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October and November – sew sew sew

Well here I am again IBFs and still sewing.  I’ve even had an overlocker as a pre birthday present- super dooper new one.  Seems extravagant but YOLO so going to use it when I can.  On the health front, The Marsden disagree with my local hospital on the scan results.  I can’t take much from that as its not just the current scan that counts but each appointment brings a fresh anxiety and I have to learn to get on with it and do what I can to enjoy whatever life I have.    So having bought some lovely Stenzo jersey fabric from the Sewcial Studio online I decided it should be made into a McCalls 7432 with a slightly modified neckline and pockets.  I had earmarked the fabric for a top so didn’t have quite enough to do full length sleeves in one piece so  I cut cuffs and added them on to the sleeves I could make.  I added a neckband, inserting it with the lt shoulder open rather than as a circle and dividing it into quarters etc.  I prefer it as you can just chop any excess off and you get the join at the left side of the neck rather than at the centre back (or centre front if you get it wrong…..) as you finish the left shoulder and neck together.  I’m not sure the pockets really work as they hit the hips at the flare of the skirt but I wanted them so in they went and I used form band at the seams where they are joined (under stitching the seams to keep them inside) as well as on the shoulder seams. I inserted the sleeves on the flat and completed the side seams, pocket bag seams and arm seams in one continuous sew.

 

 

 

I had made another M7432 as well as I used some Poppy EU ltd jersey fabric bought in a shop approx 10-14 miles away from me.  I fell in love with the feel and look of it and normally only use this shop as a reference point as they have been rude personally to me on more than one occasion and I’ve witnessed rude behaviour toward another client in the shop in front of several shoppers.  I try not to buy anything from them but every so often as I can’t help going in and schmoozing around the shop loveliness I find something  I can’t be without and have to buy it there and then.  This M7432 was made with a high neckline and no pockets and the drape of the skirt is better without the pockets.  I really like wearing it, surprising as its not really my style.  Its simple to make and quick to come together.  I really want to try a v neckline next but will have to wait to use the fabric bought at 1st for Fabrics online for my birthday (not for a few days grrr and it will have to be washed first!). The lovely package arrived but its been hidden away with my overlocker cones and grandchild friendly fabric……its going to be awesome!   Karina from lifting pins and needles has posted a YouTube tutorial on how to do V neckbands so thanks to her I’m determined to give it a go and either use this pattern or the one she uses Simplicity 8548 which I think is the same as New Look 6298.  Thanks for the inspiration Karina.

 

 

 

Well I did some other sewing as well:  Love Sewing magazine had a threadcount 1902 pattern not too long ago so I gave that a bash.  I’ve got a few t shirt patterns and have been fixated on the Coco recently (TATB) after hating it initially when I tried it a while ago.  Although Im not the best sewist around I think I have improved a bit over the few years I’ve been sewing and found the coco neckline less of an obstacle recently.  Time to try another pattern I thought so gave this one an outing…..well its massive.  I went by the finished garment size and found that I needed to reduce the armscye, shoulder length, side seams ……ooooh annoying.  I used Stuart Hilliard jersey bought from my new favourites….Ist for Fabrics who always package the fabric beautifully and send a lovely message with thread and just general loveliness.  I don’t know why it took me so long to find them.

 

 

 

I can’t leave it there, hubby needed a warm fleece quickly and we couldn’t be bothered to drive to the shops or even online shop so having a bit of techno fleece in the cupboard from several moons ago I quickly ran up a jacket for him with instructions to wear it in garden and home as it was less than brilliant.  I didn’t have a long enough separating zipper and there wasn’t really enough fleece in one colour way plus the arms were going to be too short ….oh my goodness…. no end of worries over this one but it got sewn and ‘ere tiz’as we say.

 

 

 

You can’t see the pictures well you complain —ah sorry, rubbish photographer.  I also made two Jalie 3137 polo shirts.  – one for a 5 year old and one for the hubby.  These went down better than expected and the bigger boy wears his a lot.  His was made from Girl Charlee fabric (online purchase) and little uns was made from free gift jersey from 1st for Fabrics also from online order.  I won’t post a picture of the little chap but his had a pocket on the front and it was an easier sew than I expected but not without some difficulties.  I found YouTube videos that were helpful and haven’t linked them but they are easily found.

