Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Sweet and Simple ~McCalls 7116


This is another top I made several months ago for our mini break and because it's cotton, I wore it loads.
Originally I wanted to use this fabric for Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Top and I originally bought the Agnes Top pattern to make the dress version of it. So it just shows some things never turn out as planned! I had a last minute change of plan with the fabric because with the pattern using negative ease, this fabric is just a little too thin. But it's lovely and soft! Its a cotton jersey from Croft Mill although I think it's long since sold out as it's no longer on the website.


The pattern is M7116 a dress pattern that I previously made HERE. I loved the fit and shape of it so much so I thought it would make a nice top.

As you can see, I like my tops short!


I chose to leave the buttons off the sleeve detail for this top so I could wear a cardigan and not have 2 bulky lumps sticking out underneath!


Just a short post this time as I have a sewing room calling..... yes my room is done!! Ok it's not decorated, its just a shell; but I have put the tables back and my machines are out. The decor can wait!





Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn 

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

A long time coming ~ M7351 Shirtdress

When you have been used to a sewing room, it feels pretty rotten when suddenly it's taken away from you, over run with builders, and the house is a mess. So I set myself a task this summer to make a dress to help escape the stresses of both work, and a building site in half of our house, and set up my sewing machine on my office desk.

And 2 months later, this is the result

I am really pleased with the outcome of this dress but it took me so long to make, I have to admit I'm glad to see the back of it!
Cue photo of back, haha!

This dress is my take on McCalls  pattern 7351

I made View C with View D sleeves. I added a contrast sleeve band, shortened the hem, and ditched the collar to keep it mandarin.

For fabric, I picked THIS lovely cotton poplin from Minerva Crafts which is available in a variety a fabulous colourways


The reason behind making a shirt dress was all the small pieces and various stages of construction so it was nice to see it growing slowly bit by bit and I could see what I'd done. I needed this process to get the sewing mojo flowing again.

I made the bodice up first

and the band, skirt and collar were added on after.


The other change I made was to use popper fasteners instead of buttons and buttonholes. I Love these!


But I am done with this dress now and despite it taking me weeks, and the builders having started over 2 months ago, there is still no sign of my sewing room being given back to me. Hmph. But finishing this dress was just the motivation I needed to get the mojo going. It worked.

Its not so much about the space anymore; as proven, I can make do with my office desk!  

Unfortunately due to us being masked in mist and fog for the past few days, I have to leave you with more photos of Lady Mai wearing it and not me.





For my Sewing Pattern Review  Click Here

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Simplicity 2219 ~ Summer Lovin'


Several weeks ago (which now seem like a lifetime ago) we took a small break before the onslaught of our busy summer season. Before we went, and before the demolition of my Sewing Room I managed to make up 2 or 3 pieces for the trip.



The bodice gathers are what sold me with this pattern. Gathers are my bag. Love, love, love! That said, I did omit the gathers in the back skirt as I wanted this to be more fitted.


I like now how it hugs my waist at the back.

You may recognise these fabrics from a previous post. Yes I used both of these on a dress for Mum. I was going to make the exact dress for myself but in maxi length and then decided last minute to try something different and went with this now OOP Simplicity 2219. It's still available for sale at various online places but I have no idea how anyone could justify paying £45 as advertised on Amazon UK! Ouch.



A lot of reviewers on PR said that this dress came up big. Perhaps it's down to fabric choice (?) as I had no issues at all. I love that the bodice of this dress is lined. Always a bonus. I lined in the same fabric.


I can't get over how much am still loving this blue and yellow combination as much as I did making Mum's version. This dress is most definitely a keeper.



And having my new sewing partner, Lady Mai, meant that I could get the length exactly right.


To Read My Sewing Pattern Review Click Here


Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Work In Progress (and that's not just the sewing...!)

Currently my Sewing Room looks like this


Not a pretty sight!
In fact it's worse than this right now as the photo was taken a couple of weeks ago. The entire wall is a mess, not just some of it. And, we have 3 rooms like this :(

Due to the essential maintenance I haven't been able to do any sewing for some time and naturally I am starting to get withdrawal symptoms. I work a lot of hours over the summer months anyway but when I can, I have been busy sourcing fabric for THIS shirt dress pattern I purchased some months ago. I am making View C with View D sleeves.
I finally decided on these two invert colour fabrics in cotton poplin available in 14 different colours (HERE) from Minerva Crafts.


On my last day off I laid the bodice pieces onto my ironing board (I have no table!), cut a toile and sewed it up by hand! (yes this is how desperate I am to sew).  It was way to big on the upper bodice but with the advise of a few fellow sewists out there I made a few pattern tweaks, cut again and hey presto!

Today I had another day off so I scrambled about on my hands and knees on our hall floor and cut this baby out. My it's just like being a teenager again cutting out on the floor!
I am using the red fabric for the main and the red on ivory for contrast.

All there is to do now is find somewhere in the house that isn't either under going construction, or housing all the furniture from said construction rooms, to pitch my machine, and get going...

