Wednesday, 29 October 2014

McCalls 6988 ~ Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn!

There's a small pocket of time from mid September to the end of October that is my absolute favourite time of year. How I love Autumn! I don't know about you but when I step outside, the feeling of freshness hits me. It's often sunny but just enough chill to warrant another layer.

In the case of this pattern, McCalls 6988 the extra layer being a roll neck jumper, making this flirty little number into an autumn staple

 And for an Autumn staple, I couldn't resist this Autumnal check double jersey fabric available HERE from good ol' faithful fabric suppliers Minerva Crafts!

This dress is also my project for the October MAGAM challenge. The theme this month was Sew and Shine (interpreted to make something vibrant and bright) so this colour fabric really fitted in with both this theme and (my favourite!) season

How I adore this pattern! This is just so very ME . Fitted jersey dresses with flirty little hems are my favourite thing to both make and wear.

I made View A shown on the pattern envelope worn as a dress. Personally Im not keen on sleeveless dresses (or anything sleeveless!) but you can't possibly cover up a great pattern like this with a cardigan (heaven forbid!) so the only thing for it of course was to put the layer underneath :)

Check out the pattern diagrams though... oh they have Dawn colour blocking written all over them! Yaay for me!

This is yet another pattern from The Big 4 that calls for a centre back zip in a stretch jersey fabric. There was no way I was putting a zip in this little beauty and so tried to be clever and cut the centre back on the fold. Big mistake! The neckline was huge for starters (cutting on the fold meant I was unable to alter it where it needed to be) and it also lost it's shaping down to the waistline making it quite boxy. So I ended up cutting the back panels in half, taking a good 3" off the neckline grading out again on the waist and back in again over the hips and all the way down. I then had the perfect fit. And it still didnt need a zip!

Of course the other fun thing about making this dress was playing about with the checks.

Overall, this has to be one of my favourite makes so far. Fabric for the next one, already ordered and arrived!

 I am now currently busy participating in the Vogue 1419 Sewalong which is extremely time consuming due to all the bound seam finishes, so it doesnt look like there will be much else getting a look in on my sewing table for a couple of weeks yet!

See you all soon.... hopefully!! :)

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Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!

Dawn :)x

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Vogue 8929 ~ Camouflage and Khaki

These trousers have totally restored my sewing mojo! I think I am pretty safe to say that over the past few weeks it was kind of flagging. The few things I have made of late just didn't give me the buzz that I usually get from making something new. And after my lack of interest part way through pjyama making last time, I was starting to get a little worried I was losing it completely!
 NOT SO...
(breathes a sigh of relief)

I love combining fabrics and colours. And when these 2 beauties arrived I just couldn't wait to get stuck in. For the first time in ages I felt excited about making something. Ooooh and that feels soooo good! Yaay...Give a warm welcome back to my sewing mojo....!!

I bought Vogue 8929 as soon as it came out, which could possibly be months and months ago by now? Totally drawn to the detail on these trousers they had colour blocking written all over them. 

I finally got around to buying fabrics a few weeks ago and made View B shown on the pattern envelope made in stripes

And shown here by moi made in Bottle Green Ponte Roma and a Green Camouflage Jersey Print both from Minerva Crafts. I was totally impressed with both these fabrics. They were wonderful to work with.

The pattern called for the main pieces to be cut opposite to the grain line. I'm assuming this was to get the effect with stripes. I cut mine on the straight grain and  used the camouflage as the contrast for the side panels. I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to do the top stitching so I did a practise piece first to see what it looked like. Loved it! So here's a close up of the real deal

and the lower leg... 
The top stitching actually finishes it off rather nicely, me thinks :)

I love everything about these trousers, especially the pockets and the contrast side panels. What a great detail!
For fitting I had to take in about 1" in from the centre front and back seams. I took it from there so I didn't lose any detail from the sides. Taking in the back wasn't as necessary with it being elasticated but I did it as a personal preference so there was less bulk in the waistband.
These sit below waistline and the front waistband is flat. Perfect for someone like me who doesn't like bulk around the middle!

I'm hoping that these won't "bag" on the knees as I can foresee me wearing these loads. I love making jersey dresses but these have matched that pleasure, and these are so much more practical and will get worn a lot more for sure. Even hubby was impressed..... "when did you buy those?" was the opening question.
Compliment accepted! :)

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Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :)x

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Butterick 6837 ~ Pyjama JimJams!

Oh I'm so late posting these! They have been finished for over a week but what a busy social week we have had :) Our busy working summer is over and we have been enjoying life once again. The nights are now drawing in and the evenings are longer and cosy. So here I introduce my Pj's for these longer and cosy nights....

Despite loving these pyjamas, being pleased at how they turned out and how cosy and comfy they are to wear I can't deny that I didn't enjoy making these at all! And I have have no particular justifying reason for that statement either!

My current pyjamas were a mis-shaped, over worn and over washed disgrace. But pyjamas to me are more of a necessity that no-one ever sees so I guess this is why I never replaced them? But  a new house and a freshly decorated and newly carpeted bedroom just put them to even more to shame!
So it was time to treat myself to some new ones. I had never made pyjamas before and this was my opportunity.

All the sewing patterns for pyjamas seemed much of a muchness really. I am a member of Sew Direct which includes 40% off all Butterick, Vogue, McCalls and Kwik Sew patterns so naturally it had to be one of these. But I chose Butterick 6837 as it had a dressing gown pattern included in the envelope should I ever want to make one of these... which is likely. Ask me about dressing gowns and there's a completely different story!! I lurve dressing gowns. My dressing gown would be my one luxury item on a desert island. I wear mine every day, twice a day and it goes everywhere I go! Yes, even on holiday, much to the moans and groans of hubby as he watches me cramming it into the suitcase! I must have the most travelled dressing gown in the world lol.

Anyway, back to the matter in hand. With the pattern sorted, next up, fabric. Once again inspiration came from September's MAGAM Challenge which was to make something for the changing seasons. So with Autumn/Winter on the way I decided to go for a lovely soft, warm flannel (HERE) from Minerva Crafts (again!) in Lemon.

I started with such enthusiasm and cut out and made up the pyjama bottoms first. I took my time, did nice french seams and I even made some piping to insert on the lower legs (omitted the fly as I didn't think it needed it for the women's). But the piping for some reason gave me a few issues; which were resolved, but once the trousers were complete I'd suddenly lost interest in the making .

So although it was all with good intention to pipe the collar, pocket, sleeves and centre front seam, due to the now lack of interest, they never happened! So I made the top as per the pattern (not even the french seams got a look in!) just to get it finished quicker. Perhaps getting new fabric in the post for the next project whilst the pyjamas were still in the making, may have had something to do with wanting to get them out of the way....? I wonder has this happened to anyone else, where you have lost interest half way through a project? Have to say, 'tis a first for me!

But, all that said and done, these were definitely worth it. I love these pyjamas! They are loose and baggy and feel great on. Space and comfort is everything for a pair of Jim Jams :)
And I feel so warm, snug and cosy wearing them. After all, Is there anything better than snuggling up in a cosy pair of pyjamas with a hot drink and a good book whilst Jack Frost works his magic outside?

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

Dawn :)x