Saturday, 28 February 2015

Jasmine's Birthday Dress

It was my sister's 14th birthday yesterday and, for her present, I decided to make her the skater-style dress from the Great British Sewing Bee book, which featured in Mollie Makes Sewing magazine.
The problem with Jasmine is that she is very particular about what she likes and dislikes in terms of clothes, which ended up with me ringing her in the middle of 1st For Fabrics so I could describe different fabrics to her and see what she would like best. She chose a gothic skull and rose print fabric, which I think works well for the style of dress.

The pattern was a download from the Mollie Makes website and did take a while to stick together, however I quite like PDF style patterns as they are sturdier than the tissue paper patterns.The only issue I had with it was that there was no size guide so I had to guess which size to make. I made a size ten, as I'd rather it was too big than too small, but it fits her perfectly! I'd probably lose points with Patrick and May, if I was on the Sewing Bee, as I didn't match the pattern because it would have been really difficult. 
I bought myself an invisible zip foot, which I trialed on this dress, and it isn't quite 'invisible' but it isn't bad for a first attempt. I will hopefully be back with another dressmaking post soon, I have a few items I've made which haven't featured here yet, and I am building a list of things to make.

Until next time, 

Holly Olivia x

Friday, 20 February 2015

Love At First Stitch- Delphine Skirt

A couple of weeks ago now, I made the Delphine Skirt' from Tilly Walnes' book 'Love at First Stitch', which I reviewed here. However, with photography and textiles work I haven't been able to write about it until now.
Whilst making this skirt, I realized a slight issue I have with the book, which I forgot about when I wrote about making the Mimi Blouse.
The pattern sizes confuse me.
The book includes size guides for the finished garment and size guides based on your body measurements. I have a larger waist, compared to the rest of me and a no-hip combo going on, so skirts and shorts etc, are often difficult for me to gauge size wise. My waist measurement fell between the smallest and the second smallest size, but lay perfectly on the finished garment measurements for the smallest size. I decided to make the bigger size, as I thought it would be easier to take the skirt in than muddle about making it bigger. It turned out that I should have made the smaller size as it fell down once finished. Luckily, the skirt was simple to make (for my skill level), so didn't take long to fix, and I am so happy with the result!

My sister did originally take pictures for this when we went for our walk the other day, but I looked like an Orc on all of them, so I had to retake them, in front of my wardrobe. I used a yellow/biscuit coloured wool fabric from 1st For Fabrics. (My favourite shop ever). It was £16 a metre, due to it being made of wool, but the pattern only required a metre of fabric, so it didn't end up overly expensive. It is very similar to the one in the book, but I loved the colour of the one Tilly made so much, and I couldn't afford lots of the other wool fabrics which I liked. 

There is a slight pucker in the waistband, where I caught the fabric as I was top-stitching it. I unpicked most of the error but didn't fancy my chances unpicking the last tiny bit without catching the fabric and ripping it. I also didn't use an invisible zip, as the pattern said, as I could not find one in the same colour, but I am quite good at putting in zips, so I decided to use a normal zip. Considering the fact that I've never used a zip foot to put a zip in a garment, I'd say I'm quite a zip-pro. 

Here is one of the photos from the other day where I didn't look like an Orc. 

I am currently making a secret garment (I can't say what incase she looks on here) for my sister's birthday present next friday. If she is up for it, I will share photos on here, as I've been making her try it onto see how the fit is as I go (whilst she has her eyes closed), and it looks so nice on her! 

Until next time, 

Holly Olivia x
Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Day out to the Rat Inn and Corbridge

 Sorry that I haven't posted here in a while, but I did manage to get all my photography coursework finished in time for my deadline, so hopefully I'll have more free time to write blog posts now. (Not very likely, thanks for that A levels) We meant to take my grandparents for a day out a while ago, but have only just got round to doing so, we went for lunch at the Rat Inn near Hexham, which was really nice! For me, there was the option of having any of their sandwiches made on gluten-free bread, or a variety of things from the main course menu. I opted for the lamb with potato, veg and mint gravy, and it was really delicious. I always love going out for 'pub grub', it has been more difficult recently as a lot of gravies and sausages contain gluten, but the staff made sure my meal was 100% gluten free, so I'd definitely recommend it to anyone else on a gluten free diet.

After lunch, we went for a walk in the woods, only to then turn back as my grandma forgot her walking boots and wasn't walking comfortably in her normal shoes. We then headed to the nearby town of Corbridge for a walk along the river and a look in the shops. We went to Corbridge a couple of years ago, and it's such a lovely place to visit on a day trip.

Until next time, 

Holly Olivia x

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Photographing St Mary's lighthouse

The deadline for my photography coursework is drawing ever nearer (13th February!) so I've been pretty occupied with photographing, editing and putting my workbook together. The brief is surrealism, so we have looked at a few different techniques to inspire our final pieces. One of these was 'colour filters' which I did yesterday. I decided to go along to St Mary's lighthouse to take photos for it, however it was so bitterly cold that we had to turn back and go along in the car later. When the weather gets warmer, I hope to go back and photograph it using film. As it was so cold, the automatic focusing on my camera was being a bit of a pest, meaning I had to focus manually. If you have never tried to focus manually whilst being blown over by the wind AND wearing mittens, then you won't know how difficult it is. Consequently a lot of my photos were slightly out of focus, but I feel I got some good ones.

And here are some of my favourite colour filter ones...

Overall, I much prefer the photos without the filters, because of the colours of the rocks and seaweed, but I think some of them also work well with colour filters. I especially like how the clouds look in different colours. 
I got my film back from the developers, so will be sharing that in the coming weeks, as well as my finished 'Delphine' skirt from the book 'Love at First Stitch', which I talked more about here.

Until next time, 

Holly Olivia x