Sunday, 26 March 2017

PR Lillian Dress - French Terry

Pattern Review - Lillian Dress / Top 106


Raspberry stretch lace; red French terry; navy lingerie lace. I sewed size S. I actually love this dress! Pattern comes in XS-L or XL-4XL, approx. £8 for PDF. Finished garment size for S is 35.5 bust and 38 hip, I'm 40 hip and it fits. My neckline in sweatshirting was too short, then I had the idea that lace would look softer and prettier so I cut a line of the raspberry lace and folded it widthways in half and attached it at 6mm (instead of 1cm) then topstitched over the seam. I also narrowed the shoulder slightly to make it fit closer.  I hemmed the dress then pinned the lingerie stretch lace underneath to that line of stitching and topstitched from the front.  It doesn't use much fabric, and once you've sewn the front insert the rest is easy. I plan to make a grey french terry version of this dress. It makes me want to collect lace and put it on all the patterns with contrast options! Ideal dress for creativity - this is what appealed to me most, the sweet handstitching-embellished or crochet inserts, the tunic length or dress for a pinafore effect.
'Little Dresses for Africa - Inspired by the dynamic Lillian Weber - the woman who sewed more than 1000 dresses to benefit Little Dresses for Africa, PatternReview will donate 20% of the proceeds from the sale of this pattern to the charity Little Dresses for Africa. Even though Lillian is no longer with us, her work will continue to inspire others. '

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Rocky Mountain Mens Raglan

Rocky Mountain Mens Tshirt - I received a Peek-a-Boo Patterns pdf of choice in a giveway so I went for a men's pattern to sew as a gift (Pay it Forward!). My dad chose a short sleeve tshirt and  drapey jersey instead of standard cotton tshirting as it would be better for the gym. I think I got the colours right as he wanted bright colours, and red / charcoal grey is sporty. I really liked the idea of a contrast baseball tshirt, they look flattering and make for fun colour combinations. I laid the Rocky tshirt against a RTW tshirt to check my sizing without having a 'model' fitting. Size L was accurate to a size L. Really happy with this baseball T and will definitely make more! It doesn't use a lot of fabric of each colour.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Vientiane Skirt & Toaster 1

Itch to Stitch Vientiane-skirt made in November. I purchased fabric to make a red plaid Vientiane, which reminded me to photograph this one. I should have chosen a top that shows off those pleated pockets but it is cold and windy so I wore the  Sew House 7 Toaster 1 made in January. I've been meaning to sew another Toaster 1 in a size down but the soft white cotton suits the oversized look. It is so cosy with trousers! This is size M on 35 bust as suggested.
The roomy turtleneck neckline is flattering either folded in half, slouched, or upright, it depends on the fabric and I was wearing a teeny sterling silver necklace which flops over the top.
The dogs really enjoyed the photoshoot' too! It's pleasing to photograph my sewing 'as worn' now the weather is brighter.

I love this skirt and it works just as well with a sporty top as it does with a smart shirt or pretty blouse. The flare of the skirt makes it easy to walk, play with the dogs and cycle in!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Lisbon Cardigan & Paulina Overlay

Lisbon Cardigan PDF Sewing Pattern I had four metres of French terry sweatshirting. I sewed the regular bodice Lisbon + full length sleeves in size 4 graded to 6 hip and the bottom band is a size 6. I took 1cm off the neckband which gathers the fabric a little.
I used 23mm olive green tortoiseshell buttons and the guide for 2cm buttons as my button foot creates too much space. I fused another layer of (light to medium woven)  interfacing to the underneath and tore off after cutting the button holes. I had to zigzag stitch the other side of the buttonholes as the buttonhole foot stopped at the turn. I used ten buttons rather than the seven button guide. I ordered them on ebay (20 for £3.80) as my local fabric shop had sold out of the faux horn ones I always used - love the brown / natural pools of colour! I topstitched the seams with a zigzag stitch which makes all the difference for a traditional cardigan appearance. The shoulder seams are pretty! The difficult part was topstitching each side of the arm seams, which join nicely to the side seam stitching, and the pressed-up seam allowance on the sleeve cuffs took some manoeuvring.
Itch to Stitch Paulina Top sewn without the cut-outs and with the neckband turned to the front in knit fabric. I used looped-back sweatshirting and a floral dress polyester. Easy raglan sleeve and the sporty look of a cropped sweater with an easy to wear dip hem underlay!
 I added some zigzag topstitching to the raglan seams which looks sporty and helps it to lay flat - and it's more robust for sportswear. I might try an overlock stitch on my sewing machine. I wonder if there is a neat way to create that triangle look on the front of sweatshirts without a coverstitch machine?  I love how the underlay acts as a warmer layer and adds some colour or prettiness to a sports top. It is basted to the front and back piece before sewing to the sleeves, the pattern comes together well and it was quick to sew.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Newport Top - Sweater

Newport Top - Itch to Stitch PDF Sewing Pattern  After making a tshirt, I went for a sweater! Loop backed sweatshirt fabric from Fabric Land UK £4.99/m. I sewed the 3/4 sleeve size 4 and it used less than 1.5 metres. From taping the pages together it took me 4 and a half hours. A quality sporty sweater in no time! I loved the initial design and the pattern went through a third revision to achieve the loveliest fit and boat neckline with envelope folds. 
Took these photos in Oxford on a long walk. I needed something cosy and easy to wear.
Newport Top - PDF Sewing Pattern

Port Meadow & Mila Shirt

Oxford Canal.
Kingfisher painting, Oxford Canal. In the sunshine I bet you can see a clear reflection of him!
Godstow Abbey.
Mila Shirt - Itch to Stitch PDF Sewing Pattern - Ideal transitional shirt for spring