A Shameless Copy - Miss Ruby Tuesday by 1 Puddle Lane

January 17, 2019

I'm not going to lie when I say this make is a shameless copy and my friend, Beth, and I will now need to coordinate outfits to make sure we don't match.  She posted this Hope in Black Double Brushed Polyester from Lush Fabrics in her feed and I knew I had to have it.  If iI remember correctly I snagged one of the last bits they had in stock at the time.

Miss Ruby Tuesday 

Beth had made a Miss Ruby Tuesday Dress by 1 Puddle Lane from her fabric and I loved the shape of the bodice.  I'm not much of a dress wearer though, but as a sucker for a good peplum I knew that was just what I needed to make from this fabric.

Miss Ruby Tuesday 

I used the boat neck and scoop back for my top.  The beauty of the MRT pattern is the sheer number of views which are included and the ability to mix and match them to create so many different garments from one pattern. Talk about value for money.

Miss Ruby Tuesday

One think worth noting is that it is drafted for quite a short height.  I had to add two inches of length. I initially added 2.5 inches which was too much and then I promptly reduced it back to 2 inches.  Being a knit pattern it was a quick sew and something which is often pulled out of my wardrobe when I need something a bit dressier than a tshirt.

Making Friends - Boylston Bra by Orange Lingerie

December 28, 2018

If you've been following me for a while you would know that before I seriously started sewing my own clothes, I started bra making.  Talk about doing things backwards.

My love for Orange Lingerie's Boylston Bra is well known. It is my favourite bra pattern, it just fits so well and I adore the shape, and the straps.  I'm a sucker for a good fabric strap.

Anyway, it's been quite a while since I've made any bras and I was well overdue to get some new ones in my wardrobe. I had some floral scuba fabric left over from some leggings and decided that it would be perfect for a new bra.  I'm pleased to day I wasn't wrong.


Floral Boylston Bra

I initially intended to make this bra without a foam lining and using 50 denier lining. For some reason I found this pretty impossible and my fabric kept stretching which resulted in puckering and all kinds of bad things, I became very, very good friends with my seam ripper before deciding in the end to just cut new pieces and use cut and sew foam for the lining.

Floral Boylston Bra 

I used navy powermesh for the back.  Powermesh is such an important material in the bra making process because it has the recover and gives the support which is required in order to have a well fitting bra. I used back cut and sew foam and elastics as it was what I had on hand.  I contemplated ordering navy but I'm trying hard to sew through my stash this year and I actually really like the way the black works with it.  i also used rose gold rings and sliders and added a double ring detail which may prove annoying.  Time will tell I guess.

Floral Boylston Bra 

I'm a sucker for a good floral and I'm so glad I decided to use up the scraps I had to make this bra. That is the beauty of bra making, that even scraps which wouldn't be considered useable in other cases can often come together to from a fantastic bra.

Floral Boylston Bra

Of course what is the point of making a new bra if you don't turn it into a matching set? I'm a massive fan of the Tuesday Boyshort from Emerald Erin.  My most regularly worn underwear uses this pattern.  I can't recommend it enough.  I hacked the pattern sightly to include some of the floral fabric in it.  It just ties it together a little bit in my opinion.  I also overlocked the elastics on and then enclosed them.  I should have changed my overlocker thread but I honestly just didn't feel like it.  I'm a bit of a rebel like that.

I'm sure this set will get tonnes of wear.  There's nothing quite like a new matching set of handmade underwear to make you smile every time you put it on.

When one isn't enough - Another Allie Olson Highlands Wrap Dress

April 8, 2018

Do you ever have times when you make a pattern and just can't wait to make another?  That was me with the Highlands Wrap Dress by Allie Olson.  I finished my first one and by the next weekend I was working on another.

Sleeveless Highlands Wrap Dress

Given that I'm trying to work from my stash this year I picked out a large floral rayon I purchased from Spotlight in the boxing day sales.  It was a tight squeeze to get it out of the two metres I had.  To get it out I made the sleeveless version and used the shorter length which I'd worked out after my first version.

Sleeveless Highlands Wrap Dress

I was a bit worried this one would come out a bit too seventies but I think it's just 70's enough. The large floral and the style of the dress could have caused problems but I think it really works.

Sleeveless Highlands Wrap Dress

Anyway, there really isn't much more I can say that isn't in my previous post, all I know is that this won't be my last, I'm planning a maxi version for formal night on a cruise I'm going on in a few months.


Sleeveless Highlands Wrap Dress

Sleeveless Highlands Wrap Dress

Sleeveless Highlands Wrap Dress'
Sleeveless Highlands Wrap Dress'

Sleeveless Highlands Wrap Dress




Pattern - Highlands Wrap Dress by Allie Olson
Fabric - Floral Rayon from Spotlight

The Last Frontier - Closet Case Patterns Ginger Jeans

April 2, 2018

For me, jeans have been the final sewing frontier.  I've been making my own bras and underwear for a number of years now and have been focused on making a handmade wardrobe for well over twelve months.  While it's been slowly coming along I had not even contemplated making my own jeans until recently.  They seemed too challenging, too many techniques and just too hard.  That was until I made a pair.  I am never buying jeans ever again!

Ginger Jeans

I made my first pair of jeans, the Closet Case Patterns Ginger Jeans (High Rise, View B), over the Easter weekend. Though they weren't really that time consuming.  I cut them out Saturday afternoon and then went out for dinner, got most of them together (except back pockets, hems and belt loops) Sunday afternoon and then finished them off Monday afternoon.  If I had sat down and sewed them in one session I think I would have been able to complete them in a day without too much hassle.

Ginger Jeans

This pair use a cheap stretch denim from Spotlight.  Honestly its not the best fabric but I'm glad I used a cheap pair to test out the pattern. I cut a 14 and had to use a much smaller seam allowance to get them to fit, next time I'll grade out the seams/cut a larger size to start with.  I would have be devastated to waste quality denim if I wasn't able to get them to fit so this was a good starting point.

Ginger Jeans

Except for grading out the seam allowance I increased the seam allowance on the back yoke as there was some gaping.  next time I will increase it slightly more and look at altering the shape of the waistband.  I think I would also either interface the waistband or use a non stretch lining fabric, It may just be the fabric but I think it is going to stretch out.  At least I'll be able to eat in them.

Ginger Jeans

As far as fitting goes I do have some drag lines, but I'm not one of those people who sew to get the perfect fit, I do think the fit of these will improve over time, but I'm pretty darn pleased with this for a first attempt.

Ginger Jeans

My favourite detail might be the stitching on the back pockets, while it's not identical I think it looks pretty okay.  I did pin them on flat (rookie error!) so they're more for looks as it is a bit of a struggle to fit my hand in, good thing I never really use the back pockets of my jeans.

Ginger Jeans

I finished the seams using my overlocker, I'm sure flat felling will happen over time, but honestly I'm pretty please that I've conquered jeans regardless of the finishing.  The topstitching gives a really professional finish regardless of the seam finishes.

Ginger Jeans

I think the process was made easier by using the right needle.  I used a heavy jeans needle and quality thread which always helps.  Thankfully my machine is fairly heavy duty which did make the process simple and I had no machine issues.  I did use a Jean-a-ma-jig to ease over thick seams and it made the world of difference.  For the few dollars they cost I highly recommend one.

Ginger Jeans

Pattens - Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns - High Rise Skinny, View B
Fabric - Stretch Denim from Spotlight
Top - Shirt Length Mesa Dress by Seamwork Magazine in Spotlight clearance cotton lycra.
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