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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Iced Gem Bellini!


Bellini pattern by Capital Chic (PDF £9.00). The casual blouse style is suitable for Hawaiian or summer prints and it's smart enough to want to wear. The fabric is from a new duvet I purchased from George click and collect on my bike after work on Friday. It's polycotton so it's easy to iron in the mornings and doesn't crease easily. I can't eat iced gems anymore but I can wear them! Apparently they were made in the 1910's here in Reading, Berkshire by Huntley & Palmers. For me, they have a 1980's / 1990's nostalgia of childhood!
I sewed a 12 graded out to 14 hip this time (I sewed it two years ago). I used a medium interfacing for the collar and a light interfacing for the facings. I love this pattern as it is easy to make and looks adorable on, it uses french seams and it took less than 5 hours straight. I used brown tortoishell buttons as they look pretty on casual shirts.
May
Cotton shirting, pale mint stripes with a tiny green and burgundy floral. I purchased it as a 2m remnant and because the fabric is one off I used a pattern I sewed before!
I used small white/clear buttons and medium weight interfacing.  It has an airy and subtle-pretty look that I love, and certainly it is practical sewing!  I finished this shirt on a half day and early Saturday morning for the sleeve binding and buttons.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Style Arc Barb - Bengaline

I made no changed to the pattern but to add 0.6cm to the full-hip and thigh outer seam. I ordered a whole roll of black 5cm elastic this time to avoid trips to the local fabric shop! Elastic waist stretch woven Barb pants: Etsy size 10-12-14

The top is just a white broderie anglaise peasant top I purchased last year. I wore it with a vest underneath as it is fairly sheer. Blazer from Collectif (on sale).
I originally enjoyed Style Arc for their range of trouser patterns but they have other sleek modern designs.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Denim Arielle Skirt

I washed the fabric twice and put it in the drier to make it softer. I bought the denim to make jeans but I cut a jeans pattern from lilac leopard print bengaline instead! I used a jeans needle and 23mm brown buttons, which are on the right as worn side as I ignored the cutting layout which has you put the front pieces on the wrong-side-up of the fabric. I left off the interfacing and instead cut the waist facings with the vertical grain with less-stretch. I also understitched all the edges and then topstitched the waist which worked well with the denim. The buttonholes were a pain as my machine wouldn't sew them so I used a zizag stitch. I sewed the skirt in one night!  This is size 4, I took 8cm off the length of the pencil skirt. I hemmed it at 2cm and it covers my knees.
 Puppy insisted on dining on the table.
I also made an Itch to Stitch Lisbon cardigan with similar buttons. I ordered them on ebay (20 for £3.80). I used grey French terry and topstitched the seams with a zigzag stitch which makes all the difference for a traditional cardigan appearance. 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.