Vogue 1415 – Tom and Linda Platt

Up until recently I have never used a Vogue pattern. I’m not sure why, but I think I assumed they were too difficult for me.

I was gifted some lovely polyester satin by Minerva and looked for a suitable pattern. I’m not sure how I ended up with this one, but I’m glad I did. Admittedly, it is a very easy Vogue pattern, but still I didn’t know what to expect.

I used it to make the long gold top as in the picture above and was very pleased with the outcome. Its not yet featured on the Minerva Blog, but goes live sometimes in January.

For the next Minerva project, I chose some light, drapes polyester crepe to make the other option, a shorter classic top with a cowl neck. I love the finished item and although this hasn’t yet gone live for Minerva I have worn it several times. It looks classy and expensive and I’m really pleased with it. I just want to make again in a real crepe, maybe in black.

My Next 5 Sewing Projects

Simplicity Sweater Dress

I’m making this for my daughter Melissa, as a birthday present. I bought some sweatshirting fabric from Minerva https://www.minervacrafts.com/, in a cobalt blue colour. It has a soft and warm inside, so it will great for the cooler months.

As you can see it’s WIP. I’m working blind as she hasn’t tried it on yet!

I’ve tacked it together and tried it on myself, but we need a fitting!

Ogden Cami

I thought it was about time I made this pattern as everyone else seems to have! I am going to make some of these for Christmas presents and I was thinking of making them in a lightweight linen or rayon challis.

Sew House Seven – Burnside Bibs

This is going to be one of my 2020 Spanish projects. I bought some olive green linen from the Stitching and Knitting Show to make it in. I am itching to start them.

Cielo Dress

I have seen lots of these made up and it’s seems to be popular with different age groups. I am going to make the dress version first. Not sure what fabric yet but maybe some more linen or patterned viscose.

Linden Sweatshirt

This has been on my list for a while. I may use some of the sweatshirting I am using for the Sweater dress.

I AM Cassiopee

Oh I have waited so long to try this pattern out. Not sure what I was waiting for exactly but I I bought the perfect fabric from Higgs and Higgs at the Knitting and Stitching Show last Thursday. It’s a deep cerise babycord and it’s oh so soft. It cost £11.99 per metre and I bought three metres so it wasn’t a cheap make.

As ever, I have seen many of the I AM Cassiopee dresses made up, in all different types of fabric and different ages and body types on Instagram. I thought I could carry it off 🙂

I had read that it came up big but I hesitated to go smaller than my measurements, so opted for the largest size, which as it was a French pattern meant making a 46. I figured that I could always cut some off if it was too big but if I cut it too small then I was done for.

The pattern pieces had to be traced off and that took me a couple of hours. I then watched a You Tube video of a couple of girls who had made it, before I started cutting out.

At first I thought I had too much fabric but because the sleeves are bat shaped and the style is loose, it was just enough. It was lovely to be working with a natural fabric and it’s so easy to handle.

The pattern instructions are quiet brief and the construction is simple. However, when I had got it all together and tried it on, I didn’t like it and was massively disappointed. It was far to big and the neck gaped. So I left it overnight on Dolly and went back to Instagram to have a look at a few more finished ones. Everyone who made it raved about it and several people had made more than one, but I just wasn’t getting the love.

Next morning, I decided to take it in from the cuff of the sleeve, right round to the hem, by another inch. That did it, it looked much better, now just the neck to sort out. I didn’t fancy taking off the facing and reducing the size of the bodice, so I tried making a tuck all the way down the front bodice, like a fake placket. It looked ok.

I finished the sleeves and the hem and went back to the front and added three mother of pearl buttons ( which I already had in my collection) It looks great now!

I am so pleased I persevered and I am sitting writing this with it on, cos I don’t want to take it off!

Stasia Dress

I wanted to make a jersey dress in charcoal grey, to go with my autumn capsule wardrobe. I needed it to be comfortable and warm but smart enough to wear out. I needed it to be loose fitting around my middle and long enough to wear with knee high boots. I thought that the Sew Liberated Stasia dress pattern fitted the bill.

