Wednesday, 23 November 2016

McCAlls 6844

The world and his wife have made this pattern... so it was about time I got it out of the stash and made it up. I think I could have gone down a couple of sizes in the bodice (the arms NOT - they are snug)..

This is not flattering as it is big and baggy on me - but oh so comfy! I added 2" to the length on the lengthen lines (a standard adjustment for me)
I added 2 buttons so that I can close it.

Close up of the fabric

I need to do make it with a CB seam and sway back adjustment... and smaller ...

Monday, 14 November 2016


So I made some knickers back in June (using McCalls 2772)...and I thought to complete my "lingerie set" task I need to make some matching bras. The knickers were all made using left over fabric from various t- shirts so I did not have enough to make matching bras for each pair (probably a good thing since I don't think I could face making 10 bras!)

....5 months later I finally started making some bras. I decided to start by using up some of the bra making kits I bought from The Sewing Chest a few years ago (probably more)....

My pattern review of  Kwik Sew 3300 is here

A white lace bra

A padded white lace bra

A padded black lace bra

 Seam tape over the join of the padding

A green lace and cotton jersey bra (cotton from the scraps left after making a t shirt and then a pair of knickers)

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Burda 11-2013-115 and some odd fabrics

I ordered some fabric online and when it arrived it was not what I was expecting (despite looking like the picture and matching the written description.... so no fault of the seller!! - just me!)

I then decided that I had to use it up and try out a swing coat pattern from Burda.. forgetting that since I have a small top half and much larger hips, swing coats really do not flatter me AT ALL.....

So I cut out the fabric

 It is loose weave so I added interfacing as per the pattern instructions.. then added an organza underlining layer - hand stitched on

I created the back pleat following the instructions in my trusty "Readers Digest Guide to Sewing" (my copy is almost as old as I am as I pinched my mums copy)....

Bottom 10cm of the vent left open for hemming and as an open back pleat  (this is the photo that is the closest to the bright neon garish colours of the fabric  - which I thought would be fun... but just don't work for me in a garment)....

 It opens out to create even more width and flare

Big wide sleeves (which once they have a 4cm hem on them will be too short for me!)

Me admiring the This-Coat-Make-Me-Look-Pregnant effect .....eeeek!! Not the look I was going for!

The pattern is drafted well with darts across the shoulder to give shape to the Raglan sleeves. Everything fits together well.

I got to the stage where I need to cut out and sew up the lining and then insert it. But I decided to try the coat on .. at which point I decided I would NEVER be wearing it.. and therefore did not want to waste lining fabric or sewing time finishing this project.

Not the pattern - my bad choice for my body shape
The fabric did not appeal when it arrived and it still does not appeal once cut up and sewn.... time to move on!

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Butterick B6072 Backpack view D

I wanted to make a backpack - and various searches on the web led me to this pattern..

I used This You Tube video to create a two way zip for my bag.

I made some changes to the pattern:

The straps in the pattern are fabric with no adjustment possible. I added webbing and some sliders (a bit like making a bra strap). This has not worked well as the metal slider is too smooth and does not hold the webbing - however I have now sourced some ladder lock clips and can change this (or do it better for my next backpack). The straps are also padded

I added a hanging loop with swivel clip on the inside for keys etc

I used a magnetic closure rather than velcro for the outside front pocket

I used fusible volume fleece and bag stiffener to give the backpack a bit of body

I double the width of the side pocket piece and then gathered it to fit at the base and added elastic at the top to make a more usable side pocket.

I love this bag! Just the right side - room for improvement. But since my youngest has asked for one for himself ... I can improve on the next bag!

Sunday, 9 October 2016


I un-tessellated the Fehr Trade Tessellate Tee - to make a PJ top and used Ottobre 06-2009-37 (size 152) to make a birthday gift..... it fits and she loves it so I am happy!

Particularly pleased with the neckline - those notches really help!

Fleece jacket for the beach - Ottobre to the rescue again

Ottobre 01-2009-38

I added reflective tape to the back... I did not add in all the contrast panels etc as this was just supposed to be a quick easy fleece to wear on the beach after being in the water.. something to keep him warm... something that would get covered in sand and ruined quickly..

 However he liked it so much he wore it on his bike cycling to school ... be safe be seen! However I used an old zip from someone's stash so v v old ... and unfortunately it is difficult to use... so I will have to unpick it and put in a new chunky zipper!!
 Don't be fooled by the picture in the magazine of roomy pockets:

(My hands are basically the same size as my son's!!). I added in pockets to the seam between the front side and centre front panels so that there are usable pockets in this pattern!

I did not line this as it is quick a fleece jacket - thus making the construction fast.

Then I found some fleece left in the stash to sew up three hats for wearing on the beach!