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My bombshell is ready to go, and a lesson in measuring

23 Jun

As I mentioned in my last post, my next project to make is the bombshell swimsuit, hopefully in time for my holiday, which is 2 weeks today! So I took a trip to Fabricland in Reading yesterday to pick up some suitable swimsuit fabric. I was originally aiming for something along the lines of polka dots – I didn’t want anything with more than just a simple pattern. They did have some red polka dots, although the dots were smaller than I ideally wanted.  But I also found this lovely rose print spotty red one, and decided that was the one! IMG_0116I managed to get everything I needed for the swimsuit – lining fabric and swimsuit elastic, which I actually managed to get in the 1/4 inch rubber variety that Hethar Lou suggests. I also bought this lovely colourful chiffon fabric, with I’m going to make into a sarong for the holiday.

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All ready to be made into something spectacular (I hope!)

I also learnt a lesson yesterday about measuring. When I looked at the size chart for the bombshell pattern, I saw that my measurements put me exactly halfway between the 10 and the 12. I saw advice that Heather Lou had given someone else on her blog, to go for the bigger of the two sizes, if this is the case. So I spent Friday evening carefully tracing out each of my pattern pieces in a size 12. In order to make sure nothing moved, I taped each of the printed, stuck together pattern pieces to our dining table (really now it’s just my sewing table), and taped greaseproof paper on top. IMG_0114Yesterday, I then decided to check my measurements again. I knew I’d lost an inch off my waist since I first took my measurements at my sewing class, which I had taken into account, but I found out yesterday that I’ve also lost an inch off my bust and my hips since those measurements were taken.  This puts me spot on the size 10 pattern measurements. That would also explain why my dress that I’ve just finished is slightly looser on the top half than I’d like. Why I didn’t think to remeasure myself before I traced all the pattern pieces I don’t know.  The 30 seconds it would have taken would have saved me from now having to spend this morning doing all my sticking down again, and retracing bits of all my pattern pieces. Grrr. But on the plus side, at least I hadn’t yet cut out the pattern pieces, let alone the fabric. And it’s taught me a lesson! I knew I’d lost some weight (due to my diet at the moment of not eating any sugar; I’m really not a dieter, and this is largely for health reasons, but losing a bit of weight is an added bonus. Also, it’s really not been as hard as I was expecting, given I have a massive sweet tooth.) and so it was just daft not to remeasure myself! After I’ve retraced the pattern, I hope that I can actually get on to cutting out my fabric today. And I’ll have something to work on at my sewing class on Tuesday now!

In other news, the lovely Fiona of Diary of a Chainstitcher has nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award! Thank you Fiona, it’s so nice to know that people are actually reading (and enjoying!) my blog. So there’ll be a post on that coming shortly, just as soon as I’ve come up with answers to her questions!

For now, my bombshell awaits! Happy sewing!

Patterns galore!

1 Jun

Wednesday was a pretty rubbish day – it started with a phone smashing incident (less than a week after I’d finally faced the fact that I’d have to just suck it up and pay apple to replace my iphone which hadn’t been working for two months…yes, it took me that long) – I was NOT happy! And the day didn’t pick up much from there.

So, in an effort to cheer myself up, at lunchtime I walked into town in Henley, to check out the charity shops there for any patterns or fabric that might be lurking. I got lucky in the first shop I went into – when I asked if they had any sewing patterns, the shop assistant said she didn’t think so, but she’d go and check for me…and emerged with a plastic box FULL of patterns. There must have been 60 odd in there. At least. I methodically worked my way through, putting any possibles to one side, and ended up with 6 that I liked the look of, and, more importantly, thought I would actually make. For less than £1 each I couldn’t really complain. I also picked up one more in another shop, where they actually had a few out. It’s possibly going to be a little on the small side for me, but I loved it (it’s the evening dress at the bottom of the pic below), and am hoping that either it might fit, or I can manage to add a bit so that it does.

What I’m even more delighted about is that when I looked at the patterns again later, I *still* thought that I would make them all, as opposed to that ‘hmmm, why did I actually buy this?’ feeling.
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And to top the day off nicely, my pattern from Sew Little to Say‘s pattern gievaway had arrived! Thank you Sara!

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And now, today is fabric trip shopping day, and I am incredibly excited!

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