Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Simplicity 1322 ~ It's a wrap!

Simplicity 1322 is my MAGAM challenge for February. I made View C

The theme this month is Freaky Fearful February, which is to do anything that scares you, where you know you can probably do it, but apprehension is stopping you. 

There are things that I shy away from much greater than this (bound buttonholes for one!) but a warm skirt is something I did actually need so I opted for this one as I often fear of stretching seams on the bias. So I picked this cute little skirt and added a bias contrast on the front seam edge. Easy peasy! Why did I worry. A bit of wonder Tape before sewing and Bingo! I'm pleased.

And whilst I was on a roll with bias edging, I also finished the hem with binding too.

This lovely wool tweed fabric was kindly given to me by one of my Mum's friends. In fact she was so generous, she gave me an entire suitcase full of fabric! This is the first piece I have used and I am so pleased with it. The plain blue is a faux moleskin I bought way back in the 90's but never used it. And I've still got enough of it left to make something else.

Because my fabric is wool (which made up and handled beautifully I might add), I have added a lining. But for anyone thinking of making this, do bare in mind that there isn't much of a wrapage going on with this skirt. Sitting down in it would show an awful lot of leg without a lining...!!

.... You can see that it already falls open as demonstrated here by just bending my knee! It is meant to. But I certainly feel more comfortable knowing I wont be baring all and sundry when I sit down or when the wind blows it open!!

It's funny but it was only a couple of years ago that I was saying I don't like skirts! Yet this winter, skirts and jumpers have been my staple wardrobe. And I have made this one just in the nick of time, as it's currently the coldest its been all winter so far.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

McCalls 7095 ~ Broderias Anglaise Boho

Well I have to say, it's feeling kind of weird, posting up a summer top when Storm Imogen has just thrown wind and hail at us, and thrown rocks, bricks and stones from the sea at our normally sandy shores! 
But I am well behind on my blogging and this top is the only item I currently have photos of.

I made it back in early November for our Iberian Cruise using McCalls 7095. I used a 100% cotton broderie anglaise so it made a perfect cover up whilst still keeping it cool.

I shortened this considerably and also did my own thing with the sleeves by widening and lengthening them to show the full potential of the broderie anglaise border. As an extra feature, I inserted elastic above the elbow by using ribbon for the casing on the inside.

Look how beautiful that border is. I love it!

And because I used that beautiful border edge for the bodice and sleeve hems and for the front yoke edges, this made up really quickly.

Of course as it's mid winter here in the UK, this lovely top hasn't yet seen the light of day since it came out of the suitcase! But, apparently the Boho look is going to be really in this spring, so I'm here ready and prepared to give this another airing or two!

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Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!

Dawn :) x