Thursday, 30 March 2017

Simplicity 8014 Shirtdress

 For a few months now I've had plans to make this popular Simplicity shirtdress. There are quite a few versions floating around the internet and now I've made mine! The pattern is a good one. It's body skimming and shaped to look ok belted or unbelted. Nice drafting. Beware though - it's short. I did the longer length of view C to make it a bit more trans-seasonal and I left off the collar but kept the stand because I liked it better that way. Adjustments:  a scant half cm added to the centre back neck on all pieces and 1 cm added to the height of the patch pockets. Nothing else. I did a 14 out of the packet but on next versions I will turn the back gathers into an inverted pleat, add a bit more ease across the high hip and move the inside pockets up by 2.5 cm. The sleeves, which I wear turned up, are a weeny bit longer than I like but all these are usual-to-me tweaks for my body. I highly recommend this pattern.

Original sleeve length and fully buttoned but really, I'll be wearing it like it is in the shot below.

I'm starting to post shots on Instagram. 
Happy sewing,

Stash fabric, pattern and notions used.

Stash tally 2017:  Fabric Used from stash 14
                             Patterns purchased  2
                             Material purchased 3

Sunday, 19 March 2017

A little dress, A little jacket

My DD is going on holiday next week with a girlfriend - to Hawaii no less - and asked me to make a little lets-go-party dress with a round neck and slightly dropped shoulders. Simple, knee length. I said I had just the pattern. DD had bought some swimwear material ages ago but had changed her mind about using it for swimmers and there was enough for a dress, so I ran it up. It had to skim but not be too tight so I machine basted the shoulders and side seams and made her try it on before finishing it. The pattern is OOP Simplicity 4699 Wardrobe Elements. I used the top extended into a dress. I bound the neckline and turned it to the inside and stitched. The armholes were just overlocked then turned in  and topstitched. She was very happy with the dress and the fit and posed for a photo but didn't want to do hair or make up so this is a very cropped and basic shot. I'd love to take one of her all glammed up  but kids, you know. The yard is a jungle because this was the first time in a week that it has stopped raining!

OOP Simplicity 4699

On other things I have bought my very first Lekala pattern ever and plan to get around to it when the weather cools down. Anyone recognise this little controversial jacket ;)

Happy Sewing,
I made someone happy with mine,

Progressive Stash Tally 2017
Fabric - unchanged because I used DD's material
Patterns - I bought which brings it to 2

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

V1522 Isaac Mizrahi Drawstring Pants

I've made up the drawstring pants from V1522 and I love them. They will probably become a TNT.  DD has cheerfully inherited the top which was way more her style than mine, but other shortish tops like my churn-out-one-or-two-a-season Simplicity 1366 work well with these pants too.

They were a trial run out of a stash chocolate brown beefy slinky knit. I think they are supposed to be cropped and finish somewhere just above the ankle, or they would if you were regular height. I am 5' nothing and this length is straight out of the packet. The droopy knit made them drop a bit. I normally start by folding out 3" out of any Vogue pant pattern.

Now to the good stuff. They are an easy sew. The pockets are applied to the fronts first which takes the most time then it's zoom zoom from there. Size Medium is a bit roomy but once again that is probably the material. The tapered shape of the leg is good - I think they are 'just so'. The instructions are good.  There will be more of these in my sewing future.

I've lightened the photos a bit. I had to pick up my tripod and run inside because it started to rain. On other matters I've been exploring the new-to-me world of Instagram as it seems to be the way of the future. It's faster, easier and would still give a record of what I've been sewing. What do you guys think of Instagram?


Stash Tally
Fabric  13 out
Fabric    3  in
Patterns  1 in

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

V1522 Isaac Mizrahi Top

Vogue Isaac Mizrahi pattern V1522 was released last year. I loved it immediately but it wasn't released here until recently. I searched for reviews on the internet and found only few of the pants and one of the top. Erica Bunker  has made up the whole outfit and looked quite good in it. Anyway I bought the pattern and got out some Liberty silk from my stash. I knew I should make a muslin but thought 'nah, I know what adjustments to make. It looks straightforward'. It is, technically, but I ended up doing every main component on this top at least twice to make it sit right on me. It would have taken less time to make two garments instead of redoing so much on one!

I started with my usual adjustment for boat necks. I have to scoop out the front neck a little bit and bring the sides of the neck in a little bit, then do a straight shoulder adjustment. I had three goes at the sleeves - which I love by the way. They have an exaggerated in and out side seam curve. The seam where the sleeve meets the flounce is also curved. It rises in the middle and falls to the sides.  I shortened the sleeve by 1 cm. The flounces themselves are attached then the seam is hidden by a bias self strip. I found I had too much volume at the end of the sleeve and had to take in a 2.5 cm 'wedge' from the bottom tapering to nothing at 12cm up to make it work on my short body. The line drawings don't show how long and pointy the very bottom of the finished flounce/sleeve is. The inside seam is partly visible and the seams need to be finished with French or flat felled seams, not mentioned in the instructions.

I found the bias strips for the neck and sleeves a little bit too wide. I narrowed them both in the middle of redoing everything. That's how this process was - do a bit, unpick, recut, do it again. I took the hem up an extra inch instead of narrow hemming and I raised the side slit accordingly. The top is a bit longer on me than the envelope but it's where I want it.

Conclusion: Now that I've tweaked everything I will probably make it again, maybe in a statement print. In spite of my issues it's a good pattern.

I am making the pants out of a beefy chocolate brown slinky knit. They are nearly finished and I'll post them soon.

A note on the continuing saga of the hair. I got tired of having two tone colour while waiting for my natural grey to grow so I decided to bleach it. The ends ended up yellow so I used Schwarzkopf Silver Toner to help even it out. Anyway now for the first time in my life I have attention-seeking hair! It's a means to an end but I sort of like it.

That's my small adventures,
Happy sewing,

Edit: 5 March. My DD came over today and I was telling her about this top, how I want to make it again in a bolder print because I wasn't entirely happy with how old fashioned the little print looked on me. She asked if she could try it on and it looked so good on her - she loves this type of print - that I gave it to her. I took it in at the sides 1 cm from armpit to the vents. Here's the happy model.

Progressive Stash Tally:
Fabric: 12 stash, 3 purchased.
Patterns: 1 purchased.