Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dragonfly Fabric's Sponsored Giveaway!

When it comes to buying fabric, nothing beats going into a fabric store and choosing your fabrics, chatting with the owner & staff and plundering their wealth of knowledge about the fabrics they sell. You can pick up lots of tips and advice from the staff in fabric stores because they're usually seasoned stitchers! But unless you are fortunate enough to have a fantastic fabric store locally, (few and far between!) then like me, you are likely to source alot of your fabrics online.

This of course has it's benefits. Not least speed and convenience! But what if you could have both? All the convenience of buying online with the personalised experience of a local fabric shop? Where you can speak directly to the person who actually sources the fabric they sell, knows every product like the back of their hand, and will happily offer up all manner of tips and advice from their extensive experience in sewing and pattern cutting?


One of the things that appeals to me about Dragonfly Fabrics is the fact that it is a small business, run by the perpetually lovely and helpful husband and wife team Dorte & Simon. Simon deals with the photography and business side (he's even offered me some advice on that front :) and Dorte? Well Dorte is someone I would like to interrogate for a full day, at least!  Her background in the garment industry is extensive and includes working as a seamstress and pattern cutter for the likes of  Vivienne Westwood and Hussein Chalayan among others, and more latterley as a sewing tutor.

The business was formed because of what Dorte perceived as a lack of quality dressmaking fabrics available in the online market; and has now expanded to include haberdashery & patterns too (they're very supportive of our fab indie pattern companies too. Big thumbs up there ;). When you look at the range of fabrics they sell, you just know that they have been selected because Dorte loves them.  From jersey, to boiled wool, (Trust me on the boiled wool, it's delicious!) to their extensive range of linens...


In my experience, with Dragonfly Fabrics, not only do you get fabric selected to exacting standards, you get Dorte. You get her advice, tips and answers to any questions you might have. In a nutshell, the kind of personalised experience you'd expect from a small local shop, with all the convenience of shopping online, combined with the knowledge and experience of someone with a fascinating background in the fashion industry....

Mood board from Dragonfly Fabric's Blog
Well the gorgeous Dorte & Simon are offering you the chance to win some of their beautiful fabric, so you can see for yourself what they have to offer. First prize is a £25 voucher and second prize is a £15 voucher. And if you end up not winning either of those then fret not! They are offering ALL readers of this blog 10% off any order by entering the code "DRAGONFLY8" at checkout for the next month! Told you they were lovely didn't I!

To enter the giveaway, simply tell me in the comments section, where you first heard about Dragonfly Fabrics. Magazine advert, fellow sewer, blog etc. And be sure to sign up to their Facebook page or blog to be kept updated on special offers & new arrivals!

Giveaway closes midnight GMT on 1st April. Winners will be contacted via email so be sure to leave some means of contacting you. (Blog, email etc). Discount code expires Midnight GMT on 30th April.

Good Luck!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Refashion: Oversize to Tank Tee

This little tank has already become one of my "go to" little numbers. Layered under a cardi for now of course but I know this is going to be in heavy rotation in the summer too. It's a shape I feel really comfy in and is so easy to refashion from an oversize tee....


Here's the obligatory before & after! See how much more flattering it is without the sleeves and with a bit more fitting around the "boobettes"?! (I'm not usually one to intentionally direct someone's gaze to my boobettes, but there's a point I'm trying to illustrate and, well, I feel I've known you long enough now not to be prissy about it!)...


The key to this is finding a tee with a drop shoulder seam like this. (Essentially where the shoulder seam extends past the shoulder. The sleeve part will have a super shallow, almost non existent sleeve head because there is practically no armhole curve). Then remove the sleeve by cutting it away very close the the shoulder seam line...the "old" shoulder seam, will become the new sleeve hem...

You can see how shallow the armhole curve is below. With the sleeves removed, the armholes are way to big for the look I was aiming for. See where the yellow pin is in the first pic? Well in reality I ended up 2 stripes above that! But essentially, try it on in front of a mirror, and pinch closed the armhole until the armhole fits you comfortably and resembles a cap/kimono shape, as opposed to a big flappy gaping armhole! Mark that point with a pin. Then sew from that point down & blend your line of stitching down into the side seam. Trim away the excess...

You should have the original overlocking from the shoulder seam still attached. Turn under and stitch down...

As a finishing touch, I cut away the neckline ribbing....

I really love this little tee. The original garment cost me £1 from the local charity shop and is a really good quality jersey. I think it was one of those "yachty" sailing type brands. In any case, this took about 30 minutes. So in an afternoon, with a stash of thrifted T shirts, you could have a whole array of new summer tank tees for a few quid!
Nice huh?!
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