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!
Dawn 

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!
Dawn