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Minerva Craft Blogger Network: Sew Over It - Eve Dress

Minerva Craft Blogger Network: Sew Over It - Eve Dress



Hi pinups! Time for another Minerva Craft Blogger Network make - I can't believe how quickly it's come around. And true to my retro summer style, it's yet another floral vintage inspired dress! I promise my next 3 makes will be different...

Like June, I also had a wedding in July, but this time around the wedding was more casual and took place in a beautiful farm setting. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try out the new Sew Over It Eve wrap dress!


Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Sew Over It Eve Dress

Fabric: Floral Print Cotton Poplin Fabric Silver

Notions: Satin ribbon/stay tape for the neck edge.

Sewing time: A day.

Modifications: None.

Fit: Pretty good.

Difficulty: I found finishing the centre front seams a little tricky, but otherwise straight forward.

Watch out for: Getting a tidy neck edge!

Make Again?: Yes! I think this is a great pattern and a flattering style.

You can see more of this dress in action in my July Sew & Tell YouTube video HERE.


For my full pattern review and images, CLICK HERE!


Thanks for reading, pinups.
xo
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See Everything I Made in July!

See Everything I Made in July!


It's time for a Sew & Tell! I'm a little late posting about in on my blog and it went up on my YouTube channel last week, but if you fancy have a peek at everything I made in July, then check out the video below...



July included mainly vintage inspired makes featuring Sew Over It, Simplicity & supplies from Minerva Crafts. 

Thanks for reading & watching, pinups! 
xo
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Simplicity 1940s 1590 - Cherry Top & GIVEAWAY!

Simplicity 1940s 1590 - Cherry Top & GIVEAWAY!


As part of my role of Simplicity's Vintage Ambassador I'll be giving my lovely followers a chance to win the vintage and retro patterns I sew too! This time around Simplicity have generously offered 3 copies of the 1940s 1590 top pattern for me to giveaway!



I decided to sew version A, the version without the tie or collar.
>> Read my full pattern review HERE <<

I'd recommend this pattern for beginners and beyond! This top pattern contains some great skills to expand your sewing knowledge, like facings, button holes and darts. But if you're not sure, don't forget I filmed a handy 'Stitch by Stitch' sew along video to help you along the way!

Click the below to view my tutorial video:
I'm really pleased with how my tops turned out. Especially as I made no adjustments to the pattern. They are the smart/casual tops my wardrobe needed! I especially love the super-simple sleeve, with no shoulder seam to sew, it's the easiest sleeve ever!
For your chance to win one of 3 copies of the Simplicity 1590 pattern, which includes 2 versions of this button up peplum top, here's what you need to do...
Head over to my Instagram page @craftypinup and find the above image on my profile, then follow these steps to enter:

- Repost this image to your profile (using a repost app or simply screen shot the image & post it)
- Tag me @craftypinup and Simplicity @simplicitynewlook in your post
- Use the hashtag #SimplicityThroughTheAges 
- Tell us about which garment you would make first! (I'm nosy!)

Terms:
- All the above instructions need to be completed for a valid entry.
- Your profile must be public for us to be able to see your entry.
- One entry profile.
- Open internationally.
- 3 winners will be selected at random on Friday 18th August and winners will be announced on my Instagram profile at 10am.
Thank you so much to everyone who tuned in to my Stitch by Stitch 1590 sew along video so far, it's turned into my most viewed video on my channel! Please do enter my Instagram giveaway, and good luck!

Thanks for reading, pinups!
xo

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Simplicity but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Simplicity 1590 - 1940s Vintage Top + Sew Along

Simplicity 1590 - 1940s Vintage Top + Sew Along



It's time for my next Stitch by Stitch video & pattern review blog post as Simplicity's Vintage Ambassador! After my struggles (and surprise) sewing the 1930s, I was super excited to start on my 1940s project. I feel much more at home in the 1940s as it's an era where pinup style was born and I can certainly see myself enjoying lots of the fashions.

For my 1940s Stitch by Stitch episode, I chose the 1590 top pattern.

Here's a peek at the pattern:

I chose this 1940s pattern rather than a dress as I've been eyeing this pattern up for a while and could really use some smart/casual blouses in my wardrobe to pair with jeans. I sew lots of dresses, so it certainly makes for a nice change!

Of course this isn't your usual sewing pattern review... In the video below you'll be able to follow along with me as I sew my take on the 1590 top, along with a close up look discussing the fit and details, along with an in depth pattern review.

Stitch by Stitch with Simplicity - 1590 Sew Along


If you have any questions about the blouse, please do leave a comment. I hope you find the video helpful and may even inspire someone to sew it!
I was really pleased to hear (from helpful Instagram commenters) that the 1590 top was a straightforward and speedy sew - certainly my favourite things! And I'm pleased to say I too found this pattern a joy to sew. There isn't anything particularly challenging in the construction of the top and it's a great pattern to learn new skills like button holes, facings and fit. 
I really enjoyed sewing the 1590 pattern and couldn't be happier with the outcome. I'm pleasantly surprised with how well it fits considering my... ahem... sizable bust. I did no full bust adjustment to the pattern which I thought I might have to do (hence sewing 2 versions/wearable toile). It fits really well around my waist, with the great fitting bust and flared hips, this blouse has me feeling all Joan Holloway.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simplicity Ladies Sewing Pattern 1590 Vintage Style 1940's Blouse Tops 

Fabric: Cotton poplin from Birmingham Rag Market.