When I see a new pattern I like, I head straight over to Instagram to see who else has made it and to see what type of fabric they used. For this dress, there are lots of makes and wearers with different body shapes, sizes and ages wearing it. I checked that there were some older ladies included as I don’t want to look like I am trying too hard to look younger than I am 🙂

I bought the jersey fabric from Minerva. I get 10% discount off everything for being a craft club member, so its worth it. UK delivery is free for orders over £20 so I bought some other fabric and a pattern too to make it worthwhile. The fabric was £5.98 and took 2 metres making the dress cost about £12. There are no fastenings so no cost there, but I did use some swimsuit elastic that I already had, at the waist to give the seam a bit more stability.

I chose to make a short dress, but the pattern can be used to make a maxi dress and a top. The construction of the dress is very simple. There are only 6 pieces to cut out. I decided to leave out the pockets because I thought they might add a bit of bulk. I can do without pockets in one dress and I can do without more bulk!

It didn’t take long to put together and I am very pleased with the final product. The only thing that slightly annoys me is that the shoulders show my bra strap, so I should fix some lingerie hooks in, which I may do when I get around to it!

In the meantime, I can wear it and wash it and it doesn’t need ironing, so all good!

Capsule Wardrobe – Autumn 2019

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It’s that time again! Time to swap my summer clothes over for a warmer set. This Autumn I have decided to use these colours for my capsule wardrobe:

  • Black
  • Purple
  • Cerise Pink
  • Lilac
  • Dark Grey
  • Lime Green
  • White

i decided on these colours a month or so ago so I could start making items of clothing for Autumn. I have also been through all of my clothes that I store away each season and picked out items which I like and which I want to be part of the capsule. I haven’t had to buy anything extra at all. 

These are the items in my Autumn Capsule 2019

Outerwear

Black lightweight jacket – bought from M&S when I was working 

Purple velvet coat – I have had this maxi coat for several years but have only worn it occasionally. I have now decided to shorten it so that I get more wear from it. 

Black hoodie – bought from Primark about 2 years ago 

Grey hoodie – bought from H&M last year

Tops

Black cotton polo – bought several years ago 

Black long sleeved tee – bought last year 

Black and white checked shirt – I made this last year but it’s too short so I am going to lengthen it a bit with some of the leftover fabric. 

Long floral blouse – I bought this from Joules when I had a bit of money and when I was working but I still like it and it has the right colours for this capsule 

White long sleeved tee – bought last year 

White linen top – bought 2 years ago 

Purple and white top – made this year 

Short black tee – bought from Spanish supermarket this year 

Bright Pink Tee – bought from Spanish supermarket this year

Lime Green Tee – gifted from my sister -in- law

Long cerise pink lightweight cardigan – bough a few years ago

Bottoms

Black leggings- bought this year from M&S

Black trousers – bought 2 years ago from M&S

Purple jeans – bought several years ago – can’t remember where from 

Black jeans – Christmas present 2018 

Dresses

Lilac dress – this is the Cinema dress I made – see blog post – cost £25 (fabric, thread and buttons) plus pattern 

Grey jersey dress – made this last week – cost £15 plus pattern 

Black dress – bought last year from Lidl 

Cerise Pink Joni Dress – made this year – cost £32 – plus pattern

Shoes and Boots 

Black ankle boots – birthday present Feb 2019

Grey lace up shoes – bought 2018 – Clarks 

Black slip ons – bought several years ago but not worn much – Dune 

Black patent slip ons – bought several years ago but not worn much – Clarks – they have them back in the shop now!

Accessories

Pink suede clutch – bought from eBay new last month 

Black Crossover Handbag – bought several years ago 

Lime Green Tote – bought several years ago – Sainsbury’s

Jewellery

I have been through my ‘jewellery’ and found some pieces that will co-ordinate with the colours.

