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Friday, 23 May 2014

"If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse" (insert some irrelevant hashtags).

Sorry for hitting you with an "inspirational quote" out of the blue. No, no, you have not stumbled on to Tumblr or that annoying friend's Instagram... you know the one who is constantly uploading memes and inspirational quotes stolen from Tumblr accompanied by 20 hashtags that make no fucking sense. Such wankery. GTFO.

Instagram is for food, selfies, cats and sewing!! Rant over.

First, I'd like to say THANK YOU to all your kind comments on Twitter, Instagram and on my blog post (which I have now reverted to draft, that waste-of-time relationship does not deserve to be on my blog) about that breakup. Ex boyfriend who? It took me about 4 days to let go of the anger. Still annoyed that I left my Hawks scarf and a bunch of nice underwear there, oh well, sex souvenirs. 

Life has been awesome the last couple of months, been indulging in brunches, cocktails, dating, swinging heavy kettlebells, flippin' tyres, book club (wine club), dinners with the authoress of my food bible, The Very Very Hungry Caterpillar. I have been reading/stalking Libby's blog for a couple of years, followed her on Twitter and finally lined up a dinner date a couple of months ago. I love meeting people from the internet!! 

I hate making excuses but I have been spending too much time on the above activities and neglecting my sewing. The weather is also playing a big part - I love sewing summer dresses and it's currently autumn/winter in Melbourne so there's not much motivation to plug in the Janome. 

Okay now on to the reason why I'm writing this post - my next project. I have been contemplating for weeks and I think I'm now ready to commit to making the Simplicity 5876. I bought this pattern at my EOY Dressmaking Christmas party in 2012.

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Isn't it gorgeous? 

This is going to involve a lot of prepping. Tracing and cutting, my fav (insert the frowning emoticon with the sweat bead running down his forehead). 

This dress is probably going to take months to complete.

I'll keep you posted with progress updates on Twitter, Instagram if it's looking really pretty enough, and the blog if I need more than 140 characters. 

Now I'm off to Google pattern reviews. Have a great weekend all!



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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Fabric Giveaway Winner....

*** DRUMROLL ***




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Congratulations Elizabeth Truscott aka Sewn By Elizabeth!
Please email me your postal address so I can get this fabric out to you.

Very excited to see what you make Liz :)

Thank you everyone who entered, I really enjoyed reading your wonderful entries and comments.


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Friday, 14 March 2014

Fabric Giveaway & Round-up: By Hand London 'Georgia'.

Hands down Georgia is my favourite pattern. I have never had a pattern fit me so well! 

Now, I'm sure that any other pattern could fit me just as well if I put in the time, effort and patience into making adjustments. Unlike other patterns, there is just something about the By Hand London patterns that makes me not want to give up. 

Maybe it's the motivation I get from all the beautiful dresses I see on Instagram, Twitter and blogs, maybe it's the sewalongs, maybe it's interaction with the BHL girls online via Twitter and blog comments. They're not just a pattern company guys, they're real live girls! 

Whatever it is, I'm happy, because over the last few months, my sewing skills have improved, the creative side of my brain is alive and full of ideas, and my collection of wearable handmade dresses is growing. No more one hit wonders.

I made three Georgias this year, the Valentines Day Georgia, the Maxi and the Mini. All three were made using different fabrics, had different adjustments and modifications therefore resulted in three completely different dresses. 


I love them all equally, but if I had to choose my absolute favourite, it would be my Maxi version, made using a beautiful, floral rayon. I love it because of its maxi length, the thigh high split (which is a feature of Anna that I adore), the slinkiness of the rayon, and the gorgeous colours. 

My Maxi Georgia made it to Featured Member Projects on BurdaStyle and was also part of the By Hand London Georgia Round-up post, I am so proud of this dress! 


The #georgiadress has been my favourite to click on over the last couple of months, I've also been religiously stalking the 'Sew Us Yours' Flickr group and the Pinterest board.
I've been wow'd and inspired by every single dress I have seen. One of the awesome ones I have seen this week is Bec Stitches' sexy black Georgia, whoa, woman!! 