Notions: 5 x 1/2 inch buttons.

Sewing time: An hour and a half.

Modifications: None whatsoever.

Fit: Perfection! Weird I know.

Difficulty: Easy-peasy! Beginners should definitely add this pattern to their wishlists!

Watch out for: Clean finishing will make this simple garment look professional. Think neat button holes, under-stitched facing and beautiful hems.

Make Again?: I already did! See my video above for a peek at my second cherry version. Coming to the blog soon.

Overall, I'm really happy I got the chance to sew this 1940s blouse pattern. It's exactly what my wardrobe needed and I know I'll be getting a tonne of wear out of my two versions. 

Coming soon...
I really hope you've enjoyed my 1940s Stitch by Stitch post and video as much as I have. Will you be adding this gorgeous, simple blouse to their sewing list?

Catch up on my previous Stitch by Stitch posts:


Thanks for reading, pinups!
xo

P.S. Stay tuned for more about this 1590 pattern ;)

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Simplicity but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Sew Over It - Elsie Dress

Sew Over It - Elsie Dress



I am so excited to be able to finally share this make with you! I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for Sew Over It's NEW Elsie Dress Printed Pattern, sewn with one of their equally beautiful fabrics. I knew this dress was going to be something special and it's been super hard not to gush all about it this past month!

Here's a peek at the pattern:

Again with the beautiful illustrations and beautiful Lisa!
Elsie is a stunning 1950s inspired dress (and skirt) pattern, with a princess seamed bodice and a full skirt exaggerated by the large pleats giving the dress a great structure, especially when worn with a petticoat underneath.


So the Elsie pattern is pretty good looking, but 'what about the sewing' I hear you ask! I found Elsie, overall, a pleasure to sew. There were a few techniques in this dress which I was reasonably new to. For example, when sewing the bodice lining the technique in this pattern was something I have not yet come across. Whilst I struggled with this step, the finished effect is wonderful and totally worth the bit of extra care. Also with my fabric being a weighty cotton sateen, it's a little thicker than some fabrics which probably added to my struggles.

Inside the dress, I really like the lining. It's part facing and part bodice lining and I used my floral fabric for the facings and black cotton for the lining and find the finished look to be really professional and clean looking. I'm thinking about filming a 'Behind the Seam's video on Elsie, would you be interested?


As I was testing the pattern, I didn't want to fiddle with the bodice and do an FBA and after my recent fitting success with the B5748 dress with no FBA I thought I could get away with it. But unfortunately, this dress does need a full bust adjustment. It isn't a fit issue that would keep me from wearing this dress, but I am conscious of it and will be doing an FBA next time.


Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Sew Over It - Elsie Dress Printed Dress Pattern

Fabric: Stretch Cotton – First Date

Notions: A 22" invisible zip.

Sewing time: A day.

Modifications: None

Fit: Great, other than my need for a full bust adjustment.

Difficulty: Perfect for confident beginners! There's lots of great skills to learn in this one.

Watch out for: Tidy pleats and matching them with the bodice seams.

Make Again?: Absolutely! Elsie's a winner in my eyes.


You may have noticed something in my hair.... Every lover of vintage style knows your wardrobe isn't complete without a hair flower (or 10) and the Veronica's Roses Clip in Light Pink from Daisy Jean Floral does not disappoint. It's a show stopping piece without being too large or heavy on the head. It feels so secure to wear and I think this gorgeous pink option was destined to be worn with my Elsie dress!


Overall, I'm in love with this pattern and in love with this fabric! It's shame about a bit of squashed boob, but that's my own fault and I'll be rocking this dress all the same. I can't wait to make another, perhaps in a lighter weight fabric (+ FBA) for a more casual day time version.

What do you think about the new Sew Over It Elsie Printed Pattern? Is she on your wish list?

Thanks for reading, pinups!
xo

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Minerva Craft Blogger Network - Retro Butterick B5748 Dress

Minerva Craft Blogger Network - Retro Butterick B5748 Dress



Hi pinups! Time for another make, and I couldn't wait to share this one with you! So much so, I bumped it up from my original August schedule to July instead. I've posted lots of snaps on my social media and it even got it's own video. It is of course the Retro Butterick B5748 dress pattern from 1960.

June Sewing Update & Wedding Guest Dress Reveal!



For my full pattern review and images, CLICK HERE!

I hope you guys love this dress as much as I do!
Thanks for reading, pinups!
xo
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My Sewing Pattern Stash & Organisation (+ shopping list!)

My Sewing Pattern Stash & Organisation (+ shopping list!)



Hi pinups! I recently asked my Instagram and Facebook followers to vote for a video on my YouTube channel. The choices were looking at my sewing pattern stash and how its organised, a full sewing room tour or my sewing room organisation. My pattern stash came out on top, and so I filmed a video showing you every single pattern I own!

My Pattern Stash + How I Organise My Sewing Patterns!


Pattern Stash Shopping List:


I really hope you guys enjoy the video! But fear not if you want to see the two other video topics, I'll be filming both at some point. How do you store your sewing patterns?

Thanks for reading and watching, pinups!
xo

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