Something for nothing

reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and Ted

Don’t you just hate it when you open a website and music comes blasting out of your speakers? Especially if you’re at work, in a really quiet office and you were sneakily surfing the net when you shouldn’t be. Well, if I wanted to be really annoying, right now, blasting out of your speakers would be ‘The best things in life are free’ by Janet Jackson & Luther Vandross. Because yes, this delightful wrap top you see before you was made from a pattern by Craftiness is not Optional that was free, yes, that’s right, you heard it, ‘free’.

reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and Ted

I really appreciate it when a designer gives away a free pattern, I know a lot of work goes into designing a garment, drafting and grading a pattern, writing and photographing /illustrating a tutorial etc, etc. So I would like to say thank you to Jess of Craftiness is not Optional, this is one of my favourite patterns. What’s more, as it’s reversible, you get two for the price of one (even if you didn’t pay for it in the first place).

reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and Ted reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and TedThe fabric for both sides comes from the ever reliable Ikea. The peach geometric cotton was a duvet in a former life, I have lots left over so you’ll be seeing more geometric peachy numbers in the future.reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and Ted

The reversible wrap top was quick and straightforward to sew, even for me who could quite easily take 2 hours sewing a pillowcase with my friend the unpicker.

I’m eager to make another one and get a bit creative, a curve at the bottom perhaps?

reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and Ted reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and Ted

If you’re interested in more free patterns and tutorials, follow my steadily evolving Pinterest board, it includes adult patterns too.

Please let me know if you find any others I can add to my collection, the best things in life are free…..

 

 

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improvisational pleating THE CONTEST copy

An at Straight Grain is running ‘Improvisational Pleating, The Contest‘. The rules are simple, create something and apply improvisational pleating.

Here are my two entries for the competition

grey hanami dress Number 21

 

hanami dress 6Number 22

 

The voting starts today and ends on Monday .

If you like what you see, vote for meeeeee.

 

Thank you 

 

 

Improvisational pleating. Have you tried it yet?

improvisational pleating THE CONTEST copy

Do you remember the Hanami dress I made a little while ago? Well, Darcy’s birthday is coming up and I think it will be the perfect little party dress. I’m even thinking of making her a matching birthday crown (watch this space). But what about Scout? What’s she going to wear to the party?

A Hanami dress of course, I told you I was going to make another one. And it’s perfect timing because An at Straight Grain is running ‘Improvisational Pleating, The Contest’. The rules are quite simple, create something and apply improvisational pleating. Why don’t you have a go at improvisational pleating? It’s easier than it looks.

So here’s what I created.

grey hanami dress

I used the origami path technique again because its my absolute favourite. But this time I added a spotty cotton between the grey linen pleats. I won’t tell you how I did it, I don’t want to spoil the illusion.

grey hanami 6

You have no idea how indecisive I was about what options to go for when making this dress. It was ridiculous how many times I changed my mind. Sleeves, no sleeves, leather sleeves. Peter Pan collar, no collar. Contrasting piping, keep it simple. Circle skirt, peplum top. Cross back, zip…

grey hanami dress

Yes, definitely zip. I hadn’t tried an invisible zip before so it would be good practice. There we go, decision made. Not quite invisible, but not bad for a first attempt without an invisible zipper foot.

grey hanami 3

I just love how my second Hanami dress turned out. Another perfect little party dress.

You may recognise the spotty cotton and the grey linen fabric. As much as I like using up fabric from my stash, it’s always sad to see favourites go.

grey hanami 1

I originally intended to use chambray, but on this occasion nothing ended up as I originally intended. Chances are I’ll probably make another one at some point. I’m itching to use my chambray.

grey hanami 2 grey hanami 5

The voting starts tomorrow (Saturday 24 May) and ends Monday 26 May. Don’t worry I’ll remind you.

If you like what you see, vote for meeeeee.