I've enjoyed following everyone's progress to get the perfect fit, especially Sew Short Nissa and Sew Rachel's journey of multiple muslins. I can totally relate (ahem, looking at you Anna dress!).

Sewing skills wise I've learnt that the needle position on my machine can move so my invisible zipper insertion is a no-more-tears experience, learnt how to do a small bust adjustment (thank you sewalong!) and experimented with different seam finishes and hand stitches (hi fell stitch!).

I'm really looking forward to opening up my Charlotte and have pre ordered my Flora (from Sew Squirrel). I'm very pleased that I've found a pattern company that designs patterns that suit my style; are interactive on social media; and don't have outdated, awkward, hideous pattern envelope photos. 

Okay, now on to the fabric giveaway... yay!

I have been getting a lot of compliments on Twitter for my floral fabrics, so I thought I would share with one lucky person something from my stash. 

I'm giving away 1.75m (1.9yds) of beautiful floral cotton sateen (45" width). 


To enter: 
Leave a comment below voting for your favourite version out of my three Georgia dresses (Valentines Day/Cherry, Maxi, Mini) and tell me what you would make with this gorgeous floral cotton sateen if you got your hands on it.

Giveaway is open worldwide until Sunday 23rd March 2014 (23:59 AEDT).
I will announce winner later that week. Winner will be selected at random (random.org). 

Good luck!





**** GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED, WINNER WILL BE SELECTED AT RANDOM THIS WEEK, GOOD LUCK XX ****
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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Finished Project: The 'Georgia' Mini Dress.

Georgia Mini!  www.sewmelove.com
Georgia Mini!  www.sewmelove.com

Ahhh, another BHL Georgia, I really can't get enough of this dress. 
I love By Hand London patterns, their style is my style! So glad I found them, they have rekindled my love for sewing.

About October last year my maxi dress obsession began, somehow I came across the Anna dress online and that was the beginning of my BHL love affair. 'Anna' and 'Georgia' went on my Christmas wishlist and Santa* got them for me cos I was a good girl last year.

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*Santa - my little sister, who always gets me amazing pressies. She will always get me something that I want, plus some little surprises. Last Christmas, she got me the BHL patterns and a vintage sewing clamp. She also did me a huge favour and picked up a new computerised sewing machine from Costco for me using her membership. Best. Sister. Ever.

Judy's 20th Bday
The best sister ever, pictured above - little sister Judy and I at dinner last week for her birthday. 
I'm wearing a maxi dress I made last year, for the first time!!

My sewing attitude has changed ever since By Hand London came into my life. 

If you have been following my blog for a while, you would know that I used to line all my dresses (bagging technique, tutorial here). I started lining my dresses to hide my raw seams back when I didn't have a serger, but over time I became addicted to the clean machine finish on the insides. 
I might skip lining the skirt on a full gathered skirt, but majority of the time I would fully-line my dresses (all my lined dresses tagged here). 

I thought that lining the dress was easier than sewing facings. Whattttt?! 

Despite having to cut out TWO of everything and working with slippery and fraying sunsilky polyester, I still favoured lining over facings.

I wanted to line my first Anna, but I didn't have time or fabric. I finished the neckline with facings, and guess what, I love facings, they look gooooooood and they cut the construction time in half!!! 

Since I started sewing BHL patterns, I haven't had the urge to fully line anything at all, and all my insides look just as fabulous.

By Hand London patterns have also inspired and motivated me work hard to get the perfect fit and perfect constructions on my dresses. It's bordering on OCD - the other night, I unpicked the bodice because the bodice cup seam and the skirt seam was misaligned by 2mm. You couldn't even see it!! But it bothered me so much, I unpicked and restitched. You know what, I still haven't made a dress "perfect enough" to have the precious 'By Hand London and Me' tag sewn on. One day!!

This version of my Georgia is pretty darn close to perfection though...

