Summer sewing

I love to wear floaty frocks in the summer and I had my eye on this beautiful piece of Liberty fabric, I just needed to choose a dress pattern. I spent ages looking at all the patterns we have on available at TrixieLixie and dithered, dallied then asked my husband and we both concluded that the dress that suits me the best is the By Hand London Anna dress! Sadly this dress pattern is not available in paper format anymore but you can purchase the PDF from the ByHand London website. 

I decided to try a v-neck version just for a bit of variety and I am really pleased with the way it has turned out, however so far the British summer weather has been predictably unpredictable!

As the weather has not been great for sunbathing, I have had more time for sewing! Another of my summer projects is a pair of espadrilles, using some of the Liberty scraps from this dress.

These were a lot easier to make than I expected, the only thing that was a bit tricky was finding a needle that was suitable for the thick cord you need to use to attach the soles.

These were quite quick to make and really give you a sense of achievement, I made shoes! I will soon have a completely me-made wardrobe!

Summer bag making

When I first started sewing I made a lot of bags, so many that I vowed never to go there again! However I have just discovered these fantastic ready to use leather and leather look bag handles! The first bag I made using them was a bithday present for a friend, I used Amy Butler fabric and just improvised a box shape bag with plenty of pockets as she was about to go on holiday and I thought it would be great for the beach.


This inspired me to make a couple more, one for myself and one for my sister in law for her birthday (which was in May!)


I had seen some bags with a band of contrasting colour and a pleat at the top in a magazine, so I improvised again and this is what I came up with. The one at the front is mine and is made from Vintage by Hemmingway fabric and has black leather handles, slightly different to the first ones I used and a bit trickier to sew on.


For my Sister in Laws bag I used a Moda fabric called Simply Style, also she is a vegan so the handle on her bag is not leather. By the way if you see my Sister in Law don’t tell her about the bag because I haven’t seen her yet to give it to her!


I have been a bit lazy with my blog posts recently, its not because I haven’t been making anything, I have in fact got lots to post about I have just been too busy sewing and watching the sewing Bee!



The last of Me Made May!

Me made May 2016 is over and wasn’t it fun! I am exhausted by my whirlwind World tour, and happy that I got the opportunity to show off my me made wardrobe again, I still have a lot of firm favourites in my wardrobe, but I always have a long list of what I want to make next!

So we got to day 23

So today I was at The Blue Mosque in Istanbul wearing my Liberty jersey Camas blouse by Thread Theory patterns with rtw jeans.

Day 24

With the continuing lovely weather I am wearing my Nantucket shorts and Aurora vest both patterns are from Colette Seamwork magazine. And did anyone guess where I was today? It’s The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg Russia.

Day 25

Today I journeyed up North to Clydesdale, Glasgow with a big crane and the Armadillo in the background, wearing my Liberty Oakridge blouse, a  Sewaholic  pattern.

Day 26

Another gorgeous day and isn’t it beautiful where I am! It’s Hirosaki Castle in Japan! I am wearing another Aurora vest and a Hemmingway fabric panel skirt.

Day 27

With all the tourists today at another castle,this one is Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany wearing my Liberty Jersey Renfrew top another great Sewaholic pattern.

Day 28

This is Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world! It’s giving me vertigo just looking at it! Today I was wearing another Sewaholic Renfrew top with an Amy Butler Barcelona skirt.

Day 29

Even with my hand in front of its face I am clearly standing in front of the Sphinx in Egypt so no excuses for not guessing where I was today! And whoops that’s the same t-shirt that I had on yesterday! And another Amy Butler Barcelona skirt.

Day 30

How lovely, 3 of me in Monument Valley USA, wearing my favourite skirt of the month, my denim Grainline Moss skirt with another Renfrew top.

Day 31

Well it’s all over for another year and I guess I am going to be in Egypt again today, still wearing my Grainline Moss skirt with my Regents Lawn Sewaholic Belcarra blouse.

I always love taking part in Me Made May and I hope you have all enjoyed my whirlwind World tour.

Week 3 Me Made May (and some answers!)

Almost half way through #memademay2016 and I am beginning to repeat some of my outfits, this is because I always love my most recent makes the best! I have an extensive me made wardrobe but I have to admit that I prefer to wear my most recent makes, although I have got a few favourites that get pulled out every now and again and I never throw anything away.

Day 16 

I am in Venice! Wearing my Grainline Moss skirt with a Colette Seamworks magazine Aurora vest.

Day 17

I’m at the Taj Mahal! I made this top in the morning, it’s a Sewaholic Renfrew in Liberty jersey, one of my favourite tops to make, using an overlocker I can usually whip one of these up in about 1 hour! Teamed up with a Colette Beignet skirt.

Day 18

Brooklyn bridge today with someone admiring my Gather patterns Mortmain dress. 

Day 19

In an Ice cave in Iceland today! Wearing a Colette Jasmine blouse with my Closet case Ginger jeans. 

Day 20

At the French Quarter in New Orleans and look it’s that Renfrew top again and my Ginger jeans, I love this combination!

