BurdaStyle Magazine March Review

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The BurdaStyle March issue was great! There were lots of pattens I would like to use out of it. Here is an overview of all of the patterns:

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These are my favourites from this issue:

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I love the cover dress!

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These trousers are great for spring/summer

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Also love this dress but not sure the ruffled top will suit me!

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Always love a good pencil skirt pattern and this top is gorgeous!

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Like this dress for the spring

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Really like the biker style trouser pattern! Might make some up in denim.

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Love this top for with trousers/jeans or a skirt

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The top and pencil skirt made in matching lace – love it!

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Love the dress and jacket! Might make a shorter version of the dress

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The back of this dress is stunning!

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Front view of the low back dress

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Both these dresses are stunning!

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Beautiful dress! Might also make in a shorter version

What do you think of the march issue?

Love Lou xoxox

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Sewing For Pleasure

My Mom and I visited the Sewing For Pleasure Show at the NEC at the end of March. We go to this show every year as it is a fun day out and we always get lots of bargains. This year was no different, we had a great day out and got some amazing purchases! Here are some of the goodies we brought:

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New Fabrics!

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HelL Kitty Liberty Fabric

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Decorative Cupcake Paper

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Wooden Buttons (to make brooches!)

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Gems/pearls for decorating

They always have an exhibition area where people show their amazing work. Here are some of the pictures I took of the exhibition area:

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Did you go to Sewing for Pleasure this year? What sewing or craft shows do you go to?

Love Lou xoxox

Sewing History Part 4

Here are the final few items I made from 18-20 years old.

Loveheart dress. I never really liked this dress on me; it just wasn’t me so I decided to sell it.

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Silky embroidered dress. I loved this dress! So easy to wear and casual enough for daytime but fancy enough for a night out.

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Hello Kitty patch shift dress. This dress is so cute! Made the shift dress but it was so plain I never wore it so I added a scrap piece of lace cut into a heart, a hello kitty patch and decorative embroidery.

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Patch Close-up

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Hem Decoration

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Polka dot dress.   Another one of my favourites. So cute. Perfect for all year. I was so sad when it didn’t fit me anymore. I found 2 pictures of me wearing it in 2008 (not great pictures – sorry!).

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Back

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Wearing the dress with Nemo

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With Nemo

Embroidered cheesecloth dress. Made from the same pattern as the black embroidered dress but without the frill on the bottom. Also made for summer/holidays.

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Skull halter neck dress. Made to sell.

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Paisley Maxi dress. I loved this dress but it came up too big and it was so heavy! So decided to sell.

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Basic t shirt. Just a jersey t shirt for around the house.

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Blue & Pink Tutu. So I needed something to wear for a neon night during Freshers so my Mom and I cut up loads of net and made this. Very fun to make and wear. Also customised the Freshers t shirt by ripping, cutting and tying.

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Neon night (2009)

Part 1 here

Part 2 here

Part 3 here

During university I didn’t get much time for sewing but now I have graduated and have more time I’m going to get back into it and I cannot wait! I have way too many projects planned but hopefully I will be able to focus myself and finish off all my unfinished items and begin sewing a brand new spangly wardrobe!

Do you have any unfinished sewing items?

Love Lou xoxox

BurdaStyle January and February Review

This is the January BurdaStyle sewing magazine.

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My Mom and I get the BurdaStyle magazine every month. With all of the patterns you get it is a bargain at £4.75. Do you buy the BurdaStyle magazine? Do you like their sewing patterns?

These are all the patterns included in the January issue:

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I loved the January issue! It had a whole vintage style section! Here are my favourites:

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Love this dress!

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The top is gorgeous and I love the trousers!

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I LOVE this dress. I will probably use the bodice and add it to a full skirt.

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Also, can’t wait to make this dress!

What were your favourites in the January issue?

The February issue also had a lot of patterns I loved!

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Here are all of the February patterns:

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 These are my favourites:

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This skirt suit looks amazing!

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I love this blouse!

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This top looks so smart. I don’t usually wear wide trousers but I would like to try these!

