Sunday, 26 June 2016

A Modern Essential ~ Simplicity 2556

It's been finished for weeks and finally it's here; my project for April's (yes April's!)MAGAM Challenge. The theme for April was to use the oldest piece of fabric in your stash. Up until this past 12 months or so I never really had much of a stash, so the pieces of fabric I had beforehand were few and far between. 

This piece of faux moleskin I bought back in the 90's and although I still have a couple of other pieces also from the 90's they were all bought together so are as old as each other! I can even remember buying them, back in the day when department stores still used to sell fabrics and haberdasheries. These were from the CO-OP in Plymouth and the fabric department was closing down; hence the multi purchases! But it also came at a time when my life was changing, sewing dried up and I never got to use them.

So some 20+ years later one of my oldest pieces of fabric is now a waistcoat. Hooray!! I did actually use some of this for a previous MAGAM challenge (Here) to make binding for a skirt, so using what was left for a waistcoat was ideal.

For the lining, I teamed it for contrast with what was my newest piece of fabric at the time, THIS poly cotton from Minerva Crafts. It says it's "orange" but it's not, it's mustard. Mustard is a colour I am loving at the moment.
Minerva Catalogue Photo

My pattern is the now OOP Simplicity 2556 (but still available for sale on amazon/ebay/etsy etc) . I have previously used this pattern for View A (HERE) but this time I chose View C without the collar and faux welt pocket detail because I chose to pipe the front seams in my contrast fabric and use fancy buttons instead.

The buttons are a little too heavy for this really, but the colour match and pattern were so perfect that I couldn't resist and so looked no further.

I also used the contrast for the back tab

I love the back!

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x

Thursday, 16 June 2016

The Colours of Summer ~ Mums McCalls 7092

Where has the time gone! I have been AWOL but not idle, and I am finally finding time to catch up with all your blogs too :)

This is a dress I made a few weeks ago for my Mum. We have a lot going on with our house right now, (hence the infrequent posts) plus, due to so much concentration on the house, I also lost a bit of the sewing Mo~jo too.  But there's nothing quite like a successful garment to get the creative juices flowing again. 
Oh... and a brand new sewing machine helps on that front also....

Yes, here she is, my beauty of a Bernina. There was nothing wrong with my old faithful Bernina 1015 but she is 28 years old and it was time for an upgrade. Plus, she didn't sew through thicknesses like this either....

I think there was about 8 layers of fabric on the bodice of this dress and my new machine sewed through this lot like paper. (Unfortunately my overlocker didn't like it so much!)

The pattern is McCalls 7092 and I made View C for Mum but somewhere in-between the short and  the 3/4 sleeve
Despite all the layers, I totally adore the bodice of this dress 

The fabric we bought from Birmingham Rag Market back in March of last year and we bought enough for a dress each. The yellow is some left over ponte roma from a dress I made HERE.  I love the yellow contrast on Mum's so much I have incorporated the yellow in a dress for me also. (to be blogged soon)

And finally.... Mum wearing it

To read my Sewing Pattern Review Click Here

I have a few things I still need to blog that I have made over a period of time (on the old Bernina!). So whilst the sewing has now dried up completely, due to the builders about to move into the sewing room sometime soon and I have nowhere to sew, it's time to start catching up.

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

Dawn :)