Thursday, 25 June 2015

McCalls 6708 ~ Peachy loves Brumby

I've wanted to make a cardigan for ages. But finding the right pattern seemed to fail me. So it's something that was put on the back burner until the right pattern came along.
I finally came across the Jenna Cardigan by Muse but was disappointed to find that it wasn't available as a printed pattern. Sticking together lots of A4 sheets does not appeal to me at all! But after debating with myself for some time, I decided to go with the PDF because I loved the style so much. Kinda figured all the sticking would be worth it! So you can imagine how gutted I was to discover that our printer is not compatible for printing the PDF. No matter what settings I tried, it never came up to scale. Boo hoo for me.

But still intent on making a cardigan, I eventually decided to go back to McCalls 6708 which I had seen some months before. 

This came about because I had just bought the pattern for my Brumby skirt and Brumby is so right for a little cropped top. I think I bought the cardigan pattern just in the nick of time as already it is now OOP. I remember seeing this McCalls cardigan pattern some time ago but it wasn't what I was after at that time. But with Brumby in the making, this now fit the bill to not only full-fill my cardigan make but also for a suitable cropped top for Brumby. 

I made View A but with the long sleeves.
The Peachy fabric I have had laying about on my shelf since before we moved house. It's not the best quality fabric in the world and I have no idea where it came from but when Brumby fabric arrived I couldn't resist using it for the cardigan because the peachy colours just went so lovely together.... 
As shown here with Brumby herself.

(Apologies for the above not so great photos)

I even added some black and gold buttons to bring the ensemble together.

This cardigan is the 2nd of my June MAGAM projects (Brumby being the first). The theme this month is Stash Busting. But as I don't really have much of a stash, I got to use what is probably the piece of fabric that I have had the longest. So that kinda counts, right?!

I did wonder on completion, if I should have made this a little bit shorter so it didn't hide that wonderful Brumby waistband. Yes, that would have looked nice (better even), but then when I tried this on with other things, it became apparent that it would have been too short to wear with anything else!

Not too much to say about the pattern really. It's an easy make as the pattern envelope states and it goes together really quickly with an overlocker. 
Peachy looks a little too home made for my liking, possibly due to the quality of fabric (or lack of it) but I do think that Peachy and Brumby will be very happy together. And don't they just make the perfect couple?!

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :)x

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Megan Nielsen ~ Sharing the Brumby Love...

So excited to showcase this skirt. In summary it's a cute little skirt with a cute name. And I just totally love that name "Brumby". It's just magic! Can't help but keep saying it... Brumby, Brumby, Brumby!

Also couldn't help but wonder as I was making this up, if Brumby actually is a word and if so, what it means? So I looked it up... and it is! Wow, Brumby is a free-roaming feral horse in Australia. Which kind of makes sense now with Megan Nielsen being from Australia and this little skirt is full and kinda free-roaming too.

I've made this skirt as part of my June MAGAM challenge. I have done well to get it completed already, but whilst hubby had been on his travels, I therefore had some late nights in the sewing room to keep myself company. And I have to say that Brumby has been the perfect companion.

I am always interested in making things I perhaps wouldn't normally wear and skirts fall into that category for me. Not a huge fan of skirts as anyone who reads my blog regular already knows. But the fitted, contoured waistband of this not only looks great, it actually feels great too! Probably the only comfortable waistband I have ever worn. And believe me, I am the world's greatest waistband critic!
You can see from the side how well it sits into the natural waistline.

The pattern itself is very, very basic. But it's those H u g e fabulous pockets (and that waistband!) that make this one just that little bit different. These pockets are just awesome!

There is quite a lot of top stitching on Brumby Version 1 and my poor Bernina struggled to stitch through the combination of a needlecord fabric, gathers and a jeans zip on the wasitband, so that I had to just top stitch the top waistband and sew down the inside waistband (facing) afterwards by hand.