So I think thats your lot lovely IBFs.  Another blog is done, not sure how many more there will be but just for now ….Keep Sewing.

Selfless Sewing and Simple Sew Shannon Collection

The non selfless bit!
Finished measurements and fabric

Well life so far goes on dear IBFs. From your comments or lack of them I can see my recent life changing news has just not touched you at all…ah well let’s keep it simple and just sew. My alliterative title would have been brilliant if I’d made the Shannon shorts but no I had to ruin it by making the wide legged sailor trousers. Saw people wearing them out and about…..( possibly Seasalt bought ones?) and just had to try and make some! I duly cut out the pattern after studying the garment finished measurements on the packet and rather than trace the pattern I went straight to it and cut the size 12 but I did photocopy the smaller pieces (cut out but with all the sizes intact) just in case. I also kept the bits I cut off the main pattern pieces as I have been known to stick them back on to the pattern if needed (with okay results). I had some calico ( bought from BST fabrics ltd) so made a toile in the size 12 which came together quickly and immediately I could se that the size 10 would fit much better.

Shannon Collection trousers

So this is the finished article. They are slightly large but as I’m going through radiotherapy at the moment my appetite is decreased due to the the mouth ulcers and taste changes and I’m a bit smaller than I hope to be post radiotherapy. Also I expect although I washed the linen pre sewing it there may still be a bit of shrinkage. I’m hoping to wear them later in the year. The buttons I struggled with stylistically as hubby thinks bigger statement buttons should be used. I quite like the smaller understated look but feel free to disagree ibfs.

Simplicity 1563a (it says on my pattern)
Selflesssewing for the mister
Stand up straight hubby!

So this is hubby in simplicity. He wanted some lounge around in trousers. These came up a bit large to the size chart but I sliced a couple of inches off the large size in the upper thigh and around the hip area and took out some fullness in the crotch area. He was pleased with them and wears them in the evenings. They were very easy to make, just two legs with grown on waist which is turned down to form the casing for the elastic to thread through as the waistband. He is really fussy about not having a tight waistband so this always has to be tried on then off and adjusted a couple of times at least. No outer leg seams just inner leg seams for this pattern which makes it a very quick sew. The hems have been left long and at some point he will let me know how long he wants the legs left. In the meantime all raw edges have been overlocked with my Lidl bought Singer overlocker. I keep threatening to upgrade to a more plush model but holding off in view of my recent health issues. The fabric is a soft cotton with a brushed cotton feel on the underside, it washes beautifully and was nice to sew. I bought it ages ago from myfabrics.co.uk when they had some reduced prices.

Well that’s all for now IBFs. Fingers crossed that I can make it through radiotherapy. If anyone needs some advice on how to cope with radiotherapy post parotidectomy and facial nerve sacrifice just ask. It’s tough so be ready for it. You never know I might be around to blog some more soon. Happy sewing.

August sewing

Carnaby Nina Lee dress6167Nina Lee Carnaby dress

Well here we all are together again.  This dress from Nina Lee is lovely.  I’ve seen so many lovely versions of the Carnaby dress and have made this as wearable toile.  The fabric is a glitter linen from Minerva crafts and unfortunately It was a little sheer when made up so I had to line it with some lightweight cotton also from Minerva crafts.  I posted a review on patternreview.com   For inspiration as this (my) version doesn’t do the pattern justice try #carnaby dress (instagram) or see Like Sew Amazing vlog or Daffodiledger vlog on YouTube.  Di is closer to my age and Sarah is a younger vlogger (late 30 to early 40s). The only reason I say this is because of the way they both look fantastic in their versions and sometimes there is a bit of a niggle about how the over 50 sewing community are possibly ignored by the Indie pattern companies but this pattern works on younger and over 50s.  I hoped that Di might post on the pattern review website but to date she hasn’t.

