Saturday, 14 January 2017


Sooo, hello there.  

I continue on my mission to blog the things I made in 2016 but never blogged due to life/work/studying just getting in the way.  I feel that my ability to write was all used up writing assignments to finally get myself qualified as a legal executive.  That continues, but I seem to have found some inspiration to write blog posts, and I've set some of these up to post while I am on with panto costumes, which I'm not allowed to blog about/share on facebook/instagram until after panto finishes at the end of February #spoilsports. Hopefully I won't be so sick of them by then that I will still want to write some blog posts for y'all in March.  Maybes. . . . maybes not.

Anyway, this is the present I made my mother (actual) for Christmas.  I'm totally blogging out of order for which I apologise, but I write as I am inspired at the moment.

the view from the back
My mum likes the cape silhouette when it comes to her coats.  I think it is because you can retreat inside them snail/crab-like when it is too cold, so when I saw The Camden on the Colette Seamwork mag thingy well over a year ago, I knew that I was going to make it for my mum eventually.  This is the pattern which made me sign up to Seamwork, and while I don't like all the patterns, I have downloaded a few and I love that I can now use my credits for non-Seamwork Colette patterns, which I would like to take full advantage of this year (Moneta - I am coming for you!).

So, I downloaded this pattern and even got it printed by the local printshop before Christmas 2015, but then just ran out of time/lost my sewjo.

arm slits with a
peek of lining
Anyway, I resolved to make it for my mother for Christmas 2016 and started looking for some appropriate (affordable) fabrics in probably about March.  I found loads of lovely designer wools but they were all a bit out of my price range at the time.  Eventually I found some wool blend on the Minerva Crafts website.  I thought it was a turquoise-teal colour (as my mum's colour, like mine, is blue), but when it arrived it was more green (screen resolution is to blame I think!).  Anyway, I decided that I could still work with it and decided that a brown lining would look fabulous.   When I took the wool out of its plastic packaging to cut it, I discovered that I had been looking a the wrong side and the right side had a lovely tweedy/corduroy texture, which made the finished product look so much better. 

I finally got around to start making it at the beginning of December - I still needed lining and buttons though.  I went in search of both.  I couldn't quite find the shade of brown lining that I wanted - I was being super fussy - but as I was giving up hope, I found some fab animal print in Boyes of all places.  I suspected that mother would hate it but I loved it so decided to take the risk.

I love this lining, and in the end I
think it actually went quite well
I honestly never found any buttons I truly loved to go with it.  I considered toggles for a while, but again couldn't find the right shade, so I went with some wooden buttons, figuring I could change them if I ever found some I liked.  It was better to have it done that waiting forever for some buttons was my reasoning.

I remember that this was supposed to be a three-hour pattern when it was first released.  Colette have now revised this claim to be a make in a day.  It definitely took me longer than a day but I did it in stages.

There were more pieces than I thought, but all pieces seemed to be well thought out and the general construction was fairly simple.  The instructions were clear and well thought out and as my first attempt at making a coat of any form, I don't think I did too bad.  I did have to google how to sew bar tacks, but that is because I was seriously doubting myself about all the simple things that day - confidence and mental health wasn't too brilliant before xmas if I'm honest with you - too much stress I think.

There is a lot of pressing to so, and I tried to make sure that I did this well.  I used a LOT of steam and protected by main fabric by using a scrap of the wool fabric as a pressing cloth.  I wanted this to be as perfect as possible so that I received as little constructive criticism as possible.

the buttons I used in the
end.  I'm still not sure
that I like them and I
still make change them.
You can see the lovely
texture of the wool in
this photo
Here are my timings:

Tracing pattern - 45 mins
Cutting Fabric - 45 mins
Sewing Lining - 1 hour 35 mins
Sewing Main - 2 hour 15 mins
Handsewing - 1 hour 40 mins
Buttonholes - 1 hour 5 mins
TOTAL - 8 hours 5 mins

So maybe this was a day project, but I can't sew for eight hours straight and it is definitely not a three hour project.  I still enjoyed making it though and have considered a further version for another family member.

