Bees & Doves

Pattern: Dove Blouse by Megan Nielsen
Made before? This was technically the first time I made it, although I didn’t finish it until after I’d made this version, and I’ve also made a version for my sister.
Will make again? yes, I’d like to try this hack again, and maybe without the bell sleeves.
Adjustments? I hacked this to have pintucks on either side of the CF seam.
Inspiration: Check out some of my inspiration here.
Fabric: Bee Print Cotton Poplin from Minerva Crafts Continue reading

Cocktail hour…

Pattern: A hack of the Sew Over It Alex Shirt & the Merchant & Mills Factory Dress
Made before? Yes, I’d started making the Alex shirt in a cotton, and I’d made the Factory Dress a few times including this version.
Will make again? Probably, although I’m going to have another go at the Alex Shirt on its own.
Adjustments? The hack is the main adjustment
Inspiration: you can check out my shirt obsession here
Fabric: Cocktail O’Clock Viscose Crepe from Fabric Godmother – it’s no longer available but how I long for a shirt in this mustard daisy crepe…If only postage to Australia wasn’t so expensive! Continue reading

The shirt that almost wasn’t…

My first Glasgow Make to get on the blog, and entirely inappropriate weather-wise.

Pattern: The Factory Dress by Merchant and Mills
Made before? I’d made two full dresses for my Nanna last Christmas, unfortunately without the instructions so they were successful wildcards…
Will make again? Yes, I love this shape, the lack of buttons, and how easy the collar is. I might try it with a gathered skirt next time.
Fabric: Vintage drapey something I found in a Vintage/antiques/odds-and-ends store in Glasgow’s West End. Continue reading

An elaborate hack…

This has to be one of my favourite makes to date. It has enough features that people think it is RTW, but was really easy to knock out, airy for summer, but thrown on with jeans looks much more dressed-up than a tee.

Pattern: Simplicity 2365
Made before? I’d made one version in a similar 100% cotton, but without as much hacking, and definitely got a lot of wear out of that in Summer. 
Will make again? Absolutely. I left the pattern back home in Aus, but I’m considering just buying it again to make a few more.
Fabric: 100% cotton I bought from Spotlight, designed by Cloud 9

pleated top worn

The original pattern is a tunic or shirt ending at the hips, with short or long sleeves and a mandarin collar. It features princess seams and five pintucks on either side of the center front. In this version, I cropped the two front and back pieces to where the waistline was marked on the pattern. I then sloped off the neckline into a v, starting from the mark at center front where the split in the original is meant to start. I finished the armholes and neckline with bias binding. The ruffle was simply made from a long rectangle – as long as I had fabric for – gathered and sewn in. Inside seams are finished with overlocking.

pleated top details

Can we talk about this fabric?! Spotlight has such a great range of cottons, chambray, and tencel. It’s definitely something I miss in Scotland – I can’t seem to find any beautiful prints like this unless they’re Liberty and prohibitively expensive. I also can’t find any tencel – which is such a shame, because I think a floaty tencel skirt in the same khaki as those little leaves would be perfect with this shirt.

I’m a huge fan of the pintucks too. The instructions which come with the pattern, being a big 4, aren’t fabulous. I followed a tutorial in my handy sewing bible, and after that it was easy. Particularly in 100% cotton, you just need a lot of steam and heat. And a ruler.

I’ve read online that you can also create pintucks in fabric before you cut, then cut out pattern pieces with them finished and use that as a textural element – I’d love to explore this, I’m just not sure of what pattern to try it with. Ideas?

Do you have any favourite pintuck patterns for me to try? Know where I can get some quality but affordable tencel in the UK? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy sewing! H xx