Phoenix Costume

Hello all! I’ve got a special one to share with you today. It’s become a tradition in my house that we hold a fancy dress party to celebrate everyone’s birthdays in December and January. You have to come dressed as something beginning with the first letters of each of our names, so for us this was M, K, P, J, R or L (for me). I decided that I wanted to be a phoenix mostly because I loved the metaphor of rising from the ashes into a new year.

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The base of this costume is a leotard in two halves. For the top half (waist and above) I used a nude illusion tulle because I wanted it to be as invisible as possible. For the bottom half I used a nude powermesh which was more substantial and had more stretch to it. I chose to use yellow, orange and red feathers to make a fun gradient. Two metres of feather trim in each colour formed the ‘skirt’ and I had 20 feathers of each colour to form the bodice. I did also buy gems in fiery colours but ended up deciding that I liked the costume without.

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I wanted to minimise how much of the illusion mesh was on my torso (and I also needed to be able to get in and out of the thing) so I made the bodice a backless halterneck. I did want it to be dartless but because there wasn’t so much stretch in the tulle I had to put bust darts in to fix the gapey sides. It didn’t matter too much in the end because that party was covered by feathers anyway. For practical reasons I put snaps on the crotch which was a lifesaver in an alcohol fueled party situation.

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So, I had six metres worth of feather trim to attach to the bottom half of my leotard. The biggest issue was that the fabric needed to stretch, but the feather trim did not. I dealt with this by getting my friend MK to pin on each layer of feathers at the centre front, side seams and centre back and then zigzagging 3/4 of the way around the circumference of the leotard. The 1/4 of the lycra that was left free then had enough give for me to wriggle in and out of it. The 1/4 of feather trim was that not sewn down was then poppered to meet the beginning of the trim at the centre back. Zig-zagging the feather trim on got quite sticky and my machine needle got quite gunked up so that needed cleaning regularly.

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Then it was time to sort the bodice feathers out. I first tried sewing them on, but it just looked absolutely rubbish so I ripped them all off and decided that glue was the answer. I didn’t have a mannequin and so I improvised by wrapping myself in clingfilm, putting the leotard on and gluing the feathers directly to me. When I was done, I got my housemates to cut me out of the clingfilm and I gently eased it off the back of the illusion tulle.

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Now let’s talk about the crown! I made it with a strip of crin which was pinned to a headblock where I wanted it. I glued some stiffer feathers to the crin first which gave the floppier ones in front something to stick on to. I wasn’t too happy with the spread of the crown when I first tried it on so I slashed and spread the crin at intervals about 3/4 down the width of the crin just to give more of a halo effect. This was then just bobby pinned into my hair.

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And that’s it! I had the best time figuring out this project, and the best time at the party. Many thanks to Sam Chapman for the photos.

Lauren xx

Charlie Caftan: Corduroy Edition

Hello all!

This dress is directly inspired by the one that Heather Lou made in her tutorial here. I liked the concept of a winter style smock dress, however I’m not quite sure that it’s working for me. You can read all about the sewing process over on the Minerva Crafts blog.

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Thanks very much for reading, to Drew for taking the photos and to Minerva Crafts for the kit to make this dress with!

Lauren xx

Teal Lingerie Set

Hello all!

Today I’ve got some lingerie to show you that I made eons ago, but never managed to get photos of til now. Better late than never, eh? Patternwise I used the Madalynne X Simplicity 8228 halterneck bralette as a base for the bra and hacked a pattern I’d previously made of a well fitting existing pair of pants for the bottom half of the set.

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I decided to change the halterneck of the pattern because I don’t like the pressure that halternecks put on the back of the neck. A younger and more naive me decided that if I just added straps from the shoulders down to the back band of the bra it would be fine. However, it was not quite that simple, because if you move a strap that’s supposed to be at your neck to the mid shoulder it will tighten the centre front line and create gaping at the side boob area exactly where you don’t want this. At the time I fixed this issue by just ripping out the elastic and re-doing it, stretching very tightly as I sewed. In the photo below you can see the ripples in the fabric where the elastic has almost gathered the lace.

