Thursday, November 29, 2012

Another day another peplum

Peplum top

I may have mentioned this once or twice but I LOVE a peplum. Seeing Handmade Jane's blog about the Roma jersey got me thinking....Peplum tops don't have to be all shiny and smart, how about a nice snuggly peplum?

Mimi G did a lovely version of Vogue pattern 8815 in Cheetah denim, I have made this pattern before in Hermione fabric but I wanted mine to be a bit more cosy this time round.
The Roma jersey is ideal for this as it has quite a bit of body to it meaning that the peplum sticks out enough! This fabirc is also lovely and warm to wear in this freeeezing weather we are having. As I was using a jersey fabric I left out the zip at the back and just stitched all the way up the back seam, making sure that I used a stretch stitch to attach the peplum at the waist and round the neckline so I could get the top on. (Make sure that you cut the fabric the right way round so the stretch goes round you) 

As ever at some point I had to tackle the tricky curved hem, this time I opted to hand sew it, having tried a few different techniques, stitches and needles this was the best result.
I also drafted a facing for the neck rather than using the bias binding method in the pattern as I think this is a much nicer finish.

Fancy having a go at making a top out of the Roma jersey? Why not enter our Giveaway to win a Renfrew pattern and Roma jersey fabric in the colour of your choice?

peplum top pattern 8815

peplum top pattern 8815

peplum top pattern 8815

Happy sewing xxx


Ohhhh I get all excited when I get to give something away
I was so inspired by Handmade Jane's wonderful post about the Roma jersey  that I decided to make myself a top out of the Roma jersey. It is wonderful to sew with, so quick (It doesn't need finishing as it is a stable knit so won't fray) and when you wear it it is all warm and snuggly!
I am going to give away a wonderful Sewaholic Renfrew top pattern and Roma jersey fabric in the colour of your choice to make it. Hell I will even throw in a reel of thread to match so you won't have to leave the house to make this perfect winter top.
What colour would you pick Grey MarlBlack, Navy, Forest Marl or Aubergine?
The Renfrew is the perfect top pattern for those of you scared of sewing with jersey, it has clever bands round the hem and sleeve so no worries about wobbly bottoms *insert you own joke here* and the Roma jersey is the perfect fabric to make it with.


  • Follow my blog
  • Take a look at the Roma jersey
  • leave a comment below telling me which colour and version you would make this top in
  • That's it!
Important bits..
The closing date to enter is 15th December (that way you can get it in time for Christmas)

Each person may only enter once and winners will be selected by Dinky-Bo (watch this video to see how this selection process works)

If you are lucky enough to live overseas (not UK) you can still enter but you may be required to pay for postage if you win

Happy sewing xxx

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Slim cut trousers - Hot Patterns review

Slim cut trousers

So these may have the longest pattern name in history Hot Patterns Classix Nouveau Dolce Vita Slim-Cut Pants...phew!  But the first thing you notice when you open the pattern envelope  is that it is printed on PAPER, yes real paper, like the kind you draw or print on, not wafer thin tissue that rips and crumples at every opportunity!

This makes them a pleasure to work with, and also last so much longer, which is just as well as I plan to  make many more pairs of these trousers.

I used a simple black cotton sateen fabric with a nice bit of stretch in it. Check out the pocket and waistband lining detail!I followed the longer length pattern with no back pockets (I always find back pockets like this scrunch up and make my bum look even bigger!)

!WARNING- Bold statement alert!
This pattern has the best zip fly instructions I have ever used, it came out perfectly!

I had to take the trousers in at the waist (A lot)I took in the sides and back seam and also added 2 pleats in the front as the pattern seems to be designed for someone with a slightly larger tummy than me. I love the pleat details at the front though I think they give a more stylish finish.

These are the perfect trousers, you can dress them up or down and could make them in so many fabrics, I think they would look great in a lovely brocade.

Slim cut trousersSlim cut trousersSlim cut trousers

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Christmas swap ideas

How are you getting along with the Christmas swap? Not to worry if you haven't started yet here are some inspirational ideas for you.

Just a quick reminder of what you should be sending your swap partner.

