Sunday, 23 July 2017

Itch to Stitch Lago Tank (Gift)

Lago Tank Digital Pattern (free) I sewed size 0 in viscose jersey for a workfriend. Viscose jersey in burgundy, like a blackcurrant sorbet colour, from Minerva crafts.
I don't own a serger so I sew it on narrow zizag at 0.5, then narrow zizag topstitch all around the pressed edges to flatten to seam allowance, then trim. For the side seams I used overlock stitch then trimmed.

Pauline Alice Rosari Skirt

This gorgeous 70s style button down and the Itch to Stitch Vientiane skirt with military pockets are now joint favourite skirt patterns! This skirt was released in 2015 so I don't know why I hadn't noticed it before?!  I love garments with buttons as they look so special and hand-tailored (admittedly I use a zigzag stitch to attach mine). I adore the denim coin-pocket skirt and I would love a white denim or twill version. Fabric is a navy and white bengaline from Textiles Centre which is sadly sold out, I went to buy more! I made this skirt and trousers from 3 metres.
I used golden/charcoal tortoiseshell buttons. Understitched the button facings and waistband so it was crisp to press and topstitch. I would say the waistband comes up 1 inch smaller than the garment measurement listed. I left off the belt loops as I don't have any slim belts yet!
 I'm delighted to add this garment to my work wardrobe. I recommend this skirt as it has two lengths, different pocket styles and it's a very affordable at 8 Euros.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Wilamette Shirt - Cotton Poplin

This white cotton poplin I purchased in 2016. It's the perfect shirt fabric because it's not too transparent or grainy. Topstitching looks crisp and I also like the way the mottled look of washed cotton before ironing too. I need to go back to other shirt patterns and make more plain or pastel shirts as they look smart. I opted for the cropped version. I used medium interfacing for the collar and a light/medium for the front facings. I would prefer a collar stand but it is fine for a casual shirt. Hey June Wilamette Shirt. I sewed the topstiching narrower then added two dainty clear-white buttons. I love the modern androgynous look of these loose shirts and they're so trendy to wear. I prefer to wear woven tops and buttons are a plus.  Willamette has a hi low hem version which I will try next time with a flowy fabric like lightweight crepe for a different look.

Monday, 3 July 2017

2 x Anza Dresses

Itch to Stitch - Anza Dress/Jumpsuit - This sewing pattern is one of my favourites, I feel comfortable and put together wearing it. The hi-low hem means you can cycle in it. I see many fabrics I want to 'save' for an Anza! This is my third since its release in April, and I only blogged/kept one dress last year! An Anza a month would make a beautiful closet! I can't wait to make another in viscose as it gives it a really fresh blousey look and the gathering with the elastic waist looks delicate. Cotton lawn would also work well. I cut the pocket facing and pockets from the same viscose fabric. I made the mistake once of cutting a facing for a lightweight dress from a quilting cotton and it didn't hang right!  I used medium weight interfacing for the front and back facings, which made it lovely and sturdy to sew together and put on. I also cut the pieces using pinking sheers, which prevented fraying. I used golden tortoiseshell buttons and left off the pockets and drawstring because of the busy print.
Anza made in May. Satin backed Dupion crepe is a durable fabric but it was slippy and it frayed easily! £6/m Fabric Land.. 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 in November and my satin is from 2014!

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

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 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!
*UPDATE. Made in July: Sleeveless hack - Cotton Poplin. The dove blouse needs a light or draping woven fabric but the cotton poplin work fine for a sleeveless. I made some armsyce binding to encase the raw edges and pressed outwards. The neckline and hem have inward facings which are topstitched.
I'll make the flute sleeve version in white in the winter.

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.