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Ahh, Pinterest! The bane of my life crafter’s best friend!

I thought it would be nice to include an occasional round-up of what I’d like to make, considering Pinterest plays a huge part in inspiring my sewing choices. So here’s the first one. There’s definitely a theme going on too by the way. This summer heatwave has got me dreaming of exposing as much skin in my makes as is morally possible.

All credit goes to the original websites. The images were found on Pinterest. Click the pics for the links!

Backless dresses

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I just love the colour of this dress and the sweet circle skirt. This one is hopefully in the planning already.

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This one is really nice too. I love the lilac colour and the bow is a little less obvious than in the first dress so is more wearable.

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A deep v-neck back will always make my heart a-flutter and I adore Republique du Chiffon‘s patterns already. This one’s definitely a winner!

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A special mention goes out to the above which isn’t a backless dress, but is very wearable during the summer. And I adore the picnic blanket feel of the dress overall.

Loose fitting garments

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I’ve grouped these together as I can imagine making an amalgamation of the three. I really like the buttons on the first one, the pockets of the second and the colour of the third, but they’re all great loose-fitting dresses.

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The floral print, the gathered skirt and the straps all make this a lovely dress. I also love the longer skirt and will be replicating this (in a floral cotton obvs) soon, complete with a midi skirt I think.

Open-back tops

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An open back blouse is the perfect casual wear in this hot weather and this one would be great made up in a lighter colour.

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I love this tiny pocket tank pattern hack, especially with its beautiful back detail. I think this would work really well in a floral print.

What do you think? Have any of these inspired you too?


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New pattern from By Hand London

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Independent sewing company By Hand London has released a new pattern. Inspired by their friend Zeena Shah, the BHL girls have created the Zeena dress, with its full skirt and pretty kimono sleeves.

Zeena comes in a short or long length and has a box pleated skirt and hidden side seam pockets. The great thing about the dress is that it’s a quick make and the girls say it is their easiest and fastest sewing pattern to date.

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So far there’s only a few examples online; one from Ooobop and another from Fiona, whose checked version is lovely. I’m excited to see more versions popping up over the next few weeks though. Especially as it can be downloaded straightaway.

The Zeena dress can be purchased and downloaded here.

Are you planning on making a Zeena dress? What do you think of it? I’d love to know!

 

All images are courtesy of By Hand London

 


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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 blue floral Emery dress

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I feel like my sewing style is very samey at the moment, but to be perfectly honest, I’m enjoying making fit and flare dresses and tops, as that is what I wear most of the time anyway. Therefore it makes sense to me to add them to my wardrobe. There are definitely more Emeries to come soon too. However, that’s not to say that there isn’t anything different in the making either. I’m currently planning a Francoise and another pair of trousers soon. And that’s after the next few dresses I have to post about.

This Emery is the wearable toile I made in preparation for my friend’s wedding and the first Emery I ever made (I’ve made three more since then). I used the same fabric as one of my peplum tops: a really lovely fabric from Ebay with a slight stretch.

I’ve mentioned my love for the Emery before, but I just find this style so easy to wear and it’s really classic. I have actually passed this version on to my Mum as she loved the fabric more than I did and loves wearing bright colours. So yep, more Emeries to come. Please stick with me for a while.


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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.


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Wednesday wishlist

For this week’s Wednesday wishlist I’m chanelling the smart casual look, since it’s starting to cool down outside and I want something comfortable to wear but don’t want to wrap up in jumpers just yet.

Who doesn’t love ASOS first of all? Their selection of beautiful dresses always get me and this one by Glamorous is the perfect frock to wear for birthday celebrations this weekend. Plus, since I recently purchased their near identical red version I know the style will suit me.

 

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Glamorous tall shift dress, £20, ASOS

Wouldn’t this dress go really well with these faded denim Vans? I’ve been craving a pair of Vans for a while now and I think that a plain pair in a neutral colour would work with a whole range of outfits. Of course, I have also been eyeing up some of the floral and Liberty print ones too.

Faded denim Vans, £46.99, Office

Faded denim Vans, £46.99, Office

And, just because, I’ve included a sweet t-shirt to wear with jeans or a skirt for the upcoming autumn weather. This one from Pull & Bear is easily wearable and is perfect for those days when you just need a little comfort. Plus it comes with extra encouragement too. What’s not to love?

T-shirt, £9.99, Pull & Bear

T-shirt, £9.99, Pull & Bear

Let me know what you think about this week’s Wednesday wishlist. I’d love to hear your comments.