OOP Simplicity 2479: DIY faux fur gilet for a little girl

Simplicity 2479 little girls faux fur gilet
Simplicity 2479 little girls faux fur gilet

Simplicity 2479 little girls faux fur gilet

Hi Readers,

Christmas is almost upon us and this year Kezia really has been enthusiastic and excited about the festive season (if I hear the Michael Buble christmas CD one more time….!), but it’s lovely to see and be part of.

Anyway, some of you may remember this fur gilet I made for myself a little while ago (had it on today when I was out shopping….lovely and warm and comfortable). I promised Kezia a version of her own, and here it is.

Simplicity 2479 little girls faux fur gilet

Simplicity 2479 little girls faux fur gilet

Simplicity 2479 is actually intended for men and little boys (Sshh, don’t tell her, she will not be happy!), but again, it is a pattern I had in my stash and one I have made before (for Philip, see here). I made view A but without all the extra details.

Simplicity 2479 little girls faux fur gilet

Simplicity 2479 little girls faux fur gilet

I didn’t really follow the instructions. I sewed the lining to the outer fabric, right sides together, at the armholes, bottom of the gilet and the fronts, and then turned the whole thing right side out through the sides. I then sewed up the sides and attached the collar. I added fur hooks and made the pompoms by simply gathering a circle of fur up, stuffing it with scraps of fur, and hand stitching it closed.

Simplicity 2479 little girls faux fur gilet

Simplicity 2479 little girls faux fur gilet

Not much else to say about this project. Check out my first fur gilet post for how I approached cutting and sewing faux fur.

Are you all ready for christmas? Aside from sewing some little christmas tree decorations I have not sewn anything else in the way of christmas presents. I am trying to finish up a dress in time for christmas which will be my next White Tree Fabrics make….warm wishes for the festive season…until soon!

Simplicity 2479 little girls faux fur gilet

Simplicity 2479 little girls faux fur gilet

 

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice: DIY Tweed Military Inspired Coat

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice
Quart Coat by Pauline Alice

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice

Hello There Friends,

It was my great privilege to be selected as a pattern tester for Pauline Alice’s newest pattern release: the Quart Coat.

Let’s get the nitty gritty out of the way first. Yes, as part of the pattern testing process the draft pattern was provided to me free of charge (in exchange for my honest feedback on the pattern), and Pauline is sending me a final version (at time of writing it is in the post)! I paid with my own money for all the fabrics and notions. Let me also be clear that you won’t find me volunteering to test every new indie pattern that comes out. I have genuinely admired Pauline’s designs for some time, and was very pleased when she recently expanded her size range. I think her designs are unique, a little more challenging to sew and feminine. All the following opinions are my own.

Warning: picture heavy post (a reflection of how proud I am of this coat :-))

The Quart Coat is described as a “double breasted, semi-fitted coat with high stand-up collar, inseam pockets, long sleeves with zipped cuffs inspired by military outerwear”. It also features epaulettes and a pleated skirt detail at the side.

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice

Things you should know about this pattern:

  • It is aimed at intermediate – advanced sewers. Sewing any winter coat is a considerable investment, both in terms of time and money. I worked on this coat for 12 days, spending around 2 hours a day, with one day spending around 5 hours. And that’s without any pad stitching.
  • Following on from the point above, the instructions have you interface all the major areas of the jacket. This includes fusing a back stay, all the hems, the zipper vents, the seams where the pockets are inserted, the collar, yoke and the sleeve heads and armholes.
Quart Coat by Pauline Alice: interfacing hems/ armholes etc of pattern pieces.

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice: interfacing hems/ armholes etc of pattern pieces.

