Saturday, 17 June 2017

Lilian Dress - PR

'Inspired by the dynamic Lillian Weber - the woman who sewed more than 1000 dresses to benefit Little Dresses for Africa, PatternReview will donate 20% of the proceeds from the sale of this pattern to the charity Little Dresses for Africa.' . I ordered the Pattern Review Lillian Dress pattern (£7.80 converted to sterling) because it was an excuse to sew with lace or contrast.
I added length to the front and back, but made the back slightly longer as I feel this is more flattering on me. Also make sure you sew from the bottom of the insert to the top as my inserts ended up longer?
Blue and white cotton floral jersey which I purchased immediately when my local fabric shop acquired it! I really love blue/cream or ivory dainty florals White stretch floral lace, it's lightweight so it shows up more of the pattern rather than the lace detail.
I think this dress would be lovely for a dress down Friday given that cotton jersey is very tshirty but it's also a simple and smart shape.  I want to try ruffle shoulder sleeves with this dress. You could also tape the insert to the front and use it as a staple jersey dress pattern.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Strawberries & Cream Vienna

Vienna Tank PDF Sewing Pattern
Viscose jersey £8.99 Minerva Crafts I only purchased a metre. I love the smooth feel of viscose jersey and the prints are nice and bright.  Cream coloured broderie anglaise from 2015 when I made a dress (unworn), the skirt was panelled so there wasn't enough for a button down blouse. I was able to cut the yoke on a centre seam, the ruffle and ribbons from it - and enough for another. I cut a size 4 which is a uk 10-12.

The sewing is a labour of love, a whole morning, but it produces a gorgeous vest which is also fancy - and it works well for layering. I wore my olive green version in January by the sea.  If you are using a ditsy print or plain fabric you can sew the front 'facings' to the outside for a contrast.
 I won't wear it as a bow but I think it is so lovely tied together too.
Itch to Stitch Vienna Tank Ad 250 x 250

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Anza Dress - Workwear

Satin backed Dupion crepe is a beautiful and durable fabric but it was slippy and it frayed easily! £6/m Fabric Land. I am really pleased to have a smart new navy dress that is not overly formal. I made the dress from two metres of fabric but I used navy satin for the facings to match the inside.  My fabric was purchased for a Vientiane skirt in November and my satin is from 2014! I kept it for pocket facings and it was just the right colour.
I'm considering Anza skirts using a 5cm elastic as they will be very practical - you can cycle in these. The skirt is neat and non-showy, I love the hi low hem at the sides. I'd like a navy version and a grey with black drawstring.
Itch to Stitch Anza Ad 300 x 300

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Bellini - Botanic

I needed some more summer tops so decided to use this light cotton shirting, which is pale mint stripes with a tiny green and burgundy floral. I purchased it as a 2m remnant and because the fabric is one off I used a pattern I sewed before! Bellini pattern by Capital Chic.  I love the french seams and delicate rolled hem.
It doesn't have a collar stand, which would help the collar to fold evenly each side. I used small white/clear buttons and medium weight interfacing.  It has an airy and subtle-pretty look that I love, and certainly it is practical sewing! I have new shirt patterns I want to make (Hey June - Willamette, Hey June Cheyenne) and I plan to sew the Itch to Stitch Bonn and Mila shirts again. I finished this shirt on a half day and early Saturday morning for the sleeve binding and buttons.
Summer shirts are my favourite sewing! I usually opt for white or light colours but I will try a multicolour floral cotton lawn next.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Megan Nielsen Dove Blouse

Megan Nielsen Dove Blouse This blouse I whipped up to go with a new necklace. I made the hem facings but decided to take them off and double narrow hem instead*. I used light interfacing and the fabric has a lovely non crease drape.
I stopped for sparkly joys at TKMaxx! This necklace is from an Israeli designer. It's sterling silver but looks almost rose gold. You can find some trendy one off pieces there. It was £18 on sale.
The fabric was from earlier this year (5 metres smooth polyester dress fabric) and I ordered the Dove during a black Friday sale. I planned to make a flowy white or pink linen top but it's perfect short sleeves with a ditsy floral. The Dove blouse has cut out bust darts, which I found easier to sew.  This is a size S. I will definitely make more in this lightweight polyester, viscose or cotton lawn. I loved wearing this top and it is suitable for hot weather.
EDIT - Dove 2!
It looks so nice with jewellery and a straight skirt for work (and requires no to minimal pressing) so I thought I'd make another from the same fabric in a purple  on white colourway - that fabric I purchased last year.
This blouse takes extra time in a polyester dress fabric which tends to fray at the seams, the fabric needs French seams. I had finished an Itch to Stitch Bonn shirt (with handstitched buttons) in this fabric then melted it with the iron! 
I used the hem from my last top for a contrast and some recycling!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Anza Dress - Itch to Stitch

This time I wore the Anza (Clueless Cher tartan!) with a waist belt.
The buttonhole came off the button where my satchel was pressing but my blogtographer didn't notice and neither did I!
I finished the facings with a tiny close zigzag. I sewed size 4-C bodice, 8 elastic casing, 4 elastic using the materials chart, 8 skirt. Didn't need to grade just cut the hip size for the elastic casing.  1.7cm faux horn buttons from Fabric Land.
Itch to Stitch Anza Ad 300 x 300
 Wood bracelet I bought in the Oxford market.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Lace Arenal & Style Arc Willow Pants

Itch to Stitch Arenal Top:
Itch to Stitch Arenal Top Ad 300 x 300
I fancied some new office tops for spring summer so I chose the 3/4 sleeve version in a light colour. I had a tshirting that I purchased it for £4/m to make a 1940s style Kathryn dress but it was too thin, ideal for an Arenal tshirt! I previously made this in a sweatshirt knit.   I added white stretch lace to the yoke, you can also use stretch wovens for this piece. I also made Style Arc Willow Pants size 12 (£9, etsy).
Necklace is a dreamcatcher earring pendant on  sterling silver chain.

These trousers are bengaline but I wanted a non stretch woven pattern so the navy diamond print wouldn't stretch. I used a medium interfacing for the waistband, and a white invisible zip. It's an easy, nifty pattern with a fashionable cigarette style and hem slits. I first hemmed these 1cm according to the pattern piece but they were a little long so I turned up an extra 2cm which lost some of the vent effect. I used an olive green tortoiseshell 2.3cm button which also match my grey Lisbon cardigan. I would sew again in a non stretch woven.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Iced Gem Bellini!

Shirt 4/12 - April! Bellini pattern by Capital Chic (PDF £9.00). The casual blouse style is suitable for Hawaiian or summer prints and it's smart enough to want to wear. The fabric is from a new duvet I purchased from George click and collect on my bike after work on Friday. It's polycotton so it's easy to iron in the mornings and doesn't crease easily. I can't eat iced gems anymore but I can wear them! Apparently they were made in the 1910's here in Reading, Berkshire by Huntley & Palmers. For me, they have a 1980's / 1990's nostalgia of childhood!
I sewed a 12 graded out to 14 hip this time (I sewed it two years ago). I used a medium interfacing for the collar and a light interfacing for the facings. I love this pattern as it is easy to make and looks adorable on, it uses french seams and it took less than 5 hours straight. I used brown tortoishell buttons as they look pretty on casual shirts.