Saturday, 28 March 2015

Basic T-shirt tops


3  Maria Denmark 101 Kirsten Kimono Tshirts


3 M4261 view B - T-shirts







Pattern Description:
Variety of items  - I made VIEW B the 3/4 sleeve T-shirt top
Pattern Sizing:
XS - M (in my envelope)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes - well view B only shown as a dreadful sketch.....
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes BUT I ignored them as they have you set in a jersey sleeve?!!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Basic jersey top which I needed to fill a gap in the wardrobe

Fabric Used:
3 different stretch fabrics
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

1. Sew in sleeves in the flat
2. the seam allowance is 1.5cm so next time I will trim the pattern pieces down and use my standard 6mm for stretch fabrics
3. Used clear elastic to support neckline - next time I might add a bound neckline
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Have already sewn three and plan more - so YES and YES
Conclusion:

A quick and easy fitted top to make - love it.

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

1. 2 sets of lingerie (one white, one coloured)
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
14. Coat


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Getting ready for Easter

I am getting ready for Easter and I have sewn up some Bunny Treat Bags from a tutorial found here.


Empty bags - awaiting ribbon and fillings...don't look that great.... but once the filling is in ...:




Then I wanted to remind myself what I have done for previous years:

2014 - carrots and knitting bunnies

 2013

Zip up birds..



Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Gabriola 1401 Sewaholic


The Sewaholic Gabriola Skirt pattern is a dream to wear! The grey one was my test version, I then created a curved waistband for the "bird" version. The curved waistband lies closer to my body and is more comfortable. 

Stash pattern and stash fabrics :-) Great result.... 

I am all back and no legs... I took 4" off the length and then another 1" when hemming...



Best Patterns of 2012 - 2014 Template:

1. Why do you think this was voted one of the Best Patterns?
This is a VERY flattering shape - lovely skirt to wear (and to make)

2. Would you have made this pattern if it was NOT voted one of the top patterns of the year?
Yes - because I have seen it on so many blogs and it is a style I like - it  DID get pushed to the top of the queue though!

3. How did you make your version of this pattern unique?

I made two - my first was a test version in grey (suitable for work but boring AND you can't see the seam lines), the second is fully lined and I made a curved waistband. These are filling the "skirt" hole in my wardrobe. I also added ribbon hanging loops.

4. What size(s) did you make?
2 flaring out to 4 at the hips.

5. Did you find the sizing accurate compared to the measurements listed on the pattern?
Yes - I have lost a lot of weight so it was a real boost to make something in a size 2-4! (especially since I am from the UK so this was a very bizarre size for me)

6. What fabric and trims did you use? What was the source of your fabric and trims?
Grey skirt - mystery fabric is slight stretch from my mothers stash
Bird skirt - linen which has been waiting in stash for years to be made into a skirt!

7. Describe how you used the pattern instructions. Did you follow the instructions literally, did you figure out how to assemble on your own, or a combination of instructions plus own experience?
I followed the well written pattern instructions - except for the zip. I put in invisible zippers.. Hanging the skirt for 24 hours and then wearing it while a friend pinned it for me allowed me to get an accurate hem. I blind hemmed the bird skirt.

8. Describe any alterations you made and discuss whether alternations were for fit or for design.
I created a curved waistband for the second skirt (this is an adaption lots of people have done). The waistband then fit closer to my waist.

9. What did you like and what did you dislike about the pattern?
I love the fit, the construction, the feel when I wear it, the well written instructions.. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it... I see more in my future!
I don't like the straight waistband.

10. Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have already sewn two and I will definitely sew more (but I have to make my way through my plan first - next stop tops to go with the new skirts!)
Yes I would recommend it!

Instead of putting the pattern away I have pinned it to my pinboard to remind myself to make it again soon!


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

1. 2 sets of lingerie (one white, one coloured)
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 18/03/15!!
5. Skirt Completed green bustle skirt- Feb 2015
6. Skirt Completed Gabriola skirt -  March 2015

7. Top
8. Top
9. Top
10. Sewn cardigan / jacket
11. Black tie dress
12. Black tie jacket / bolero etc
13. Activewear
14. Coat

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Lisette Traveler

 Another batch of hats :-)


Then another completed pattern getting it out of the stash.. think I might have to give the pattern away though as I really don't like the dress - not sure if it is the pattern, the fabric, the style on me or all of those - but I feel really frumpy wearing it!!

Nevermind - lots more dress patterns to try AND this will work well as a beach cover up while on holiday!

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

1. 2 sets of lingerie (one white, one coloured)
2. Dress Completed Anna Dress in brown - Feb 2015

3. Dress Completed Traveler Dress  - Feb 2015

4, Knitted cardigan (actually knitting not sewing!)
5. Skirt Completed green bustle skirt- Feb 2015
6. Skirt
7. Top
8. Top
9. Top
10. Sewn cardigan / jacket
11. Black tie dress
12. Black tie jacket / bolero etc
13. Activewear
14. Coat

Monday, 16 February 2015

Feb 2015 - goals 2015


Another Anna - which is a little bit toooo brown and and the fabric does not float/drape enough. I don't like it as much as my Christmas one. I may try using the skirt section with the bodice from a different dress.



A bustle skirt that I made ages ago and was too tight. I had ripped the zip out. Now I can fit into it so I re-inserted the zip so that I can wear it. I also put darts into my grey and red bustle skirt and moved the seam line as it was massively too big.


Two items towards my SWAP complete!! Fantastic. I am working on another dress at the moment....... 


For 2015


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

1. 2 sets of lingerie (one white, one coloured)
2. Dress Completed Anna Dress in brown - Feb 2015

3. Dress
4, Knitted cardigan (actually knitting not sewing!)
5. Skirt Completed green bustle skirt- Feb 2015
6. Skirt
7. Top
8. Top
9. Top
10. Sewn cardigan / jacket
11. Black tie dress
12. Black tie jacket / bolero etc
13. Activewear
14. Coat

It would be great to achieve this list once, twice would be brilliant!!

Added to that I want to sew at least 2 smart shirts for J - birthday/anniversary/valentines/Christmas 
 

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Update 2015

Running kit finished in 2014 (and used so much I have now taken them in a bit!)

 
Simple fleece hats - my first make of 2015  
    

   




























Kwik Sew T-shirts - which have been on the go since 2014!!






































2 sets of PJ's each for 3 boys.......

 
Ottobre 06/2009/372PJ top
Ottobre 06/2009/272PJ bottoms
Ottobre 06/2009/352PJ bottoms
Ottobre 06/2009/352PJ bottoms
Ottobre 06/2009/342PJ top
Ottobre 06/2009/341PJ top
Ottobre CW3011PJ top
 

















Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Christmas... knitting and sewing...


BFG pencil case for a friend

I knitted 11 hats in the build up to Christmas! These have reflective fibres/filament in them so they light up when car lights shine on them  - perfect for children walking to school (and adults out walking the dog!)