  • The pattern includes a 2 piece sleeve.
  • The pattern includes some separate lining pieces, and the back lining piece includes a pleat. So what I am saying to you is, this is an extremely well thought out and drafted pattern (at least, IMHO – and you should all know me by now, I speak as I find!)
  • The pattern runs to 45 pages. I would normally avoid a PDF that big, but it went together smoothly enough. I found that taping sections together a cutting out pieces as they came together was easier than trying to tape all 45 sheets together in one go.
  • You do have to draft the piece for the kick pleats at the sides of the coat yourself. I managed this fine; you just have to take your time and follow the instructions.
Quart Coat by Pauline Alice: side pleat detail

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice: side pleat detail

Details of my specific coat:

  • The outer fabric is a wool tweed. The lining is a heavy faux silk.
  • I made bound buttonholes.
Quart Coat by Pauline Alice: buttons and bound buttonholes

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice: buttons and bound buttonholes

Here you can see the inside of my coat. The whole of the front is interfaced, and you can see the reverse side of my bound buttonholes. You can also see the sleeve heads I inserted using the method described in Jackets for Real People, which involves using fleece. This is probably my one regret with this jacket; next time round I would make proper sleeve heads using the sleeve pattern and probably make my own shoulder pads. I also think the jacket would have perhaps benefitted from a chest shield? Ah, hindsights a great thing.

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice: inside coat

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice: inside coat

  • In terms of pattern modifications I shortened the sleeves by 2.5 inches. If I was making this again I would probably shorten by only 1.5 inches: I didn’t allow for the shoulder pads and should have. I also ended up removing around 2 inches from the pattern in a wedge from front to centre back, tapering up to 2.5 inches at the centre back (thereby effectively also doing a sway back adjustment). Again, if I was making this again I would probably add maybe 0.5 – 1 inch back to the centre front as I feel it is slightly shorter there.
  • I managed to bag the lining almost entirely by machine (about 90%), by reaching up inside the coat and stitching around the pleats before turning the coat inside out and bagging the lining. 10% of the lining was then stitched by hand.
Quart Coat by Pauline Alice - lining detail

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice – lining detail

  • I chose to cut the front pocket pieces and both sides of the epaulette from outer fabric. I also understitched the pockets. I had to make the zip vents slightly larger than the pattern instructed (approx. 0.5 cms) (again, at time of writing I am not sure if this has been changed in the final pattern or not, or even if any other testers had to make this change).

Some detail shots:

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice - Zip vent

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice – Zip vent

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice - hanging chain

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice – hanging chain

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice - epaulettes

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice – epaulettes

This coat was actually sewn up more than a couple of months ago and I have already had loads of wear out of it. It is very comfortable and I love the stylish details like the epaulettes, the side pleats and the zippered vents. I could also see this pattern being sewn up in something like a cotton twill for a lighter weight spring/ summer jacket. All in all, I really recommend this pattern. It is a unique indie pattern which is an absorbing sew with well thought out details and instructions. Bravo Pauline!

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice

 

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice

Quart Coat by Pauline Alice

I have to say a big thank you to my sister for taking the photos too.

Have a great week everyone!

OOP Vogue 8674: DIY Faux Fur Gilet Vest

Vogue 8674 Faux Fur Gilet Vest
Vogue 8674 Faux Fur Gilet Vest

Vogue 8674 Faux Fur Gilet Vest

Hellloooo Friends:

Finally! Almost 5 weeks after moving in, I have working internet access. I know, I know. It’s a totally First World Problem. But, hey, I missed sharing my creations with the world :-) But, internet is finally on, and my sewing room furniture is being slowly assembled (come on Philip!) AND remember, the missing silk? It’s turned up!! Big smiles all round.

Anyway, I am back with something I sewed up a couple of weeks ago and have been wearing LOTS since I made it. It’s the most snuggliest, cuddliest, warm faux fur gilet. I made this gilet using OOP Vogue 8674, view A, with the collar from view B/C. I chose this pattern because I had it in my stash and I wanted a pattern for a lined vest.

Vogue 8674 Faux Fur Gilet Vest

Vogue 8674 Faux Fur Gilet Vest

Vogue 8674 Faux Fur Gilet Vest

Vogue 8674 Faux Fur Gilet Vest

I have been looking around for faux fur for a while now. The good stuff is not cheap. So when I came across this gorgeous quality Tyber faux fur, manufactured in Belgium, on my local market stall for a very reasonable price I snapped up 2 metres. (I got 2 metres because I knew DD Kezia would want a gilet too, so expect to see a mini version soon. The 2 metres is enough to sew this gilet for me, a version for Kezia and still enough to do hats or maybe a little capelet etc.).

