Tartan tea dress: inspirations behind the project

I’m constantly on the look out for new designs or fabrics to inspire my next project. Since I got married and made my own tartan shawl in the OH’s family tartan, (see photos from our 2015 wedding here and wedding sewing/DIY projects here), I keep thinking about how I can bring in more of Scottish culture and history into my designs.

One that I feel personal about is the OH’s family tartan. Unfortunately I learned from making the wedding stole (see here) that the family hunting tartan is not one that is sold commercially so will cost more for this particular tartan to be sourced (the half metre of light woolen tartan fabric cost me about £36 for the stole). Even if I can’t use the OHs’ family tartan, I figured I can still use another tartan for my next dressmaking project.

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Updates on my cut out back dress: how to machine sew a buttonhole

I bought a vintage pattern for making a cut out back dress a while ago but I never had the chance to really use it. I hadn’t found the right fabric for the dress I had in mind (see my previous post with inspirations here).

When I did finally find fabric that I really liked, I didn’t hesitate to buy it online. The only issue was it was in quite see through printed chiffon fabric. With the cut out back dress, I would definitely need a lining, but I would also need to work out the logistics on how to hide the sewing on the seams.

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Looking back on our wedding: tips for planning your big day

Time really does fly, whether you’re having fun or not! It seemed like just earlier this year that I was planning our wedding and today we’re celebrating our first wedding anniversary!

Your wedding day is one of the most important milestones in your life (including starting university or college, starting your first job, finding your first love, having your first child…the list goes on) and it involves, like with other important milestones, a lot of preparation, stress and high emotions. With all the planning involved, I thought it might be helpful for prospective brides to hear some of what I learned from spending 2.5 years planning our 2015 wedding.

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New dressmaking project: 3D chiffon flower dress

One of the downfalls of trying to find inspiration for keeping the creative juices flowing is finding new projects. That’s one such dilemma I find myself in. After taking a hiatus from sewing after all the dressmaking I had done last year for our wedding, I found myself in a quandry. I just couldn’t find the motivation to start sewing again. None of the fabrics in thes hop seemed to catch my interest. I needed something, anything to bring me out of this sewing block. Until I found similar fabric to this in the shop.

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For the love of shoes: inspiration my rose gold project

The summer sun is finally shining brightly and all the pretty vests and summer dresses and skirts are coming out of my drawers! I noticed my penchance for either black or brown shoes and sometimes find it hard to pair flats with something in a bright pop of colour. What about finding a versatile pair of flats or heels you can wear to dress up an outfit for a night out, but can also be worn with formal wear?

Maybe unconsciously I reach for a dark brown or black pair of boots for the colder months, but in the summer I want a pair of beautiful heels. My most recent obsession is the wow factor and versatility of a pair of lovely metallic rose gold heels.

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Costume wardrobe crush: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I don’t go to the cinema very much anymore, it seems like such a high price for a ticket to watch a film which might be good (or not). I only ever venture to the big screens for a film that really catches my attention and I just have to see with friends. Otherwise, I wait till I’ve read the reviews and decide if I want to get the DVD when it comes out. This year, my one ‘must brave the crowds to see’ film was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and I couldn’t be more delighted.
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New dressmaking project: the glam jacquard dress

No matter what anyone says, I’m a firm believer that women can never have too many dresses.

I think all those who believe in the motto ‘less is more’ when it comes to those with overflowing wardrobes and drawers would look at me in horror for saying this, but it’s true. Everyone appreciates beauty in a different way. Some like fancy sports cars, others like beautiful precious gemstones, artwork or big mansion houses. For me, beauty is in attention to the detail. Each dress carries its own unique beauty factor in the detail: this can be in the pleats, the stitching, the design of the dress or the fabric.

A recent charity find has brought back the sewing bug in me. After sewing 5 dresses for our wedding last year, I’ve been on a bit of a dressmaking/craft hiatus, but I’m now excited to get back on the bandwagon because of a beautiful fabric I’ve been seeing around a lot: jacquard.

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Our DIY wedding in photos!

A big thank you to everyone who’s helped make our wedding such a special day, especialy all the family and friends who came from all over the world.If anyone wanted to read about the projects that we were involved in for our wedding, you can click on my blog posts below for more information:

Disclaimer: All photos used in this post have either been taken by myself, family and friends, or our friend Asim of Fuzed Bulb who was our wedding photographer and should not be used anywhere else without prior permission.

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A weather for woolen capes: my winter DIY/dressmaking project

I don’t know about the weather where you are when you’re reading this, but it’s starting to feel an awful lot like winter’s coming to Edinburgh. The haar’s (Scots for the fog that comes from the sea) here and it’s starting to feel cool. It’s not quite thick wool coat, gloves and hat weather yet, but we need to start thinking about layering up for the cold. I could never really work out the cape for practical reasons, but it’s one of those styles that I couldn’t get off my mind. Especially the ones that don’t bunch up when you’re carrying a hobo bag on your shoulder because the opening for your arms are just slits.

I prefer styles like the one below where your arms are properly covered and give your figure some shape, but if you like you could also flip back the top section so that you can leave your arms free.

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DIY tutorial: the pleated tea party dress

A while back, I had the idea to sew a pleated dress. I felt that the grey tartan fabric was slightly too formal (more work or business appropriate) and I needed a dress to wear for a friend’s wedding over the weekend. I had bought other fabric on Etsy and decided to start using the Chinese blossom watercolour print cotton I bought especially for this dress.

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