Vogue Culottes part I

So I went and made myself some culottes!! A style that I haven’t  rocked since ..…well never!! But they seem to be everywhere at the moment and so I felt that now was a good a time as any to venture in to unknown fashion territory, and I think that they turned out alright !! These are my working muslin pair, I’ll post my second pair in the next post. vogue 9075 The pattern is Vogue 9075, which I first glimpsed on Ada Spragg‘s insta feed (I think) and boy does that girl have style, so I though I might steal a little of it!!

I bought the pattern from Sew Direct, I don’t know if you know but they have a great membership deal where for £7.50 per quarter you get 50% off Vogue, Mccalls, Butterick and Kwik Sew patterns. You also get a monthly magazine with the latest pattern releases and usually some good sewing advice articles, you also get two free patterns when you join , which if they are Vogue tot up to the same price as the membership……..win win in my book!!

Ok, back to the pattern, it has two variations, dress or culottes with a fitted bodice and the option of short sleeves or sleeveless. As you can see I went for the sleeves, as I thought they would balance out the culottes. They are are made in a navy cotton poplin, which I thought had enough crispness to do the style justice. This pattern also had the petite adjustments that Vogue do with some of their patterns and I was eager to try this out as it’s the one adjustment I usually have to make to patterns. Theirs consisted of shorting the bodice in the waist area, this did not work for me, (my normal adjustment is to shorten the length between the bust and shoulder), it left me with the problem of the shoulder sitting up too high, leaving the neckline gaping a little, and then shortening the bodice made the culottes ride high in the crotch area, it’s not uncomfortable but let’s just say the seam could be lowered just a tad!! Oh well this is what muslins are for right!!!!Vogue 9075

I found the instructions confusing relating to the pleats, supposedly the pleats are to be tacked down only temporarily, but I just went ahead, sewed them down and kept them this way, I wanted some shape to the hips and not just lots of fabric, and I’m happy that I did. Just liven up the whole navy thing I added a hot pink exposed zip!! ….as you do

vogue 9075     vogue 9075   On the whole this is a very wearable muslim, the outfit hasn’t has an outing yet but it feels smart and fun so I don think it will be lurking in the cupboard too long!! At the beginning of June I signed up for my first sewing blogger challenge, Jumping into June, all about jumpsuits, I think these qualify and seeing as its the 30th of June I am just about squeezing my entry in……check out all the inspiring creations over at Chris‘s blog x


Summers here (supposedly) and so is Kim

By hand london Kim dress

So at the end of last week Summer decided to really shine (unfortunately since then the mercury has dropped….arrrgggh…. English summers), but while we did have a taste of the heat it nicely coincided with me finishing this By Hand London Kim dress, I bought this last winter in prep for summer but only just got round to sewing it up. The fabric is a lovely cotton voile that I bought from Ebay specifically for this dress and I don’t know if I am regressing but I have been dreaming of a similar dress that I had when I was a teenager and was hoping to recreate it. I have partially succeeded as in I have now got a dress that is comfortable, light and flowy…….just what I need for summer (when it decides to stay!!)

IMG_8300-2If your not familiar with the Kim dress, it’s a lovely pattern with 2 very different versions (good value for money if you ask me) version 1 is of the square necked bodice with a tulip skirt and version 2 is a sweetheart neckline bodice with a gathered skirt, of course I made the bodice from version 1 with the skirt from version 2!!

by hand london kimdress


I should have made a muslin, but well…..i didn’t,  just ploughed in regardless and guess what?? the bodice was all wrong, it was way too wide and the straps just wouldn’t hold up, of course I discovered this once I had attached the skirt and inserted the zipper. (I just can’t really get the idea of how something will truly fit until I have put in the zip!!) I did a bit of fiddly adjustment,  taking in the front two bodice seams by 1cm each, and fortunately this partly corrected the issue, but the straps are still a tad too long and this I couldn’t adjust without picking apart the whole thing, and noooo that was not gonna happen, so I put in two bra attachers to hold those babies up..… and this seems to work!! The skirt is a very simple gathered skirt with the nice detail of pin tucks around the lower edge of the skirt. I added pockets, because I am actually addicted to having pockets and feel lost without them (sad huh!!)

I really like the finished dress (I’ve already worn it twice in three days) but not sure a gathered skirt is the most flattering for me, my tummy has housed two children and is hence not too flat so the skirt tends to stick out slightly, maybe next time I’ll try a circle skirt with that bodice.

by hand london kim dress pin tucks

by hand london kim dress

I currently have a back log of makes so look out for lots more posts soon.  This year I have been blighted by computer glitches, mishaps and failures,  I have hopefully sorted them all so will be to blog  with a bit more regularity (fingers crossed).

Anyone have exciting summer sewing plans??? Or are you already thinking of Autumn?? I know that sounds mad but I recently found myself purchasing this pattern!!!! What did I say about wanting more warm weather!!!!


Me Made May…….I made it!!!!

It’s over and I actually did it, I wore two handmade items (and some times more) for each day of May. I thought two would be a challenge (I did one item last year) and some days it was, some days I did cheat little by including my watson bra as one item (technically it is, but you know what I mean). The hardest thing was remembering to document every day and I did slack a little on that as you can see if you count all the photos (only 22…..opps), but….to be fair I did go camping in the middle and was trying to be phone free!!!

If you were participating in Me Me May ’15 how was for you? Did you complete your pledge? And if you were just observing did you get inspired? I personally loved checking  Instagram everyday to see what fab creations were popping up!!

me made may '15


Ist row, New look 6145 top and Named Jamie Jeans, Nettie bodysuit and Scout tee, Fehr trade surf to summit top and steeplechase leggings

2nd row, Style arc Carly jumpsuit and Sew U home stretch breton top, New Look 6145 knit dress and watson bra, Burda wool biker jacket, Simplicity 1366 top and Jamie jeans

Row 3, Burda trousers and Lisette top. Nettie bodysuit and new look 1696 trousers, grain line moss skirt mini and self drafted top

me made may '15

Row 4, BHL Victoria blazer with Jamie jeans and Sew u home stretch Breton top, Vogue 9175 culottes jumpsuit, Simplicity 1696 top with new look 6104 trousers

Row 5, Watson bra with dress, Jamie jeans with simplicity 1366, new look 6145 in chambray (and watson bra!),

Row 6, New look 6048 & Simplicity 2451 hack dress in Liberty print , Republique du chiffon robe eve with Nettie underneath. And a new Stylearc Carly jumpsuit in blue slinky microfibre!!

me made may '15

Row 7, style arc Carly jumpsuit, schnittchen coco jacket with Jamie jeans

Row 8, new look 6144 in linen, burda lounge pants and sew u home stretch raglan quilted sweatshirt!!


Ok so the conclusion is that I have pretty decent handmade wardrobe and most items are in quite heavy rotation, I probably need to try not wearing jeans so much in my life., and I seem to have a thing for yellow shoes!!

I’m missing some decent skirts and maybe a few more t-shirts would be good, but apart from those I’m quite happy, of course I have sewing plans…always have sewing plans, next up is  a few summer dresses and a pair of culottes !!!!

How about you what next on your sewing list??