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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

GBSB From Stitch to Style: Japanese Style Top laid flat

Here's the top laid out flat
I think I might take in that bat wing sleeve to be a shape more like the other side.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

GBSB From Stitch to Style: Japanese Style Top made up

So here it is as yet unhemmed.
I made the size 16, I did a little fiddling to get the stripes to match where they could and then trimmed the excess. I thought the cuffs would not fit but they did. I used the coverhem machine for the back neck and sleeve hems, you could zigzag or use a twin needle if you don't have a coverhem.
The sleeve on the left is like a normal sleeve. The sleeve on the right is like a very loose bat wing sleeve. I'm not sure I like the bat wing being that extreme and I might shape it more like the other side. I still need to do the hem.
If you normally need an FBA then I would not bother as there is loads of room from the cowl and asymmetry.
I think this style would be really good for an apple shape or large bust. It would also be good if you are naturally unsymmetrical as it would work with your body rather than against it.
I will do a lying flat photo tomorrow so you can see the shape of the garment more clearly.

Monday, 11 July 2016

GBSB From Stitch to Style: Japanese Style Top

This is the book which accompanies the latest series of the Great British Sewing Bee which recently finished.

I decided to sew the 'Japanese Style Top' which I don't recall being featured on the series.
(This is different to another similar style which was a challenge on an earlier series).

I really wanted to showcase the angles and drapes so decided to use the 1/2" red and white stripe jersey.
So far I have traced off the pattern pieces and glued them together with a glue stick and cut them out as per the layout diagram, with the exception of the cuffs which I cut with the stripe going round not up and down.
I have to say it is looking fairly crazy and I can't quite imagine what it is going to look like sewn up. We shall see (maybe as early as tomorrow) or if not I am then out, away and out again so it'll be next week.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Spot Print PJ Top

This is the last item in the PJ collection. Although I have enjoyed making these I am glad I am done and ready for something different now.
This uses the rest of the spotty print from the reverse of the Panda duvet cover. I used the pattern from July 2016 Prima Magazine again but raised the neckline slightly and added a simple shawl collar I traced from a purchased PJ top.
As before I added purple buttons sewn on with purple thread to echo the purple spots on the fabric (and because I had quite a few purple buttons the right size in the button stash).
And here it is with the macthing trousers, which is probably how I will normally wear them.
But should I want to change it up a bit all the tops and bottoms can be mixed together like this.
They are so much fun.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Spot Print PJ Pants

So this time I used the spotted side from the duvet cover.
Again I used Burda December 2007 #127 Pyjama Trousers, did have side seams but did not bother with pockets or hem splits.
The waist is a piece of 1" elastic attached to half a purple shoelace each end for the tie. I like the way the shoelace has a finished end which doesn't come unravelled like ribbon. I use a triple zip zag stitch sewn back and forth several times to secure the shoelace to the elastic inside the waistband. Its a waist treatment I like a lot for PJs. I went with purple to echo the purple buttons I used on the Panda top in case I decided to mix and match.
I am planning to make a spotty top as well and then I shall have a break from PJs.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Stripe PJ Cami

I only had smallish long skinny scraps left after making the stripe PJ pants but wanted a matching top. So after a trawl through the pattern stash I made the very simplest version of Simplicty 4958 (6 fluttery tops made easy).
I'm not really a ruffles person and was short of fabric so mine is the plain cami without the ruffles. As this is to wear to sleep in and has no side closures I've kept it loose for now. Though I have some turquoise lingerie elastic and may decide to add that later to snug the top edge in a little.
There are some tiny scraps left over which i will use for drawstring bags for the next craft stall.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Stripe PJ pants

Using Burda December 2007 #127 Pyjama Trousers with added pockets and hem splits.
The top of the pocket is caught into the waist casing (involved some careful measuring) so they don't droop.
 I used a scrap of white fabric which would be less bulky and less visible than using the seersucker stripe.
The elastic waist has half of a white shoelace swen to each end to make them adjustable. The shoelaces come out of some buttonsholes. These have a scrap of interfacing on the back for reinforcement. I added little side hem slits at the ankle as a slightly different look.
These will be a nice addition to my summer PJs.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Panda Print PJ Top

I used the pattern from July 2016 Prima Magazine* to make this matching top for the PJ pants.
 The Prima patterns are often quite simple, and as a subscriber I get the pattern every month autmatically. This one is for a V neck top or dress with several variations. Mine is slightly shorter than the one with ties.
Again due to fabric limitations I have had to ignore any attempt at pattern matching or pleasing pattern placement so have various half pandas which is a slight shame. However it will not stop me enjoying wearing them one bit.