The fabric is printed cotton sateen, floral of course, and plain black cotton sateen for the side skirt panels and straps. 

Originally the dress looked like this, with printed straps...


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I always planned on black straps, but I simply forgot. Need to start keeping notes me thinks.

... but it just didn't look right. It took me two days till I realised it was the straps that made the dress look "off"!!! I replaced the straps with plain black straps. It was a very painful process because the seam allowances were already chopped off and seam clipped and understitched :(

The strap for my right shoulder is shortened by about 2cm (because I have uneven shoulders) and sewn with a smaller seam allowance, that's why they look wider than my previous Georgias;) 
Sew Short Nissa did that and hers looked great! Nissa said she was inspired by my "unsewn muslin straps" on Twitter so she made the straps wider using a 8mm SA. I then took inspiration from her and sewed my straps with a 5mm SA. 

I moved the position of my straps to sit on the "outer" side of my bodice cup seam rather than in the centre to give more coverage to that side boob/armpit/fleshy bit, and to cover my bra straps. 
Also re-positioned the strap at the back too, if you want to do this, put on your favourite bra and reposition accordingly.

I used cotton tape (which I think is the same as twill tape?) on the straps to stop them from stretching over time as well as on the neckline, following Lladybird's tip.

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Straps are wider, positioned on the outer-side of the cup seams.
Georgia Mini!  www.sewmelove.com

A last minute adjustment had to be made to the skirt around my lower back, I took in the seams slightly. This is always my problem area. I didn't have any fitting issues in this area with my rayon maxi Georgia, I'm guessing that's because the drape and weight of the rayon helped everything sit nicely in place.

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Adjustment on my lower back.
I had to unpick the finished seams, trim it back to 15mm and 'turn & stitch' the seam again.
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I didn't take a pic of how this Georgia looked before I took a chunk out of the lower back, but the above pic is my first Georgia which had same problem with fabric billowing out at the lower back. The adjustment makes a huge difference to the fit.

My patience sewing skills are improving, I am getting better and better at joining the bodice and skirt at those tricky peaks, they're no longer making me tear my eyebrows out! And since learning that the needle position can move on my machine, installing the invisible zipper has been a dream.

Inside seams were folded under, pressed and stitched. I believe this is the 'turned and stitch' technique AKA 'clean finish'.

I used a 'fell stitch' to join lining to the shell.

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Hello perfect peak!
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'Turn & stitch' seam finish. Hem finished on the machine, don't judge.
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Had no idea it was called a 'fell stitch', just googled it now. My favourite hand stitch!
Georgia Mini!  www.sewmelove.com
Grrr, uneven shoulders - I'm guessing it's cos I always carry my handbag on my left shoulder.
Georgia Mini!  www.sewmelove.com
Georgia Mini!  www.sewmelove.com


Project details -
Pattern: By Hand London 'Georgia'
Size: 2/6 bust, 6/10 waist, 2/6 hips
Fabric: cotton sateen (1m plain black and 1m printed floral)
Notions: cotton tape, 16" invisible zipper
Cost: approx $30 for plain black cotton sateen, printed cotton sateen and invisible zipper.
Pattern Modification/Adjustments: 
  • The usual adjustments I have been making for the Georgia bodice:
  • As well as some new adjustments:
    • shortening the strap on my right shoulder
    • moving the position of the straps to sit more to the side of front bodice, just next to the outside of cup seams
    • took a chunk out of my lower back skirt
Hours: 12 hours.
Completed on: Saturday 8th March 2014, I just love leaving things till the last minute!!
First worn: Saturday 8th March 2014 to my friend's wedding.

Even though this dress is completed in March, I'm counting it as Feb-make. I made all the dresses I aimed to make when I came up with my February sewing planincluding a bonus Valentines Day dress. Also smashed my goal of completing one garment per month, woot woot. 

March is a quiet month, I don't have any more weddings or fancy events coming up and it's now the beginning of autumn in Australia so no more mini dresses. I just got my hands on the Sewaholic Pendrell (first Sewaholic pattern yey!) and BHL Charlotte so I'll probably be experimenting with those patterns this month.

