I always seem to be lagging behind and this a catch up post from last year, If I made New Year resolutions I would probably be posting about them in March!!
I had never used any Sew Over it patterns until Christmas 2016 when part of my Stitching Santa gift from Corrine (who blogs at Applebymakes) was the Molly pattern and enough fabric to make the top version, which I had sewn up before the new year!
followed by another…………..
followed by a dress version, I think I may cut this one off to a top length as it will get more wear as a top than a dress.
In the summer I found a free download for Erin Skirt from Simply Sewing, issue 22. I didn’t have the magazine so no instructions, but its a very simple and self explanatory pattern I have made it twice now.
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I joined the PDF club and bought a couple of patterns (still to be made). When the 1940’s Wrap Dress was released it was just what I was looking for, a wrap dress for a woven fabric.
I bought 3 metres of Prussian Blue polka dot crepe fabric from Adam Ross fabrics with a discount code from a sewing magazine and free postage 3 metres was just under £20 bargain!!
I cut a size 14 with out any alterations or making a muslin/toile which is always a bit of risk but it fits very well.
I love this dress and have worn it quite a lot over Christmas, but don’t have any photos as I never think about taking any when I am out enjoying myself.
I completely understand why SOI patterns are so popular in the sewing world, I don’t know what took me so long to try one! Are you a SOI fan?
Kwik Sew 4015 is one of those patterns with terrible photos, you really have to look at the line drawing and look past the front of the envelope and use your imagination.
Jackets have long sleeves. A: Stand-up collar, button closures and purchased bias binding.
Double sided quilted fabric is recommend for this jacket, but I couldn’t find any so I settled for 1 sided cotton quilted fabric from Minevra and added a lining from my stash
I originally cut out a large, but it was far too big, so I unpicked it and cut it down to a medium, I always seem to think I am bigger than I am.
I cut out the lining using the same pattern pieces as the jacket except for the collar which is constructed from two pieces of quilted fabric.
There are pockets in the side seams but they seamed to be too far back to be comfortable, so I added patch pockets to the front and I am so glad I did.
I finished the jacket with ready made bias binding, 15mm anorak press fasteners, instead of buttons I treated myself to a Prym Vario pliers kit, although I had difficulty getting the fasteners into the fabric, I had to enlist my husband to use a bit of brut force.
I am really pleased with the fit and have worn it a lot with jeans, with skirts to work and here with an unblogged Molly dress.
I made these PJ’s back in September but never got round blogging about them, I am using these lazy days between Christmas and New year to catch up with my backlog.
Whenever I go to London I always try to visit the Liberty store to admire all the lovely fabrics, I also love the ladies sleepwear but as the pyjamas in Tana Lawn sell for about £130 they’re a bit out of my price range! So when I found 3m of Liberty Tana Lawn, Maddock design on ebay for £18 I knew I wanted to use it to make pyjamas and if I could squeeze it in, a matching robe.
For the pyjamas I used Kwik Sew 2811 which I used before here
For the robe I used a free pattern from Love Sewing that I found by searching the internet for a free robe pattern Floral-oriental-kimono-robe
I shortened the length by about 6 inches as I am only 5’2″ and by happy coincidence was the perfect length to fit on my limited fabric. All sewn with French seams which with kimono sleeves is easy. I remembered to add a hanging loop for hanging on the back of the bedroom door.
Sleeping in Liberty Tana Lawn is every bit as luxurious as I imagined.
Once again this year I joined in with #stitchingsanta very kindly organised by Shelia who blogs at Sewchet Being even more unorganised than usual in the run up to Christmas I didn’t get round to blogging about presents I gifted. My recipient was Nikki, who does lovely embroidery and blogs at Sewingnikki.
My parcel contained two large pieces of 18 count Aida, a selection of threads
Three wooden hoops
A little bird needle threader/cutter and vintage style tin
Fat quarter and some lace
I made a small project bag, a drawstring bag in Downton Abbey fabrics with a large base, which I hope will be useful.
I hope she received the parcel and likes the contents!
My son gave me this pretty daisy fabric for my Birthday and thought it would be nice as PJ’s. As Kwik Sew patterns were half price at the time I decided on K2811
The shirt has front button closures, a collar, a pocket with a pocket band and sleeve cuffs. The pull-on pants and shorts have elastic in a casing on the back and ties on the front.
I cut a size M but as I didn’t have the required amount of fabric it was a bit of a tight squeeze to fit in all the pattern pieces but by cutting the under collar out of a plain white cotton it worked out.