Vogue 8674 Faux Fur Gilet Vest

Vogue 8674 Faux Fur Gilet Vest

Rachel recently sewed a gorgeous Tala Faux Fur Gilet, and gave lots of tips on buying and sewing faux fur, most of which I would agree with. But, just so you know, here’s how I approached my project:

  • I cut a single layer
  • Fur has a nap, so take that into consideration when cutting your pieces out
  • I made my markings (I used tailor tacks, my personal favourite) on the backing on the reverse of the fur
  • I did not iron the fur at all. I was too worried about the consequences. I used a lightweight sew in interfacing at the collar
  • I pulled the fur out of the seams once sewn using a wooden point turner
Vogue 8674 Faux Fur Gilet Vest

Vogue 8674 Faux Fur Gilet Vest

My one regret (not that it’s stopped me wearing the finished garment at all), is that I didn’t go for a more luxurious lining. I used an acetate lining from my stash. This was supposed to be a quick and not too expensive project. I sewed Hemline fur hooks to the inside as closures. Full pattern review below.

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:

MISSES’ JACKET AND BELT: Semi-fitted, lined, sleeveless jackets A, B, C in two lengths, have front button closing, darted front and topstitch trim. B, C: stand-up collar and attached, unlined capelet. C: self-fabric belt. A, B, C, D cup sizes.

I made a modified version of view A with the collar from view B/C.

Pattern Sizing:

8 – 24

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Probably not, but that is simply because of my fabric choice.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I am very pleased with my finished gilet. There is nothing to dislike about the pattern.

Fabric Used:

Tyber Faux Fur. Beautiful quality.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I removed the overlap at the front of the vest, and sewed in fur hooks to close the gilet.

I ended up removing the in-seam pockets; there was a very strange shape at my hips so they had to go to rectify the problem.

I added a hanging chain.

I omitted most of the understitching (kept it only at the armholes), and also omitted all of the topstitching.

I lowered the armholes by 5/8ths of an inch.

I cut the pattern at the length line indicated for view A, but ended up adding 2 and 5/8ths inches to the length.

I did an approximate 1 inch sway back adjustment.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I don’t know if I would sew another fur gilet myself. This pattern worked for me once I made the alterations but I can’t comment on how it would be sewn up in a recommended fabric. It was a pattern I had in my stash.

Conclusion:

Very pleased with my faux fur gilet. It’s been worn lots and it’s very much on trend right now.

So, I have actually been doing a fair bit of sewing. Bit of a blogging backlog now, so expect to hear from me soon. Have a great weekend!

Vogue 8674 Faux Fur Gilet Vest

Vogue 8674 Faux Fur Gilet Vest

Simplicity 1716: DIY printed jersey cowl neck dress version

Simplicity 1716 dress version
Simplicity 1716 dress version

Simplicity 1716 dress version

Hi Friends,

It is so good to be back! We are still waiting for a landline to be installed, but we have a (rather slow) dongle connected to the PC so I can blog again. I totally could  not cope with blogging on my ‘phone.

So, I turned 40 on Sunday. The silk that I was waiting for didn’t arrive (worse I fear it has gone missing in the post). I have contacted the eBay seller concerned and they are sending another shipment in the post BUT! they now only have a limited amount left, so I have to pray that 1. it actually arrives (or the first shipment miraculously turns up) and 2. it is enough to finish cutting the skirt panels.

The morale of this story is, if ordering from an overseas eBay seller, make sure you order enough fabric the first time around…

Anyway, I made this easy-to-wear-and-make jersey dress to wear on my actual birthday. We went out for lunch to a lovely pub/ restaurant in the Lake District.

Simplicity 1716 dress version

Simplicity 1716 dress version

This is a dress version of Simplicity 1716. It’s actually my third time working with this pattern. Here’s version 1 (this version was too big; I wore it to lounge about at home until it got holes in, then I had to get rid of it), and version 2 (worn this over and over; really should get some more jersey of this weight and make another version).

Simplicity 1716 dress version

Simplicity 1716 dress version

All I did this time around was cut the bodice pattern a couple of inches below the waist. I thought I wanted a blouson effect so the bodice would bag out and cover the elasticated waist, but I am actually not so sure about it. If I was making this again I would probably just cut it at the waist (allowing a seam allowance to join), and maybe make it a little bit wider at the waist. Personal fitting preference. The skirt is taken from my Miz Mozelle pattern.