I have had a fun journey with Georgia and Anna, but I think it's time for me to give them a rest. 
I've been seeing so many HOT, SEXY, BEAUTIFUL, FABULOUS Flora dresses around, I love them on all the pattern testers (lucky, lucky girls!! I want to be a tester!!) but I'm not sure if I could pull off the mullet hem. 

What do you guys think, should I add Flora to my BHL collection? 
Are you getting your Flora on?


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Monday, 24 February 2014

Finished Project: The 'Georgia' Maxi Dress.

Georgia (maxi) - By Hand London

My boyfriend and I were invited to be guests and witnesses at my friend's wedding ceremony. I felt so grown up, I've never been a witness before!! It was a garden wedding, so of course that called for a beautiful floral dress... who am I kidding, I would have made a floral dress even if the wedding was in the snow! 

The bride looked stunning, the ceremony was a beautiful, and the weather was just perfect. Thank you Melbourne! It was an afternoon ceremony, then photos all around the city, followed by an intimate dinner.

Georgia (maxi) - By Hand London

The dress I made for the occasion is the By Hand London Georgia, but with a maxi skirt and a thigh high split. Originally I planned on making the Anna, but after seeing how gorgeous the sweetheart neckline is on the Georgia, I changed my mind.

I added 53cm length to each skirt piece to make the dress maxi length, 50cm would have suffice, but ya never know!! Ended up taking up hem about 4cm I think.

Georgia (maxi) - By Hand London

It was pretty risky to make Georgia using rayon when the BHL recommend "medium weight fabrics with a little bit of stretch - cotton sateen, twill, drill, poplin, upholstery cottons, denim, courduroy, silk noil, brocade and jacqard" but I went ahead and cut out my rayon any way. YOLO!

I was especially scared because I made one change to the skirt - instead of using the pattern piece from my Vday Georgia, I retraced the skirt centre back piece and didn't do the sway back adjustment!! You may remember that my muslin/toile fit pretty well around the back, but it had a few wrinkles which I thought would be gone if I did a swayback adjustment. So I did the swayback adjustment on the Valentines Day Georgia, but that ended up making the back of the dress poof out. I thought if the muslin/toile fit well without the swayback adjustment then I may as well not do the adjustment. 

It was very nerve-racking cutting into my rayon. I only had 3m of the rayon and no backup plan. If the skirt didn't work out then I would be a dress-less wedding guest. 

I started cutting into the rayon on Sunday afternoon. I was not in the best of moods - I was grouchy and hangry and wasn't paying attention. I turned up the iron too high and melted my 'trace and toile' onto my iron board cover and iron, so I had to trace my pattern again.  I angrily pinned my maxi skirt pieces on to the rayon then went out to get lunch, watched some TV, then after I calmed down I started cutting.

Georgia (maxi) - By Hand London

The skirt came together without drama, didn't have issues with joining the curved seams like last time - who would have thought working with rayon would be easier than cotton. Go figure! 
The skirt skims over my lower back and bum perfectly. The weight and drape on the rayon is dreamy! So happy. 

The bodice only needed a couple of minor tweaks.
On this version, I took out 3cm wedges on the front centre bodice, total of 6cm removed from the neckline and front bodice (info on adjustment here). 
This fixed the neck line gaping and also took away the extra ease under the arm. 
When I did the final fitting I realised that the straps had stretched! Bugger!!!! It was soooo annoying, the straps had stretched a whole inch (2.5cm). I didn't have time/didn't want to unpick the lining and bodice so I folded/shortened the straps and hand stitched them down on the back bodice. 

There was a lot of hand stitching involved with this dress - lining, split, hem. Worth the effort though.

The dress was perfect length, didn't trip once during out 3 hour photography journey around the city and the thigh high split was just high enough to show some leg but not flash any naughty bits ;)
The sandals I wore with the dress look like they were made from the same fabric as my dress, so cool!

