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Tuesday, 3 August 2021

New 6PAC Sew Along from ejvc

 New 6PAC sew along (Autumn 2021) – The Fabulous Dr. E's Fabulous Blog (wordpress.com)

I usually can't resist a 6PAC!

Having packed up all the fabric for moving, it was apparent how much I have.

So anything I sew really does need to come from the existing resources.

There was one combo I noticed whilst I was packing up.

Some stretch suiting in a cool brown with fine pink stripes, and a lovely knit fabric with a pink ground of blossoms and brown stems.

At least there I would have a top and trousers which co-ordinate, and then see where I go from that starting point.

Going forwards I want to be more mindful of the details, maybe zipped pockets in 'normal' trousers. I'm definitely in the 'pockets are good' camp.

Saturday, 31 July 2021

At the apartment

We're now living at OH's apartment, and have been here over a week.

Quite a few open containers of stuff came here, so we've repacked those into proper boxes for the next move. Most of the stuff from my old house is packed up in storage.

Not quite sure when we'll get to move to the new house, hopefully sometime in August. There's a query about a Tree Preservation Order which might delay things a bit.

I've been thinking about sewing room layout for the new house and making some sort of cover for the old futon which will go in there for extra guest sleeping.

More news when there is some.

Thursday, 1 July 2021

Moving house so there will be a pause

Just over 2 weeks and my house contents will go in storage and I'll move to live at OH's apartment. Then at some later point (hopefully not too long) we will move into our new home.

No sewing but a lot of packing up.

I'll be back once I have moved!

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Cami top for PJs

 I used an OOP Butterick Pattern 6985 for a cami top to match the trousers.

I made my straps a bit wider and cut on the straight grain rather than the bias.

Makes for a good set for hot weather.

I think I'll call my SWAP 2021 done now.

On the left is the lined wool trouser suit and off white blouse - worn once for an interview.
The desigual fabric tee is a fun piece.

On the right the pilates outfit of tee, pants and hoodie.

In the centre 2 pairs of summer PJs in pink and white.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

PJ pants from Simplicity 1668

 Here's some simple PJ pants I made using the trousers from Simplicity 1668.

I made quite a few alterations.

1. Raised the back waist slightly.

2. Changed the back crotch to be more of an L then a gradual slope and slightly extended the back crotch length.

3. Removed the grown on elastic casing, which I replaced with a waistband piece.

4. Added buttonholes at centre front of waistband to allow drawstrings to come through.

5. Instead of the full elastic waistband I cut a slightly shorter piece of elastic and added drawstrings to each end. This gives the stretch of elastic, but the adjustability of drawstrings and is my preferred finish for PJ pants. 

6. Shortened the leg length by 11 inches (28cm) to give a 3/4 length pant leg (as these are summer PJs)

7. Added a lace trim to the hems.

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Desigual fabric jersey top

 Often on holiday I like to buy a few remnants of fabric to sew up once I get home.

I can't remember which trip this fabric was from, but it's a remnant of what seems to be desigual jersey fabric.

I've made a basic 3/4 length sleeve t shirt using New Look 6735, but cutting the body a little looser.

Its got a lot going on but I really love it.

Here's how that might look in the SWAP

Sunday, 30 May 2021

Cami from GBSB Sustainable Style

 I've made this cami top to wear with the pink PJ trousers.

As I had very small scraps of the pink leftover, I could only manage the straps in the pink, so used an off white cotton (a remnant of curtain lining) for the other pieces, with some pink embroidery, pink stretch lace and a ribbon bow to further pick up the pink.

The pattern used is the Cami from the Sleep Set in the GBSB book Sustainable Style.

I sized up as using a woven not a knit, and added a little narrow elastic across the back.

Monday, 24 May 2021

Returning to SWAP 2021

SWAP 2021  has now been extended to the end of June, so I thought I would revisit my original plan.

You  have the option to do either..

  • FULL MONTY - make all 11 garments.  One garment may be previously sewn, one may be purchased, and one may be sewn up before the official sewing start date.
  • HALF MONTY - make 6 of the 11 garments.  One may be sewn up before the official sewing start date.  Make up the remaining items from your existing wardrobe; one may be purchased.   

I always want to do the full 11 piece collection, so let's assess the situation.

Made so far:-

Lined wool jacket, and matching lined wool trousers, ivory viscose tie neck blouse.
Hoody panelled tee and panelled yoga pants.

Then more recently 2 of the 4 pairs of PJ pants co-ordinate as well.

