Made in May

I have enjoyed seeing all the MMM16 this month on blogs and IG and although nearly all my clothes are now me made I am far too lazy and camera  shy to take photos every day.

During May I have been busy sewing up the linen I ordered from Fabworks Online, 2m of each.

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A quick make as I made 3 pairs last year so I knew they would fit ok.  I finished the seams with the overedge stitch on the sewing machine and bias binding on the waistband seam and hem, just because I love making  and using bias binding!

Next more trousers but this time Simplicity K1467 which was free in Sew magazinek1467

Black  linen trousers with pocket, I left off the pointless tie thingy.

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Again more bias binding!

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Maria Denmark  Edith Dress/blouse pattern has been on my to do list for a while,there are lots of lovely versions all over the internet and I thought the Duck Egg blue linen would  made a great dress version.

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But first instead of making a toile/muslin  I decided to make the blouse version first to test the sizing. So after the usual printing and sticking  I cut out a size C40 on the neck and shoulders grading out to a size C44.

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The fabric was bought from Abakhan in Chester while on a short break last year, sold as dress fabric by weight about  £6 for around 3m, I also used this fabric for the lining of my Shawl collar jacket.

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The kimono sleeves mean its a very fabric economic pattern needing only 1 m of fabric.  Having made the blouse and being happy with the fit I cut out the dress version.

Finally found a use for nine of these button which were a gift and have been in my stash for a while.

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Although the instructions advise that the armholes can be turned under and stitched I prefer the bias bound version,  I also used bias binding on the hem.

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This is a great pattern as long as you remember to add the seam allowance!!

I have also made two lined skirts from left over fabric this one with fabric from  the Shawl collar jacket and a brown linen one from the trouser fabric, both Butterick B5466 my most used pattern.

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May is my Birthday month and my husband bought me a lovely new shiny sewing machine.   I managed to sew all 9 buttonholes on Ethel without any problems and without holding my breath.

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My new order of fabric has arrived, lots of jersey and sweater knits again from Fabworks online, its a good job I live so far away from the bricks and mortar fabworks!

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Happy Sewing

 

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14 thoughts on “Made in May

  1. Ooh! I really like that dress pattern and your version is gorgeous. Those buttons were made to go on that dress.
    I hope you had a good birthday – the new sewing machine must have helped with that 😉 – I love Janomes but only have a fairly basic one at the moment. I’d be interested to know how you and Ethel get on.

    • I just realised that by ‘Ethel’ you may have meant the pattern rather than the sewing machine – although the pattern is called ‘Edith’ so now I’m confused :/

      • Thanks – Yes the pattern is called Edith, that’s what happens when you write blog posts when you should have gone to bed!! I have edited the post now, thanks

  2. What a great present! I have to say that I’m very impressed with all your makes. I also like finishing with bias binding – although never with anything as fancy as yours:)

  3. Wow what a busy month. I have Edith pattern too to make a top. After seeing yours it’s going up the to do list. Love the new machine. Have fun with it K xXx

  4. Well, you have certainly been busy! Lovely makes, all of them. Especially love the piping on the trousers, and that pretty buttoned up dress. And Ethel is a grand name for a sewing machine. 🙂

  5. Lovely dress (might have to acquire that pattern as it looks so comfortable) and can’t beat pants patterns with no zip! Assume you’ve enjoyed working with FabWorks’ linen? I have a piece on its’ way & cannot wait to see it. Happy Birthday! 🎂

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