Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Goldilocks and the three peg bags

Bag created as per pattern instructions... but "oh no this one is TOO SMALL" .......

When the pattern is increased 143% (which is A4 to A3 and the pattern comes on A4 paper).... then the hand hole is TOO BIG



Really I should have anticipated this and reduced the size of the hand hole and moved it up a little bit when I printed off the paper pattern in the scaled up size :-)  For comparision - here they are side by side (and next to my sewing machine to give a sense of scale!)


Unfortnately I am not as determined as Goldilocks and this "too big" bag will just have to do for the moment... at least all the pegs fit into it.


Pattern available from lapp-elisa.com

Inspired by .nicolaforemanquilts.com/

The first bag is made with the bias binding around the base as per the instructions. I also used Fast-2-Fuse double sided stiff fusible interfacing for the base (as suggested by inspiration blog posts!). I used fusible volume fleece for the main body of the bag.

The second bag is made with Fase 2 Fuse for the base, the main bag/sides are interfaced with heavyweight interfacing AND fusible volume fleece. I sewed the base on right sides together and then turned the bag out. I prefer this finish.

You can see my seam finishes - but it is a peg bag so I am not fussed. The pattern has all seams enclosed or covered...


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Knitting yellow socks for a 9 year old... these ones actually FIT!



Using Getting started knitting socks 7 sts per inch pattern to create these socks, which actually fit unlike these. Finally finished them last night. So pleased I can move onto something else now.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Indygo Junction Streetcar Bag IJ874



This bag comes out HUGE!!!

Pattern Description:


"Inspired by the styles of the early 1950's, these roomy shoulder bags combine practical size and shape with unique detailing"

Pattern Sizing:

N/A - But these bags come out HUGE..

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes - apart from fabric choice

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Very clear instructions - but seam allowances were in 1/4" and 1/2".



What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I liked the ruched detail at the front and the shape of the bag - that is why I bought the pattern.

I also liked the internal zipper pocket.

Fabric Used:

Curtain fabric, fusible volume fleece and cotton sateen lining.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Essentially none - but used a fusible volume fleece instead of sew in. This worked well as the bag stands by itself with out additional supports. Did not put hard base into bag - as bag stiff enough and I was not sure I would be using it!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I would not sew it again as it is. I found the opening too small for the size of the bag - hard to get things in and out. I might make the bag shorter and a fraction smaller and try it again -but I have so many bag patterns to try I am not sure I will bother

Conclusion:

I AM glad I got this pattern out of the stash - it does not take long to make and makes a huge roomy bag, the only slight issue being access to the contents.

Lesson learnt: Fusible volume fleece works really well for bags - might quilt it to add interest next time. Also works well for bodywarmer/vest BUT NOT coats!!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Me Made May 2014

'I, Catherine http://clothesandsewing.blogspot.co.uk/ sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to weara me-made outfit each day for the duration of May 2014, and wear my knitted Miette at least once!'
Crafting a rainbow idea to create a colour palette using photos taken during me made may


 

SO my goals for 2014 are:

Update 1st April ... 3 months in AND...
1. Complete green coat AND then make a second coat to reinforce all the new skills learnt.YES! I have finished my green coat - now to make another!!
2. Sew / Knit at least 8 things from the book/ magazine stash :(
 3. Adapt the shirt pattern to get a better fit for J :(
4. Lingerie - test knicker patterns and then make at least 2 sets :(

McCalls 5525 - Coat





Finally Finally finished my McCall's 5525

This has been a real exercise in procrastination! I am so glad this is no longer hanging over me - and I am thrilled with my final coat. MUST remember to mark up properly as I sewed the buttons in the wrong place twice before finally asking someone to pin mark them for my while I wore the coat!

My first coat with bound buttonholes - and I used Karen from Did You Make That's e-book to help with them - £2 well spent!!

I made view A + B


Pattern Description:

Semi fitted, lined, double-breasted jacket and coat with collar, sleeve and length variations. Princess seams

Pattern Sizing:

8-16

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes - apart from my changes

Were the instructions easy to follow?

They were OK - you really need to go through it and find all the instructions for the coat you are making otherwise all the jumping about can be confusing when making it up. I also used a tailoring book to help complete the coat.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the collar and the fact that I can use the pattern lots of times to make the variations.

Fabric Used:

Wool for shell and mystery slippery viscose stuff for lining

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Well I don't really remember because I toiled it in Feb 2013, but the fabric and then left it in a bag until Jan 2014!! BUT :
1. added width to hips
2. Used sleeve from view A with length from B
3. Did not make the belt
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
YES - I will sew it again

YES - I would recommend it to others.

Conclusion:
More pics on my blog.

But basically what has not been said about this pattern by 62 other people, probably is not worth saying!

I can't believe I left it so long to make this coat - the pattern has been in the stash for years, the coat cut and waiting for a year.....I used a mix of traditional techniques and speed tailoring and I am really proud of my coat!

I will use the pattern again - to make this exact coat again and to make a trench coat....

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Little bits and bobs

Firstly a new cover for my sleeve board (and new padding too!)


Then a head start on Easter.....inspired by this and also this, I adapted the tutorials to make my own carrots - which I shall fill with treats come Easter.... if I remember that I have made them that is!


I am knitting some new socks for my eldest, but when I need something more mindless - I knit dishcloths.. Three so far..all of which are on ravelry

this one is a scarf pattern

and my favourite so far - the opening hour dishcloth, now to finish socks and start a cardigan...

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Update for progress feb 2014

I have bought several more patterns BUT not made any new ones in feb :(
I had a coat break while making grey school trousers and swimming trunks (all from stash)
I also bought some more yarn!!
The coat has progressed and I have started the lining ....

Not the best progress...


SO my goals for 2014 are:
1. Complete green coat AND then make a second coat to reinforce all the new skills learnt.
2. Sew / Knit at least 8 things  from the book/ magazine stash
3. Adapt the shirt pattern to get a better fit for J
4. Lingerie - test knicker patterns and then make at least 2 sets

My top "throw it into the ring" goal will be coat making........
All of these are based around using up what I have

1. Working on the green coat - slowly!
2. Nothing :(
3. Nothing
4. Nothing :(

On track to complete the coat in march and then start some other goals....