Monday, 20 March 2017

Lisbon Cardigan - French Terry

Lisbon Cardigan PDF Sewing Pattern I sewed the Lisbon previously in a tshirt jersey but I like the chubbiness of (4 way stretch, sports) French terry sweatshirting. I sewed the regular bodice + full length sleeves in size 4 graded to 6 hip and the bottom band is a size 6. I took 1cm off the neckband which gathers the fabric a little.
I bothered to get a progress photo for the Lisbon it looks smart even without buttons.
I used 23mm olive green tortoiseshell buttons and the guide for 2cm buttons as my button foot creates too much space. I fused another layer of (light to medium woven)  interfacing to the underneath and tore off after cutting the button holes. I had to zigzag stitch the other side of the buttonholes as the buttonhole foot stopped at the turn. I used ten buttons rather than the seven button guide. I ordered them on ebay (20 for £3.80) as my local fabric shop had sold out of the faux horn ones I always used - love the brown / natural pools of colour!
I topstitched the seams with a zigzag stitch which makes all the difference for a traditional cardigan appearance. The shoulder seams are pretty! The difficult part was topstitching each side of the arm seams, which join nicely to the side seam stitching, and the pressed-up seam allowance on the sleeve cuffs took some manoeuvring. I would like to sew the Lisbon again in a bright colour or ballerina pink in the summer. I need to try the 3/4 sleeves or short bodice.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Itch to Stitch Paulina Top

Itch to Stitch Paulina Top sewn without the cut-outs and with the neckband turned to the front in knit fabric. I used looped-back sweatshirting and a floral dress polyester. Easy raglan sleeve and the sporty look of a cropped sweater with an easy to wear dip hem underlay!
 I added some zigzag topstitching to the raglan seams which looks sporty and helps it to lay flat - and it's more robust for sportswear. I might try an overlock stitch on my sewing machine. I wonder if there is a neat way to create that triangle look on the front of sweatshirts without a coverstitch machine?
I love how the underlay acts as a warmer layer and adds some colour or prettiness to a sports top. It is basted to the front and back piece before sewing to the sleeves, the pattern comes together well and it was quick to sew.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Newport Top - Sweater

Newport Top - Itch to Stitch PDF Sewing Pattern  After making a tshirt, I went for a sweater! Loop backed sweatshirt fabric from Fabric Land UK £4.99/m. I sewed the 3/4 sleeve size 4 and it used less than 1.5 metres. From taping the pages together it took me 4 and a half hours. A quality sporty sweater in no time! I loved the initial design and the pattern went through a third revision to achieve the loveliest fit and boat neckline with envelope folds. 
Took these photos in Oxford on a long walk. I needed something cosy and easy to wear.
Newport Top - PDF Sewing Pattern

Port Meadow & Mila Shirt

Oxford Canal.
Kingfisher painting, Oxford Canal. In the sunshine I bet you can see a clear reflection of him!
Godstow Abbey.
Mila Shirt - Itch to Stitch PDF Sewing Pattern - Ideal transitional shirt for spring

Monday, 13 March 2017

Newport Top - Bournemouth

Sportswear luxe is said to be a trend for 2017 Spring/summer! Test version - white medium weight tshirting with light knit interfacing. I adore this sweater, it's so fresh to wear. I have sewn size 4 with 3/4 sleeves.
Photos in an area shielded from the wind, on the beach in Bournemouth.
This version is not tacked down at the neckline and the final neckline is wider.
I found the sewing easy to put together when you mark the notches with pins and use wonder clips to ease the arm into the armscyce.
I also wore my first version at the beach - lightweight sports jersey in blue marl. Peach lace neckline instead of interfacing.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Mila Shirt  - Floral Lawn

 Mila Shirt   - Itch to Stitch. Popover shirt with button placket and collar stand.

I decided on sleeveless for this floral print after cutting the sleeves because I don't wear prints very often, but I think the sleeves version would be cool in denim chambray given that the 90s seems to be in fashion again!

I used polycotton lawn and glossy brown tortoiseshell buttons. The fabric is the same each side in a charcoal grey dye. I used a very dark grey thread/bobbin. I sewed size 4C which was accurate.  The stiff medium weight interfacing kept the shirt collar sharp and topstitching looks smart. I love the collar! It is a nice width and all the details together make it an interesting 'proper' shirt to sew.

I cut the bias tape diagonally, pressed one side at 1cm, sewed the raw edge to the wrong/reverse side of the shirt and flipped to the front to encase the raw edges, and edge stitch down. 
I ordered this last April and it seems silly I hadn't sewn it yet. When it was complete, oh wow I love this shirt!