Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Simplicity 8166 ~ March MAGAM Completed ~ The Diana Blouse



The MAGAM Challenge this month was initially a hard one for me. The theme was "Movie Makes" so for someone who rarely watches any, I was feeling pretty clueless. I'm guessing that for many this would be a dream theme, making some wonderful outrageous, theatrical piece! Whilst that would have been an opportunity to make something rather dramatic, I couldn't bring myself to make something I was never going to wear.

The theme was also open to anything on TV, but I don't watch a huge amount of that either. So for a while there I was left scratching my head!

But then one evening, a programme caught my attention; "Diana - Designing a Princess."  If you've never seen it, it's well worth a watch. And for me, it called the inspiration to hit. I knew immediately that my theme was a done deal.


Back in the very early 80's Lady Diana Spencer was known for her high neck romantic ruffled collars. Ruffles are back in again right now and I had the perfect pattern in Simplicity 8166


I made the View B blouse in a soft crepe from Minerva Crafts which I purchased a few months ago. I think I did actually buy this fabric for this pattern but they just got filed away and forgotten (shame on me) So thank you to Sarah Liz for the theme this month as it prompted me to get this made. 

I have to blow the trumpet a little bit for this fabric as it really is absolutely beautiful to wear. It's written in the description as "soft" and there is no doubt about that! It's also just as absolutely gorgeous to the touch. It's still available in a myriad of colours and I now just want to buy them all.
It was lovely to work with too, and its perfect for this pattern.... all those gathers πŸ˜ƒ



The collar construction and inserting all the elastic was one of the earlier steps, so it was looking really good very early on. Looking good is one thing but admittedly, I was a little concerned if I would actually like all that elastic around my neck?! I needn't have worried. The fabric is so soft and I don't notice the elastic at all.



I was also thinking that because the placket meets (with no overlap) that this might gape open with wear. It doesn't. Yaay πŸ˜€ super happy me!


One thing I did find a little odd is that the pattern suggested narrow elastic for the button loops. The front placket and collar is the main feature of this blouse, so I used a very narrow ribbon for my loops instead and added small pearl-like buttons. 


Another feature is obviously the sleeves. OMG I love these cuffs!!


I used french seams on all seams including the armholes. My last project was also french seamed so I am all frenched out for now!


I think I have succeeded in my Diana look-alike blouse, although worn loose as shown here by Lady Mai, DH thinks it would give Ross Poldark a run for his money!


And whilst I wish you all a Happy First Day of Spring, I was freezing my ass off having these photos taken today! Our first day has brought heavy rain, strong winds, and some hail thrown into the mix. Just a typical Cornish Spring then 😏


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Dawn

Friday, 17 March 2017

NL6150 ~ Red Roses


Just before I tucked into making my Carolyn Pyjamas I made this top for my Mum. On completion, off it went in the post from my house to hers. She was on the phone messaging me almost straight away after she'd got it, saying how pleased she was with it. And even though I do say it myself, I'm not surprised. Not only is this top so "very Mum" I even like this one a lot too. Probably my new favourite make for Mum so far.


The pattern is New Look 6150 which is the same pattern as the top I also made for my Mum Last Month only with long sleeves instead of short rouched ones.
The fabric was another Birmingham rag market purchase from last year and we picked the long sleeves for the pattern because the fabric is quite heavy ( a bit ponte roma weight). Both Mum and I loved this fabric so we bought 5 metres in total between us. So still loads left for future projects πŸ˜€


It's harder to spot the side gathers in this fabric, they look more subtle as the photos just don't do it justice, but this really is lovely for real! The pattern is for light to medium weight knits but as it worked for the scuba, I guessed it would work on this heavier weight one too. It did.


I feel like I am on a roll with sewing this year so far and pretty darn pleased with how everything has turned out. Feeling full of motivation and inspiration πŸ˜†

Just a short post this time though, otherwise I will feel like I am just repeating myself from last time! Besides I can hear the sewing machine calling my name....




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Happy Sewing!

Dawn

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Closet Case Files ~ For the Love of Carolyn



If you heard a rumour that Closet Case Files Carolyn was the best pyjama pattern in town, I believe you heard right.
There is no denying this pattern is beautifully drafted and the fit is just spot on. These are undoubtedly cut for the feminine figure but with just enough ease to be super comfy. It's certainly a far cry from the Butterick pyjama pattern I made a couple of years ago (HERE) and I thought they were good!



 I cut a Size 6 based on the pattern measurements and  I needed no amendments. That said, I did have to cut 2" off the trouser length just so I could fit all my pattern pieces on the fabric (it was very tight!). I intended to add the length back in with  the trouser cuffs but as it turned out, I didn't need to. For me, the length was perfect 2" shorter.


(Apologies this post is rather picture heavy!
Because the shirt has a lot more work than the trousers, I decided to make this first.  I didn't seem to accomplish much during the first week. Using some plain polycotton in cream, I made my own binding and piping and attached the pocket. That was about it!

For the binding I used the  CCF online tutorial which is pretty awesome.The Piping itself I was already familiar with but again there is a useful tutorial on Piping for those what need it.


However by the end of that week, I was on a roll. Sunday was wet and horrible, DH was out, so what better way to spend a wet Sunday afternoon than in the sewing room? That enitre afternoon was spent just doing the collar and lapels alone. Heck that process is time consuming! And a little challenging and fiddly! The instructions though are great with some clever tutorials on the website to help with the collar and piping.Whilst the leaflet instructions are good, the tutorial (which I used) on the closet case website  is excellent. It's quite a fiddly process so time and patience is certainly required. But it's worth it and very satisfying.
By the end of Sunday, I felt as though I had achieved a lot. Finally these were starting to come together.


