Tuesday, 19 September 2017

V9264 ~ Autumn has arrived!

It was time for a new dress for the new season. The cooler weather for me, means dresses, tights and boots! And that of course means a new dress. I have an old favourite pattern that  I have made again and again, but this season Vogue produced this little beauty that I was drawn to instantly. Sometimes you see a pattern and fall in love with it. This for me was one of those. 

Being in the UK we have to wait quite a few weeks before the new patterns are released here which is kinda frustrating when you see something and its out of reach! Its like the new McCalls patterns have been out in the US since the beginning of September; here, we're still waiting!!
For years I have mostly made winter dresses that are slim fit. It's a style that I adore, feel comfortable in and works for me and my lifestyle. I've tended to steer clear of a fit and flare because its often very windy where I live(!). I've no idea why its taken me so long to realise this, but when its proper cold, I'll be wearing a coat outside, so providing its a longer length coat, there's no reason I cant wear dresses like this.

The sleeve detail is one feature I was drawn to. I think I used to wear sleeves like this back in the 80's! These sleeves are quite full as they have both an inverted box pleat at the sleeve head and gathers either side. Its got princess seams and a high neck (which is another favourite of mine) and is an easy dress to put together. I didn't even use the instructions and it made up in no time at all. I cut the size 8 and other than having to take it in about an inch on the waist it fit like a dream.

Oh! I also made the collar narrower as I like high necks to be snug around the neck and not gaping

 Fabric is a recent purchase from the Cotswald Collection at Minerva Crafts. I also bought it in red πŸ˜€

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

M7242 Autumn Maxi MAGAM

Sarah Liz of SarahLizsewstyle has done it again. As host of the MAGAM challenge, every month she seems to come up with a theme that prompts me to make something that I've been meaning to make for months. This months theme "Artful August" was no exception. I remembered this rather abstract Polyester Crepe (Here) that I purchased from Minerva Crafts over a year ago with every intention of making M7242 by Laura Ashley, for late summer early Autumn. Only I didn't. Yet here we are one year on and its slotted perfectly into this months Artful August.

I am slightly late in posting, but this was indeed finished all in good time for the end of August. It's even been worn more than once. Yaay!
As you can see, I made The Maxi version, View D. This was my original intention, but when I came to start it, I was pretty tempted to make View B, as I can just see this worn with a pair of knee boots! But that would be for much cooler weather for which this fabric is not suitable. Plus, I wanted this to be a transition piece to take me from late summer into autumn. So it was back to Plan A  (or to avoid confusion, should I say Plan D πŸ˜†!).

The long sleeves make it perfect for the time of year, as I don't really want to be throwing a cardigan over it. Being long in length also, it will give me limited wearing time due to our unpredictable seasons, but its the transitional pieces that I find I'm often short of and this fills a bit of that gap. The fabric is weighty enough for the long skirt, but still gives ideal drape. I've added a  belt due to the elasticated waist, which whilst that makes for very comfortable wearing, I'm not so keen on the look. 

Plus it breaks up all the busy-ness of the fabric πŸ˜€

This little beauty below is an absolute gem. It was only the second time I have used it and I'd certainly got it mastered down to a tee this time. For once I enjoyed doing buttonholes. Or rather, I enjoyed watching the machine do buttonholes! Trying to get every single one to the exact length on my old Bernina 1015 was testing to say the least!

The buttons, were rescued from an old shirt (you can see that HERE) which I made back in 2013. The shirt had seen better days but the buttons were still like new so I took them all off before binning the shirt and kept them. Im so glad I did as they are perfect for this dress. Plus there is a still a spare should I lose one. Bonus! Does anyone else rescue buttons off worn out clothes? Or is that just something I picked off from my Mum? Her excuse is she was a war baby and anything that could be re-used, was. My excuse... is my Mum πŸ˜„


Oooh and one thing I almost forgot to mention is the pockets!! This has pockets!! Cant beat a dress with in seam pockets in my book. I cut these in a lightweight stretch lining to avoid bulk.

