Saturday, 29 September 2018

Hvar Jacket - Studland Bay

Last year's Itch to Stitch Hvar Jacket in suedette. 
Knolls Beach
We took the toll ferry from Sandbanks in Poole to Knoll Beach (Studland Bay) and then we walked to the Old Harry rocks which was just as magnificent as Eastbourne and for me, easier to get to.

Aveiro Bolero & Crystal Cove Cami

Itch to Stitch - Aveiro Bolero I decided to take the short sleeve bolero I made for pattern testing in size 6 to the beach and I made a crystal cove camisole in rose print flowing viscose to accompany it. The jersey is a soft cream or pale yellow with english tea rose (Fabric Land). I added little fuschia bows to the camisole as it has a pretty lingerie look to it. Excuse the topsyturvy centre bow, last minute handsewing on the train!
Yellow cotton trousers I picked up in the Boden sale. I love still being able to wear colourful trousers in this warm autumn. Pear earrings (Wolf & Moon). Penknife camping pendant 'Be Prepared' Tatty Devine, the blades move and fully close and the handle is made from wood. I will walk for several miles but no camping thanks!
Blue Chevron earrings: Miss J DesignsCrystal Cove Camisole - I love both of these and I'll be making a blue version of the camisole. The Aveiro gave me the incentive to make this top again. In hot weather, the strappy sleeves are practical and this was something my wardrobe was missing and I don't want to wear anything both close fit and revealing!

Aveiro Bolero & Dana Point Vest

Itch to Stitch - Aveiro Bolero - After making Sarah's 3/4 sleeve bolero I decided to make myself one, though I think it looks like long sleeve on me, I made no changes, height 5 ft 4. This fabric was from a local Fabric Land but I also bought some from Textiles Centre for making a dress. It does look like suiting rather knitwear or tshirt.
Dana Point Top - Itch to Stitch - The pleating is unique, there are pleats on the front shoulders, below the bus, bust darts (I think on C upwards), lower back right across. The top is fully lined and the lining is sewn 3mm higher, pressed with the seam allowance to the lining, understitched, pressed, it achieves a polished result. I used the same peacock fabric. I love how the triangular peacock feathers look with the pleating, the inward pointed shoulders and the V neck. My version is 6C with 4 waist. This pattern is designed for lightweight fabrics such as cotton lawn, lightweight crepe and viscose challis, to keep the pleats are looking sharp and flat and the top nicely fitted. I don't enjoy sewing pleats, however, I cut the pleat boxes out of my paper pattern and drew directly onto the top (use tailor's chalk or tailor's pencil) and then sewed them up in one go infront of a film. Once the pleats are done the rest is a doddle as there is no collar or facings to construct - the lining has iron on interfacing for the buttons, the V front has interfacing strips, and the stay stitching of the neckline and underarm is done at the start. Do make use of the layered printing, as you will have a lot of lines if you print all numeric sizes like I did (my pdf viewer has a glitch!). 
Necklace is the statement shark teeth from a Tatty Devine sale. I think I will only wear this at the beach or visiting a natural history museum!  Itch to Stitch - Aveiro Bolero and Cardigan 
Dana Point Top - Itch to Stitch * I sewed an extra button at the bottom but it's not in the pattern. 

Monday, 24 September 2018

Itch to Stitch Aveiro Bolero - Owl

Itch to Stitch - Aveiro Bolero and Cardigan - This is such a great value pattern as it has all the options you'd want for a v neck cardigan and a bonus bolero. I'm pleased I tested the bolero as it's something I've thought about making for two years to add coverage to pretty tops. With a bolero you can essential turn a 'going out' top into workwear or summerwear into layering. If you're looking for a crew neck cardigan try the Lisbon Cardigan which looks great in sporty french terry. You can even make a trusty bolero twinset by sewing up the Lago Tank (free pattern!).
I made Sarah the 3/4 sleeve bolero, adjusted to one inch off the sleeves as she is 5ft 2. I sewed my size in viscose jersey, the arm cuffs, front bands, bottom band, and back neckband all needed stitching across the raw edges before attaching because the fabric curled. This knitwear fabric is so easy to sew and looks perfect made into a cardigan. Aveiro Cardigan Features: V neck, front open style Four bodice length options: Long, regular, short and bolero Four sleeve options: Long cuff, long, 3/4 length and short Long bodice length includes patch pockets Optional snap closure (none for bolero) Sizes: 00 – 20. 

It was exciting to sew for someone else just as you anticipate someone to open your present! Clearly I love taking photos more so than the actual modeling part too, we took our snaps at Christchurch Gardens, Oxford. I also feel like it takes me out of my comfort zone to sew to fit someone else and think of the fabric types and prints that would suit their colouring and style. Here is the autumnal dress Sarah showed up in:-
The next time I see Sarah I would love to sew us 'matching' Itch to Stitch Davina dresses in different prints! I also made a 3/4 sleeve bolero for myself which I will wear to the beach, photos this weekend!

Hvar Jacket - Studland Bay

Last year's  Itch to Stitch Hvar Jacket  in suedette.  Knolls Beach We took the toll ferry ...