Saturday, 9 March 2019

Tierras Woven Joggers (& Paro Jacket)

Itch to Stitch Tierras Woven Joggers - I used a lightweight crepe de chine that I've had for at least a year, they feel light and drapey but I was worried about my knickers line so wore a long cardigan with it - it's more black than I ever wear! This walk was so fresh and spring-like with the yellow blossoms, cool air and moments of sunshine.
They look like work trousers but they're joggers. When I was two dress sizes smaller I had some burgandy trousers like this, now I can recreate them, and I also want a pair in olive green. It's silly I waited so long to sew this pattern up! I cut and sewed them up in one go. I will try a stretch crepe or a hippy linen for my next version. I'll cut the elastic a bit smaller too. Paro Knit Blazer and Tatty Devine ocelot brooch & zalipie colourful flower earrings.
Next to sew on my trousers list is the Itch to Stitch Sequoias (hiking pants) and North Point Trousers.

Twill Trevi Top

Hey June Trevi Top - It is french seamed with an accordian fold button placket at the back and I make my own contrast bias binding for a country bumpkin little house on the prairie look! I used viscose twill which I bought in 2016 and the pattern in 2017, I made the bias binding from a charcoal cotton lawn with contrast red flowers.
 Viscose twill is so soft and presses nicely, it is also a floaty natural fabric to wear and it's opaque so no need to wear a vest underneath white fabric. The fabric is ivory with tiny red roses, I used brown faux mahogany buttons at the back.
The front is plain and flowy. It's a simple longer length blouse and 1/2 day sewing project 

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Hey June Charleston Dress

Hey June Charleston Dress - This is another knit dress pattern which I put to the side, I bought it in summer 2017 as I thought I could wear it for work, it felt too closefitting when I sewed it up so I had to donate. This time I sewed a size L! I also added 3 inches to the skirt length because I wanted a modest timeless look. Another change I made was to use Itch to Stitch Davina Dress sleeves as I didn't like that the Charleston sleeves are cut on the fold. I also omitted the zip, I hate exposed zips! I also stretched the fabric of the bodice to the skirt instead of the two pleats, I love the lightly gathered look. I plan to wear it with my medieval style pendant. The colour of this lightweight stretch suedette is plum or brown, I used dark brown thread to sew it up but it looks violet purple in the photos. I interfaced the pocket edges so they wouldn't stretch out. I'd sew this again, the princess cut bodice and fuller skirt is lovely and traditional and it's easy to make.
 The wind shows how lightweight this suedette is. I'll probably make another dress or blazer cardigan with the rest of the fabric, I like how it is a knit fabric but looks like suiting.
I'm pleased I've sewn up 4 out of 5 of my Hey June pdfs so far, still have the Cheyenne shirt to make.

Monday, 4 March 2019

A Romantic Uvita

Made in February with the Designer Stitch Megan Skirt and the grey Victorian Collection brooch by Miss J Designs. Blue posies pendant and bracelet Tatty Devine.
I tested the Itch to Stitch Uvita in December 2017 and then decided that plain/breton tshirts suit Kate Middleton, they don't suit me! I'll always sew up a poloneck or stand up collar because they have that 70s look to them and they frame my face shape well. I wanted to add the flare sleeves to the posies print for a relaxed romantic look. The Uvita Add On is used with the Uvita top which is a free pattern (I chose the Zamora blouse at the end of testing) or you could use the features with any stretch knit pattern.  Chrysanthemum and daises viscose elastane from The Textiles Centre. It's really soft and the bright flowers make the black suitable for me to wear! Lemon pendant (Wolf & Moon) to make the colour more cheerful. The fabric is a tshirt weight but not too drapey so the collar still looks sharp. I won't be making the hoody or thumb cuffs as it's just not my style but I may try the long sleeve and cuffs again (my muslin version went to charity). The 3/4 length will keep my lower arms free when typing and it's suitable for spring, especially with the yellow flowers nodding to daffodils and rapefields. I added a little green bow to the seam to mark the back as usual with polonecks.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Owls Cotton Canvas Skirt

