Sew House 7 – Burnside Bibs

So I finally made these – what I would call dungarees. Actually, they feel like a trouser apron, if that makes sense.

I made them out of some beautiful pale green linen, which I bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show, from the Higgs and Higgs company. I bought the fabric with this pattern in mind and saved it for one of my sewing projects in Spain.

Needless to say, the linen sewed up really easily and I decided to use white thread so as I would have a contrast. I made up size 16 but I ended up taking them in at either side about 1 inch. They still pull up over my hips, but the back doesn’t bunch up as much.

I know they will serve me well, working in my kitchen or my sewing studio. They are comfortable and strangely warm and cool at the same time. I know they are not the most flattering item but i made them to be practical and they fit the bill.

I am wearing them with a simple a short sleeved t-shirt underneath but I know they will look good with a shirt or a long sleeved t-shirt too.

I wasn’t sure about them right up until I finished them. I really wanted to like them but thought they might make me look too chunky. Anyway, I don’t care if they do cos I love them.


Cielo Dress – Grey Chambray

This is my second Cielo dress. The first one I made as a toile, see my previous post. Unfortunately it shrunk, and is now a lovely tunic, which I wear with navy leggings.

I couldn’t decide whether to go down a size as the neckline was a bit big on the top version. Eventually I decided to stick with the 14 as it was the closest to my measurements.

I wanted a short sleeved version with pockets for the Spring. I fancied the grey chambray with swallows on. I bought 3 metres of this from Higgs and Higgs at £7 per metre.

I couldn’t figure out how the dress pockets worked from the shape of the pattern pieces and was convinced it wouldn’t work. However, of course I was wrong. After a couple of steps to the construction, it was obvious! I also chose to do the neck facings rather than the bias strip and I am glad I did as the neck fits perfectly. The top stitching and cuffs are nice details along with the massive pockets.

The construction was easy and I cut it out one day and sewed it up in a day.

There were no issues with the pattern or the fabric. I am very pleased with it and can see me wearing it a lot.

Pleiades 2 – French Poetry

This pattern has been a challenge! I will detail more about it when I do my Minerva blog.

There does seem to be a glaring mistake in the instructions. The back bodice comes in 2 pieces but the instructions never tell you to sew them together and in the pictures it looks like 1 piece??

Ah the collar, I’ve left that piece at home! So we will opt for the pussy bow instead. I haven’t got that bit either but I can sort of make that up, I think.

So all that done. The pussy bow isn’t long enough to tie in a bow but can be tied in a tie fashion as my photo. We can change this if it’s not right.

Now the bit I was dreading, the button holes and buttons. The bit I fear the most is lining them up and making the button holes fit the space. Even though I use the automatic button hole function on my machine, the button holes alway look massive. Anyway, I took things slowly and didn’t have any major disasters. It’s not perfect but looks ok. The hems on the sleeves and the body of the dress, went without a hitch.

It’s now winging its way back to the UK for my sister Angie to try on. She is going to do the photo shoot and send the shots back to me to edit and add to the blog post.

The finished article

Now that you have seen and admired it, I will point out the major flaw if you haven’t seen it already. You must stare at the dress and the pattern and then you will see that some of the arrows go up and some go down. It doesn’t really notice as the pattern is so busy.

I realised the reason for this was because I cut the pieces out with the fabric folded over, so one piece of the dress front goes in one direction and the other in the other direction. In order to avoid this happening, I should have cut it out in one single piece. I don’t think it’s a complete disaster personally. The OH agrees. Let us see if sister Angie notices 🙃

The Indigo Dress

This is one of those patterns where there are dozens of examples all over Instagram. I have asked myself why I took so long to make it and have likened it to working in the software industry – hard to imagine I know but wait…

I worked for a software company called Liquidlogic who supply software to councils. When we released a new version, there were always the dead eager customers who couldn’t wait to get their hands on the new functionality. Then there were the customers who waited patiently for the eager ones to test it out and find out if there were any bugs and/or to try out the different new functions and styles.

So I think I belong in the second category. When it came to making this pattern, I watched and saw different styles, versions, hacks and fabric choices being made and displayed. After viewing and scrutinising body shapes, ages, fabric etc I knew which version and fabric I wanted to make my first Indigo and this is it.