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Fabric wise I got the lace, powermesh and all of the matching notions from Sewing Chest which is a UK based lingerie supply company. I just checked and they actually still have this exact lace in stock. For the main pant fabric I used a silk jersey that I bought from the Man outside Sainsburys in Walthamstow.

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Pants-wise I just extended the back pattern piece over to the front a bit for a cute little crossover. I did use jersey under the lace at the back because I couldn’t quite get my head around using just lace.

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Shape-wise the bra doesn’t do a whole lot, but that’s not it’s purpose. Its purpose is just to be pretty. I do love a good scalloped edging and teal is one of my favourite colours in the world.

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Construction wise I think was very straightforward and didn’t take too long at all.

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Next I think that I want to experiment more with wired bras, looking more at lift and shape.

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Thank you so much for reading!

Lauren xx

Autumn Dress

Hello all! Today I have a new dress to share with you. I saw this viscose on the Minerva Crafts Instagram and instantly fell in love with the colour scheme, which screams autumn to me. It is a viscose crepe, and I normally avoid crepe fabrics like the plague, but the print was enough to persuade me to give the fabric the benefit of the doubt. You can read all about the making process at the Minerva Crafts blog here.

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Thank you very much for reading, and to Minerva Crafts for providing the supplies for this project!

Lauren xx

Black Velvet Skirt

Hello all! For this months Minerva project continuing the party theme I chose another special occasion fabric; velvet. I haven’t worked with velvet for years and it was good to have a play with it again. I knew exactly what I wanted to make with the fabric. A black velvet mini skirt would be a perfect piece to add to my evening wardrobe. Black making it versatile, and velvet giving it that slight edge to take it into evening, although I’m actually really enjoying wearing this skirt during the day as well. You can read all of the details over on the Minerva blog here.

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Thanks to Minerva Crafts for providing the supplies for this make and to Gemma for taking the photos for me!

Lauren xx

My winter coat!

Hello all! My family and I went on a trip of a lifetime to New Zealand this summer and I was informed that it was going to be pretty cold. I’ve had the same bright pink winter coat for as long as I can remember. It was irredeemably grubby and definitely due an update. After a couple of coat shopping trips I just couldn’t find what I wanted, which was something warm, roomy enough to fit a fair few layers underneath and with a good hood. The obvious solution, was of course to make my own winter coat.

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This was obviously quite an involved project. It involved technical fabric that had to be worked with in a very specific way, a lot of pattern pieces and a couple of new to me techniques that I had not tried before. Of course I procrastinated to my hearts content, leaving it until 2 days before the flight to get cracking. It wasn’t an easy project. There were tears and a couple of minor strops, but I’ve worn this coat pretty much every day since it got cold here, plus it was invaluable when we were in New Zealand so I’d say that it was worth the aggro.

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Given the time frame that I was under, and how much I loved the fit of my old coat I decided that the best port of call was to cut up the old coat and use that as a pattern for my new one. I saved the quilted lining and the zips from the old coat because they were still perfectly usable, which saved me a fair bit of money and time. The fabric for the outer is a Cordura I found at Extreme Textiles for 25 euros a metre. I think I ordered 2m and just had enough? It’s waterproof and windproof whilst still being breathable which seemed like pretty ideal qualities for a waterproof coat. I also ordered some waterproofing tape from them so I could tape all of the seams after they were sewn. Black is a bit boring, but it’s nothing if not versatile. If I’d been able to source some different colours it would have been a great opportunity for colour blocking, but alas, not this time.

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The first task was to look at my existing coat and note all of the design lines. I then drew a very rough sketch of the coat and numbered what would become each individual pattern piece. These numbers were then written onto the actual coat that I was cutting up so I could keep track of what was what. You can see below that excluding the hood and the lining there were already 20 pattern pieces.

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When my old coat was unpicked down to each individual piece these were then traced onto card, which I then used as a template to cut out my new coat. Then it was time for the actual sewing to begin! The first step was actually the most intimidating part, which was the zippered welt pockets in the front of the coat. I wish I had sampled these first because I’d never tried this technique before and had to redo them a couple of times to get them right. Then it was just putting all of the pieces together and topstitching all of the seams down.

