SoZo sent me some old Burda Style magazine... and in one was a pattern for "French Knickers (126) or if you traced the full length (127?) PJ trousers... Just what I wanted to sew up - some nice quick makes.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
Sunday, 24 July 2016
One of the schools was closing and the eldest going to a new school.... so LOTS of presents
I think that they did very well considering they are all younger than 12!
These all count for my dare from Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow because not only did they choose the fabric from the stash but they sewed it up themselves too :-)
Thursday, 21 July 2016
I made my second dress..(for this years SWAP not the 2nd dress I have ever made :-) ).
I had the envelope with 12-20, but really I needed 10-14. The construction and pattern pieces are really interesting. I had to take it in lots under the arm and under the bust and at the top of the zip at the back. I don't think that is the fault of the pattern, just I had the wrong size and needed to grade down the bodice. The pattern comes as a combined bodice and skirt which makes grading much harder.
The button is a fabulous vintage button from So Zo which matched the fabric perfectly and was the right size AND was not too heavy for the fabric..... could have been made with this dress in mind!
Again fabric and pattern from stash - GO ME!.... and also completed part of my sewing dare from Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow!
Saturday, 9 July 2016
I finished some socks which have been hanging about since July LAST year!
Update after 6 months
1. Select 12 patterns to sew or get rid of by the end of the year (stash is nearly 50 patterns)
- Lisette K2209
- Simplicity K2444
- Simplicity K1913
- Simplicity K1699
Butterick 6066completed July 2016
- Simplicity 4277
- New Look K6107
Simple Sews 015Toile made - BIN pattern
- New Look K6231
Simplicity K1202Made x 2 Feb 2016
- Simplicity 2357 - bags
Kwik Sew 3815 - bodywarmerMade May 2016
2. SWAP (again)
I gave myself 12 garments/things to make in 2016 - so at least one per month.
AT the end of January I had achieved one of the SWAP - No 8 activewear. I made two sets of fleece lined leggings/skirt and a running top!
At the end of Feb I had achieved the tops that were on the SWAP using a pattern from the pattern stash pile.
March - nothing
April - I made the cardigan from the swap - which had been cut out and waiting for months!
May - I made a skirt using stash fabric and a pattern I bought in February, I also used a pattern stash pattern to make a fleece jacket for J, made 3 skirts in total and ticked swimwear off the list. I have used 7 patterns from the pattern stash so far this year... AND I sewed for the boys... feeling much more on top of things now.
Me Made May - I need to make some trousers and jeans. I also need to make some plain tops/skirts to mix and match with all my mad patterns.
June - I made up a pattern stash pattern to make a dress from the SWAP, I also finished some socks! I also made some bags and knickers (not yet blogged)... so a fairly successful month - even though I am not 100% pleased with the dress.
A dress was on the to do list (actually two are).
Butterick B6066 came free with a magazine...
I made view C - but there were lots of issues:
After finishing this dress on 30th June.. I then wore it on 1st July..... I spent the whole day feeling like I was being strangled. So the dress went through the wash and was then altered...
2cm off the front neckline blending down to 1.5cm removal at the back.
Insane novelty fabric
I still feel that the arm/straps are too narrow (especially since most bras show) so I think if I made it again I would add the arm straps/ bits from view D.
Not sure I want to use this pattern again though. I shall leave it to think about it!
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
I got distracted from sewing the dress that I am supposed to be finishing and whipped these City Gym Shorts from Purl Soho today.
Another Pink Penguin lunch bag (but since it is made from lace and silk it is not intended to be used for carrying lunch.
I need cord to complete the bag.
I also made another Simplicity 2314 - this has actually been cut out since the beginning of the month but I had to stop to finish other things (birthday bunting, mending, alterations etc) so this got left in a pile. Then I was fed up and in a rush to finish it just to get it out of the "To Do" pile... next time I would not use a pattern with a seam down the CF which requires an over-layer of lace to match with a scalloped edge! I want to make a dressy top to go with this so that I can dress this up or down.