A point to note - I did wreck my scissors cutting the wool.  They are now as blunt as a blunt thing and no good for cutting anything.  Luckily I have spares and my lovely husband bought me some Ernest Wright scissors for Christmas, which I am too scared to use in case I wreck them.

Anyway, other than saying the buttons were tight through the holes, the constructive criticism has been minimal on this one.  

I might even make her something else for next Christmas - I have an idea, but I probably need to start it now.

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, 7 January 2017

My Little Quality Street

Soooo, back in November it was my youngest niece's 9th birthday.  This is my little mini me (looks like me, lives in own world like me) and I can't believe that she is nine already!  I feel so old.

You can just about see the matching
sparkly shoes I bought her to match
and the hair comb 

Anyway, when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, I don't think there was any doubt that it would be something I made (as is tradition) and she asked for a pink dress.  She loves pink and she loves dresses, so I probably could have guessed this, but as last year's request was an elephant costume, you never really can tell with that girl!

Anyway, I had plan, and that plan involved pink taffeta, so off to eBay I went to order some.  I do get a lot of fabric from eBay when my usual online shops have not come up trumps for me, which they hadn't in this instance.

Although Evie is only nine, she is nearly as tall as me so I know that I can make her adult-sized clothes.  In fact, I had done this for her halloween costume, which I will share eventually.  So I was not going to go with her request for a dress, but instead I wanted to make her the Simple Sew Sophia skirt and Top set, which I had attempted for myself a while ago, but it didn't quite work out due to it just not being my style (bewbs being the issue) but I thought it would be perfect for Evie.  The plan was a pink skirt and a gold (possibly sequin) top.

Anyway, when my fabric arrived, it wasn't pink but purple!  Ahhhhhhhh.  Not a problem though, I could find a use for the purple and order some more pink from somewhere.  I told Evie that her fabric had arrived the wrong colour but would order some more, but she said that she was happy with purple because I had already made her a pink dress in the summer.

This suited me, and then I thought purple and gold would be too Christmassy, so decided to use some silver sequin fabric I had in my stash for the top part.  It wasn't until I had sewed everything together that I realised I had turned my niece into a Quality Street . . . but the best quality street an auntie could ask for (puke here!)
I remembered to add a little bias
binding tab in to show which was
the front and back of the top

Anyway, construction should have been fairly straight forward, but of course I like to make things difficult for myself don't I.  I decided to line the skirt so it didn't snag on Evie's tights (a pet hate of mine) and then I thought, as I was lining it, why didn't I add some some dress net too to make the skirt stand out.  Anyway, it wasn't too bad, just a lot of layers to deal with on my small sewing desk.  I also remembered to add pockets this time!  Can't beat pockets.
lined and netted.  I used by rolled hem
foot to do the hem on the lining
So proud that I finally mastered this -
it has taken a few years!

The top was also fairly straight forward.  Much easier than my last attempt, as I made no attempt whatsoever to line it at all.  I figured Evie could wear a vest top underneath if  the sequins bothered her.  Instead, I bound the edges with some satin bias binding.  I didn't have any silver in my stash and as I am impatient, I couldn't be bothered to wait for the shops to open to go buy some, so I looked to see what else I had, and would you know it, I had some purple satin binding in my stash.  The only decision I had to make was whether to have the binding on show or fold it in and just have it on the inside.  A few consultations with the hubby and sisters later we decided to have the binding on show.

And the outfit was done!

I think she liked it.  I gave her it a day early so she could wear it for her birthday party.

Anyway,  have already decided what I am making her for next year (or this year now), so she doesn't get a choice this year . . . mwahahahahahahaha (evil auntie!), although it does have some pink on it.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 2 January 2017

2017 Plans

Sooo, 2016 was not the best year for getting on with my sewing goals.  

Life in general was just meh last year when it came to getting stuff done that I wanted to do.  I never seemed to stop for more than 2 seconds at a time.   

