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What I made – just another Salme Kimono top

September 22, 2015
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I made this top quite a while ago but only recently got round to photographing it. It’s another Salme Kimono top (see my other top here), my second one in fact, and I’m really loving this pattern!

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The fabric is from John Lewis in the sale, I think I bought it last Spring, or maybe even earlier. It’s a sort of drapey crepe, you can find a similar pattern fabric in John Lewis here, but it only seems to be available in cotton (which would also work for this top, it would just have less of a drape). It was really nice to sew with if a little slippery, but it’s by far one of my favourite items i’ve made so far. I wear it all the time, and it’s perfect for dressing up or down too.

For me, the fabric pattern and feel really help it to be quite versatile in that respect – it’s comfortable and laid back enough to wear as I have here – with sandals and jeans – and also if you put some smarter trousers or a skirt on, with some ankle boots. Hence why i’ve worn it so much, I guess!

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I’ll definitely be making myself another one of these tops soon – in fact i’ve already turned this pattern in to a dress I made for myself for our holiday in Sardinia, which you can sort of see below. It’s a minty green colour, with silver thread to make it a bit more interesting around the neckline and hem.

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I’ve got my eye on quite a few of Salme’s patterns, they are so lovely and actually really straightforward to sew. I think this halter top is a definite contender – perfect for a night out, made in some shimmery fabric, and how can I resist the Sofia dress ?! I’m thinking simple black with a colour pop of teal or coral for the cut out bit…

There are loads more thing I’ve made which i’ve not blogged about yet, so watch this space for more posts!

Love Sofia <3

Sewing, Things i've made

What I made – a forest green silk Elisalex dress

December 10, 2014
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I have been making Tony’s coat, but really wanted to make myself something new for a wedding a couple of weeks ago. So I found myself in Fabricland again, looking at the silk velvet and the silk satin dupion and wandering which one to go for. I really wanted a green dress for ages, so this silk satin dupion (not real silk, but hey!) in the forest green colour was just calling out to me.

This is the third Elisalex i’ve made, and it’s definitely the best one so far, although i’m still making them way too long and having to chop a load off at the end.

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It was a bit chilly outside so I had to wear my coat for some of the photos…but I think it’s good to see how it works with various accessories!

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So, my seam matching isn’t perfect at the front, but they are both the same amount ‘out’ on each side. And actually the seams on the side all match so i’m not too fussed.

I love this pattern, however next time I will give it a go with either a gathered or pleated skirt, and not do the tulip skirt. It is really nice as a tulip, and looks very smart and so lovely with heels too, but I need to move away from the tulip a bit and branch out to do something else with this pattern. Plus, it’s not as practical for everyday wear.

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I lined the bodice (as per the pattern instructions) but didn’t do the skirt – to be honest with this fabric and the tulip skirt, I didn’t really think it necessary. I am really please with how the lining looks, and I slip stitched it all in so it’s nice and neat. I also used a ‘catchstitch’ for the hem which i’ve never done before, and it turned out just fine!

I always find the hem on this skirt really hard to do, probably because of the tulip shape. Does anyone else ever get this?

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All in all i’m pretty please with this version, it took my a Sunday afternoon to make it all up, and then an evening after work to finish off, hem and tidy up – probably the quickest sewing project i’ve ever done!

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<3 Sofia xx

Sewing, Things i've made

What I wore: my ‘Elisalex’ to a beautiful wedding

July 31, 2013

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At the weekend we went to a wedding, and i’ve been dying for an opportunity to finish off the Elisalex dress i’ve been making and take it on it’s first outing.

Turns out baby blue is the perfect colour for a wedding guest dress, and it went perfectly with my sequin blazer and wedges!

The wedding itself was a beautiful day – the location was just perfect and the weather almost held off all day. One of Tony’s oldest friends from the Isle of Wight was getting married to his girlfriend of 10 years, and it was a lovely ceremony and really good fun. Needless to say the bride looked beautiful!

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From left to right: The bride and groom, human pyramid, John and Heather, wedding flowers

Back to my Elisalex dress!

I had to play around quite a bit with the bodice on this one, as the original one I made straight from the pattern was a bit short, so I lengthened it a couple of centimetres. I also made the arm hole slightly bigger so that the straps were also a bit thinner, as with the original one it cut in to my arm pits a bit. Also, I feel like things that are really tight up to my arm pit aren’t particularly flattering on my upper arms…

I had an issue with the princess seams too – as you can probably tell from the photos. I now understand that you don’t need to bunch up the fabric for a princess seam as this does cause unsightly bumps. However I don’t think they were too noticeable on the dress from far away, and as a first go I don’t think I did too bad!

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Rest of the outfit:

 Sequin blazer from Miss Selfridge (in the sale ages ago!)
 Wedges by Kurt Geiger
♥ Medium pale blu glitter bow by Crown and Glory
 Rimmel ‘Kate Moss’ lasting lipstick
 Barry M nail varnish in coral red

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I’m wondering whether I should take the seam allowance in slightly in the next version I make to make it ever so slightly tighter around my waist. What do you think?

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This has been my favourite make so far – the pattern is really lovely and after I got over the first few hurdles with the bodice isn’t actually that hard. I am planning to make many more of these, and will also try some sleeved versions for the winter, as well as a version with a non-tulip skirt. Once i’ve perfected it I have some amazing Liberty print curtain fabric which I think will be perfect for this pattern!

Big, sewing love and congrats to Leo and Jen!

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