Saturday, 13 July 2013

Gertie's Pencil Skirt #1, #2 and #3

Mmmm.... I think I may have an addiction to pencil skirts! I made all three of these within the space of about a month.

I made the wool plaid version first back in March, ready to take on our mini-moon to Edinburgh along with my Swing Dress. I cut a straight size 6US and added about 2" extra to the hem. Unfortunately I managed to slash through the fabric towards the hem when I was serging the seams though so ended up having to make it shorter than I originally wanted.

This was my first attempt sewing with a woollen fabric and it was an absolute dream although the fabric could get bulky at the hems. I'm so happy with how well I matched the plaid too! Never done it before so it could have gone horribly wrong.

I made the green version next out of some stable knit fabric - I love the colour of this fabric! Plus I managed not to slash through the hem this time so I got the below the knee vintage length that I wanted!

Then, when we were in Edinburgh I found some lovely petrol blue double knit in a fabric shop up there and thought I'd see how well double knit worked with this pattern too. It doesn't work as well as the green stable knit but it's still just fine and has a more relaxed, softer feel to the skirt rather than the rigid pencil skirt of the wool version.

I've finished all of them off with either bias binding or lace on the hem and round the skirt vent at the back.

Next up to be made is a bright red version made out of some red gabardine I bought on the last Birmingham sewing meetup last month. Then that should be it.... for now at least!

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Wedding photos... and a few hand-made bits and bobs

Hello!!!! Anybody still there? It's been a while, but my PGCE is now over and I have a blissful 7 weeks off before the craziness of my first year teaching starts in September so I'm going to try to make the most of t sewing and blogging wise!

Anyhoo, a few of you asked to see wedding photos (from way back in April - whoops) so here they are:

Hair first - this was done by Mel from The Vintage Salon in Birmingham (their mobile salon). She did such an  amazing job - pin curls, finger waves everything - just wish I could recreate it myself!

I found the hair combs (original 1950s) on Etsy, and just knew they'd be perfect. Then I made the birdcage veil myself using some netting and a few well placed kirby grips sewn into place at the ends and middle of the veil. Super easy but so effective, and it didn't get in the way at all.

I thought about making the dress myself since I have so many 1950s dress patterns but it would have been too much to handle what with sorting the rest of the wedding out and trying to qualify as a teacher at the same time! But luckily I found my dress at Coast and when I tried it on, I loved it. I was determined to get things that I would wear on more than just my wedding day, so I decided to go for blue shoes rather than the traditional cream/white wedding shoes and I've worn them loads since which is great.

Front and back view - appliqu├ęd lace flowers all over the outer layer of the dress:

And full length view of the dress and shoes:

I made the cape myself using Simplicity 1944 (the same pattern Katie made her amazing plaid version from). After I saw her version at the Birmingham Blogger Meetup last November, I knew it would be the perfect pattern for the cape I wanted to make to go over my dress so I searched Etsy for another version of the pattern and was lucky enough to find one so purchased it straight away!

I made it out of a white wool and lined it with a navy blue satin lining. It was the perfect cover-up for a chilly day!

My Sister in Law did all the flowers for my bouquet, the buttonholes and the table decorations - she did the most amazing job!

And we decorated the venue from scratch ourselves the day before (there was a bit of a real ale theme running through the wedding, with all the tables named after independent breweries and the brewery bottles used for the flowers and candles):

We also made all the invitations, order of service and thank you cards ourselves:

So there we have it. Hope you liked the photos! Up next, all those finished makes I haven't yet blogged about!