I started the year with Panto costumes, which was quite possibly the most stressful thing I have ever undertaken.  Costumes for all the principles plus 24 members of the chorus quite nearly finished me off (and blew up my machine, which meant I HAD to buy a new one).  I swore I wouldn't do it again, and then lo and behold, guess what I am doing now.  In my defence I did agree to help out thinking that I wouldn't have any studying to do and work was in a quite period.  Since then, however, I have started studying for my CILEX qualifications, which is something I have wanted to do pretty much since I left school.  I half did it in my early twenties, but then as it is something that needs to be sponsored by your employer, I have not been able to restart after getting made redundant in 2008.  Work agreed this year to sponsor me and I was in no position (and didn't want) to say no to that.  It is a lot of work, and a ton of reading, but so far I am getting perfectly acceptable marks and I am happy with that.  I also, weirdly as it sounds, actually quite enjoy the studying.

After that, it seemed to be a year of selfless sewing, reminding me that I generally hate sewing for other people.  I started losing weight, and saw no point in making myself anything until this stopped, as I would only have to alter it again, and I do hate altering, so I sewed mostly for others.  

On the plus side, I do seem to have pretty much beaten my panic attacks, which is a good thing.  Still have terrible anxiety at moments, but it doesn't, thank god, often develop in to the full blown panic attacks I was having.

I had had grand plans for 2016 sewing, as you can see from my post at the beginning of the year - jeans, a coat, a burda dress, something for Phil and getting used to my overlocker.  I have managed 3 of these, so 60% isn't as bad as I thought it would be.

I have used my overlocker a few times.  I haven't yet changed the thread in it (haven't needed to) but I have bought some more thread for when the time comes and I plan to make liberal use of the overlocker for panto costumes.

AND I sewed something for Phil.  I made him a waistcoat (at his request) and a summer dressing gown for Christmas.   I will be sharing these on the blog soon.  I have plans for a shirt for him, but I need him present for many measurings and fittings for that I think, so making for Christmas wasn't an option.  I do have the pattern and fabric though.

I have also made a coat.  Admittedly, this was not for me, but for the mother's xmas present, which will be on the blog soon.  So, I still haven't done anything with that pattern I graded up.  I kind of fell out of love with it, so I bought a Simple Sew Trench pattern, and then saw a coat I liked in Ness for £30 and thought I would spare myself some stress and just buy it.  I will eventually make myself something coat-like.  I'm currently thinking velvet blazer for smarts.  We shall see.  I am putting no pressure on myself to do this as I have all coat things I need for the time being.
THAT burda dress . . .
one day maybe

I gave up on that Burda dress, as I couldn't and still can't figure out how I would do a FBA on it.  One day I will figure it out and then maybe re-address this pattern.

More on the jeans plans below.

Anyway, without trying to put too much pressure on myself for 2017, I do have some plans once panto is out of the way:

1. Lingerie and Swimsuit Making - with a view to making the Closet Case Files Sophie for my holidays. I am also desperate for new bras  I am going to start small on this one and make sure I learn the techniques I need.  I have downloaded the Seamwork Florence and Geneva patterns and I have a lingerie techniques book, so I am starting small on things I'm not too bothered about.  Hopefully by summer I will be happy to tackle some underwired bras and then be confident enough  to make myself a swimsuit for my holidays in December.  

2. Activewear - I need new dancewear - my leggings fall down on me and I don't like any of my tops.  This is probably bottom of my list though, if I am honest.

3. A shirt for Phil - I have the fabric (from Guthrie Ghani).  I have the pattern (Thread Theory Fairfield).  He has asked for one.  Now that he doesn't work weekends, he might be at home a bit more to be available for measurings and fittings.

4. Tackle Knits -  I said I would make a Colette Myrtle over a year ago and I shall, especially now I have got used to using my overlocker.  I have also discovered that I can use my Seamwork credits to by non-Seamwork Colette patterns, so effectively this pattern will be free.  I think I might start with the Moneta though, as the cowl on the Myrtle still concerns me a little.

5. Trousers and jeans - I have none in my wardrobe.  I know I said I would tackle jeans last year, but I decided to start with trousers to get a basic knowledge, but my attempt at trousers was not too successful.  However, the little sister has bought me the Sew Over It Ultimate Guide to Making Trousers online class so I will start there, get the fitting sorted, have some summery trousers in my wardrobe and then think about tackling jeans (probably around 2019).  I still want to make the Gingers though.

