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Now some things for me…

I do love making bags. Love it. But this summer (as well as keeping the bag-making going), I decided to give myself a new challenge and make some things for me to wear. Yup – actual clothes!

I have made a couple of simple A-line skirts before, and a pair of pj bottoms (I do love my pjs and think you can never have enough!) but what I love about bags is, they don’t have to FIT anyone. So you don’t need to be uber-precise with cutting, etc. So, I thought I would step outside my comfort zone and give it a go.

The first thing I did was purchase a pattern from Tilly & The Buttons: the Coco dress. I love Tilly’s blog and have been following her since she was on the Great British Sewing Bee back in 2013. Her blog posts are fun and helpful, full of good advice, but the best thing is that she explains everything really well for the novice dressmaker. If you want to try your hand at making clothes, you should get her book: Love At First Stitch. A lovely collection of patterns with great, detailed step-by-step instructions.

Anyway, I ordered the Coco dress from her shop and chose some fabric and it was actually really simple. Her instructions are so good and clear and there are plenty of photos to show you what yours should look like! I have never worked with jersey fabric before so was a bit nervous but it turned out well and I’m really pleased with it. I have worn it loads, and it’s had lots of positive comments. It’s a slip-on dress with no fitted elements and it’s really comfy. I’d like to try my hand at matching stripes next to make one in Breton stripes, a la Tilly!

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The Coco Pattern. You can buy it from Tilly’s shop.
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I fell in love with this quirky fabric. Chocolate & orange – one of my favourite combinations!
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The finished dress. I love it.

I then got the bug and decided the next thing should be a fitted dress! Having never ever made a dress before the Coco, this was a bold move on my part, to jump to something with shaping, darts and facings. It  was scary! Luckily I had bought a gorgeous piece of fabric, then I discovered the perfect pattern and decided to dive right on in…you can see the results in my next post!

Oh, but before I go, some exciting news to share. I have had one of my cosmetic pouches featured in an Etsy treasury this week – go have a look!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/NTY5NzEzMHwyNzI0MTAwMjc5/autumn-sunburst 

Have any of you tried Tilly’s patterns?

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My life as a bag lady

So, a few years ago I began to sew. I’ve always loved crafts and making things, and apart from a couple of small things I made at school (more years ago than I care to remember!), I had little knowledge of sewing. I bought a cheap, basic machine, signed up for an evening class and that’s where the passion was ignited!

The first thing I made was a cushion cover, then a simple skirt and a bag. The first bag of many hundreds of bags that I have made over the years! I have to admit, I love bags. The first one I made was following a store-bought pattern and under the supervision of my sewing teacher. I still sometimes use it, years later. It’s not the best I’ve made but it was my first, so I love it.

Well, once I had started making more bags, I realised that while I do love them, there is a limit to the amount one girl could use. Even someone who carries tons of stuff around, like me! So I began making them for presents. Then someone said “you should sell these” and so I did. I began by doing a couple of craft fairs and then signed up with Etsy. I now have an Etsy shop and it is so exciting when people like (and even buy) one of my bags. I have sent them all over the world.

So, following my first post when someone commented “show us yer bags”, here they are! You can find my shop at www.luckybear.etsy.com  If you drop by, do let me know what you think. And if you like something, please feel free to buy! Here are a few to give you a flavour…

A book bag in one of my favourite fabircs. I LOVE orange - you will discover that about me!
A book bag in one of my favourite fabrics. I LOVE orange – you will discover that about me!
Love this print from IKEA.
Love this print from IKEA.
One of my tweed bags...with a Scottie dog motif.
One of my tweed bags…with a Scottie dog motif.