the geranium in bloom

Well hello! Another rehash of the shop blog! As I nurse my painfully badly bruised knee back to health (thanks Canterbury city council for keeping your walk ways clear of packing tape) here is the one of only 2 May makes I managed this month

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Last week we got our first kids pattern in, yay! I find a lot of children’s dress patterns a bit frumpy, a bit ruffled and a bit over the top. The Geranium by Made By Rae patterns is none of that. it’s basically the Washi dress in kids version. (and without the elastic shirring!) You could have a matching set if you felt inclined. Beauty of this is you can use so many different fabric’s, I love patterns where you can use medium weight quilting cotton- it just opens up the scope of possibility.

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There is 2 different versions in this pattern, it can be made into either a dress or top with three different sleeves versions and three different neckline and the option to make it ruffled or pleated.

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I opted for faux capped sleeve. basic neckline and a ruffled skirt , mainly because I’ve done much gathering and never pleated before and the ruffled sleeves looked a bit beyond my easy, quick Saturday morning frame of mind- and pocket version.everything has to have pockets!

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I’ve made up the biggest size, which is a 5 but it is on the smaller size (I was making it for my skinny minnie) so may need to add extra to the top bodice if need be. I used a meter and a half of the Cats heads in blue by Wee Wander Gallery, the good thing about this fabric is the heads are small enough that I didn’t stress out too much about pattern matching. I can be lazy with stuff like that.

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The construction is straight forward, As usual I used the Swedish tracing paper to begin with (used on the GBSB didn’t you know) The rest was a breeze, unless you count when I read the pattern wrong and closed the wrong bit of the bodice – (then lost the seam ripper for a full 20 minutes- That made me loose it). Obviously I’m an impatient person and I only ever skim pattern instructions- always resulting in unpicking, (I NEVER learn).

backbodiceSo that was it. A nice make. It went out for a walk around London on Monday, and it didn’t fall apart which is always a bonus – and it has even been in the wash and come out in one piece on the other side- no fraying whatsoever, winning!

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Making the Bettine dress

Hello, it’s been awhile hasn’t it?

There’s been lots going on, but if you randomly ask me, whats been happening, I will probably say oh nothing much. I’m behind on all of the wedding prep..like way behind and I will say that I got a some new patterns into the store , a whole 6 of them and it took a massive, massive chunk out of my Sunday to add them all on, cross reference everything, do the social media thing pause for a ballet rehearsal (not mine lol! I would look pretty bloody bad in a tutu.) and that was all of Sunday. I think I underestimate how long it takes to do  EVERYTHING.

So this is a bit of a rehash from my shops blog but I know not the whole word reads that so I’ve added it here with a few extra bits. (I’m insinuating the whole world reads this…errr No, I’m fully aware it does not.)

Making the Bettine..this took me 5 weeks to finish..and I went up an arse size in between, why did it take so long?

Reason 1,  I made half of it and then my front room was full of junk and I couldn’t get to anything, finally Mr CM had a BBQ, panicked that people were going to walk through the house and finally cleaned it up. (I was on protest- it wasn’t my stuff clogging up the front room,and I wasn’t going to clean it all up…even if it did get on my tits. I’m sure he will strongly disagree with this and there will be some kind of mini disagreement. With a lot of annoying nasal sounding errrrr’s)

Reason 2 Biscuits.

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So here it is, I warn you there is some shameless linking and promotion in this.

Making the Bettine

It’s May and a lot of sewist are making loads of amazing things for May Makes, which is making me feel unproductive. So I took some action! We have some great budget chambray (£8 a meter!)  in our store and I debated between 3 different patterns to use it with, so I put the question to Instagram- because that’s what you do in 2016 right?

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So I put it out there and it came back that I should make the Bettine, which I was glad for as I wanted an easy fast sew (I say fast.. it took a month!) . The only problem I wish I could foresee was that I ate too many biscuits between cutting the pattern and making the pattern.

I traced all my pieces using Swedish Tracing paper, and this is why I do this, as I had to re trace the size again when I messed up the bottom half.

The bodice came together really easily and quite fast. What I really do want the more dress making I do is an over locker, my zig zag is ok, but it really needs overlocking.

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I did the pocket version , because for me a pocket is essential in all of my clothing. I like walking around looking cool and nonchalant with my hands in my pockets. The first version all came together well, and then I had to put the elastic in…but as you do, I left it, and came back to it a few weeks later

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So it’s a few weeks later, and I thought best to try on the pieces before I sewn it all together. The top was fine, but I wish I knew what happened (biscuits) to the bottom, because that was snug. As you can see on the picture above (the lines at the bottom are the give away). I didn’t want to make the whole front panel again so I just took the back off and made it a size bigger.This is apparently an old tailors secret, how they made garments slimmer- top idea.  It worked, it looks a bit hippy. If I make it again, I’ll make it less fish tail at the bottom .

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For some reason, every time I look at this picture I can hear the song Big Bottom by Spinal Tap.

I just realised how different my language is on my store blog as oppose to this one. We’ve know each other for awhile now- I feel I can be more relaxed.

It’s nice to wear, if only I had made it more roomier. I can’t wear leggings with this, it’s like that 5 mm or extra fabric underneath is just too much to ask (and that was after I made it larger!) Maybe I’m giving myself too much seam allowance? I just wanted to get it done in the end as with most of my makes. For example that Nerogri men’s shirt is almost finished shirt is still sitting in my basket a year later just because I put the placket sleeve in upside down and I really cant face it…so close , so far away. I tried this week after I finished the Bettine, I was like “YEAH , BRING IT, I CAN FACE ANYTHING!!” Then rockette woke up and came downstairs and I had to do breakfast and then Adventure Time was on and I said, I’ll do it tomorrow…..which I did not.

I’ve started on a kids dress which shouldn’t take that long. Who mentioned unfinished quilts? No One? Good.

Great British Sewing Bee has started again, and Tuesday morning a colleague said to me (as with bake off..another person tho) You should be on that show, you would be great on it. Again let me explain why, purely because I would be the sweary, loose cannon ,wild card that would be screaming at the end of each challenge “shit shit ,Oh F^&&^£k this who’s got a GLUE GUN ? STAT!!” I panic even watching that show, it would only go bad if I went on it..plus I don’t really have the skills…the ballroom dress skills..If I did I’d be making my own wedding dress. (I’m not having a ballroom gown though).

You can get the Bettine dress pattern, the fabric and all the other bits from my shop The Crafty Mastermind, but hey- you already knew that!

Enough of this gas bagging. TTFN.

BTW- Lack of Eurovision comment this year. I still can’t talk about it, it’s too painful, and too infuriating.