I feel so honoured to be part of my girlfriend's special day. I wish her and hubby all the happiness in the world. I wish I could share with you more photos from the wedding, my friend looked incredible, gorgeous, beautiful, hottest bride I have seen; but the photographer has all the professional pics. I got BF to take these on his phone when we weren't required for photos with the bride and groom. Thanks for AirDropping these to me baby!

Georgia (maxi) - By Hand London


Project details -
Pattern: By Hand London 'Georgia'
Size: Bust 2/6, Waist 6/10, Hips 2/6
Fabric: 3m rayon (140cm width) but I have about 1m leftover (originally bought fabric for Anna)
Notions: 16" invisible zipper
Cost: fabric $30, zipper $5
Pattern Modification/Adjustments: 
  • lengthened skirt pattern pieces by 53cm
  • thigh high split
  • small bust adjustment
  • took out 2 x 3cm wedge in front centre bodice piece
Hours: approx 15 hours
Completed on: Saturday 22nd February 2014
First worn: Sunday 23rd February 2014 to my friend's wedding ceremony



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Thursday, 20 February 2014

FITTING: Reducing neckline gaping - hollow/shallow chest adjustment.

Diagnosing a hollow/shallow chest: On my bodice I noticed there was excess fabric on my front bodice between my 'apex' (nipple?!??!!) and the neckline. It looked like the top half of my bodice was "collapsing" on to my chest, because my chest was too shallow to hold up the bodice. Make sense? 

This year I have become obsessed with achieving the perfect fit. I've spent way too many hours and dollars on making up dresses that don't fit well. 

I'm no expert when it comes to pattern adjustments or fitting but these are techniques that have worked for me. 

I basically make up the bodice muslin/toile, try it on, pinch and pin out the excess fabric.

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The example above is my 'Anna' dress. I didn't do an SBA for my Anna (I did every other adjustment under the sun for it though, haha). The bodice fit well, but the neck line was wrinkly and gaping. 

This is how it looked before I pinched out a 4cm wedge on each side of the bodice. 

Anna bodice neck gaping

I transferred the 4cm wedge on to the pattern piece, like below (drawings not to scale). Once the 'wedge' is taken out, the neck line will need to be smoothed out. 

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The next example is my 'Georgia' dress. The small bust adjustment (SBA) solved the fitting issue in the 'cup' area of my bust, but the top half of my bust (nipple and above) didn't fit well into my bodice. 

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The (centre front) neck line was not sitting against my chest. I pinched out a 3cm wedge on each side of the (front centre) bodice. I transferred the 3cm wedge on to the pattern piece, like below (drawings are not to scale). Once the 'wedge' is taken out, the neck line will need to be smoothed out. 

NOTE: Ignore the "SA 15"" on the drawing - I meant 15mm - not inches for the seam allowance!! 

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Call it neck darts, call it wedges, call it a shallow/hollow/caramello chest adjustment, whatever!! 

At the end of the day, if there is excess fabric on the bodice, pinch it, pin it, then take that wedge out of the pattern piece. 

I used to be caught up in 'defining' every adjustment that needed to be made, thinking that if it didn't have a 'name' or appear on Google search then the adjustment wasn't legit or correct, but ultimately, if there's excess fabric and if it's bugging you, get rid of it. 

On both the Anna and Georgia, I have made a dart all the way to the seam allowance (SA) but every body will be different, so just transfer the adjustments to your pattern piece as per amount of fabric pinched out from your muslin/toile.

I hope this helps you if you are experiencing bodice fitting issues. 
My advice is always make a muslin/toile and keep persisting, the end result will be worth it :)


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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Finished Project & Pattern Review: By Hand London 'Georgia', a Valentines Day dress.

I participated in my first ever sewalong, YAY! 

The Georgia sewalong couldn't have come at a better time. I was planning on making a Georgia for my friend's wedding, then when I realised I had time to make a dress for Valentines Day I got right on it! 

