS sewing thread, you will need both Grey and Navy  COATS THREAD



Faux fur  ChiChi or headband from Jewellery Bank  see the web site for more information Winter white faux fur ChiChi



You will need to gather together your sewing machine with a new needle for heavyweight fabrics, an iron and ironing board, a pressing cloth and one more essential item - your vacuum cleaner! 
You will also need a few very long pins,  tailors chalk and sharp scissors


Thursday, 26 November 2015

How to make the Eliza M WANDA dress using Liberty fabric

A review of the Eliza M WANDA pattern

I love vintage style patterns, I love researching into how they would have been made and incorporating this into the garment I am making. I have used a few Eliza M patterns and was really looking forward to making this one.
Abakhan Fabrics,  View ABAKHAN web site have a sale of Liberty Fabrics on at the moment, and I was lucky enough to be given a generous length of Liberty Tana Lawn in Glencot  House Grey.Those of you familiar with  Abakhan will know what fantastic fabrics they have a at great prices, so if you are unlucky enough to miss this offer LIBERTY CLEARANCE OFFER then you can be certain you will find a great alternative in store or on their website.



Tana Lawn is perfect for 1950's style tea dresses. The shape of the neck and shoulders adds considerable interest to the dress


Jaycotts.co.uk gave me this Eliza M WANDA pattern, view here,  ELIZA M WANDA pattern at jaycotts and I have been longing to make it up. The liberty fabric is just perfect.


This pattern has all the hallmarks of a typical 1950's vintage pattern, the most obvious one being the flattering  sweetheart neckline.Cotton was very popular to make tea dresses like this one which would normally be paired with matching handbag and shoes.The look was very feminine after the austerity of the war years.
other popular fabric were Acrylic, introduced in 1950, followed by polyester in 1953. These were cheap fabrics which could go into the washing machine and dyed bright colours. This meant that women could now own more than one "good" dress which is all she probably owned during war time. Women were now beginning to have fun with fashion and the fabric prints reflected this with oversized floral and bright geometrics becoming available

For true 1950's style the zip would normally be at the side not at the back as in this pattern, don't forget invisible zips did not exist then.




Tuesday, 3 November 2015

How I made my Polka Dot dress and Jacket for Minerva Crafts Blogger Network

My beautiful spotty, dotty dress and jacket. A Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post using McCalls and Butterick patterns




I love polka dots, and I love the combination of Navy blue and white.luckily MinervaCrafts.com sent me  a large piece of Navy and white polka dot print stretch cotton fabric, so I was overjoyed.  It is a beautiful fabric, quite heavy and with a bit of stretch too. View it on MinervaCrafts.com web site click here,  Navy and white polka dot cotton

I was not quite sure what to do with it and my  first thought was to make a long dress, but when I calculated how much fabric I would need there was a large piece left over but not enough for anything useful.The fabric is very heavy and hangs well so I decided to make a short dress and a jacket.  Jackets and me go together. I love making them and I love wearing them. I go out a lot in the evening and so I wear them a lot. I prefer them to a cardigan in fact. I have a favourite jacket pattern which I have altered and adapted so many times I cannot remember what the original one looked like! I love this pattern though, it fits me well, it is easy to alter, it always looks different, so why change? Anyway, more about the jacket later. Let's get on with the dress.



Before we start to make the dress though I wanted to show you the dress and jacket together. I honestly thought that the two garments worn together would be far too much, but in fact they make an incredible outfit and I love it. I envisaged wearing the jacket separately, and I will, but they do look good together don't you think?