Saturday, 28 March 2015

McCalls 6841 ~ Hot Pink!

Check out this awesome bright colour!! Woo hoo how I relished in making this top

Now that the sewing of my work wardrobe, consisting of black, black and only black is over, I picked the hottest, brightest colour I could find to make McCall's 6841

I saw so many fabulous versions of this pattern last year, that even though this is not normally the style of top I would wear, I just had to get this pattern to give it a try. I bought it at the back end of last Summer, but didn't get around to making it. Then Autumn came and went, Winter arrived, and before I knew it, it was too cold for a top like this.
But hey, it's now March (meaning almost Spring right? Not that you'd notice here in the UK) and the March MAGAM is to "March into Spring" Perfect for my need of a hot colour and to finally make up this pattern

The way this top goes together is just sheer genius. I read through the instructions first and got the general gist of it, but it wasn't until I started to make this up that I actually realised exactly how this works. At Step 7 I am left wondering how on earth that will work but I ride with it, and it really, really does! 
Sorry this is the wrong way up... for the life of me I couldn't get this to rotate and save!
And it's easy. No wonder this pattern is so highly rated. It certainly gets my vote too.

In the past I have always had a tendency to shy away from loose fitting things, but because of my sewing, and making things out of my comfort zone, I am slowly being converted. And although this is a loose fit, what I do like is how it sits at the back. It doesn't hang all loose, it sits on the hips.

I used a cerise pink Jersey Viscose fabric from Minerva Crafts. It's no longer available but they do have similar. To stop the hem from stretching on this fine knit, I used this awesome Washaway Wonder Tape before sewing
This stuff is AMAZING!!

I cut this top with the 3/4 length sleeves but on completion I didn't like them. Not unusual at all for me that; Ooooh I do like my arms proper covered! But I wanted to give it a go in hope that I may become converted. Errr, not so! I was constantly trying to pull them down, so with fabric I had left over, I added some wide cuffs.

Love, Love Love!!!

In fact I love this top sooooo much, fabric for top number 2 is already purchased

To Read My Sewing Pattern Review Click Here

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :)x

Friday, 13 March 2015

Style Arc ~ Elle Pant

So last week, I whipped up a pair of desperately needed trousers for work.

And having whipped them up so quickly, I whipped up another pair!

I've casually browsed the patterns of Style Arc from time to time but never actually bought anything. To be honest I never really seriously looked because I assumed that postage from Australia to the UK would be horrendous. But on needing to update my work wardrobe, I remembered seeing a trouser pattern that had looked pretty similar to what I was after. That trouser pattern is called Elle

Turns out that the postage to the UK was only about £3 too. So in total this pattern has cost around £10 but I will use this again and again. And seeing as I've already used it twice that's reduced it to £5 already right? Right!

Being new to Style Arc I didn't quite know what to expect. Delivery was pretty quick (8 days) considering it literally came from the other side of the world . 
The pattern comes A4 size in a cellophane sleeve and is printed on good sturdy white paper. A bit like Kwik Sew Patterns. You also get a little freebie sample of the recommended fabric suggestion which is an awesome idea and a great touch. 
I would say though that some sewing knowledge is needed. Although there are some techniques and tips on the Style Arc Website

I have to be comfortable at work because I am constantly on the go.  Up and downstairs all day, bending, fetching, carrying, you name it! So no bulky waistbands or fastenings is a must. This pattern has an elasticated waist but I found they actually don't need the elastic if you use the recommended fabric of Bengaline, which I did. I cut my waistband 2" smaller than the waist of my trousers, and stretched it to fit as I attached it. By using the negative ease in the waistband, these babies stay up and they stay put all day long! Even in my job. Result.

Flat waistband. No bulk :)

The fit wasn't bad at all really. I had to take them in on the waist and hip line of the back trouser piece by about 1" per side, (personal preference) because I like to use the negative ease to get a comfortable fit. I did find however that my hippo legs had to squeeeeeeeze into the first pair I made! Unless you have marvellously slim legs, these are more like a skinny fit than a slim fit! So for the 2nd pair I widened the legs to make them more "slim" rather than skinny. 

This is the first pair

And this is the second pair

You can't really tell any different because 
A) they are black!
and B) because the first pair is using the fabric stretch to fit around my calf, whereas the 2nd pair are cut to fit the width of my calf.
So there is no real physical difference, they just feel different. The fit is good if you have slim legs. Which sadly I don't!

You can see the entire trousers much better in my bright red and white spotty socks!

So anyhows, hopefully here ends my days of sewing in black  and sewing for work. I've enjoyed making new clothes for work as it's introduced me to 2 new indie pattern companies Colette and Style Arc. But if I ever see black fabric again this year it will be too soon!

So now I'm off to work with some wonderfully bright and wonderfully pink, fabric! YaaY... colour!

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

Dawn :)x

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Vogue 8939 ~ Jumper Dress...? Jumper?

I'm starting to lose count at how many times this pattern has been out of it's envelope.  I loved my Christmas version so much (HERE) it turned out to be my favourite make of last year. But it was just that, a Christmas Dress, and  I missed wearing it.

I picked cream for this one because I was hoping that with being a cotton jersey it would take me into spring.

This is what it looked like when I first finished it.

I say 'looked' as in past tense because it stayed as a dress for all of one day! Oh My Gosh! I can hear you saying it now.... the ruffle on this dress is  A W F U L. A 5 year old would wear this!

I loved the ruffled hem so much on the Christmas Dress, my intention was to replicate it. Although to make it just a little different I made this ruffle wider and also fuller. Big mistake. I hated it. And it looks terrible. What was I thinking? It mightn't have looked quite so bad if I'd gone with the normal 2 1/2 x for the gathers but either way I doubt I'd of liked it.

So anyhow, off came the ruffle and now it's now a jumper! 

How much better does this look? The colour also makes a better jumper than a dress. And it's far more practical too.

My fabric is a decorative cotton jersey from good ol faithful Minerva Crafts which cost me a grand total of £4.50!! You sometimes get what you pay for though as this is not the best quality. But there was no loss at all really in chopping off that despicable ruffle. 
You can just about see the fabric detail here

What is quite noticeable now that this is a jumper, is how it has a much looser fit around the middle without the weight of the skirt pulling down into shape. It looks like I've let it out loads but I haven't altered the fit at all. But I've left it because I don't like my jumpers quite as fitted as my dresses. You can see the fit difference between the dress and top more noticeably from these side on views.

Side on dress

Side on jumper

Totally loving this much more as a jumper. And I am quite proud that I've made yet another practical item for my wardrobe. I lack good basic separates because I just love making dresses, and well, nice things in general!

And the skirt I am wearing is my Mabel from last week! She hasn't seen my uniformed work shirts yet, but she sure is getting acquainted with my (limited!) casual separates at home already.

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!

Dawn :)x