Bristol Balloon fiesta

So a few weekends ago I walked up to ashton court with some friends to see some hot air balloons, the weather wasn't great and it was really crowded but it was fun to see so many different kinds of balloons!
There was a lot of people and quite a lot of slides...
and amazing maze bouncy castles!
Unfolding of the balloons.
Up they go!
Wonderful balloon hot air balloon, it would have been lovely if the basket was a house as well...
Battery balloon.
A minion balloon, we had just seen despicable 2 at the cinema and I do recommend it!
The silly boys!
The boys got on to the crazy thrill ride, I wanted to go too but it looked pretty intense.

en blommig bomber jacka

The fabric for the jacket is from an old curtain and the black are bits from a jumper with ribstop bottom and sleeves. The buttons I think I recieved in a letter from a friend and they match the zip colour perfectly, also I thought that the insects on the buttons fit in quite nicely with the print.
I used the pattern for this raglan sleeved dress as the base and just made the side seams go a bit wider and cut it off aboce the waist.

French seaming a side seam

So for the skirt I made below I used a polkadot chiffon fabric and a polyester lining. I promised that I would show you how I made the sideseams so here we go!
1. First of all I cut two pieces of fabric approximately 50x70 cm of each material.
2. Then I pinned the side together with the right side of the fabric away from each other, so completely opposite to what you usually do when you sew the sides together.
3. Sew a straight stitch ca 0.5 cm from the edge or more.
4. Cut off half of the width but make sure not to be too close to your stitches.
5. Turn the right sides against each other and pin to secure the raw edge into the new seam.
6. Straight stitch the whole way down.
7. Press the side seam flat.
Voila! This is what it looks like from the right side, but still it's just as neat on the inside. This technique works great on thinner fabrics and you can also use it to finish off your hems.

polkadots or petals

Polkadot skirt in navyblue chiffon and a layer of lining since the fabric is pretty sheer. When I was making the bridesmaids dresses I learnt how nice it looks with french seamed side seams so I'm quite happy with how neat they turned out. I'll show you how I did it in an upcoming post.
Royal blue silk petal skirt, this is a sample and the first time I've tried this simplicity pattern. Leanne Marshall was one of my favorite winners of American project runway so I was really happy to try this out.
Pretty petals!
With a hidden zip in the back, I'm just trying to find a nice button to finish it off with! What is your favorite skirt like?

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