 

Summer Capsule Wardrobe 2019

This year I have made quite a lot of my summer capsule items myself.  I decided that I would use the following colours :

Pink

Teal

Blue/Denim/Navy 

White 

Purple

I haven’t stuck to this rigidly as I have carried over some items from Spring (my mustard trousers)

I have only bought 4 items and I have made 7 of the items – not all this year.

The capsule is comprised of 29 pieces :

Dresses – 4 – Blue chambray sleeveless dress – I made this last year. Its easy to wear and is very flattering. The pink/teal/blue floral stretch one below, I made to wear to a wedding in Sept but I want to wear it before that as I love it. The white denim linen dress I bought from Next about 3 years ago. a real bargain at £22 but I have worn it every summer and it still looks good. The teal dress is the one I have just finished for the Minerva Crafts Blog. Its is really comfortable and so easy to wear.

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Jackets -2 – Just the denim jacket and the navy blazer – I am looking for a white denim jacket to make a change from the white one but it needs to be from eBay and cheap!

Cardigans – 4 – I have included my 2 lovely Boden cashmere cardigans (pink and light blue) as they are so soft and summery,  and cost a fortune, a few years ago. I also have included a white one I bought ages ago and which comes out every summer plus a pink floaty one I bought in Cornwall a couple of years ago.

Sleeveless Tops – 3 – One cream floral one – bought from Primark last year, a blue floral I made last summer and 1 navy plain one I  bought from M&S last year .

T-Shirts – 4- Pink, Pale Blue, Light Teal. I bought these all this year when I was doing my colour matching exercise except for the pin/white stripe one which I made this Spring.

Tops – 2 classic cotton white t-shirt which I made and a purple and white one in the same style.

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Trousers – 4 – Cropped jeans – bought last summer from Gap. The cropped white trousers and the white linen trousers, I have had both of these for ages. Mustard trousers – I made these in the Spring.

Shorts – 2 – White ones just bought from M&S, Blue stripe ones – I made them a couple of months ago. ak+fc2wnS4+i7BjjLx%rMA

Skirt -1 – This is the only skirt I own – a denim one which I have worn all year round. It cost me £50 last year but its been worn so much, I think itv was worth it.

Shoes –  4 – 3 pairs sandals and 1 pair white tennis shoes

Accessories – 1 Panama hat – this was Marks but he didn’t wear it so I pinched it. 4 handbags which I already had.

Jewellery and watches – I am not a great lover of too much jewellery but I have enough old pieces to get me through the summer.

In case you were wondering, I do have a smaller stay at home/yoga/walking the dog/gardening/ lounging wardrobe but they are not very interesting 🙂 so I’ve not included them.

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Update

So we are back home from Spain,  and I have now put together my Spring capsule wardrobe. I have decided to use navy as my base and used red, teal and mustard as my accent colours. I haven’t had to buy much as I had a few items in my stored clothes. I bought  a few t- shirts and I have made a pair of mustard coloured casual trousers. I used the Tilly and the Buttons Marigold pattern and used Dashwood Studios Soirée Ochre Cherry Blossom Viscose Fabric fabric from Guthrie and Ghani

So this what’s in the Spring capsule

Coats/Jackets/Gilets

Red Jacket – old

Ivory Trench Jacket – old

Navy Blazer – bought second hand on EBay last year

Red fleece gilet – bought last in Autum

Tops -Blouses/T Shirts/Tunics

White long sleeve T – old

White T’s – 1 old and 1 new

Mustard T – New

Light Teal T – New

Navy and White striped long sleeved T – bought last season

Mustard floral top – I made this whilst I was in Spain

White linen top – old

Teal jumper – bought for Winter capsule

Trousers/Jeans/Skirts

Red Jeans – bought for Autumn

Blue Jeans – bought in Autumn

Blue Trousers  p- bought last Spring

White Trousers – old

Mustard Trousers – New

Denim Skirt – bought last Spring

Blue leggings – old

Dresses

Blue, Teal and Red – New made in Spain

Chambray sleeveless dress – made last Summer

Shoes/Boots/Sandals

Red sling backs – gifted from sister

Blue brogues – old

White plimsoles – New

Blue Slip ons – old

Accessories- bags, belts, scarves, jewellery

Mustard crossover bag – present

Blue, Teak and Mustard scarf – bought in Winter

Jewellery – I went through what I had and found a few matching pieces

So all in all a cheap capsule this time.

