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Flamingo Geranium Tunic Hack and leggings

This Geranium tunic is the 7th version of the Made by Rae Geranium Dress Pattern. I’ve made it as a baby gift, and Summer has, quite literally grown up in this pattern.

The pattern

This Geranium tunic is so simple it’s not even a real hack like the maxi dress was. On this occasion I was working with a limited amount of fabric again, only this time had the good sense to cut the bodice pieces first.

I then cut the skirt portion from what was left and this is the length I ended up with.

Too short to be a dress, although Summer isn’t convinced of that, and too long to be a top. So a tunic it is and we added some matching leggings.

The fabric

The fabric has been in the stash so long I cannot even remember when I bought it. But I do know it was from Fabrix in Lancaster, so I’m not losing my mind completely!

Fabrix is a super shop about an hour away from home. I don’t get to visit often enough, but it’s a labyrinthine treasure trove. The last time I visited they had a super range of boiled wool, and sell haberdashery and notions too.

When I went over to get the link for them to add in here, I see that they’ve added a new online shop to their website. The selection isn’t as extensive as their store stock, which is a shame, but hopefully they’ll keep adding more and get it up to speed.

The bodice is lined with an old pink pillowslip, so it’s very soft on the inside. The buttons are from deep stash too!

The leggings

As this ended up being a Geranium Tunic, not a Geranium Dress, leggings were needed to complete the look.

A quick trip to Abakhan yielded the perfect colour of jersey. You’ve seen what I did with the rest of it with my Coral Blackwood. But these cute cropped leggings cost about £2 and are the perfect match.

The fabric could do with a little more recovery – they get a bit bagged out with wear, but they look ok, and do the job perfectly.

The pattern is a free one, although I forgot to save the pattern so can’t find it again!

However a quick Pinterest search will find you loads of free legging patterns should you need one!

Yay or nay?

I’ve got to tell you I loathe this outfit. The reason this fabric has been in the stash so long is that I’ve been putting off sewing it in the hope she’d grow out of it. But she didn’t. And I’m committed to clearing the stash. So I just sucked it up and sewed it up. But it’s a nay from me.

Summer loves it! So I suppose its a yay from her. Which is really the important vote in the grand scheme of things!

And it’s totally a YAY! for the Geranium Dress pattern. Whether you make the dress, top, or a Geranium Tunic, it’s a winner. And I suspect it’s still got life in it a little longer. Great value for money!


Another Blackwood cardigan

Yet another Blackwood cardigan by Helen’s Closet! This is the last for the moment, I think! Although there is a stray piece of French terry in the stash. That may or may not become my 5th iteration of this pattern.

What can I say? It’s just the perfect everyday cardigan for me. It’s almost like a uniform. Jeans, top, trainers/boots and a Blackwood cardigan. I feel comfy and ready for anything. I’m actually now starting to think of things to go with my Blackwoods. Better jeans? Dressier boots? A new pair of trainers? The perfect top?

It’s fair to say that the Blackwoods are taking over and transforming my wardrobe. In a very positive way!

The fabric

The fabric is the most delicious striped knit from Ray Stitch. I bought this during my pattern cutting sojourn this summer. It is butter soft and the micro stripes are perfection. They are the sort of stripes that make you go cross eyed when cutting. Thankfully they somehow work perfectly once sewn up. I think it’s because the drape of the fabric disrupts the continuous stripyness of the fabric.

Whatever the reason I love the finished result, although it was a begger to sew. The softness also means it’s super stretchy. Therefore there are a maximum of 4 stripes in the entire garment that match at a seam.

Also I’d bought a smaller amount of fabric, as I’d originally planned to sew this up into a t-shirt. But this was determined to be another Blackwood. So, I was playing chicken with the fabric to get all the components cut out.

Yay or Nay

Despite the failure in the stripe matching department, this is another Blackwood win!

It’s sooooooooo cosy, and goes with everything in my wardrobe. It’s already been in heavy rotation (as all my Blackwoods are) and garnered quite a few compliments.

The good thing about the micro stripes is that they hide a multitude of sins. Had it been a 1″ stripe, or similar, it would have been a disaster! Hurrah for micro stripes!


Jalie 2802 – Short sleeved dance practice bodyshirt

Jalie 2802 – Mens and boys skating bodyshirt

Jalie 2802 to the rescue again as Dylan’s old bodysuit was looking very shabby. But it had served a real purpose as this time now we knew exactly what he’s looking for in a shirt.

First up – definitely no poppers at the crotch. Secondly – short sleeves – dancing for 3 hours at a time is hot work. And I wanted to bring the neckline up a little bit.

What I changed

The first alteration I did was to attache the brief pattern pieces to the bodice pattern pieces so I could cut them as a whole front and back. I then added a half inch to the centre front seam to allow me to fit an invisible zipper.

I trimmed the allowance for the poppers from the crotch so I could just sew that as a seam.

And shortened the sleeve to elbow length – which is longer than the short sleeve in the pattern but a great look for dance.

And I added a bound neckline to encase the top of the zip to keep skin safe.

The confidence to mess with the pattern

What I’ve noticed in my recent sewing is a much greater level of confidence and willingness to mess around with a pattern to make it what I want. It’s not something I’ve had before and it’s snuck up on me. This shirt was a real turning point, and I’m also working on a pair of trousers for myself that I’m playing with before I cut a muslin.

I can trace this new found confidence back to the RayStitch pattern cutting course earlier in the year. Alice explained so clearly how to deconstruct a garment into its component pieces that a light bulb went off. I’ve still to draft a garment from scratch, but the knowledge is definitely filtering through into how I use commercial patterns.

Yay or Nay?

So….did my faffing work?

Absolutely. Dylan has thoroughly tested the shirt this week. We’re in the run up to the kids taking to the competition floor for the first time as a new couple. They’ve been racking up the practice hours. The shirt has stood up to the rigours of latin and ballroom without fail.

Dylan says it’s super comfortable and he’s been complimented on how smart he looks.

Definitely a yay for Jalie 2802, again!


Stash Stories – new season update

My Stash Stories for 2019 began in January when I set out some goals for myself to clear the seemingly bottomless pile of fabric in my sewing room.

The three key goals for my stash this year were:

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