Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Grainline Maritime shorts

I was given the Grainline Studios Maritime Shorts pattern as a Christmas/Birthday present - as a kit including fabric. I decided to test the pattern before cutting into my nice fabric....

Version 1 - done as per pattern - but had to add darts in the back to accommodate my swayback

 Version 2 - removed 1cm from back of waistband, removed 1" wedge from CB of shorts - much better fit BUT modifications resulted in the back rise being too low...

Also made pockets in the way Jalie jeans pockets are done rather than trying to sew concave and convex curves together AND used two pieces of lining fabric

Version 3
added wedges along back to increase rise - slash and spread method
removed a 1/2" wedge from back waistband

Version 4 - added 4" to length to reduce the "booty" nature of the shorts. - need to remove a wedge from the back as getting strange bubbles in fabric after all my modifications. The longer length and mustard colour does not suit me
I need to do another modification and test before cutting into the present fabric.

I LOVE the size of the pockets on this and will use them from my Jalie jeans from now on.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Lisette Passport Dress

Adjusted the pattern  (ie corrected my previous hacking up the pattern mistakes!) and even took the time to hand sew the armhole bias binding down.

Thought the fabric might be too red for me.. but with my blue Peggy Sue  - it is great. Am planning on making this again with a plain A line skirt (no pleats).. the pleats do not flatter me! However I love wearing this!

 Love the front dart crossover detail
 This fabric was going to be a Gabriola skirt but I am glad I changed my mind and made a dress instead!

I find getting into it hard - I do have wide shoulders. The side zipper (which is closed at the top), does not work for me. Next time I will put in a centre back zipper - which will also mean I can make a sway-back adjustment.

Monday, 5 June 2017


 A simple coin purse with hand and machine embroidery

Three toiletry bags with waterproof linings. The waterproof lining was made using Lamifix - I might have had it roasting in the attic for too long as it really did not work well and gave the fabric a horrible feel and sound. It irons on but.. when turning the bags through the Lamifix appears to be pulling away from the lining fabrics.


Jalie 2908

 Second pair of Jalie jeans - with back yoke modified to bring it closer to the spine at the top.
Reduced length of pattern pieces for the leg - 1" taken out above knee and 1" below the knee.

I also made these straight leg - drawing straight down from the knee notches.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Jeans & Me Made May - Jalie 2908

 I traced off what I thought would be my size - blending between sizes... and this is the least dreadful photo of a very very tight pair of toile shorts.....

I then traced off a larger size (with no reduction for the waist despite my measurements being 2 sizes smaller at the waist than at my hips)

I sewed it up...

even installed rivets

I amended the pocket piece to fold in half AND I french seamed the bottom

Since I did not reduce the size at the waist .. and I have a sway back.. I am going to need to add elastic at the back to hold the waistband close to me! I have amended the yoke pattern piece for the next pair.

I also amended the waistband - drafting a curved waistband instead (NOT on the bias).. as the bias one in the toile was dreadful!

 Unfortunately my friend who helped me to hem them... hemmed them too short....rather annoying! BUT these are totally wearable jeans and I am thrilled with them.

Part the way through Me Made May I decided I did not need to record when I wore Me Made as I do that every day... I needed to note when I didn't  wear Me Made and what was I wearing then? JEANS.... definitely jeans..... so I challenged myself to make a pair before the end of May....Horray - DONE

and the next pair with the yoke mode is being cut out tonight.


Some quick fleece hats

and some quick fleece mittens using this pattern as recommended by So Zo. I used thin fleece to line the mittens and thick fleece for the shell. 

 I also used the too-short sleeve from the dressing gown / robe that I made my eldest....enough for a shell of a pair of mittens!
 I used ribbing for the cuffs.

My sewing machine needed TLC and an clean after all of that fleece!!

The pattern only cost £6.01 and since I have already made 7 pairs it has already more than paid for itself!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Making a 7 year old happy ... the best way to spend sewing time?

I first used this wonderful Butterick pattern B6072 to make a backpack in October last year, the moment I finished it my youngest asked for one of his own. I found the perfect fabric and bought it, then left it in the stash while I did other things....

Finally it was time to make it.

I made similar adjustments to last time.

I sewed on a badge from his favourite surfing shop

I added adjustable straps using fabric, padding, webbing and ladder lock clips.

I used the last scrap of waterproof fabric from the stash to make a waterproof lining (so he can use it for swim kit)

 I made one of the side pockets gathered with gathering at the bottom and elastic at the top so that a water bottle can be put into it (for Hockey and Football)

I had to use clips to hold all of the layers together! Pelmet vilene used to stiffen the front and back (I prefer fusible volume fleece but did not have any left in the stash!)

Put in a magnetic closure for the front pocket not a velcro one (velcro just attracts grass and sand and then stops working)

 Stands by itself
 Added a swivel clip for bike lock keys
 Created a double ended zipper
 pocket on the inside (as per the pattern)


Get a open ended zipper (x2) cut off the ends - thread the zipper pull from one onto the other.

Sew both ends shut

Add a fabric "stop" to the ends
 Insert into the backpack gusset in the normal way

And done! It took less than a day to do - cut out one evening & most construction - final construction the next morning... as usual... why did I leave it so long to do?