The Eva Dress and How I Assemble Print at Home Patterns

Back again! I haven’t really achieved much with my plan to write more this year. Hopefully I’ll make up for this a bit now. I’ve recently moved house so everything is a little bit all over the place at the moment, but I’ve managed to fit in a couple of projects here and there.

I’m going to go over a couple of my new favourite patterns. The first is a print at home pattern, which I personally love because you don’t need to go to the shops to pick them up, they’re (usually) cheaper than Big 4 paper patterns and they support designers that may not have access to have their patterns printed to be sold. Does anyone else remember the old Burdastyle site where people would submit hand drawn downloadable patterns for free? Those were the days. Continue reading

New Laptop!

So, my laptop died so there’s been a distinct lack of new posts around here. Post Christmas sales and some vouchers have solved that problem! I’m now the proud owner of an Acer Aspire ES 15. So far, so good. Hopefully it’ll be more reliable and have truer colours than my old one. Seriously, the colours on the last one were way out and I always had issues editing photos or designing new fabrics.

So, more of an update than anything useful in this point. Stay tuned in 2016 for:

  • More hats (possibly with progress shots)
  • Other projects, I’m currently working on a mint and coral floral sundress which I looove
  • A Poison Ivy cosplay gown
  • More fabric designs
  • Tips and tutorials – ask me questions and I’ll see what I can do!

Any big plans for the New Year? Crafty resolutions? Let my know in the comments!

Wire and Lace Tricorn Tutorial

I’ve been keeping myself quite busy lately, but I haven’t had a chance to take many photos of my recent work. I’m hoping to have a bit of a photo shoot tomorrow and update the stock on my Etsy.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share with you the little lace tricorn I made for my pirate costume for Halloween. It’s a quick, easy piece that will add a special touch to any pirate or 18th century lady costume.

You will need:

  • Wire – I used 1.57mm
  • Wire cutters
  • Scrap lace or fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Bias binding

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More Freezer Cooking – 30 meals for $75

After coming back from Europe one of the first things I realised I had no food in the house. I figured this would be a good opportunity to document my quick dump recipe style freezer cooking. This is a fast way to have food ready to go with very little notice rather than having an entire day of chopping, cooking, bagging and freezing. The downside is there’s less variation in the actual meals. Continue reading

Back from Europe!

Just a quick update in my jetlagged state, it’s 2am and I should be asleep, but my body is still on London time.

I made the bold decision to quit my job before I left for Europe, so will probably be posting more regularly and hopefully have more photos of processes to bring you behind the scenes.

In addition, I will probably be adding some advertising to the blog in order to have a little bit of income from this venture. I would love to be able to run my Etsy shop full time but I’m a bit nervous about jumping in with both feet.

Just to complicate matters further, I am also thinking about moving to York next year, I loved it that much!

I’ll have a few posts about Europe with some photos up later, including a review of my experiences travelling for 6 weeks with only carry on luggage. I’m looking around my room now thinking I have too much stuff, I see a massive clean out in my future.

That’s all for now. Have you been travelling or made an drastic career moves lately?

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6 Weeks, 1 Carry-On, 4320 Outfits

Yep, that’s the final count.

You can find the formula I used here. A couple of changes, I didn’t have any options without shoes and I decided I was willing to wear pants with dresses, so I counted dresses as tops.

The formula ended up as ((X+V)*Y))*W*(Z+1)= N

Then adding in accessories quadrupled my options, which is always a good thing.

Final packing list:

  • 1 convertible dress in lilac ponte (can be worn 12 ways)
  • 1 convertible cardigan in navy ponte (also 12 ways)
  • 1 t-shirt (lilac)
  • 2 camisoles (nude and plum)
  • 2 tunics (black and while paisley and black wool)
  • 2 pairs on ponte pants (one charcoal one black)
  • 1 pair of black leggings
  • 2 pairs of tights
  • 5 pairs of underwear
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 2 bras (infomercial crop top style, actually amazing)
  • 2 scarves, one navy stripe, one cream
  • 1 belt
  • 1 statement necklace
  • 1 weatherproof jacket
  • 1 ultralight down vest
  • 2 pairs of shoes (boots and flat crocs)
  • 1 swimsuit (diy, from the Bombshell pattern)
  • 1 reversible headband with built in headphones. Made these myself, pretty chuffed.
  • misc. toiletries and quick drying towel
  • misc. travel stuff

That’s it. 6.7kg and a fair effort if I do say so myself.

