Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Butterick 5928 ~ Pinky Peplum Gilet

This top came about by accident really. I stumbled across an outfit I liked whilst looking for something else on Pinterest.
There is just something about it that caught my eye and suddenly I was distracted from what I was originally looking for and decided I wanted a similar version of this. Only not in black!

This is my version

The pattern I used is Butterick 5928. Better shown here by the pattern diagram. This has the waterfall collar that I wanted and also a shaped peplum which I love, so I made View A.

The pattern states that this is both fast and easy. I wouldn't exactly say its fast; after all, it's lined, therefore you are basically making this up twice. There is also a lot of time consuming pressing. I have no complaints about either of these (I love anything lined), but I do disagree that this is fast to make. I also had a an issue with the lining being sewn to the jacket at the hemline. It just didn't hang right at the back so I ended up unpicking mine, and hemmed each of them separately.  

Here both fabrics were wanting to pull in different directions, pulling it out of shape
Before (lining stitched to jacket)

And with the lining hemmed separately
AFTER -( Lining separate)

This solved the problem!

As a pattern, it doesn't seem all that popular, nor does it get all that great reviews. I had a couple of issues with it and it does come up big (I had to take quite a bit in at the CB and side back seams). But that said, although I am a bit on the fence with the pattern itself, it was totally worth it because I really like the end result. In hindsight I should have chosen a fabric that creases a little less, but I was just so taken with the look and texture!

Fabric used is polyester viscose woven which has lovely tulle detail all over it. I chose it especially for this top as I wanted a textured random pattern. This fit the bill perfectly. It's available here from Minerva Crafts.

It's rare I do sleeveless unless it's a summer dress, but I actually love this look. I am kind of wondering if my comfort zone will however always put me wearing this with sleeves? But for now, I'm rocking a whole new look!

You can read in more detail about this pattern in my Pattern Review HERE

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy sewing!
Dawn :)x

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

McCall's 3341 ~ Denim Skirt

Unselfish Sew For My Mom :)

Yes, Yes, should have pressed this! But I folded it for posting, then realised I needed a photo or two...!

Since Mine and Mum's fabric shopping trip last month I have been more excited about sewing for someone else other than me. It was Mum who taught me to sew from such a very young age and I will cherish this gift she has given me forever more.  Mum's kind of lost her sewing mojo of late so its time to give her something back. Clothes for her, Made by me.

 Simplicity 3341 Denim Skirt is my first unselfish sew. 
Mum wearing it :)

And it's a pretty good fit too considering I only had measurements to go by with Mum being 270 miles away

And as this is for Mum, I also wanted to make it that extra bit special  by adding some nice finishing touches because I knew she would appreciate these. And she did! So I used a ribbon trim finish to the facing 

 And the hem

and to make some fancy skirt hangers 

For some reason we only bought 1 metre, so finding a pattern to give us enough length and flare that Mum wanted was a bit restricting. But this simple A-line is perfect in denim. 
And because it's a simple, plain design, on completion, I latterly decided to jazz it up a little on the outside by adding the same ribbon trim at the hemline.

It just finishes it off perfectly!

I haven't been this excited about making something in ages. Yes I love sewing, but doing this for my Mum just gave me even more pleasure than usual. And Mum is over the moon with it so I guess that's what you call a job well done :)

I can remember a time when Mum used to make clothes for me. And how proud I'd feel going to school in dresses and coats that everyone admired and no-one else had. 
Now here I am some years later making clothes for Mum.... how times have changed....

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)
Happy Sewing!

Dawn :) x

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Fabric Haul at Birmingham Rag Market

So for the first time ever I have bought a stash of fabric on a recent shopping trip with my Mum to the World Famous Birmingham Rag Market

This is my pile

And this is Mum's

Buying in bulk is something I don't usually do. I am more of a "sourcer" if there be such a word? I find what I want to make first and then source the fabric for it.
But with so many wonderful textiles to take advantage of from somewhere I rarely get to go, it was an opportunity not to be missed. 

