FINALLY! I got my mitts on the navy Mystery Food Lawn by Sarah Watts from Cotton and Steel and turned it into a Fancy Sailor Top.
This is the first Maya top I've made and as usual I've made a size too big! This viscose is so soft and lovely thought that I'll be making the top and res versions in it but a size smaller v soon.
I spotted this 'Mustang' fabric by (you guessed it) Cotton & Steel at a store in Ely and it was a must have. I turned it into a Fancy Sailor Top but this time I graded the size from a Large around the bust to a Medium at the waist and bum. This meant there is a lot less fabric floating around than my first attempt. This time I also followed the instructions on how to baste (I couldn't work it out before) and it meant the gathers were much more even and controllable. I also managed to complete the neat inside yoke by stitching in the ditch which was another skill I had picked up since my first attempt.
This is my third Bianca because it currently holds the title for 'The most comfortable dress ever' in my wardrobe awards. This time I left out the V in the neckline as all the other attempts have ended up in a hole at the end of the V and the need for some well place binding. Sad face. ANYWAY I combined 'The softest fabric in the world' with 'The most comfortable dress ever' to make this beauty. * bows *
As promised here's my second attempt at the Grainline Scout Tee. This time I went down a size and I think that was a good call. I made it up in this cute navy and gold lawn from Cotton & Steel (seeing a theme yet?). Since the fabric is relatively plain though you can see EVERY SINGLE CREASE. This is not compatible with my hatred of ironing - must fix.
This was my first attempt at the Scout tee by Grainline so I chose an inexpensive batik print cotton lawn I found on eBay for £4 per metre. This is such a super soft fabric and the pattern is really flattering I think. I'm pretty sure I've picked the wrong size though and will take it down as is next time - as the pattern is so busy I don't think you can tell it's too big but still.
This is a self drafted skirt based on instructions for self drafting from Tilly and the Buttons book 'Love at First Stitch'. I'm obsessed with this Octopus fabric by Cotton & Steel which comes in beige and navy. I can only seem to get hold of the beige one in the UK (they are a US collective of designers and the navy does't seem to make it this far and is snapped up when it does). When it arrived I realised it was going to really wash out my face so made it into a skirt instead. I think this skirt is going to be a good summer staple but I need to not eat a big dinner before wearing it (like I did for this photo!) as it sits right on my tummy. It also needs the hem taking up as it's a bit long but over all I'm pleased with he result.
I'm torn on the results of this experiement. I think i fitted the bodice quite well by adjusting the seams at the zip on the back but the pleats in the neckline make for a weird fit around the bust. I might stitch them down and press them flat. Of the shoulders sits down fine and the other is wonky (no idea why). I do really like the skirt bit though - it's fun and twirly. Maybe I'll just hack the top off and make a skirt.
After making the first attempt at this pattern too big I made a size down and I'm really pleased with the result. This fabric was bought off the internet somewhere. it's a slightly thinner cotton and the shark tooth makes for a smarter take on the same pattern.
This dress pattern is Bianca by Made by Rae. I made this in size large and adjusted the front facing to accommodate my larger than average bust. But when I tried it on it was way too big. I took it in at this seams by almost and inch on each side and that helped but it's still a bit big around the shoulders. It was a fairly quick sew though at 3 hours including cutting out. I found this fabric by Moda in Sew Much To Do in Ely and love the animals peeping out of this really retro flower pattern - it's nice modern twist. This is a great pattern for breezy summer number. Bring on the Pimms!
I loved the fit of the Washi dress so much that I wanted another one. So when my fabric arrived in the post I couldn't wait to turn it into a Washi. I cut on the bias so the diagonals would make for a more intersting pattern. It pulls a alit acros the bust as a sresult but I think it's worth it.
I love the look of this sailor top - it's going be a very versatile pattern as it could beice smart when made of a sharp dark cotton or relaxed in a summery, light, floaty fabric. I'd never made a yoke before which was a bit of an experience. Despite my best efforts to agther the fabric evenly around the yoke it didn't quite work and it meant I over agthered at the back of the seams. Practise makes perfect so I'll be trying this again soon.
This is the first time I've attempted the Sigma dress by Papercut Patterns. In retrospect I chose the wrong fabric to make it out of - the cotton I chose was mutch too crisp and it could have done with being made out of a viscose or something else with a little strecth in it. My version bulked at the back so I had to cheat and ad shirring to make it fit. I love the print of this fabric though - I need to make sure I chose the right fabric for the pattern not just becasue I love the print!
This is the first dress I've ever made and I'm really pleased with it. It took me ages as it had loads of things I'd not done before: box pleats, sleeves, full neck facing and SHIRRING!. I love the fit though and will be wearing it to a spring wedding soon. The patter is by Made by Rae who has quite a few more tempting looking patterns too.
Like most normal people, I took my sewing machine on holiday to Wales and one rainy afternoon made this really simple top in aztec print cotton poplin. The neck line is a bit wide for my liking but I loved the print.
Our puppy Henry kept waking up at night - it was suggested that he was a bit cold at night I stitched him a patchwork crate cozy. Now we all sleep soundly :)
I watched Into the Wild whilst designing and cutting this pattern and now I think about when ever I look at it. I designed it by taking a rectangle of paper and folding it in diagonals across the centre point - hence the mirrored design.
I've bought a sewing machine and I'm in love with it. I wanted to find a past time that would take me away from my laptop which I'm glued to all day due to work and the way of modern life works.
This is the first thing I've made on it. I love the teeny-tiny pattern and I'm beyond surprised at how neat it came out. It's made of half square triangles using four fat quarters and 4 hours leaning over an ironing board and then the sewing machine.