I've been wearing these with plain RTW t shirts, but cotton camisole tops would be better when the weather heats up.

So 2 cami tops and a previously made jacket could fill the brief. Hmmmmm.

The scraps from the bright pink PJs are so tiny they are unusable, but I do have a bit of the fabrics with pandas and stars.

Lets see how things develop.

Monday, 3 May 2021

Indigo - the blue bear


Here's Indigo, a blue wool bear made from Simplicity 8044 an Elaine Heigl design.

He's very cute and was easy to make.

I think he needs a tartan waistcoat.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Capsule wardrobe for casual wear in navy, rose and teal

I've been thinking about a Capsule wardrobe for casual wear, based more on things I have previously sewn and thought others might find it of interest.

Neutral - something you are happy to wear for trousers, ideally of a similar depth to your hair colour.

I'm going to pick Navy as my neutral and not be too strict about matching shades of navy.

For simplicity in this capsule I'm going to have all my bottoms as trousers and all in navy.

Navy pull on jeans

Navy yoga pants

Navy stretch woven trousers

A bit more variety in the layering pieces

Navy cardigan or hoodie

Rose Pink cardigan or jacket (a flattering pink for my colouring)

Teal cardigan or hoodie (a flattering blue/green for my colouring)

And then various knit tops in navy, teal/turquoise and rose. 

Trainers (running shoes) in plain black (as blue seem hard to find), a digital watch, simple stud earrings and a small silver pendant.

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

PJ bottoms

I threaded up my sewing machine and overlocker, first with white, then with hot pink, and made myself these loose fitting pyjama trousers based very loosely on the New Look 6216 trousers.
(PJ bottoms regularly wear out so new ones are needed).

In each case I omitted the pockets, generally cut them a bit wider (I like a looser fit for sleeping) and added a combo elastic and drawstring to the waistband (which come out of working buttonholes).

As you can see I went for fairly fun fabrics.

Far left - novelty polycotton with cartoon whales, sea turtles etc.
Centre left - novelty panda fabric (which didn't get used in the black and white quilt). This has stars for the waistband, and I think I might add them as cuffs too.
Centre right - hot pink sheeting remnant, far too bright a colour for me, but fun for PJs.
Far right - purple and green striped shirting. This is the from the remnant left over from a blouse I made in 2009.

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Window seat cushions

 My friend B has restored an old house. She's done a beautiful job and its full of quirky original details.

One of these is a very low windowsill in the dining area off the kitchen, which she'd always fancied using as a window seat.

Ages ago (pre covid) I'd promised I'd make a cushion for the window seat, we'd even selected fabric from my stash but got no further. Recently I asked her to make a template of the windowsill due to the odd shape, which she posted through my door, and I then had great fun making an inner and a cushion cover, and using the leftovers to make a tiny envelope back cushion.

She collected it today, took it home and it fits well, which makes me very pleased indeed. She sent me this photo of it in situ.

(Given the ongoing lockdown in England this was made completely from stash, including the outer fabric, zip, thread, inner fabric, wadding, foam, stuffing etc. I even had the piping cord in my cupboard). 

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

My first quilt - finished

So I have finished my first ever quilt, any proper quilters should look away now as it is riddled with mistakes.

I had huge fun making it though.

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

My first quilt block - easy beginners log cabin

Whilst I'm not sure my fabrics are all quite right I've cut a load of 2 and a half inch strips and had a go at making this simple log cabin block.

Log Cabin Quilt Block Pattern Tutorial - Big Block! (scrapish.com)

So far I have made 6 blocks, and I need to cut more strips for the longer pieces.

I'm hoping to make 12 blocks and arrange them 3 by 4.

So it would look something like this

or rather like this.


Friday, 5 March 2021

Black and white print fabrics

 I have a collection of black and white print fabrics, which I planned to make a multiple gore skirt from

The Stitch Sisters

But as I don't wear skirts much I thought this was not a very sensible idea in reality.

Here are the fabrics I planned to use, only the panda print is properly directional.

They are 

top row L to R

black, black with large spots, black with small spots, black with musical notes

Middle row L to R

near black, zebra print, small floral

Bottom row L to R

white with grey and black stars, white with pandas, white with small black stars.

They are all woven fabrics, some perhaps poly cotton rather than 100% cotton.

Any ideas on what I could make with them as most are only 1 metre cuts.

I was thinking

PJ trousers with contrast cuffs

Maybe a small quilt (though apparently you shouldn't use polycottons/very thin fabrics)

Or back to my original skirt idea.

Ideas welcome