Sunday, 24 July 2016

Work In Progress (and that's not just the sewing...!)

Currently my Sewing Room looks like this

Not a pretty sight!
In fact it's worse than this right now as the photo was taken a couple of weeks ago. The entire wall is a mess, not just some of it. And, we have 3 rooms like this :(

Due to the essential maintenance I haven't been able to do any sewing for some time and naturally I am starting to get withdrawal symptoms. I work a lot of hours over the summer months anyway but when I can, I have been busy sourcing fabric for THIS shirt dress pattern I purchased some months ago. I am making View C with View D sleeves.
I finally decided on these two invert colour fabrics in cotton poplin available in 14 different colours (HERE) from Minerva Crafts.

On my last day off I laid the bodice pieces onto my ironing board (I have no table!), cut a toile and sewed it up by hand! (yes this is how desperate I am to sew).  It was way to big on the upper bodice but with the advise of a few fellow sewists out there I made a few pattern tweaks, cut again and hey presto!

Today I had another day off so I scrambled about on my hands and knees on our hall floor and cut this baby out. My it's just like being a teenager again cutting out on the floor!
I am using the red fabric for the main and the red on ivory for contrast.

All there is to do now is find somewhere in the house that isn't either under going construction, or housing all the furniture from said construction rooms, to pitch my machine, and get going...

Thanks for stopping by :)

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Light and Breezy ~ McCalls 7125

Try as I might, I cannot seem to get on with anything baggy. I can't seem to deal with excess fabric flopping about my midriff. It's for a similar reason that I do like cropped tops. So why buy this McCalls 7125 I hear you ask?

Well I needed a lightweight cool top so I thought I would have one last attempt at wearing something loose. I made View B with the overlay and although I knew this top would be longer than I wanted, I didn't think it would be quite so much! I cropped this from the off but when it was all made up and all that remained to do was the hem, it was still too long and baggy for my liking. I ended up taking more off the back than the front but it works! It's light and airy and I can't even tell I'm wearing it.

So I think the verdict on the loose fitting clothes, is keep it cropped. I took no excess fabric in, just shortened the length.  I will be trying this again on future projects for sure.

The fabric was an impulse purchase from Birmingham Rag Market back in March. I say impulse because there was a stall full of these types of fabric all at just £1 or £2 a metre. So Mum and I bought 7 different ones between us. (Rude not to!) This particular one was £1 per metre so I was thinking if I only used it as a lining it was still a good buy. Turned out to be an excellent buy as it's perfect for this little top!

I picked the version with the overlay as I thought the top was too plain without. Lace didn't look right due to my patterned fabric so I just used a plain cream remnant piece and trimmed it with a narrow lace. The seams are all french and I stitched a narrow hem. 

No... I am not picking my nose here.... honestly!

It's been some weeks since I made this top and I think our summer has been and gone, as unfortunately I've not had the opportunity to wear this top since the photos weeks ago!

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x