Saturday, 30 August 2014

Lingerie and running!

My second completed set of matching lingerie. Using Kwik Sew 3300 for the bra and Merckwaerdigh Mix 30 View C for the knickers. Also used a fabric pack from Merckwaerdigh. Did not use power net on the sides so the bra is a little tight.

I have started using the NHS Couch to 5K running app in a bid to get fit a shed some weight. Now that I am in week 6 of the plan I decided I really need some running kit. Jalie 2796 running skort.....

Love the pockets. Need to make the shorts tighter at the hem and the waistband tighter. Held up well on this mornings run so I am really happy!!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

More knicker testing and then the final results!

These dreadful looking knickers actually come from  Kwik Sew Swim & Action Wear Master Pattern book - they are the bikini bottoms - high leg version. I was just making a toile so used any jersey that came to hand. I think I would blend the pattern to between the high cut and low cut leg and reduce the height next time.....

Then I decided to get on with making a matching lingerie set. When it came to making Kwik Sew 3300 again, I thought I best remind myself what I was doing and make one first. I am SO glad I did since I last made a bra about 10 months ago.. and apparently I had forgotten how to do it. I made a complete mess of sewing it!

However the final version made from fabric from a kit from The Sewing Chest (bought in Feb!) worked really well! I even sewed on the lovely ribbon rose, so that the bra would match the knickers.

My first matching lingerie set that I am really happy with. The knickers were also made from the same kit and made using the Merckwaerdigh Mix 30 View C. I LOVE LOVE this pattern!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Knitting while on holiday

Finished my second Miette and cast on a Myrna

Still knitting my socks - (one the beach!).

Friday, 25 July 2014

Still testing out knicker patterns...Jalie 3242

Jalie 3242 View A - very low rise (unwearable infact)

View B - high rise - much better. I also made a size larger than suggested (the view A was a little tight) BUT my fabric was not as stretchy as that suggested by the pattern so I think the pattern sizing is true.

I like the waist treatment - sew elastic on in the round, then fold over and zig zag down - making the casing. 2cm elastic at the waist and 6mm at the legs. My elastic was not as stretchy so I had to use longer pieces than suggested (hence the strange wrinkled look to one leg). This is a good pattern - good coverage. A nice basic which I will make again. However I prefer the crotch to be a separate piece so that I can get a fully enclosed seam at both ends.

Pattern Stash - July

Bag - from book
Knickers - MIX 30 - 2 views
knickers - Kwik Sew Master Lingerie
Knickers - Make Bra
Knickers - Jalie 3242
Knickers - McCalls 2772
Total 6 patterns (but only 3 for contest)

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Knickers - busting the pattern stash McCalls 2772

I ordered this pattern earlier this year so it does not count for the contest BUT it is out of my stash! I ordered a size which was several inches too small (only had sizes not measurements on the listing so I was guessing...). So I had to ignore the 1.5 cm seam allowance and use the smallest seam allowance possible.


I used FOE (if I had turned under 1.5cm there would be nothing left). I did remove the 1.5 seam allowance from the gussett though.  I have ordered a large size of this pattern as this is a nice shape and would probably better if it started out closer to my size!!


I used FOE on the legs and removed 1.5 from the edges of the gussett again. I used lingerie picot edge elastic for the waist.

This is pretty high rise, and I think when the new pattern arrives I will try view G without the waistband - which will give a rise half way between E and F.

These are just toile pairs

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Knickers & more knickers

Toile of Merckwaerdigh MIX 30 - view C

A tiny bit tight.... but lovely lovely .. I shall use this lots more.

For the Pattern Review Pattern Stash contest I decided to go through all my lingerie patterns. Some I have bought this year so do not count for the contest BUT I am so glad to have sewn them up!!

Kwik Sew Beautiful Lingerie pattern book - "pantie" - highcut leg version in L.

I realised it was too big but still finished them (that is why the elastic is so bad - I was bored of sewing them)... and to give a sense of scale:

According to measurements I am a LARGE but these come up VERY high- they do have good coverage.. but much much bigger than my usual knickers!

However the book is wort having just for all the information about lace, elastic etc

Pattern Stash - July

Bag - from book
Knickers - MIX 30 - 2 views
knickers - Kwik Sew Master Lingerie
Knickers - Make Bra

Total 4 patterns (but only 3 for contest)

Monday, 14 July 2014

Merckwaerdigh MIX 30 - Hipsters

 A pattern which I have had since Novermber 2013!! Finally used (though I still need to make the other items in the pattern).

Add elastic to leg openings to improve fit for the all lace pair (not pictured)...

Tried it with fabric at the base layer and FOE - don't think this fabric works well .. but worth exploring for other pairs with a different stretch jersey.

Ribbon marking the CB!