Simplicity 1716 dress version

Simplicity 1716 dress version

FYI, most of the construction was done on the overlocker, but I sewed the darts/ made the casing etc on my sewing machine. I inserted the sleeves flat, which is standard practice for me on all knit garments. I stabilised the shoulders with clear elastic and the hems were overlocked, turned up once and finished with a twin needle. Despite this being a thin jersey, it is surprisingly warm, especially over tights and I am wearing a jersey slip under the dress in these photos.

I have so much more to share about the fabulous sewing gifts I received, but this slow internet connection is driving me crazy, so until soon (hopefully getting proper internet next week)…enjoy the rest of the week.

Simplicity 1716 dress version

Simplicity 1716 dress version

 

Marbella Dress Giveaway Redraw

Hi Readers,

Another week and no internet. Probably won’t be connected until the end of the month! No sewing done anyway, but planning on doing some before the weekend.

Anyway, last winner of this giveaway has not claimed the prize so I have redrawn.

New winner is: Alicia of Pandora Sews. Please get in touch via my email address shown in the About Me section.

Until soon….

Marbella Dress Giveaway Winner

Hi Readers,

Well, we are safely moved into our beautiful new home. But we don’t have Internet yet, so this is my first post from my phone. Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner. By Random Number Generator it is:

Canal Couture.

Please drop me a line to the email address listed in the about me section and I will send you details of how to claim your pattern.

We are hosting a small party in our new home on Saturday for my birthday so I have been flat out trying to get the house unpacked and ready. Sadly, the extra silk I ordered for my planned birthday dress has not arrived. Ugh! So frustrating and disappointing, but I have bought a dress to wear instead. Hey, your only 40 once and birthday means new dress. My new sewing room is the one place I haven’t set foot in since moving…after the party is over I will get in there. It’s been like 2 weeks since I last sewed and I miss it!

It is most definitely winter here now and I have lots of cold weather sewing planned!

Until soon…

New Indie Pattern Company: Itch to Stitch and Marbella Dress Pattern Giveaway

Marbella Dress Pattern by Itch to Stitch
Marbella Dress Pattern by Itch to Stitch

Marbella Dress Pattern by Itch to Stitch

Hello There Dear Friends,

First a quick update. We took possession of the keys to our new home on Tuesday and have spent the last 2 days cleaning it from top to bottom so it is all ready for us to move in on Tuesday next week. I love it! Hopefully  this will be our “forever home” and I am going to have an amaaazing sewing room. Pictures will follow (eventually).

On the sewing front, not much has happened. I have gone as far as I can with my birthday dress, Vogue 8998 (sneak peak here), and am now waiting for some more silk to arrive. Fingers crossed it will be here in time for  my birthday party on the 8th November. I suspect after that dress gets completed all other garment sewing is going to cease for a little while whilst I get some new curtains made. Yikes! Curtains!

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I was contacted by a new to me Indie Designer called Kennis Wong. You can read all about Kennis and her company, Itch to Stitch, here. Kennis very generously offered me a copy of her new dress pattern, the Marbella dress, which I have to say, looks very elegant, comes in 12 sizes from 00 to 20, and also different cup sizes from A – D. (I also like the potential for colour blocking with the yoke).

Unfortunately, as I explained to Kennis, I just didn’t want to commit to sewing a dress right now with everything that’s happening with the move, other already scheduled sewing commitments, and Christmas (!) coming up. BUT, Kennis also offered me a copy to giveway here on my blog. So, Readers, if you want a chance to win a PDF copy of this pattern just leave a comment below telling me what fabric you might make this dress up in. I would love to hear your ideas!

As for me, I would love to do a plaid wool version of this dress…let’s see if I manage that before Christmas (don’t hold me to it!)

This giveaway is open until 12pm GMT Friday 31st October, after which I will randomly pick a winner.

Until soon…

Blog Hop – Why I Write

Good Evening Friends,

So, this Blog Hop thing has been going around for a while now. Whilst I do find it interesting reading other people’s answers, I admit, I am lazy when it comes to doing things like this myself. However, it’s that time of the evening when my little girl watches her 1 hour of cartoons, so here I am….writing.

