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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Coat ideas

I want to sew this coat from Prima Feb 2015.

I think the fabric requirements are somehow wrong through as it reckons 2.9m x 150cm wide fabric for the short coat but 1.7m x 140cm wide fabric for the long coat which I think is the wrong way round and the short one is too little.
The layout diagram has the belt piece running down the length of the fabric after the entire front and back, so I suspect the fabric requirements using this layout are actually 2.9m for the knee length coat and 2.7m for the jacket length coat.

I have two pieces of suitable fabric, both teal but slightly different.

One is 2.3m and the other 1.9 metres, so potentially I could mix the two, but I'm not sure if thats a good idea.
I could cut the side panels, sleeves and belt from the second fabric, or go more of a colour blocking route, where the bottom so much of each piece is the other fabric.
Of course I might be able to get it out of less fabric than they say, but it seems unlikely.
I'm going to add a lining also and have loads of a deep teal satin for that which will be luscious.

I have found a few images for ideas. none are exactly what I have in mind, but they give ideas.

Probably this bottom one is the closest as the colours are similar to one another and the colour blocking is in vertical rather than horizontal lines.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Fabric and Sewing Goodies for 2018 Projects

I had a quick trip out to Economy Fabrics near Chesterfield, just off the M1 Junction 29. (Seriously its so near the junction its worth stopping for half an hour if you are going up/down the M1). There is free parking outside and in a car park a short distance away.
It wasn't very busy which was good for me (on a Saturday it is normally quite busy) and I picked out a few fabrics at £2 per metre, plus interfacing, wide elastic, opening zips and ribbon.
Light levels are a bit low so the photo has not come out very well. Apologies!
Top row (wovens)
left - red and white tweedy fabric for a jacket of some sort
right - pink and brown tartan with applique details, a very unusual fabric, a jacket or skirt?
Centre (haberdashery)
left - turquoise ribbon (sold by weight), and two open ended zips for jackets
centre - lots of interfacing in black and white rolled on a roll for me, 2m of 2" wide elastic.
Bottom (mostly knits)
far left - teal, brown and tan print knit for a top
centre left - teal and brown stretch lace for a top of some sort (sheer sleeves, lined bodice).
centre - a stretch woven fabric in plain brown, hopefully for trousers
centre right - teal and tan tie dye style knit, again probably a top
far right - a lovely sweater knit in burgundy, grey and cream (although it reads as pink), cardigan, will need care on hems.

Hopefully I can sew all of these up during 2018 and really make a good use of my purchases.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Turquoise dropped shoulder top

I'm using the self drafted drop shoulder top pattern again for this teal/turquoise tee. 
I used a mystery knit from deep within the stash. It sewed up beautifully. I have some left, enough for another top.

The dropped shoulder style (which Burda call overcut shoulders) has natural wrinkles under the arm which isn't everyone's taste, but I like these loose tops with curved hem and find them easy to wear.
In my head this is sewing for 2018, even though it is still December.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

2018 Sewing Plans

I'm not much one for looking back at what I've sewn, so no stats and summaries here.
You can look in the sidebar for some of the items I've made in 2017.


No particular contests in mind at the moment though I probably will do regular seasonal collections along the line of the 6PAC (/https://ejvc.wordpress.com/2009/04/22/seasonal-sewing-collections/).
I like to pick a colour and sew several garments before chnaging to a new colour way and this works well with 6PAC sewing.
Although I have planned a SWAP, I find the timeframe too long, so will probably do two smaller seasonal collections instead.

I want to make a simple lined coat from this Prima magazine pattern.

Plus draft and add a lining for an existing boiled wool jacket which is scratchy to wear, and add a lining to a partially constructed jacket. None of these have linings as part of the garment originally but I think they will be so much nicer to wear with them.

In 2018 I want to have another go at trousers, using various patterns and what I have learned in the last year about my crotch curve shape.
I have Burda Fev 2010 #135 in progress.

Cardigan jacket
Develop a generic cardigan jacket pattern with dropped shoulders and band collar which I can sew both for myself and for charity. A one-size-works-for-many approach is what I have in mind.

RTW fast
The only challenge I've signed up for is the RTW fast, so I will not be buying any new clothes in 2018. However I can sew new items as well as wear the things i already have in the wardrobe.