Anyway, that's it for my plans.  I'm sure there will be dresses and skirts in there, along with some things for the nieces and for my sisters, but no further pressure is to be put on myself I have decided.  I have enough pressure from work and studying without adding to it with sewing.

I am also continuing my knitting learning.  I am getting there . . . my plan this year is to tackle a cardigan for myself as I have only made small things so far.

I still have some makes from 2016 to share so they will be up on the blog soon.

In the meantime . . . Happy Crafting!


Saturday, 31 December 2016

You Can Never Have Too Many Unicorns in Your Wardrobe

Soooo, I have been quite absent recently from le blog, and for this I apologise.  Work and studying and general life just took over.  I haven't been sewing quite as much as I would like, and I haven't been sewing much for myself at all, but I did manage to make this fabulous dress a couple of months ago:

it looks loads better on that it does on the hanger
but I have been struggling to find decent daylight to get
some 'wearing' pics and the light in my house is less
than fantastic

This is my much loved Unicorn Dress, with pockets, and I wear it loads.  

There isn't really much to say about it, as it was a pretty simple make.

and the back
I attempted pattern
matching but didn't
put too much effort into it
This most Holly-style dress is made using the Simple Sew English Tea Dress, which I have had forever and have had many plans to make, but it took me a while.  I have a few lengths of fabric bought to make this dress, but it was the unicorns that finally made me do it.

Next time I think I will
add a small facing so they
are not so obvious
The fabric is from Riley Blake and I had to have it because UNICORNS (you should see the unicorn collection of presents I got for my birthday and Christmas last week) and I fully lined the dress with some polycotton from my stash.  I originally was going to do a hot pink lining, but I didn't have enough and couldn't be bothered to go buy any more so the turqouisey-blue it was.  

I also drafted some pockets from the lining fabric because POCKETS!  I love a dress with pockets.  Next time I will make my pockets bigger as I have to make my hands into fists to fit in the pockets, but we live and learn.

I did my usual FBA, but otherwise this is straight out of the packet and fits lovely.  I could maybe lower the waist a smidgen, but its not bothering me.  Construction was pretty straight forward too.  I glanced at the instructions, but I think I have made enough simple dresses now to not really need to.
Christmas day version - I love tartan

I loved this dress so much and the fit is so flattering that I used the pattern to make a Christmas version.  This time from red tartan.  I didn't quite have enough fabric for sleeves so my Christmas day dress is a sleeveless version.   

you can just about see my fab hearts
binding on this pic.  I used this for
the neckline, armholes and hem.
Now that I have the pattern altered for my fit it is a quick make.  I didn't line this, but finished the neckline and armsyces with some binding from my stash.  I also put a metal zip from my stash in this one.  Its not the neatest zip insertion, but I really do struggle with exposed zips and I don't mind as I love this dress so much.  In fact, everything from this dress is from my stash.  I am therefore considering that it cost me nothing to make.  

and the exposed metal zip at the back
I think it total this dress took me three evenings, so about 7-8 hours to make from cutting out to finishing.  There were a couple of nay sayers at work that doubted my ability to get this finished in time for Christmas day when I was cutting it out on the Tuesday before, but I showed them HA!  Never underestimate a determined dressmaker.  

Tartan matching was never going
to happen perfectly on this one with
the darts, but I don't think I did too
bad a job of it, and I found once
it was made and I was wearing it
that I didn't care.
So that's all I really have to say about this one.  I will no doubt be making more.  I think some simple light summer dresses are in order . . .

I have a few more bits to blog, mostly not for me, and I can't remember what order I made them in so they will be blogged out of order.

Now, I am on with panto costumes, so nothing I can share will be made for a couple of months, but fingers crossed I will be back sewing around March time (knitting continues when I get a seat to myself on the train), but I will be sharing some of my 2016 makes with you in the meantime.  My in laws bought me some lovely grey and pink tartan for my birthday so I can't wait to make something from that, and I really want to make a dent in my stash this year.

