Sunday, 8 November 2015

Vogue 8939 ~ Raspberry Ripple

So I whipped up a dress real quick and here it is

What can I say? I made the dress from V8939 yet again. It is always my go-to pattern when I need a practical, comfy dress for day to day wear and tear.
And it makes up from start to finish in under 2 hours!

 This time I used a Ripple Textured stretch Jersey fabric(HERE)in this lush raspberry colour 

And I added my usual trademark addition of a ruffled hem

I'm not going to bore anyone and go on about this pattern yet again and how much I love it (did I mention that?!). I've made it that many times now, I think it speaks for itself....

You can see my other versions of this dress HEREHEREHERE and my favourite version of all... HERE

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn x

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Autumn Sewing....

I haven't blogged as much as usual over these past few weeks, but I haven't been idle either. Oh yes, my sewing machines have been pretty hot of late, planning and making for our up and coming holidays. 
So as I currently have no photographic evidence and I have 2 dresses still to be hemmed (they are long so can't do that alone) for now, I thought I would just share what I have been up to so far and what's up next. 

My first completed item is the now OOP Vogue 8780

It's a coat/jacket pattern but I made the shorter version as a cardigan in THIS bobbled textured Spanish jersey
Catalogue Photo

This is my only fully completed item at the moment. I just have no photos! Yet.

The 2nd (almost) completed item is McCalls 7047

This is a mix and match pattern and is now my absolute favourite of favourite patterns! I love everything about this!! I am so making this again. I made the long skirt with train and peplum and the capped sleeve bodice with cowl neck. I didn't even have to fit this pattern. On first (and only) fitting it fit like a second skin. It's awaiting completion of the hem which is why it is only almost finished and not finished. I'm not one for starting another project before completing a current one, but time is of the essence and needs must until I can find another pair of hands. And it is after all, only the hem.
The fabric was left over from a previous project so a proper cheap dress this time :) I've made it in black and white.

Item number 3 and also waiting hem completion is New Look 6802

I planned to make this for the September MAGAM challenge but I didn't have enough fabric. But not to be deterred and really wanting to make this dress for our trip I purchased this crinkle crepe by John Kaldor
Catalogue Photo
An added twist to this is that I have made it into a maxi dress and and had to adapt the sizing accordingly to accommodate my non-stretch fabric.

Item Number 4 is currently on my cutting table. This is Vogue 1475 and my next project (after hemming the previous two!)

I just adore the design and lines of this dress and being in a stretch fabric, it's right up my street. This is the fabric I have chosen and OH MY GOSH it is just Gorgeous!!!
It's a floral burn out design stretch velvet and it is soooo soft and drapey. Perfect for my pattern.

And finally I am hoping I will also have time to make McCalls 7095

I have a lovely white cotton Broderie Anglaise lined up for this

So that just about sums up what I have been up to recently and what's up and coming. Because of all this I didn't select a specific item to make for this months MAGAM Challenge. Instead, my challenge is to get all of the above completed before my suitcase gets packed!

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Simplicity 1321 ~ Faux Suede Skirt

My MAGAM Challenge this month, was indeed, challenging. To the point that my original idea never happened! My plan was to make a maxi dress with this fabric and pattern. The challenge turned out to be trying to fit all the pieces on my fabric!

I am not normally one to buy fabric before I need it or at the very least, know what I am going to make with it. But I couldn't resist this John Kaldor fabric and so bought it a couple of months ago (if not more) with a maxi dress in mind. Only I hadn't anticipated making one with sleeves and, I had also forgotten that I had only bought 2.5m and not 3m. Of course I didn't realise about the quantity until it came to cutting! But no matter how much I played around with those pieces, if I wanted the sleeves, this just wasn't going to happen. 

So, I had to run with a new idea and this Simplicity 1321 is it. I have seen these slightly A line short skirts about a lot lately and in my quest to make and wear more skirts, this is a practical, wearable style for me.

