Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Medellin in Cotton

Medellin Top - Itch to Stitch Royal blue cotton jersey version, which was £6/m from ebay and actually meant for a men's tshirt, alas I couldn't find any coloured cotton jersey at the local shop for testing this pattern and I really wanted a natural fabric this time  It presses nicely which is especially good for the light gathering at the side. I made this last month.
I love the front band, it reminds me of ballerina cardigans. Tatty Devine shimmer fox pendant and shimmer fox brooch from the christmas collection. Lemon earrings by Wolf and Moon. I'm not at all festive but I collect the Tatty Devine fox pieces! 
 You need the clear flat elastic for the gathering, I also found this on ebay. Perhaps you can also use swimwear elastic.
The golden light of the afternoon didn't photograph as well as hoped!
I intend to sew a floral version as I love the other tester's florals, it looks like your shoulders are draped in flowers, so pretty! 

Aveiro Longline Cardigan Dress!

Itch to Stitch - Aveiro Bolero and Cardigan- I decided to wear this cardigan as a dress. This time I sewed the long version and 3/4 sleeves, I made no change to length and I am 5ft4. Rib knit jersey with black pinstripes leftover from the sweater for my friend, so it didn't cost anything to make. I used cloudy grey buttons and left off the pockets to give it a soft and simple look.
The necklace is from the Design Museum collection from Tatty Devine and the snow white 'vintage lady' brooch is Tatty Devine from the black friday sale.
I love the placket which is interfaced so it holds up nicely, the bottom band and the sleeve cuffs. The construction is pleasant to put together, no faffing around measuring hems. Of course I will wear this as a cardigan too, but I would love another Aveiro dress, perhaps in contrast bold colours to look sporty.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Thread Theory Camas Blouse

Olive green stretch cupro polyester fabric from a London shopping trip in the spring, pattern purchased in 2016 - my oldest not yet sewn up pattern, the reason for the delay was finding stretch woven in a colour I liked and when I came across it I knew what to make. I'm glad I sewed this up as it is a useful blazer or shirt to wear at work, both sides of the placket are interfaced so it holds up nicely worn open too. It was relatively difficult to sew as there are lined yokes and the placket construction illustration seemed to be the wrong side of the placket, so I ended up unpicking, sewing the placket, then attaching both - like with a knit placket. I love the drape and oversized look of this shirt and the neutrals, I used russet coloured wood buttons.
Ignore the iron steam mark!
Thread Theory - Camas Blouse

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Medellin Top - Itch to Stitch

This is the latest pattern from Itch to Stitch, a wrap top designed to be worn as a pullover - but it can be worn as a top depending on fabric choice. For this version I used a fairly stable polyester jersey with a good one way stretch and a sheen to one surface, it's in a prince of wales dogtooth check. I sewed size 6 grading to 4 waist. It was quick to make and enjoyable to sew. There's a small amount of gathering on the right front pattern, then you sew clear elastic to stabilise it, the shoulder seams are stabilised with a strip of light interfacing. 
I also wore it with the Hvar jacket to match the grey tweed design - I didn't intend to match them but I know what I like! One of the reasons I was so pleased with this top is that I made it from a dress project that didn't work out, I used pretty much all of the fabric so no waste, and then cut the back piece and back bottom band from spare fabric. My Hvar jacket was second-hand new so low carbon footprint too! Medellin Top - Itch to Stitch on offer with the Cartenga Camisole. You can wear it with any vest or sleeveless shirt as a pullover alternative to a cardigan. Conkers necklace is Tatty Devine, the owl brooch is Martin Tomsky, lemon earrings Wolf and Moon, all UK made.

Hvar Jacket Tweed

Itch to Stitch Hvar Jacket in tweed fabric from a swap and lined in viscose from a swap, this jacket is an old favourite made earlier in the year. Photos in Oxford.
Conker necklace Tatty Devine, Against the Grain collection, I wear my accessories all year round but try to match my surroundings or occasions! The brooch is an owl by woodwork illustrator Martin Tomsky.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Hvar Coat - Suede Scuba

My third Hvar Jacket! Itch to Stitch Hvar Jacket I cut the fabric last winter then went on to spring projects, with the drop in temperatures I reverted to some practical sewing. I loved my lightweight suedette jacket so much I went for a chocolate brown suedette coating fabric, which I think is double-bonded scuba, it has a slight stretch. I purchased three metres and charity-textiles the rest, the pattern calls for 2 3/8 yard in size 6, perhaps it will fit on 2 metres, I haven't tried yet. I topstitched the sides of the seams to keep it looking sharp. This project sews together beautifully and it's one of my most worn favourites.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Toaster 2 Meadow Print

Sew House 7 Toaster Sweater Tshirt - After two dress fails I decided to make a tried and tested Toaster Sweater 2 in size M in cotton tshirt. This can work as a top on its own or a cover up. Pale pink is one of my favourite colours and I love the dainty floral print. nbsp;
Again I added a tiny bow to mark the back before topstitching the back facing down (in hindsight I should have tacked or hem-taped the front too). The only thing that bothers me with this pattern is the front and back isn't marked on the sleeve pattern so it does take some time off the speed by pinning to see which side fits best! I like that the mitred corners are subtle and the back is just slightly longer - no vast difference which some modern patterns seem to have.&

Medellin in Cotton

Medellin Top - Itch to Stitch   Royal blue cotton jersey version, which was £6/m from ebay and actually meant for a men's tshirt, alas ...