Sunday, 31 January 2016

Goals 2016 - Jan 2016

For 2016:

1. Select 12 patterns to sew or get rid of by the end of the year (stash is nearly 50 patterns)
2. SWAP (again)
3. Finish outstanding to do pile - T-shirts for boys!  Complete Jan 2016

SWAP:
1. Lingerie
2. Dress
3. Skirt
4. Cardigan
5. Top
6. Jean
7. Coat
8. Activewear - running Completed Jan 2016 - running top x1, running skirt/leggings x2
9. Activewear - swimming
10. Top
11. Skirt
12. Dress
 
I gave myself 12 garments/things to make in 2016 - so at least one per month. AT the end of January I have achieved one of the SWAP - No 8 activewear. I made two sets of fleece lined leggings/skirt and a running top!

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Activewear!

 So after the sucess of my last fleece leggings I decided to make another pair.. but this time with reflective tape on the legs. I have done this before and it worked really well...... so did I get the leggings I had already made and check the placement... or did I just plonk the tape down without much thought???!!

Went out for a 8 and a half minute run with my son, which was more than long enough for me to realise I had just made a straight jacket for my knees. So then I had to sit and unpick the tape from across my knees:


Luckily they now perform perfectly! As usual used FOE for the tops of the pockets which prevent the phone from bouncing out. I also found that the yellow fabric I used for the waistband has a little too much stretch and I need to take it in a bit - next time use the firmer activewear lycra for the waist.


After that I made the Surf to Summit Top which I ordered and downloaded on 30th Jan 2015!!! I made a toile with short sleeves (which I forgot to photograph). Then made a long sleeve top. This is the most basic top as suggested in the instructions - iron out any amendments needed before tackling any of the other designs. The sleeves need to be an inch shorter.

LOVE the top. Don't love the fact I decided to top stitch the neckline AND used the firmer fabric as a facing so it is hard to get on... next time.. changes try the zip up top!! Good length.


Now to make some tops to wear to work rather than wear while running or cycling!

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Jalie 2796 with help from Ohhh Lulu 1511 Hilda and M7026 leggings



 I have made the combination of Jalie 2796 and M7026 leggings before but I wanted to add in the crotch gusset from Ohhh Lulu Hilda... so I made a toile in some cheap fabric and then went for a run to test them out.

They worked well - so it was full speed ahead with a fleece lined lycra fabric for the leggings and some normal running lycra for the rest ...



Reflective tape on the sides

Cotton gussets piece from the inside

Lovely and warm on a frosty morning - so now I am off to make another pair.

McCalls 6963 - did not work for me

Pattern Stash busting and trying to make tops for my SWAP.... but McCalls 6963 does not work for me - I like the idea of the cowl neckline......but just spent all my time rearranging the cowl and worrying about bending forward......NEXT pattern please!

The pattern itself has tonnes of ideas of how to adapt it to fit your body and goes together quickly and easily. The style is just not me.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

First makes of 2016

 L left his special "sleepover at the British Museum" T-shirt on the floor and the puppy chewed it - so I appliqued the important bits onto a new T-shirt. At the same time I made his birthday T-shirt. Both are Ottobre 04/2008/26 (size 122) - but with the sleeve bit done properly this time!

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Last makes for 2015

 A bow front Clutch - another Christmas present.


Then some cool "6" PJ's - which would have been even cooler had they been made 4 months ago when he turned 6!!

Ottobre 04/2008/26 top
06/2009/35 bottoms


Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Goal setting for 2016

For 2016:
I was really pleased that I stuck to my plan in 2015 - I just ran out of time to make a BIG coat project at the end of the year - I hardly sewed at all for the boys BUT I did get through my plan.

1. Select 12 patterns to sew or get rid of by the end of the year (stash is nearly 50 patterns)
2. SWAP (again)
3. Finish outstanding to do pile - T-shirts for boys!

SWAP:
1. Lingerie
2. Dress
3. Skirt
4. Cardigan
5. Top
6. Jean
7. Coat
8. Activewear - running
9. Activewear - swimming
10. Top
11. Skirt
12. Dress