I have used this pattern once before,previously making View C (HERE), so I was rather pleased whilst sifting through my patterns to find this was perfect for the skirt I had in mind this time. Plus, I knew this pattern fit a treat and needed no alteration. Although I did make this slightly more A-line than the actual pattern to get the look I wanted. But what I love the most about this little skirt is the tab and pocket detail.

The pockets were meant to be just top stitched 6mm from the edge. Only I didn't like the look of them and edge stitched as well. This gives a much neater finish. They didn't lay flat enough for me without.

I used a faux suede fabric available from Minerva Crafts which is self lined and stitched flat fell seams on all but the side seams.

Wit Woo.. so tidy on the inside :) I love having the inside as neat as the out. For some reason it makes wearing them much nicer. Back in the day when I sewed as a teenager, I used to line everything!

So I'm thinking about this in corduroy now, in a nice rusty colour for autumn... ! 

To Read My Sewing Pattern Review Click Here

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :)x

Friday, 25 September 2015

McCalls 6788 Re-Fashion

I'm sure we all have makes that look great when done, but just don't feel right or practical when we wear them? McCalls 6788 previously blogged HERE, turned out to be one of those for me.

So this....

Is now this

From day one, I couldn't get on with the length of this dress so I chopped off 4". But that didn't work either and I still never wore it. It just wasn't happening for me. So during an end of season clear out last week, as a last resort, I decided to do away with the bodice and make it into a skirt.

It's simple and plain but Yes! This works. I like it. And hopefully I am going to get so much more wear out of it.

I simply just cut it off at the waist seam and twin needled an elasticated waist.

I don't have a huge amount of skirts, but I wear jersey knit ones for work and they are so comfortable. So I've realised recently that skirts like this are something that's missing from my own wardrobe. For me, this is a practical and comfortable style,  and teamed with black opaque tights and boots, I'm away....!

So with this alteration now complete, I'm now free to get on with some proper sewing for autumn :)

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x

Friday, 18 September 2015

Lilith and Eve ~ Drapey Blouse

Based in Philadelphia USA, Sarah and Nicole introduce this d├ębut pattern from Lilith and Eve.
Quote from their website... "Lilith & Eve is all about versatility of design. Each garment can be worn two very different ways to match our two very different ladies' styles." 

This is the Lilith and Eve Drapey Blouse and I chose the style of Eve; the long sleeve version

I found this pattern to be absolutely great and not so great if that makes sense?! First off, the design is awesome. Obviously that's why I bought it! I'm still not convinced that unfitted clothes are all that on me but hey ho, as I always say if I  want to make something, I'll make it! I just loved the shaped yokes and check out that back drape....!

I don't remember how I stumbled across this pattern, but when I did, it was only available as a PDF. There was a link to be notified when the paper pattern became available, so I opted in. Then one day, back in August, there it was! Ready to purchase in paper. Woop! I had fabric eagerly awaiting for it's arrival, but August is as good as a no-sew month for me and as I already had my previous make cut out, this had to wait a little longer. I never jump the queue with sewing. If it's cut, it's made next. That's the law! The Dawn Law. I am a completer finisher. If I start it, I finish it before moving on.

Anyways, moving on indeed... back to the blouse in question and the not so greats. First thing I noticed with this pattern is that the yoke isn't interfaced. An over- sight perhaps? But I think not, as there was also no interfacing for the cuffs yet there were directions to interface the front facing. No matter, I interfaced mine.
I also found the steps for attaching the yoke lining to be totally confusing?!! The pattern instructions say that there is a tutorial on the Lilith and Eve website explaining this method more clearly. There isn't. At least not yet anyway...

**UPDATE** I had a lovely email today (27/9/15) to say that this tutorial is now up and running. It is. And it's good! You can find it HERE

Oh! And there is a tonne of ease in the sleeve head. I steam pressed and I pressed to try and smooth out all thE excess but I'm still not happy with them. I would reduce the ease if I made this again. 