Day 21

This is a bit closer to home! We had a craft event at Cardiff City football stadium so I sneaked onto the terraces and had a pic taken wearing my Gather Mortmain dress again and because it was a bit chilly a piece of fabric as a scarf!

Day 22

This space ship is actually a building! It is the Contemporary Art Museum, Niterói in Rio de Janeiro, I have actually been here and it is amazing, it sticks out over a cliff top and the views are fab, as is the whole place! I am wearing a drape top from one of the Sewing Bee books, I have made loads of these tops for myself and as presents, they are easy to make and look lovely on, and yes that is my Moss skirt again!

I wonder what exciting places I will visit over the next few days and whether I can prise myself out of my Ginger jeans and Moss skirt?

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Me made may 2016 week 2

My whirl wind, world wide, me made wardrobe adventure continues, if you didn’t manage to guess where I was here is where you will find all the answers.

Day 9

With Billy the Bison in Yellowstone National Park! Wearing a Thread Theory Camas Blouse and my Closet Case Ginger Jeans.

Day 10

Not Dartmoor, Easter Island! Wearing one of my many By Hand London Anna Dresses.

Day 11

I thought this was a tricky one but @deravelled got it right, Ta Prohm in Cambodia. Wearing a Colette Seamworks Astoria jersey top and my Grainline Studio Moss skirt.

Day 12

This was an easy one, it’s The Great Wall of China of course, wearing a Colette Moneta dress!

Day 13

My outfit matches my location beautifully, did you guess where I was? This is Petra in Jordan and I am wearing an Anna dress made from Hemmingway fabric.

Day 14

Here I am with my flamingo friends at the Atacama salt flats in Bolivia! Wearing my Grainline Moss skirt again ( this is becoming a firm favourite in my wardrobe I might have to make another) with my Sewaholic Belcarra blouse, made with Regents Lawn.

Day 15

This is one of my favourite cities and I have actually visited on a couple of occasions, it is Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. I am wearing my Moss skirt again, this time with another Sewaholic Renfrew T-shirt in plain red jersey

Keep following me on Instagram @trixielixiespics or on Facebook @trixielixiesays for daily updates and make me really happy by guessing where I am!

Me made may 2016 week 1

I can’t believe it’s already May and #memademay16 is already upon Us! I was a bit late starting but I did have a lot of travelling to do between shots (I wish!) However I am all up to date now. If you have been following my Instagram or Facebook posts and joining in with the guess where I am theme, this is where you will get all the answers.

Day 1 and I was in Paris of course, wearing my favourite Closet case patterns Ginger jeans and Sewaholic Patterns Oakridge blouse.

Day 2 and I was in Machu Pichu with a new friend! Wearing my Ginger jeans again, this time with a Sewaholic patterns Belcarra blouse.

Day 3 and I turned up in Timbuktu! Still wearing my beloved Ginger Jeans! And with another Sewaholic patterns Oakridge blouse, this one in Liberty Truly Scrumptious Tana Lawn.

Day 4 and I was getting a bit wet at Niagara Falls. Wearing a Colette patterns Wren dress.

Day 6 and I turned up at The Colosseum in Rome wearing a Sewaholic patterns Davies dress.

This place took me by surprise, I thought I was in Gotham City until my photographer informed me that it was in fact Shanghai! Day 7 and I am wearing a Colette Aster shirt that I lengthened into a shirt dress.

Day 8 and there is a clue in the picture, I am of course at Base Camp on Mount Everest. This top was made using Liberty jersey fabric and the pattern came free with a magazine.

Today is day 9 and I am on the steps of Sidney Opera House! My outfit today is another Sewaholic patterns Belcarra blouse, with a brand new make which is a denim Grainline Patterns Moss skirt.

I am having fun again this year with my #memademay posts and hope you are all enjoying guessing where I am, who knows where I might be next week?

I made Jeans!

One of my New Year sewing resolutions was to make a pair of jeans, so here they are! I used the Closet case Ginger jeans pattern.

jeans front

I don’t know why I was so nervous about making my own jeans! I set aside 2 days to make them and had 3 machines on the go (one for seams, one for top stitching and my over locker to finish the seams). I found the Ginger Jeans pattern really easy to follow and I knew that I could go to the Closet Case blog and find visual instructions if I got stuck, however I found the pattern instructions so clear that I didn’t need to use the blog! This is quite unusual for me as normally I need to look at  lots of photos or video’s to help me with tricky bits like fly zips etc. The denim I used is called Vixen and it has 2% spandex, its a gorgeous very dark, almost black denim and I love it!

jeans back

I made a straight size 14 and it fits perfectly, when you sew up the leg side seams you can try them on and make any adjustments that you might need, I also shortened them by 2cm before I cut them out as I am a bit of a short arse.

jeans close

I really can’t think why I was so nervous about making jeans, they were really easy and I am so pleased with the result! I just want to tell everyone I MADE JEANS!

If you are even contemplating making jeans, just do it! You will be surprised how easy it is and you won’t be able to stop smiling! I had to point out to my friends that I had made my jeans, they said they would never have guessed because they look shop made!