Jacket · Skirt

Just another skirt

Slowly working on reducing my pile of wips – the first one to be finished –  black and white boucle fabric left over from New Look 6028 jacket

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and my much used Butterick 5466 pattern.

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Theres not much to say about this make except I was a little worried about the seams being strong enough, as the fabric frays so much, I cut some strips of  interfacing to help support the stitching on the seams

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Really pleased with the invisible zip.

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Now I have a suit!

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In other news more patterns have arrived in the post, taking advantage of half price McCalls patterns.

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and some vintage mother of pearl buttons for my button tin.

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Dress · Jacket

Summer Wedding Guest Dress

I was really excited to receive an invitation to my Nephew’s wedding, the perfect opportunity to sew a special dress, I don’t wear or sew dresses very often, apart from shirt dresses which I love.  After  browsing the internet for patterns and fabric for months, I just could not decide on a pattern.

Some contenders were: three in row

I finally made a decision  and ordered the fabric and zip, lining and thread with only 2 weeks before the wedding!!

Fabric arrived!

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Cotton Poplin in a pale blue blossom print from Ebay and Habotai lining from Minerva.  I have never used Habotai before but it gave the dress a lovely luxurious feeling.

Changed my mind, again, and used  a completely different pattern, the Classic Empire Line Dress (sleeveless version)  from  a book called  Dressmaking – The complete step-by-step guide by Alison Smith.

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The pattern can be downloaded in PDF format from a website address given in the book.  There was quite a lot of printing and sticking involved, but as the book only cost £6.99 from The Works, its a bit of a bargain.

I  adjusted the pattern with a narrow shoulder adjustment, I have discovered this is something that I always need and made up a toile.  The bodice was too tight across the bust but with gaping around the armholes.

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With or without sleeves?

After quite a lot of head scratching and trying to void a FBA (full bust adjustment) I bit the bullet and altered the pattern with a 1 inch FBA and eureka it worked, no more armhole gaping.

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Looking very creased after wearing to the wedding and long car journey back.

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As British summer weather can be very unpredictable, I made a matching jacket, New Look 6028, view with 3/4 sleeves.

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And what is really needed here is a picture of me wearing the dress at the wedding, but lots of  Pimms,  Pink Champagne and generally enjoying the wedding, caused me  to forgot all about taking photos of my self!!

But I did mange this to take this photo of my sisters family.

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A beautiful wedding, with the reception held in the Brides parents garden.

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Sunday Sewing

With the weather warming up, my thoughts are turning to sewing for my spring/summer wardrobe.  I wanted to use  two fabrics that I bought from John Lewis last autumn, a navy chambray and this cotton lawn which John Lewis have called Blotchy floral……..surely they could have thought of something a little more charming!PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA

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The jacket is New Look 6028 and a blatant copy of an ideal by fellow blogger Camilla over at Making and Marking, to turn back the sleeves to reveal the lining.

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA I decided not to line the sleeves completely with the cotton lawn, mainly because I wanted to keep back enough fabric to make a little shell top.

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PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAMy son has just given me The Great British Sewing Bee Fashion with Fabric book  for a Mothers Day present so I am about to up my feet up and enjoy  a good read!

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The Little French Jacket

The Little French jacket is not really a French jacket at all, if you have made a French Chanel style jacket or read the many blogs about making one you will know that there is a lot of work involved, many hours, tailoring and quilting not to mention the chain in the bottom.  This a much easier option with just a hint of the Chanel style jacket.

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I used New Look 6028, this is a very easy jacket to make, the fabric  was half price from John Lewis  and a nice spotty lining sourced from the internet.   The fabric frayed like mad,  as I don’t have an overlocker, but I used the overedge foot on my Janome to secure  the seam edges.  

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If you have never made a lined jacket I can recommend this pattern.  Its a nice little jacket to wear with jeans or a little back skirt.