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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Megan Nielsen Dove Blouse

Megan Nielsen Dove Blouse This blouse I whipped up to go with a new necklace. I cut down the facing to my narrower topstitching line.  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. This is the second time I've sewn it - before in another tiny floral but in cotton poplin - that was too boxy for it.
I stopped for sparkly joys at TKMaxx! This necklace is from an Israeli designer. It's sterling silver but looks almost rose gold. The blue suits beach /nautical or office clothes. 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.

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.
 Christchurch

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Lace Arenal & Style Arc Willow Pants

I said I loved the pink flowers which were growing on a tree, my friend picked some and I put it on my shirt! 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.
I have cut some Closet Case Carolyn pyjamas for the rest of the fabric!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Style Arc Barb - Bengaline

I made no changed to the pattern but to add 0.6cm to the full-hip and thigh outer seam. I ordered a whole roll of black 5cm elastic this time to avoid trips to the local fabric shop! Elastic waist stretch woven Barb pants: Etsy size 10-12-14

The top is just a white broderie anglaise peasant top I purchased last year. I wore it with a vest underneath as it is fairly sheer. Blazer from Collectif (on sale).
I originally enjoyed Style Arc for their range of trouser patterns but they have other sleek modern designs.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Denim Arielle Skirt

I washed the fabric twice and put it in the drier to make it softer. I bought the denim to make jeans but I cut a jeans pattern from lilac leopard print bengaline instead! I used a jeans needle and 23mm brown buttons, which are on the right as worn side as I ignored the cutting layout which has you put the front pieces on the wrong-side-up of the fabric. I left off the interfacing and instead cut the waist facings with the vertical grain with less-stretch. I also understitched all the edges and then topstitched the waist which worked well with the denim. The buttonholes were a pain as my machine wouldn't sew them so I used a zizag stitch. I sewed the skirt in one night!  This is size 4, I took 8cm off the length of the pencil skirt. I hemmed it at 2cm and it covers my knees.
 Puppy insisted on dining on the table.