1 Oct 2015

Dottie Frock, Part Two...

So I went down a size and Im much happier!

I left the pockets as per the pattern and think I prefer them there

The neck is a LOT less gapey and feels much comfier for it

The back feels good
(wish my hips looked a little less elephant like)

I shortened the strap in half with the intention of putting them on the sides of both front and back but didn't add anything of the back half for this.
Ive no idea how to do that so Im going to give it a go using the next size up back pattern piece.
I know im confusing you aren't I?  Might all be clear one day!

I did lower the tucks quite a bit, I put the dress on then marked out from there and Im happy with where they are.  If I had left them as per the pattern they would have been pulling across my boobs for sure.

Im still doing something wrong with the arms though.  In all honesty I did really rush this one as I had limited time, but they just dont feel right.
I know its me not the pattern, Im just not reading it right or translating what Im reading into what Im doing.

That was the last of the vintage sheet so I'll have to have a root around to find something for the next tester. 
Now I have the size and tuck heights Im a lot happier.

Wish I had the knowledge to make the changes I want just the once but practice should make perfect
(or at least wearable)

28 Sep 2015

Dottie Frock, Part One...

There is a frock doing the rounds of the tinternet, a band wagon if you will.
The marvelous Dottie Angel frock has most definately arrived.
I've had my pattern several weeks now but have only just been brave enough to face it and find space/time to tackle it.

It is one of those dresses which you just simply wish/hope will work for you.  It looks super comfy, casual & slightly crafty.

So straight in with the nitty gritty.

I am not a seamstress.
I am a regular Joe who owns a sewing machine, has made kids clothes and home accesories in the past and even a dress or two for myself but I haven't cut a pattern and followed instructions for 3/4 years.

Going against the grain for me I've been really sensible and made a muslin before hacking into any really pretty or expensive fabric.

I had a vintage bed sheet and it is perfect for this.
I think it shows just how much I want this to work for me, to get it right not just 'ok'

All photos are before it was hemmed, ironed or any tweeks made, literally straight off the sewing machine.

I made it in the largest size but it is too big.  

The neck is REALLY gapey and hangs lopsided on my shoulders.

I have re sewn this and it has helped, I just stitched closer to the edge on the inside to kind of hold it down as it was also rolling. 
A good press looks to have helped as well.

I struggled with the arms a bit, the pattern, to me, wasn't too clear and I didn't use bias binding as the instructions gave.  
They too feel slightly gapey BUT I quite like the extra room and I think in the smaller size this will rectify itself.

The tucks gave me a bit of a time, no idea why.  Whilst not a regular sewer I can sew but I'm not a big pattern fan but now I've done them once it's just bloody obvious what I need to do.
Next time they will be neater!

You can see below that the neck is big, the ties a tad too high but the arms are ok.

I moved the pockets down as I like them lower but I do feel that they now sit just below my belly and just draw attention to it, so I will leave them alone on the next tester.

I left the side ties in the postition given but think I may try them an inch or two down to sit a bit further below my boobs.
{I've seen others online do this who have bigger busts and it seems to sit more nicely}

The rear view shows how big it is, the neckline is nice but as the dress is too big it's not sitting straight.

I did do French Seams on the side and I quite like them, I don't have a serger so it does contain all the loose threads etc and keep it looking tidy.
I did not use any bias binding either on the arms or the neck.

So onto Part Two
a smaller size
move side ties down 1 or 2 inches
leave pockets alone
still not use bias binding
neaten front tucks
probably shorten ties as they are big enough to go around twice which I will never do!

I love the dress, even as wrong as it is!
It will probably never see life outside the house but it will get worn.  Truth be told I would probably wear it out if it wasn't pink/flowery...anyone who knows me will know that pastels are really not my thing!

I am determind to make it work for me as it is the comfy, slouchy style that I have come to love.

I hope this is of some help to someone!
It is a record for me as Im not known for keeping notes on things.


15 Jul 2015

Crochet, Gardening and Summer...

I have on my crochet hook a rather large blanket, being made for my eldest son who is 6' 4"...so it needed to be big but as always I may have made it EXTRA BIG!

 14 balls of wool in I'm just waiting for a wooly delivery so I can crack on and get it ready for the Autumn

In the meantime I've started a granny square blanket using up a few of the odds n bods that I've accrued recently...
pretty, bright and girly

In garden news I've finally started on the pallet planting

Sunny summer ahead, plenty of time to sit back and just enjoy it all

3 Jul 2015

Instagram Giveaway...

Fancy a set of six mini milk bottles in their own little crates?

Simply head over to Instagram, follow Priddy Priddy, like & share the giveaway photo and hey presto you've been entered!


21 Mar 2015

Easter Crochet Blanket...

So named as I wanted it finished by the Easter Holidays!

This lovely, bright, totally bonkers little Loopy.

All the colours of the rainbow, thrown randomly into yarn and hooked into a super cute blanket.

I seriously can't think of a better way to spend a super sunny Spring morning than making progress on such a happy blanket...

My Sun Jellies bag also helps keep me motivated, I remember these bags the first time around...I had a white one that I used to take my swim stuff in to the local Lido

Happy Days

6 Jan 2015

Another Epic Crochet 'Not Quite Right' moment...

Will I ever learn?

Not looking likely at this moment in time!

The 'Girly' blanket was coming along very nicely...all the squares where made, then put into cutesy 4x4 squares, which were then put into lovely rows...which in turn were put together {a bit slowly} and it was shaping up to be a super cosy blanket.
All set and ready for Christmas delivery.

But then I had a moment of clarity.
I had been making it an extra long blanket to fit my middle daughter, Lolly, who is almost 6' tall.
But what I hadn't really considered {well not even given a thought about} was that it was shaping up to be a very long thin blanket...not what I had envisaged or wanted.

So after a chat to Lolly we have decided to make it a double bed size, perfect for long legs to curl up with on the sofa!
Another 144 squares are needed to make this a blanket I will be happy to hand over.
68 are done and I am just waiting for Mr Postman to deliver the wool so I can complete the rest.  

Another blanket that has missed it's self imposed deadline.

Have I learnt my lesson?
Nope of course not!

A big bag of colourful yarn is sat waiting for an Easter blanket, for my youngest daughter Loopy.
Am I planning this one?  Well yes in a manner of speaking...
I plan to whack the stitches on the hook till it looks the right size, get hooking and just wing it!

edit to add
wool arrived and my hooky fingers are going bonkers!!
Show n Tell soon