carrie trousers SOI6161Sew over it Carrie trousers and RTW (Asda) top

I have had this pattern for a while as I bought the online trouser class from sew over it and both the ultimate trouser and Carrie patterns were included.  Personally I found the class expensive and not brilliant but my expectations were probably far too high.  Others have mentioned what good tips were included.  Making these trousers just happened to coincide with the pattern being released as one of the pdf club patterns.  I was simply trying to use up some fabric from the stash as I had bought this rayon type fabric for a kimono or similar from Minerva crafts a while ago and having made one Kimono couldn’t see myself needing another.  They are okay and I slop around the house, watch YouTube, read sewing blogs and generally laze around wearing these.  Can’t get over excited, they have elastic in the back, a flat front band and pockets, loose fit and I think pretty comfortable.

Mimi G simplicity 1167 trousers and McCalls 6729 top

Love the MimiG sew-a-long videos and buy those patterns whenever the half price deals come up.  Only problem is knowing which size pattern to buy as I straddle the middle sizes and if there is a top and trouser option I have to have the larger size for the top and smaller for the waist hips.  I know I could grade which is what I had to do here as the pattern had a blazer and a trouser option and I chose the pattern based on my bust size.  I had to grade the pattern down several inches and lost pocket opening size especially on one side as I wasn’t incredibly accurate or symmetrical and made the changes when the pattern was made up.  I know some clever souls measure the pattern and make adjustments before cutting but guess what…… nope not able to do that yet as I tend to forget seam allowance etc.  Also the ease needed I find is difficult to assess unless it’s a previously tried pattern.  Having made up the trousers and adjusted them I have now traced the original pattern pieces and made the changes to the traced pattern so that next time I should have proper sized pockets and the symmetry on both sides.  I have still left some wiggle room for less stretch in the fabric but I needed to take two inches off each side and 2.5 inches out of the centre back with this pair when using size 16 so it was not really surprising that the pockets suffered.  I expect I will find, if I ever make up the blazer, that I could have got away with the smaller sized pattern but that’s a live and learn thing. The pictures I have taken are not brilliant but they give a flavour of what it all looks like.  The fabric is a stretch denim from myfabrics.co.uk

The top is a nice simple one with keyhole opening at the back and a thread loop and button closure. I think I could skim the sides in a bit to make it a bit more fitted but it’s nice and airy as it is.  I used some seasalt cotton voile, which was in the sale.

Well that’s all lovely IBFs.  I have plans to make some more Nina Lee Carnaby dresses with a couple of tweaks to fit and a few other things but I like to keep it fluid.  Decided to do less indie and more from the standard big four or whatever people term them.  I have loads of patterns, some free with sewing mags and some bought when the patterns were on sale and a few Indie ones which I normally buy as PDFs to save on cost(?!!!).  Might even try and finish the Style Arc ziggi which is languishing on the mannequin currently.  It sits on top of the Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress which I made a wearable toile of.  Not keen on the VSD for me but a huge fan of the Ziggi however not so much the really sparse instructions……..grrrrr! Keep on sewing.

Shall I shan’t I?

 

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Cat in houses pink cotton fabric from BST ltd. shorts butterick 5044 medium view C/D with pockets from A and shortened

Well I don’t know…. shall I continue blogging or not?  It seems there aren’t too many other people interested in my meanderings but strangely I quite like the fact that no one’s very bothered about my sewing journey.  It sort of reflects my life really and I feel I can be quite honest as I’m not upsetting anyone.  I hate upsetting people and don’t like being upset myself.  I often (not that often) open my gob after I have bottled stuff up for ages and then a load of mismanaged, poorly formed ranting and abuse pours out which I instantly regret but obviously it’s been released, heard and hurt, causing no end of upset and consequence.  Anyway so what, that’s not what I’m blogging about….honesty re sewing is more what I want to write about as it sort of documents things somewhere where I can find them.  I do document my makes with notes but not in a consistent place so I often can’t revisit my notes quickly for reference.  Di of Daffodiledger vlog  showed a lovely sketch pad journal that she had received as a prize from Sewstainability@wordpress.com which is actually what prompted me to think about doing a blog update. If you read this sewstainability I couldn’t see all the pictures on your July blog or comment to tell you!  I don’t think you will see this so never mind!  Anyway I think I might try to source the sketch pad journally thing.

