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Monday, 14 October 2019

A Tea Dress in linen - cotton fabric

A #MCBN post 

My Beautiful summer tea dress in Lady McElroy cotton/linen fabric 

This beautiful lady McElroy linen - cotton fabric posed a conundrum. I had decided on a totally different pattern but something was holding me back from getting started


I thought about the garments I wear most often and I realised that I wear simple dresses most of the time especially as it perfectly acceptable to wear a dress with trainers these days.
I wanted to sew a shirt dress with a full skirt but with time running out it had to be a pattern I already had.

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My beautiful Tea dress details and tutoral






Sunday, 13 October 2019

A fabulous Summer Dress

A fabulous summer dress by Sew House Seven in a John Kaldor luxurious 100% Linen fabric. 

A MCBN post





This fabulous fabric together with this amazing and very wearable dress pattern makes the most perfect  dress which is just right for summer afternoons. Holidays and anything else you can think of. I just love it.
The fabric is By John Kaldor it's 100% pure linen, breathable,  and worth every penny. The pattern is by Sew House Seven and it can be made in various lengths. It comes in UK sizes 0-20 which is a massive size range!




Want to know more? Yes of course you do!  So hop over to the Minerva Crafts website on this link and find out more on this link A fabulous Summer Dress

Thank you for reading this post

Angela 


Friday, 11 October 2019

Bollywood. Indian style Dress.


Bollywood. Exploring different cultures and fashions.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore outfits similar to this on her recent tour of Pakistan.





A Jaycotts post.

One of my life long hobbies is dance. I learned ballroom and Latin and loved them but more recently I decided to explore something I have always wanted to do and that is Belly Dancing. This has led to Bollywood dancing and of course I need to research and make outfits  to dance in, which is immense fun 

I need a Bollywood outfit for an event next month and this led me to exploring Asian fashion.


The Shalwar Kameez is a two part outfit consisting of a tunic top and pants and it is what we are going to make in this post.
Traditionally worn by Punjabi women the Salwar (trousers) and Kameez (tunic) have been westernised somewhat in this pattern, and there are lots of variations on style and fabrics.



Thursday, 3 October 2019

Summer Pants and Cheesecloth Tops


I have wanted to make these trousers for a while, I made a wearable toile (or test garment) and I am so glad I did! 

I also wanted to make some Cheesecloth Tops and I hand dyed some of a plain white fabric to make them with . More about that later






This is a fabulous outfit and I absolutely love it, but it was not without its problems!

Problems are just puzzles to be solved in my opinion and I enjoy the creative thinking required to sort them out.



This is the Pietra Trousers by Closet Case Patterns . I have made the Ginger Jeans many times and love them so much that I made five pairs!


Tuesday, 10 September 2019

This is how I altered a coat pattern to make a simple raincoat.

This is a jaycotts.co.uk  Blog post


First published 20/06/2016


I have wanted to make myself a cheery raincoat for a very long time but just could not find a pattern. In the end , determined to have my raincoat, I did some rather major alterations to an ordinary coat pattern. The pattern has princess seams which would have spoiled the rather beautiful pattern,  so they needed eliminating,  as did some of the shaping because I wanted a straight style. Do you want to make one too? There are some things you need to bear in mind,  but it's not that difficult I promise.





This is the finished coat.  I used a ripstop fabric in a very colorfully print called Ellies. I purchased it from WhiteTreeFabrics.com but do sadly this was the last piece. However I never like to dictate to you exactly what fabric you should use, we all have very different tastes. What you  need to look out for though is a RIP-STOP fabric or a showerproofed cotton. For the linings I chose a firm shot taffeta. With the raincoat outer being quite firm it called for a stiffer lining than normal. I chose a darker colour than my  main  fabric.



And yes, the rather cute 60s style fabric does have elephant's on it!








This is the pattern, it is Mccalls M7058 and you can buy it from jaycotts.co.uk  by clicking on this link  Mccalls M7058 at Jaycotts.co.uk
It is a lovely pattern with lots of variations to choose from. I wanted the style which has the hood, and as I bought the last of this roll of fabric there was only enough to make the mid-length version. Which was what I wanted anyway!