Do I hear Santa...?

Pattern Review: The World of Cross Stitch Nov 1999: Christmas Table Linen Yes, this is a Christmas cross stitch pattern, but too be honest it isn't very Christmassy. It is also very far away from table linen. Behold a seasonal coaster and bookmark!
First up the bookmark. The original design was for a seasonal cake band. The design on the bookmark was to be repeated as necessary to make the length of the band. I have never used a cake band in my life, let alone a cross stitch one. Since I read a huge amount,  a bookmark seemed about right. 

This was a really enjoyable simple cross stitch, and some much needed relief after my complex cross stitched Mai. I interfaced the back of the bookmark and lined it with some cotton lining from my stash. 
The coaster was originally designed to be a candle stick holder. Urm...what? Who has a candlestick holder? Doesn't everyone just use empty wine bottles these days?? Anyway, I thought that it would work well instead as a handy coaster. 

I s…

Remnant Busting

Pattern Review: Simplicity 1370 This pattern has appeared so many times on the blog! It is a great pattern to use up fabric remnants. This fabric was stolen and used originally for a midi skirt. I had enough left to squeeze out a mini skirt!

I really don't have anything else to say about this pattern. For those new to the blog I cut a size 16. I underlined the linen with some cotton lining from my stash. I omitted the waistband due to fabric constraints and used bias binding to finish the waistband and hem. 

The print is really fun and goes with my standard black accessories. It will also work in the winter with boots and tights which is always a win!

Expect more of these on the blog until I find another TNT remnant busting pattern! This is the end of my backlog of summer sewing patterns. Time for some Autumn/Winter sewing.
In the meantime you can view my Pattern Review here
What are your preferred remnant busting patterns? 

Goodbye Summer!

Pattern Review: Vogue 8870 Summer is now well long gone here in London. However, I am sure that you are relieved as this year I have made so many summer versions of Vogue 8870. Here is the final one and I promise I will keep this review short and sweet!

This iteration was a wearable muslin to see if I could get away with drafting it as sway dress with no waist definition. I have tried sway dresses countless times and yet I never learn my lesson. With my shape a loose dress looked terrible so I hacked it in two and popped in some waist elastic like the original version suggested.

You can still see the slight pooling from my swayback, but because of of the blouson style it isn't too noticeable. The fabric is some poly viscose that I purchased from Dalston Market. It was ridiculously cheap which is why I picked it for a wearable muslin. 

I don't have too much else to cover in this review that I haven't covered in these reviews here. It has ended up being a really easy to wea…

Hawaiian Summer

Pattern Review: 8870 Behold Vogue 8870 which has made it into the TNT camp! This is now the third time that I have made this pattern and each time it has looked pretty different. That said, the first two iterations here and here are both summer dresses. For the third outing I decided to make a summer top!

This was a pretty easy alteration. I cut a medium and added 10" to the front and back bodice pieces to make a top. I graded out to account for the good old hips. On making this I realised that I could have gone down a size to account to the stretch in the fabric. 

I also omitted the back bodice elastic as it seemed unnecessary. As there was no elastic casing in the back I drafted a back facing and finished all of the seams and hems on my overlocker for a clean finish. I ended up taking in an inch on the sides so I will definitely cut a small when I make this next. 

I am so pleased with this top! It is all the small things that make this winner. For example that I love that the …

Stop Thief!

Pattern Review: New Look 6106 Despite not being busy on the blog things have been busy. I purchased an overlocker and went on a one day course to get to get to grips on it. After feeling more confident with using it, I decided to try it out on a linen skirt. All of the inside seams are underlined and overlocked as I wanted a heavy drape on the skirt. 

So I must confess that this entire skirt was stolen. I had spied this linen print in my my mum's sewing room when I was back home at the end of June. I sneakily packed it into my suitcase along with this New Look skirt pattern which I also stole! 

Believe it or not this is the first time I have made skirt with pockets. I was really unsure about inserting them at first, but then decided to go with it. Too be honest with the busyness of the print you don't really notice them. I cut a size 16 and the only alteration I made was to take an inch of the top of the waistband as it was a bit thick for my liking. 

I was hesitant about the…

Brooklyn Flowers

Pattern Review: Simplicity 6301 As some of you may know I started a new job at the end of March which also happened to be the beginning of the organisation's peak event times. I haven't had too much time to sew, but we had a launch event and I decided last minute to make a dress for the occasion.

I have made Simplicity 6301 twice before here and here, so I knew that this would be a quick make. The star of this version is the fabric. This is a border print fabric that I picked up during my holiday in New York City in mid May. We met up with some family during our stay and went for a mothers day brunch and after headed to Belmont Avenue for some fabric. 

This ITY knit was a bargain at $4 per yard. It is actually a border print so it was a bit tricky to squeeze out all of the pattern pieces. I ended up having to cut the neck and arm bands out of the black border, but I think that it ended up being a nice detail.

I was worried that the lack of fabric would mean that my pattern pl…

Gardens by the Bay

Pattern Review: New Look 6123 At the end of January I had a work trip to Singapore. I was very pleased that I was very restrained and only bought one piece of fabric from Chinatown priced at $8SD per yard. It is a printed polycotton/viscose and I knew that I wanted it to be a feminine dress. 
After a lot of deliberation I went with New Look 6123. I have actually made this twice before here and here both in a ponte knit. I love the gathered bodice on this pattern but knew that the skirt wouldn't suit me in a woven, so I added my self-drafted dress skirt which I have used here and here!

This pattern is designed to be unlined. I knew that I wanted to line this bodice so I followed this helpful tutorial and it worked out ok after a little bit of head scratching. I lined the fabric with some blue stretch lining from either Walthamstow or Brixton (standard suppliers for stretch lining for me!)

I cut a generous size 14 and the fit on the front bodice was pretty good. I added around 3/4&…