Itch to Stitch Bonn Shirt in Lady McElroy Swan Lake cotton lawn. I've wanted a cream or white 3/4 sleeve blouse for a while now, this Lady McElroy cotton lawn has swans on it but it's in a subtle watercolour print. I loved the fabric as soon as I saw it and it reminds me of riverside walks. I have sewn several Bonn Shirts now, either short sleeve or 3/4; it's an amazing pattern, the mandarin collar is classy and the fit is beautiful. This pattern has cup sizes and it is in the older sizing 00 - 20. There is an option for short sleeve with sleeve cuff, 3/4 sleeve with gathering into the cuffs (this one), flared sleeve, and long shirt sleeve.
Wednesday, 4 August 2021
Monday, 2 August 2021
Minerva supplied this navy, white and black paisley cotton based jaquard. I didn't have any jacket sewing patterns for heavier weight tweeds so I ordered New Look 6163. The outfit make me think of the late 90s when minimalist streamline looks were popular. I like the model's outfit! From the 3 metres of fabric I was able to make both the jacket and the matching skirt! I decided to line both garments in a paisley print crepe de chine I bought last year. This is because the fabric is like a tapestry underneath so I wanted to wear them with a smooth lining. I didn't have any poly lining to hand, perhaps crepe de chine is a little heavy for the skirt but I am pleased the linings match. And it makes the jacket warmer of course.
The jacket has side slits so I first pressed in the seam allowance of 15mm on the primary fabric, then right sides together sewed the lining to the primary at 6mm. I think the 15mm is quite narrow, so if you are making an unlined jacket a bias bound edge would be nice. I handsewed the sleeve hems and the facing to the jacket. The skirt didn't seem to need it because of the linear print. I sewed on 2 silver trousers hooks. The skirt has a side lapped standard zip (invisible zips would be too flimsy for this fabric anyway) which I was pleased about and a narrow waistband that secures with a mini skirt hook
Wednesday, 21 July 2021
The Itch to Stitch Northpoint Trousers in a fairly heavy stretch cotton twill with cotton lawn pocket lining (remnant) and stretch cotton facings (also remnant). The beige is suitable for summer and it will go with everything. The trousers close with a zip fly and trouser hooks. I didn't sew the back welt pockets, to save time and they are casual trousers. I didn't add the belt loops as I'm not wearing it with a belt.
Wednesday, 14 July 2021
I bought the cotton waffle fabric in both white and natural, after pattern testing the Itch to Stitch Pine Cove Pajamas, to make dressing gowns from. This is the white one, it reminds me of a karate jacket! I don't think I will make any matching pj bottoms to go with it, as I plan to wear it over a nightie.
Saturday, 10 July 2021
Lady McElroy 'Wild Violets' cotton lawn in white and lilac. I decided to use the Just Patterns Stephanie Skirt with it as I think pastel dainty florals can look very nightwear in a less structured garment. This has pleats front and back, with two trouser hooks at the back waistband. I lined it in white cotton voile, which I bought for linings, it seemed very gauzey and was so tricky to cut compared to some I've purchased, but it's more sustainable than polyester lining. I used the Vientiane Skirt lining and lengthened it by about 5 inches.
I think I had four metres of this violets fabric so I was able to cut out a tie front short sleeve shirt at the same time for matching separates. That's the way forward for me, or to sew something plain.