Wednesday, 15 May 2019

HARRY POTTER PJ'S! - Carolyn Pyjamas by Closet Case Patterns

Julia Bobbin - Harry Potter PJ'sJulia Bobbin - Harry Potter PJ's


Nothing says 'fashion' like a pair of home-made pyjamas. amiright.

BUT these ones are comfy, easy to make and cute as hell in a Harry Potter(!) print, so they're basically my uniform now.

Julia Bobbin - Harry Potter PJ's
Julia Bobbin - Harry Potter PJ's

The Pattern

The Carolyn pyjamas are a wonderful, detailed pattern from Closet Case Patterns that features a shirt with two sleeve length options and bottoms that can be either pants or shorts.

I chose to make just the pants of this pattern as I rarely wear a whole pyjama set.

The Fabric

The cutest 'Harry Potter' printed cotton in a quilting cotton. I purchased this from Spotlight in one of those 'I-don't-need-this-at-all-but-I-want-it' moments. It wasn't too long after that I realised they'd be perfect for a pair of PJ bottoms.

Julia Bobbin - Harry Potter PJ's
Julia Bobbin - Harry Potter PJ's

The Details

I made the pants which are a straight-leg cut and have the option of a cuff at the hem, which I chose to omit.

It comes with an elasticised waistband, pockets and a faux fly front.

This quilting fabric is pretty stiff, and so I ended up letting out the side seams by about a centimetre to make them more comfortable.

I didn't make a toile first, because I figured they'd be loungewear and a little loose so it wasn't so important. The pattern sewed up a dream and the pattern instructions were well thought out and explained, as everything is from Closet Case Patterns.

In hindsight, I SHOULD HAVE done a 'full-butt-adjustment' or gone up a size, as the back centre waistband dipped down into a 'V' shape in the way that pants do when you've got a little extra 'stuffing' in there. But they are still comfy and I love them!

Julia Bobbin - Harry Potter PJ's
Julia Bobbin - Harry Potter PJ's

Final Thoughts

It's actually sort of embarrassing just how often I've worn these pants, and not always at bed time; they are just so comfortable!

I was pleasantly surprised in the fit of this pattern, as I assumed they'd be boxy and unflattering; they're meant for sleeping in after all.
I'm happy to say I was wrong! I mean, it's a Closet Case Pattern so I should have known better :)

Julia Bobbin - Harry Potter PJ's
The classic -'Tear your pants' pose, but make it fashion.
Julia Bobbin - Harry Potter PJ's

Julia Bobbin - Harry Potter PJ's
Julia Bobbin - Harry Potter PJ's
Julia Bobbin - Harry Potter PJ's

Monday, 13 May 2019

Floral Silk - A Rita Blouse Dress Hack

Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin

Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin
Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin

This dress was actually my first make of 2019 and guys, it's a PRINT! WHO EVEN AM I THIS YEAR??!!!

I love prints, I truely do, but when I put fabric under a needle, inevitably it is a solid colour.

In fact, last year I made 19 garments and only ONE of them sort of qualified as a print. So I'm feeling VULNERABLE right now.

The Pattern

It's the Rita Blouse by Charm Patterns hacked into a dress. I've done it before in a bright red cotton seersucker which you can see below:




Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin
Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin
The Fabric

My sister recently got married and for her hen's (bachelorette) night, the theme was floral. I love a good theme and decided to make my own dress.

I had this beautiful, delicate silk chiffon in my stash that seemed perfect, but being chiffon it was super sheer and thin.

I decided to underline it with a cotton poplin to give it body and stop it from being see-through and it worked a treat! The poplin also helped the colour of the silk look even more vibrant.

Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin
Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin

The Details

This dress is underlined but not lined. It closes with an invisible zipper down the side seam and is finished with a flounce at the hem.

The bodice is gathered under the bust and centre back yoke, and shaped with ELASTIC around the neckline.

The SLEEVES can be worn on or off the shoulders depending on the look or mood.

I added a few SOFT PLEATS to the centre front of the bodice yoke to give the neckline more of a sweetheart shape.

Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin
Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin
Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin

Final Thoughts

This dress feels light and comfortable, but has that glamorous touch that gives the garment that little 'extra'.
It has already become one of my most worn me-mades and is the perfect 'day to night' transition dress.

Here's to more printed fabrics in my future!

Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin
Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin
Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin
Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin
Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin
Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin
 Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin
Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin
Floral Rita Dress Hack - Julia Bobbin

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Sadie Slip Dress - Tessuti Patterns

Julia Bobbin - Sadie Slip Dress - Tessuti Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sadie Slip Dress - Tessuti Patterns

If there was a hierarchy of luxury fabrics, bias cut silk must sit somewhere at the top.