I used purple buttons from the stash which toned quite well with the purple spots between the pandas. I hand sewed them on using matching purple thread so that they have a solid purple circle appearance.

*Prima magazine is a UK general women's magazine which includes a simple free pattern every month. Subscribers get it included with the pattern, but I think if you buy it from the paper shop you have to send off for the pattern and pay postage.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Panda Print PJ Pants

I cut the Panda PJ Pants from a child's duvet cover I bought in the Debenhams Sale.
Limited options for print placement, but no worse than if I'd bought them so I'm OK with it.
Hopefully I can use the spotty print on the reverse side of the duvet cover for another pair of PJ pants and get a top or two from the leftovers.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

White Collection: plans

I'm not sure it really will be a white collection as such, but there is going to be some things sewn with white thread.
This is going to include
Panda print PJs from Burda December 2007 #127 Pyjama Trousers

And probably at least two tops - the red and white floral and the red and white stripe.
Oh and some casings for some foam I've cut to boost the rather thin seat pads on my garden chairs.
And probably something else I have not thought of yet.
And when I'm fed up of white I think its ivory next, but we shall see.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Red collection: paused

I think I am going to pause on the red collection. Lots of the pieces are in circulation already. The knee length skirt will be worn with tights/boots in winter, I have worn the other items, some multiple times. The only thing in question is this top, which is not working out too well.
Unlike the dummy which has a nice flocked finish which keeps the drapy rayon in place, on me this bags out and gapes horrendously. I added elastic to the neckline, recut the side seams etc, but its basically too large all over (including too long/wide sleeves) so I am going to cut it apart at the seams and recut it smaller, though probably at a later date when I am less cross with it.

My next project is going to be some PJ pants in a fun print. These need white thread so tonight I will be rethreading the machines in white and give myself a break form the enormous red gaping top!

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Red collection: red sandals

I fancied some red sandals to wear with my Red Collection, so I bought these:-
Heeled Red Sandals for wearing with skirts.
And also these Flat Red Sandals for more casual outfits/wearing with trousers.

I already have several different red bags and a giraffe print bag with red accents which work with one or both of the pairs of sandals plus many red necklaces and several pairs of red earrings, so I am now covered from an accessories point of view.

Next up two more red tops before I switch over the the stripe/print ones.
Remember I will not wear an entirely red outfit, but these will liven up the taupe and navy from SWAP.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Red Collection: Wrap Front Top

This is based on the wrap front top from Simplicity 4076, though I added at the side seams, cut the two fronts the same, added a centre back seam and straightened the long flared sleeve.
It is slightly loose, so I think will need a cami under it at least until it has been through the wash a few times.
I've taken out the cardi wrap (for B) and cushions (for craft stall) as I am not keeping those, so here's what the RED collection looks like now - two cardigans, two tops and two skirts which I will mix in with the SWAP pieces.
I am on the lookout for some red sandals as well as I did not find any in my size at the Clarke's outlet last week.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

RED Collection: Simplicity 4076 top plans

I washed (and partly tumble dried) the red viscose (rayon) fabric as well as two other red knit pieces I found in the stash.
I'm going to use Simplicty 4076 from my pattern stash. It is from 2009 but I think still works.

I discovered previously that I don't like the flared sleeves so I will make them straight.

I will do one of the wrap front (the green below) and one with the gathered front (the pale pink below). The knot front is very low, so if I do decide to do that one I will add a faux cami panel into the front if/when I sew it.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Red Collection: Ponte Cardigan

This is the cardigan from new Look 6735 with a forward head/round back alteration and shortened by about 2 inches. I left the buttons and belt off.
Here's how it looks with the other items in the RED collection.
 I only have one thing left to sew which is a red viscose (rayon) jersey top. From this fabric
I'm currently undecided on what pattern to use for this, however once it is done I will switch out the red thread and move on to white.