That said, I do love this pattern! This is cut true to the measurements on the envelope. I cut Size 4 (my measurements size) and this fits absolutely perfectly. Even the lower blouse part which is a loose fit, has just the right amount of fullness in it without it being too baggy. At first I didn't think there was enough gathers on the front bodice. They are barely there. Believe me, The Big 4 have more ease in their patterns than this has gathers!! But you know what, when this is on, those gathers are just enough. Subtle.

One other alteration I made was to narrow the sleeves and cuff. I don't like my cuffs swinging around my wrists so I reduced the lower sleeve by 2" and tapered it from just above the elbow. Obviously I reduced the cuff width accordingly by the same amount.
Btw, does anyone know the correct finished length for sleeves? I find if they finish at my wrists, they are then too short when I move or bend my arms! So I have them a tad longer. 

There are some helpful tips in the pattern instructions for those that need it. Using Ban Roll for the hem was one of them but I couldn't for the life of me find any available in the UK and the link on the website didn't work either. So with that and the tutorial not available I'm thinking that the website is still a work in progress..?
Anyhows, back to the hem. I was going to buy the Ban roll just to try and test the method, but as this was not to be, I did a baby hem using this Tutorial by Devon Iott. My fabric is light and drapey and this method was perfect.

For the buttons, I covered my own so that the yoke buttons had the lower bodice fabric and the lower bodice had the contrast cream buttons from the yoke fabric.
I bought hemline self cover buttons (11mm) and these were easier to do than I thought! There is a template on the back of the packaging to draw around so you know exactly what size the fabric needs to be for your button size. Mine were 11mm buttons and it just so happened that the template size for these is exactly the same as a 1 pence piece. So I used one of these to draw around.

You then cut out the fabric, gather all around the edge and pull up the gathers tightly around the button

Attach the back gripper and you're done!

To Read my Sewing Pattern Review CLICK HERE

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :)x

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Burda 6847 ~ Casual Contrast Jacket

Throughout August I have barely seen the inside of my Sewing Room. It's the same every year. But as summer draws to a close and the nights slowly begin to draw in, I am already dreaming of Autumn. It could be 20 degrees outside (although we haven't seen many days that high this year) and I can be found gazing longingly at my jumpers and boots and wondering if a hot chocolate would be entirely inappropriate?! 

And it's the same with sewing. Come August, already I am planning autumnal makes in my head. I love Autumn! This is "my" season. So I was rather excited to finally get stuck into my first make of the season, Burda 6847. I made View A

I make no secret that I am not a huge fan of Burda patterns, but they do have some fabulous and unusual designs that sometimes I just cannot resist.

Years ago, I purchased this Bench jacket that I wore to it's death.

So, with this Month's MAGAM theme "Average August" (make something average/essential) this was my cue to finally replace this much loved and worn, practical jacket and Burda 6847 fit the bill perfectly. 

This time, I decided on Navy Blue. The fabric is a brushed back sweatshirting with a faint horizontal pinstripe about every inch. It's difficult to see unless you look close.

You can literally just abut make it out on this photo 

 The fabric is available HERE from Croft Mill and just to add a bit of contrast, I lined the hood in a cream Ponte Roma left over from a previous dress project, and also purchased a contrast cream double ended zip

One addition I did make to this jacket was to add in seam pockets at the sides. I mean, let's face it, what use is a jacket without pockets..?!!

I also made this shorter. Quite a lot shorter! On the pattern it appears that View A is already the length I made it, yet I cut 5" off this. 

So as Autumn has already arrived nice and early in our little corner of England, as soon as this was finished, it was literally hot off the sewing machine and out the door on the same day.

And here I am wearing it on one of it's first Autumn Amble's out..
Yes, the scenery is somewhat distracting is it not..? So here's a final couple more, un-distracting shots..!

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Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :)x