Modelling the Owl Skirt sewn last week and a Victorian brooch from Miss J Designs in white.  Photos at the Victoria and Albert Museum with my Itch to Stitch Uvita.
 Tatty Devine broderie anglaise necklace I think I got in a tatty swap.
I used Designer Stitch Megan Skirt for this cotton twill canvas. It sews like denim so I flat felled all the seams. I love the slanted pockets. It's a pity I didn't use blue denim for the contrast (contrast is upside down owls). I only had an invisible zip to hand (cream, 10") which differs from the pattern, I sewed it as an invisible zip and then topstitched the edges like a centre zip for added strength. I cut the facings in a cream owl print polycotton, which I interfaced. I left the canvas twill without interfacing: The back:
The front, I added little brass buttons to the pockets as I didn't have any metal rivets, then stitched on the hook and eye.
I would sew this pattern again in a softer fabric as it is quite A-line, I thought it would be more of a straight skirt, it would work well in a suedette keeping the 70s style.  I also ordered the Santi Skirt so I'll try that before making it again, I chose that one for the faux leather belt! 

Sinclair Patterns Bolero

This project uses John Kaldor Portia jersey recovered from a failed project, this stable but smooth jersey in my opinion is only suited to outerwear or vest tops because of its synthetic sheen and tight weave. I re-used the sleeves from my other top (didn't use the pattern) and cut the front pieces from  the side panels and the back from the back. The sleeves although from another designer fit the armhole so it must be a good fit! Sinclair Patterns Bianca Bolero - Last year I wanted a cover up for wearing over sleeveless blouses and ordered this pattern shortly before testing the Aveiro cardigan bolero so put it aside for the tme being. Spring is blooming and I liked the larger curved band and the slightly longer length bolero.  The band is also sewn with a lining rather than interfacing it and folding in half.
This fabric was trouble to sew as it had a tendency to shift and skip stitches despite using a ballpoint needle, so I used strips of iron on interfacing for the side and shoulder seams and spray starched the sleeve heads. I used an ITY jersey in a complementary teal to sew the bands as I didn't have enough fabric left from the original sewing project and I'm saving the other metre of blue floral for the top half of a dress. I don't usually sew contrast fabrics but if it's a solid colour it works well to accent the print. It's a very practical pattern for small amounts of fabrics like 'to refashion's. Plate brooch is Miss J Designs Victorian Collection.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Itch to Stitch Romantic Dress & Paro Blazer

Itch to Stitch - Davina Dress in the medium short sleeve. 
I wore it with a Tatty Devine puppy pendant (Year of the Dog 2018) and buttercup bracelet (2018 London sample sale).
Fabric is floral viscose jersey which I used for a poloneck. It's so soft with a lovely drape, the weight is nice and heavy because it is lined at the bodice and waistband. The neckline is an understitched V neck with pretty gathering at the bust. I used an olive green viscose jersey for the waistband lining which was leftover fabric, I with I'd used it as the contrast waistband. I will most likely wear a waistbelt with this dress to give it more of a separates look. 
I'd like to sew another version of this dress in a plain colour ITY jersey for a sleek look. I wore it with my Paro knit blazer. Itch to Stitch Paro Cardigan (I added sleeve cuffs). I purchased this pattern in January 2017 but left it awaiting fabric. I wasn't sure how versatile a print cardigan would be and how it would look with the pleating. I considered making a white cardigan but I thought it would be too 'dressing gown'. I realised I had this black cloque jersey when I thinking about menswear cardigans, it is midweight but not the soft rustic look I wanted to go for for menswear. It turns out it is perfect for this pattern as it looks almost like a suiting. The pattern calls for 10% stretch fabrics with a bit of stability to hold the pleats and the shawl band, which is only interfaced at the button sections. I topstitched the bodice pleats at 10cm as suggested by the pattern. I added a gorgeous faux horn button which Fabric Land had sold out from. I'm always pleased when I can sew something using an 'old' pattern, and stashed away supplies. I'm keen to sew up another Paro perhaps in navy or brown for work. I think it would sew up a sleeveless boho vest., which is something I have been meaning to make because I'm both hot and cold during the day. I wore it today and it creates a gorgeous hourglass shape. It reminds me of the peplum jackets that Victorian ladies wore. It has little pleats at the back and the waist is shaped. I sewed a size 6 with 4 waist.

Tierras Woven Joggers (& Paro Jacket)

Itch to Stitch Tierras Woven Joggers - I used a lightweight crepe de chine that I've had for at least a year, they feel light and drap...