Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Henry Shirt and Paddington Bear

Back in 2012 Sewing World issued a review of "Sewing For Boys" which included a pattern from the book - the pattern was The Henry Shirt.

Since I have boys I thought it would be perfect - it has taken me 3 years to make it up, so now only my youngest fits the largest size available!

I have made quite a few shirts and they can be a quick and enjoyable project. This was the HARDEST shirt I have ever made, with some strange instructions (not sure if that is because they were reduced to fit in the magazine though)

The combined yoke/sleeve looks lovely but is very greedy on fabric. The overall shape is very boxy - made my husband think of Paddington's Duffle coat! The boxy-ness could be reduced by shaping the sides.

 I was disappointed that the collar was not a two piece collar (but not so disappointed that I bothered to redraft it!)

I used buttons and buttonholes rather than snaps (because I can never get snaps on properly AND my boys prefer real buttons).

My youngest loves it so I suppose that is all that matters!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Catch up - last minute sewing!!

Some more pink penguin bags:

 And some modified ones  without the drawstring as teacher end of year thank you's.

Tried the Fishsticks The Tank  pattern out - size 10 - big long and boxy - but free. The pattern prints on 79 sheets of paper as it is not nested - all sizes are on their own sheets of paper.

Ottobre 01-2010-40 for PJ short. I did not like the way that the waistband went on for the toile pair -so I just put it on in my normal way for the real pair - sew on waistband then add elastic

While on holiday I finished knitting my Peggy Sue

Last minute PJ shorts for wearing on holiday McCalls 4261
I also whipped up another KS299, but with a zip up the front!


Saturday, 11 July 2015

New Look 6774

I knew I had a wedding to attend so I did some research (from the computer)...I thought that I liked the Amaris Maxi dress from Monsoon and that I also had some border print fabric in the stash..

I looked through my pattern stash including my Burda mags and despite having about 1 billion dress patterns I clearly decided that I needed to buy a new pattern:

I used A + J+K to make a dress similar to the inspiration dress. New Look 6774 has gathers across the back and the centre back - but that normally makes me look heavily pregnant - not a flattering look. So I changed the gathers into 4 pleats at the front sides and 2 in the back.

I am really pleased with how it turned out. I did have to make it MUCH MUCH smaller than the pattern envelope suggest as there is SO much ease in the pattern. I finished this in time to wear it to the wedding - so fantastic I hit a goal for 2015.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Stash bust

Yet more fabric that I bought intending to make a Christmas present which has finally been made into a present! Hope it fits - the Maria Denmark - Kirsten Kimono T

MakeBra free hipster knickers to use up the scraps!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Quick makes

Two new Jalie 2796 running skorts with reflective tape.

 I tried to add reflective piping to the one with the red waistband but I made some errors (plus the fabric for the waistband is too stretchy so I am not sure these will stay up when I run).
A quick birthday gift for a little girl - Ottobre 01-2014-28, I had to guess the sizing so it might swap her at first! FOE used on neck and arms - the armholes seem ok but I think I should have stretched the elastic more at the front of the neckline - not happy with how it lies.

SWAP - sewing with a plan.....here's the plan

1. 2 sets of lingerie (one white, one coloured)
              Completed white set May 2015

2. Dress Completed Anna Dress in brown - Feb 2015

3. Dress Completed Traveler Dress  - Feb 2015

4, Knitted cardigan (actually knitting not sewing!) Cast on March 2015
5. Skirt Completed green bustle skirt- Feb 2015
6. Skirt Completed Gabriola skirt -  March 2015

7. Top Completed 3 x M4261 - March 2015

8. Top Completed 3x Kimono T-shirts - March 2015

9. Top So far 6 tops made - March 2015
10. Sewn cardigan / jacket
11. Black tie dress
12. Black tie jacket / bolero etc
13. Activewear Completed June 2015 - Jalie 2796 running skort x 2

14. Coat

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Another Dress to Skirt post

 So this dress I made earlier in the year - I don't like wearing it - felt dreadful in it so decided to use the fabric to make a skirt. I looked through my pile of Burda mags and found a button front skirt (so I could use the button front I already had)..

Burda 07-2009-111

I think this comes up VERY big - I measured a 40/42 but had to take it in 2cm and actually could take it in more since it is supposed to be worn 1" above the waist not 1" below it!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Dress to skirt

Although I loved this dress - I am now smaller than when I made it and the bodice looked dreadful - so I chopped it up and used Simplicity K1465 to make a skirt:

This used a stash pattern and recycled a dress - win win! I used the zip that was already in the dress - so all I had to do was sew in darts and side seams - then add the lining.

It is a very simple skirt pattern (except I fully lined mine rather than using facings)

Not sure about the length and style on me - I shall wear it to work and see if I like it!