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Thursday, 29 August 2019

McCall's 4394 dressy coat in progress

Long out of print, I'm sewing this lined princess seamed coat to wear over a RTW dress for a wedding in 2 weeks time.

It has beautiful lines, but a lot of pieces so its taking time to sew and press the various panels and pieces together.
My version is in a dark burgundy zig zag jacquard outer with a floral watercolour style floral lining. Both fabrics fray a lot.
Let's hope I can get it completed in time.

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.