Friday, September 27, 2019

Vogue 9193

My latest make - Marcy Tilton's Vogue 9193. I like the asymmetrical lines and the pocket. I had read on the Pattern Review website that the sleeves are quite narrow, so I sewed a narrower seam allowance towards the end of the sleeve. I also hemmed the sleeves with bias binding to further reduce any narrowing of the sleeve by having a hem. The other change I made was to raise the front and back necklines by about 1/2 inch and to finish the neckline with a self fabric bias binding rather than the neck binding treatment given in the pattern. The fabric is a cotton/linen blend from a new fabric shop that has recently opened in inner Melbourne - Drapers Fabrics in Fitzroy.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

stylearc maisie designer dress

This is the Stylearc Maisie Designer dress that I made for my brother's wedding in July. It was a really easy dress to make. The pattern recommends stretch fabrics and I used synthetic fabric with a little stretch, from Tessuti Fabrics in Melbourne. The only alteration I made was to make the collar band a little wider. It is really comfortable to wear and with the diagonal seam lines and lantern-shaped skirt is very flattering.

Friday, April 13, 2018

More baby bucket hats

Although they are a little fiddly to make, I love sewing bucket hats as I can use different fabrics to create something unique. Using the free pattern from oliver + s I have made a winter weight hat using a fine weight corduroy and another summer hat. These are both size 6-12 months.

 I don't do any hand sewing as suggested by the instructions when attaching the lining. I attach the lining by sewing it just within the seam allowance of the first attached brim and cap, leaving a small gap to pull the hat through. The gap is then closed when the brim and cap seam is top stitched.

 The inside with the gap in the lining stitched closed with the top stitching.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Hats off to hats

I had fabric left over from making the sunbonnet and thought I would try making a bucket hat for my grandson. I found a free children's reversible bucket hat pattern from Oliver + S. I only used iron on  interfacing on one side of the brim which made the hat quite soft stucturally.
 I chose to make the inside brim from the same fabric as the outside brim which was different to the instructions. It was an easy make and will fit my grandson next summer.

Inspired by making a hat for a baby I thought I would give it a go to make a hat for myself. I bought a Yousewgirl adult hats pattern from GJs. It's a great pattern as it has multiple sizes and multiple brim widths and the instructions are like having your own private sewing teacher at your elbow. 
The first hat was a toile using a linen from Spotlight and cheap iron on interfacing.
The hat is firm in its structure and fits really well. The brim can be turned up too.
Feeling confident I tried making another one, this time only interfacing the brim. The hat is softer in structure and so I was able to attach the lining by machine rather than by hand. I could get away with not interfacing all parts of the hat as the outer fabric was a heavier weight cotton. 

 There will be more hats made as I already have requests from one daughter and my daughter-in-law.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Baby sun bonnet

My sewing has taken a different direction since the arrival of my grandson. I've been making simple baby accessories such as this sun bonnet.

It's made from a free pattern available from purlsoho. The instructions are easy to follow and I found the tip of pressing the ties with the use of a bias maker, a great idea. The only addition I made to the instructions was to top stitch all around the bonnet as well as along the brim seam. The pattern comes in sizes newborn to 2 years. This one is size 3-6 months. The outside is a quilting cotton and the lining is a white lawn. Rompers are next on my to make list.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Yuki dress by Tessuti

It has been a while since I've done any sewing and I'm pleased that it was the Yuki dress by Tessuti that got me back to the sewing machine. The pattern is quite new and comes as PDF or hard copy. As I live in Melbourne I bought the hard copy from the Flinders Lane shop. It is loose fitting and when I make it again I will make it in a smaller size.

Front view

The pattern suggests that the cowl collar should be made from a lighter weight fabric for a better drape. Instead of doing that, I used the same fabric as the dress but cut the collar on the bias. I did this for the better draping quality of bias cut fabric and also because I was working with a plaid I didn't have to worry about matching stripes - killing two birds with one stone! The other change from the sewing instructions was with the centre front seam on the collar. I neatened the seam by folding under the seam allowance and stitching it down rather than neatening the edges and letting the seam allowance hang loose in the collar.

                                                                      close up of front collar

                                                                           Back view
                                                          Close up of back neck

 I really liked the instructions for the side pockets and will use this method for in-seam pockets  in future garments. The fabric is a light weight suiting from Clear It in Fitzroy. I'm not sure of its composition but it is soft to the touch.

I plan to wear it with a long sleeved black top underneath, footless tights and flat shoes for Autumn and for Winter make it warmer with a woollen crew neck jumper and boots.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Daisy Designer Tunic - without second hem

It has been a long time between blog posts and that's because it's been a long time between sewing projects. Life has got busy and sewing has gone by the wayside. But over the summer holidays I set up the sewing machine and made a Stylearc Daisy Designer Tunic. There are a few changes to the original pattern. I didn't use the Centre Back or Centre Front seam but cut the back and front on the fold. I didn't add the second hem as I find that I prefer the length of this top with just the first hem. I used my favourite neck line treatment - a self-fabric bias binding- rather than the facing. This is a very comfortable top to wear and it has a lovely shape. The fabric is a light weight cotton which drapes nicely.