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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Dress · Sewing · Tops

Molly, Erin and a 1940’s Wrap Dress

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!

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followed by another…………..

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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.

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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.

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.

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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?

 

 

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

 

Sewing · Top

Simplicity 2369 – Wrap Top

This pattern has been in my pattern stash, ignored and unloved since 2011 when it was a free gift with Sew magazine, its been quite a hit with sewing community, and I can understand why, easy to sew and easy to wear.

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I really want to improve  my skill and feel confident sewing with jersey/knits on my sewing machine (I don’t have an overlocker) so this pattern seemed ideal, a wrap top or dress with raglan sleeves.

I used a size 14 for the shoulder area grading out to a 16 for the seams.  I also cut about 3 inches off the bottom.

All sewn up on my sewing machine using a ballpoint needle and a stretch stitch.

Top stitched with a twin ballpoint needle.

While waiting for the twin needle to be delivered, and being impatient I stitched the hem of the wrap section with a fancy stretch stitch, but I wish I had waited for the twin needle, which I feel would have looked better.

Browsing the internet looking for a suitable buckle for this top I couldn’t resist this little lot found on Ebay

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In other news my sofa shopping arrived this week

Two from Fabworks

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And last but not least these gorgeous Liberty Needle cords from Sewbox.

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I really must stop buying fabric!!

 

 

Top · Vintage Pattern

Anchors Aweigh

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I’m a sucker for the nautical look, so bought this fabric on a whim as I have never used a knit before and with no pattern in mind, it sat in my sewing room for nearly a year.  With no experience of  knit or jersey fabric, and not even sure what the difference is, or are they the same thing? I read blogs with advice about sewing with stretch fabric, discovered that an overlocker is both amazing and scary.  Anyway this 1960’s pattern which I have made before  in cotton lawn, suggests jersey as a suitable fabric, so I thought it was worth having a go.

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I used a ballpoint needle and the stretch stitch on my sewing machine and the  overedge foot to finish the facings and seams.   The only problem was with the buttonholes, my machine decided it would only stitch one side of the buttonhole!!  As the opening is not necessary anyway,  I stitched it up down the back.

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Searching for Nautical buttons on ebay found these anchors.

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This top was so easy to make and comfortable to wear, its become of my favorites to wear with jeans.

Blouse · Tops

Afternoon Blouse

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!

 

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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.

 

 

Shirts · Tops

Easter Sewing

New Look 6407 Shirt – 2nd version 

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 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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 New Look Top 6356 – View D

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Another outing for my vintage sheet………. I really enjoyed making this it was so easy and the instructions very clear.

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I am even quite pleased with the zip, just needs a hook and eye.

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I  also managed to cut out two skirts and make a phone case, so quite a productive Easter break!