so i made a dress

20 Apr

vogue-sewing-pattern-v8900 Talk about throwing myself in at the deep end with sewing!  I loved the cutout sides and cutaway shoulders of this Vogue pattern so decided to give it a go as my first dress made from scratch.  Why not ey?  The sporty/girly style seemed very ‘me’.  Apart from adding the fiddly bias facings around the cutouts, the rest was fairly straightforward.  With about 50 million pins I managed to keep the curved princess seams and edges neat, and I’m pretty proud of the end product! white-cotton-cutout-dress Yep, those cutouts were a bit of a bugger to sew.  Worth it though! brunette-model-with-hand-on-hip Pattern is Vogue V8900, with a shorter hemline.

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brunette-model-wearing-white-dress What to make next?  Structured shapes with fitted details always catch my eye but I think it may be good to make something more casual next. Let me know if you have any favourite pattern recommendations.  I’ve only one day left before I’m back at school and the sun is forecast to shine, so hopefully bank holiday shall be spent in the garden mopping up revision. :)

lily kate x
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cold shoulder

17 Apr

one-shoulder-knitted-top Told you I’ve had a pretty productive couple of weeks!  Between us, my mum and I made this top from start to finish in less than 4 days, and I love how it’s turned out.  Kate Gilbert’s design is equal parts clever and simple: a winning combination, if you ask me.  Unusual, modern, designs are what I think is helping knitwear shake off its stereotypical boring and conservative image, which is definitely a step in the right direction in my book!  I’m currently having a wee bit of an obsession with cool necklines too, so this unique idea caught my eye when flicking through old Interweave magazines.  Mama kindly obliged to do most of the knitting for me. :D  To keep it from falling indecently I may have to crochet around the edge to tighten it up a little, but that’s probably because we used a weighty bamboo-based yarn.  I’m still really happy with the finished result! white-top-blue-shorts Ravelry project here.

blue-shorts-and-black-boots Unfortunately the shorts are not quite so handmade!  They’re from Miss Selfridge (where clothes never usually fit my tall frame brilliantly), and they had a quite a wide gaping back when I tried them on.  Anybody else always have this problem?  I have to buy a size 10 to fit my hips/bum, but even an 8 is sometimes too big around my waist.  Problem with having a fairly extreme hips to waist ratio I guess!  The majority of shorts/jeans/bodycon skirts don’t fit great, but I’m guessing I’m not the only one with this problem! IMG_8810

IMG_8809 Anyway, I digress.  I decided to get crafty and make the shorts fit, because who doesn’t need a pair of well-fitting-cobalt-blue-snakeskin-print shorts?  They didn’t have a waistband and were faced on the inside instead, so I thought the whole fit could be improved by taking some excess material out of the back.  Unpicking and reattaching the waist facing was a slightly fiddlier than I expected, but taking in the (already existing) darts at the back wasn’t too difficult.  I tacked and handstitched the darts into place, then cut the facing and reattached it overlapping.  That probably doesn’t make sense at all, but I’m no expert on this fabric tailoring business yet!  Knits are my comfort zone, and I’m trying to learn more and more about sewing and tailoring.  Telling you guys what I get up to along the way, of course. :D IMG_8814

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knitted-top-sirdar-juicy Hope you’ve all had a lovely week and are set to make the most of this long weekend!  Hopefully the sun will give up on its ‘now you see me, now you don’t’ game and hang around until Monday.  I’m heading out for pizza with the girls tonight, but don’t think I’ll trust myself to wear this top anywhere tomato sauce is concerned. :)

lily kate x
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the home stretch

16 Apr

before-eating-at-the-italian-orchard The countdown app on my iPod tells me that there are only 68 days until I leave school for good, and it seems strange to know that this is the last half term that I’ll be wearing a shirt and tie uniform every day.  How very liberating to know!  I’ve also been thinking about how much I’m gonna miss everyone, so it’s a double-edged sword really.  I want to make the most of last few weeks with daily access to friends that are going to different colleges, though I’m sure we’ll all still get together pretty often and still have fun anyway!  Helen and I haven’t seen each other every day since primary school (where we used to be arch enemies!), but still make an effort to see each other and have nights out here and there.

I’m really lucky to have a friendship group that get along really well most of the time, but I’m sure I’m not the only one hoping that the year group as a whole can get along together in these last few months.  Not gonna lie, I’ve had my differences with some people, particularly over the last couple of years.  We’ve all got it in us to piss people off I suppose!  Time for that has passed now though; it’d be great to leave school on a really good note and be able to laugh about memories we’ve (likely embarrassingly) made over 5 years.  I’m really looking forward to meeting new people in September, with no preconceptions about their personality so no judgements made.  Also, I think it’ll be nice to get to know people that I’ve been to school with but haven’t known particularly well.   Expanding my circle in general is what I’m looking forward to, and definitely still hanging on to the great circle of friends I currently have and love to bits!

Lots has changed in my life over the last 12 months, so it’ll be interesting to see where we’re all at 12 months from now.  I’d say I’d make predictions but I fully expect to be somewhere unexpected, if you know what I mean!  Who knows what we’ll all be doing 12 months from now.  I’m sure it’ll be interesting to use this blog to document snippets of my life to look back on, and see how much I change (or don’t change!) over the next year.  Anybody else excited to see what your future self will think of your present self?

lily kate x
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sometimes just takes a change of scenery

13 Apr

revising-for-gcse-history-germany Oh Starbucks, how I love thee!  Since my 23(!) GCSE exams are creeping up a little quicker than I’d like, this Easter holiday I’ve been trying to find as many ways as possible to absorb information.  Sometimes all it takes is a change of scenery, and immediately the monotony is broken up a little, even if only by taking a few textbooks to Starbucks.  Or so I’ve found, anyway.  Associating an environmental stimulus to a piece of information makes it easier to retrieve from the long-term memory, don’t you know. ;) revising-for-history-gcse With so much on my plate I’ve been trying to vary my revision as much as possible, and I’ve found that discussing and explaining my revision actually helps to cement it. It’s conversations that tend to be most memorable for me (often the most unnecessary bizarre ones) so fingers crossed this method will work again!  I wouldn’t exactly call myself a procrastinator – ‘extreme faffing’ is more my style – so finding the balance between  Sharpie colour co-ordinating everything and writing scribbled notes is where I’m struggling a little at the minute.  Which style of revising works for you?  How do you limit the ‘faffing time’?  If there was a qualification to be had in ‘faffing’ I’d be guaranteed an A*!

Blogging feels like a great diversion from revision at the moment (…she says…writing a post about revision…) and I’m fairly sure there are plenty of us in the same boat round about now.  Crafty stuff, chatting to other bloggers, reading blogs and writing the odd post myself is fab for when I want to tune out from the textbooks.   Blogilates AprilAbs workouts every morning are a really enjoyable start to the day too; I’ll chat more about how I’ve found the calendar when I’m done. :) I’m completely confused as to what day it is but should hopefully be hanging around for #lbloggers twitter chat tonight, so see you there!

lily kate x
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