This new little dress ticks all the boxes:
  • comfy
  • glam
  • easy to make
The Pattern

It's the Sadie Slip Dress by Tessuti Patterns.

This classic dress is cut on the bias for a form flattering, loose fitting style that can be both dressed up or down.

Julia Bobbin - Sadie Slip Dress - Tessuti Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sadie Slip Dress - Tessuti Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sadie Slip Dress - Tessuti Patterns

The Fabric

This dress is made with a stunning silk satin from The Cloth Shop, Ivanhoe

It's glossy, moves like water and is such a vibrant orange.

The Details

I enclosed the seam allowance in delicate french seams and hemmed the dress with a narrow hem.

Thin silk spaghetti straps hold the dress together at the shoulders, with a scooped neck back, and a v-neck shaped front.

I shortened this dress from it's gorgeous midi length, as I was making it as part of a 'copy-cat' celebrity look - see Rihanna challenge below.

Julia Bobbin - Sadie Slip Dress - Tessuti Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sadie Slip Dress - Tessuti Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sadie Slip Dress - Tessuti Patterns

Rihanna Challenge

The most fabulous Faith St Juliette and I were chatting about how much we love Rihanna and her ever changing, fierce style. We decided it would be fun to try and recreate one of her looks.

I made this dress as part of that challenge and wore it with my Mimi G oversized jacket, Simplicity 8749 which I blogged about here.

You can check out the instagram post below to see the inspiration pic:


Final Thoughts

I'm so happy with how this dress turned out!

This style of dress is different to what I normally wear and throughout the making of this dress I had been full of doubts. I was convinced it wouldn't look any good on me; I pretty much never wear orange and I was worried bias cut silk might look unflattering on my curvy frame. But as it so happens with sewing, the moment the hem is done and the final stitch stitched, it all came together and I'm so pleased with the final look!

I love it dressed down with sneakers, or glammed up with heals and a coat. This dress is also super comfy and makes me feel fancy without going to too much effort; win!

Julia Bobbin - Sadie Slip Dress - Tessuti Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sadie Slip Dress - Tessuti Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sadie Slip Dress - Tessuti Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sadie Slip Dress - Tessuti Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sadie Slip Dress - Tessuti Patterns

Friday, 3 May 2019

Jenna Dress - By Hand London

Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London
Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London

Wait, what is this??!! Julia Bobbin back in a vintage inspired dress? WHO'S THIS?!!!

I recently had the pleasure and honour of pattern testing a new dress for By Hand London and I'm so excited to finally share it with you in all it's emerald glory

The Pattern

'The Jenna Dress' from By Hand London, now available from their website!

This dress is an empire line dress with a bias cut skirt in two lengths. It features two different necklines; a low square neck or a jewel neck with optional peter-pan collar and also comes with two sleeve options: short sleeves or the prettiest little tie cuffs.

I chose Variation 1 with the square neck and tie cuffs, but all versions are interchangeable with each other.

Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London
Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London
Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London

The Fabric

Because of the bias cut of the skirt, this pattern works great with draped fabrics such as soft silks, lightweight cottons and rayon. However I decided to go rogue and use a structured silk organza because I am all about that transparent life and I thought it could look really striking in an unexpected textile.

I used the most stunning emerald silk organza from The Cloth Shop Ivanhoe and I just love how the different layers of organza create the most beautiful variations in colour.

Because of the transparency of this dress, I wore it with a purchased slip dress underneath.

Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London
Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London
Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London

The Details

This dress takes me back to one of my favourite eras for fashion, the 60's.

Generally I tend to avoid empire cut dresses. They typically tend to hide my waistline and with my hour glass figure, hiding the smallest part of my body can sometimes make me look like a block.
However with this skirt being bias cut, it still shapes the waistline and flatters the figure, and would be even more exaggerated in a drapey fabric.

I love the tie details on the sleeves. It's such a pretty and delicate detail to add that elevates the dress from a pretty one to a gorgeous one.

The dress closes with an invisible zipper down the centre back and has a lined bodice which I lined with the same organza fabric.

Where possible, I finished the seams with french seams and overlocked the sleeve seams.

Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London
Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London
Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London
Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London

Final Thoughts

This is such a beautifully put together pattern with exceptional attention to detail in the instructions. This pattern is versatile and easily adaptable and I'm already imagining version 2 in a silk velvet!

The team at By Hand London have put a lot of love into this pattern and it shows.


Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London
Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London
Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London
Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London
Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London
Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London
Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London
Julia Bobbin - JENNA dress - By Hand London