Tuesday, 25 April 2017

M6996 ~ Belted Beige Jacket


Hands held up, I wasn't going to blog this one. I just don't like it. Ever had one of those moments when you think something is a great idea and then when its too late, you realise it probably wasn't one of your best? Well I got that with this. For some reason, as soon as I'd cut this out, I just wasn't feeling it. Soon after cutting, I then received an email to say the lining I had ordered was to be delayed, so I don't think that helped as I made up the fabric and then it sat unfinished for over a week. So of course by the time the lining did arrive, I was feeling it even less and had to force myself to finish. And finish it I must as I hate UFO's! I can't move onto something else until current project is done and dusted. 


The pattern is M6996 which is meant for stretch knits. I've had this stretch woven jacquard fabric in my stash for a few months and decided to give it a go with this pattern. Whilst it has its fair share of stretch, it doesn't have quite as much as recommended on the pattern gauge. I also wanted to line this, so baring both these factors in mind, I cut a Medium as opposed to my usual Small. Whilst the medium is Ok, I think I could have gotten away with the small. I was lazy and didn't fit this. Plus, I always use my lining for fitting, and I didn't have it!

The one thing I do love about this jacket, is the gathers at the back of the collar. But of course, this will always be hidden by my hair!!



But the real best thing about this little jacket, is the fabric. Made into something else it would have been lovely(!) because the detail of it is rather nice! 



The description on the Minerva Crafts website says that it's gold. It isn't. It's beige and cream. And I lined it with cream to compliment it.


Maybe its better un-belted? I don't know... 




Oh yeah, and speaking of the belt, somehow I even managed to stretch it whilst sewing!! 😠




Either way, belted or no, I get the feeling that this one was just not meant to be. Well there had to be one; I'd been on a roll with successful makes.... until now. 
I think I'll just put this one down to experience!

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Dawn

Sunday, 2 April 2017

M7477 ~ Cape of our Hero



Ok, so I stole the title from a song by one of my favourite bands. I couldn't resist. I'm a metal-head who likes to sew and for once the 2 have come together. Who'd of thought? If you read on, you'll see why I thought it just seems kinda appropriate for this make.  Anyway, Moving on...😏

 I have wanted to make a cape for the last couple of years. I kept seeing them, admiring them and thinking "I need to make one of these!" But that's as far as I got.
About a year ago, I actually started to look at patterns. But the more I looked, the more I started to think that a cape is just going to swamp me. I'm not too comfortable with lots of excess fabric around my body. And what of our windiest climate in the land that I live in? Surely wearing a cape I am  literally going to turn into a Super Hero and take off in the wind?!!


So I had more or less poo-poo'd the idea when I came across M7477. It was View C which appealed, with it's shorter length, high collar and belt around the middle. I pinned it, kept looking around, but kept coming back to to it. 

I sent for some fabric swatches and instantly fell in love with this beautiful wool tweed. It was bought, as was the pattern, and a match was made. That was last October. This was made in March!


The fabric was purchased from Minerva Crafts but it's since sold out. I really wanted a beautiful gold colour for lining and I very nearly ordered some. What stopped me was seeing this lovely raspberry pink on the shelf that was gifted to me from my Mum's friend. There is quite a few metres of it so it seemed daft not to use it when it does actually match.

You can see the lining peeping out at the sleeve here

I know that Spring is now here, but I'm kind of hoping that this will see me through on the cooler days when I don't actually want to wear a bulky coat. And it's not raining. Or windy. And I have somewhere nice to go. Ha! And that's of course if I can get used to wearing it as well! Like this as I do, I'm just not sure yet if it's really me. Plus, it has one minor flaw which, when done up and belted, it's nigh impossible to raise your hands above your head! Not that I'm some raving loony that goes racing around with my arms in the air, but it's kind of restricted, you know? But we'll see. I love the look of it so I intend to persevere.

This is about as high as your arms will get!

Undone, it looks a completely different jacket, but I can't see myself wearing it like this

The whole thing went together really quickly. Which was just as well considering. There I was, sat in the sewing room, minding my own business getting ready to sew the collar on, when in walks DH with a crowbar! He had decided it was time to finish the rest of my (unfinished) sewing room and start by ripping out an unwanted wardrobe! But anyway, more about that in a later post. Fortunately I was able to finish this off in a different room. I used Seam Tape Interfacing on all the seams to stop them from stretching whilst sewing and to also give it some stability. I love this stuff!!



The front is fastened with snap fasteners (size 10 press studs). I was going to sew buttons onto the outside to finish it off, but I sewed on one and decided it look much better without any. So I've left it.  The belt is attached by leaving gaps in the side front and side back seams so the belt can be threaded through to the inside

I was also going to stitch a patch pocket to the inside of the lining, so I at least had some kind of pocket, but with the upheaval of packing up, when I finally came back to finish this, I'd forgotten all about the pocket. In went the lining and that was that. By the time I thought about the pocket, it was too late! Not to worry, I am happy with this the way it is. The fabric sells it. It wouldn't matter what you made in this fabric, it's just so lovely, anything would look nice. And it feels so luxurious when I am wearing it.



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Dawn

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