Blouse · Love Sewing · Top

McCalls 7357

McCalls 7357 was a free gift with Love Sewing issue 49 and I thought it would prefect for one of the Seasalt fabrics I bought for half price in the Seasalt sale.

 

Loose fitting pullover tops have neckband self lined yokes, applied tab, side front and side back seams, three-piece sleeves, shaped hemline, and narrow hem. A, B: Stitched hem on sleeves.  B:Front sleeve and side slits.  C: Purchased trim. C,D: Sleeves gathered into binding.  NOTE Separate pattern pieces are include for cup sized A/B, C,D.

I made view C, size 14,   Cup size C.

The front band is closed together with hooks and eyes, I didn’t bother with this and just hand stitched the bands to together, I still need to wear a camisole underneath so I may yet put a few more stitches in.

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A few weeks ago we spent the day at Hidcote Manor Gardens and the reluctant photographer  was forced to take a few shots.

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Blouse · Liberty Tana Lawn · Sewing · Simple Sew

More Liberty Lawn

This is the last of my Liberty Tana Lawn  I bought from the Alice Caroline Studio sale.  My sister fell in love with this design which I think is called Flora Eve, so I made her a  quilted hot water bottle cover and a boxy bag for last Christmas.

Out of the remaining fabric I squeezed out a sleeveless Simple Sew Lottie pussy bow blouse

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French seams and self made bias binding give the blouse a nice clean finish.

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I managed to get my very reluctant photographer to take a picture of me at Hidcote Manor Gardens.

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Blouse · Simple Sew · Top

Simple Sew Pattern – Tania Blouse

 

Never the most regular of bloggers, this break has been longer than I anticipated.  After the happiness and excitement of my sons wedding back in May my father was taken ill and after 10 weeks in hospital  he sadly died.  He was exactly 2 months short of his 94th birthday.

I have tried to blog a number of times in the last month but I  found it just didn’t happen, but I have been stitching way.

We are spending a week in a holiday cottage in rural Sussex with lovely views and Wi-Fi, so I am going to try and catch up with my reader and blogging backlog.

 

So on with the sewing.  Tania is a bias tie blouse featured in Love Sewing magazine issue 41, if  you didn’t buy the magazine its  also available as a free PDF download from Simple Sew.

 

More of my sale bargain Liberty Tana Lawn fabric seemed prefect for this simple top,  I love this Isle of Wight fabric.

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There is not much to say about this make, its very simple and do love any excuse to make and use bias binding.

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Mr SSR even  reluctantly agreed to take a few photos of  the top out in the wild.

At Charlcote  Park near Stratford on  Avon.

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and on the beach at my favourite seaside, Sidmouth, East Devon.

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I found a  great little fabric shop while we were wandering around the town called  Sidmouth Fabric and Haberdashery they stock a good range of quilting and dressmaking fabrics, but I was very good and didn’t buy any more fabric!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And on a trip to the beach, Sidmouth in East Devon.

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Blouse · Dress · Liberty Tana Lawn · Sewing

Edith Shirtdress and Blouse

What could be better than shirtdress in cool Liberty Tana Lawn to wear in this very hot weather we having in the UK.  I bought this fabric from a  sale at Alice Caroline last year.  Occasional Alice Caroline hold a sale from their stone  barn studio on the edge of the Cotswolds.

 

I have lots of shirt dress patterns but I wanted a quick sew and cut out a Maria Denmark Edith dress on Sunday, finished sewing the buttons  on Monday after work and wore it to work on Tuesday and it was very cool and comfortable to wear.

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I just met the deadline this morning to join in with the  #sewingtogetherforsummer on instagram.

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I didn’t have enough of this fabric for a shirtdress but I did have for a blouse version of the Edith pattern.

I can definitely recommend Liberty Tana Lawn as lovely cool fabric for hot weather.  I am off to cool down, this laptop is sooo hot on my legs!

Blouse

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

Blouse · Sew Simple Chelsea Collection · Tops

Sew Simple – Chelsea Collection Blouse

Sew Simple Chelsea Collection  pattern for a skirt, trousers and blouse came free  with issue 29 of Love Sewing magazine,  I liked the look V-neck line (without the collar) of the top.

chelsea collection

The fabric requirements are very generous at  2.4m  of 60″ wide fabric, why do we  mix metric and imperial measurements in the UK?.  I had nowhere near this amount of fabric, I have had this cotton lawn from John Lewis in my stash for a couple years, left over from Vintage Blouse Pattern   blogged about in 2014!  I had nowhere near this amount of fabric more like 1.5.

By folding the selvages to meet in the middle I was able to create two folds to place the pattern pieces on.   If you used a different plain fabric for the bodice facing even less fabric would be needed.

I cut a size 14 grading out to  a 16 at the side seams and added  2.5 cm to the length, I wouldn’t normally lengthen a top because I am only 5’2″ but the pattern is designed to be tucked in and it was advised to do this if you intend to wear it loose.

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The pattern instructions are very brief, so I did my own thing, added edge stitching to the neckline, finished the bottom of the bodice facing with over edge stitch.

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Good to know I can boil these buttons if  I want to!!

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Using shirring elastic was new to me and I was surprised how easy it was and the instructions  for doing this bit were simple but clear.

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Although the instructions were brief it didn’t really bother me and I enjoyed sewing this blouse.   Oh and just because I wanted to I added a bias binding hem!

Anyone else made this blouse?

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Blouse · Skirt · Trousers

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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New Look 6354  – View A

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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