Sunday, 17 April 2016

Simplicity 8045 ~ Rustic Chevrons from Mood Fabrics (yes!!! I've been to Mood!!)

Way back in January (and I say way back, because it feels like that right now) in the midst of Winter, we sailed all the way across the pond to ever wonderful New York City.
During this visit I was very honoured to be offered a meet up with the lovely Tomasa from SewMuchFashion for a personal guided tour of mood fabrics.

I will never forget this day for as long as I live. It was one of the coldest days I have ever experienced (and I got married in Lapland!). It was icy cold, but clearly it felt exaggerated due to the fact that we had left the hotel at 8am that morning for our 10am slot over to Liberty Island, and other than going up to the Crown of Lady Liberty herself, by the time I met up with  Tomasa at 5pm , I had been outside in sub zero temperatures for 9 hours! And I looked a frightful sight in woolly hat, gloves and thermal trousers by the Tomasa finished work!!

Look at Tomasa looking amazing!

So anyhows, this fabric holds wonderful memories for me, so it feels kinda special. Tomasa was so patient and obliging as I overwhelmingly made my around Mood with no clue whatsoever with what to buy! For me it was like being in a dream. Seeing so much fabric of all natures was too surreal. The only thing I knew was that I wanted something that was like nothing I could get back home. I seemed to wander aimlessly for ages (it was less than an hour I'm sure) and then BAM! This popped out! 
Its an Italian acrylic wool (HERE ) and when asked at Mood Fabrics what I was going to make with it, I had no idea! I just had to have it.

Mood Catalogue Photo

I pondered on it for some weeks and finally decided on a Jumper version of Simplicity 8045. Unfortunately, when I came to cut this out last week, disaster struck! I found 3 holes in it!!!
I could hardly take it back(!) but as this is a loose knit I managed to sew the holes up and use that piece for the underside of the collar. I only had 1.5yards so this was the best I could do. And It turned out good so alls well that ends well.

What struck me about this pattern is the very wide collar. Most off the shoulder of this style are much narrower. With my fabric, the wide collar works well.

I also love the gathering in the side seams and collar. I love gathers and I love anything off the shoulder so this pattern was a good find for such a special fabric

The fabric has no pattern repeat so I made use of the blue edge border for the hem 

and the gold border edge on the opposite side of the fabric for the sleeves

and speaking of sleeves, the pattern features 3/4 length so I lengthened mine just because I love long sleeves!

To read my Sewing Pattern Review Click Here

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Prima Peasant

There is nothing quite like the dawn of a new season to offer fresh, new inspiration. Whilst I have enjoyed my winter months of sewing, Spring offers new colours and new wardrobe pieces. 

For my first Spring make I have kept it simple and let the fabric do the talking with this BoHo style pattern from the Prima Magazine October 15. This is my project for the Moreish Makeover March MAGAM Challenge; simply because I need more tops like this.

I love this style of blouse. I used to wear it a lot back in the day (gypsy tops I think they were called then?) and I have a purchased one that I have almost worn to death.  
Mum dropped this pattern on me to make a blouse for her (which you can see HERE) and I loved it instantly! Had a few issues with Mum's due to the fabric, and low and behold I stumbled across fabric issues again with this one!

Not sure what sort of woven this is but whatever, it was seriously off-grain! Grrr. Made cutting a pain I can tell you, especially as this has an horizontal pattern. It didn't help that I didn't like the pattern horizontal either (the big rectangular-like shapes you see C/F and C/B were meant to be going across not down). For this top I felt that it would look much better vertical, so after a bit of pulling and tugging I then cut it cross grain. It's turned out OK and also the fullness of this top helps to disguise that the pattern is still a little wonky. But at least its on the grain so won't go out of shape!

I picked the fabric up from Birmingham Rag Market last November and was just drawn to the colours immediately. Had no idea  what I would make with it until Mum sent this pattern. Then I just knew that these two were a match.

The drawstring neckline was finished off with black and orange beads, purchased from a Hobbycraft store near to Mum

To read my Sewing Pattern Review CLICK HERE

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x