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Thursday 19 January 2023

Three Print Top

I thought I'd make a top mixing three different prints.

I started with a scrap of red, white and navy uneven striped fabric. Then picked out a red fabric with a white paint speckle print and finally another print which contains the red, white and navy as well as purple, burgundy and grey.

As all the fabrics were scraps left from other projects the only way to make a whole garment was to combine with other fabrics.

The back is cut from the red fabric with the white paint splashes.
The front and one sleeve are cut from the striped fabric.
The other sleeve and the neckband are cut from the multi coloured fabric

I'm on the fence about whether it works or not. Any two of the prints with a plain fabric would have worked I think, but the third print makes it visually much more challenging. What do you think?

The pattern is my old favourite, New Look 6735, heavily altered for high round back/full tummy, and with the back cut on the fold for this top.

Sunday 15 January 2023

Navy Loungewear

I made two pairs of the Monsal Lounge Pants, from the Wendy Ward Book, A Beginners Guide to Sewing with Knits. Both are navy blue, one a mid navy ponte the other a dark navy sweat shirting fabric.

I cut some long strips from the sweat shirting fabric and used it to enlarge a RTW hoody which was too tight. I loved the colour and the zips, so thought it was worth the alteration.

The long strips have been added up the side and under the arm. I'm really pleased as the fabrics are a similar weight and the dark navy stripe works with the navy zips down the front and on the pockets and it all looks like it was made like that.

I'll wear these pieces a lot I am sure.

Monday 9 January 2023

Black and white print tee with contrast neckband

New Look 6735 knit top (altered) this time with the body and sleeves in a black and white print viscose jersey and the neckband in a green poly lycra activewear fabric.

I like the pop of green with the black and white.

Thursday 5 January 2023

WIPGO 2023

WIPGO was a new concept for me before it was mentioned by a couple of members over on The Sewing Place and turned into a Sewalong.

Here is a longish explanation video of WIPGO by the originator.

The numbers this month are 6 and 10. 

Here's my board.

I'll try to do 5 hours on the chosen projects.

So January is Classic trousers with a front fly zip and the first block of the Sparkling stars quilt.

(I had already chosen these as my Jan projects before I'd heard of WIPGO so have put them in the corresponding slots, a slight fudge but still works I think).

Note on SWAP, I'm hoping it could start in the spring, but we don't have the rules sorted or agreement yet from the owner of the TSP board to host it.

Tuesday 3 January 2023

Print knit top

 My first project of the year is this print knit top

This is based on my old favourite New Look 6735, though I've altered the pattern to fit me better.

The fabric was one of the ones I bought on holiday in Madeira in May 2018. So its really lovely to sew up it up now.

Sunday 1 January 2023

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I've had a bit of a think and come up with my goals for 2023, let's see how I do with them!

 Make 9 Goals 2023

1. A wearable bra.

2. A black wool coat with welt pockets and lining.

3. A pair of classic trousers with a front fly zip.

4. A boiled wool jacket with lapped seams.

5. A shirt with a tower placket on the sleeve.

6. A silk blouse.

7. A bag that’s not just a tote.

8. A travel waistcoat with lots of pockets.

9. Waterproof over trousers that fit well.

2022 has been the year I have sewn the most garments for myself. Lots of those were quick and easy projects and my wardrobes and drawers are now pretty full. So for 2023 I would like to change the emphasis of my clothing sewing to more complex items with new techniques.

I have the fabric or pattern for many of these already, so let's see if I'm up to the challenge!

I'd also like to work on the Sparkling Stars Quilt designed by Iminei at The Sewing Place.

I've been gathering supplies for this as well and would like to complete it during 2023.

I think I'd like to sew along with SWAP (Sewing With A Plan) as well, and hope to have more news on that at some point.