Sunday, 28 September 2014

Made By Me #35

This dress never fails to put a smile on my face.  From a distance it looks perfectly normal but when you get up close those little back bits are ANTS!  I first saw this fabric on Modcloth, they use quite a bit of quilting fabric in their dresses so I went on the hunt to see if I could find it.  I managed to get it from Frumble but they have now sold out, I have found it elsewhere though - link under photos. 

I am slowly working my way through some of my older makes but just wanna get on and share my newer ones.  Oh the dilemma! Not sure I can let myself go out of order or skip dresses.  Sometimes it would be much easier if I was a bit less regimented.  I need to get on and get photos taken of them, I have been feeling much better since I have been able to wear my contacts again but now I am finding that I am just way too tired for all of that.  I think it shows on some of my recent outfit photos.  If it's not one thing it's another.  Booooooo!

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress
Dress: Made by me using Gingham Ants Fabric
Shoes: M&S
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Wednesday Wants

I have some crackers for you this week!  I feel like I am holding on to the dregs of summer with the first, moving through to autumn with the second and getting ready for party season with the third.  Sorted til Christmas!  Oh gosh, I said the C word.

The colour palette on this Oasis number is just stunning.  I have bought a few pink and purple mix fabrics recently but none of them are a patch on this print.  I love the addition of peach, really unusual but it works so well.   The base colour is navy so it would give me an excuse to wear my current favourite Clarks.  Not that I need an excuse!

 Dress: Oasis

I've seen a lot of people throw around the phrase 'autumnal hues' recently and it totally describes this next dress.  I can almost see the leaves turning these colours.  Not the black obvs.   I have the perfect russet coloured scarf to wear with this dress and I really need to dig my black ankle boots out, this is defo an ankle boots kinda dress.

 Dress: Topshop

Hello my pretty!  This beautiful, beautiful striped number is a bolder version of my favourite dress.  I am totally swooning over here.  I love the neckline on this one and the way it has been shaped to add volume without adding bulk.  It's far too similar to my dress but that doesn't mean I want it any less!

Dress: Coast

Don't forget you can save 10% at Aspire using the code million10  I really need to go try this coat on!

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Yours Truly

Happy Friday!  It may be a dull and gloomy day but I am all sunshine inside as it is almost the weekend.  The lovely folk at Aspire Style have kindly sent me an Emily and Fin from the new collection and have given me a 10% discount code to share with you guys!  The code is million10 and is valid til 15th October.  The second wave of the Emily and Fin Autumn/Winter collection is about to arrive along with this scrummy winter floral longer length Lucy dress, exclusive to Aspire.  All styles are available to pre-order but you won't have to wait very long as they are due in any day now.  I was torn between the yours truly Lucy I opted for and this beautifully retro Abigail dress.  In the end I went for yours truly partly because I am a sucker for an adorable print but mostly because it is navy and I get another excuse to wear my new shoes!  Even my watch is navy this season!!  I dug out my Miss Selfridge cardigan as I think it compliments the letter print perfectly.







Cardigan: Miss Selfridge 

I absolutely adore my new Clarks x Orla Kiely shoes, just look at the cuteness!   You can see by the sole they have already become a firm favourite, I haven't even had them a week yet and have worn them every day.  I decided to go for the navy ones as I prefered the contrast of colours to the all black ones and wasn't as keen on the t-bars in real life.  The shape of the t-bars isn't quite as expected and I also didn't expect pony skin.  Not a big fan of hairy shoes though I may still have to purchase them as they are still lovely - I just prefered the shape and look of the navy ones.  They felt a bit tight across my foot so I went up half a size.  I am technically a 4.5 but wear a 5 in most shoes and got these in a 5.5, Maria also found she needed to go up half a size with her black ones. I have been after a pair of navy shoes for a while but not found any I really liked though I am currently wearing them with black tights and trying to get over my hatred of black and navy together.  It's not been as hard as I thought it would be! Haha. 

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wednesday Wants

I almost forgot to publish this wishlist today and that would have been a disaster as I have found some GEMS!  Dresses with sleeves.  I repeat, dresses with sleeves!  They have almost become the holy grail of the dress world and one of the main reasons I wanted to start dressmaking.  I want to wear a pretty dress and cover up my arms without having to hide half of the dress under a cardi. 

