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Strawberry Thief Liberty Emery dress

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I haven’t done any sewing for a few weeks now, what with being in London for work and all, but I did make this beautiful (if I do say so myself) dress before I went. I don’t really know what to say about this dress, except that it’s another Emery pattern, in a Liberty Strawberry Thief print. I really love my Liberty print!

Despite making quite a few of these dresses now, this Emery still turned out differently, even though I followed the same instructions. I’m not sure whether I was a little bit tighter with the seam allowances but this one was bigger in the waist and bodice than any of my previous attempts. Hmmmm.

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I’m also a massive fan of the length of the Emery dress, but the last one was just a little bit too long. So I shortened this one quite a bit and now the length is perfect for me.

I loved working with the Strawberry Thief fabric and I loved that it had quite a straight print as it made me really take notice of how I cut it and of making each part match up. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

The only thing that’s slightly annoying me is that I made a facing for the neckline. Although I love facings generally, this one seems a bit bulky in the front and needs pressing down. My initial plan for this dress was to make matching bias binding for the neckline and arms, but I cut out the facing before remembering my plan and didn’t really want the beautiful fabric to go to waste. I think, in the future, I may take it out and try the bias binding option.

Like the other Liberty fabric, this one too is very thin but I’m sure I’ll get a lot of wear out of this dress. Plus, it’s Strawberry Thief! Who doesn’t like birds picking fruit from a tree on their clothes?

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A dress that Pinterest inspired



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If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember I posted about a quirky rabbit print fabric a while ago that I didn’t know what to do with.

The pin that started it all

The pin that started it all

After scouring my DIYs and Crafts Pinterest board, I remembered a tutorial I’d pinned ages ago for a V neck dress. The tutorial was for a maxi dress, but I don’t wear maxi dresses that often, so I shortened it quite easily. The whole tutorial was pretty self-explanatory and called for four rectangular pieces of fabric according to your measurements. Sounds easy, right?

I did have to make some adjustments, mainly to the arms and top, as otherwise the dress would have swamped me (it still needs a belt to give it some shape otherwise it kind of looks like a tent). I brought the arms in a bit, so the dress would have less of a cap sleeve look and brought the top in quite a bit too, but all in all, I really love this dress. It’s so versatile and has a nice drape thanks to the viscose fabric. I also love the V neck shape. And best of all, I can slip it over my head so no need for a pesky zip. Yay!

Anyone else use Pinterest tutorials for ideas? I’d love some more inspiration!

Also, sidenote: the belt was given to me by my Dad who wore it as a 13 year old!!

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Roses are… purple

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This Emery kind of reminds me of a 50s dress. I know that’s the look the Emery is going for anyway, but the fabric is very 50s inspired and seems to suit the pattern well. I initially picked it up as I loved the purple roses on a white background and thought it would make a great summery dress. There are also touches of green around the roses too, which I love.

The great thing about this fabric is that it is great for hiding a few errors. I need to redo the neckline at some point and hem it (I hate hemming!), but I may keep this version longer than the other Emeries I’ve made. What do you think?

I didn’t really love working with this fabric but I think that is because I used Liberty tana lawn for the previous Emery I made and that’s a dream to work with.

This one will probably stay in my ‘to finish’ pile for a little while while I work my way through the other sewing projects I have to do and I’ll hem it on a rainy afternoon sometime.
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The hunt for the perfect peplum top

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I’m sure you know by now how much I love Pinterest. I use it for general crafting inspiration or for looking up a pattern that I’m thinking of making before I take the plunge.

Lately I’ve been searching for the perfect peplum top pattern: one that isn’t too tight or structured but is a looser, more relaxed fit. Although I really wanted to like Republique du Chiffon’s Marthe top, the fit just wasn’t great at all on me and it was far, far looser than I thought it would be. So I went back to the drawing board and consulted Pinterest.

I’ve found some amazing peplum tops on Pinterest, the best of which I’ve included below. More can be found on my Pinterest board here.

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Image via Pinterest. Click for link

Image via Pinterest. Click for link

Image via Pinterest. Click for link

Image via Pinterest. Click for link

Image via Pinterest. Click for link

Image via Pinterest. Click for link

Image via Pinterest. Click for link

Pinterest is also how I found out about Cotton and Curls. There are loads of great DIYs on the website, including this one, which I loosely followedThe instructions say to copy a loose, boxy top you already have, so I kind of made it my own with a shop-bought peplum top I love and a bit of self-drafting thrown in.

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I have self-drafted before and it is tricky to get something right (it’s far easier to follow a pattern). But there’s also a great sense of achievement when something you draft goes according to plan. This first attempt worked out well, although I did way underestimate the measurements of my top and had to add in extra fabric at the sides. This is covered by the busy print though so it doesn’t really matter. The only real problem I had with this attempt is that it is quite short, but I blame that on not having enough fabric to make a longer peplum. It’s still wearable with a high waisted skirt or jeans though and I even made a cute patch pocket to compensate.

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The brilliant thing about making a top is that you can use leftover fabric scraps to make it. I had plenty of this Ebay find left to make a top and could afford to make a longer peplum this time. For this one I wanted to make the sleeves shorter, lengthen the bodice and make it a little smaller. I quite like how it came out and the material is a lot lighter than the previous peplum top, although in hindsight I think perhaps I should have lined it. The fabric is the same as I used in my green gables dress, but I’ve realised that I don’t very much like the feel of it, so it may not be worn as much as I’d planned anyway.

I have plans to adapt this pattern to make a few different peplum tops next, including a long-sleeved peplum top from fabric I bought in London, a more fitted top and a sleeveless version. Any peplum tops in your sewing plans?


