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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Its 6.35 and my husband has just left for a 12 hour shift, I don’t work weekends so I have the whole day to myself! He kindly woke me up with a cup of tea, so now I am wide awake and planing my day, apart from visiting and shopping for my parents both in their 90’s I plan to get some sewing done. I have not blogged for a while, busy working and holidaying in Scotland for 2 weeks, but always sewing. While on holiday I got some more work done on my EPP Liberty scrap quilt.
Before we went I made a couple of T -shirts from the Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono Tee pattern with different results, it’s a free PDF from Maria Denmark I manged to squeeze the pieces on to what was left from Simplicity 2369 by cutting it a little shorter than the pattern requires, as I am only 5’2″ I didn’t think it would be a problem.
I cut a medium on the neck and shoulders grading out to XL for the side seams. As with all Maria Denmark patterns the seam allowance has to be added to the pattern, but the instructions advise a 1 cm seam allowance, 2 cm on the sleeves and no seam allowance on the neckline, but of course I read these instructions after I had finished sewing it up!!
For the second one in a lovely soft jersey from Fabworks Online, I followed the instructions and the neck is a bit wider , I think I prefer the first version, has I have narrow shoulders it fits better.
Twin needle didn’t work so well this time and I resorted to a zig zag stitch around the neckline.
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Oh and I also made the Dee and Doe Plantain T-shirt, another free pattern download, how I love a free pattern!!
I really like this one has it flares out over the hips, which is great for me and with the option of 3/4 and long sleeves this will be great for the cooler weather or in the UK anytime! Again fabric from Fabworks Online.
I will leave you with a picture of my hanging baskets just because they were on the camera and they are very pretty!!
I have purchased my first PDF pattern, the Afternoon Blouse by blogger Jennifer Lauren Vintage, usually I stick to New Look, Simplicity and McCalls. But having seen the blouse on a few of the most well know sewing blogs I have taken the plunge and joined in. The purchasing and printing was easy and in no time I had my pattern and instructions.
I used a metre of some mystery fabric from my stash, it drapes well but frays as soon as you look at it, so french seams were needed for the side seams and shoulders, bias binding on the front seam. Not sure about the button but it was the only one I had (I cut it off a cardigan that I haven’t worn for ages), going raid my Mums button tin at the weekend in the hope of a vintage button!
Its a very easy and quick blouse to make and best of all worn lose over jeans it skims over all my flabby bits and is very flattering. I am already planning my next Afternoon Blouse.
This is the 2nd version of this shirt, I purchased this 100% cotton fabric while on holiday in Cornwall last month. I cut the sides a size bigger for a more relaxed shirt, not quite so fitted as the vintage sheet version.
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Another outing for my vintage sheet………. I really enjoyed making this it was so easy and the instructions very clear.
I am even quite pleased with the zip, just needs a hook and eye.
I also managed to cut out two skirts and make a phone case, so quite a productive Easter break!