And as I don't want to leave with a photo with my back to you (as that would just be rude) here's just one more....

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Simplicity 2560 ~ The Little Lace Cardigan

I am not often spontaneous when sewing, I'm most definitely a planner. I love to choose a pattern and then search to source suitable fabric and notions. But on this occasion spontaneous I was. I haven't been able to do too much sewing lately, so when I found myself at home on a cold wet August Sunday, off I went to the sewing room to find some inspiration for the August MAGAM Challenge and Sleevefest 2017 which i was hoping to combine. 
Browsing my stash, I spotted this stretch lace fabric that I bought about 3 years ago on a shopping spree with my Mum. I pulled it off the shelf and thought, as summer is almost over (if it isn't already!) if I don't make this now, its going to be yet another year before I do. I'd already got the now discontinued Simplicity 2560 in mind for a winter sew, but cutting  View C  this was not only a perfect entry for the sleevefest, but made in the lace, also perfect for a summer cover-up.

I love the high neck collar and the tie front, although it does look look a little odd left undone. And guess what...? I didn't get photos of that did I! 😳

This was such a quick make. Cut and sewn in one afternoon. There are no sleeves to sew in and I finished the hem with a narrow lace trim rather than hemming so that saved a lot of time too. I was going to finish the sleeves in the same way but I quite liked the double thickness cuff as it gives them more umph!

The high waist seam and gathers on the lower bodice really give this some shape, which is better for me.

The shorter length and lightweight lace will make for a perfect cover up over a summer dress. More likely on holiday though rather than here. I think our 3 weeks of summer is over!

Next up... to complete the MAGAM challenge "Artwear August" ... so much for combining the 2 haha! 

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

M7579 ~ Mixing the Old with the New-(ish)

I was very excited about this months MAGAM theme "Seasonal Stash Busting" because I have had the patterned and solid colour fabrics waiting to be made since February at least. The floral fabric was gifted to me a couple of years ago by my Mum's friend. I have no idea what it is, but its beautifully soft, drapes well and doesn't crease. I am pretty sure it was in her stash for quite some time too as it was only 90cms wide, so it's pretty old. Didn't they stop making fabric that width donkeys years ago? I've been itching to make  this into something since I acquired it, but not only was it narrow, there wasn't much of it either.

But then at the beginning of the year I spotted M7579 and purchased the navy and red crepe fabrics to make this pattern come alive. Those bias seams need to be shown off! Not hidden in a solid colour or patterned fabric. Only it sat on my shelf for several months just looking at me, until along came Sarah Liz with the perfect MAGAM theme to kick my butt into action!

In truth it is not my usual style of top that I would normally choose to wear, and I keep telling myself that I will make and wear loose fitting clothes no more. But this pattern really jumped out at me. It caught my eye as soon as I did see it. There was something about its asymmetrical-ness and the line detail and I just knew I had to make it.

I played around with a few sketches first as I couldn't decide which panels to cut in which fabrics. I eventually decided on what you see now. Careful cutting was required due to most of these seams being on the bias and to keep the edges from stretching. I stay stitched every piece as soon as I lifted off the pattern and handled each piece as though it would break if I so much as let it go or hang off the table!  I thought keeping this from stretching was going to be a challenge for me, and that's the main reason I wanted to make it. But it wasn't at all and I think its turned out to be quite a success!   Sometimes I think I under estimate myself 😏

I was looking forward to making this and wasn't disappointed. It was a little like putting a jigsaw together adding piece by piece and watching how it came together. My only dislike is the instructions have you leave raw edges visible on the neck and sleeve bindings. I didn't like this idea so finished mine as you would normally finish an edge with binding. I made the neck binding wider than the sleeves for personal preference. I am really pleased with how its turned out but that said, I'm not sure I will get too much wear out of this. It was more about the challenge and the interest in construction as much as anything. Plus as you may have noticed, I live by the sea and wind is nearly always an issue here, blowing any sense of gracefulness out the window. Or across the bay as the case may be!

And finally, here she is being modelled by Lady Mai. No windswept-ness here!


