Burda 40% off pattern purchase! Made view C size 14/15. What can I say….it’s a blouse 👚. Won’t be making it again. I thought it would be nice to wear in hot weather but by the time I made it the weather had changed. It’s a funny pattern with a sort of cap to the sleeve which I tried valiantly to make work but the instructions didn’t help and I couldn’t see the point of them anyway in the view I made. I can’t see on the pattern envelope that the view C has them in the picture on the model. I think the shoulders are too narrow so I probably should have made an adjustment but I was just glad to finish this one. For the buttons I stitched them on through the button band placket and put the shirt on over my head…..just couldn’t face buttonholes. Oh dear…hope I’m not falling out of love with sewing. It’s Seasalt fabric by the way…I knew you’d want to know😀.
Okay, some more to share with my delightful IBFs.
Couldn’t resist the print and colour of this lovely Seasalt fabric that was in the sale. Had to buy two separate metres for best value. Burda had a sale, my local fabric shop Sew and fabric run by the everso nice Rachael…. who must wonder what happened to me and my half paralysed face…. had the patterns, I needed summer tops… a match made in heaven. So dear IBFs I decided to sew the size 14 which allows for the pattern to have enough ease to match my measurements and a bit more. Being windy on this though, as in reality a 16 was closer to my actual measurements, I decided to cut a 14 with an ince wincey bit more… maybe a 15. I wanted the sleeveless flounce version but knew the sleeved flounceless version would suit my older lady arms better. I had enough fabric to make the top with some over so cut some sleeves just in case the flounces looked dreadful but although I dislike my arms I like the sleeveless top. What to do with these sleeves? No doubt I will put them in another top if I can……well they’re cut out now 😁😁. The top was easy to sew and the fit is okay. Think I could have cut a straight 14 okay but I do like a bit of ease.
Okay next up….the shirt dress… now have been waiting to sew one of these for a very long time. Prompted by fabric purchased from The Sewcial Studio online. Amanda Wyatt of Sewing quarter fame (see Youtube if for some reason you like sewing but haven’t watched The Sewing Quarter) runs and co owns this shop. She posts on Instagram and Facebook and looks gorgeous in her makes. I had the Simplicity 8014 pattern for ages but thought the max size of the pattern I had might not be big enough so had put off sewing this.
As you all follow me so closely, you know due to illness I am less meaty so I thought you know what….I’m going to take a chance. I had 2 metres of this cotton twill and could only make view D but with view C hemline. It was a great pattern. I used a couple of tutorials to do inseam pockets and a different collar construction for the collar and stand.
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-dx-jKUwwjknyVJ_4GWvcg. For a yoke construction using the burrito or clean finish method
- https://emmaonesock.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/pocket-primer-the-ins-and-outs-of-pockets-by-kathryn-brenne/ For the inseam pockets… after I had tried my own technique of course
- http://foursquarewalls.blogspot.com/2013/09/sewing-collar-different-order.html For a different order of collar construction which may work for you.
All the above tutorials give some excellent other tutorials as well. Gotta love the sewing community for the love and help. Couldn’t do it without you.