This gorgeous chevron number is made from organic cotton by People Tree.  Isn't it just divine?!  It is pretty similar to the style I make for myself only with a pleated skirt instead of a gathered skirt.  I have checked and unfortunately it doesn't have pockets but I can forgive that when it has spot-on sleeves and is the most perfect shape.

Dress: People Tree

Okay so this is not something I would ever wear myself as I would look awful in the a-line shape but look at that print! Bloody gorgeous.  I wouldn't know whether to wear it or hang it as a work of art!

Dress: asos

Boden can't seem to stop making drool worthy dresses this season, I mean just look at this one!  This is my favourite colourway by far.  It is made from wool and has a wonderful full skirt that looks like it will swoosh all over the place.  Brilliant. 

Dress: Boden

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Made By Me #34

I absolutely adore this fabric!  The cute 50's text had me laughing with gems such as 'it's a grand idea to keep your man's ego at a top notch pitch.  This for the same reason you like to be told your dress is becoming, your eyes are lovely - makes you feel on top of the world' and a reminder not to let ironing get you down.  But it's the hot ladies and the pattern pieces that I really enjoy and make it the perfect 50's style sewing fabric.  I had been looking for a cool sewing themed fabric but they were all too twee and childlike.  This is just perfect! 

I have managed to whip up a fair few dresses in the last week, 6 in total!  If you want to keep up to date with my latest projects, general fabric lustings and whatever I fancy snapping in my life be sure to follow me on instagram.  Plus I bought some Clarks x Orla shoes and they are wonderful!

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress
Dress: Made by me using Riley Blake Vintage Happy
Shoes: Clarks

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Made By Me #33

I love mixing red and pink.  It kinda feels a bit naughty going against colour 'rules' but personally I love them together.  I fell for two colour ways of this fabric so I tossed a coin and ended up with the pink version, the other was bright green which I love but might have been a bit much for me to actually wear.  I wore this dress quite a bit this summer,  I was having a full on love affair with anything fruity.  Thankfully it works just as well with black tights and gives me another excuse to wear my favourite Clarks shoes.  I have wanted these shoes in red for ages so am so happy that they are finally available.  If you're listening Clarks I would love some in fuschia pink and forest green too please! 

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress
Shoes: Clarks

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Wednesday Wants

I hope you have been enjoying the recent flurry of outfit posts, I'm keen to catch up so I can share the dresses I have been working on recently.  I have found some gorgeous fabrics and am looking forward both wearing and sharing the resulting dresses.  I thought I would go back to basics this week and make it all about the print.  Obviously the dresses are Sarah style in cut, I know what suits me!  I have three favourite types of print - checks, spots and novelty. 

This check beauty is almost identical to the Emery pattern that I use to make my own dresses, ie it is pretty much perfect!  I absolutely love the messy check/grid pattern and have been looking for something similar.  I have a grid fabric waiting to be made up but now need a black and white version!

 Dress: People Tree

I haven't made many polka dot dresses yet because I already have so many in my wardrobe.  This Emily and Fin Abigail is just divine!  The Abigail is such a lovely shape and this colour way is now available to pre-order at Aspire Style. 
 Dress: Emily and Fin

I am a massive fan of novelty prints.  The world is a better place when you're wearing one.  They don't get much better than this donut print from Nishe. I mean, donuts!!  How could that not put a smile on your face?!   This dress is pretty special,  the donuts are embroidered, sweet!

Dress: Nishe

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Hush Sunday Brunch Style Challenge

I do love a leisurely brunch.  Most days I just grab a piece of fruit and eat it with some porridge or a yoghurt at my desk so the days I can sit back and enjoy something a bit different are to be treasured.  Hush contacted me recently asking me to put together my perfect brunch outfit from their new collection and to share my favourite place to eat brunch.  I have to admit this isn't really my favourite outfit or place... I would prefer to be wearing these and being served up a feast in bed (that I haven't had to cook!) but that rarely happens.  We can spend an hour debating whose turn it is to get up and make the tea... So we usually get up and get dressed and head out to our favourite brunch eatery - Bills.

