Another Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress. This version is in scuba, with a ribbed jersey neckline and added cuffs. My usual 2.5 x 2.5 zig zag stitch to top stitch. I constructed the dress on my overlocker. The neck and cuffs are also overlocked then the selvages are top stitched in place. Super quick to make 😺✂️✂️
This is a relatively recent pattern from The Makers Atelier, it uses elastic in channels to form deep gathers that create asymmetric draping. I bought the elastic from the web site with the pattern as it needs a soft elastic that won’t fold easily. The fabric is cupro bought on-line from Rainbow Fabrics, an amazing bargain at £5 a metre 😺
The neck facing is sewn down on one side to form the elastic channel, and separate pieces are neatened and then sewn to the back and side of the dress. The sleeves simply turn up and are stitched over the elastic after it is joined at the correct size to fit comfortably over the arm.
I used two rows of stitching to attach the casings to the back and sides to hold the fabric flat, and to prevent the fabric pulling as it gathered. The neck and sleeves have a single row.
I turned up the hem approx 1.5cm as I wanted the dress to fall at my calf, I’m 5’4” so this was the length of the dress without any alterations.
Francis Tobin has posted some ideas for developing the pattern by using ribbon to make the gathers which are on the Makers Atelier site. I’m sure I will make another version of this pattern as it’s an easy make that creates a really unusual garment 😺✂️✂️
We’re going to a wedding on Valentines Day, so the second part of my me made outfit is this clutch bag.
These are super easy to make. The minaudière clutch frame is from U-Handbag, a fab on-line shop with everything you need to make a huge range of bags. This frame is the ‘Streamline Grande Minaudière Clutch Frame’. There are two colours of metal frame and they cost £10.75. There are lots of hints, tips and videos on the site to help you make your chosen bag too.
Fabric is glued to the interior and exterior of the clutch case. Clips really help to hold the edges as these need to be glued firmly in place to enable them to fit into the grooves of the frame. The outer fabric is a silver PU bought from Ditto Fabrics. It’s stretchy and quite thick so getting the folded corners into the clutch frame took ages!!
This is the second clutch I have made, the first is smaller and I also bought a faux leather strap so I could wear it over my shoulder. The straps attach easily to metal loops on the frame that fold into the bag when not used
Almost finished the dress – you can see the fabric in the larger clutch. Dress post to follow 😺✂️✂️
This looked so simple, I thought it would be a breeze to make! As Alice bands usually form a vice like grip around my head, I was sucked in by the one in this kit being so comfortable.
The net is called crin, and that must be an acronym for ‘this stuff frays’! Luckily I had some clips and Guttermann fabric glue which I used to re-in force the threads at the base of each folded section. The Pom poms are folded pieces of pipe cleaner 😺 The surgical forceps were super useful to fold and clamp them in place!
I also used a small piece of fabric around the head band and glued everything in place just in case. Luckily the feathers were already prepared and tied so they were easy to get right as they really make it look super cute ✂️✂️
I originally bought this fabric from Guthrie and Ghani to make a second Big Easy top, but it was far stretchier than I had anticipated so I chose this pattern as my plan B. And it has made a lovely warm and easy to wear top 🐝
Ben was right, so cosy! 😺 Style Arc describe this as ‘a cosy big roll neck sweater type top with extended shoulders, pockets and bands’.
I omitted the pockets as this fabric is quite thick. As I will wear it with jeans and trousers I won’t miss the pockets. The sleeves and body are finished with bands that are folded in half lengthways. The overlocked edges were then topstitched in place.
Another change was to halve the depth of the cowl neck as I felt it would be too bulky. I overlocked the raw edge and folded the neck in half and then used blanket stitch to hand sew the neck in place.
I finished all the seams with a four thread overlock, and added top stitching above the sleeve seam to hold the selvage to the main body to prevent it affecting the drape of the sleeve top.
I pinned this fabric within a millimetre of it’s life, and am super chuffed that all the seams have lined up perfectly! 😺✂️✂️
The Grainline Studio Lark Tee really is my TNT pattern. This version is the scoop neck with three quarter sleeves, in a four way stretch grey jersey from John Lewis. This cuts easily from a metre if the fabric is 56-60” wide.
As the fabric was so stretchy I did the seams on my machine with my usual 1.5 x 2.5 zig zag using my walking foot and then finished the edges with a three thread overlock. I top stitched and hemmed with a wide multi stitch zig zag rather than using a double needle.
A super quick make and so many variations in the pattern to choose from 😺✂️✂️
This is the first version and I liked it so much, I made a second version within a few days.
Style Arc describe this as a ‘cowl neck top with long sleeves and a fashionable hemline’
Both fabrics are soft cotton mix jerseys, the blue was from Stoff and Stil, the grey patterned one from Fabric Magic in Trowbridge 😺 The sleeves are quite long, and I left the length as it worked with the drape in the body. The back hem is curved and this lies really nicely when worn. Both versions were made in my usual size 12.
The pattern has dropped shoulders which really add to the drape and stop the fabric pulling across the bust
The cowl is held in place at the shoulder seam, I added tape when stitching to prevent stretching. The back of the neck is bound, there is a very useful tutorial on the Style Arc site if you get stuck
I’ve worn these a couple of times already and they are a lovely quick make. ✂️✂️😺