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Saturday 16 July 2022

Navy culottes

These culottes are a 'hack' combining my modified New Look 6216 trousers with Simplicity 4237 legs and zipped pockets I've drafted myself.

They have an elasticated waist, zipped pockets in each side and are 33 1/2 " long from waist to hem.

Thursday 14 July 2022

Folding sitting mat


This is my new homemade folding sitting mat.

It uses part of an old shower curtain, an old seat pad cut into 4 strips and some coloured elastic.

Wednesday 13 July 2022

Yellow floral culottes with pockets

Yellow floral culottes with pockets. They come to just below the knee and look like a little skirt when I stand still, but then you can see the legs when I move. I plan to wear these with a plain pale blue, grey-green or ivory tshirt.

These use my basic elastic waist trouser pattern with inseam pockets I drafted myself, and for this pair the legs widened as much as the fabric allowed. The pockets are from a scrap of ivory fabric.

Tuesday 12 July 2022

Batik trousers for the heat

 Multicolour cotton lawn batik trousers, have side pockets and adjustable waist

Not at all my usual style, but the fabric is lovely and thin for this hot weather
The front and back

I wear them with a plain navy tee and flat sandals!

Monday 11 July 2022

Navy trousers with zipped pockets

 Navy trousers made from what I think is polycotton, though its very lightweight.

Elastic waist, 5 belt loops, 2 front pockets (accessed from the top) and 2 zipped side pockets.

A few pictures below before I sewed up the side seams showing the pockets

I added an extension to the hem with leather triangles reinforcing the splits

These are based on New Look 6216 but I've altered and adapted it so much that its nothing like the pattern really anymore!

Friday 8 July 2022

Woven Tee from Vogue 9246


After making the long sleeved blouse from two pieces of fabric both about 1.15cm, I had largish scraps leftover, one full width of the fabric and about 50cm long, and another full width of fabric 40cm long, as well as a small rectangular scrap.

I wanted to use the scraps to make another garment and after a look through my pattern stash Vogue V9246 View C, a woven blouse looked possible.

I used size L flared out a bit at the hipline. I was able to cut the front yoke and body on the fold as per the pattern, though by shortening the sleeves by an inch.

I raised the back neckline by about half an inch and narrowed the front neckline slightly.

To cut the back out I had to include a centre back seam in both the yoke and body, and move the yoke seam down a bit.

I also had some curved scraps left which I was able to use to extend the sleeve length a little bit.

I made 1/2" wide self fabric bias binding and used this to do a bias facing to the neckline.

So a nice cool top out of the scraps.

Vogue 9246 View C woven tee

Tuesday 5 July 2022

Long sleeved floral blouse


I had two pieces of this cotton lawn so was able to cut the long sleeved shirt with cuffs.

I used the same pattern as with the previous shirt, but just curved the back hem down a little, for a slight high-low hem look. I've used burgundy buttons, stitched on with burgundy thread which gives a lovely subtle detail. 

Sunday 3 July 2022

Navy knit top with ruffle detail

A plain navy knit top from my TNT Sew Look 6735, felt it needed just a little bit of extra so added a ruffle detail at the front.

Saturday 2 July 2022

Summer Floral Blouse


Cotton lawn blouse with 3/4 sleeves and button front.

Fabric : Remnant purchased from fabric shop in Madeira on holiday in Feb 2020, when we managed a holiday before lockdown.

1.2 metres of 140cm wide with a directional print, so could only squeeze out 3/4 length sleeves with hem bands and couldn't attempt pattern matching. I only have a piece large enough for a pocket left over.

The fabric was gorgeous to sew with, and should be very cool to wear.

Pattern used: Shirt dress pattern from March 2020 Prima magazine, shortened to be a shirt.