I'm not that girly-girl that loves Valentines Day and cries if she doesn't get flowers or anything like that, but any excuse to make a dress, any excuse to have a nice dinner and any excuse to hang out with my boy.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! YAY!

I was worried that I wouldn't be able to keep up when BHL announced that the dress would be finished in time for Valentines Day. 
I didn't think I could get the fitting on a dress like Georgia right and have the dress finished in 18 days, no way!! But yesssss way I did. 

Surprisingly the only adjustments I needed to make was a sway back adjustment and small bust adjustment (SBA) because the difference between my 'high bust' and 'full bust' was "up to 1 inch smaller" - read this tutorial from BHL to work out if you need a SBA or FBA or no BA! 

Turns out I'm an A-cup in the pattern world. 

The muslin only took two x's two hours sessions to put together. A SBA was done on the pattern, and sway back adjustment done after I tried on the muslin. 

The dress took about five x's 2-3 hours sessions. I broke it down to:
  • cutting out fabric and interfacing
  • putting together bodice, putting together skirt, straps
  • joining bodice and skirt (I then had about 3 days break to figure out how to join the skirt and bodice at the centre back where that "Y" looking seam was)
  • invisible zipper and hem
  • finishing touches - the bust padding (last minute decision) and handsewing the lining

It's amazing how much sewing I can get done when I plan my week and block out days for sewing rather than just sewing "when I have time".

I wore the dress on Friday night to dinner at this awesome place I found on my side of town called Junction Beer Hall and Wine Room. We stopped in there two weeks ago for a quick dinner on the way to Caravan Burlesque, I loved the menu so much I told BF to take me there for Valentines Day. There's a beer hall that serves craft beer and pub food, then there's the wine room which has a huge selection of wine and a menu with all the foods I love - scallops, soft shell crab, wagyu, duck, pork belly, cheeses... nom nom nom. 

Here are some pics my Valentine took for me on the way to dinner (urgh, wrinkles), thanks baby!

By Hand London Georgia for Valentines  DayBy Hand London Georgia for Valentines  DayBy Hand London Georgia for Valentines  Day

The pattern is rated "intermediate".
The difficulties I faced with this pattern was definitely with joining the curved seams. It reminded me of when I first started sewing and I had to join capped sleeves to the V8469 dress and it took me 6 hours. 

My muslin was a shocker! The front of the skirt was puckers galore. I found that snipping into the SA on the less curvey skirt piece (no more than 10mm/1cm) helped spread the fabric out or something. It worked a treat and when I unpicked and restitched my muslin, there was no puckering.

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Experienced sewers wouldn't need to do this.
I haven't in the past, but this time around I struggled with the curved seams!
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LEFT SEAM: clipped into the SA
RIGHT SEAM: puckering when I stitched without clipping into the SA

My other struggle was joining the centre back bodice with the centre back skirt. I could not for the life of me figure it out. I was so frustrated, thoughts of screaming and tearing up my Georgia went through my mind. I decided to put the dress down, take the measuring tape off from around my neck and sleep on it for the weekend.

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What the hellllllll!! Why can't I figure it out?!?! 

On Monday night, refreshed from a weekend of birthday feasting and gallivanting around at St Kilda Festival covered in SPF50, I sat down with Georgia, calmly drew the seam lines on both the bodice and the skirt and somehow I managed to join the two together. It wasn't perfect, but it was good enough. Sewalong #7 was posted on BHL blog after I finished the dress, I'll definitely refer to it next time I make Georgia.

I then put in my invisible zipper and hemmed the skirt. The hem is very skinny - just overlocked and turned it up once and stitched, the skirt was already the perfect length for me.

The invisible zipper on Georgia is the best I've ever inserted! It went in the first time with no issues. Guess what, the needle position on the sewing machine can move, who would have thought! Discovered this when I was reading the manual for my new computerised Janome (didn't know how to change the stitch length, lol, such a newb!)