 

Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2019

I have decided NOT to buy an off the shelf spring capsule e book for Spring and instead try and make up my own. So now I am in the middle of planning my own capsule wardrobe using what I have learnt over the last 4 seasons using someone else ideas.

I have been thinking about what colours suit me now that I have grey hair. All my life I have worn autumnal colours. Green and brown went really nicely with my auburn hair – which was natural once! Now that I don’t dye it anymore and the grey is more dominant I have been noticing that some colours suit me better than others.

I watched this video on You Tube and it made a lot of sense and gave me the idea to use some different colours.

So I then decided to buy a few t-shirts in some different colours to convince me which colours now suit me. I put on my sun glasses because I did not want to screw my eyes up, but also because I think I look cool 😂

Doing this has also made me look at the necklines of the t- shirts and thinking if some look better than others.

What do you think?

 

The only one I don’t like is the grey one. I think I should stick to wearing grey on my bottom half and not close to my face.

Back to the capsule then. I need to decide what colours I will use as the base of the capsule and what accent colours I will use to contrast with the base colour.

I think I will choose navy blue as my base colour, but I haven’t quite decided on the accent colours yet. It will depend on what fabrics I can buy and what colour the manufactures have decided we are buying this year! Always annoys me that someone has made the decision for me what colour t shirt I can buy in a particular year.

I have thought about what groups of clothing I need. Obvious really but these are what I need to consider :

  1. Coats/Jackets/Gilets
  2. Tops -Blouses/T Shirts/Tunics
  3. Trousers/Jeans/Skirts
  4. Dresses
  5. Shoes/Boots/Sandals
  6. Accessories- bags, belts, scarves, jewellery

Before I go and buy anything I need to go through my stored items at home – although I have a rough idea of what I have got stored away, I know there will be some things that I have forgotten about!

So, for now, I’ll carry on planning and let you know what’s in my Spring capsule in March.

 

 

Winter Capsule Wardrobe

savingPNG.jpegIt’s time to swap over to my winter capsule wardrobe. The weather has now decided to play along too!

I am using some of Leanne’s  suggestions from the Essential Winter Capsule, but I am changing the accent colours to red and teal instead of burgundy and teal. The main reason for this is that I bought a gorgeous handmade hat from Meg at Textile Creations, whilst visiting the Knitting and Stitching show, in October and I have to wear it. I also have a beautiful classic camel coat I bought a few years ago and will be wearing that instead of the grey coat Leanne suggests. Some of the items like jeans and long sleeved t-shirts I already had but I splashed out on a new pair of red Mint Velvet jeans – reduced in John Lewis. That’s women’s logic – reduced so therefore must have !

I have bought a couple of new classic jumpers this year – a teal one and a cream one. The teal one is from Seasalt. I really like their stuff, its a bit pricey but they sell fabric too, so hopefully I might get a bargain later. The cream cable jumper is from H&M. H&M is not somewhere I normally shop but on this occasion, they had what I wanted. I am also going to make a red check shirt using ‘New Look’ pattern 6374, when the material arrives from China! I bought the stripey turtle neck top from Joules and the sleeveless fleece gilet, a bargain on eBay.

I have decided that I’m not buying anymore shoes or bags this season but using what I already have. I have the brown spacious leather tote I bought from TK Maxx in spring, this year and a small black leather cross over bag (a gift). My long black boots fit the bill as do the beige short boots I bought for the autumn.

So that’s me done till Spring!

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