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1st #MakeNine Garment!

Pattern Review: New Look 6301 Welcome to the first make from my #2018MakeNine challenge! I wear a wrap dress at least once per week as part of my work wardrobe and knew that I wanted another one in the rotation. I sewed this one up exactly the same as my previous version here. A size 14 overall, with size 18 on the top of the bodice for modesty and I took 1" out of the centre back. I took 2" off the skirt length so it hit above the knee. 

The fabric is an ITY knit that I bought in NYC, Brooklyn in Belmont Avenue during my holiday laast year. The fabric was $4 per yard and I bought 2! I knew as soon as I saw this print that it would be  a perfect work dress and version of New Look 6301. It washed and sewed up beautifully.

I really don't have anything to add that I haven't covered in my previous reviews. However I will say that the #2018MakeNine challenge has really made me more reflective about my wardrobe needs. As someone who wears so many dresses I knew that a cap…

2018 Make Nine

Sewing Plans: 2018 Make Nine Challenge I came across the #2018MakeNine challenge and decided that it would be a great way to plan my 2018 sewing. I mulled over the 9 questions and came up with this list! The best thing is that 8 of the patterns are already in my stash!

Simplicity 8216: This is to fit my sewing gap of smart tops to wear out with jeans. This top is very similar to a RTW top that I wear all the time. The dress version is really cute too and would be a great addition to the work wardrobe. 

New Look 6301: I know that you have you seen this dress 500 times already, but it has turned into my work uniform. I already have some fabric in my stash for another wrap dress!
Vogue 9251: Yep, that's right folks. Another wrap dress but this time in a woven! I got this dress pattern for christmas and am planning on making a sleeveless version (of course)  in time for my holiday in May. I have the fabric earmarked too :-)  Butterick 6292: For the last 2 years a coat has been on my to d…

Wool Cowl Neck Dress

Pattern Review: Vogue 8667 Behold another TNT pattern - Vogue 8667. I cut this dress out back in November 2017 but didn't get round to finishing it until January 2018, during some time off between starting my new job. 
This is the 4th time I have made this dress! I have always known that I would like to add a wool version to my work wardrobe. The fabric is a wool polyester blend purchased from Classic Textiles on Goldhawk Road, priced at £8 per metre. It has been in my stash for at least two and a half years. It was easy to sew with and I still have a decent sized remnant leftover :-)

I don't have too much to add to my previous reviews. I cut a size 14 for the bodice and used my self drafted A-line skirt instead of the pleated version and I fully lined the dress with some black lining from my stash. I was glad to get this dress finished and off my dressmakers dummy. 
This dress is perfect for the colder weather that we are still experiencing here in London. It will be perfect…

Gala Dinner Dress of Yesteryear

Pattern Review: New Look 6392 This January I changed jobs! However, in my last role the company held a gala dinner in October and last minute I decided to make my dress. I wanted something that would be simple to sew but glamourous. I peered through my stash and decided to pair New Look 6392 with this fabric picked up in Boston in 2014!

I didn't get a chance to snap any photos on the night and it has been so cold that I have had to resort to indoor photos. But anyway, back to the review! The lines of the dress are really simple. It is a darted bodice with a pleated skirt. I was initially worried that the pleats would add too much action to the bum, but I feel it works with the structural drape of the fabric. 

I cut a size 14 all over and am pretty pleased with the fit. I didn't have time to do a muslin and I know that for next time I will reduce the width of the shoulders as it is a tad wide for me. You can see this in the photo above where the neckline gapes slightly. I chan…

3 Birds Bookmarks

Pattern Review: 3 Birds Bookmarks I have been suffering from a bad cold virus over the past week. I wanted to keep myself busy but didn't want to concentrate on anything complex. So I stitched up these simple bookmarks! 

These cardboard bookmarks were a lovely present from Santa. There are 8 bookmarks that come with a piece of bakers twine. In the pack there is a little booklet to help beginners who have never stitched and contain three different designs to choose from. I stitched two of the three designs. The third one is a of a house and I felt it was a bit twee for my liking. 

I initially had in mind that I wouldn't follow the patterns as these bookmarks would be to use up my leftover threads from previous cross stitch projects. However, when I looked at the patterns included I realised I pretty much had very similar colours in my stash so it worked perfectly!

This design above stitched up really quickly. As mentioned, I loved that I didn't have to concentrate heavily …

Filling out my work wardrobe

Pattern Review: New Look 6301 I still have a couple of makes from 2017 that I haven't gotten round to posting. Mostly due to being busy and the bad light in the winter.

This TNT pattern still hasn't gotten old for me! This version was made to fill a work wardrobe gap. The length is perfect to wear bare legged in the Summer or as you can see from the photo with tights and boots during the Winter.

I made this dress back in October and it has been in constant rotation in my wardrobe. The ITY knit fabric was purchased from Simply Fabrics in Brixton, London. It was a only £3 per metre and a dream to sew with!

For those of you that might not have caught my 3 other versions (here, here and here), I cut my typical size 14 for this dress. For the top of front bodice pieces (i.e. the cleavage) I cut the size 18 lines for extra coverage. I took around 1 inch from the top of the centre back. 

Despite the fabulously sunny photos this dress was finally photographed on a very chilly January…