The favourite of mine is this blue textured jersey knit. Looks a darker blue on the photo than it actually is. I am thinking perhaps Vogue 8873 for this one

No idea what to make with this yet or what type of fabric it is. Doesn't crease and drapes nicely.

Working in the tourist industry we don't see much of summer other than through the windows at work(!) so pretty sure this pink cotton jersey wont get used until our next hot weather holiday is booked!

Another jersey knit (looking a lot like aida here) Oh how I love making and wearing jersey knits. This has fitted dress written all over it

And finally this is a khaki wool blend crepe. For this I have Vogue 1265 in mind. I saw a lovely version of this made by Anelise which made me notice a pattern I'd never previously noticed. The pattern looks really interesting, so thought I'd give it a try sometime.

As for Mum's purchases, I am making her fabrics up also. For the denim, we only had 1 metre so we are using McCall's 3341 for this. 

We are to confer on everything else as we go along but if anyone has any tips on how to work with this concertina fabric, I would be very much obliged!

 This is the same fabric as the black and red that I bought.

Not sure what this one is either but Mum would like a skirt in it

And finally, a cotton jersey 

Guess I am going to be busy for some time....! :)

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

McCalls 6841 ~ Hot Pink!

Check out this awesome bright colour!! Woo hoo how I relished in making this top

Now that the sewing of my work wardrobe, consisting of black, black and only black is over, I picked the hottest, brightest colour I could find to make McCall's 6841

I saw so many fabulous versions of this pattern last year, that even though this is not normally the style of top I would wear, I just had to get this pattern to give it a try. I bought it at the back end of last Summer, but didn't get around to making it. Then Autumn came and went, Winter arrived, and before I knew it, it was too cold for a top like this.
But hey, it's now March (meaning almost Spring right? Not that you'd notice here in the UK) and the March MAGAM is to "March into Spring" Perfect for my need of a hot colour and to finally make up this pattern

The way this top goes together is just sheer genius. I read through the instructions first and got the general gist of it, but it wasn't until I started to make this up that I actually realised exactly how this works. At Step 7 I am left wondering how on earth that will work but I ride with it, and it really, really does! 
Sorry this is the wrong way up... for the life of me I couldn't get this to rotate and save!
And it's easy. No wonder this pattern is so highly rated. It certainly gets my vote too.

In the past I have always had a tendency to shy away from loose fitting things, but because of my sewing, and making things out of my comfort zone, I am slowly being converted. And although this is a loose fit, what I do like is how it sits at the back. It doesn't hang all loose, it sits on the hips.

I used a cerise pink Jersey Viscose fabric from Minerva Crafts. It's no longer available but they do have similar. To stop the hem from stretching on this fine knit, I used this awesome Washaway Wonder Tape before sewing
This stuff is AMAZING!!

I cut this top with the 3/4 length sleeves but on completion I didn't like them. Not unusual at all for me that; Ooooh I do like my arms proper covered! But I wanted to give it a go in hope that I may become converted. Errr, not so! I was constantly trying to pull them down, so with fabric I had left over, I added some wide cuffs.

Love, Love Love!!!

In fact I love this top sooooo much, fabric for top number 2 is already purchased

To Read My Sewing Pattern Review Click Here

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :)x

Friday, 13 March 2015

Style Arc ~ Elle Pant

So last week, I whipped up a pair of desperately needed trousers for work.

And having whipped them up so quickly, I whipped up another pair!

I've casually browsed the patterns of Style Arc from time to time but never actually bought anything. To be honest I never really seriously looked because I assumed that postage from Australia to the UK would be horrendous. But on needing to update my work wardrobe, I remembered seeing a trouser pattern that had looked pretty similar to what I was after. That trouser pattern is called Elle

Turns out that the postage to the UK was only about £3 too. So in total this pattern has cost around £10 but I will use this again and again. And seeing as I've already used it twice that's reduced it to £5 already right? Right!