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Another technique that I copied from my old coat was the elasticated cuffs with a velcro tag so you can adjust the width of the cuffs depending on how bulky a jumper you are wearing. Well worth the extra time.

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Other notable features include the hood which is super cosy, but I wish that I’d made it just a bit bigger.

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All of the seams were waterproofed with an iron on seam tape which took a fair while to do, but considering that time, effort and money that had gone into the make I wanted to do it properly. I used a press cloth when ironing and used a low heat.

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So that’s my new coat! It’s honestly the biggest workhorse in my wardrobe. It’s definitely got its wobbly bits, but I can confirm that it’s waterproof, so really what more can you ask of it. I think that the seam details that I spent so long on do get a little lost due to the large expanse of black but at least it makes the large expanse of black that little bit more interesting.

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Thanks very much for reading and to Edward for the photos!

Lauren xx

Sequin Top

Hello all! Today I have something to share with you that is without a doubt the sparkliest thing I have ever made. Sequins have never really called out to me until I saw this beauty at Minerva Crafts and I thought it was high time that I tried out a new to me fabric. You can read all about the making process on the Minerva Crafts blog here.

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Thanks so much for reading and to Minerva Crafts for supplying the all of the components for this make!

Lauren xx

The Refashioners 2018: Linen Buttondown Dress

Hello all! The theme for The Refashioners this year is ‘inspired by’ and I took a dress donated to me by Grandpa which was much too big for me and made it into the button down dress I’ve been lusting after all summer. You can see the inspiration image on pinterest here.

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You can see a picture of what I started with below. It was much too big in the bodice and the waist so I decided to remove the bodice, take it apart completely, cut out a new one, take in the skirt so it fit at the waist and then reattach skirt to the bodice. Easy! A few years ago I would have instantly chopped a fair bit of length off the skirt but I love the length of the skirt as it is now.

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I had just enough to cut out a strapless princess seam bodice from my existing front and back pattern pieces, then it was put together. I tried it on and made a few tweaks so that the fit was as good as I could get it. Then it was time to tackle the skirt.

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The skirt was a bit more complicated to alter than it could have been because the pockets got in the way a bit. I ended up having to take them out so I could take the skirt in properly and heavily debated putting them back in, but it was well worth the extra time. I do wish that I’d made the pockets a bit bigger though because fitting my phone in them is a bit of a squeeze.

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The only problem with the length of the skirt is that there’s quite a lot of fabric in it, which in turn makes it quite heavy. The weight of the skirt then dragged down the bodice, making the waist seam uneven. To battle that I added in a ribbon waist stay to stabilize the waist seam, anchoring the ribbon at each seam, fastening with a couple of hooks and eyes in the centre front.

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The insides were all overlocked and the top edge bound. I think that there’s possibly too much fullness in the centre back of the skirt but I’m not worried enough about it to change it. I wonder what would have happened if I had pleated out the excess in the skirt instead of removing it at the side seams. It would have meant that I wouldn’t have had to take the pockets out and then put them back in. Oh, the gift of hindsight!

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This dress premiered for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall and it was just perfect for the occasion. It’s one of those pieces of clothing that motivates me to walk a little taller and dare I say, even strut a little. The power of clothing eh!

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Thanks very much for reading and to Portia for hosting the refashioners again this year!

Lauren xx

Tartan Dress

Hello all!

Today I have to show you a dress I made all the way back in January for my trip to Vienna. It came back out of the wardrobe for my trip to New Zealand, because it's pretty wintery there at the moment and I finally have some pictures to show you!

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This tartan wool was donated to me by a friend and it had to be a shift dress due to the amount of fabric that I had. I chose to drape it on the stand because that would give me the maximum control over the placement of the checks. I decided to have the baby blue stripe at the centre front, with a darker stripe on either side. The shaping is achieved by fish eye darts hidden in the darker stripes and through the side seams. I pinned the side seams to fit the mannequin quite snugly but when I tried it on it was far too tight. I wanted a nicely curved silhouette but I didn't want it tight so I loosened the side seams considerably. The lovely thing about this wool is that it moulds to the body beautifully. 

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The back was slightly trickier to fit, and in the end I had to sacrifice the check matching to get the darts to draw in the fabric where it was needed. At least I could match it up horizontally and luckily I don't have to look at the back. 