Using existing supplies
I will try as much as possible to sew from the resources centre (aka the stash). I'll also try to use my leather scraps, beads, card blanks etc. as much as I can

Charity items
I am going to continue to sew and make items for the various charity craft sales. This also uses existing resources as much as possible, so I will be making more bags (as they've all gone) as well as some new things like wrapping paper storage bags and garden kneeler pads. I've also applied to a scheme which sews hospital PJs for sick kids but I've not heard yet if they want me. I might revisit candle making and try my hand at soap making.

Declutter and organise
Once again I'm going to make a concerted effort to declutter and oranise my sewing and craft supplies. I would love to find a meaningful place to donate things but don't really have anything at the moment.

What have you got planned for 2018?

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Sew not buy in 2018

I came across this challenge and liked it.


What exactly is the Ready To Wear Fast?
The Ready to Wear Fast is a vow to abstain from buying clothes for one year. You will give up buying clothes from January 1 – December 31, 2018.  You may sew anything, and you may fabric shop as much as you would like!  The purpose is to Save Money and Improve Your Sewing Skills, but believe me, the rewards of the commitment will exceed your expectations.

I will generally try to sew from my large stash as I think that would be the wisest use of resources.
And I think I should be OK sticking to the rules. Even without a lot of sewing, I would still be able to get dressed for work, travel/walking, weekend etc for what I currently have, and some extra sewn stuff would add some nice variety.

I'm currently really enjoying Teal and Turquoise so I think I'll be sewing a few more pieces.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Drop shouldered cardigan jacket

I wanted to develop my own cardigan jacket pattern with a drop shoulder which I could use for me, but also for the charity craft stall (in colours which don't work so well for me).
So I traced bits off a RTW cardigan, and looked at how other patterns were constructed and eventually came up with something of my own.
It has an angled shoulder seam, a dropped shoulder, long sleeve, back cut on fold and front which can have an integral or separate band. If the fabric edge is nice and also the reverse attractive I can use the cut on band and have a casual shawl collar, but otherwise I can have a separate neckband.
I've used a sofa throw I bought from Dunelm Mill and used the ribbing on the hem and cuffs, and the finished edge as the edge of the front panels. It is two layers of knit woven together and very thick.
Not quite sure what I'll do with the leftovers as it has no ribbing, perhaps a sweatshirt with sewn on ribbing, or a cushion!
Also works well with the two tops I already sewed, though its so thick I'd be pretty warm in them.

Friday, 22 December 2017

More fleece hats

These fleece hats (all 12 of them) were made from a single Ikea Skogsklocka blanket which costs £4.50. I think that's pretty good for a piece of nice quality fleece 130cm x 170cm.
These are a special request made for a colleague of DBF's who organises things for the cubs and scouts, I think maybe for the leaders as I only made adult and teen sizes, none for young kids.
It does get boring making lots in the same colour though I did it assembly line style, and measured and pinned the brims whilst watching TV.
The fleece was really wrinkled from being squished tightly in the packaging and even with a rinse and spin in the machine and 24hrs on the line the wrinkles only dropped out a little. Hopefully it won't be too noticable when they are being worn.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Late Winter Sewing - 6 piece collection plans

Elizabeth of The Fabulous Dr. E's Fabulous Blog has an approach to sewing 6 garments every 3 months which would gradually build up into a self sewn wardrobe. She lives in a seasonal location (now Sweden, previously London) and back in 2009 suggested these guidelines.

I am a big fan, and although I have done multiple SWAPs and other wardrobe type sewing I have found this approach the most managable as you end up with stuff that's seasonally appropriate, goes together and achievable if you don't overcomplicate things.

Trousers (dark neutral)
2 Tops (1 to match, 1 to complement)
2 layering tops/cardigans/jackets (1 to match, 1 to complement)
Coat (dark netural)

I generally sew 6 things in the same colour scheme, not necessarily following Elizabeth's suggestions and haven't made a coat before even though I have done multiple winters, so I thought I should change that this winter.

