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 · 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!

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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.

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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

 

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Vintage Blouse Pattern

I found this vintage pattern a couple of months ago in a charity shop in Malvern, Worcestershire, the envelope was torn and battered and I wasn’t sure all the pattern pieces would be inside, but at only 20p it was worth the risk. 

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The instructions were brief ………………..

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and sometimes a bit confusing, but it is a very simple pattern, once I got my head around the way the back facing is constructed.

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 The fabric is a cotton lawn, in the sale at John Lewis.

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looking a little creased, at Osbourne House, Cowes, Isle of Wight, holiday home of Queen Victoria

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Blouse · Shirts · Skirt

Nothing new here –

Two more garments for my handmade wardrobe  –   both using patterns I have made before, so apologies if this is boring.

First up New Look 6407  Shirt but this time with -collar.  Pretty fabric from Rose & Hubble.PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Blue Linen Skirt – New Look 6106.

I only had a metre of this blue Irish linen, but the pattern required 1.4 metres, so I cut the skirt  a little straighter than the pattern, which I think I prefer as its not  quite so A-line now.   Facings and pocket linings are in a blue gingham from my small hoard of fabric, together with matching bias binding for the seam treatment.  

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skirt inside wearing skirt

I managed to find somewhere to balance the camera for a photo using the self timer.