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Once the fitting was all sorted it was pretty quick to put together. There's a zip in the side seam as to not disrupt the check in the centre back and the armholes and neckline are bias bound. I deliberately drafted the armholes quite low to allow for wearing thick jumpers underneath. The hem is turned up the minimum amount possible, but it's still a pretty short dress. I figure with thick tights I can just about get away with it. Looking at the zip now it's definitely not straight, and this was before I'd learned how to do them properly (thank you Closet Case Patterns for that tutorial) so that's something to really concentrate on in my next dress. 

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In terms of changes I'd make, the neckline is just slightly too high so I'd lower it just a tad. Other than that I'm absolutely in love with the fit of this dress. It skims my body just how I wanted it to, giving me some shape but not being super tight. I'm quite picky with tartans but I love the colours in this one, and it definitely does a good job of cheering me up on those cold winter days. Depending on how slippery my tights are the bottom half of the dress sometimes rides up when I walk so next time I would consider adding a lining. 

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Now I just need to figure out how to make a paper pattern from this dress so I can make some more!

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Thank you so much for reading and to Edward for taking these photos at the beautiful botanical gardens in Wellington!

Lauren xx

Stripey Top

Hello all! Today I’ve got to share with you a new top of mine for this months Minerva make. A good navy stripe is very hard to come by so when I saw this one I pounced. I wanted an off the shoulder crop top to add to my wardrobe so that is what I made!

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You can read all about the making process on the Minerva Crafts blog here

Thanks for reading and to Minerva Crafts for providing the supplies for this project!

Lauren xx

Summer Ball Dress 2018

Hello all!

Today I have to share with you the summer ball dress from my third and final year of university. I'm not going to lie to you, this years dress was a bit of a rushed affair. The thing is, I had a plan. I was going to make a scuba dress which would take a couple of hours at most and at 2 days before the ball I had plenty of time. However, after I'd cut out this scuba dress and the moment I tried it on I knew that I looked like sausage meat in a floral scuba casing and needed a plan B. At the same time I was having this realisation my boyfriend had just cut out the tie I was helping him to make out of the scraps of the teal silk left over from a BHL Anna dress I made a few years ago. I knew that I wanted a dress out of the scraps of the scraps of that teal silk, and suddenly it was 3pm the afternoon before the ball and I had until midnight to draft, construct and finish the dress. Totally doable right?

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At first I wanted something drapey, but without access to a mannequin it just wasn't going to work.  I did try to use myself as a human mannequin, but I'm not that flexible and don't react well to having pins stuck into me. This meant that it had to be drafted on paper. I looked at the patterns I had and the BHL Holly jumpsuit jumped out at me. I ended up using only the front bodice piece from the pattern (mainly because I'd lost the back bodice pieces) and splicing together  side back and centre back pieces from a strapless bodice block I had laying around. The skirt is a quarter circle skirt drafted with the BHL circle skirt calculator. 

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I managed to squeeze out the dress from the scraps left over and then it was time for construction. The bodice was sewn together and then the skirt attached. The straps were pinned on and then it was time to work out the fit. I fiddled around with the drape of the pleats in the front bodice and ended up tacking them down where I wanted them. I don't think that there was quite enough space so next time I would add more room in. Excess width was taken out from each underarm and down the centre back for a snug fit. What I could not get rid of were horizontal wrinkles in the back bodice, which had I had more time and fabric I could have pinned out the excess and recut. Sadly at this point it was 9.30pm and this was not going to happen, so after a bit of a paddy I had to make peace with them. There's a lapped zipper in the centre back which isn't ideal but I was lucky that I had one lying around to use. 

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Then it was time for the finishing touches, bias binding the armholes which continued into the straps, and bias binding on the hem, both of which were slipstitched so the finishing would be as invisible as possible. I spent the next hour or so doing little alterations just to minimise the wrinkles as much as possible, then it was midnight and time to call it a day. 

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I found it really frustrating to finish a garment which was less than perfect, because over the last couple of years I've really made the effort to perfect fit and it felt like a backwards step. However, sometimes you've got to cut yourself a little bit of slack and admit that that's the best you can do in a tight situation. I wore my dress for summer ball and had a wonderful wonderful time which is what mattered. 

