Tuesday, 23 August 2016

McCalls M6958

We have been invited to an Hawaiian themed party...I am supposed to go wearing a "Hawaiian Shirt".. but I did not think that was something I would wear. So I found some fabric in the stash which was going to be the lining for a coat....I thought it looked Hawaiian enough for my purposes (an English version of an Hawaiian dress obviously!)......so I turned it into a dress....

The fabric would have been great as a lining for a coat but was a nightmare to work with and to create a dress with!


I only had 2m so had to made the shortest version!

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Sun hat for a boy

 Sun hat modeled by my tailors ham... hoping it fits the 9 year old it was actually sewn for (since it fits my head!)
The pattern came from Children's Sun Hats published by Search Press. Unfortnately all the patterns need to be enlarged by 200% - but are not laid out in such a way as to make this easier on a photocopier, and there are no grid lines marked for doing it by hand. IT was a total pain to photocopy as each page had to be photocopied 3 times to get all of the pieces enlarged.

The "templates" are not graded in the normal way (just a bit added to one side rather than all the way around a circle in order to go up sizes). There are no pattern markings (fold lines, notches etc). I do not know about the fit yet - waiting to find that out.

The photos are OK for construction but then I have made plenty of hats in the past. I might make another pattern from this book before I review it properly... they are a few basic patterns with ideas on how to modify them (some good recycling ideas)... but I am blown away by it. The large size hats will fit me - some I might make the one on the cover for myself though!

Part of the problem with this hat is the cheap fabric I used to make it - at least it is out of the stash now though!!

I missed Kids Clothes Week for various reasons BUT I had asked the boys what they wanted. So I am working through the list now. If this fits - this is the first thing I can cross off the list! I am aiming to make something for each child so that I have met my own KCW this week!


A little bit of sewing

Only a bit of sewing so far this month:

Another version of Burda 12/2009/127 - but I have added side seam pockets (which has the unfortunate effect of adding about 3" to my hips)

I narrowed the SA for the back which make it fit much better.


Then I made some pot holders.Tutorial found here



Thursday, 4 August 2016

Burda Mag PJ Bottoms


I made the short version (12-2007-126) and now I have completed the full length version (12-2007-127):
 Love the flat front and darts
 Need to adjust the back curve though...

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Burda 12-2007-126

The very lovely SoZo sent me some old Burda Style magazine... and in one was a pattern for "French Knickers (126) or if you traced the full length (127?) PJ trousers... Just what I wanted to sew up - some nice quick makes.
This pattern is great because it has front dart and is flat across the stomach (rather than lots of fabric gathered up with elastic). The rest of the waistband has elastic sewn in which ends at the darts and is secured there.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Teacher end of year presents from small children


Three boys

One of the schools was closing and the eldest going to a new school.... so LOTS of presents

 Cushion made for an ICT teacher - designed and made by my eldest
 A coin purse made by the middle child


Bunting made by the youngest - fabric pens and crayons and then ziig-zagged onto ribbon


I think that they did very well considering they are all younger than 12!

These all count for my dare from Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow because not only did they choose the fabric from the stash but they sewed it up themselves too :-)

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Simplicity 2248


I made my second dress..(for this years SWAP not the 2nd dress I have ever made :-) ).
  This is a Project Runway pattern.

I had the envelope with 12-20, but really I needed 10-14. The construction and pattern pieces are really interesting. I had to take it in lots under the arm and under the bust and at the top of the zip at the back. I don't think that is the fault of the pattern, just I had the wrong size and needed to grade down the bodice. The pattern comes as a combined bodice and skirt which makes grading much harder.

The button is a fabulous vintage button from So Zo which matched the fabric perfectly and was the right size AND was not too heavy for the fabric..... could have been made with this dress in mind!

Again fabric and pattern from stash - GO ME!.... and also completed part of my sewing dare from Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow!