Thursday, 23 February 2017

M6844 ~ February MAGAM Completed

This month's MAGAM challenge theme is "fit and finish." Because I was late in deciding, I've been a bit of cheat on this one and have made M6844 again.... a pattern I knew would "fit" (having made it before) and I would "finish" in time for the end of the month. That counts right? 😏

Since making my Previous One, I have practically lived in it. So i figured if I love it and live in it, why not make another?

This fabric is much lighter in weight than my other one and is a loose knit

So I gave this one a lining

It's been really cold here lately and I have been wearing both a jumper and cardigan together. But I am aware that we are at the back end of winter now and in just a couple of weeks time we might even be back up to double figures. So to take me into spring, I lined this in cream (it shows through on the netted areas ...see above) to keep the colour a tad lighter, and I lined it in 100% cotton jersey so it will be nice next to my skin in short sleeves or a vest top. I do love a nice silky lining for slipping on and off but when it's next to your skin, it's sweaty. Urghh.

Having made this again and comparing the two together, my personal preference is this pattern made up in a heavy textured fabric. Whilst I like this one, I absolutely love the other one. DH thinks this would look more at home worn by a Spanish Matador! Charming 😍

The edges of the fabric were scalloped, so I made use of them for the sleeves

My photos usually take much better outside in sunlight, but for some bizarre reason, on this occasion the colour was all wrong on the outdoor and much better indoor, but hey ho, I'm not here for photography!

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Happy Sewing all :)


Monday, 13 February 2017

February MAGAM Plans and a postponed Carolyn

A week or so ago, I couldn't make up my mind on what to make next. On my table was the pattern for the Carolyn Pyjamas which I planned to cut in these blue and beige cotton poplins from Minerva Crafts with the plain for binding.

It was cold in my sewing room at the time and I was wearing 2 layers. (it still is and I still am!). I got as far as cutting out the paper pattern pieces and then started to question if these were what I should be making right now when it 5'c outside and hot water bottle weather at night? Wouldn't I be better off with another warm practical cardigan that I could wearing hot off the sewing machine? Instead of pyjamas likely to be tucked away it the drawer until late spring.

Oooh but the temptation to cut these out is high!!

Anyway, whilst I was pondering, I made a top for my Mum (here) instead. Since finishing that, we've run into Mid February, and half way through an already short month. So due to time, practicality (and weather!) for my  MAGAM challenge I've decided to put the pyjamas on hold (sigh) and make another version of M6844. I made one of these a couple of weeks ago (Here) and I have practically lived in it. It doesn't fit in with this month's theme "fit and finish" unless I can justify that by saying, well at least it will fit and least it will be finished before February is out. What a cheat! 😲

This time I am using more fabric purchased from Birmingham rag market last year.

That's not such a great photo. The one below shows the detail and colour much better.

It's quite a loose knit so I will be lining this one. I love stretch fabrics to wear and make and if they are textured I love them even more.

Happy Sewing All!

Dawn 😊


Friday, 10 February 2017

NL 6150 ~ Animal Print Top

Whist I have been dilly dallying over what to make next for myself, I made a top for Mum. It's been a while since I made something for her so in fairness, it was her turn.

New Look 6150 was the pattern choice. This pattern has been around an absolute age and there are 3 pages worth of wonderful versions on PR, dating right back to 2012! I can now see why everyone loves it so much and why it's still going strong.

There is a lovely variety of styles in the pattern but for Mum I made View B. The detail on this top is lovely. I know this is Mum's but I have a real weakness for gathers, and this has plenty. It also has a real good overlap wrap on it, not some flimsy, careless half hearted, gape-open wrap that you get on some patterns. I also love the collar and its construction. Yes I can definitely see why so many have made this up and why 5 years on, it still isn't discontinued. Go New Look!

Yummy Gathers!

The pattern calls for light to medium weight knits. I used a scuba knit that Mum and I purchased from Birmingham Rag Market last year which I thought maybe a little thick. Not at all. It sewed up lovely and with great results. The iron might not like scuba but boy does my overlocker make up for that. My overlocker loved this fabric. What a pleasure to sew.

The gathers on the sleeves are done with elastic

In the end it pressed out pretty well. I got a super hot iron to it with my silk organza pressing cloth. Result!

To read my sewing pattern review Click Here

As for me, I'm still debating on whether to go with the Carolyn Pyjamas or another version of M6844. My intention was the pyjamas, but I have been dithering because it's still wintery cold here, and right now another warm cardigan is going to give me far more wear than cotton pyjamas! Hmmm can you see which way I am swaying here..?!

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Sunday, 5 February 2017

V8939 ~ Old Faithful Strikes Again and Finds a Popular Friend ~ M6844

I am surprised I haven't worn this pattern out. Its my most go-to pattern. V8939, long since discontinued, makes for good staple comfy basics to my wardrobe.
This cotton jersey rib was gifted to me some time ago by my Mums friend having a clear out. Saw it on my shelf, washed it and decided to make the dress version of this pattern. But low and behold, on further inspection it was randomly dotted with tiny, tiny holes 😨. To avoid the holes, there was no way this would make anything other than a jumper so a jumper is was to be.

One thing I did notice this time was that it came up so much bigger in this fabric. Even the neckline is lower. I have made this pattern about 5 times before and never had this. Very first version HERE and my favourite (Christmas) version HERE. Just goes to show, unless you are making something in the exact same fabric, patterns just don't always come out the same.

I sometimes get a little despondent making essential basics, because that's what they are... Basic! But as we all need these in our wardrobes, to keep the motivation going, as soon as this was cut, I dug out this lovely Textured Lurex Wool and decided to make a matching cardigan straight afterwards to go with. It's February now, so if I didn't make this up soon, it was going to sit on the shelf for yet another year! And I need to be wearing this now

The photos cant actually pick out the glitter flecks in this, not even when we tried close up. But they are there!

A tad more visible on Lady Mai but not much! The fabric was purchased from Minerva Crafts over a year ago but it's sadly no longer available.

The pattern for this is the ever popular M6844. The world and his wife have made up this pattern, including myself, once before. (You can see that Here). Well twice if you count a different version I made for Mum! Again I made View C for me because I just love a peplum. I made two changes this time. Both were to the facing/collar. This time I didn't use interfacing and it sits much better without. And also, I attached the facing of the collar to the wrong side of the bodice (instead of right sides together). This was so it had a neater finish on the inside. I didn't like the visible overlocked seam on my previous version. The seam is now on the outside but is hidden by the rollover collar.

Photo of the inside
It was impossible to pattern match this fabric because it was just so random. So I just went with lining up the white stripes; the only stripes consistent!

This is such a great piece for layering, I don't know why I hadn't made another one sooner. Cardigans are another essential staple and this pattern is a great choice for dressing up a simple polo neck and a pair of Jeans

I am feeling on a roll with this pattern and can envisage another one coming on soon, ready for Spring πŸ‘

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