Being new to Style Arc I didn't quite know what to expect. Delivery was pretty quick (8 days) considering it literally came from the other side of the world . 
The pattern comes A4 size in a cellophane sleeve and is printed on good sturdy white paper. A bit like Kwik Sew Patterns. You also get a little freebie sample of the recommended fabric suggestion which is an awesome idea and a great touch. 
I would say though that some sewing knowledge is needed. Although there are some techniques and tips on the Style Arc Website

I have to be comfortable at work because I am constantly on the go.  Up and downstairs all day, bending, fetching, carrying, you name it! So no bulky waistbands or fastenings is a must. This pattern has an elasticated waist but I found they actually don't need the elastic if you use the recommended fabric of Bengaline, which I did. I cut my waistband 2" smaller than the waist of my trousers, and stretched it to fit as I attached it. By using the negative ease in the waistband, these babies stay up and they stay put all day long! Even in my job. Result.

Flat waistband. No bulk :)

The fit wasn't bad at all really. I had to take them in on the waist and hip line of the back trouser piece by about 1" per side, (personal preference) because I like to use the negative ease to get a comfortable fit. I did find however that my hippo legs had to squeeeeeeeze into the first pair I made! Unless you have marvellously slim legs, these are more like a skinny fit than a slim fit! So for the 2nd pair I widened the legs to make them more "slim" rather than skinny. 

This is the first pair

And this is the second pair

You can't really tell any different because 
A) they are black!
and B) because the first pair is using the fabric stretch to fit around my calf, whereas the 2nd pair are cut to fit the width of my calf.
So there is no real physical difference, they just feel different. The fit is good if you have slim legs. Which sadly I don't!

You can see the entire trousers much better in my bright red and white spotty socks!

So anyhows, hopefully here ends my days of sewing in black  and sewing for work. I've enjoyed making new clothes for work as it's introduced me to 2 new indie pattern companies Colette and Style Arc. But if I ever see black fabric again this year it will be too soon!

So now I'm off to work with some wonderfully bright and wonderfully pink, fabric! YaaY... colour!

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)
Happy Sewing!

Dawn :)x

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Vogue 8939 ~ Jumper Dress, Jumper!

I'm starting to lose count at how many times this pattern has been out of it's envelope.  I loved my Christmas version so much (HERE) it turned out to be my favourite make of last year. But it was just that, a Christmas Dress, and  I missed wearing it.

I picked cream for this one because I was hoping that with being a cotton jersey it would take me into spring.

This is what it looked like when I first finished it.

I say 'looked' as in past tense because it stayed as a dress for all of one day! Oh My Gosh! I can hear you saying it now.... the ruffle on this dress is  A W F U L. A 5 year old would wear this!

I loved the ruffled hem so much on the Christmas Dress, my intention was to replicate it. Although to make it just a little different I made this ruffle wider and also fuller. Big mistake. I hated it. And it looks terrible. What was I thinking? It mightn't have looked quite so bad if I'd gone with the normal 2 1/2 x for the gathers but either way I doubt I'd of liked it.

So anyhow, off came the ruffle and now it's now a jumper! 

How much better does this look? The colour also makes a better jumper than a dress. And it's far more practical too.

My fabric is a decorative cotton jersey from good ol faithful Minerva Crafts which cost me a grand total of £4.50!! So there was no loss at all really in chopping off that despicable ruffle. 
You can just about see the fabric detail here

What is quite noticeable now that this is a jumper, is how it has a much looser fit around the middle without the weight of the skirt pulling down into shape. It looks like I've let it out loads but I haven't altered the fit at all. But I've left it because I don't like my jumpers quite as fitted as my dresses. You can see the fit difference between the dress and top more noticeably from these side on views.

Side on dress

Side on jumper

Totally loving this much more as a jumper. And I am quite proud that I've made yet another practical item for my wardrobe. I lack good basic separates because I just love making dresses, and well, nice things in general!

And the skirt I am wearing is my Mabel from last week! She hasn't seen my uniformed work shirts yet, but she sure is getting acquainted with my (limited!) casual separates at home already.

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!

Dawn :)x