Monday, 5 June 2017

Bags

 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.

Fleece!


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)

Zipper:

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?

Friday, 5 May 2017

Sewaholic Gabriola



I have used this pattern twice before and had always planned to make more of them.. finally I have - using fabric which has been maturing in the stash.....

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Progress a 1/4 of the way into the year...

Make Nine Me:


1. Jeans
2. Gabriola - peacock - completed April 2017
3. Gabriola - birds
4. Racerback bra
5. Coat
6. Shorts from Christmas kit
7. T-shirts
8 Activewear - steeplechase
9 Dress

Make Nine - menfolk:

1. Shirt for H
2 Birthday Tee for J - complete May 2017 - Dressing gown instead!
3 Birthday Tee for O
4 Birthday Tee for L (complete)
5 Backpack for O
6 Cycling shirt for O (complete March 2017)
7 Trousers for J x2 - 1 pair done March 2017

8 Smart Shirt for L
9 Fleece for L - (complete APril 2017)

That's a years sewing...

18 items
6 already done....

I am on track!