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Thanks for reading and to Edward for taking the photos on a beautiful beach in Hawaii!

Lauren xx

Black Dungarees

Hello all!

Way back in April I found out that I was going on tour for 6 weeks. I had to fit everything into a carry on case so the most capsule of capsule wardrobes had to be worked out. As a dresser on a show the dress code is all black. Long sleeves, full length trousers, as little skin as possible. Space was at a premium which meant that it wasn't worth bringing many clothes that weren't black. I ended up packing 3 pairs of black bottoms (jeans, dungarees and trousers) and I only ended up wearing the first 2. The trousers just weren't comfortable enough to be worth wearing for the long days that I was working. In terms of tops I brought 4 or 5 black tops, 2 coloured t shirts and a patterned shirt (that I am incidentally wearing in the pictures for this blog post). I brought my polar bear pjs but ended up not wearing them because sleeping on the tour bus was too hot, so I ended up grabbing some sleep shorts while I was on tour. It worked swimmingly as a capsule wardrobe because black on black automatically goes together but was extremely boring and I missed having fun with my outfit choices. Anyway, I'm finally getting round to blogging the dungarees I made for tour. 

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The fabric is a black bottom weight stretch cotton that the man at Leicester market found for me. I think I paid something like £8 for 2m. It's very pleasant to wear against the skin and the stretch content meant that I could be as flexible as I needed to be, especially when my work was so practically based. Cutting out was very straightforward and it sewed together beautifully.

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Patternwise I nabbed the bib from Closet Case Patterns Jenny Overalls and plonked it onto my self drafted trousers which you can see other versions of here and here. I wish I'd taken out the front darts because they look a bit silly on dungarees, but I think the leg proportions are perfect. I love a good rolled up hem on a trouser at the moment!

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Pocketswise I have the bib pocket and the front pockets which I made sure were deep enough for my phone. I ran out of time for back pockets, but I did cut them out so maybe one day. The bib pocket has stretched out a bit because I've shoved my phone in there so often so next time I'd stabilise that bit with some twill tape.

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I didn't use dungaree buckles to attach the bibs and the straps because they wouldn't be appropriate to wear backstage so I sewed buttons to the bib and buttonholes to the straps and they fasten that way instead. 

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They got washed a lot over the 6 weeks because they were pretty much 50% of what I was wearing and I love how the edges of the bib are ageing. It just gives the garment that little bit more depth. 

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Overall they were a tremendous success and I feel very Mamma Mia in them (which is obviously only ever a good thing). If I can find the right fabric I'd love to make some more summery ones, or go full Mamma Mia and make some navy dungarees.   

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Thanks very much for reading and to Ed for taking pictures in the beautiful San Fransisco botanical gardens!

Lauren xx

Closet Case Patterns Charlie Caftan

Hello all! 

For this months Minerva Crafts project I wanted to make something to combat this crazy heat that we've been having. The Charlie Caftan is as light and breezy as you can possibly get before stripping down to a bikini so this was what I decided to make! 

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 You can read all about the making process over on the Minerva Crafts blog here.

Thanks for reading and to Minerva Crafts for providing the supplies for this project!

Lauren xx

Exploring British Fabrics

Hello all!

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Following my dissertation on making an outfit from British materials I have become passionate about keeping my carbon footprint as small as possible. I like knowing exactly where my fabric has come from, and that it is ethically produced. I would like to make using British fabrics more accessible to the home sewers of today and I have made this survey to see whether there is any demand for this. 

I would be much obliged if you could take a second to fill out my survey and let me know what you think to the idea!

The link to the survey is here.

Many thanks,

Lauren xx

Jenny Overalls

Hello all! 

Sorry it's been long time no blog. I was working as a wardrobe assistant on tour for 6 weeks and in the last month or so I've been busy finishing my degree! Now uni is over I'm excited to make all of the things and to show you everything I've made in the last few months! First up, I have these Jenny Overalls to share with you which I tested for Heather Lou way back before Easter.