I wore loads of my latest makes on a recent holiday. I have been trying to make more tops as this is where I need more practise in fit and design.  I’ll insert a few pics to help highlight the problems.  I was ever so pleased that I managed to wear something me made every day and even elicited a positive comment from a store assistant in Corfu Town regarding my me made (very hastily pre departure) cross body holiday bag.  I was delighted but also highly embarrassed as the stitching was definitely not the best although she kindly said, “ trust me, the stitching is fine”. She had commented on the unusual design and how nice it was…..ooh I have been waiting a long time for a comment like that! My Hubbie found it funny but he was quite chuffed for me.  I’m keen to show you the things I made and some will be quite old ( circa 4-5 yrs when I first dipped into the wonderful world of sewing).

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The above are quite recent makes

1. Butterick culottes size 14 B6178 Black linen  (myfabrics.co.uk online) with simplicity 1693 green floral lawn like cotton from Sew Fabric size 14 view c without an overlay

2. Butterick culottes 6178 blue linen my fabrics.co.uk & sew over it London Susie blouse size 16 (adjusted as it was too big to closer to 14/12 fit) using seasalt cotton voile fabric

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Butterick 6178 & soi london susie blouse

3. B6178 and simplicity 1693 (blue and black viscose Minerva crafts)

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4. B6178 black linen with Peppermint Mag in the folds Ruffle sleeve top free pattern Size 16 graded to 14 blue viscose with yellow flowers -Minerva crafts

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B6178 &in the folds ruffle sleeve top

5. Butterick 6178 blue linen – myfabrics.co.uk and sew over it Lulu top – blue cotton fabric with ? Birds -Sew fabric

Butterick 6178 culottes & sew over it London Lulu top

6. Butterick 6178 black linen with simplicity K1467 size 16 view A – purple tana lawn not completely sure from where but it will have been heavily discounted!

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Simplicity K1467 & b6178

 

 

Same deal left to right working across:

1. Simplicity 6210 knit fabric (very first dress shortened from maxi to just below knee) Truro fabrics and my cross nody handbag with adjustable straps and 2 added pockets and top zip. Also has a key fob.  Elephant print cotton (BST ltd I think) and green faux leather(crafters companion).  Strap adjuster applied using Debbie Shore’s helpful YouTube vlog.

2. Burda 7062 view b- bengaline stretch fabric from BST ltd online

3. Sew over it London Lulu dress with pockets removed when dress made smaller at side seams and a tie belt added in the same fabric to help give shape. Blue floral cotton – eBay

4. Lulu dress again.

5. New look 6500 view c cut size 16 but reduced to 14 ish top and blended to 12 ish waist and hips.  Seasalt floral linen I metre used.  Facings cut from blue linen

6. New look 6500

7. Tanya whelan – sew many dresses sew little time book. Excellent mix and match bodice and skirt options in this book.  Blue paisley cotton from Sew Fabric

8. Butterick 5044shorts in grey polka dot cotton from Truro fabrics – elasticated waist & pockets so comfy

Left to right again

1. Sew Over it London Zoe dress blue cotton fabric not sure where from but possibly Minerva crafts or myfabric.co.uk

2. Zoe dress again – pockets elevated in side seams, sway back adjustment, narrow shoulder adjustment and added 2 inches to length

3. Orla dress by True Navy free pattern – cotton from the Sewing Studio

4. Sew over it Lulu top that needs the gathers and bias neckline adjusted and reworked ASAP.  Fabric- Sew Fabric . Trousers -M&S RTW.

5. Tanya whelan book :Sew many Dresses Sew little time mix and match bodices and skirts in poppy print cotton from somewhere

6. Tanya Whelan again with a lovely soft drapey fabric from eBay and paired with a handy light weight cardie

 

Well I hope you enjoy this blog my lovely IBFs xx