The trousers were made to match using bengaline and the Style Arc Elle Pant so even more stash busting for July 😊

Happy Sewing Everyone
Dawn πŸ˜€

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

McCalls 7125 ~ Cool and cropped

This is a top I made last year. Browsing through my wardrobe I realised this one slipped through the net and didn't get blogged. It's also my second version of M7125 but with a couple of slight changes.

First off, this is a cotton jersey knit, unlike my previous version which is a woven. Everyone needs something for the hottest of days so making this loose top in a cotton made sense. And just what I needed. The fabric from Croft Mill is left over from 2 previous dress projects that I made for Mum and myself, and there was just enough left  for this little top. I certainly got my money's worth out of those 5 metres πŸ˜€

I adore the overlay on my previous version but nothing I had in my stash looked suitable with this floral jersey. So it's plain. I think the bright florals more than make up for the lack of overlay though. And this top is after all, all about keeping cool. 

The other minor difference is that I made this one even shorter. And I prefer it on me this way. Short crop tops are certainly the way to go for me!

It's over a year since I made this top, so any other detail is all a bit sketchy. I leave you with a few more photos instead. Especially as the scenery is nice!

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

M7574 and M7576 ~ Cool Blues

These are unusual pattern choices for me. I decided to take a chance and be different, and the chance paid off. I find wearing full skirts that I can never relax because I live by the sea and 9 times out of 10, its windy. And full skirts and wind are just a bad combination! Even on the day of taking these photos, it was a scorching 27'c (that's hot for here) and right on the coast, there was still a (warm) breeze blowing as you can tell by my hair.

I used a stretch cotton sateen from Minerva Crafts. I bought the fabric last year and was going to make some 3/4 length trousers, because that's what i needed. However that's not really what I wanted so this fabric never got made up. Then a couple of months ago I spotted M7576. Thought they were a bit weird at first, but kept coming back to them. In the end, I decided to take a chance and just went for it. And I am glad I did. These are summery and look a bit like a skirt, but without the risk of the wind having me arrested for indecency. They are also so practical to wear. Should we ever decide to go rock climbing, no problem! It's like wearing trousers but I'm not.

These were a straight forward, straight out of the envelope make. I made no changes other than I shaped the top at the waistline to reduce the bulk at the waist. The waist is elasticated

The top is M7574 and probably the closest I thing I will ever get to wearing  a tee shirt! The fabric is a  left over remnant from a jumpsuit (Here ) that I made a couple of years ago. I was drawn to this pattern because  I love high necks, love cropped tops and I love the shaping on the shoulder.  The neckline is also meant to be edge stitched but I unpicked it as it stretched a bit and looked all bumpy. Clearly I haven't mastered that technique yet! What this pattern really needs is a coverstitch machine for that pro finish. (should DH ever read this, hint hint πŸ˜‰)

I love this pattern so much I can see me making this top for all seasons. I am convinced it will now replace my old faithful jumper pattern from V8939

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

B6425 ~ June MAGAM completed

Sew New Season is the theme for June's MAGAM challenge and I chose black!! Choosing black for our new season of summer, is not the only bizarre thing about this outfit. Black is also not a colour  I wear often on my top half because as you can see, I am pasty white. But I have been itching to make up the hot pink denim ever since it arrived. This is the other weird thing. I am not a huge fan of pink. Yeah that's right, that is a complete contradiction of terms! But.... I do love pink if it is teamed with black and so that, is how this outfit arrived.

The pattern I chose is B6425 and I made the top from View A but adding a frill across the front and shoulders.
I cut a Size 8 but still had to take  quite a lot in to make this more fitted.  I also cut 3" off the length. It does come up rather large unless you like a loose fit. It did however need no adjustment across the shoulders. I was thinking I would perhaps need to insert some elastic here, but not so. Its perfect as it is and it's also very comfortable to wear.

The pink jeggings are made from another stretch denim from Empress Mills. I  love their denims! It's also the Style Arc Elle Pant pattern once again. This pattern has become one of my wardrobe staples.

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