Pattern Haul and Sewing Plans for August

This video went up really late, unfortunately I was having some serious technology issues (I'm a bit of a grandma when it comes to technology). But what counts is that it got uploaded in the end and I think the computer issues have been resolved!

At the beginning of August I put myself on a fabric BAN. My obsession was becoming a catastrophe, I had nowhere to store all of the yards and yards (and yards) of fabric I was getting. I bravely decided to force myself to use up five things from my stash before I was allowed to buy anything more.

My ban did not apply to patterns, however most of the patterns that I have been getting lately have been gifted to me by/hand me downs from family. August looks like it's going to be a good month for budgeting.

In total there a six new patterns in this video with a mix of vintage and modern designs!

Hope you enjoy!

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Vixen Summer Wrap Dress - Pattern Review Vogue 8896

I cannot stop going over to my wardrobe, pulling out this dress and trying it on. I can tell that it is going to be my most worn dress for the coming summer and I am dying to take this baby out for a spin! 

In all honesty I've never thought much of wrap dresses, to me they seemed quite aged. But that changed completely when I can across two posts, one by the famed Mimi G and another by Suzanna from Create/Enjoy. They revolutionised the wrap dress for me, all of a sudden I couldn't stop thinking about them!

I am definitely more inclined towards the maxi version as it looks more elegant and summery! I am really looking forward to making more of these. 
Pattern Size: Despite the fact that I measured in at a 14 I decided to cut a 10. My reasoning behind this is that I have had a lot of issues with fit from previous McCall, Vogue, Butterick etc patterns (they always end up being WAY to big) and seeing as this pattern is designed for stretch fabric I figured I could probably get away with sizing down a good deal! 

Fabric Used: To be honest I don't know exactly what this fabric is. It's a jersey of some kind and based off the price I paid for it I would say that it's synthetic. It has a pretty good 4 way stretch and a moderate snap back. I bought it from (surprise, surprise) a cheap fabric shop on Marrickville Road in Sydney.
Was It Easy To Follow: 100%. It's a very straight forward pattern although there is maybe one thing that I will do differently next time - I will sew the waist ties on AFTER attaching the bodies to the skirt and hemming both edges, but thats just a personal preference. All in all it took me about 6 hours from cutting out to turning up my last hem to complete this baby. I did use an overlock whilst making this - for getting a cleaner looking finish - but it wasn't critical as you use a straight stitch the whole was through. BEWRAE hemming feels like it takes a lifetime, as there is quite a lot of skirt to hem. 

Did It Look Like The Photo/Drawing On The Pattern When You Were Done: Yes, it's really very spot on and a rather flattering and feminine fit. I was worried that the skid might not look as full and billowy at the bottom when I was finished but it did!
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Fabric Haul 2016 - Sew Over It, The Remnant Warehouse and Marrickville Road

In my downtime I really love watching fabric haul videos on Youtube and I really wish that there was a larger sewing community established on Youtube (and in particular an AUSTRALIAN sewing community).

I find Fabric Haul videos really inspiring. There is SO much freedom to express your creative self in sewing and I love seeing what fabrics are trending and hearing about what patterns/garments people invisible them becoming.  

So recently I decided to sit myself down to record a few of my recent finds in the hope that it might do the same for you - to inspire you to create something unique, help you figure out what to do with that one particular fabric you bought 2 years ago and has been gathering dust in a dark corner of your cupboard, discover new pattern brands or where to get good bargains or good quality fabric. 

I want to encourage more men and women alike to pick up a needle and get sewing because the results can be so incredibly rewarding. 

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