The problem came with the short style bottoms. Seam allowance is only 6mm but I forgot this when sewing them up, also I probably should gone up a size for the bottoms for comfort. They did fit but were a tad too tight for which is not idea for PJ’s, I had already trimmed the seams and over edged them so I couldn’t let the seam out, I got busy with the seam riper and unpicked both side seams and added a strip of white cotton down each side.
Overall this is a good pattern with good instructions, apart from the 6mm seam allowance which is ok if you remember!
I have plans for a set PJ’s in Liberty Tana Lawn with a matching Kimono style dressing gown.
In other news I received an unexpected parcel on Friday
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.
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Out of the remaining fabric I squeezed out a sleeveless Simple Sew Lottie pussy bow blouse
French seams and self made bias binding give the blouse a nice clean finish.
I managed to get my very reluctant photographer to take a picture of me at Hidcote Manor Gardens.
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.
I just met the deadline this morning to join in with the #sewingtogetherforsummer on instagram.
I didn’t have enough of this fabric for a shirtdress but I did have for a blouse version of the Edith pattern.
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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!
I have done very little blogging this year but I have done a lot of sewing. Mostly for my son’s wedding, the wedding dress and my mother of the groom outfit.
It’s been a lot of fun, mostly………….. occasionally when things didn’t go well I did wonder what the hell I was doing. I won’t bore you with lots of details, especially as I didn’t think to take many photos.
The Design Brief
The Bride wanted a white dress, lace, lace sleeves and not long, but not sure what length. After a email exchange of pictures and patterns of what I thought might be suitable we arrived at a very loose idea of a strapless boned bodice with a lace bolero, skirt to be decided later.
This was narrowed down to
and a pattern in The Wedding Dress by Becky Drinan (Florence Bodice)
I started by taking lots of measurements of the Bride as instructed in the book and using the pull out pattern sheet, marked the measurements and joined the dots to create a custom bodice pattern, then traced the bodice pieces on to grease proof paper (I don’t normally ever trace pattern if I can help it and this is all I had to hand, but it worked really well) So I had a front, side front, side back and back bodice piece.
We had a fitting of the two bodices I had sewn up in some old curtain lining to get some idea of the fit. The bodice from the book was an excellent fit. The Simplicity 4070 was quite good but needed to be shortened.
The next thing I did was to recut the bodices in calico and add the boning, there is lots of information to be found on the internet regarding boning, but I simply stitched cross grain ribbon to create channels over the seam lines into which the boning was inserted. I thought boning would be difficult, in fact it’s really quite simple.
So now I had two bodices for two different dresses but no decision about the length.
I cut the bodices again from an old sheet and stitched them to the calico boned bodice. The skirt for the simplicity pattern was made as per the pattern with no alterations.
From The Wedding Dress book I followed the Florence dress instructions, the book instructs you to draw your skirt pattern, the only large sheet of paper I had was the back of the pattern sheet supplied with the book so this became the length of the skirt pattern. I took the two dresses for the Bride to try on and she chose Florence from the The Wedding Dress book and it just happened the length turned out to be floor length on the Bride and she decided she did wanted a full length dress! But unlike the Florence dress in the book, she didn’t want a corset back or layers of fabric or to change the neckline, she liked it as it was. Keeping it simple.
We both ordered a few fabric samples and settled on fabric from White Tree Fabrics
Duchess Satin for the skirt and Duchess Satin for the bodice with a lace overlay and a lightweight satin for the lining, and the same lace for the bolero.
The toile was a good fit, but I did need to take out some fabric from the skirt centre back seam, which must of been a error on my part when drawing the skirt pattern.
The toile was unpicked and then used as pattern pieces. The calico boned bodice formed the inner bodice of the dress, which was sandwiched between the main bodice and the bodice lining.
The pattern for the Bolero was again from The Wedding Dress book. The lace had two scalloped edges so the back and sleeve hems were cut to use the scalloped borders. For the back of the neck and bolero front I carefully cut the scalloped border from the remaining fabric and and hand stitched it to the bolero front and neck. Satin bias binding covered the side, shoulder and arm hole seams.
We only have few photos so far
If you got this far well done and thanks for reading.
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.
I didn’t bother to the add the cuffs, as the sleeves were already very long, or any fastening .
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″.
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.
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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
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.
This is a disappearing four patch pattern which looks much more complicated than it really is.