I’ve had a fabulous summer, a family holiday in Croatia and a week with just me and the kids in Cornwall with some friends. The British summer has been fantastic where we are and it seems to have gone on for ever!
Now back to reality!
Before we went to Croatia I planned to travel light and have a mix and match wardrobe as we were traveling about for the first 10 days, staying a few nights here and there so having easy to put together clothes would make life easier and we didn’t want to have a lot of luggage to carry around.
I’m not usually very good at being organized but I was quite impressed with myself! Before going I made 4 t-shirts, 3 Scouts and 1 Concord, a Groove Dress, Mecury Trousers, refashioned an old maxi dress into a skirt and I had some summer clothes I made for last year’s holiday. I didn’t get a photo of everything as I kept forgetting but here are some … I will just let the pictures speak for themselves.
I have made several things for our up coming holiday – only 1 week to go!! First of all these Hawaiian print trousers. I made these using the jumpsuit pattern from the Sewing Bee book (a fantastic purchase – so many patterns from one book – and great information about fabric choice etc). This is the pattern hack of the jumpsuit which you can make into trousers by tracing off the lower waist line. I LOVE this pattern, for lots of reasons. A) It fit me right from the pattern with no adjustment at all (I usually do a FBA (I know this stands for Full Bust Adjustment but for me its a Full Bum Adjustment ha!). B) It has no zips or pockets so is quick to sew up. C) It has an elastic waist so no fitting issues there and the design is loose and roomy so no worries with fitting at the hip either!
I love the fabric too, which was a cheap find on ebay, about £2 per meter I think, and I used it as a toile to check the fit but they are totally wearable! I tried to take a back view myself in the mirror which was not easy! I wanted to show the back as I think the fit is really good. I’m a RTW size 14/16 and I cut out a 14 which was perfect, the waist band was a bit loose so I just cut off 2″ of elastic and redid it and it’s fine.
The top I’m wearing is yet another Scout Tee! Made from a white cotton/poly mix with some stretch. I wanted a couple of basic tops for the holiday that I can just wash and wear easily.
Not the best photo but I had no photographer that day!
I also made a pattern hack of the Coco Dress by Tilly and the Buttons with a flutter sleeve pattern that I got from Muse Patterns – they sell a Knit Sleeve Pack that can be used in knit garments, its excellent value at $3.
I look a bit odd in this photo but it was about 34 degrees and I was feeling hot and bothered!
The flutter sleeve! I also made a Coco Dress in a fabric with trees and sunsets but don’t have any photos. Hopefully I can get some pictures of all my outfits in action when I’m on holiday!
Just love this fabric!
If you’re going away, have a great time, if you want to comment, click on “comments” at the top of the page, it would be great to hear from you!
I love the look of this dress, its the Zsalya Dress from Kate and Rose Patterns. Although it fits nicely and I have had quite a few compliments on it, next time I would go slightly smaller across the shoulders. I’m a RTW size 14 but cut a size L, next time will go to M.
Their patterns have very good instructions, giving the option of a clean finish or a “quick and dirty” version. I opted for the clean finish as I like garments to feel good on the inside! However, if I’m making a quick easy wear garment, I will often cut corners on the finish for speed! The one thing I would mention is that their seam allowances are VERY small, if you want a larger seam allowance you will have to factor that in when cutting out, they tell you all this in the instructions.
The trickiest bit is the neck line and facing. I chose to do the facing/lining in a plain voile fabric and I used a seersucker type fabric for the main body that I bought from The Fent Shop in Kings Lynn.
The sleeve has a really pretty inverted V that I forgot to take a photo of!
I would like to make their Giselle and Roza patterns too but my list of projects is very looong!
I’m off to shorten my Aeolian dress now and hopefully get another one made.
I found this fabric at The Cloth Shop in Wood Green Market, North London. Its a soft, draping poly mix fabric and it feels very cool on the skin, perfect for summer holidays! I don’t know where the fabric came from but I was told “its a factory remnant from a top quality high street dress shop” and I think it could be true as it has such a lovely feel and drape.
I used the Scout Tee pattern and extended it into a dress. My days of short dresses are over, so I made it knee length, taking the measurements from my Penelope Dress (see previous post). Sorry for the really poor image quality, it was taken by my six year old as he was rushing out the door to go swimming.
It has a slight high/low hem, the front hits my knee and the back dips just below as is the design of the Scout Tee top.
I made same fabric bias binding to finish the neckline and just top stitched it down. You can see in this photo that it fits well across the bust and shoulders which gives it a good shape I think.
All in all, I am very pleased with this addition to my wardrobe!
I haven’t been able to get much sewing done in the last week and a half as we have been away for a family wedding, then down to my parents in Dorset for a few days and then it’s been half term week so entertaining children! However, I did the obligatory Ikea trip with a friend and her children and managed to pick up some fabric for a couple of summer tops and a dress, yay! Also, for anyone thinking of starting sewing but not wanting to invest a great deal in a machine, Ikea does a good looking machine for about £45 which is a real bargain (not tested it though!)
I did manage to squeeze in a few 15 minutes bursts of sewing here and there and made a jersey version of the Scout Tee by Grainline Studio (I think this is my new go-to pattern for simple summer tops).
I had some ponte fabric left over from my Coco Dress from Tilly and the Buttons, and a Coco Top I made for a friend. It’s the same fabric but my friend’s was black and white and mine was red and white. I had a few scraps left and thought I would try to squeeze a top out of it. I cut out a size smaller to allow for the knit fabric and used the pattern strip for a bias neck binding to add a thin neck band, I thought it might be too thin but I think it looks ok.
Unfortunately, I had to cut it with the stripes going vertically as I didn’t have enough fabric and the sleeves had to be the red and white but I quite like the contrast. Also, on the back I cut a yolk with vertical stripes and the rest of the back was horizontal stripes, a bit of a mish mash but heh! When I pinned the first sleeve in I realised the red and white was true white, the black and white was more cream but I was a bit past caring by then and I think it looks ok, good enough for casual day wear when its hot.
Can you notice the difference in white and cream?! Oh well … (This is the sleeve pinned in, it lies nice and flat now it’s stitched in).
Sorry there are no photos of me wearing this but it is a great fit, not too fitted but with shaping so it hangs well. I feel good to have made this out of scraps so its “free” really, ha!
What have you made out of “scraps”? Leave a comment in the link at the top of the page, I would love to hear from you!