First off, I have to say thank you to two people for nominating me. First is Beth from SunnyGal Studio. We all know Beth by now. Immaculate tailoress, pattern whisperer and teacher extraordinaire. Second (and for this I do feel bad!) is Sam from Stitched Up by Samantha. Sam asked me to take part in this Blog Hop several weeks ago and I fobbed her off with an excuse of being too busy. Sorry Sam :-) Anyway, I have met Sam in real life. She is a multi-talented lady, who is not only one of the Minerva Network Bloggers, but also knits and does beautiful free motion quilting.

On to my answers! Don’t expect too much waffle: I am a strong believer in why use 500 words to say what can be said in only 50. Haha

1. Why do I write?

Hmmm. By nature I am quite methodical and organised. In a former life I was a project manager in the pharmaceutical industry and writing large documents and reports was part of my daily life. In fact, I have kept diaries on and off since I was a young girl, and of course I wrote my PhD thesis. So what I am saying is that, writing of some kind has always featured in my life. Writing this blog helps me to effectively keep a record of everything I make, including any alterations etc.

But, more than that, I like to think that I might inspire and teach others useful tidbits. When I first discovered sewing blogs maybe 3 years ago I never thought I would, one day, write one myself. And it’s true, sewing can be quite an isolated hobby. I find it incredible to think of all the supportive friends I have made via blogging, whether I have met them in real life or not, it’s a great way to reach out and share your passion with other like minded people. So I guess that’s a great reason to write :-)

Me with Sam and Maria at the Minerva Meet Up earlier this year

Me with Sam and Maria at the Minerva Meet Up earlier this year

2. How is your blog different to others of the same genre?

Eek. I don’t think it is much different is my honest opinion. I try and be honest in what I sew and my pattern reviews. I am currently a stay at home mum so the things I sew, generally, reflect that. Just because you are a stay at home mum doesn’t mean you should lose your identity or sense of style. If there are things I feel are amiss in a pattern, whether Big 4 or indie, I will say that.

I am someone who likes to wear a variety of different styles and change  my look. I hope people coming to my blog will be inspired to try something new out.

Just this year alone I have sewn such a variety of things, and my abilities are improving with each and every project:

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014

Butterick 5871 Sequin Dress

Butterick 5871 Sequin Dress

Burdastyle Plus Size Placket Blouse 01/2010#133

Burdastyle Plus Size Placket Blouse 01/2010#133

Ohhh Lulu Ginger Swimsuit

Ohhh Lulu Ginger Swimsuit

My first completed underwired bra!

My first completed underwired bra!

McCalls 6696: DIY navy linen shirt dress

McCalls 6696: DIY navy linen shirt dress

Butterick 5683: quilted jacket

Butterick 5683: quilted jacket

3. What am I working on right now?

Here’s a sneaky peak: Vogue 8998

Vogue 8998

Vogue 8998

Vogue 8998

Vogue 8998

Next month is a milestone birthday for me: I am turning 40. So Vogue 8998 is going to be my birthday dress (hopefully). I am making it out of a floral silk. Handling this silk is something akin to trying to lasso a cloud :-) I have underlined the bodice with silk organza and it is going to be lined with a silk cotton. Today I came up against a problem: I ran out of fabric when cutting out the skirt pieces. Tomorrow I will have to order some more and pray it reaches me in time (I ordered it from a silk seller on ebay who is based in China!) More to follow…

4. What is your writing process?

As I am sewing my current project I will be thinking of what I have to say about it, make little notes, take any relevant photos and then, as soon as I have finished the project, at the first opportune moment (in terms of weather) I will make hubby (normally) take photos, and when I get the chance, edit and write the blog post. I have to do it before I can start the next project, just like I have to pack away the pattern and hoover my room out generally, before starting the next project. And I cannot wear whatever it is “in the real world” without taking photos first. haha. Don’t we have these strange habits? BTW, I also DON’T have UFOs and if a wadder is a wadder, it’s binned.

So, it appears I have finished. Phew!

I would like to nominate the following two bloggers if they would like too. I have not asked either of them (which is very rude of me), so I will not be offended in the slightest if they chose not to take part. (One is currently heavily pregnant, the other is about to start a new job…excuses, excuses…:-))

First, Amanda, from Amanda’s Adventures in Sewing. Really, not only is this lady a meticulous and talented seamstress, she’s a mum of 4 and expecting her 5th (have I got that right Amanda?) but she still finds time to sew incredible things like this jacket. She is one of the first bloggers I can across, and still remains one of my all time favourites.

