Sunday, 12 January 2014

Give me the song and I'll sing it like I mean it..

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Simplicity 2444 with waist tie
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Megan Nielsen Tania culottes
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Simplicity 2444 with cap sleeves
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Simplicity 2444 with cape collar

Would you believe it? No new shoes, this week. I haven't really done a lot of sales shopping. I know that's hard to believe, but I think I was all shopped out before Christmas even began.

I had a few days at home last week, feeling pretty poorly. I was glad that the decorating was finally finished, which at least meant I could have some time in my own home, relaxing and trying to feel a little better, whilst not feeling pressured to have to do very much.

One of the things I did find time for was to get back into my sewing. In my resolutions post I challenged myself to try and do better than last year, aiming for a target of one item per month. After a rather productive few days, I am definitely feeling a lot more confident about that one.

I made the bright blue dress with the pink lining a little before New Year, so I'm not counting that one, although it made it into the top photo. Likewise, I finally finished the Megan Nielsen Tania culottes, which I started work on in October, so I'm not counting those as a make for this year.

The other three dresses were all made using Simplicity 2444, which is a pattern I love for a few reasons. Mostly because it's so so easy to put together, as well as the fact that there are so many possible variations. Different sleeves, a cape collar or a stand collar, a waist tie; all of which are really easy to make.

Although I wondered if it was a bit of a cop-out to make three from the same pattern, it's a shape and size I know fits me well, and I've already worn two of them since I made them, so that has to be a good thing.

I think the tortoise one is my favourite print, although the navy rose one has to go down as my best bargain - this one was a set of curtains I purchased a while ago for £2.50 in my local British Heart Foundation.

The cushion was a bit of an experiment. I wanted to see how an idea worked in my head before making a present for a friend - which I've made but don't want to post photos of because I know she reads the blog. I liked the way it turned out with this fabric, though and the trim which I think was a present from Vix, ages ago! It's made a nice new addition to my newly-organised furniture in the living room. More on that tomorrow.

I'm pleased to have finally found my enthusiasm (and some time) for sewing again.


  1. Love the dresses you made, i'm a sewing adict too but without much time, i think making pretty dresses is much fun and relaxing too! My fave of yours is the last one, can't wait for an outfit post! xx Tani

  2. It's so good to have a creative outer that you can immerse yourself in. And you get new clothes at the end of it - result!
    These dresses all look different despite being the same pattern, I think the navy rose one is my favourite.

  3. Wow I love the tortoise one and I think the cape collar is my favourite variation. Can't wait to see what else you make xxx

  4. Beautiful!!! You are clever! X

  5. Ah char I'm so impressed! They all look amazing!

  6. Everything that you have made is so nice, I wish I had the patience to attempt dress making. The pattern you are making is perfect, I would make a dress in every single fabric with that pattern! x

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

  7. I know I've said it before but these dresses really are amazing!
    I don't blame you for sticking to the same's the perfect shape of dress! Nothing wrong with sticking to what you know especially when you can make so many diff variations and colours. Where did you get the pattern from? Xx

  8. you have been busy!! Love that cushion x

  9. These dresses are beautiful, I really wish I knew how to sew!

    Maria xxx

  10. They're all fabulous and great fabrics too. Nothing wrong with sticking to the same-ish thing.