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Upcycled Dress into Romper

July 4, 2017
Upcycled Dress into Romper

I was about to give an old dress summer dress away to the charity shop that I used to love wearing, when I realised that there were several elements that I could repurpose and make something new from!

There was the lace at th hem, shirring at the bust and the ties from the dress, not to mention the fabric from the actual dress itself.

I decided that the thing I would have most satisfaction in, is seeing Olivia wear one of my old favourite dresses!

Sooooo let operation romper suit begin!

I cut everything out using a free pattern I recieved with my magazine.

I paired the green with some floral remnants that were also given to me after someone had made a bedspread and had leftover fabrics! They work really well together.

I started by sewing the yoke & the lining together at the shoulder seams and pressed the seams open.

Next I gathered in the green fabric of the main romper section and pinned it onto the yoke, stitched it in place and then pressed the seam allowance upwards.

I then inserted an invisible zip in the back, I only had a white one 'in house' and didn't want to buy one, so used it anyway, its not an ideal colour, but at least it's invisible so it's relatively discreet. I top stitched either side of the zip to hold the lining in place.

I sewed a tab on the end of the zip so that it didn't scratch and because I had to manually shorten the zip to the length I wanted. This acts as a buffer to stop the zip pull.

On the previous romper I made out of jersey I double turned the armholes to hem them, but with cotton you have much less give. So I had to bind the armholes because there was no forgiveness in the fabric. I turned the binding all the way to the inside so that it isn't seen from the outside.

This is the inside of the romper.

I bound the crotch and added poppers for those quick nappy changes.

I then went onto make a headband too...I couldnt help myself!!

I think it's gorgeous!

Then I woke Olivia from her nap because I was so excited to put her in it!




June - Floral skirt

June 9, 2017

This month I used a Prima pattern that somebody was throwing away, and have now made good use of it! It is a pleated skirt, with 2 at the front and 2 at the back to give it some shape.
 The fabric I used for this skirt can only be described as a waffle effect crepe, it's unusual but quite cool. The fact that the print is so vibrant and bold is right up my street!

I had to trace the pattern off before I started as it was on a double sided piece of paper and I needed both sides! Once everything h...

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May - Summer Romper

May 27, 2017

This months pattern came free with my magazine subscription and the soft jersey fabric was given to me by a friend so all in all a very valid month!!

Cutting out the pattern pieces with a cup of tea while Olivia naps.


Once all of the pieces were cut out, I sewed the shoulder seams together and pressed them open, I then sewed the facing to the yoke around the neckline.

In order to help the facing stay inside the romper I under stitched it to the seam allowance and pressed it.

I gath...

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April - Pussy bow blouse

April 19, 2017

This month is another double whammy for my New Years resolution - a pattern I was given and fabric that I had in storage! I made the top version, but it think that come Autumn I will make the dress version ready to wear with boots and tights.

I used a chiffon type fabric to it is lightweight but also quite slippery and therefore trickier to work with. Once I had cut out the pieces I marked my dart notches with taylor tacks so that I didn't mark the white fabric. CHalk is supposed to 'rub out' ...

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Scallop top - Copying a pattern from a garment

March 23, 2017

This year I bought a scalloped edge top in the Next January sales and even though I've only worn it a few times, I absolutely love it; the cut, the size and the shape! 
So I thought I would have a go at recreating this top in a different fabric by drawing a pattern from the top I already have, and then making it in a new fabric.

I started by laying my exsisting top onto the paper and drawing round it. I added 1cm seam allowance all the way around. I made just one pattern piece for the front and...

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March - Flowery shift dress

March 10, 2017

This month is a 'double whammy!' I used a pattern I had in my pattern stash and used fabric I bought last summer and never used! So twice as many points for this months New Years Resolution make.

This is the pattern I used...

I cut it all out, making sure the pattern pieces laid the correct way on the fabric so that the stretch was around the body.

I ironed the interfacing onto the facing pieces, then sewed them together at the shoulders and the side seams. Then with right sides together I sewed...

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Mini project - Chair cover

March 1, 2017

Now that Olivia is weaning she is in the Bumbo alot, which means she is on one of our fabric chairs, alot. So anything she drops or spits inevitably marks the cloth. So I have taken a remnant of oilcloth and made a chair cover which is wipeable for any spillages.


I placed the oil cloth remnant upside down on the seat and turned over the back edge so that it was a neat double turned hem.

I pinned a dart in each of the front corners to fit the oil cloth to the seat.

I put a teflon f...

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Pleated Skirt

February 24, 2017

I absolutely LOVE pleated fabrics and couldn't help myself but buy some from 'Chrisanne Ltd' to make a skirt. I bought two half circles of coral pleated georgette, I then used non pleated georgette & satin chiffon to line it so that it wasn't sheer.

I covered elastic in coral lycra for the waistband, and flipped the skirt onto the waistband so that there was a neat join.

The half circles came 100cm long which meant that once I had the fullness evenly distributed I needed to level the hem.

I used...

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Mini Project - Bibs

February 23, 2017

I used up some extra cotton fabric that I bought to make bits and pieces for Olivia by making some bibs. It is such a small pattern piece that I could fit it into the scraps.

I backed the bibs with micro towelling, it feels a bit weird to touch but does the job perfectly.

I sewed the two layers together with right sides facing. Then I clipped the corners to reduce the bulk when I turned it through.

I left an opening at the bottom of the bib so that I could turn it through. I slip stitched it clo...

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Neck styleline alteration

February 23, 2017

Ed gave me a dress as a gift! I love the pattern and the colours, but when I tried it on the neckline was really unflattering SO rather than return it, I thought I would change the neckline so I can wear it this Spring!


I pinned a new style line on the manikin and then cut 1.5cm away from the pins so that I have seam allowance for hemming it.

I turned over the cut edge twice so that it had a double hem. It is harder to hem a curve as you sometimes get puckering, especially with stretch fa...

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