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Friday, 23 August 2019

Prima September 2019 Shift Dress

I made this simple shift dress for my friend B from the Prima September 2019 pattern.
(Prima is a UK women's magazine that includes a free sewing pattern for subscribers only).
I've used a remnant of stretch woven floral fabric. It was an absolute pleasure to sew. 
It has a 2" hem (hemmed with the blind hem stitch), armhole and neckline facings and a back neck opening with button and loop. I sewed a size 10 in the knee length with the boat neckline.
I was careful with the print placements, inspired by the far left example in the magazine.
The fabric absolutely makes it. There's a bit left over and I'm wondering if I could squeeze out something for me. A skirt would make the most sense.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Self drafted shrug

Here's a batwing shrug, which I drafted myself, using a similar but different RTW shrug as a starting point.
It is a one size fits many item, designed for a friend who has to wear a neoprene sleeve for lymph problems which makes it tricky to get jackets over the arm, but which she'd like to cover up when going out.

I love it and am very tempted to keep it for myself, however there is some fabric left over and I will make something for me from it, though maybe not exactly this.

Simplicity 4276 Sleeveless top

I used the top from this OOP Khaliah Ali pattern. To fit it on the scraps left from the other items I cut the lower bodice on the cross grain (instead of the bias) and cut it slightly wider to account for the loss of stretch. With serged and stitched neck and sleeves this didn't take much fabric.
Together these 4 pieces are being used as summer PJs/lounging wear.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Floral Top

This floral top uses the top pattern from Prima Magazine July 2019.
I've made View B with the front hem also rounded.

Re Prima magazine, this is a UK women's magazine from Hearst magazines, which has a pattern included in each magazine if you are a subscriber. As far as I know its only available in the UK.

The patterns are simple though so should be easy enough to find something similar in the envelop patterns from the Big 4 which are quite expensive here.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

New Look 6216 variations

I enjoy making variations on the same pattern, especially when its worked well for me before.
I've used New Look 6216 trousers lots of times now, with some minor alterations for my full seat.
The latest versions of these were sewn for the hot weather.

First I made some trousers from some duck egg blue cotton sheeting. These are made as per the pattern, except I have added a working elastic/drawstring waist, so the waist is truly adjustable. (The pattern has a full elastic waist and a non functional tie sewn on) Given the very casual nature these are being used as PJ trousers.
The second variation was an attempt to make some culottes from the same pattern using a pretty blue floral fabric. Here I cropped the length and added width, omitting the pockets but again made a functional elastic/drawstring waist.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Venturing into Instagram

There seem to be fewer blogs to read these days as I think people have gone over to Instagram.
So I've created a profile, but posted nothing so far. Also not sure what's good to follow, so open to ideas.

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Dark Blue Curtains

Dark blue curtains for B's house, very carefully measured to be above the radiator, but below the windowsill. Its a very old house so everything is interesting and not quite straight.
The pole is extra long so the curtains can be drawn fully back and not obscure the window, and then have more presence when closed as the window isn't really in proportion with the large room.

She's delighted with them, and they make the room nice and dark so great when a guest is using the sofa bed they should sleep well!

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Sailor Boy - ReP-A-R-E #13 (RePurposing, Alterations, Repairs and Embellishments)

Sailor Boy - ReP-A-R-E #13 (RePurposing, Alterations, Repairs and Embellishments)

Another repurposing, this time a RTW polo shirt which never looked good on me to a new shorts and t shirt outfit for the mascot.
Same idea as the Rugby outfit, only the whole outfit is a bit of a neater fit as it was made from a large women's t shirt.
The print on the original tee was of tiny anchors, which are more to scale on the bear than they were on me

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

UFO sleeveless top (recut from a 1990s skirt)

I made a skirt in the early 1990s, with a waistband, shaped yoke and skirt front and back.
I wore it with a white blouse and light aqua green jacket for my graduation from University.

Sometime later I took it apart and tried to cut a top from the pieces. There was a front, a 2 piece back, only one short sleeve and some funny shaped bits. I stuffed it in a plastic bag in frustration.

More than 10 years later I pulled it out, pressed the pieces and discovered my dilemma. I still love the aqua green colour (duck egg blue?) so it was worth persevering a little.

I've learned a bit more about solving problems now so I decided to cut bias strips from the one sleeve and use it to bind the neckline of a now sleeveless top. I don't wear sleeveless tops much, but for the very hot summer days it could be useful.
I could add some ruffles at the shoulder to give a hint of sleeve if I don't wear it sleeveless.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Golding Wedding Bunting

Golden Wedding Bunting (not for me!)
50 gold pennants on a gold ribbon, hopefully will be used to decorate the party.
Fairly literal and also fairly plain, so hopefully also generic enough it can be reused for other events like Christmas and birthdays.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Verigris Jacket

When refolding the fabric in the 'Resource Centre' I came across this remnant of curtaining and was able to squeeze out a simple Kimono style jacket.
The fabric is a light green colour with teal and gold random sponge print on it.
It reminds me of Copper Verigris, even though mine is green and gold, the effect is similar.

Pattern, Kinder Cardigan from Wendy Ward's 'Sewing with Knits' book, made up in a curtain fabric remnant fabric with no stretch. This garment comes in 5 sizes I made the 4th size and added 3 inches to the middle length which isn't shown below but is halfway.

This works with my new approach for dressy occasions (which as a 'natural' I find tricky). I have simple shapes like Kimono cardigan jacket, basic trousers and knit tops only made in slightly more luxurious fabrics to look more dressy whilst still being me.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Hanging pockets

So a peg bag is just a pocket on a hanger, so these could be used to keep accessories with a dressy outfit, not just for pegs.