There is no yoke on this pattern and it doesn't need one. But I decided to add my own little detail for the inside back, just to give it that personal touch and a little special-ness on the inside! 





I used a french seam on all seams, including the armholes, because again, it's just a bit of nice-ness on the inside. And more comfy too seeing as theses are jim-jams! 





I picked up the little dainty flower buttons in a local haberdashery. Spotted them straight away and knew these were the ones. I bought one extra for the pyjama bottoms on the waistband. Again, decorative only



The bottoms were a lot less time consuming than the top. The faux fly is a nice touch. My only addition to the bottoms is piping on the pockets. I used my contrast fabric for the pockets so as the piping edged the 2 colours on everything else, it made sense to pipe the pockets as well.



So there you have it.  Almost 3 weeks in the making but the time and effort was worth it. The only regret I have is not using the contrast fabric for the pocket cuff (above the piping) I think that little detail would have made all the difference. It's minor I know, but I wish I'd have done it all the same.



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Dawn

Thursday, 23 February 2017

M6844 ~ February MAGAM Completed


This month's MAGAM challenge theme is "fit and finish." Because I was late in deciding, I've been a bit of cheat on this one and have made M6844 again.... a pattern I knew would "fit" (having made it before) and I would "finish" in time for the end of the month. That counts right? 😏


Since making my Previous One, I have practically lived in it. So i figured if I love it and live in it, why not make another?

This fabric is much lighter in weight than my other one and is a loose knit

So I gave this one a lining


It's been really cold here lately and I have been wearing both a jumper and cardigan together. But I am aware that we are at the back end of winter now and in just a couple of weeks time we might even be back up to double figures. So to take me into spring, I lined this in cream (it shows through on the netted areas ...see above) to keep the colour a tad lighter, and I lined it in 100% cotton jersey so it will be nice next to my skin in short sleeves or a vest top. I do love a nice silky lining for slipping on and off but when it's next to your skin, it's sweaty. Urghh.



Having made this again and comparing the two together, my personal preference is this pattern made up in a heavy textured fabric. Whilst I like this one, I absolutely love the other one. DH thinks this would look more at home worn by a Spanish Matador! Charming 😍



The edges of the fabric were scalloped, so I made use of them for the sleeves


My photos usually take much better outside in sunlight, but for some bizarre reason, on this occasion the colour was all wrong on the outdoor and much better indoor, but hey ho, I'm not here for photography!


Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read.

Happy Sewing all :)


Dawn 

Monday, 13 February 2017

February MAGAM Plans and a postponed Carolyn

A week or so ago, I couldn't make up my mind on what to make next. On my table was the pattern for the Carolyn Pyjamas which I planned to cut in these blue and beige cotton poplins from Minerva Crafts with the plain for binding.


It was cold in my sewing room at the time and I was wearing 2 layers. (it still is and I still am!). I got as far as cutting out the paper pattern pieces and then started to question if these were what I should be making right now when it 5'c outside and hot water bottle weather at night? Wouldn't I be better off with another warm practical cardigan that I could wearing hot off the sewing machine? Instead of pyjamas likely to be tucked away it the drawer until late spring.

Oooh but the temptation to cut these out is high!!


Anyway, whilst I was pondering, I made a top for my Mum (here) instead. Since finishing that, we've run into Mid February, and half way through an already short month. So due to time, practicality (and weather!) for my  MAGAM challenge I've decided to put the pyjamas on hold (sigh) and make another version of M6844. I made one of these a couple of weeks ago (Here) and I have practically lived in it. It doesn't fit in with this month's theme "fit and finish" unless I can justify that by saying, well at least it will fit and least it will be finished before February is out. What a cheat! 😲

This time I am using more fabric purchased from Birmingham rag market last year.




That's not such a great photo. The one below shows the detail and colour much better.


It's quite a loose knit so I will be lining this one. I love stretch fabrics to wear and make and if they are textured I love them even more.

Happy Sewing All!


Dawn 😊


  

Friday, 10 February 2017

NL 6150 ~ Animal Print Top


Whist I have been dilly dallying over what to make next for myself, I made a top for Mum. It's been a while since I made something for her so in fairness, it was her turn.

New Look 6150 was the pattern choice. This pattern has been around an absolute age and there are 3 pages worth of wonderful versions on PR, dating right back to 2012! I can now see why everyone loves it so much and why it's still going strong.


There is a lovely variety of styles in the pattern but for Mum I made View B. The detail on this top is lovely. I know this is Mum's but I have a real weakness for gathers, and this has plenty. It also has a real good overlap wrap on it, not some flimsy, careless half hearted, gape-open wrap that you get on some patterns. I also love the collar and its construction. Yes I can definitely see why so many have made this up and why 5 years on, it still isn't discontinued. Go New Look!


Yummy Gathers!

The pattern calls for light to medium weight knits. I used a scuba knit that Mum and I purchased from Birmingham Rag Market last year which I thought maybe a little thick. Not at all. It sewed up lovely and with great results. The iron might not like scuba but boy does my overlocker make up for that. My overlocker loved this fabric. What a pleasure to sew.


The gathers on the sleeves are done with elastic


In the end it pressed out pretty well. I got a super hot iron to it with my silk organza pressing cloth. Result!


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As for me, I'm still debating on whether to go with the Carolyn Pyjamas or another version of M6844. My intention was the pyjamas, but I have been dithering because it's still wintery cold here, and right now another warm cardigan is going to give me far more wear than cotton pyjamas! Hmmm can you see which way I am swaying here..?!

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Happy Sewing All!
Dawn