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First of all, let me tell you about the fabric, which I think takes these overalls to the next level. The fabric is actually a tablecloth I bought in Perth, Australia when I visited there with my family many moons ago. I really wanted to use the border print to its full potential and have a lot of fun with it while doing so. This did mean the cutting out took forever, but it was well worth it. 

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After the cutting out, it all went quite smoothly and it was very satisfying to watch everything match up. I'm really really pleased with how the bib turned out. The pocket is almost invisible! The colours in this print are all of my favourites. 

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The only thing I'm going to alter is the slight gape in the waistband at the centre back. I'm going to take a dart out of this pair, but for my next pair I'll do it properly.

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I was sewing these up post haste for a party and ran out of time to put the back pockets on and I do miss them. I think that they are quite necessary to break up the rear view. 

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I really love the fit of the bib around the bust. It curves so beautifully without any gaping. 

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All in all, I think that these overalls are the jazziest piece of clothing I have ever owned and I love them to pieces. I'd like to try them next time perhaps with a slightly more cropped length. 

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Thank you so much for reading!

Lauren xx

Off the shoulder floral dress

Hello all! This months Minerva project is a bit of a departure from the norm for me. A fitted silhouette is something I have avoided as I was always conscious that my figure wasn't a typical one that would suit a more fitted shape.  However, trying new things is good and I wanted to give it a go with this dress. 

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You can read all about the making process over at the Minerva Crafts blog here.

Thanks for reading and to Minerva Crafts for providing the supplies for this project!

Lauren xx

Polar Bear Pajamas

Hello all! I'm going on tour  and I wanted some fun pajamas to wear on the tour bus, which is where this panda jersey from Minerva Crafts came into play. They were very quick to sew up and I used two well loved patterns from my stash: the Grainline Lark tee and the True Bias Hudson pants. 

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You can read all about the making process over at the Minerva blog here. 

Thanks for reading and to Minerva Crafts for providing the materials for this project!

Lauren xx

A British Oufit: The Whole Ensemble

Hello all! This is it, my British bra, pants, shirt, trousers and shoes are finished. The process has been quite a huge learning curve and I'm so pleased that I've had the time and the opportunity to explore local fabrics, natural dyeing, learn how to knit and to make shoes amongst many other things for my dissertation. 

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The silk shirt really is the wardrobe staple that I wanted it to be, it's only major drawback being that the fabric is slightly sheer. There are a couple of niggles with my self drafted pattern and those would be that the cuffs are too tight, the sleeves are slightly too short and the hem is slightly too long. I'm really pleased with the insides of the shirt which are pretty much all french seamed. 

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The buttons work super well, and I love the rustic element that they give to the shirt. Next time I'll love to make some Dorset buttons with a wire ring base and thread wound around it. 

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Working downwards, the trousers are possibly my favourite part of the whole ensemble. I love the amount of ease in the leg, and the high waistline. Khaki green is a really versatile colour in my wardrobe and I wear them all the time. I like the slightly cropped length, and I think it works well with the clogs. 

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I would make the trouser pockets slightly deeper next time just to give me a bit more room. A friend pointed out that they look quite empty at the back, and I agree that some welt pockets would work well.

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I'm very pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the clogs look, but I think they will need a bit of breaking in so my feet don't get torn to shreds. I'd love to learn how to do shoe-making 'properly'.

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And finally, the jumper! I'm so proud of this jumper. This is the first thing I've ever knitted and I would hope that you wouldn't be able to tell. I do wish that it was just a bit longer, and that the neckline was less open so the shirt wouldn't look so silly when worn underneath it. I think that the neckline has stretched since I started knitting it so I need to research how to prevent that in the future. The neckline does look wonderfully elegant when worn on it's own, but it just looks silly when layered. 

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I love how the colour scheme of the outfit has worked out. The different colours in the jumper add another dimension and I think it works really well with the khaki of the trousers. The neutral shirt and shoes are really versatile and blend in seamlessly with the two stronger colours in the outfit. 

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So there it is, my complete British outfit. To learn about the making process you can find all of the relevant blog posts here. Thank you so much for following along with the whole process, to everyone at college who helped me out and to Nicki from This is Moonlight for giving me the inspiration for this project. It's been a lot of fun. 

Lauren xx