Perfect Pinafore

I just couldn’t decide if i was too old to wear a dungaree style pinafore dress, but in the end I just had to have a go, but I didn’t want to spend any money on an expensive pattern, so after some googling around the internet I discovered that Sew Now had a pattern from a past issue that could be download as PDF pattern.

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Pinafore dress pattern free in issue 3 of Sew Now magazine.

Of course the downside of this is that I didn’t have the magazine, so no instructions.

The fabric is a very nice pincord from John Lewis, but it attracts every bit of fluff, dust and white cat hair that’s in the house.

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It turned out a bit on the large size and I had to take in the side seams.  If  I make it again I would alter the pattern to make bib smaller as I am quite short waisted and so it’s a bit long and tends to be a bit baggy when I am sat at my desk.

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Overall I am really pleased with the dress and I love the pockets!

Catching up

Oh dear, I really am not very good at blogging consistently, but while we are still in January, I thought I would play catch up and blog my makes from December.

I needed something to wear to the company Christmas Party, a quick make with a pattern that I knew would fit.  I had a light bulb moment and decided instead of making a dress I would sew up an evening skirt and  blouse, I could wear the skirt again and again with different tops.

I found a suitable fabric online at Croft Mill, called “Days of Yore” ??, described as a good quality evening dress fabric, matt on one side and shiny like a satin on the other.  My most used skirt pattern Butterick 5466 only requires 80cm of 150cm wide fabric so at £4.50 per metre it was a bargain.  I wish I had made view B,  without the waistband which I usually use as it does fit better and I think I will change it before I wear it again.   The photo was taken after I had worn it all night so it’s a bit wrinkled.

For the blouse I decided on a sleeveless version of the Lottie Pussy bow blouse with some Crepe de Chine left over from a dress I made couple of years ago, it was such a small piece of fabric  I didn’t have enough to make the bias binding for the sleeve edges or the pussy bow, I got over this by using  black satin ready made bias binding and for the bow plain black Crepe de chine, which I think I order from Minerva Crafts.

I also made a couple of Christmas gifts.

A quilted hot water bottle cover and matching boxy bag in a lovely Liberty Tana Lawn for my sister.  Even the bag lining is Liberty! (yay for half price Liberty fabric sale)

. I trying to catch up with my blog reader and now I just need to blog about January!

#Stitching Santa

This year  I again joined in with the Stitching Santa, organised by the amazing Sheila who blogs at Sewchet

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I found it quite difficult to decide what to send my recipient, but finally settled on two 1960’s vintage patterns, a vintage buckle, Wendy Ward MIY sewing tool, a quilted needlebook and mini stocking tree decoration.

 

 

I really hope it arrived ok  and she liked it.

I was really lucky with the stitching santa I received from Corrrine at  Applebymakes

I have already taped together the Molly top pattern and sewn it up with the jersey fabric included in my parcel.

Thank you Corrine

 

Just a Jiffy

I am very behind with blogging my makes lately  so first up is my Pinafore dress or Jumper depending on where you live.

Simplicity Jiffy 1252, some of the reviews, and there are not many, for this dress are not very encouraging bemoaning the fit of the dress, but I stuck with it anyway.

I shorted the pattern at the waist and the length, I didn’t use the facing as I fully lined the dress and so managed to squeeze it out of 1 metre of fabric, a half price bargain from John Lewis  a couple of years ago.   The fabric frays a lot so I added some strips of  lightweight interfacing to  the seam allowance to strength the side seams.

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It does have a weird kind of dart  up the front and the neckline is a tad wide, but overall  I like it.

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I was a bit unsure about this dress at first but now its a great addition to my work wardrobe.

Finally a Pussy Bow Blouse

Everybody in the sewing universe it seems has made a pussy bow blouse,  I have always resisted as I thought they  were just not me, but lately I have warmed to the pussy bow.

I used the Lottie Pussy Bow Blouse  pattern from Sew Simple, a freebie with Love Sewing magazine a couple of years ago and a  charity shop fabric find

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I cut a size 14  down to a  12 around the neck.  I had to cut the neck tie in two pieces and  add a seam allowance  and join them together as I didn’t have enough fabric  left otherwise.  I  used French seams for a neat finish.  I didn’t read the instruction until I got to the stage of adding the neck tie, where if you follow the instructions you have a raw edge, I really didn’t want a untidy neck, so I enclosed the neck edge inside the neck tie, just like sewing a collar.

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It’s a great fit, straight out of the envelope. And I love it!!

I am already planning  a Christmas one and a sleeveless one in Liberty Lawn.

Have you ever changed your mind about a pattern and ended up loving it?

Happy Sunday

Mug Rug

Not much sewing this week apart from this quick little mug rug using some leftovers from my  latest quilt.

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I stitched the fabric straight onto wadding.

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Quilted with wavy lines of stitching and trimmed.

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Perfect for a mug of tea and a biscuit (sadly no biscuits for me)

Back to blogging

According to WordPress I started writing this  post 2 months ago!  Not sure were the time has gone……….. work, decorating, holidays, days out and a bit of sewing,  not much clothes sewing  as I am losing weight so hope I will need a smaller size soon.

Anyway on with the sewing stuff  when I  saw this Sweater Knit fabric on Fabworks Online, I thought if would be perfect for the  Oslo Cardigan from Seamworks.

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I didn’t bother to the add the cuffs, as the sleeves were already very long, or  any fastening .

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It really is  long on me, but in the winter with jeans I think it will be fine.  Not put off I made another version in a lovely black sweater knit again from Fabworks.  This time I cut about 8 inches off the bottom of the pattern, but then I am only 5’2″.

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I am so  impressed with this fabric it is very fine and super soft but doesn’t crease, these photos were taken after it had been shoved into my bag all day at work.

As you can see the black version is a lot shorter in length!

I  did manage to make myself  a cozy quilt for the chilly evenings ahead

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The fabric is mostly from  the Makower Juicy range,  all half price bargains from Cotswold Needlecraft apart from the owls, polka dots and plain white cotton which were all in my stash. PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA

This is a disappearing four patch pattern which looks much more complicated than it really is.

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I love the cute little owls!