I finished my Georgia three days before Valentines Day, but I wasn't happy with how the bodice sat against my chest, it was kind of warped and gapey - either I had stretched it out while trying to join the skirt and bodice, or the interfacing worked against me and stiffened the fabric too much, or I needed a chest adjustment of some sort.


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Take a dart out next time?

It was time for a quick fix since I was not prepared to do any more unpicking. 

I cut out the front bodice pieces in cotton batting (no SA) joined them using butted seams and made padding for the bust. I made bust padding for my strapless maxi dress last year, post here with links to tutorials. This time I made two layers of padding for extra shaping :)

After the bust padding was stitched on to the lining by hand, I overlocked the raw edge of the lining and blind stitched it down. 

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Pattern reviewBy Hand London, Georgia

Size: 2/6 bust, 6/10 waist, 2/6 hips

Fabric: 2m printed cotton from my stash, probably not the best choice as there was no stretch and it's quite soft. But I love the cherry print! 

Notions: Gutermann thread (000), 16" invisible zipper, 0.5m cotton batting, 0.5m whisperweft interfacing for the bodice pieces - I knew that I would be playing around with the bust pieces a lot and didn't want any stretching to happen.

Pattern Modification/Adjustments: small bust adjustment, sway back adjustment, padded out the bust.

I have to investigate why there was a weird gape/stretch on the bodice, the centre didn't sit against my chest. Not sure if I need to adjust the bust (hollow chest adjustment perhaps) to get rid of the gape at the neckline? I'd rather not have to pad the bust out again.

There is some excess fabric at the centre back which poofs out. I don't know if it's because the cotton I used has no weight to sit against my body, or if the sway back adjustment inadvertently added more fabric to the area? The muslin fit perfect over my centre back, hips and but, so I might eliminate the sway back adjustment from the next Georgia and see how that goes.

What I learnt: 
  • I learnt how to do a small bust adjustment, thank you BHL for the easy to understand tutorial.
  • I learnt that the needle on my machine can move!! Installing the invisible zipper was a dream, went in right the first time. 

What I love about the pattern:
  • This pattern is so darn sexy! For something that has a fitted and sleek silhouette, it's actually simple to put together and easy to get the fit perfect.
  • Love the zipper being on the side, different from all my other dresses.
  • Love the skinny straps - sexy and supportive.

What I didn't love about the pattern: I love everything about this pattern. The first fitted dress that has fit me nicely!

Cost: cotton $15, zipper $5, whisperweft interfacing $5, padding $5

Hours: Lucky I documented my life my Georgia journey on Twitter. Muslin was cut out on 3rd Feb. Dress fabric cut out on 7th Feb. Can't remember the exact hrs, my guess would be about 12 hrs, give or take. 

Completed on: Wednesday 12th February 2014.

First worn: Friday 14th Feb 2014, Valentines Day dinner with my boy! Aww!

This was the our first Valentines Day together so I wanted to acknowledge the romantic day I usually roll my eyes at. Dinner was delicious (of course it would be - I picked the place, hehehe).
We had soft shell crab, scallops and beef tartare for entrees. For mains we both ordered the wagyu beef. Dessert was Eton Mess. OMG, it was sooooooooooooooo good!!

What did you girls get up to on VDay? Did you celebrate with your man? Did you get flowers from a secret admirer? But most importantly...

Did you make a Valentines Day dress? :) 



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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Selling on Etsy.


Hi guys, need your thoughts/ advice/opinions on something.

I've been sewing for almost 3 years now, and have held on to every single handmade item I've made. 

About 70% of all my handmades are either not my style, don't fit properly (made straight out of the envelope), or I've only worn once. 

I was thinking about cleaning out my handmade wardrobe and selling some of the dresses that I don't wear, but I don't know what the rules are around selling handmade dresses on Etsy. 

All my dresses are made using a pattern (mostly Big 4 patterns) and I add my own little touches to them: replace the skirts, add collars etc... am I allowed to sell these dresses since technically I have made them using the bodice pattern from the Big 4 pattern company? I don't want to get in trouble.

Would love to hear your thoughts on this.


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