Thursday, 24 March 2016

Boho Peasant Top for Mum

Feeling pretty smug about this one as it almost didn't make it! 
Mum picked the fabric on a trip to Birmingham Rag Market in March of last year (my goodness, where did that year got to?!). I think we originally planned to make a skirt with it. But a year on, Mum had forgotten which fabrics she had left so I sent her some swatches. No sooner had she been reminded of this concertina pleated fabric, she came up with this free pattern from October 2015 Prima Magazine.

Well that was a pleasant surprise for me because a pattern like this wasn't what I was expecting at all! Having never worked with this fabric before and not able to find much, if anything online on how to work with it, this pattern was perfect. With the drawstring neckline and elasticating the sleeves, should those pleats flatten themselves out, no-one would know.

As it turned out, keeping the pleats in wasn't the problem. I used wonder tape to keep them together and this worked a treat. The issues I did have however, was stitching the actual fabric. I tried all sorts of various needles but none of them liked it. Talk about skipped stitches. The microtex needle which I thought would be the best one for this fabric turned out to be the worst! There were no stitches at all. I tried that many, I can't even recall which one worked the best now. I just know it wasn't the microtex or  the ballpoint!

The drawstring ties you see in these photos, aren't actually the ones in the finished article. These were just temporary until our trip last week to the Birmingham Rag Market again, where we were able to find a suitable replacement

As shown here with silver cording 

and complete with beads!

I have to say that perseverance certainly paid off with this one. Until I got the hang of it, this fabric was a pain to work with. But just look how it turned out. The top I thought I was going to like the least, I like the most! Despite the initial issues with stitching, this has come up trumps. And it suits my Mum to a tee :)

Definitely a thumbs up from me for this one!

To Read my Sewing Pattern Review CLICK HERE 

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Sewing For Mum

I haven't been sewing for myself quite as much as I usually do of late. But I have been busy sewing for my Mum. She is getting quite a collection of new clothes! These makes I have been sewing over the past few months (with some of my own in-between). But as these are Mum's, I thought I would do a collective all-in-one post.

First up, using a jersey knit purchased from Birmingham Rag Market last year, is the ever popular  McCalls 6844. View A

We had no idea what to make with this fabric when we bought it, but on looking through patterns that I already had, I knew this was the one. I loved lining up those stripes!

Next up is (discontinued) Butterick 4132

This was made using a remnant piece left over from A Skirt I made for Mum last year

And here is Mum, wearing it with said skirt
Suddenly she has a dress!

This next one is a Butterick See and Sew pattern 6079

Extended the shoulder and added some sleeves for Mum's preference but overall, I'm a little disappointed with this one.

Both the front and back neck edge is gathered and the waist is elasticated. It's a lovely design but I just don't think this one is for Mum.

Finally for this post is McCalls 6966 View A 

You can't really see the lovely shaped yoke but believe me, it is there! I also added a few inches to the length

So that just about wraps it up for now. There are a couple more but I have saved those as I think they warrant their own posts.

More soon!
Thanks for stopping by  and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing
Dawn :)x

Saturday, 5 March 2016

McCalls 7047 ~ Red Velvet

This dress was my project for the January MAGAM Challenge. I made it all in good time but mid-January we sailed across to NYC on the QM2,
taking this dress with me, so I didn't get chance to log it on here. Of course the holiday came and went and it was only the other day when I was looking for an evening gown to wear for a family party, that I realised I hadn't done this post!

I loved this pattern so much first time around that I made it again. It was made for me! I loved making it, loved wearing it and its my favourite pattern so it was inevitable that I would make it again. Just didn't think it would be quite so soon!

  The pattern is McCalls 7047 which I made last year in Black and white. It's a complete replica to my Black and White Sparkle one,  but without the train (because, well basically  it was totally annoying!)

The fabric I have also used before for My Vogue 1475 dress which was green and black. It's a burn out velvet and looks just as amazing in the red and black.(available HERE)

I think this version slightly has the edge on my black and white one as the cowl drapes more freely and it sits across the shoulders

Not much more for me to say about this. I blew this patterns trumpet last time around! I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking...

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x