Blog Hop Time.

Hi Everyone, today I am excited to be part of a Blog hop. This particular hop has being hopping around for who knows how long. The idea is to answer the questions set to you on a blog post and then nominate one or two bloggers you know of to do the same a week later.  I was nominated by the lovely Jacq of Jacq made it. Today is my turn so without further ado:

Why Do I Write?
For fun of course! Not exactly the fun of writing, but for the fun of having a blog. I love blogging. I love thinking up post ideas; I love taking photographs of what I am making and doing; I love the process of putting together a post; I love publishing a post and sharing it with people and I love being part of an online community of like minded people.

What Am I Working On?
I am currently trying to make myself some skinny jeans. This has been a goal of mine for a little while now and I've been gathering together the required items for a few months but I finally took the plunge and started to cut my fabric last week, I am trying to take it slowly because I REALLY want them to come out right and I have a tendency to rush because I want things to be finished. Obviously I will show you the finished article when they are ready. (Even if they are a total fail I'll show you any way.)

Over the summer we had a new bathroom fitted and we still have LOADS of painting left to do so that is sucking away a large proportion of my normal crafting time. I am so pleased with how it is coming along though so I'll probably show you that too in time.

I also have a very long list of other things I'd like to make. Some that are just waiting for me to start and others that are more just dreams at the moment. So expect to see lot's more sewing projects coming up soon.

How Does It Differ From Others In It's Genre?
This is very difficult question to answer. There are so many craft/sewing/handmade lifestyle blogs out there that I am not sure that many of us can claim to be different to all the others in their genre. But that's ok. I am not aiming to be different, my goal is to be interesting and useful. I try to make each post I write both of these things, sometimes though I forget and end up being only one (or sometimes neither and then I might as well not bother). But if you count me a sewing blogger then I suppose I differ from others because I write about other subjects too, like photography tips and occasional recipes.

How Does My Writing Process Work?
I am a bit of an obsessive planner when it comes to my blog. I have long lists of post idea that I'd like to write and usually I decide the order of posts about a month in advance #GeekForever. Once I know what I am going to write about I then go and make it and take the right photos as I go. Doing it this way around (rather than making something then choosing what to write) helps me made sure I don't miss out important step photographs. It may sound like all the fun of crafting is taken out by being so organised but I get a total kick out of it. If only I could be this organised about cleaning my house. I can't, I hate cleaning.

I hope you have enjoyed this little blog hop. I am nominating not one but two lovely ladies to join the hop next week. Firstly a friend of mine called Ruth who write a lovely handmade blog sharing gluten free recipe ideas and house projects amongst others. My personal favourite is her yellow sofa DIY. I am also nominating Zoe B from HelloZoeB (what could be better than another Zoe B?) the creator of the fabulous Hello Betty Bow.

Thanks so much for reading my blog hop. Zoe x

Plantain OWOP Round Up - 5 Ways To Wear A Stripey Dress In Autumn

OWOP round up

Woo-hoo I wore Plantain for a whole week! It was a great challenge to try and wear something from the same pattern every day for a week. The two items I had were my stripy dress and my stripey tee. Those keen sighted among you may notice that the dress isn't quite the same as the one from the original post, the first one shrunk in the wash and was too short to wear without flashing my knickers. So I cut off the bottom and added a pleated skirt instead. I think I actually prefer the second version any way. I had only two plantains so I had to be inventive about how to wear them.

Since I made my stripy summer dress so late in the year, I wanted to think of some ways to wear it in the Autumn any way so this week was a perfect excuse.

5 ways to wear a stripe dress
Turns out this week was so warm I actually shed most of the extra layers on most days but I still have some pictures of Autumnal outfit ideas for a stripy dress. My first suggestion would be to throw on a jacket and scarf with your boots and hey presto, Summer to Autumn in no time.

5 ways to wear a stripe dress
Or you could wear it underneath a skirt, like my circle skirt, so it looks more like a top and skirt combo. I kept my sandals on with this because it was warm but you could easily exchange those for something to keep your tootsies toasty.

stripe dress 5 ways to wear a

I also paired my dress with a Chambray shirt and just left the skirt part showing. You could wear any t-shirt over it too to make it look like another skirt top combo. The oxford shoes were actually perfect for the weather, warm enough in the morning and not too hot in the afternoon. You could easily wear this outfit with tights though if it were even cooler.

stripe dress 5 ways to wear a

For my fourth outfit I slipped some leggings on. Such a simply way to extend the life of a summer dress.

And finally a wore it under a colourful knit and belt. You could easily warm it up even more with tight rather than bare legs.

So there you go, 5 ways to wear a summery stripy dress in the Autumn. I really enjoyed the challenge of wearing one pattern 7 ways. What have you been up to for Owop? I would love to see. Leave a link below and I'll have a look. Zoe xx

Delightful Delphine (From Love At First Stitch)

Time for another make from Love at First Stitch, this time its the Delightful Delphine. I had some fabric left over from my Chambray Elisalex Dress but there wasn't a huge amount so I wasn't sure what to do with it. When I saw that Delphine required only 1m of fabric I thought it would be perfect. I wore it on Sunday as part of OWOP with my Plantain tee. I really liked the combination and I love the shape and style of Delphine. I have my fabric lined up for my second version to make soon.

However, and this a a pretty big however, I am starting to get a little sick of my Chambray fabric. As you can see from these pictures it is VERY crinkly. This is after I ironed it and used LOADS of steam to flatten it as much as possible. Then I put it on and went straight to taking pictures so I didn't get any more creases and it still looks like I just pulled it out of the bottom of a suitcase.

My next Delphine is going to be thicker denim so I can still wear it with almost anything but it will hopefully press nice and flat and hold its shape a little better.

I think I will fold it up and keep it for next summer thought because it is nice and light and very easy to wear. I even used a fun floral for the waistband facing:

So I would call this version a half success, loved the pattern and the fabric looks good but only If I spend half a day pressing out the creases first.

On another note, I have decided to embrace the dorky pose and from now on show you all my makes like this. I call it 'Ta-Dah!'. Zoe x
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