So my plans for winter are:-
Trousers (dark neutral) - dark teal
2 Tops (1 to match, 1 to complement) - one teal, one an accent, possibly my pink
2 layering tops/cardigans/jackets (1 to match, 1 to complement) - one teal, one an accent, possibly my pink
Coat (dark netural) - teal wools

The tops would be simple knits, and the layers probably cardigans, or simple cardigan style jackets.
The trousers will be the current style I am fine tuning from a burda magazine and the coat will be made from several wool fabrics in my stash.

Here's what that might look like.

The tops will probably be my current favourite pattern which I traced off a favourite RTW sweater and modified a little. It has dropped shoulders and a loose boxy fit.
The cardigans will be a new style of my own making which I plan to draft to fit over the tops.
I'm hoping to come up with a 'one style works for many' that I can make up in lots of fabrics and sell on my charity craft stall. I'll write more about what I have planned on that another day.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

10 20 30 mins a day

Today I actually hemmed curtains.
This is a lot less interesting than making a coat, but the curtains have been hanging over the radiator and annoying me for a while.
So now they are done and I have some scraps to make into cushions or shopping bags.

I really like leaf print designs (way way more than florals).

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Coat Sewing

I bought Love Sewing magazine and really like the idea of sewing the coat pattern B6423 which is included with it.

In the magazine they show up made up in a solid single fabric, but also in multiple fabrics.

As it takes 3.4 or 3.6 metres of fabric (depending on which size I go for) I thought I could combine several teal fabrics from the resources centre (aka the stash) and have a nice coat.

I generally buy coats so this would be a departure for me, and hopefully a good use of some wool fabrics from my resources.

Here are some reviews I found for the coat




Monday, 18 December 2017

Stitchers Guild planning to go subscription only

I read a topic today about Stitchers Guild/Artisans Square forum moving to a Subscription only format from 1st January.
here's a link to the topic for those who would like to read it.


I am undecided at the moment whether SG is enough part of my life that I would be willing to pay for it, or if it is now time to move on to other formats and forums (which I have already started to do).

Whether I stay or not, I am sure its a tricky question for many who are currently planning to do SWAP. I could afford it but may choose not to, other members of the board have much tighter finances.

So you may find me posting here more about my plans, thoughts and challenges for myself if I am on SG less/not at all.

I'm interested in what you think about this, and if I decide not to what other options do exist.

Thanks Ruth
Apparently it will be $35 USD per person per year, not currently any plans for monthly or quarterly payments. Also Paypal, bank transfer or check (US spelling) but no credit card payments.
This would cover moving the board to a new hosting platform with ability to upload pictures, but not any other new extras as far as I could see.
I was thinking as I fell asleep about the topics I participate in the most and they were SWAP and Six-piece seasonal collections. Much of the SWAP history is lost as it was on the old SG which crashed and the photos of the final collections were on two other locations which are no longer available either. However the Six-piece seasonal collections were the brain child of Elizabeth / Dr E / ejvc and can be found on her blog.


She has helpfully done a summary of the posts she has written about this topic so I may well use these guidelines and sew my next little grouping as before.

The other thing I do lots of sewing for is the charity craft stall, which doesn't feature much on SG, but I might change the blog a bit so other people can see the ideas I use there, as its about using existing resources well, and making a little money for charity.


Friday, 15 December 2017

Leather scrap gift wallets

These are for giving cash gifts this Christmas, and I would make them again in future for the charity craft stall.
I used leather scraps bought a while ago, straight stitch on the sewing machine and plastic snaps (I recently aquired a snap tool for plastic snaps and this was my first project with them).
The size and shape varies a little as it is driven by the leather scrap used.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Fleece Hats and Christmas Stockings

Here are some more fleece hats and Christmas stockings.

Some of these are for Christmas gifts and others are for the charity craft sale which is due to be next week.
 Fleece hats from a furry fleece blanket which shed furry bits during the construction process.
 Fleece stockings using the cat print fleece and some plain fleece.
 Velvet and cotton lined stocking.
 Blue fleece hats for those who don't like rainbow cats.
 Green fleece hats, including some in 'Monster' style.
 Cream fleece hats and a beautiful pink and cream lined fabric stocking.
 Blue fabric stockings, lined.
Sweater knit and fleece stockings.
Santa's workshop is stll going, but today may be the last day and then I need to get wrapping and posting them to recipients!