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, 24 August 2016


Soooo . . . . Happy Bake Off Day!  If like me, you have been looking forward to Bake Off since the end of Sewing Bee . . . I'm not much of a baker myself, but I do like food, and I still think that I am going to adopt Mary Berry as my Grandma.  My current Grandma does look like her so I don't think I would notice the change too much, I'd maybe just get more baked goods . . . 

Anyway, today I am sharing with you my first Sew Over It project - the Rosie Dress.  I bought the pattern the day it was released, as I was on a bit of a downer that day and needed cheering up.  I also bought some Simple Sew patterns that day, but I have yet to sew up any of these.  

It was the skirt part of the Rosie pattern that actually drew me in, and I had just the fabric for it at home - a beautiful roses print cotton, so I downloaded the pattern straight away.  I usually wait for the paper patterns where they are available, especially when I can only print on A4 and then have to stick, but I really needed cheering up.  I then spent my Friday evening educating my husband in the fine art of sellotaping PDF patterns together.  I think he is suitably put off, but at least I now know that he has this skill should I require him to help in the future.

Let me just say - it is a BIG pattern sheet once printed off and stuck together - it took up pretty much the whole of my living room floor.

So, by the time I had stuck it all together, it was quite late, so I put it away for the evening and then picked it up again Saturday morning, tracing off my pattern pieces.  I decided that even though I was going to make the dress, I might as well trace off all my pattern pieces while I was at it, as I had some other fabric I could probably use at a later date for a dress.  After a quick discussing with the husband, I went for view B with the sweetheart neckline and the wider straps.  I measured at a size 16, with an FBA required (nothing new there), so that is the size I traced off.  I was a size 14 on the finished garment measurements, but I wanted a bit of ease room to allow me to eat, so I went with the 16 and did a two inch FBA.  Despite the fact that I always need to do an FBA, I still always doubt myself and look at the instructions.  I find the By Hand London Kim Dress Sew Along the best one for princess seamed patterns.

nearly perfect zip
insertion, and accidental
pattern matching
Anyway, I was glad that I had traced off all my pattern pieces, because after cutting out my skirt pieces I realised I had more than enough left to cut out the bodice pieces, so that is what I did.  I then cut all bodice pieces out again in white cotton to line the dress.  I also lined the skirt, but I waiting until I had pleated, gathered and sewn this before cutting out those pieces, using the sewn piece as a guide to reduce bulk at the waist seam.

So next up was the sewing, which was fairly straight forward.  I have sewn a fair few princess seam dresses up, as I like the fit and style of them, so all was pretty straight forward.  The newish thing to me was the adding of boning, but the instructions are very clear so this was much of a doddle.  I even managed to get a nearly perfect invisible zip insertion (I'm getting better).

Upon trying on before hemming, and this was about two weeks after the original cutting out as I worked on the dress half an hour here and there when I had chance, the dress seemed massive on me.  I had lost more weight in between cutting out and getting to the trying on stage.  I know I probably shouldn't get upset about losing weight, but it isn't something I am particularly trying to do, and it is causing me some sewing problems.  Hardly any of my clothes fit me now and my alter pile is growing, although I think some are beyond the altering stage.  I have a dress on today that fit me lovely about 3-4 weeks ago and is now too big.  Should I be worried?

Anyway, to fix the problem, as I didn't want to cut everything out again, I added a dart to the side of the bust and took in the seams near the waist a little.  The dress is still too big, but copeable now, and if I lose much more weight I will take off the bodice and make into a skirt, as per my original plan.  Skirts are much easier to alter than full dresses.

Despite my sizing problems, I really really like this dress, and I have more planned for my next holiday, which won't be until December 2017, but that gives me plenty of time non?  I'm thinking lots of tropical prints and sewing up view A with the little collar.
I had to share these shoes. . .
they are just so pretty :-)

Looking back at these photos I realise that:

a)  I have a very freckly back, which I never really realised before;
b)  I could probably do with shortening the bodice a little, but I will revisit that once I have the right size.

