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 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
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.
Sunday, January 21, 2018
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.
There will be more hats made as I already have requests from one daughter and my daughter-in-law.
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.
Sunday, November 5, 2017
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
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.
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.
Friday, February 3, 2017
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.