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Wednesday wishlist: Summer prints from Seasalt

It’s been a while since I did one of these, hasn’t it? Not to worry though. This week I’ve been on a hunt for summer clothes and I found myself on the Seasalt website, thanks to longtime fave dressmaker Isabel Knowles. Seasalt is a brand local to Cornwall and was started in Penzance, where there’s still a shop, in 1981. Many of the Seasalt garments are certified organic by the Soil Association and there is even a range of locally made products too. I love discovering brands that really care about the ethos of their company and I’m sure that I’ll be buying a lot from Seasalt in the future.

Trenython jumper, £55, Seasalt

Trenython jumper, £55, Seasalt

Starting with the Trenython jumper, at £55 this one is a little pricey for any old top but has the cutest little boat print on it. Who doesn’t love boats on their clothes? Not me, that’s for sure. This one is perfect for covering up after a day at the beach or for those chillier evening walks. Channelling the Cornish coast, this top will be making its way to my basket shortly.

Rosina dress, £65, Seasalt

Rosina dress, £65, Seasalt

Stripes ahoy for my next pick, the Rosina dress. I’m reminded a little of Cath Kidston, in both colour and style, with this dress and I love the strong print too. Plus, stripes are my staple pattern of choice at the moment. I can imagine wearing this dress to all those summer parties I’ll be invited to (yeah right!).

Lookout crops, £55, Seasalt

Lookout crops, £55, Seasalt

Lastly, these Lookout crops come in two colours, but this vibrant floral print is the best by far. Team with a white tee for the ultimate outfit to relax by the beach in. Add in a pair of white converse, and the trousers will give a pop of colour to any outfit.

Have you ever bought anything from Seasalt before? Are you a fan of their ethos? I’ll definitely be buying from the brand soon.


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Wednesday wishlist: Crazy for Cath

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Cath Kidston SS15 press event just before Christmas and, of course, I happily went along. For a long time Cath Kidston has been a brand that I’ve loved and I have many a staple piece from past collections that I love. So it seems fitting that this week’s Wednesday wishlist celebrates my love for the brand.

This cloud print is everywhere lately and seems to be the signature style for Cath Kidston this season. When I went to the press event there was even a cloud print bike outside, welcoming us all inside. The shape on this dress is really flattering and would make anybody wearing it break into a smile I think. It’s not really a dress for wearing when feeling under the weather (no pun intended, honestly), is it? Although, what better excuse is there to buy it to cheer ourselves up during these gloomy, waiting-for-spring days?

Clouds cotton dress, £60, Cath Kidston

Clouds cotton dress, £60, Cath Kidston

I love everything about this next dress. The floral pattern, the red trim, the ric rac and the cute sleeves. Again, it seems that ric rac is a big part of the spring/summer collection and I can see why. It rings back to beautiful childhood dresses and adds a special something to outfits. I also adore the colours and can see myself wearing this constantly in the summer, with a pair of white socks and brogues.

Paradise bunch button front dress, £90, Cath Kidston

Paradise bunch button front dress, £90, Cath Kidston

Look at this beauty of a skirt! Isn’t it lovely? I remember seeing this at the event and making a mental note to purchase it when it came out. Again, this skirt keeps up with the ric rac theme and is basically made up of the colourful trim. At £85, it’s a little bit pricier than other skirts on the website, but as is the case with Cath Kidston clothes, I’m sure it’s long lasting and it’ll go with most things in your wardrobe, as there are just so many colours there! So price aside, it’s guaranteed to be a good buy.

Ric rac hem cotton skirt, £85, Cath Kidston

Ric rac hem cotton skirt, £85, Cath Kidston

All images courtesy of Cath Kidston. To be taken to all Wednesday wishlist posts, click here.


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Wednesday wishlist: The best of Boden

Happy Wednesday! In celebration of this brand new year and the first Wednesday wishlist of 2015, I thought I’d focus on some of the pretty dresses currently on the Boden website. I’ve always heard good things about Boden and their amazing clothes. I’m an avid reader of Rosie’s blog and she always seems to be wearing something pretty from Boden. I’ve also heard good things about their Johnnie B girls range and, in particular, their shoes. Did you know that Johnnie B shoes go up to a size 42? That’s equivalent to an adult size 8!

First up is this apple print dress in a bright blue for spring. I really love the classic shape of the Beatrice dress as it’s versatile and can be dressed up and down, as well as layered for all those rainy days we’re sure to have. Plus, it also comes in orange too! The apple print always seems like quite a retro print (do apples on clothing remind anyone else of 50s aprons?) and in this colour combination it’s definitely something that can be worn time and time again.

Beatrice dress in bright cyan apples, £89, Boden

Beatrice dress in bright cyan apples, £89, Boden

Another vintage looking design that Boden have brought out this season is the spring dress in a plate design. I love this dress simply because it has floral plates all over it and who doesn’t love floral plates? I imagine that you could (if you wanted) wear this while hosting a tea party in the summer, or just for fun, you know. The dress also comes in two far less interesting floral designs and in a grey colour too, so there are plenty of options to choose from. Alternatively you could buy them all!

Printed spring dress in blue plates, £89, Boden

Printed spring dress in blue plates, £69, Boden

Finally, the dress that first made me swoon this season is the Kiera dress. I like the summery yellow colour and the bird design, but I’m in love with the shape of this dress. The almost tulip-like skirt and the high neckline are real winners and I definitely want to buy this one! This dress also comes in white, lavender or a geometric print, but at £139 it’s a little bit pricier than the above two.

Kiera dress in sulphur botanical, £139, Boden

Kiera dress in sulphur botanical, £139, Boden

I hope you like my Wednesday wishlist choices for this week. Previous wishlists can be found here. I certainly know what I’ll be spending my money on this month. All images courtesy of Boden.