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My Summer Holiday Sewing Makes

My Summer Holiday Sewing Makes

I had the opportunity to travel to Uganda during my summer holiday. Just in case you are not aware, I am born and raised in Uganda (a beautiful country located in East African). My family and I relocated to the UK which has turned into our second home. I know I should be talking about my sewing makes for the summer holiday.

If you are a sewist and you have a holiday booked, I am almost certain a handmade wardrobe might be the first thing you think about. Uganda is warm all year round, and most of my handmade clothes favoured the British weather. So I had to come up with sewing plans specifically for that holiday.

Here is the video where I share with you what I sewed up for the holiday. I hope you enjoy it.

I would also like to share with you in detail the patterns I used for my summer holiday makes.

Firstly, I made up three Cami tops using the True Bias – Ogden Cami Pattern, a well-loved sewing pattern in the sewing community. It comes together in pretty much any lightweight fabric however I prefer making it out of viscose fabric.

I also made up this gorgeous unicorn dress for my princess using a pattern from a Burda Style Magazine. Burda 06/2019 #129. It was made out of a cotton poplin fabric.

burda 06/2019 #129

I also hacked the Simplicity 8178 jumpsuit pattern into lightweight summer pants which I wore a lot during the holidays.

Simplicity 8178 Trouser Hack

And the final project I made was the viscose zebra print night robe made using the stoff & Stil kimono pattern.

Stoff & stil Kimono

Thank you for stopping by…

 

Nina Lee Patterns – Camden Pinafore ft Minerva crafts

Nina Lee Patterns – Camden Pinafore ft Minerva crafts

If you know a bit about me, you would not be surprised that I love pinafores. They are a versatile piece of clothing which can easily be worn all year round. I tend to wear them on their own during the warmer months and layered up in colder ones.

I received this amazing leopard print needlecord fabric from Minerva Crafts in exchange for a blog post reviewing the fabric. It was such a beautiful fabric that required an equally beautiful piece made out of it. That’s why I went for Nina Lee Camden Pinafore and Skirt pattern.

If you would like to read about this leopard print pinafore, here is the link that will take you to the post on the Minerva Crafts blog. I hope you enjoy it.

But if for any reason you would prefer watching my review video instead, you may find it below.

Nina Lee – Camden pinafore review video
True Bias – OgdenCami Dress Hack

True Bias – OgdenCami Dress Hack

I recently joined the team of Minerva Crafts Makers, which is an exciting experience. Just in case you do not have an idea what I am talking about… (i have got you :D). Minerva Crafts is a big online fabric store here in the UK. And it collaborates with a number of sewists by giving them fabric in exchange for a blog post reviewing that fabric.

When I received my very first fabric from them, I got pretty excited and got my thinking hat on. I was inspired by the midi dresses with flounces or ruffles that are everywhere on the high street.

French Connection
Urban Outfitters
Valentino

I decided to hack the True Bias Ogden Cami pattern to recreate a similar style using the Stretch Crepe Fabric that I received from Minerva Crafts. I never thought I would love a midi dress as I tend to opt for either a knee-length or a maxi-dress. However, I was pleasantly surprised to love the dress.

If you are interested to know how I went about hacking the Ogden Cami Pattern into a midi summer dress, here is the link that will take you to the post on the Minerva crafts blog. Enjoy!

Love Notions  Summer Basics Tank & Dress Sewing Pattern Review

Love Notions Summer Basics Tank & Dress Sewing Pattern Review

I had the honour of pattern testing the Love Notions Summer Basics Tank and Dress pattern which was released early this month. It is a must-have pattern for anyone who would love to sew up a summer wardrobe in jersey fabric. I have previously pattern tested for Love Notions, and I love how their patterns are drafted as well as their well-written instructions.

Pattern Description

The Summer Basics Tank & Dress Pattern features three views which include a tank, knee-length dress and maxi dress. Although all these views are fitted in the bust, the dress views have some ease in both the waist and hip area. On the other hand, the tank view is fitted throughout which makes it a perfect piece for layering. It is worth noting that all Love Notions patterns come with a full bust piece which makes it perfect for all body shapes and sizes.

Pattern Sizing

This pattern comes in seven sizes ranging from XS to XXXL, and each of these sizes comes with a full bust piece. And I sewed up a maxi version in size XS which fits pretty well.

Fabric Used

I sewed up the maxi version in Cotton jersey fabric (95% cotton and 5% elastane) which has both sufficient stretch and recovery. And I purchased this beautiful colourful fabric from Pounds fabric (an online shop that stocks discounted fabrics) unfortunately, the fabric I used is out of stock.

Pattern Alterations

  • Sway back adjustment – this is an alteration I often make on most of the dresses I sew up.
  • Shortened the maxi dress by two inches at the hem as it came up quite long.

Conclusion

I recommend this pattern to anyone who would like a go-to summer essentials wardrobe pattern. It is a timeless pattern with three wardrobe basics which suit everyone. And the pattern instructions are well-written with an additional video tutorial on attaching both the neck and arm binding. I plan to sew up many more pieces from this pattern given the three versions it has to offer.

Nina Lee Patterns Carnaby dress pattern Review

Nina Lee Patterns Carnaby dress pattern Review

Who does not love a good comfortable shift dress for summer? I always forget that the world summer is relative to wherever you stay. I am in the UK, and to be honest with you for a total of six years I have lived in this lovely country, I have only experienced just one true summer. Being a tropical girl, one warm day amidst a week of rainy and cloudy does not count as summer. Let me stick to talking about the Carnaby dress by Nina Lee Patterns.

Pattern Description

The Carnaby dress is a shift style dress with separate bodice and skirt piece and of with inseam front pockets. The skirt piece connects to the bodice at around the hipline which makes it really interesting. And the separate bodice and skirt pieces allow for colour blocking. This dress also features an exposed zipper at the back.

The Carnaby dress offers two style options; View A which is a sleeveless dress and View B with short sleeves. Both can be made out of a range of fabrics and can also be worn in the colder months with some layers.

Pattern Sizing:

This pattern runs from sizes 6 up to size 20. And according to the pattern size recommendations, I was a size 6 at the bust and in between sizes 8 and 10 for both waist and hips. I decided to cut up two dresses in size 6 for both the bust and the waist which I blended into a size 8 at the hips. I decided not to cut the waist at size 8 considering it is a shirt dress which has some ease around the waist and the hips. 

The pattern fitted pretty well all around apart from the armscye which felt small and the sleeves were a bit tight considering I cut up the recommended size at the bust. I plan to sew up the second one I cut up then omitting the sleeves and hoping it will fit much better. 

Fabric Used:

I made this version out of an African wax print (Ankara fabric) I got from Uganda (home) which sewed up beautifully. And I have a second one cut up already in light blue chambray fabric.

Conclusion

I love how my very first Carnaby dress turned out and I plan to make more in the near future. However, I intend to cut up a size 8 all throughout as that might give me the best fit around the sleeves.

And one thing I have also loved with this pattern is the well-written instructions and especially the instructions on sewing the exposed zipper on which are brilliant.

The Carnaby dress is a well-drafted pattern and I am sure it would look nice on various body shape.

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