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Emily's Perfect Spring Dress

Tuesday, 8 March 2016 15:13:36 Europe/London

The mornings are evenings are getting lighter and lighter - thank goodness for not having to drive to and from work in the dark! It can only mean one thing! Spring is in the air.....

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Comments | Posted in WhiteTree Blog Team Bloggers Creations By Lisa Washington

Emily's Summer Swishy Dress

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 16:03:32 Europe/London

It's sad to have to say it, but we're going to call it.....we think Summer is over, folks! We had a few weeks of lovely hot sunshine, but now it seems like Autumn has arrived and the days are overcast and rainy. Still, Emily managed to create a Summer dress that she's had plenty of wear of over in Belgium! Read on....

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Comments | Posted in WhiteTree Blog Team Bloggers Creations By Lisa Washington

M is for Marie, M is for May.

Monday, 18 May 2015 08:39:10 Europe/London

We're so pleased to bring you Emily's second project for WhiteTree fabrics. She's made the most perfect, cool Summer dress from Tilda Cotton print Light Sun. We can't think of a better fabric for Sunny days!

M is for Marie, M is for May.

 
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When I opened my latest White Tree Fabrics parcel and saw the yellow Tilda cotton I'd asked for staring back at me, the summery styles in my République du Chiffon book 'Un été couture' sprang to mind straight away. I'd originally planned to make a halter-neck style with the Tilda (like in my previous post) but I decided to change my plans!

This is my second make for White Tree fabrics as part of their blog team and I'm really happy with it!

Tilda cotton has a nice drape and is softer than your average quilting cotton, yet it retains a satisfying stiffness which makes it fun to sew with. I hope my photos do justice to the fabric. Perhaps this fabric would look great on someone with less pale legs - I'm so pasty I kind of blend into the fabric! But I like it so I don't care! :)

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I decided to make the 'Marie' dress from the book. In terms of fit I actually recreated the pattern based on my basic block instead of carrying out flat pattern adjustments to one of the sizes on offer. I did this because I couldn't decide which size to go for so I thought that recreating the pattern pieces from my block would be more accurate. It's also fun to work out how the pieces were drafted.

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There is a bit too much fullness in the bodice but I think this is because of a mistake I made after moving the darts around. So if I make this dress again I'll try to sort that. I'd also like to try this bodice with a circle skirt as opposed to a gathered skirt. 

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I really like the shoulder detailing of this pattern.

But I left out the buttons and the peplum from the original pattern.

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Pictures were taken in front of my new (old) wardrobe which I love and will probably be a regular background for photos from now on :)
Comments | Posted in WhiteTree Blog Team Bloggers Creations By Lisa Washington

Emily's Pretty Ponti Roma tunic

Friday, 29 August 2014 10:59:37 Europe/London

We have 2 bloggers based outside the UK - Erin from the US and Emily who is based in Belgium. So this post has a distinct European flavour as we bring you Emily's first blog post for WhiteTree fabrics. I'm not sure anyone could have predicted how abruptly Summer would end, but Emily seems to have had a sixth sense when she chose our Ponti Roma fabric to work with! We love this tunic dress and the lovely, bright colour proves that Autumn Winter fabrics don't have to be dull or dark. Here's the make in full.

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Say hello to my first make as part of the White Tree Fabrics blogger team. I'm really happy with it; perfect for autumn's (early) arrival here in Belgium.  The pattern is V8977 and the fabric is red Ponti Roma. I was drawn to view C on the packet as I thought it was the type of item lacking in my wardrobe.

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I sewed it up mostly on my overlocker (but my sewing machine was used for the darts, the front neckline pleat basting, the sleeve gathering, the neckline binding, and for attaching the back strap and the cuffs). It was also the first time I used my overlocker's blind hem foot. This tutorial greatly helped me work out how to use the thing.

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I didn't know what to expect from this pattern/fabric combination and I couldn't be more happy with it. I'll wear this a lot over trousers or thick tights in winter when I want to be cosy. I'd recommend this pattern if you want a loose fitting easy make that can be made interesting with the right fabric, and you can make it more interesting in the detailing: instead of using the strap piece at the back you could make two ties; you could mix up the buttons; or shorten/change the style of the sleeves.
 
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But I'd say if you prefer something more fitted then this pattern might not be for you.

As for the fabric, it is so soft, hangs so nicely, and is just the right thickness. I've already washed it a few times and it seems to be holding up well so far.

Make your own tunic like Emily's.

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Comments | Posted in Bloggers Creations By Lisa Washington

Meet our bloggers - Emily

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 16:00:37 Europe/London

WhiteTree fabrics are delighted to welcome Emily Macintosh to the WhiteTree blogging team!

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Emily's sewing journey began when she was a Journalism student back in her native Scotland around 2007. She'd always loved clothes but felt uncomfortable about spending money on 'fast fashion'; as a result the notion set in that she should learn how to make her own.

She saved up her pennies and bought herself a sewing machine from a wee shop in Glasgow and enrolled in a pattern cutting night class. She trundled on for a few years, making things with varying degrees of success and using some questionable finishing techniques. It was discovering the online sewing community around 2012 that helped her to really learn how to sew, and, in turn she started her own blog last year to join in the fun.

Aside from the pleasure of making orginal clothes and reducing unneccessary consumption, she sews because it helps her to be patient, creative, and meditative.

Aside from spending large chunks of her time locked in her bedroom sewing away, she also likes to cycle, read, run, see friends, drink tea, write, attempt to learn languages and understand economics, play the flute, listen to music, and explore new parts of Brussels, her adopted home city.

But, most of the time you'll find her not to far from her sewing machine!

You can follow her sewing adventures on her blog: belgianseams.blogspot.be

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Comments | Posted in WhiteTree Blog Team By Lisa Washington
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