Wednesday, 30 November 2016

M7014 ~ The Perfect Pinafore

November MAGAM Challenge is completed and posted all in the same month. Go me! Sometimes you get a garment that just seems to fall together with no issues and no unpicking at all; this was one of those. And, this is one of my favourite makes of the year. Really pleased with how this has turned out and it gave me so much construction pleasure and lining everything up. (not the cutting, I'm not a fan of cutting) but lining up the seams to pattern match the fabric and keeping it all in place was very self satisfying. I know, I'm weird like that.

The pattern is M7014  and I made view A which has princess seams, patch pockets on the front and an invisible zip at the back.

I made the lining up first as I find the beauty of a lining is that you can use this for fitting and then cut out the fabric accordingly. Not that this needed much alteration, I just needed to reduce the centre back seam by 3cms in total for a better fit. I like the back of dresses to fit snug into the arch of my back.

To ensure that the fabric pattern lined up perfectly at the zip I interfaced down each centre back edge first then used wonder tape to attach the zip in place. Then on top of that I tacked in the zip. I was determined this zip was not going anywhere other than where it should!

I debated at first whether or not to cut the side panels on the cross for a bit of detail but I did this with my last pinafore dress (which is still going strong!) so decided to keep it all the same way in the end, and just do the pockets instead as per the pattern.

I Love that this dress is fully lined. For that I used the same fabric that I lined my Bomber Jacket. It's all crumpled and bumpy in this photo because I had worn this all day before I realised I didn't have a photo of the inside. So back it went onto Lady Mai for another photo. I'm sure she appreciated it, it's kinda cold here right now. Ha! 😉

My favourite detail of this dress though has to be the neckline. I love the shape. The pattern however doesn't tell you to interface this. I often wonder why the Big 4 sometimes miss out vital details? 

As far as the fabric goes, I'm not entirely sure? I picked it up from Birmingham Rag Market some months ago and I think its possibly a woven poly wool blend. But whatever it is, it made up beautifully and I loved working with it.

And I have to say, I love wearing this too. This dress is definitely going to become a staple in my winter wardrobe.

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Happy Sewing!
Dawn x

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Falling into Autumn/Winter with the Rosari Skirt

We have just come home from one of our best holidays ever! We left the UK on a beautiful fresh crisp Autumn day and within the space of 2 and a half hours, landed in a winter scene in snow fallen Stockholm, Sweden. Within less than a day, we encountered the heaviest November snowfall they had had for 111 years. 40 cms in one day!! It was A-MAZING.

I took this skirt along to wear whilst there but due to the weather conditions, it ended up only coming out of the suitcase for photos. And even they didn't turn out that well, so here you have Lady Mai doing a much better job of showing detail...

This is my project for the October MAGAM challenge. It was finished in time, I just didn't get to do photos (as usual). My pattern is the Pauline Alice Rosari Skirt. A pattern I purchased months ago, but only just got around to making. I made a shorter version of View A in Needlecord from Minerva Crafts.

The skirt itself, is pretty plain right? And it's easy to make. But take a look inside....

Nothing plain about that and plenty of prettiness! I spent quite a lot of time finishing the seams of this skirt, and in doing so, over a couple of weeks,I watched the leaves slowly changing colour on the tree outside my sewing room window. Came home today, and they have virtually all gone!

I decided to go with the Hong Kong seam finish on this skirt because I was inspired by this whilst following the McCalls Bomber jacket Sewalong. This was one of the suggested seam finishes for the inside of the bomber and whilst I was originally well up for this on the inside of my jacket, I just couldn't see my Bomber unlined.
So, as I needed another of these skirts, here was the perfect opportunity for my Hong Kong seams! (The stitching you see inside the CB seam is my topstitching, which I did as an after thought)
I also added the binding to the hem and waistband. Just because.

So whilst the skirt went together a breeze and the self satisfaction of those beautiful insides, the stud poppers were another story. I made this skirt in the first 2 weeks of October; it took another 2 weeks to finally sort the fastenings! For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to have anorak stud fasteners rather than buttons and buttonholes. Wrong. Bad idea! The first set I bought were useless to say the least. I couldn't get them to stay in at all. Even hubby had a go. There was no way these were staying put. Some were OK but there was no way I was going to risk getting done for indecency! Having spent so much time on the inside you can imagine my frustration. The poppers had made holes and I was convinced that this skirt was ruined and all my careful hard work had gone to waste.

So anyways, after casting it aside for a week and throwing it into the naughty corner, I eventually bought another set which were Prym (the same brand I used for my Shirt Dress). These were better, but only after quite a lot more heartache, blood, sweat and tears. I'd like to say it was a joint effort but hubby must take the credit for finally managing to get a full set in. They are not perfect by any means. They are wonky and off centre (my responsibility) but hey, you live and learn. I am definitely putting these down to experience! 

So despite the stud trauma, there was a happy ever after in the end!


Of course whilst on our visit to Stockholm, I had to hunt out a fabric shop. Came across this one Soders Tyger (which to any Millennium trilogy fans, is right opposite Mikael Blomqvists Kaffebar). The staff here are so friendly and welcoming and instantly changed to English speaking. Here I am standing outside with my purchase!
(well. I couldn't leave empty handed could I?)

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x