Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Oranges Bolero & Seville Skirt

These projects are both recycled fabric. Sinclair Patterns Bianca Bolero - When purchasing shoes from an outlet I saw a lemon and orange print duster and bought it for the print (I can make my own duster cardigans!) it worked out at £6 and I made a bolero from it. Simply cut the garment at the seams so you have flat remnants of fabric and place the pattern pieces on it. I didn't have enough fabric to make longer sleeves so used the short sleeves from the Itch to Stitch Aveiro Bolero and added about 1cm to the length. I love it and it's very me! I don't think I've seen an oranges print fabric before and the original garment was stitched wonky and unintentionally gathered, and with no understitching or topstitching. The front band of the Bianca Bolero uses two layers (I used a peach viscose-jersey lining fabric) and understitched, then I topstitched the 6mm seam allowance to the top so it's hardwearing and neat. It's a pity there are so many mass produced garments destined for landfill, but it is a potential supply of fabric for me!
Itch to Stitch Seville Skirt worn with a Tilly and the Buttons Mimi Blouse from her first book,
Fabric recycled from some hippypants I had made whilst pattern testing and graded the hip too small, the Seville Skirt has two panels for the front and two panels for the back so I cut these from the front and back pieces, I also cut the waistband from the remnants. I loved the fabric and it has now sold out so it was a really good save! 
I could make a bunch of these skirts in different woven fabrics (with some drape), crepe is perfect, I first made one three years ago so no I knew how it would fit by measurements.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Lemon Seren Skirt - Eastbourne

I ordered the Tilly and the Buttons Seren last year when it was on sale with the Stevie blouse as a bundle. It has a dress option with the frill front but I wanted to wear a skirt to the beach with my latest blouse. Last time I walked into the sea I was wearing trousers and that was rather awkward!
The cotton lemon print fabric was listed as satin cotton, I assume it's a thin cotton sateen, I had to line it so light wouldn't shine through as I walked and of course it protects the garment. I had two metres and sewed the longer length Seren Skirt. I lined it in a lightweight crepe de chine which was a budget £3/metre fabric, I ordered 4 metres but I realised I don't like plaid or stripes just the babyblue colour! It's softer and drapier than the cotton so was ideal for lining and it matches navy anyhow. I also used up buttons I didn't like, they were too bulky for a blouse or dress but good for skirt buttons, these were both destined for the charitybin so I was pleased to use them.
I will definitely sew another Seren skirt, I think this one will take me into Autumn and Winter too because it dark coloured and fully lined. I enjoyed this sewing project because it is straight forward but the care is in the attention to detail - the pressing as you go, two different interfacings, understitching, sewing on buttons. 
Wild Diving Penguin pendant and posie bracelet Tatty Devine. Orange Fennec Fox earrings Little Moose. Photos in Eastbourne.
 South Downs.
 Pebble beach and sparkling sunshine. So much better than the Bournemouth trip which rained!
 Purple flowers everywhere.
 Meadow flowers at the South Downs.
 Fallon willingly swam in the sea as the water was still! She doesn't even swim in rivers, it was very sweet, she went from the land to the sea on her own accord. She really enjoyed stomping in the rockpools too.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Bohemian Melrose Dress

I was thinking of those 80s boatneck dresses with the elastic waist and then remembered I could sew one up. I have sewn the Itch to Stitch Melrose Peplum Top or Dress in rayon crepe before so I paired it with 2 metres of this Rayon Crepe fabric. Further info on my Minerva Blog Review.
Viscose crepe is a lovely fabric to work with, it feels more breathable than polyester crepe and it presses easily. The twill to the fabric makes it quite opaque but it's fresh and light to wear.
For my next Melrose dress I will add a V neck collar or a long skirt so it looks a little different, I can see a work wardrobe of these dresses in seasonal prints. I have the True Bias Southport Dress to sew up which has a long skirt but I'm put off all the A4 printing and taping together! 
My first Deer and Doe Nenuphar made from a mystery fabric from London, probably a poly-viscose twill. My friend said I look like I am going to paint something, to which I replied I used to paint something for a living. The boxy fit is not the most flattering but it is a good cover up and loose enough to wear over pretty much anything. Voila, my artist's smock.
Port Meadow, Oxford.

Oranges Bolero & Seville Skirt

These projects are both recycled fabric. Sinclair Patterns Bianca Bolero - When purchasing shoes from an outlet I saw a lemon and orange p...