Tree decoration - Something sparkly and pretty to hang from the tree
Personal adornment - Can be earrings, brooch, scarf, anything to make your swap partner look even more gorgeous for the party seasonSomething to make you feel fabulous - What puts a smile on your face and makes you feel really special? Handmade bathsalts for that 1 hour of me time? New nail varnish? 'Let me entertain you' - A joke, a fantastic party tune, a funny story, a magic trick, use your imagination...

 Oh no rachio!

Honestly WTF - lots of DIY projects

Cotton and curls

Or check out my Jingle bells Pinterest board

Happy sewing xxx

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Copying my favourite skirt

My favourite skirt is now 17 years old and still going strong. Every winter I pull it out of storage, send it to the dry cleaners and  wear the hell out  of it.

Fabric godmother pencil skirt
Look how my outfit tones with the pretty Autumn leaves...

It is such a classic, I love the double darts in the back (I am lucky enough to have a tiny waist, shame the same cannot be said about my hips!) so this is really flattering for me. It came from Monsoon back when I was a sales assistant at Accessorize and had to wear Monsoon clothes for work.

The slightly A line shape looks like a pencil skirt, but you can still walk in it - bonus!

As I love it so much I decided to try and replicate it in another fabric. I started off by drawing round the skirt, allowing a little extra fabric at the waist for the darts.

The cut 2 versions one of wool (See similar wool fabric here) and one from some old crepe de chine I had for the lining. (Since discovered not ideal as it is a little static with some tights!)

I added a narrow waistband stiffened with interfacing so it wasn't too bulky.

I am really please with how this turned out, it was so simple and I now have 2 favourite skirts!

Original skirt from Monsoon

Paper pattern

Weighting the pattern

Marking the waist darts

Sewing the waistband

Sewing the waistband

Sewing the waistband

Finished skirt

Skirt lining

Fabric godmother pencil skirt

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Charlotte skirt sewalong & Free shipping

If you haven't seen these fabulous patterns yet you will know all about them very soon.

Today I met Charlotte from By Hand London  for a coffee in Soho with a general chit chat about fabrics, patterns and all things sewing. And a bit of what it is like to start your own business thrown in (The good, the bad and yes the down right ugly)

She told me all about the 2 new patterns they launched last week.
The Charlotte, a high waisted pencil skirt complete with peplum or ruffle hem and the Elisalex, a scoop backed dress with fitted bodice and a tulip skirt. Both of which I am pretty sure will make it into my stable wardrobe collections very quickly.

The lovely girls are launching a Charlotte sewalong from Monday, WHAT I hear you cry that is too soon, I can never get myself together by then! Never fear the ladies assure me it is an easy pattern and you can catch up quickly. The whole sewalong is 6 steps and will be over before December and the party season kick in, and you will have a sexy new skirt to wear to all of these after work drinks.

Click on image to join sewalong

To make it even easier for you to get your pattern quickly I am offering FREE SHIPPING for either pattern until the end of next week. (That gives you a whole 7 days to gather what you need) Free shipping will happen automatically at the checkout.

So what are you waiting for order you Charlotte today....

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The new Chloé advert

Cholé advert

Is anybody else lusting over the new Chloe advert (or is that just me and my friends?) The girl on the left, the red trousers, the cream top with lace detail. I LOVE it!
As Chloe is a little out of my price range the top is £870 and the trousers £585 and both are already sold out on Net-a-porter (so I am not the only one who wants this outfit) I decided to have a go at making my own version of this outfit.

So far I have made the top using a simple long sleeve blouse, with a single button fastening at the back and long billowing sleeves. I used ivory crepe fabric for the blouse then double layered the front section with ivory lace fabric. The Chloe one has a nude lining and Ecru sleeves but I wanted something a little brighter. I couldn't find a simple blouse pattern like this anywhere (let me know if you have found one) I ended up drafting my own. 

I am still debating the red trousers, for now I will wear the top with a pair of black trousers and red suede shoes.

Red shoes

Fabric godmother top

Fabric godmother topFabric godmother top

Happy sewing xxx