I love the decor in our local Bills, the colour coordinated shelving is very pleasing on the eye.  I love the backdrop the tables give instagram photos too, I think I need one for every meal I snap a picture of!  My brunch of choice is scrambled eggs on white toast with a glass of orange juice and a pot of tea.  Every time I think I will have something different but the eggs are so scrummy that I can't live with the potential regret of a missed opportunity.  If only I could make them that good myself.












Hush are all about combining luxurious, comfortable fabrics with style and elegance.  They have created a capsule range of products that are great for lounging around in but that you will want to wear out of the house too (no matter how much I love my PJs I will never, ever wear them out of the house!)  With this in mind I have selected a cosy looking jumper and a cute skirt and teamed it with a great pair of ankle boots and a classically styled coat.  Wool, silk and cashmere, yum!  I love how the blue from the jumper works with the print of the skirt.  The skirt also has an elasticated waistband if you want to try and squeeze in pancakes with your eggs.  The pancakes look AWESOME! 


The gorgeous blue of the jumper pulls out the colour from the print in the skirt.  I can't get enough of blue right now it seems.  
I need to arrange more brunch dates, who wants to come?!

*Post in collaboration with Hush*

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Monday, 8 September 2014

Made By Me #32

The one I love an awful lot!  I found this fabric on an American site but must have missed it in the UK as I couldn't get this colour way anywhere.  Obviously only this colour way would do so I ended up ordering it from a seller on Etsy and paying £15 in customs fees.  Ouch.  That hasn't spoiled it for me though, it is one of my most worn dresses.  I love the graphic print and the combination of colours.  Purple will always be my favourite colour even if I don't get to wear it very often. 

The beautiful Olivia Burton watch was kindly sent to me by The Watch Hut.  It's from the Modern Vintage collection, I love that it has a vintage feel to it.  I really love the pretty faced watches but they aren't something I would wear but this one is spot on.  Quite literally!  The polka dot design on the face is really unusual but still simple and I have been looking for a navy strap watch for a while.  I have bought quite a few navy based fabrics recently and this will work so well with them.  Ace!

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress

Christine Haynes Emery Dress
Dress: Made by me using Lizzy House Constellations
Shoes: Clarks

I received a comment on Saturday's post asking 'why do you always sew dresses with the same pattern/silhouette?'  Quite simply I only ever wear this silhouette.  If you look back through the ready to wear outfits featured over the past three years they are all the same silhouette.  It's what suits my body shape and what I feel most comfortable in.  As for why I only ever make the Emery then that too is pretty simple... I looked at the dresses in my wardrobe and realised I didn't really care for differing cuts.  I own 20+ versions of the Lucy dress by Emily and Fin for a start.  For me as long as it is the shape I feel comfortable in I am not too fussed on the pattern.  It's all about the fabric for me.  The Emery showcases fabrics perfectly, no waistband or princess seams to ruin the flow of the print.  Plus I have altered the Emery bodice so it fits me perfectly - no gaping or anything.  I have considered using a different pattern as I do own three I haven't yet used but I worry that I won't love the end result as much and I would wish I had made an Emery.  So there you go!  The Emery is my perfect dress - elbow length sleeves / full skirt / nipped in waist plus pockets.  I have made one with a v-back which I might do again and I might try my hand at adding a pleated skirt though I really, really, really hate ironing pleated skirts so I haven't convinced myself it's worth it yet!

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Made By Me #31

This will be the one I don't like.  I planned it for ages.  I got the lovely people at Plush Addict to put the two fabrics together and send me a photo so I could be certain they worked together.  I ummed and ahhed over which to make the skirt and which to use for the bodice and even which way round the bodice fabric would be.  They are coordinating fabrics from the same collection so I knew the colours would work but together as a dress I am just not sure.  I have only worn this dress once and really didn't feel good when wearing it.  I can't put my finger on what it is that I don't like.  I like both fabrics individually but together they have resulted in MEH.  What do you guys think?  Do you agree or is it all in my head?!





Dress: Made by me using Makower Henna Spot and Zig Zag Fabrics
Shoes: Clarks
 
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