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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sew Tilly and the Buttons Françoise - and discover more ways with Zips

How to sew with exposed zips a jaycotts.co.uk how-to post

In this post I am going to show you how to use exposed zips by making up this lovely Tilly and The Buttons dress. The pattern is from Jaycotts Tilly and The Buttons Francoise dress pattern





Tilly and the Buttons has some amazing patterns and I love them. I couldn't wait to try out Françoise. I also saw it as an opportunity to talk more about zips, in particular Exposed zips.







There is no need whatsoever in going through the exact making up of any Tilly and the Buttons patterns, because you cannot improve on perfection, the instructions on her web site Tilly and the buttons.com so do take a look.


I made two versions one in some amazing fabric which has been in my stash for ages waiting for the right pattern to come along. As soon as I saw Françoise I knew it was the one.
I also wanted to make another version in Black, but not totally plain. I chose a twill fabric and used a piece of a Liberty cotton for the clarification to add a pop of colour.
The Paris fabric dress has a concealed zip, but on the black one I inserted a metal zip to add back interest.


Monday, 1 May 2017

Reviews of Prym sewing tools and accessories from Jaycotts.co.uk

These are my reviews of some of my favourite Prym sewing tools and accessories from Jaycotts

I wanted to share with you some of the tools I use when sewing to make life easier. I love gadgets of any kind don't you? These are some of the tools I use from the Prym range and I do recommend them. They are all thoughtfully designed to be easy to hold, easy to use and won't break the bank.




Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Sewing a Nautical BURDA Anchors Shirtdress


This is a #MCBN post.

What a fabulous dress this is. Shirtdresses are so fashionable at the moment and this dress not only ticks that box but it has a nautical theme and can be worn with or without a net petticoat. This dress is made in stretch cotton but picture it in a floaty cotton lawn too. However you make it this is one stunning dress.
The fabric is very well behaved, and easy to sew for all abilities. I love the anchors don't you! And the buttons are just stunning!




Please do follow the link under  read the full post on the Minerva Craft Blogger Network . It explains how I made it, and what fabrics I used and how you can make one yourself.


And do leave me your comments,They are very much appreciated.

Thank you

Angela x 


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Hiw I made My beautiful black baby-cord and lace jacket



This beautiful super soft baby-cord jacket trimmed with masses of lace is the third part of my outfit made for the MCBN. The previous two posts all come together to create this one wonderfully decadent outfit of contrasting textures - all in black.



To see how I made this beautiful jacket please click on this link which will take you straight to it  Lace Jacket

My two previous posts of the blouse and skirt can be found on the MCBN post but in case you cannot find them the links are here

Pinstriped flounced hem skirt  View skirt post here
Black lace Blouse View post here


Do please let me have your comments.
thank you
Angela 
x





Tuesday, 7 February 2017

How to sew A Stunning pinstripe flounced hem skirt

This is part two of my three pieces I am making during January, February and March for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network.
The first part was my black lace blouse Black lace Blouse this skirt was designed to complement it. The third and final part of this georgous outfit will be revealed in March!

So, here is the skirt, stunning isn't it.All the emphasis is on the back with a dipped hem, exposed zip and embellishment so please do not miss reading this post!






Do follow this link and read the rest of my post, I would love your comments too.
 This is the link for the rest of the post My Flounced skirt Tutorial and photographs

Angela x 






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Friday, 3 February 2017

Sew a Beautiful Lingerie Bag

A pretty lingerie bag to give or keep 

I have made a lot of lingerie recently and I thought that it would be really nice to have a lingerie bag to keep them in. It is nice to put your night slip in during the day and they are useful to take on holiday too, they look really pretty sat on your bed.

They are not difficult to make and take very little fabric. They can be made any size you want and you could even make a small one for handkerchiefs. They make wonderful gifts too.


This is my lingerie case sat on my bed. I only ever buy or make Egyptian cotton bedding and always in white. I add lace trimmings to sheets and pillowcases and always add my initial. I therefore get the quality I enjoy at a good price  and can personalise it to suit my own taste.



Thursday, 5 January 2017

How I made My white lace pintucked blouse

A Jaycotts.co.uk blog post 







This is how I made my beautiful lace pintucked blouse and how I wear it without looking too "girly" Thanks to the wonderful Alex Jaycott for his input into my  adventure with corded pintucks.



If you don't have a pair of leather trousers do go and try some on right now, they are an effort to get into I admit, well my skinny ones are , but they are the most comfortable thing ever. I love lace but for me it needs to look edgy rather than girly, so this pretty blouse will be worn with my leather pants and upcycled leather biker jacket. I will show you how I blinged my jacket later.


To give you a view of what we are going to make this is the front whilst It is being worn. The shape is very flattering with a fitted waist and lots of pintucks to create shape.
I must stress that if you do not want to do pintucks then gathers are quite acceptable, but do at least try them



Tuesday, 3 January 2017

How to sew a stunning Black lace Blouse

Black lace Blouse

A Minerva Crafts Blogger Network Post




This is an adaptation of a Butterick pattern. I do not often wear black or lace but well, this just hit me as a lovely thing to make. This is not just a stand alone garment either, it is the first of three coordinating garments which will all go together to make in stunning outfit.
Curious about how to make one yourself? Then click on the link and you will go straight to the full post.


Thank you to Minerva Crafts for the beautiful fabric and trimmings 

Angela. X













Saturday, 12 November 2016

HOW TO SEW AN ALL IN ONE FACING ON A 1960's SHIFT DRESS AND MAKE A MATCHING JACKET

Vintage sewing, the late 1960's

This is another iconic style of the 1960s, it was the first time in history that teenagers had their own style and the shift dress was certainly one of them. Made in heavy fabric so that it hung straight on the body it was short , bright and fun to wear.




Perhaps one of the most daunting challenges is when you choose a pattern only to find that it has an all in one facing which encloses the neck and armhole edges both at the same time. I am using New look patterns. Both available from Jaycotts.co.uk. 







There are many methods but this one is in my opinion the neatest and the easiest. So, choose a pattern for either a shell top or a sleeveless dress which includes an all in one facing.

Monday, 7 November 2016

How I made my BY HAND Anna Dress. A Minerva Blogger Network Post

A BEAUTIFUL EVENING DRESS

I had such a great time choosing the fabrics for this post. I wanted to try a brand of pattern which I had never used before and this By Hand pattern, named Anna, really appealed  to me.  I am enjoying making and wearing garments made from the new pattern houses which are emerging. This one in particular fits well with little adjustment, the instructions are very easy to follow and the overall effect is extremely flattering. If you have not tried one of the new pattern houses yet then I do urge you to take the plunge. You wont be disappointed! The link to the pattern is below. Please note that this particular pattern is now only available to download,  the paper version is sadly no longer available. This design can quite easily be copied on any simple dress pattern though, so don't be put off





I am lucky in that I do get to wear a lot of evening dresses both long and short, so it was an easy decision for me to want to make the long version of the dress. I decided against the slit in the skirt seam as it can be very draughty in hotels!