Monday, 6 April 2015

Easter treats


Made following the tutorial from www.lilblueboo.com - but I can't seem to get a link up!

I used fusible volume fleece in the front and I should have used it for the back too....

I made 4 as gifts and everyone loved them :-)

Here is the link ����

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Me Made May 2015

I, Catherine from http://clothesandsewing.blogspot.co.uk sign up as a participant on Me-Made-May 2015. I endeavour to wear a cardigan I have knitted at least once a week for the duration of May 2015, and refashion at least one of my dresses into skirts by the end of May. I already wear Me Made everyday but I don't wear my knitted cardigans enough and I overwear a ratty old shop bought cardigan....

Monday, 30 March 2015

knickers

6 pairs of Merckwaerdigh - in a much smaller size than I previously made. I also made two with FOE around the legs - which worked well. Actually I could probably have made these a little bigger as some of the fabric have less stretch than others!










2 pairs of McCalls 2772 - height is the cutting line for view G. Taken off 6mm from width of crotch at front but could take more.Need to adjust the pattern and remove 1cm from legs if using FOE - might retrace a FOE version of the pattern. Also adjusted pattern to only have 6mm seam allowances and have a separate crotch piece. Stretched the waistband elastic too much on the second pair. Took in on the side seams to make the pattern smaller - adjusted pattern pieces.



Saturday, 28 March 2015

Basic T-shirt tops


3  Maria Denmark 101 Kirsten Kimono Tshirts


3 M4261 view B - T-shirts







Pattern Description:
Variety of items  - I made VIEW B the 3/4 sleeve T-shirt top
Pattern Sizing:
XS - M (in my envelope)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes - well view B only shown as a dreadful sketch.....
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes BUT I ignored them as they have you set in a jersey sleeve?!!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Basic jersey top which I needed to fill a gap in the wardrobe

Fabric Used:
3 different stretch fabrics
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

1. Sew in sleeves in the flat
2. the seam allowance is 1.5cm so next time I will trim the pattern pieces down and use my standard 6mm for stretch fabrics
3. Used clear elastic to support neckline - next time I might add a bound neckline
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Have already sewn three and plan more - so YES and YES
Conclusion:

A quick and easy fitted top to make - love it.

SWAP - sewing with a plan.....here's the plan

1. 2 sets of lingerie (one white, one coloured)
2. Dress Completed Anna Dress in brown - Feb 2015

3. Dress Completed Traveler Dress  - Feb 2015

4, Knitted cardigan (actually knitting not sewing!) Cast on March 2015
5. Skirt Completed green bustle skirt- Feb 2015
6. Skirt Completed Gabriola skirt -  March 2015

7. Top Completed 3 x M4261 - March 2015

8. Top Completed 3x Kimono T-shirts - March 2015

9. Top So far 6 tops made - March 2015
10. Sewn cardigan / jacket
11. Black tie dress
12. Black tie jacket / bolero etc
13. Activewear
14. Coat


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Getting ready for Easter

I am getting ready for Easter and I have sewn up some Bunny Treat Bags from a tutorial found here.


Empty bags - awaiting ribbon and fillings...don't look that great.... but once the filling is in ...:




Then I wanted to remind myself what I have done for previous years:

2014 - carrots and knitting bunnies

 2013

Zip up birds..



Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Gabriola 1401 Sewaholic


The Sewaholic Gabriola Skirt pattern is a dream to wear! The grey one was my test version, I then created a curved waistband for the "bird" version. The curved waistband lies closer to my body and is more comfortable. 

Stash pattern and stash fabrics :-) Great result.... 

I am all back and no legs... I took 4" off the length and then another 1" when hemming...



Best Patterns of 2012 - 2014 Template:

1. Why do you think this was voted one of the Best Patterns?
This is a VERY flattering shape - lovely skirt to wear (and to make)

2. Would you have made this pattern if it was NOT voted one of the top patterns of the year?
Yes - because I have seen it on so many blogs and it is a style I like - it  DID get pushed to the top of the queue though!

3. How did you make your version of this pattern unique?

I made two - my first was a test version in grey (suitable for work but boring AND you can't see the seam lines), the second is fully lined and I made a curved waistband. These are filling the "skirt" hole in my wardrobe. I also added ribbon hanging loops.

4. What size(s) did you make?
2 flaring out to 4 at the hips.

5. Did you find the sizing accurate compared to the measurements listed on the pattern?
Yes - I have lost a lot of weight so it was a real boost to make something in a size 2-4! (especially since I am from the UK so this was a very bizarre size for me)

6. What fabric and trims did you use? What was the source of your fabric and trims?
Grey skirt - mystery fabric is slight stretch from my mothers stash
Bird skirt - linen which has been waiting in stash for years to be made into a skirt!

7. Describe how you used the pattern instructions. Did you follow the instructions literally, did you figure out how to assemble on your own, or a combination of instructions plus own experience?
I followed the well written pattern instructions - except for the zip. I put in invisible zippers.. Hanging the skirt for 24 hours and then wearing it while a friend pinned it for me allowed me to get an accurate hem. I blind hemmed the bird skirt.

8. Describe any alterations you made and discuss whether alternations were for fit or for design.
I created a curved waistband for the second skirt (this is an adaption lots of people have done). The waistband then fit closer to my waist.

9. What did you like and what did you dislike about the pattern?
I love the fit, the construction, the feel when I wear it, the well written instructions.. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it... I see more in my future!
I don't like the straight waistband.

10. Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have already sewn two and I will definitely sew more (but I have to make my way through my plan first - next stop tops to go with the new skirts!)
Yes I would recommend it!

Instead of putting the pattern away I have pinned it to my pinboard to remind myself to make it again soon!


SWAP - sewing with a plan.....here's the plan

1. 2 sets of lingerie (one white, one coloured)
2. Dress Completed Anna Dress in brown - Feb 2015

3. Dress Completed Traveler Dress  - Feb 2015

4, Knitted cardigan (actually knitting not sewing!) - cast on 18/03/15!!
5. Skirt Completed green bustle skirt- Feb 2015
6. Skirt Completed Gabriola skirt -  March 2015

7. Top
8. Top
9. Top
10. Sewn cardigan / jacket
11. Black tie dress
12. Black tie jacket / bolero etc
13. Activewear
14. Coat

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Lisette Traveler

 Another batch of hats :-)


Then another completed pattern getting it out of the stash.. think I might have to give the pattern away though as I really don't like the dress - not sure if it is the pattern, the fabric, the style on me or all of those - but I feel really frumpy wearing it!!

Nevermind - lots more dress patterns to try AND this will work well as a beach cover up while on holiday!

SWAP - sewing with a plan.....here's the plan

1. 2 sets of lingerie (one white, one coloured)
2. Dress Completed Anna Dress in brown - Feb 2015

3. Dress Completed Traveler Dress  - Feb 2015

4, Knitted cardigan (actually knitting not sewing!)
5. Skirt Completed green bustle skirt- Feb 2015
6. Skirt
7. Top
8. Top
9. Top
10. Sewn cardigan / jacket
11. Black tie dress
12. Black tie jacket / bolero etc
13. Activewear
14. Coat