Now that I have made the simple version, I am tempted to make the fancy sleeves and the ruffle version too.

I made this version from Summer Posy Viscose from Fabrics Galore. I bought the fabric at the Black Monday sale. It’s lovely to sew, drapes beautifully and looks great. I am very happy with the dress. I have now done the hems and I will post a picture of me wearing it when the sun returns here!

Now shall I make another the same or shall I do the bell sleeve version?

Vogue 1415 – Tom and Linda Platt

Up until recently I have never used a Vogue pattern. I’m not sure why, but I think I assumed they were too difficult for me.

I was gifted some lovely polyester satin by Minerva and looked for a suitable pattern. I’m not sure how I ended up with this one, but I’m glad I did. Admittedly, it is a very easy Vogue pattern, but still I didn’t know what to expect.

I used it to make the long gold top as in the picture above and was very pleased with the outcome. Its not yet featured on the Minerva Blog, but goes live sometimes in January.

For the next Minerva project, I chose some light, drapes polyester crepe to make the other option, a shorter classic top with a cowl neck. I love the finished item and although this hasn’t yet gone live for Minerva I have worn it several times. It looks classy and expensive and I’m really pleased with it. I just want to make again in a real crepe, maybe in black.

My Next 5 Sewing Projects

Simplicity Sweater Dress

I’m making this for my daughter Melissa, as a birthday present. I bought some sweatshirting fabric from Minerva https://www.minervacrafts.com/, in a cobalt blue colour. It has a soft and warm inside, so it will great for the cooler months.

As you can see it’s WIP. I’m working blind as she hasn’t tried it on yet!

I’ve tacked it together and tried it on myself, but we need a fitting!

Ogden Cami

I thought it was about time I made this pattern as everyone else seems to have! I am going to make some of these for Christmas presents and I was thinking of making them in a lightweight linen or rayon challis.

Sew House Seven – Burnside Bibs

This is going to be one of my 2020 Spanish projects. I bought some olive green linen from the Stitching and Knitting Show to make it in. I am itching to start them.

Cielo Dress

I have seen lots of these made up and it’s seems to be popular with different age groups. I am going to make the dress version first. Not sure what fabric yet but maybe some more linen or patterned viscose.

Linden Sweatshirt

This has been on my list for a while. I may use some of the sweatshirting I am using for the Sweater dress.

I AM Cassiopee

Oh I have waited so long to try this pattern out. Not sure what I was waiting for exactly but I I bought the perfect fabric from Higgs and Higgs at the Knitting and Stitching Show last Thursday. It’s a deep cerise babycord and it’s oh so soft. It cost £11.99 per metre and I bought three metres so it wasn’t a cheap make.

As ever, I have seen many of the I AM Cassiopee dresses made up, in all different types of fabric and different ages and body types on Instagram. I thought I could carry it off 🙂

I had read that it came up big but I hesitated to go smaller than my measurements, so opted for the largest size, which as it was a French pattern meant making a 46. I figured that I could always cut some off if it was too big but if I cut it too small then I was done for.

The pattern pieces had to be traced off and that took me a couple of hours. I then watched a You Tube video of a couple of girls who had made it, before I started cutting out.

At first I thought I had too much fabric but because the sleeves are bat shaped and the style is loose, it was just enough. It was lovely to be working with a natural fabric and it’s so easy to handle.

The pattern instructions are quiet brief and the construction is simple. However, when I had got it all together and tried it on, I didn’t like it and was massively disappointed. It was far to big and the neck gaped. So I left it overnight on Dolly and went back to Instagram to have a look at a few more finished ones. Everyone who made it raved about it and several people had made more than one, but I just wasn’t getting the love.

Next morning, I decided to take it in from the cuff of the sleeve, right round to the hem, by another inch. That did it, it looked much better, now just the neck to sort out. I didn’t fancy taking off the facing and reducing the size of the bodice, so I tried making a tuck all the way down the front bodice, like a fake placket. It looked ok.

I finished the sleeves and the hem and went back to the front and added three mother of pearl buttons ( which I already had in my collection) It looks great now!

