Friday, 24 June 2016

White dot top- modified simplicity 8084




I bought some lightweight white spot cotton from the Cloth House in Soho a few weeks ago. I wanted to make a light casual top, with a simple shape to make the most of the pattern. I liked the drawstring waist of my recent simplicity 8084 dress and decided to modify it to make a sleeveless tunic. 


I am pleased with the result. I used French seams for a neat finish inside and to stop the loose weave cotton unraveling. The neck and armhole edges are bound with bias binding.

I have been watching the Great British Sewing Bee and decided to time myself. It took 5hrs 30minutes. Don't think I'd make the cut, however I did make my own bias binding and put the back section on back to front, so about an hour was unpicking three French seams. 




Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Simplicity 8084 shirt dress by Mimi G

I saw this dress pattern while pursing fabric in my local fabric store and bought the fabric to make it then and there. I like shirt dresses and have wanted to make one for a while, but had not found a pattern that I liked. I was drawn to this pattern as it is shown on the pattern envelope in a nice drapery red crepe which reminded me of this dress I have on my Pinterest fashion board (if only I was as stylish in real life as on Pinterest!)

I chose a viscose crepe in teal. The colours were limited in the shop I was in and although I love the teal, it would look lovely in a cobalt blue or my favourite colour if the moment, yellow. 

I decided to underline the front, back and yoke sections of the dress with some standard lining fabric. I used cream as it was what I had. I did this to add a bit of weight and warmth as I hate when a unexpected cool summer breeze goes straight through your dress fabric. The lining also helped to stabilise the slippery crepe. 

The pattern instructions were easy to follow and Mimi G has a helpful tutorial on YouTube. I like that the pattern uses a yoke instead of just front and back pieces as it adds some interest with the gathers.  The most difficult part of the construction were the button plackets  and the collar, but they were not very hard. It took me about three days to cut, Mark and sew. 

It is really comfy to wear, especially because of the drawstring waist. I used plain 1/2 inch buttons down the front, except on the top button and sleeves where they can be seen.  

I took the picture a few days after I had first worn it. The hem has developed a crease where it is blind-hemmed to the underlining and needs to be unpicked, smoothed out and resewn. I used a knit interfacing on the collar and it is not up to the job, unsurprisingly. The collar is a bit too droopy and folds over with this drapey fabric. Not a disaster, but i will make sure I use a stiffer interfacing next time.




Sunday, 29 May 2016

Me made may week 4

I ran out of suitable me mades this week. I re-wore my caramel cardigan, my self-drafted mohair jumper and my leopard scarf.

Today the sun has come out and I am heading to a barbecue so I am taking full advantage and pulled on my modified simplicity 2281 dress (blogged here). I have added a bit of casualness with my wear everywhere denim shirt. I really should find a good shirt pattern and make my own someday, soon.


Monday, 23 May 2016

Me-made-may 2016 week 3

Monday 16th May and Wednesday 18th May: Caramel cardigan. Blogged here

Thursday 19th May 2016: Bloomsbury jumper blogged here

Friday 20th May: leopard scarf (unblogged)



Sunday 22nd May: Simplicity 8084 dress by Mimi G (I will blog it soon)



Monday, 16 May 2016

Me-Made-May 2016- week 2


Monday 9th May- Vogue 1287. I thought I had blogged this dress but I hadn't. I did blogg a yellow jersey version here. This version is made from a some sort of poly/viscose mix which is nice except it has a slightly odd but not unpleasant smell when wet. 

Tuesday 10th May- georgette cowl neck top. Blogged here

Wednesday 11th May- blue mohair/silk knit top. I made this top up as I went along. It is basically shaped like an uppercase T with no waist shaping or anything complicated. It is made from Rowan kidsilk haze and was very cozy for a spring day. I wish I had made it baggier, especially the sleeves, which would have been avoided with a bit more planning. The edging is done in moss stitch with the yarn doubled. The rest is single strand stocking stitch. 



I failed the rest of the week. Spent the weekend doing DIY in some old splattered jeans.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Me Made May- Week one

I have not sewn much in the last two years and didn't take part in MMMay inn 2014 or 2015 and my me made wardrobe has shrunk depressingly. Thinking back to MMMay 2013, it is sad to see that quite a few me mades have passed over to the other side. More room in the wardrobe for new stuff! 

Round up of the week. 

Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th: Red linen skirt 

























Thursday 5th- Vogue 1287

Friday 6th- Self-drafted jersey dress and wool book bag



7th May: Simplicity 2250



8th May: Simplicity 2186

Friday, 15 April 2016

Baby Kimono


I'm having quite the knitting moment. I made this little baby Kimono for my gorgeous new niece. The pattern is by Elizabeth Shaw and is available for free on ravelry. 

The yarn is some acrylic DK I bought about three years ago. I don't have any more details as they have been festering in my yarn pot, but it should make a nice light summer cardigan. 

I made a size medium. The pattern was straight forward and knit quickly. It is finished with a couple of simple pearlescent buttons. 

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Hobbywool Alpaca


I recently visited Riga in Latvia where I came across a beautiful shop in the old town called Hobbywool selling yarns and handmade lovely knitted goods. I didn't have room to bring many things back, but I did buy 4 skeins of black alpaca, light finger-weight yarn. Once I returned home I decided I wanted more and they were kind enough to send me another 6 skeins in the post. 


Currently leaning towards making a Smaragd jumper by Svetlana Volkova, available on ravelry. However the sun is out today so I might start some summer knits instead. 



Yellow and Grey Caramel cardigan by Isabell Kraemer


I have just finished my Caramel cardigan. I made a size medium using Rowan Superwash DK. Six balls of gold and 3 balls in shale, bought on offer for £3.60 each from John Lewis online. The pattern was very easy to follow, it is available for free on Ravelry. I lengthened the sleeves slightly, although I might shorten them to bracelet length to make the cardigan more of a jacket. I have fastened it with a broach for now, but I plan on adding gold popper fasteners down one side. 

The wool is very warm, but I was slightly disappointed with the yarn as there were joins in the middle and some fluffy lint. Not sure Rowan is what it once was. It did iron well and looks nice now it is finished. 




Sunday, 17 January 2016

Family knit: Caramel cardigan

Woke up to a (very) light dusting of snow this morning and decided to use it for an excuse for a (very) lazy day and starting s new project. I am knitting Caramel by Isabel Kraemer, a blanket style cardigan. The pattern is available to download free from Ravelry and is very popular. My mum and sister are knitting along with me and I am trying to resist the urge to rush ahead.

We are all using Rowan pure wool superwash DK. I have chosen gold and shale, using the gold at the top with bands of grey near the bottom. I haven't fully decided  which bits will be grey, but I really like this (much copied) version by Kleinformat.