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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.

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