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Friday 31 March 2023

Teal buttoned front shirt


Here's my latest teal project, a classic shirt. The pattern is from Prima Magazine November 2013.

The shirt is as per the pattern with two exceptions. Firstly I altered the back yoke piece to accommodate my high round back and secondly I replaced the continuous plackets on the sleeves with my first ever tower plackets.

The pattern has two views, a shirt or a tunic. I made the shirt.

The fabric is a mystery fabric from deep stash. Unfortunately it had a high polyester content (or is totally polyester) so frayed a lot and was difficult to get crisp pressing. I'm pleased with the pattern and would definitely make it again in future.
The buttons were also from stash, really nice to find enough of the same button for a whole shirt :-)

This is the "shirt with a tower placket" goal from my WIPGO board.

Saturday 25 March 2023

Beading detail on tunic

 I decided to add 4 rows of topstitching and a little beaded detail to the neckline of tunic top.

This meets my March WIPGO challenge of "Item with beaded detail"

Thursday 23 March 2023

Teal Sew Over It Anderson Blouse

This is my version of the Sew Over It Anderson Blouse.

I am on the fence about this one, it isn't very flattering to my figure, probably in part as the fabric I used was just a bit too heavy in weight for the style.

I had just enough fabric left from the last two blouses to squeeze out an Anderson.

I did make a few changes, I did my normal high round back alteration, but it now seems a bit too high at the back. I narrowed the shoulder slightly and replaced the back neck bias strip with a shaped facing. I also overlapped the fronts a little more.

I did interface the front facing, though that's not in the instructions. I also added a clear snap to prevent the front falling open and elastic in the hem instead of a ribbon.

As I had some scraps leftover I made a narrow belt/tie which I could use with any of the three blouses made from this fabric. I tried using it to add some waist definition, but it fights rather with the hem elastic.

Here's what it looked like before I added the elastic to the hem.

I may take the elastic out and just use the belt.

What do you think?

Updated to show that I removed the elastic and redid the hem. Here are the belted and unbelted pictures.

I think this is a style best worn tucked in or belted.

Saturday 18 March 2023

Teal Bias cut top Butterick 3131

 The same fabric, only this time cut on the bias for this cowl neck top. Another long OOP pattern Butterick 3131.

I made a size 18. I found setting the sleeves in and sewing the bias hem both quite tricky.

Thursday 16 March 2023

Teal Tunic OOP New Look 6677

 I have had New Look 6677 for many years but only just got round to making it up.

My measurements put me between an 20 and 22, So I started with a size 20.
I made a full bicep alteration on the sleeve and a high round back alteration on back.
When I made up the body and tried it on it was clearly too wide. I unpicked the side seams and darts, recut the pattern and front/back to a size 18, re stitched the new darts and side seams and tried it on again. Much better. I then inserted the sleeves and hemmed.

It is a nice neat fit which does look like the line drawing.

This is the first piece in my SWAP 2023 which is inspired by this fabric

Friday 10 March 2023

Sparkling Stars - Emerald Blocks

 I've just finished making the Emerald Blocks for the Sparkling Star Quilt at TSP.

I've now completed the three Sparkling Stars tasks on my WIPGO board which looks like this

Friday 3 March 2023

Madeira Holiday Purchases

We recently came back from a lovely 2 weeks in Funchal, Madeira, where we enjoyed watching the Carnival and going on walks as well as eating, drinking and of course a bit of shopping for fabrics and haberdashery.

Tecidos Zarco

3 knit remnants, blue knit (joggers), brown print knit (top) and knit with holes (top)

Crosby Collection

Mini scissors, buckle, lace, trim.

Feira Dos Tecidos

2 metres of teal stretch woven (trousers) and a pretty knit remnant (top)

Bazar do Povo

Clear snaps, dungaree clips, turquoise shoelaces and bra findings.

Wednesday 1 March 2023

Sparkling Stars - Ruby Blocks

I am having a go at the Sparkling Stars Quilt on TSP. This was a BOM challenge in 2021 when I wasn't able to participate. So its better late than never here are my first 4 blocks. It should be 5, but I don't seem to have quite cut enough bits for the 5th block, hoping to rectify that shortly.

Updated to show its now 5 Ruby blocks.