A visit to the Magical Secret Garden with #EdinburghBloggersCoast

On Thursday evenings, there’s no doubt about it: it’s my Combat night and I don’t like missing class. When it’s a toss up between a fashion event though or class, it’s a tough call for me. I like window shopping, browsing through racks of beautiful clothes and admiring the unique fabric designs and costume jewellery. When you get an opportunity to attend an exclusive event with Edinburgh Bloggers and Coast Edinburgh, you can’t turn that down! So I waved a cheery farewell to fellow Combat warriors and told them I’d see them in 2 weeks. After all, Cinderella has a fashion event to attend!


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My finished Syrah skirt from Selvage Designs

The fabric I ordered to make the jersey maxi skirt from the Perfect Pattern Parcel #6 digital download package arrived while I was still on holiday and I couldn’t be more excited! The only thing was, trying to get motivated to start assembling the pattern together when there was so much I was trying to get done during my days off was more difficult.

I decided one night that I was going to sit down and get it done and I did. Now it’s ready for show, but before I reveal the end project, here’s a preview of other sewers’ #syrahskirt projects!

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Supporting independent pattern designers with Perfect Pattern Parcel

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As someone who believes in supporting local businesses and independent retailers/designers, I try and buy most of my goods from Etsy. For my dressmaking pattern needs, I’ve only come across vintage or modern patterns by the usual pattern companies, but little did I know until I stumbled across Perfect Pattern Parcel that you could also purchase patterns from independent designers too! Continue reading “Supporting independent pattern designers with Perfect Pattern Parcel”

Take a breather – DIY Tutorial: How to take in your trousers…keeping the original hem!

First of all, let me apologise for being lax in updating my blog this past week or so. We had the September Weekend off (last Friday and Monday of this week) and I had taken the rest of the week of earlier in the year in preparation for a possible trip to Wales to visit some of OH’s family friends there…which never happened. Needless to say, it has still been a nice 10 days off (can’t believe after tomorrow, it’s back to The Real World) which was what I really needed. I had so many thoughts running through my mind and the time I had to myself just to talk to my friends and work through those pesky thoughts really helped me appreciate my life a little more. Continue reading “Take a breather – DIY Tutorial: How to take in your trousers…keeping the original hem!”

Mushrooms and snake print maxi dresses

This weekend has been busy, busy, busy. To an extent. Having finally cut out the lining pieces for the maxi dress, I managed to finally get a start on assembling the bodice and waistband.

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Progress on the snake print maxi dress, completed at the weekend

As you can see, the mannequin has come in handy, especially with photographing what I’ve done so far. Continue reading “Mushrooms and snake print maxi dresses”

One down, one more to go!

Now that I’ve finished my circle skirt, it’s time to start on the other project I had in mind when I got my fabric and other materials from Pins and Needles.

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The snake print voile was fabric that my OH had, I’m not sure exactly where it came from, and while I’m normally not a big fan of snake print materials, the iridiscence of the fabric itself makes for a great sheer layer over lining. Continue reading “One down, one more to go!”

Let’s get the dressmaking balls rolling!

It seems like quotes from films are constantly floating around in my brain these days. I’d been thinking for a while about getting the quote ‘A life lived in fear is a life half lived’ tattooed on my arm, which I eventually did last weekend. The only thing is I’m not keen on getting words permanently inked on my skin, all the ones that I’ve already got are mainly significant to me by way of visual imagery. What took me even longer to make a decision about whether or not I wanted to get it inked was the fact that, in searching for the origins of this piece of philosophical gem, was the fact that it’s not even a quote from a philosopher or philanthropist, but from the script of the film, Strictly Ballroom from 1992. I’d never even seen the film in my life, but the quote really spoke to me, so I decided to throw caution to the wind and got it done. Continue reading “Let’s get the dressmaking balls rolling!”

What next?

I had been thinking about what to do with the silver snake print voile I got from my OH for a while. Since we decided to have a complete and brutal clear out of everything we didn’t need, he found some material he bought ages ago that he never ended up using and thought it would come in handy for my dressmaking projects.

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