Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sweetheart Bag

This is another free pattern on Craftsy which I decided to test out for work. We also included an embroidery design on the front flap, also free to download for any of those who have embroidery machines. 

It was a pretty basic pattern, no alterations. If you haven't signed up for Craftsy you should it has so many cool patterns and a fair few videos for those who are beginner sewers or embroiderers.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Electric Daisy Carnival Dresses

I've been pinning quite a few types of festival outfits because I'm heading to the USA (Las Vegas, LA, New York and San Francisco) and we just happen to be there the week of Electric Daisy Carnival. Since I love dressing up I decided to make an outfit that suits and considering what some of the people wear I'm pretty sure I will fit in quite well!

If you're wondering what I mean just Instagram #ecdlv and you will find out.

First here is my inspiration from Pinterest

Here are my dresses

So it's a three day festival and this is just two of the outfits I've made. It was a mix from a few different patterns. Sorry they need an iron so please ignore the wrinkles :)

I even made my own fabric, which is now on Spoonflower

Patterns I used

Skirt Part - Butterick 5949
Sleeves - Vogue 1423

Let me know what you think! Is anyone else going to this festival in Las Vegas?!!

xx Erin xx

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Free Craftsy Boxie Pouch

I have been using Craftsy quite a lot lately for all our sewing patterns for work. Here is one of those really great free patterns the No Guts Boxie Pouch by SoChick! Handbags

It was very simple to make and only took about 30 minutes. I thought this would be great for a make-up case or for your sewing supplies. It's even really cute in kids fabric for your children. 

I am going to make a couple more of these and use a plastic/waterproof type fabric as the lining, which would be perfect to use as a travel bag! Something I will be needing very soon. 

Also, if you just want it as a pouch they sat better with a thicker wadding added to the lining. As seen on the Dinosaur and Lillie bag below.

You can download the free T-Rex embroidery design to make this version.

You can download the free Lovely Lillie's embroidery design to make this version.

I didn't make the box edges as big with this version because of the embroidery design so it didn't turn out as high as the others. 

xx Erin xx

Floral Lekala Dress

So I've been a little obsessed with this style of dress lately. After seeing tons of versions I decided to make it using the Lekala 4209 Pattern. For me the Lekala patterns were perfect because the original size was quite close to my original sizing requirements. After only one tester I was right to go. 

On her actual website I think you can put your own dimensions in and she will send you a pattern per your size.

As per normal I made a few versions.

Lekala Pattern

So this is the pattern I ended up using. I took in the neck so it didn't bulk out in the picture as shown below. There were a few more patterns I found that were similar including the By Hand London Kim Dress

 Cute Dresses

I was looking some dresses I can wear to my upcoming USA holiday in July. This dress from Hello Molly was one of my favourites. I loved how the left side of the dress was longer. Combined that with the Asos dress it was perfect!

My Version

All I did was alter the skirt front side and the two back parts so it was longer on the left and the normal size on the right. Also the two skirt parts were supposed to join so I just extended the one underneath and left them both open. Also, like always I changed the cap sleeve to a full sleeve to fit my shoulders.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

BurdaStyle Princess Seam Seath Dress

This is one of those awesome plus size patterns I was telling you about (BurdaStyle Princess Seam Sheath Dress) that I accidentally bought because the model does not in any way look plus size and I wasn't paying close enough attention when I selected it. The material they made the dress in is like 'yeah this dress is okaayy..." but then when you make it you're totally in love! 

It's also funny because no one has posted a picture of this dress made on BurdaStyle yet but after making it it's now one of my favourite dresses. After seeing my blue version my sister also went out and bought the exact fabric so she could have one too. She originally borrowed it for a week or two and I wasn't sure if I was ever going to get it back lol!

This version has no pockets.

This version has the pockets.

So if you're not a plus size there is a small amount of work modifying the pattern but I just cut out a test version and I was good to go! 

The only change I made was to the sleeves. I originally made it with the sleeves from the pattern but after wearing it out a few times I unpicked them and decide to change them because they were a little bit too tight. I naturually have wide shoulders so I don't think this would be a problem for everyone. 

The pattern itself was pretty easy to construct. You have to be a bit careful where you join the front and skirt part together as this part is a bit tricky when you turn the corner but just don't cut your fabric until you know you have it right. Also, if you get it wrong you can just resew the pleat in the skirt and make it look neat!

Here is the BurdaStyle original version. I definitely recommend this dress to anyone who thinks they can take on the resizing etc. It's totally worth the effort!