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I LOVE this blouse!

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This shirt looks so comfy! Also love the style of these trousers (and the fabric they used!)

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The designer patter is also gorgeous!

What were your favourites?

Love Lou xoxox

Sewing History Part 3

Some more of my items made from 18-20 years old that I do not have any more. Looking at the pictures I wish I had kept them all! Click on any image to see it full size.

My first jacket! Such a challenge but finished it with help from my Mom. Made from red linen with the coolest spiderweb lining.

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Back

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Front (open)

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Full Lining

Black and white musical note dress. I loved this dress but the bust part was never right on me! Might have another go at this pattern now I have more experience.

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Front Bodice

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Polka dot rayon dress. The fabric was amazing and flowy but again not keen on how this dress looked on me.

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Linen princess dress. This was one of my favourites. Made from ikea fabric. Unfortunately came up way to big so had to sell.

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Floral sundress. This was a quick and easy summer dress to take on holiday.

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Front Bodice

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1950’s wiggle halter dress. On the dummy this dress looks amazing, but I didn’t feel comfortable wearing it. Personally I thought it showed too much off as I don’t like low cut clothing, but the girl who brought it loved it.

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Front Bodice

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To be continued in part 4!

Part 1 here

Part 2 here

What is your favourite garment you have ever made?

Love Lou xoxox

Week Summary

How was your week this week? Mine was mostly average:

On Monday my boyfriend and I went to Ed’s Diner for milkshakes and food and it was delicious! Have you been before?

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I completed week 2 out of 5 of my training to mentor victims of domestic violence.

My Mom and I went to see Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, I think I liked even better than the Nutcracker that he did last year. The scenery and costumes were so beautiful!

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My cute penguin brooch came!

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I got a new Hello Kitty Pez (black one) to go with the one my boyfriend brought for me (pink one).

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Craftseller and Knit magazines came in the post. Hopefully I will have time to have a go with some of the projects this month!

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I bejewelled my ipod case, tutorial should be on by the end of the week!

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We went out for a surprise birthday for a friend. It was a lot of fun and we found a really really really long toilet cubicle so we decided to take silly pictures!

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Yeah it kinda looks like an average toilet in this picture but it really was the longest toilet cubicle I’ve EVER seen. Promise.

It has been cold so I’ve been getting lots of use out of my new mittens!

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My Mom and I started on and nearly finished a brand new dress for the summer. I am glad to be back sewing!

And to finish off, a picture of Nemo:

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I’m super excited for next week because it’s pancake day, valentines day and walking dead starts on Friday! Plus, it has started snowing like crazy! Hopefully it will last until tomorrow so I can take some more pictures! (seems I got my wish for more snow right? 😉 )

Are you looking forward to next week? What are your plans?

Love Lou xoxox

Sewing History Part 2

So as my sewing progressed I started making better quality items and clothes that I really wanted. Here are some of the clothes I made from 18-20 years old (with help from my mom).

First is a pink musical note dress with a circle skirt. Loved this bright printed cotton.

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Next an elasticated neck and arm top made for a beach holiday:

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A pencil dress made from an amazing vintage fabric I stole from my Mom’s stash!

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Winter pinafore dress. I loved the vintage style buttons (I still have a few left!). Usually worn with a long sleeve top underneath.

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Tulip 50’s style dress. Made from my old quilt cover! So comfy, it was definitely one of my favourites.

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Black and white musical note dress. I wore this dress loads during the summer, it was so easy to wear.

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Red shift dress. Made from linen so very crinkly but fit perfectly and very comfy. Made to wear to take my Nan to ‘Strictly Dancing the Professionals’ at the theatre. Found a pic of me wearing it (sorry its so rubbish!)

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Ready for theatre! (2010)

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Easy jersey cotton jumpsuit. Made from a vintage 1970’s pattern given to me by my Aunt. Playsuit made for summer holiday!

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Laid Out Flat

View Part 1 Here

To be continued in part 3! As you can see I seem to mainly make dresses. Do you have a favourite type of garment to make?

Love Lou xoxox