The instructions are really good and even offer little tips along the way. But even better, for the exposed zip there is THIS fabulous tutorial which I used and highly recommend (Yes, there actually is a proper method!). 
It recommends using glue to secure the zip before sewing. I used wonder tape
Not bad at all for my first attempt

Something else I have never been a huge fan of is exposed zips. Call me old fashioned but you can't beat the simplicity of concealed zip. Or even a lapped zip for that matter. They are just so neat and professional. But having never inserted an exposed zip before, I wanted to learn how they actually went in. And if any style of skirt looks right with an exposed zip, then Brumby is it.

I bought this pattern because the fitted waistband appealed to me and by using a heavy weight fabric, I love the shape of Version 1. Plus I had seen the tutorial for the exposed zip and wanted to try it out. I wasn't sure if I'd actually even like this once I'd done it but I love it so much I can see me making another one of these for Autumn. I think in a heavier weight fabric I can just about get away with wearing a fuller skirt in our windy seaside town! But that said, this pattern definitely lends itself to all season, all occasion skirts.

Thumbs up for Brumby!

To read my Brumby Sewing Pattern Review Click Here

I still have one more project to complete for my MAGAM challenge. But tomorrow I am OFF ALL DAY so fully intend to indulge myself in the sewing room!

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Simplicity 5914 ~ Summer Skirt

I made this skirt a few weeks back for my Mum using one of her own old faithful patterns, Simplicity 5914. I'm pretty sure she has had this pattern 10+ years so I think we can safely say its now discontinued! That said, there are a few kicking around on Etsy and eBay.

I made View B but lengthened it a little for Mum's preference. Mum has made this pattern for herself several times over the years so there was no fitting required; she had already done it for me!

It's a pattern meant for woven fabrics, but works just as well in a stretch knit as shown here, modelled beautifully by Mum herself :)

The fabric was from our February Shopping spree at Birmingham's Rag Market. It's a printed cotton jersey so we decided to do without the zip and go for an elasticated waist instead which I finished with a twin needle.

Being a cotton jersey, it is also quite thin so I added a lining with some Tricot that I already had, and finished the lining hem with some decorative lace.

And on the subject of hems.... I am soooo excited to talk about my new toy.
Check out this little gem!

Yes! I finally have my very own walking foot. I sew a lot of jersey fabrics so have wanted to get one of these beauties for months. Here in the UK they seem to be around £50 each but I managed to pick this one up from eBay at a bargain price, so I bagged it! But this is sooo good, I'd say that even at £50 it would be money well spent. I am certainly going to get my moneys worth out of it. Mine didn't come with instructions but I found THIS fabulous tutorial which showed me everything I needed to know.

I have tried all sorts to stop those wavy hems on stretch knits and whilst wonder tape and bias interfacing are good, they are definitely not as good as the walking foot. I say to anyone out there not sure whether to spend the money on one, do it. You won't regret it.
Just look at this hem...

I did do a practise piece first but I used Mum's skirt as the real guinea pig (sorry Mom!). Chuft, chuft chuft! Doesn't that hem just look so awesome?!

We bought 2 metres of this cotton jersey and only used 1.4m. So there is just enough left to make Mum a little summer top as well :) Success all round.

To Read My Sewing Pattern Review Click Here 

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :)x

Saturday, 6 June 2015

June's Rather Ambitious MAGAM

Due to an influx of various house guests during the month of May, plus a very busy half term working week, I missed for the first time ever, participating in the MAGAM challenge.

So I aim to be rather ambitious this month and make up for that by attempting to make two (yes, two!) garments using these 2 fabrics

and these 2 patterns

 The theme this month is stash busting, but whereas most sewers have hoards of fabric (hence the theme) mine is very limited. I am actually trying to increase my stash not diminish it!
So, as a lover of themes, to keep in with this monthly theme as best I can, I am going to use the piece of fabric that I have had the longest (which is the plain peach featured on the right hand side) and make a cardigan using McCalls 6708. I will be making View A but with long sleeves.

The patterned fabric is a beautifully fine needlecord which I will use to make the Meigan Neilson BRUMBY Skirt Version 1

I realise I am being rather hopeful in completing both these projects but at the very least, I aim to finish the cardigan. So wish me luck and watch this space....!

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read.

Happy June Sewing!
Dawn :) x