I've now used all 8 of the child sized wire hangers, so would need a slightly different pattern for different hangers

Sunday, 16 June 2019

New Peg Bags (and pattern)

I decided to replace my old peg bags (used to hold clothes pegs when hanging washing on an outdoor line), which were dated and worn.

My new bags were made to fit on some child sized coat hangers I bought, but you can use any suitable coat hanger and adjust the pattern to suit the hanger.

These could also be made in finer fabrics and used to hold accessories, lingerie or shoes which go with a specific outfit so they can all be hung together.

Now I've made the pattern I will do lots of different ones in various fabrics. It is a great way to use curtain fabric offcuts.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Cheesecloth stripe top

I had bought some cheesecloth/seersucker type fabric which was quite narrow. I wanted to make a simple top for hot summer days but with coverage for the upper arm area.
I started with the free pattern, sent to subscribers of the Prima women's magazine.
This is the pattern from the current magazine, July 2019. I used it as a starting point.
My version most closely resembles View B, however I curved the front hem, and cut the back curve slightly longer. I raised the back neckline slightly and scooped the front neckline slightly. I extended the cut on sleeves and added a band. I cut the back on the fold. Instead of the facing provided I finished the neckline with a bias band.
I'm really pleased with this, although its too cold and wet to wear it at the moment, when those hot days arrive I will definitely be pleased I have it in the wardrobe. It washes and dries quickly and doesn't really need ironing.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

June Goals - UFO Maxi Dress and Bonus Top

As part of my June goals I decided to try to complete a dress I cut out in 2008, partly assembled and abandoned. The pattern was from Prima Magazine November 2003. 

I added bands to the sleeves, neck and front skirt edges (the original instructions had it finished with bias binding) and hemmed it. And worked out a way to add the tying bands.

I may shorten it in the future, but for now I've left it the length I cut it in 2008, which is to the ankle when I wear it. I don't recall why I chose this length (I had cut a size 16 and added 10 inches to the skirt).
The fabric seems to be a cotton knit without much stretch so may shrink.

There was enough fabric left over to cut out a New Look 6735 top, though some single layer cutting was required as the shapes left after cutting a wrap dress are rather peculiar!

The top should work well with the teal bottoms from SWAP and the sage bottoms from the sage May collection.

I have off white on the machines so will see what I could do next.

June Sewing Goals

For June I thought I would have 3 goals, which I will aim for.

1. Participate in the 'Fun with Stripes' contest on The Sewing Place. (Stretch use multiple fabrics or make multiple garments)

2. Use at least 2 different patterns (from my usual TNT set). (Stretch 3 or more)

3. Finish off at least 1 UFO (unfinished object) (Stretch 2 or more)

I want this to be a fun game rather than anything burdensome.

I shall report progress as I go and review at the end of the month.

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Florals Rule Twinset

The Sewing Place have a contest called 'Florals Rule' and although florals are not my first love I thought I would have a go.

I bought this pretty floral lace from the Monday Market Man, who is back in Chesterfield again after a bereavement.

I've used the top and cardigan from New Look 6735. 

I've not included the belt for the cardigan, and I've underlined the front of the top with some white mesh just to add a bit more coverage there.

Here's a quick dummy shot, but I will do a photo of me wearing both pieces together.
However in actual life I suspect I'll only wear one piece at a time, and have the rest of the outfit quite neutral e.g. navy blue!

During June I am going to challenge myself to use some different/new sewing patterns to expand my repertoire a bit :-)

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Summer Sage - Another knit top

The print on this fabric reminded me of African beadwork, very detailed and intricate patterns and 12 different colours. However the print is quite small so reads as fairly muted from a distance.
Unusually for stripes the print runs down the length of the fabric. However the stretch factor was similar in both directions so I was able to cut the neckband from the red stripe.
New Look 6735 is the pattern I used.
 With the rest of the collection
On the dummy with the cardigan and skirt.

I've now got 4 tops, 4 bottoms and a layer so may pause there. I need to do some mending, curtains and etc

Summer Sage - Sage faux suede skirt

Cut from the same fabric as the Nina cardigan, this faux suede skirt is based on the Simplicity 8175 view B, though with the front cut on the fold, pockets omitted and elastic waistband casing instead of the shaped waistband.
I also added a small tuck in the front each side, and 2 darts in the back each side.

And here are all the pieces so far (8 sewn).
All of these were sewn with the same colour thread in the overlocker, coverhem and sewing machine, however I did change the needle between the knits and wovens

I wouldn't wear the print skirt with the other print tops, but I do have a previously made ivory top which could work nicely.

Still planned (but not quite sure when/if they'll get sewn)
- another print top
- some darker sage wide legged Burda trousers
- a stripe cheesecloth blouse
- a bold leaf print tee (and dress)
 (and maybe more)

But even if I stop here I still have a very wearable little collection.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Summer Sage - Mushroom trousers

New Look 6216 again , this time in a lovely stretch woven (bengaline) from the local roll end shop.
I added belt loops of a good size which works well with this purchased stretch belt with leather ends.
The mushroom colour is slightly lighter and slightly less green than the previous pair so these will be even more neutral and hopefully work with lots of other things in my wardrobe as well as the sage tops. They also work really well with another orphan jacket.

7 pieces done, and a plain skirt in progress. 
I have some darker woven trousers planned, plus some more tops so should be able to complete a good collection which co-ordinates well together.
Hopefully the summer will be a bit easier with some co-ordinated summer work clothing.