Friday, 11 August 2017

A little more hams and sausages?

Whhooooooo I really am on a roll this week with blog posts hey? I have just parked my behind down on our very comfortable sofa (I do love our sofa, its one of those ones where when you sit on it you never want to get up again lol!!), with a very large cup of coffee and I'm trying to tie up all the loose ends so that Mr.B and I can spend the whole weekend relaxing together.

So while I was also on a roll of fun making, I decided to sew together some of the Tailors Ham and Sausage pressing sets that I made myself a few weeks ago. This kinda happened by accident, well I say this, I'm blaming it on you, the lovely people who asked would I be making any more....well here they are :D


I've made two sets and although I do enjoy making them, I don't think I will be making anymore, due to being focused on other things. So if you want to get your hands on a set be quick!! 

Obviously I had to make a sewing themed set!! And I have to admit I am a little bit in love with these ones!! One side there are vintage sewing items and on the other a gorgeous yellow letter set print.


The measurements are : 

HAM : 24cm x 18cm x 10cm
SAUSAGE : 29cm x 8cm x 6.5cm


They are made from cotton and are filled with sawdust....the good old fashioned way!!!


This is the second set, a gorgeous lime and teal floral pattern with a teal abstract floral print on the otherside.


I think they would make a fantastic gift for a sewing enthusiast or if you just really love ironing and want some fun and colour in your life, you totally need these!!!!


The sets are £20 plus £3.40 postage.

They are listed on my website, facebook and instagram but if you're interested just leave me a comment below :D

Have a great weekend my lovelies, I will be back on Monday with the next instalment of my dressmaking adventures!!!! 
.......
Emma xxx

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Balls, balls, balls

Felt ones that is........


Time for a little time out post from all the dressmaking I think. Can you believe it will be 10 weeks tomorrow since I left my job?!! I can in one hand as it feels like a lifetime ago and then I cant in another as I would like to have another 10 weeks off :D that cant happen though I have to get back to a day job soon. I've applied for a number of jobs and think I finally pin pointed the type of job that I want to do....I just have to get it now!! (think positive!)


Any way in amongst all the dressmaking (self discovery), the job applications and everything else I seem to be filling my time with I've been indulging in a little bit of fun making. After the pencil cases I wanted to make some more of the felt coasters that I'd made for my sewing room. I just think that they are so bright and cheerful, really sturdy and can be made in any colours you want!!! 


A simple way to add a little bit of colour to your room!!! 


This one is my fav but of course that's because I have one in the same colours in my sewing room :D

Not blowing my own trumpet but I also though that the felt ball push pins that I made for my notice board looked fantastic so I made a load of those too. They are all on my website available to buy, tough part now is just choosing which ones are your favourite!!!

Right I'm off to grab a cuppa and a chocolate biscuit!!!
...Oh yes and cut out some fabric to make a skirt....post coming soon.

Emma xxx

Friday, 4 August 2017

Sew Over It - Poppy Play Suit

Happy Fri-yay my lovelies, I hope you have all had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend, I know I am. Hopefully the weather will be nice enough to spend sometime in the garden.


So I'm back today to show you the next item on my 'Make 9' list, which is the Sew Over It - Poppy Play suit. This pattern was a free with issue 16 of Simply Sewing Magazine and as soon as I opened my subscription I knew I wanted to make this one. Its right up my street. Again the fabric that I used for this make was another bargain from ebay, it was only about £2-£3 a meter. And as I am practising and getting back into dressmaking I thought it was a good budget fabric for having a go at this one.

I did think that maybe I was making things difficult for my self by choosing a textured crepe and I have to admit it was a little slippery to work with. But because of the lovely drape of the fabric and the pattern, you dont need to be too precious with it.


I know I say this a lot but I love to overlock!!! If it were a hobby it certainly would be mine :D 

I managed to get the bodice sewn together relatively quickly, its an easier pattern than it looks, there is a front bodice piece and two back pieces, the sleeves are part of the bodice so no sleeve setting for this one. Then you have two front pieces and two back pieces for the shorts and of course a neckline facing.


Once it started coming together I realised how much I loved the fabric that I had chosen and persevering with its slipperiness was so worth it!


