Sunday, 13 August 2017

Beausoleil Blouse - Cotton Lawn

Itch to Stitch Beausoleil Dress & Top - I was attracted to the French name, and the option for peplum. It's a simple versatile design, but also interesting enough to want to sew and feel pretty in it. I also like the smart appearance of sleeve cuffs in shirt patterns. I used rose print cotton lawn and white cotton lawn for facings.
This is an intermediate sewing pattern because it uses an all in one facing, understitching and pulling the back pieces through the shoulders can be tricky but it looks beautifully neat. I also edge stitched mine. The front and back facings and sleeve bands are interfaced, along with the centre back zip. I'd sew it again but stick with cotton lawn or viscose, something that presses easily. I used an invisible zip as that is what I already had left over from last summer and silver hook and eye. I think the cut outs add a modern edge to a granny chic print like this one! I bought the fabric as it reminded me of the rose in beauty and the beast. I found this interesting to sew as it is a different technique and it looks chic.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

80s Style Tilly Agnes

I needed to make some plain tshirts so I sewed the Tilly Agnes Top again (size 4 body, size 5 sleeves and armsyce. I also ran out of sewing machine needles for wovens! I had a tshirt just like this which my grandma thrifted from a charity shop in the 80s/90s! When I purchased the royal blue jersey I knew what to make first as it's the same colour.
I finished off the neckline and sleeve edge with a zigzag stitch.

 It's a really lovely pattern in a plain colour fabric , you never need to buy tshirts again - it comes with a plain sleeve too. PDF £9.50.  I've worn this to work with a navy chino skirt, it's smarter than your usual tshirt!

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Hinksey Lake - Anza Dress

Thank you Sarah for the photos of my viscose Itch to Stitch Anza dress! My easy to wear 'dress down friday' dress. I wore it with a dreamcatcher pendant, tan skinny belt, and a blue bracelet we bought in Oxford cornmarket.
Princess hair! I can't wait to make Sarah a sewing gift.
Oxford Christchurch Gardens

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Hawaiian Shirt Willamette

Cotton twill in a rainforest print, cropped version. I sewed it after work Tuesday night and added the sleeve cuffs in the morning. I love it! I used dark brown - clear faux horn buttons. It looks beautiful inside with the burrito method back yoke and French seams. It's good to know you can sew a shirt in one evening too!
I actually love sewing shirts, the feeling of satisfaction when complete and enjoying the process. Also I purchased the Cheyenne shirt, I fancy sewing a sleeveless version rather than waiting until the Autumn.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Pauline Alice Rosari Skirt & Willamette Shirt

This skirt was released in 2015 so I don't know why I hadn't noticed it before?!  I love garments with buttons as they look so special and hand-tailored (admittedly I use a zigzag stitch to attach mine). I adore the denim coin-pocket skirt and I would love a white denim or twill version. Fabric is a navy and white bengaline from Textiles Centre. I also made trousers.
I used golden/charcoal tortoiseshell buttons. Understitched the button facings and waistband so it was crisp to press and topstitch. I would say the waistband comes up 1 inch smaller than the garment measurement listed. I left off the belt loops.

Hey June Willamette Shirt. I purchased this pattern on its release and I love the modern androgynous look of these loose shirts and they're so trendy to wear. I prefer to wear woven tops and buttons are a plus.  I like the loose sleeves with some coverage. I chose to print the cropped version because I need more shirts that pair nicely with separates.  This white cotton poplin I purchased in 2016. It's the perfect shirt fabric because it's not too transparent and presses well, topstitching looks crisp and I also like the mottled look of washed cotton before ironing too. I used medium/firm interfacing for the collar and a light/medium for the front facings. I would prefer a collar stand but it is fine for a casual shirt. I then added two dainty clear-white buttons.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Strawberries & Cream Vienna

Vienna Tank PDF Sewing Pattern
Viscose jersey £8.99 Minerva Crafts I only purchased a metre. I love the smooth feel of viscose jersey and the prints are nice and bright.  Cream coloured broderie anglaise from 2015 when I made a dress (unworn), the skirt was panelled so there wasn't enough for a button down blouse. I was able to cut the yoke on a centre seam, the ruffle and ribbons from it - and enough for another. I cut a size 4 which is a uk 10-12.

The sewing is a labour of love, a whole morning, but it produces a gorgeous vest which is also fancy - and it works well for layering. I wore my olive green version in January by the sea.  If you are using a ditsy print or plain fabric you can sew the front 'facings' to the outside for a contrast.
 I won't wear it as a bow but I think it is so lovely tied together too.
Itch to Stitch Vienna Tank Ad 250 x 250
Lago Tank Digital Pattern (free) I sewed size 0 in viscose jersey for a workfriend. Viscose jersey in burgundy, like a blackcurrant sorbet colour, from Minerva crafts.
I don't own a serger so I sew it on narrow zizag at 0.5, then narrow zizag topstitch all around the pressed edges to flatten to seam allowance, then trim. For the side seams I used overlock stitch then trimmed.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Anza Dress - Itch to Stitch

This time I wore the Anza (Clueless Cher tartan!) with a waist belt.
The buttonhole came off the button where my satchel was pressing but my blogtographer didn't notice and neither did I!
I finished the facings with a tiny close zigzag. I sewed size 4-C bodice, 8 elastic casing, 4 elastic using the materials chart, 8 skirt. Didn't need to grade just cut the hip size for the elastic casing.  1.7cm faux horn buttons from Fabric Land.
Itch to Stitch Anza Ad 300 x 300
Wood bracelet I bought in the Oxford market.
Aztec Anza Dress