Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Sewing a Gin Fizz Francoise

When Tilly at Tilly and the Buttons introduced the Francoise sewing contest I wanted to be apart of it but I wasn't sure what I would make. The pilgrim collar (I think that's what it's called) is something I've wanted to attempt for awhile. I went to my Pinterest boards to see what inspiration I could find and decided I had to make a copy of this Gin Fizz dress I have been pining for ever since I first discovered Pinterest three years ago. I thought it might work well will the Francoise pattern. I'm pretty happy about the results:

It turned out a bit different than the original but I'm okay with that. I still love the darker colors and these daisies were the most affordable for me. They were just from a daisy chain that one can purchase at most fabric stores in the ribbon aisle. I feel like I should put more daisies on the dress but the ones I did put on it took hours to sew on BY HAND. That's not my favorite way of sewing but it was a labor of love. And daisies are the happiest flower.


My inspiration:
The Gin Fizz Dress
(as I know it on Pinterest)

My re-enactment of the photo (warning- I am not a professional model):


It's fun to be silly though. I love this dress! I want to make twelve more in all sorts of colors with all sorts of collars.
Also, the original "Gin Fizz" dress, even on sale, is $220. I probably spent $25 on my version, and it is something I could wear to church, while the other one would probably be pushing it.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Teddy Bears




I think I could've been an elf in Santa's workshop....I love making these teddy bears! I got the pattern from the book, "One Yard Wonders."


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Halloween!



Anna and Elsa dresses were finished in time for Halloween, much to my little ones' delight. I had to make the Anna dress from scratch. I saw plenty of Elsa dresses, but the few Anna dresses I saw did not look like the one I made, which pleased me. My daughter who had an Elsa dress that I had made already this summer told me off handedly that she was disappointed with its lack of sparkle. So I had to add something! I added the icy looking ric-rac and found adorable appliques of Anna and Elsa to add to the dresses. I took it in a bit and it looked great. I hope those who celebrated Halloween this year enjoyed it like we did!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Call the Midwife- Jenny Lee Costume







 
Have you ever seen "Call the Midwife"? I am constantly insisting that people watch this sweet, amazing show that seems cutesy on the outside but has powerful stories of real people's lives.
 
Jenny Lee, the real person, is my hero! I tried my best to copy the Jenny Lee from the TV show. I curled my hairs and everything! I have always considered my hair to be thin but it exploded after I took the curlers out. I had to settle for a pony tail.
 
I made the hat from paper, I drafted the apron myself, and I used the pattern Simplicity 1880 for the dress, with some alterations to the collar.
 
I really like how it turned out! Also I realized that this dress could be used in future Halloweens with different accessories. With a blonde wig, black ribbon, and a tea cup I could easily be Alice in Wonderland. With long white sleeves and a book I could be Belle from Beauty and the Beast like this clever lady did. I will be entering this in "The House That Lars Built" blog's Third Annual Halloween Costume Contest.

Update: check this out

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Two Book Reviews


 
Well my birthday came early this year....
I couldn't wait to read these books from two of my favorite sewing bloggers, so I bought them. I have so little self control! These books were so worth it though. Each one is such a gem they do deserve their own blog posts for reviews, but I've got to strike while the iron is hot, so here they are:
 
Love at First Stitch
by Tilly Walnes
 


 
This is the kind of book I wish I had when I first started sewing! Tilly breaks it all down so well for the beginning dress maker. Everything is explained in a fun, friendly, informative manner and her style is amazing! I loved loved loved how everything was put together in this beautiful book. The patterns look like so much fun, I can't wait to try them. Tilly oozes chic, great taste.
 
Gertie Sews Vintage Casual
by Gretchen Hirsch
 


Gertie's first book is one of my absolute favorites, so I couldn't wait to see this one. It was amazing! I love a lot of the new patterns, and the art work was beautiful.



 
I can't wait to try working with knits, especially this stripey number up top! It makes me want to go Brigitte Bardot and have a closet full of just those shirts!  

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Halloween Plans

 
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. With costumes and candy, how could I not love it so much?
 
So one of my favorite shows (and books) of all time is "Call the Midwife".
 
I really think the real Jenny Lee was a great person and I am so glad she wrote a memoir. The show is amazing on so many levels and I think the "TV Jenny Lee" is adorable. I want to be her for Halloween!
 
 
 
I have a huge collection of patterns I've collected from sales here and there. Looking through everything, I think this is the closest thing I can find to try to match the blue dress she wears (the one on the right):
 
 
Wish me luck ! Ive got to get moving! Halloween is coming up fast!


Thursday, 2 October 2014

Race Prep.



I'm running a marathon soon, because I've decided my life is just not crazy enough!
 
Actually, I signed up and paid for it a little less than a year ago, not knowing the HOUSE DRAMA that my life was about to get into. I'll save that jewel of a story later. For now I will be focusing on my race preparations, including a bit of sewing (yea!). Besides drinking water by the barrel and eating un-ladylike amounts of carbs, I used this tutorial to make a waist band fanny pack of sorts that is as unglamorous (at least, by the way I made it) as it sounds but it will be way less annoying for me than the back pack I was using before. I've pack my styling waist band (see the blue blob pictured above? I've got skillzzzz.)with all sorts of goodies to help me carry along, including an ipod with a glorious playlist of the greatest running songs ever that I will graciously share with you:
 
Runaway Baby- Bruno Mars
What You Waiting For?- Gwen Stefani
Beat It- Michael Jackson
The Distance- Cake
Don't Stop Believing- Journey
Pump It- the Black Eyed Peas
Let's Get it Started- the Black Eyed Peas
Roar- Katy Perry
I Get a Good Feeling- Flo Rida
Conga- Gloria Estefan
Roxanne- The Police
We Will Rock You- Queen
Another One Bites the Dust- Queen
Take Us Out- Rudy Soundtrack
 
 
These are just the highlights of course. And you're welcome ;) And also I'd love to hear what your favorite songs to run/exercise/dance to.

Update: I did it!!! I ran a marathon in 5 hours and 23 minutes! That is 27 minutes better than my last time! Yeah, I can barely walk right now but I am so grateful I finished and I had a great time!