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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.