Still pretty bad photos, but working on it. I guess I’ll have enough camera time in Europe. Leaving in two days, I’m super excited.

Any upcoming travel plans? What kind of packer are you?

My First Etsy Sale!

Exciting news! This morning I got to work and checked my email to discover I had made my very first Etsy sale! To make this even better, it was one of my serious millinery pieces! I’m really excited about this, it’s a great validation that someone out there wanted to buy one of my pieces.

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So this baby is going to be wrapped up and shipped off to the United States! I’m a little nervous, anyone out there have any timely shipping tips? Leave me a comment :)

Adding Pockets to Pants with Fake Pockets

I really don’t understand why so much of women’s clothing has fake details. Does anyone think this really improves a garment? Fake lacing, fake buckles and, of course, fake pockets.

In preparation for my upcoming trip to Europe, I bought two pairs of ponte pants. I’ll probably dedicate an entire post to ponte, it’s my favourite fabric right now. Anyway, they checked all the boxes. (Warning, dodgy photography ahead!)

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6 Weeks, 1 Carry On: Revisiting the Zip Skirt

So in my previous post I was thinking about not taking the skirt/top/dress zip together garment I made as one of my convertible pieces. I was annoyed with it at the time, but even looking at just the words I used in the post I immediately knew exactly what the issue was. It had no lining. So obvious I’m impressed I missed it.

I took photos, but they were dreadful. So I drew a picture instead.

Skirt Sketch

So, after wearing the skirt for a full day, I’ve decided what I need to do to fix the issues.

  1. Re-stitch the zip so it’s actually invisible
  2.  Fix the pockets so they lie flat
  3. shape the side seams so the skirt has some shape rather than just being a non-commital tube of fabric.
  4. Add lining (I’m thinking of stealing the lining from another skirt)

Easy. I’ve got… 18 days until I leave. I’m sure I can have it done by then.

By the way, the pattern is from Lekala, it’s Dress With Raglan Sleeves #4160. I’m not affiliated with or sponsored by Lekala, I just want to give them a shout-out. They provide custom fitted pdf patterns based on your measurements for under $3. The instructions can be a little hit and miss, but overall they have some fabulous stuff, including some free patterns to try out. I have an amazing pair of shorts I’ve made from one of their patterns that fit like nothing I’ve ever encountered before.

UPDATE!

So I made all these changes and even though I love the results, I’ve decided not to take this dress with me to Europe. I’m wearing it today at work and I think although it has the versatility I’m after, it’s not really a practical travel garment, since the functions if fulfils are served better by other items I’m taking. Even without this dress, I’ve still got well over a thousand outfit variations, so I’m not worried.

Have you got any sewing deadlines or garment saves you’d like to share? Leave me a comment below.

6 Weeks, One Carry On, Thousands of Outfits – Update

Changing the name of this a little, the number of outfits keeps fluctuating. I’ve made a couple of changes to the outfit lineup since the last post.

First, the Lipstick Jersey Dress inspired by the Henkaa Blume dress didn’t work out, it ended up being too heavy and didn’t wrap as well as I had hoped. So that’s been cut. Also, the silver jersey wrap cardigan has also been scrapped, too slippery and it just wasn’t a good travel fabric.

I originally thought it was just a stretch issue with these two, but I’m currently wearing the skirt half of the 3 in on zip together dress and so far, I’m not impressed. I seem to have made a buch of terrible fabric choices, this one is static-y and bunches in a very unflattering way.

On a positive note, I’ve added a convertible infinity dress with sleeves in a pale lilac to the lineup. I’m happy with it so far, but I haven’t worn it for a full day yet to put it through it’s paces.

I’ve got 22 days before I leave, I’m not sure if I want to try to fix anything, start from scratch with something new or just take what I currently have.

Sorry for another pictureless post, I’ll try to snap a skirt selfie later.

Do you have any perfect travel clothes?