I was really surprised at how quickly it came together, the pattern instructions were really easy to understand and very straightforward to follow. The only part I would say I didn't like was slip stitching the turn ups on the sleeves and hem of the shorts. And because of the drape of the fabric I chose I ended up slip stitching the top of the turn ups too as they were flopping down a little. In the end it was worth it, maybe next time I will use something with a little less drape so that it stays in shape once you press it.


So this is the finished garment and I absolutely love it, the fit is perfect and I love the style. It looks great dressed up with heels and a jacket but also looks great with sandals or pumps to go for a more casual look. What do you think?

My aim is to be able to make myself a staple wardrobe of classic items that wont go out of fashion, so once I have figured out which patterns are going to feature in my capsule collection then I can get cracking on some more makes, I'm thinking a midnight blue crepe for this pattern I think it would look gorgeous!!

Next on the list is the Sew Over it - Ultimate shift dress.....sorry I know all of my makes so far are SOI ones but I promise there are some other patterns coming soon :D

Have a fabulous weekend my lovelies, see you next week...
Emma xxx

Friday, 28 July 2017

Sew Over it - Silk Cami part 2

 Hello my lovelies, I do hope you've all had a good week. Its been a mix for me this week, hindered with a sore neck/shoulder, coldsore and headaches. Still trying to be really productive though to push through it. 


I just wanted to pop by to show you some photos that I've taken wearing the Sew Over It - Silk Cami that I made. I really love it and think that it goes great with a pair of jeans and a jacket. 


I mentioned in my last post that I made another one, as soon as I saw this material over on Sewisfaction's website I had to get some. Its a cotton poplin and the bee print is gorgeous. 

If you're thinking, I wish I could make my own clothes, do it!!!! Go on give it a try, honestly if you can sew at a basic level, you'll be fine. I always say sewing is easy to learn you just have to have the confidence to give it a go!!


I don't think these will be the last cami's that I make, I can see them being a staple in my wardrobe for sure. I did however prefer the drape of the crepe back satin for this style of top rather than the poplin. But I just couldn't resist the bees :D

Next on the list of makes, Sew Over It - Poppy Play Suit,

have a super weekend.....

Emma xxx

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Sew over it - Silk Cami

Hello my lovelies, I'm so sorry for the break in posts, I've been feeling unwell for the last week or so. I had planned in 3 posts over the last 2 weeks but non of them materialised. Believe it or not I've felt really run down, I think a lot of it is psychological but it has brought out my famous cold-sores. Great!! Urrrgghhh!! 

Anyway onto something more fun than that...I've managed to complete another of my Make 9 items, well I actually made this a couple of weeks ago and have since made another. But here is my journey.


I've seen quite a few people on Instagram making the Sew over it, Silk cami, so I thought I'd give it a go too. I love the retro images on the pattern packet. Its the type of top I love to throw on with a pair of trousers or jeans and pair with a cardi.


I had bought this beautiful panel of Italian designed, silk backed crepe a while before I bought the pattern. So I was living in hope that I would be able to squeeze a top out of it. I managed to cut the main front and back pieces out of it but had to cut the facings out of some plain white crepe. But to be honest that was better, otherwise you would have seen the pattern of the fabric on the facings through the outer garment which I didn't like.


The pattern is really simple, a front piece, a back piece, front facing and back facing. I always like to use a high lighter to mark out the size I want to cut out and because this was my first attempt I decided to trace off the pattern rather than cut it. I made the 12 based on the finished garment sizes due to my bust lol, I didn't want the 10 to be crushing them.


It was a little nerve wracking cutting out the beautiful fabric, it was a little slippery so I decided it would help if I pinned it to the carpet first, that worked a treat.


I cut it so that the blue panel on the fabric was at the bottom of the top, obviously lining up the grain line correctly too. It didn't take too long to sew together, the pattern calls for french seams at the sides. I haven't sewn a french seam since I was at college and had honestly forgotten how beautiful they are once finished. I had a little trouble with the hem stretching out slightly but this was corrected with a little bit of steam pressing. 


And here it is all finished, I must show you a photo of it on it looks gorgeous with jeans and a dress jacket. I actually wore it out on Friday night when we went out for dinner with my Dad.


It wouldn't finished off properly if it didn't have one of my labels sewn inside now would it. 

I can happily tick that one off my list now, already planning my next make :D

thanks for reading....