Thanks for stopping by :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Light and Breezy ~ McCalls 7125


Try as I might, I cannot seem to get on with anything baggy. I can't seem to deal with excess fabric flopping about my midriff. It's for a similar reason that I do like cropped tops. So why buy this McCalls 7125 I hear you ask?

Well I needed a lightweight cool top so I thought I would have one last attempt at wearing something loose. I made View B with the overlay and although I knew this top would be longer than I wanted, I didn't think it would be quite so much! I cropped this from the off but when it was all made up and all that remained to do was the hem, it was still too long and baggy for my liking. I ended up taking more off the back than the front but it works! It's light and airy and I can't even tell I'm wearing it.


So I think the verdict on the loose fitting clothes, is keep it cropped. I took no excess fabric in, just shortened the length.  I will be trying this again on future projects for sure.

The fabric was an impulse purchase from Birmingham Rag Market back in March. I say impulse because there was a stall full of these types of fabric all at just £1 or £2 a metre. So Mum and I bought 7 different ones between us. (Rude not to!) This particular one was £1 per metre so I was thinking if I only used it as a lining it was still a good buy. Turned out to be an excellent buy as it's perfect for this little top!



I picked the version with the overlay as I thought the top was too plain without. Lace didn't look right due to my patterned fabric so I just used a plain cream remnant piece and trimmed it with a narrow lace. The seams are all french and I stitched a narrow hem. 


No... I am not picking my nose here.... honestly!

It's been some weeks since I made this top and I think our summer has been and gone, as unfortunately I've not had the opportunity to wear this top since the photos weeks ago!


Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x

Sunday, 26 June 2016

A Modern Essential ~ Simplicity 2556


It's been finished for weeks and finally it's here; my project for April's (yes April's!)MAGAM Challenge. The theme for April was to use the oldest piece of fabric in your stash. Up until this past 12 months or so I never really had much of a stash, so the pieces of fabric I had beforehand were few and far between. 



This piece of faux moleskin I bought back in the 90's and although I still have a couple of other pieces also from the 90's they were all bought together so are as old as each other! I can even remember buying them, back in the day when department stores still used to sell fabrics and haberdasheries. These were from the CO-OP in Plymouth and the fabric department was closing down; hence the multi purchases! But it also came at a time when my life was changing, sewing dried up and I never got to use them.



So some 20+ years later one of my oldest pieces of fabric is now a waistcoat. Hooray!! I did actually use some of this for a previous MAGAM challenge (Here) to make binding for a skirt, so using what was left for a waistcoat was ideal.

For the lining, I teamed it for contrast with what was my newest piece of fabric at the time, THIS poly cotton from Minerva Crafts. It says it's "orange" but it's not, it's mustard. Mustard is a colour I am loving at the moment.
Minerva Catalogue Photo


My pattern is the now OOP Simplicity 2556 (but still available for sale on amazon/ebay/etsy etc) . I have previously used this pattern for View A (HERE) but this time I chose View C without the collar and faux welt pocket detail because I chose to pipe the front seams in my contrast fabric and use fancy buttons instead.



The buttons are a little too heavy for this really, but the colour match and pattern were so perfect that I couldn't resist and so looked no further.

I also used the contrast for the back tab


I love the back!






Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x

Thursday, 16 June 2016

The Colours of Summer ~ Mums McCalls 7092


Where has the time gone! I have been AWOL but not idle, and I am finally finding time to catch up with all your blogs too :)

This is a dress I made a few weeks ago for my Mum. We have a lot going on with our house right now, (hence the infrequent posts) plus, due to so much concentration on the house, I also lost a bit of the sewing Mo~jo too.  But there's nothing quite like a successful garment to get the creative juices flowing again. 
  
Oh... and a brand new sewing machine helps on that front also....



Yes, here she is, my beauty of a Bernina. There was nothing wrong with my old faithful Bernina 1015 but she is 28 years old and it was time for an upgrade. Plus, she didn't sew through thicknesses like this either....



I think there was about 8 layers of fabric on the bodice of this dress and my new machine sewed through this lot like paper. (Unfortunately my overlocker didn't like it so much!)

The pattern is McCalls 7092 and I made View C for Mum but somewhere in-between the short and  the 3/4 sleeve
Despite all the layers, I totally adore the bodice of this dress 



The fabric we bought from Birmingham Rag Market back in March of last year and we bought enough for a dress each. The yellow is some left over ponte roma from a dress I made HERE.  I love the yellow contrast on Mum's so much I have incorporated the yellow in a dress for me also. (to be blogged soon)


And finally.... Mum wearing it



To read my Sewing Pattern Review Click Here

I have a few things I still need to blog that I have made over a period of time (on the old Bernina!). So whilst the sewing has now dried up completely, due to the builders about to move into the sewing room sometime soon and I have nowhere to sew, it's time to start catching up.

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)
Happy Sewing!

Dawn :)