Nicole Needles

I won this pattern a little while ago in a competition run by the lovely Stacey Stitch, and wanted to make the jumpsuit as soon as I saw it:

 

I used a poly cotton gaberdine  and came up with this version:

 

I made a few adjustments, specifically adding a waist seam with elastic, and slanted pockets at the front. To see some more details head over to my blog,  NicoleNeedles.

 

 

 

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It’s dark and grey here in London, so I fancied making something highly inappropriate and summery to cheer myself up. Here’s Vogue 8728 to the rescue:

I used a lovely poly-cotton from Minerva fabrics with a cute little nautical print:

 

The dress has a yoke on the front bodice, with a gathered bust section, making it pretty easy to fit. Because it’s the 40′s, there are little shoulder pads inserted under the cap sleeves. And the skirt is gathered, so it’s nice and swishy when you walk:

And to finish it, I made a simple belt  with a bow that sits on the waist:

All of this was courtesy of the Minerva Bloggers Network, which everyone should go and check out – there’s some great stuff on there made by some talented people, and the best bit is the fact that you can buy a kit of each project!

You can also check out my blog for more details: nicoleneedles.blogspot.co.uk

 

See you soon!

 

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I decided to break out of the my usual mid-century sewing and try something from the 1930′s. This pattern was a free download from Sew Vera Venus; after a bit of tweaking with the fit, it went together like a dream.

Here’s some details:

I used a light cotton with berries and flowers on a black and white gingham background, perfect for summer:

Fabric detail

The sleeves are super floaty and cut as a large circle. I couldn’t get it across in the photos, though; this is the best I could do:

flared sleeve

The skirt is cut on the bias, with a flared piece attached at the bottom. The dress moves and drapes with you, making it feel very dreamy and romantic! I didn’t want to ruin it all with a horrible zip, so I decided to use a side button placket. I even managed to find some little mother of pearl flowers that matched the fabric:

Close up of the button placket

And it’s all finished off at the back with a little belt, which I just tied in a simple bow:

And that’s it! One final look, and I’ll see you soon!

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I’ve had this pattern for years, and always liked its mix of 1960′s modern A-line shapes mixed with a more old-fashioned tailoring and elegance:

I made view 2 with the longer length sleeve from view 1 in a basic poly-cotton twill.

 

The bow at the front is black satin, and I added a self drafted collar in black satin to match:

The dress went together so easily – I didn’t have to make any adjustments to the size, and the A-line style is so comfortable and easy to wear.

Cold, windswept London - can you believe this is meant to be Spring?

I’ll post more details soon at my blog, nicoleneedles.blogspot.com

 

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