Emma xxx

Friday, 7 July 2017

***FABRIC DE-STASH*** MUST GO!!!!

Hello my lovelies, another post on a Friday?!?! Well I just had to come and tell you (if you didnt already know) that I am trying to de-stash all of my cotton fabrics that I have accumulated in the time I made bags.

I really need to get rid of it all to make room for my dressmaking fabrics, I just don't have the room to store it all and it makes more sense that it would go to someone who would make something beautiful out of it. 

If you are interested in any of them, please leave a comment on this post of which numbers you would like and your email address (if you are comfortable posting it here, if not email me : emma@bagladee.com) and I will work out postage for you.

Sizes and prices (extremely low) will be in the text below the photo. Any questions please just shout up....help me make room! If you could let your other crafty friends know I'd really appreciate it.


Top Fabric - No.1 : £2.50 
Dimentions: 58cm x 110cm

Bottom Fabric - No.2 : £3.50
Dimentions : 180cm x 110cm


Top Fabric - No.3 : £3.00 
Dimentions: 100cm x 110cm

**SOLD** Bottom Fabric - No.4 : £2.50
Dimentions : 55cm x 110cm


Top Fabric - No.5 : £3.00 
Dimentions: 90cm x 110cm

Bottom Fabric - No.6 : £2.50
Dimentions : 56cm x 110cm


**SOLD** Top Fabric - No.7 : £2.00
Dimentions: 90cm x 62cm

Bottom Fabric - No.8 : £2.00
Dimentions : 57cm x 80cm


Fabric No.9 : £2.00
Dimentions: 40cm x 110cm



Fabric No.10 : £2.75
Dimentions: 70cm x 110cm



Top Fabric - No.11 : £2.50
Dimentions: 49cm x 110cm

Bottom Fabric - No.12 : £2.75
Dimentions : 65cm x 108cm



Top Fabric - No.13 : £2.50
Dimentions: 46cm x 110cm

Bottom Fabric - No.14: £2.50
Dimentions : 52cm x 110cm



Top Fabric - No.15 : £3.00
Dimentions: 92cm x 110cm

Bottom Fabric - No.16 : £2.75
Dimentions : 60cm x 110cm



Fabric No.17: £1.00
Dimentions: 45cm x 53cm



Top Fabric - No.18 : £1.00
Dimentions: 45cm x 45cm

**SOLD** Bottom Fabric - No.19 : 75p
Dimentions: 65cm x 20cm 


Fabric No.20 : £1.00
Dimentions: 47cm x 53cm 


**SOLD** Top Fabric - No.21 : £2.00
Dimentions: 92cm x 45cm

Bottom Fabric - No.22 : £3.00
Dimentions: 87cm x 94cm


Top Fabric - No.23 : £1.50
Dimentions: 60cm x 48cm

Bottom Fabric - No.24 : 75p
Dimentions: 24cm x 70cm 


Top Fabric  - No.25 : £1.50
Dimentions: 33cm x 90cm

** SOLD** Bottom Fabric - No.26 : £2.00
Dimentions: 90cm x 52cm


**SOLD** Top Fabric - No.27 : £1.00
Dimentions: 27cm x 89cm

Bottom Fabric - No.28 : £2.00
Dimentions: 90cm x 53cm 


Fabric No.29 : £2.00
Dimentions: 36cm x 110cm


Fabric No.30 : £3.00
Dimentions : 106cm x 110cm


Fabric No. 31 : 3.00 
Dimentions: 100cm x 83cm


**SOLD** Fabric No.32 : £1.00 
Dimentions: 44cm x 59cm


Fabric No.33 : £2.75 
Dimentions: 60cm x 108cm


Fabric No.34 : £3.00
Dimensions : 130cm x 110cm


Fabric No.35 : £3.00 
Dimentions: 100cm x 110cm


Fabric No.36 : £2.00 
Dimentions: 37cm x 110cm


Fabric No.37 : £2.75 
Dimentions: 69cm x 82cm


Fabric No.38 : £1.00
Dimentions : 50cm x 44cm


**SOLD** Fabric No.39 : £2.00
Dimentions: 72cm x 52cm


**SOLD** Fabric No.40 : £1.50
Dimentions: 45cm x 82cm


**SOLD** Fabric No.41 : £2.50
Dimentions : 47cm x 110cm


Fabric No.42 : £2.00 
Dimentions: 40cm x 110cm

If you managed to make it to the end of my post thank you :D

Please, please, please help me de-stash....

Emma xxx