I am so pleased I persevered and I am sitting writing this with it on, cos I don’t want to take it off!

Stasia Dress

I wanted to make a jersey dress in charcoal grey, to go with my autumn capsule wardrobe. I needed it to be comfortable and warm but smart enough to wear out. I needed it to be loose fitting around my middle and long enough to wear with knee high boots. I thought that the Sew Liberated Stasia dress pattern fitted the bill.

When I see a new pattern I like, I head straight over to Instagram to see who else has made it and to see what type of fabric they used. For this dress, there are lots of makes and wearers with different body shapes, sizes and ages wearing it. I checked that there were some older ladies included as I don’t want to look like I am trying too hard to look younger than I am 🙂

I bought the jersey fabric from Minerva. I get 10% discount off everything for being a craft club member, so its worth it. UK delivery is free for orders over £20 so I bought some other fabric and a pattern too to make it worthwhile. The fabric was £5.98 and took 2 metres making the dress cost about £12. There are no fastenings so no cost there, but I did use some swimsuit elastic that I already had, at the waist to give the seam a bit more stability.

I chose to make a short dress, but the pattern can be used to make a maxi dress and a top. The construction of the dress is very simple. There are only 6 pieces to cut out. I decided to leave out the pockets because I thought they might add a bit of bulk. I can do without pockets in one dress and I can do without more bulk!

It didn’t take long to put together and I am very pleased with the final product. The only thing that slightly annoys me is that the shoulders show my bra strap, so I should fix some lingerie hooks in, which I may do when I get around to it!

In the meantime, I can wear it and wash it and it doesn’t need ironing, so all good!

Capsule Wardrobe – Autumn 2019

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It’s that time again! Time to swap my summer clothes over for a warmer set. This Autumn I have decided to use these colours for my capsule wardrobe:

  • Black
  • Purple
  • Cerise Pink
  • Lilac
  • Dark Grey
  • Lime Green
  • White

i decided on these colours a month or so ago so I could start making items of clothing for Autumn. I have also been through all of my clothes that I store away each season and picked out items which I like and which I want to be part of the capsule. I haven’t had to buy anything extra at all. 

These are the items in my Autumn Capsule 2019

Outerwear

Black lightweight jacket – bought from M&S when I was working 

Purple velvet coat – I have had this maxi coat for several years but have only worn it occasionally. I have now decided to shorten it so that I get more wear from it. 

Black hoodie – bought from Primark about 2 years ago 

Grey hoodie – bought from H&M last year

Tops

Black cotton polo – bought several years ago 

Black long sleeved tee – bought last year 

Black and white checked shirt – I made this last year but it’s too short so I am going to lengthen it a bit with some of the leftover fabric. 

Long floral blouse – I bought this from Joules when I had a bit of money and when I was working but I still like it and it has the right colours for this capsule 

White long sleeved tee – bought last year 

White linen top – bought 2 years ago 

Purple and white top – made this year 

Short black tee – bought from Spanish supermarket this year 

Bright Pink Tee – bought from Spanish supermarket this year

Lime Green Tee – gifted from my sister -in- law

Long cerise pink lightweight cardigan – bough a few years ago

Bottoms

Black leggings- bought this year from M&S

Black trousers – bought 2 years ago from M&S

Purple jeans – bought several years ago – can’t remember where from 

Black jeans – Christmas present 2018 

Dresses

Lilac dress – this is the Cinema dress I made – see blog post – cost £25 (fabric, thread and buttons) plus pattern 

Grey jersey dress – made this last week – cost £15 plus pattern 

Black dress – bought last year from Lidl 

Cerise Pink Joni Dress – made this year – cost £32 – plus pattern

Shoes and Boots 

Black ankle boots – birthday present Feb 2019

Grey lace up shoes – bought 2018 – Clarks 

Black slip ons – bought several years ago but not worn much – Dune 

Black patent slip ons – bought several years ago but not worn much – Clarks – they have them back in the shop now!

Accessories

Pink suede clutch – bought from eBay new last month 

Black Crossover Handbag – bought several years ago 

Lime Green Tote – bought several years ago – Sainsbury’s

Jewellery

I have been through my ‘jewellery’ and found some pieces that will co-ordinate with the colours.

 

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