I had enough fabric left over to make myself a little matching clutch bag, which I lined with white satin and added a diamante button to.  I wore this to a christening a couple of weeks ago with some gorgeous new Ruby Shoo shoes.  Quite possibly my favourite brand as they are tres my style and slightly wider in the fitting, which I definitely need.

Anyway, off to prepare for Bake-Off now.  I've been up to lots of sewing, so will share some more projects soon.

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Lessons in Sewing

Sooooo,  today I would like to share with you a dress that has taught me a couple of lessons.

This is my second version of McCalls 6696, the first version of which can be found here.

This is made from a viscose print which I bought from Boyes last year, and then it sat in my stash box for a while while I figured out what I wanted to do with it.  Then, a couple of weeks before my holiday in December, when I was suffering insomnia, I decided one night that I would like to make it into a shirt dress for my holidays.  Sooo, I cut it out.  I wanted short sleeves, but I didn't have quite enough fabric so decided to do without.  In hindsight, I should have cut the narrow skirt and then I would have had the fabric for the sleeves, but we live and learn don't we.

Anyway, after cutting it out, I then ran out of time to actually sew the dress before my holidays, and as it was winter and cold when we got back, it stayed in my to sew pile for quite some time . . . . 

I did pick it up now and again.  I think in about March I interfaced the relevant areas, and then I got distracted again and it sat in the to sew pile again for a while.  I finally picked it up again a couple of weeks ago, after I had finished the girls' dresses (which can be found here and here), it being the first time in aaaaages  I had had the time to sew something for myself.

However, in the meantime (since cutting out to sewing) I had lost some weight - five inches around my waist, two off my basoomas and two off my hips - and obviously, the dress was now humongous.  

So, Lesson 1 - don't leave it so long between cutting and sewing, and if you do don't lose weight in that time - it causes problems.  I took the dress in at the armsyces but couldn't be bothered to do the same anywhere else, so it is quite loose fitting, but that is probably good on warm days.

And Lesson 2 - don't cut when you're tired.  You end up with wonky pattern pieces and no fabric left to re-cut.  In this instance I had to make the best of a bad job, and my waistband is certainly wonky.  Other seams may be too but I've decided not to look too closely.

Lesson 3 - bright ideas are not usually a good idea.  On this occasion, I decided that I had learned from my previous make of this dress and wasn't too happy with the large amount of hand sewing involved.  So, I decided this time to top stitch where hand sewing would usually have been involved and call it a design feature.  This did not work out as planned - My topstitching, as careful and neat as I was being, did not always catch the other side (this could be due to Lesson 2), so I still ended up hand stitch to secure these areas.

Lesson 4 - refer to previous blog posts.  Once again, I had issues with the collar band on this one.  I was putting this down to my dodgy cutting (See Lesson 2), but then I re-read my last post and realised I had the same problem then.  Must remember this for next time.

Not so much a lesson but worth a note is that when I was sewing the fabric, I noticed little tiny patches of pink.  Barely noticeable to someone who does not notice these things generally, but I figured I might have left the fabric next to some pink fabric for too long and the colour had leaked somehow.  Anyway, after a wash or too, when I was ironing the dress (and it does need ironing, much to my annoyance), I noticed more pink.  I have therefore concluded that the navy on the fabric has leaked a little and although looks blue, is made from a pinkish pigment (not unheard of).  To be fair, not much I could have done about this, as I pre-wash all my fabric, and it will just be one of those things, but worth considering on this type of fabric maybe?

Positives about this dress:
  1. despite all the negatives above, I still love it
  2. have you seen the colour match on those buttons . . . . inspired, particularly as I didn't have the fabric with me when I purchased the buttons.  I also seem to have twice the number of buttons I'm sure I paid for, so I have loads left they may be going towards a button down blouse.  I'm thinking plain white with the teal buttons for a pop of colour.  I think I have found the pattern I want to use, but all suggestions (and for the fabric too) greatly appreciated.
  3. it is a nice coolish dress on warm days.  I should maybe have put weights in the hem though, it has been so windy round here of late.
  4. tropical print . . . 'nuff said
  5. I may actually pay attention to the lessons outlined in this post now.
Looking back at these photos, I now realise that I could take a bit of length off the bodice.  It does seem to sit a lot lower than my waist, but it doesn't feel like that when I wear it.  Hmmm....

