Tuesday, 11 October 2016

M7100 ~The Bomber is back!

Introducing my first completed make from the new Sewing Room

After being cramped up on an office desk, having an entire room to sew in again made this such a luxury to make. Honestly, I love my new room sooooo much, even when I haven't been sewing, I've had to keep going in there just for a peep! It's by no means finished, it's a WIP but it's a working space and right now that feels A M A Z I N G. I will eventually get a post up with some photos of the new room (for those on IG, you have already had a sneaky peak!) but for now, it's back to the Bomber....

 I love wearing jackets. I love layering up, and I love this time of year as it's perfect for that extra said layer. Nothing excites me more than pulling on a jacket or coat and a pair of boots! Autumn is in the air at last.

And as much as I love wearing a jacket, I love making them just as much. It always gives me such a sense of satisfaction, and above all, I tend to get more wear out of a jacket than I do anything else.

I had been looking at making another version of my Burda 7140 when the McCalls Bomber Jacket Sew-along popped up. I loved these jackets back in the 80's and even made myself one then. So I was reminded of how much I loved them, and my attention immediately switched to making a Bomber instead. And I'm so glad I did. I had forgotten just how much I love this style of jacket. All hail the Bomber! These jackets are everywhere.

My Pattern is M7100 and I made View B with the contrast sleeves and welt pockets.

The main body of the Bomber is Brocade, which I think was kindly gifted to me last year by one of my Mum's friends. It's fabulous close up

There was only 1 metre so I hunted around for some contrast for the sleeves. I found This Here perfect fabric but kept on looking just in case. Then when I decided nothing else was going to come close and came to buy it, it had been reduced to £2.99 pm. It was meant to be!
It's not so easy to take a photo of black, but this sideways on shot shows the texture of the fabric at it's best
It has the rippled effect just like the Brocade :)

I don't like unlined jackets so I decided to add lining to my Bomber. A lining makes a jacket so much more comfortable to wear, easier to get on and off and not to mention all the finished loveliness inside! I slip stitched the lower edge to the ribbing to finish off (In this photo, it's still only pinned) I just found it easier that way and I was too impatient to wait for the McCall Sew Along "adding a lining" week to see how they did it!

The lining itself was was also from the gifted, full of fabrics suitcase from my Mum's friend. I also used it to line the pockets. The pattern states to use main fabric but I wanted a lighter weight. Plus, it looked good!

The instructions for this are a little ropey in places (See my Pattern Review) but there is a revised edition online. Overall though, I think I can safely say that this is probably my favourite make of this year so far. And already probably the most worn too!

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!

Monday, 26 September 2016

Twin Set ~ Cara and a Complimenting Companion!

I am usually the first in line to say goodbye to summer and embrace my favourite season of all. Autumn. I'm not sure what happened this year but early September came and I was not ready to give up my summer wardrobe making just yet. Maybe it was due to the fact that I didn't get much summer sewing in during summer itself? Who knows? But whatever the reason, I've got a whole new summer outfit and regardless of it being too late to wear it now, it's ready for our winter sun holiday in December. YaaY.

These are my 2 projects for the September MAGAM challenge. I didn't want to commit to this months theme of "Sew for 30" because of our building issues at home. I knew I could sew, but not every day. As it turned out, I managed to complete both these items by mid-September, with my machine perched on my office desk! But they are easy patterns after all.

First up was the Stylearc Cara Top. I have always been a fan of the off the shoulder look (I made 2 tops a couple of years ago HERE and later HERE from an old McCalls pattern I bought way back in the 90's) but I was loving the flat banded front of Cara so decided to give this one a go.

The front is of perfect length for me (nice and short). The back is longer, like a high-low hem. I did actually shorten the back length of mine an inch or so for personal preference but it's still a tad long for my liking. If I made this again, I would shorten the back a further 1.5"

This little top is adorable. It's also very quick and easy to make. Well it is for those with some sewing experience. As much as I love Stylearc patterns, the instructions shall we say, are a little vague! And I know I am not alone as I say this.

My fabric is a Cotton Poplin from Minerva Crafts. I fell in love with those colours! I bought 1 metre, as Cara isn't greedy on fabric (another plus!) and I was still left with enough left over to make some binding to pipe that lovely seam detail of the skirt

This is another easy pattern which comes comes together quickly. The pattern is B5566 and I made View C
What a fabulous variety of skirt patterns in one envelope don't you think? And just like Cara, this pattern is not greedy on fabric. I had 1 metre of this stretch denim twill, which was more than enough.

I decided to go with a lapped zip for this skirt. Simply because it was a method I always used back in the day and just wanted to remind myself that I could still do it! You can't beat an invisible zip though for a professional finish IMO.

Oh, and in case you are wondering what I am looking at in some of these photos, we had a little visitor whilst taking the pictures.....

We seemed to "acquire" 2 hens a few days ago which we aptly named Paxo and Sage. But Paxo has disappeared yesterday (gone back home perhaps?) but we still had Sage wanting to get in on the action!

Well that just about wraps up the Summer sewing for me. And sewing on the office desk. Yaay! It's onto a new season now and finally back in the ol' sewing room.... :)

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x

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!

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!

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!

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