Archive | October, 2013

Yellow Swallows Dress

27 Oct

This dress has been in the making for probably about a year. I bought 3 metres of fabric but then used some of it to make something else. I cut the skirt out and 1 piece of the bodice but didn’t have enough left to cut out the back. Then the fabric was out of stock so it sat     and sat      and sat.

I finally found somebody selling it on eBay by the fat quarter for the same price I paid for the metre. I called up the original stockist several times to see if it was coming in because it made me slightly sick to pay that. It was only £3.50 but the principle you know?!

Anyway, here’s the dress


I used McCalls 6503. I originally put the ruffle in the collar but since this is cotton it was just too bulky and bugged the heck out of me rubbing itself all up my neck. No, that had to come out.

The dress then had quite a few changes made. I didn’t really fit it as I was going because I just wanted to get it done which was not a good idea! I ended up taking the zip out, bringing in the side seams, putting the zip back in and taking in the shoulders. Doesn’t sound like much but I did each of these things several times!

As for how happy I am with the dress, I’d say maybe like 5 or 6 out of 10. The collar never lays down properly. I’ve pressed the shit out of that thing but it’s always getting in my face. The other problem is it’s not decent enough to wear, well, pretty much anywhere. Way too much boobage going on so I have to wear a vest top underneath.


(This is me staring at the amount of flesh I have on show!)

I’m also aware that I have yellow skin which the dress blends into so I kind of look like a big pile of vomit. Exactly what I was hoping for.  I do still wear it; I usually add a blue cardigan to try and eliminate as much vomityness as possible.

In an even better turn of events I wore this after I’d been swimming with sea-lions.


Yes that was the best experience I have ever had, ever. And I literally got married this year.


A bunch of fails

24 Oct

So here we are. This time was always going to come. I mean technically I don’t need to post things I’m not happy with. No-one’s holding a gun to my head and forcing me to embarrass myself but I just thinking it’s important to blog about stuff I’m not happy with for a bit of balance.

Here’s the first:


I made the skirt. I don’t usually wear skirts but I was told an A-line skirt should suit my shape…. turns out that advice was crappy.

My reasons for being unhappy with this skirt are not the make itself, it actually turned out ok. I mean look at these kick pleats


First ones I’ve ever done and I’m pretty happy with them. I’m just really self-conscious when I wear the skirt so I guess I’m more annoyed that I can’t wear something that I actually really like because it doesn’t suit me.

Next one:


I’m really pissed that this dress failed because the fabric was expensive (for me- £6 p/m!) It’s a lovely lightweight lawn and looks gorgeous but the dress…

I don’t know what the fuck happened to that hem – the idea was to have the lace peeking out from the bottom of the fabric but apparently that only happens in certain places. How is this not straight?! It’s also really short, way too short for me and creates a sort of bubble effect around my bum which looks terrible.


The bodice isn’t great either. It’s all just meh.


This is the last in this post. I’m pissed about this one too. The fabric is SO HEAVY. This looks like a summer dress right?

WRONG! This is way too heavy and therefore sweaty to wear in the summer.  I did my first invisible zip on this dress and it’s pretty perfect. But can I show it off? No. It’s not just the weight of the dress but also the hem. I hate linings riding up throughout the day so thought it’d be a brilliant idea to sew the lining and main fabric skirt together. Only the main skirt is more gathered than the lining and therefore can’t be hemmed together so what am I to do? Here’ I’ve left it unhemmed. I’m just not even touching this for a while, it’s caused me too much agony. (The lining was also a bastard to work with)

What am I going to do with these fails? I don’t know. I think I’ll leave the skirt as is- the fabric’s too heavy and in too small pieces to do anything with anyway and I might feel confident enough to wear it one day. The other two? I’ll pack them away for a bit, revisit them later and think about them then.

Astoria in Aubergine

20 Oct

Today is very special- Makesphere’s first completely homemade outfit!


The cardigan is my Agatha which I can tell you is ridiculously warm. I’ve worn it a few times but ended up with it on/off/on/off all day as it’s just soooo hot. I hope it’ll be good for the upcoming months though when this British weather decides which season we’re in.

Anyway, I could go on about Agatha all day but you’ve already heard about that- so here is my next make; my Astoria dress. (The fabric was called Astoria, I’m not just making stuff up these days)


This is the Daisy Dress pattern by Eliza M. I really have very little to say about it- I’ve made the dress as is and with alterations about a billion times now as it’s just so quick and easy. It only has 4 pieces (5 if you use the facing or screw it up like me) and the trickiest thing about it is inserting the zip. Which, I might add, I’m getting pretty good at now! I used to dread putting zips in because somehow I managed to misalign the pieces during zip insertion but now I’ve been doing handpicked zips and it’s so much easier. They look much better too


The fabric is a normal cotton which I love using with circle skirts as they just have so much oomph and really stand away from my hips.


The only thing I’m a little disappointed with is the matching of pieces- I didn’t plan my cutting very well. I usually only do a 3/4 circle skirt but didn’t leave myself enough room on the fabric to do it in one go so I had to cut 1/2 and then 1/4 and sew them together. The issue I then have is there’s a seam down the back which lines up with the zip, no problem, but then there’s a seam elsewhere which doesn’t line up with anything and it’s just kind of sad 😦

I don’t think people in real life have time to notice these things though because nobody has come up to me and said ‘did you know your seams don’t match, loser’ so I can only assume they haven’t noticed.

I think as a sewist I always try to get things as close to perfect as possible incase I get ‘caught out’. If somebody asks me if I made what I’m wearing that immediately rings alarm bells because I’m thinking there must be some kind of giveaway, something that doesn’t look right but I don’t think non-sewists usually spend a lot of time looking at the darts on their clothes and measuring them so why would they on mine? Although that would also be weird if somebody randomly whacked out a tape measure and started measuring my bust darts.

Drapey Crepey

12 Oct

It’s the same old, same old. Plenty of makes, no pictures! I forced myself today to photograph everything I’ve made recently so I can blog regularly. It’s always playing on my mind that I must blog but I just hating taking photos of myself! It took me over 2 hours to photograph everything so be prepared for plenty of posts!

First up is this red number.


I made it for my hen do so we’re talking way behind on the blogging! (June FYI) Because it was for my hen do I splashed out on the fabric – a whole £7 a metre! It’s seriously lovely though;  crepe-backed silk/silk-backed crepe. This has started a whole new love affair with crepe for me and I’m looking to make everything from crepe! I love the way it drapes, it’s got fullness to it without being too heavy and the silk lining with literally zero effort is a definite win for me!

Oh wait, you still think it’s a boring dress….


Oh yeah! That’s a bow at the back, a great, big, massive bow.


The dress was self-drafted but pretty simple. Just a darted bodice and a pleated skirt.  The bow was just a rectangle I squidged together in the middle and tacked down on the dress. The fabric’s quite stretchy so there’s no zip, it just pulls on which was fantastic for coming home after a hen do… 😉

I found those AWESOME shoes

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and knew I had to make a dress that would go with them. Would you believe me if I told you they were a fiver?!

chinelo bally

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