Anyway, I am now on with the new Sew Over It Rosie dress for a Christening and a Wedding I have coming up this month.  It is nearly finished, so I will (hopefully) share that with you next week.  I am also on with some knitting projects which I will share with you when finished, but they seem to take me loads more time that sewing does.

In the meantime . . . .

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 31 July 2016

Princess Rose

Sooo, after making the ultimate prom dress for the eldest nieceling, I didn't want the youngest nieceling (age 8) feeling left out, so I decided to make her a dress too.  My idea was simple - make her a little sun dress for her holidays, as they were going abroad for the first time ever.  I also decided to make a dress I knew which I thought would make it easier and quicker.  I also thought I would have loads of time to get it done, and I was being uber prepared.

I chose Simplicity 1382, which I have in my stash in the half sizes, which are perfect for Evie, as she is not the dainty little 8-year old that all her friends are - she is nearly as tall as me and built like me, bless her, not that that ever stops her doing anything - she is the most active child I know.  She never stops moving.  She should be a lat like her sister, but the curse of looking like me is that even though she dances pretty much everywhere and is on the trampoline at every opportunity, she has to wear age 12 clothes.  I think its because she appears to have an allergy to walking anywhere - I used to be the same though.

Anyway, in my uber preparedness, I traced out the correct size.  I have made this dress for her before for Halloween (see here) but she has grown since then.  I then went and bought the fabric, which I had seen in Boyes ages ago and knew would be perfect for the nieceling as she is a girly girl and anything pink is fine with her.  Personally, I avoid pink really, but she luuuuurves it.  I'd even bought some sparkly heart buttons to go with it.

Then, I got on with Georgia's prom dress, which thanks to the 30 metres of organza than needed hemming with horsehair braid took me about a week longer than I thought it would, vesting cutting into my sewing time for Evie's dress, but I was determined to get it done.  So, once I had finished and delivered Georgia's dress, I started on Evie's straight away.  I remembered from last time that I didn't really like the facings for the bodice.  They just didn't seem right.  So I decided to fully line the bodice.  And then, in my infinite wisdomosity,  I decided if I was lining one bit, I might as well line the whole thing and decided to line the skirt too - well, it would sit better wouldn't it.  And then, my wisdomosity (or lack thereof) took over and I decided to add some puff to the skirt and put in a layer of netting.  Of course, I decided to do all this with only two and a half evenings of sewing available to me, as they were going on holiday on the Saturday so  I had to deliver on the Friday.

Luckily, I remembered that I really enjoyed making this dress, so it was no big deal to me to have to sit and sew really.

Construction was pretty straight forward - princess seams to the front with a waistband.  The back looks complicated, but really isn't.  It is sewn the same as any dress I would make for myself with a lining or all in one facing and then given a good press. 

I had to scratch my head a little to figure out the best way to put in the zip (which I am happy to say went in almost perfectly first time), but I figured it out in the end - zip first, then add netting and lining . . . and simples.

Then I delivered to the nieceling.  She didn't seem too bothered about it at first, but she wanted to know why I had arrived without her uncle Philip (my husband), and then when he did arrive, she was only bothered about him.  People think that she is ours because she looks so much like me and barely leaves his side . . . . I have to assure the people that I am not responsible for her.  I also put it down to the fact that she was excited for her holidays, and hungry as takeaway was taking forever to arrive.

Anyway, when I got home, I got a text from the sister with some photos of her in it, and apparently Evie thinks that she is now a princess as there is only one of that dress in the whole wide world.  And she is right, she will always be a princess, just as I am a princess, or now that the nieces are here, Queen Auntie Holly Fabulous, The Most Awesome (I gave myself a small promotion).

So there you go . . . This is now known as the Princess Evie dress.  I wonder if she'll want some more in different colours.  Or, just different pinks.

Anyway, I can now, finally, get on with some sewing for me!  Starting with some alterations and repairs.

Happy Crafting!

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