Second, Debbie from Stitches and Seams. Whilst Debbie is a far more experienced seamstress than myself, I believe we have a few things in common, not least the fact that you can rely on Debbie for an honest review of a pattern and she sews things which suit her lifestyle. She’s someone else I learn a lot from.

You’re supposed to post your Blog Hop answers in 7 days…

Until soon my friends…

 

 

 

 

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt (Plus Size) 08/2014#136B: DIY Quilted Oversize Sweatshirt

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014
Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014

Greeting My Friends,

Today’s post may divide opinion.

First off, a sincere thank you if you voted this blog one of Burdastyle’s Top 50 Sewing Blogs. As part of the prize for being voted in the Top 50 I have been offered a choice of 5 free Burdastyle patterns. Interestingly, this sweatshirt was not one of those free choices. No, this was a pattern I paid for myself. Controversial? Maybe if you read Mary’s article over on the Curvy Collective Blog. (Don’t worry Mary, we are still friends :-)).

So, this is Burdastyle’s zipper sweatshirt. Sweatshirts are big fashion news right now. And this one may not be everyone’s cup of tea as it is (as described) “extra long”. It is also rather oversized. But I like it (The Husband is not such a fan). And I wanted my left shoulder to be able to exposed to a breeze if I so feel like it…shoulder ventilation is very important here in Cumbria, haha

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014

I made no alterations to this pattern other than a 1 inch sway back adjustment. I also added about 10cm (?) to the width of the hem band.

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014

The fabric is from Minerva Crafts. It does come in other colourways. It’s interesting. It’s two layers of jersey which have been quilted together with some kind of foam inbetween the layers. Here’s a close up of the fabric and the cut edges so you can see the foam inside.

Minerva Crafts Quilted Jersey

Minerva Crafts Quilted Jersey

Minerva Crafts Quilted Jersey

Minerva Crafts Quilted Jersey

I can’t really see how you could sew this fabric without an overlocker to finish the edges, unless you were going to make something which was lined or bind the edges. But it does make a snuggly sweatshirt.

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014

As usual with the BurdaStyle instructions it’s a bit hit and miss (more of a miss). You have to draft the bands for the sleeves, the hem and the neckline yourself. It is not apparent with the measurements you are told to draft whether they include seam allowances or not. I assumed not (long story on my reasoning why not). Turns out I was wrong. The measurements do not include seam allowances. I found this out after I had serged the neck band in to place. So I had to cut the first neck band off and re-sew. It all kind of worked in the end.

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014 - close up of neckband and exposed zipper for shoulder ventilation

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014 – close up of neckband and exposed zipper for shoulder ventilation

I found it best to baste the bands in to place first on my machine. Then trim out the middle layer of fabric and then serge the edges for a clean finish. Otherwise my serger struggled to cope with three layers of fabric. And I really struggled to get the cuffs to stretch enough to fit the sleeve openings. That could be due to the limited stretch of the fabric? In the end I had to gather the sleeve openings and baste to the cuffs.

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014 - close up of cuffs

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014 – close up of cuffs

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014

Sewing Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

Cuddle up in an extra long raglan shirt in quilted knit fabric or sweat shirting. It’s accented with an exposed zipper at one shoulder.

Pattern Sizing:

Burdastyle 46 – 52

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Burdastyle: don’t expect them to be easy to follow :-)

The main gripe about the instructions is that it is not apparent (or I thought the wording was confusing) as to whether or not seam allowances should be added to the hem, sleeve and neck bands (which you have to draft yourself).  Turns out they should be added.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I like the oversized look and feel. It may not be for everyone. It is extra long and the sleeves are long but I am wearing it as I type this and they are not falling down or hindering me in any way. Nothing to dislike really.

Fabric Used:

A quilted jersey from Minerva Crafts in the UK. I found it best to baste the bands in place on my sewing machine first, then trim out the middle layer before finishing edges on my serger. I also had to gather the sleeve openings to get them to fit the sleeve bands (the fabric didn’t have enough stretch otherwise).

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I did a 1 inch sway back and added about 10 cm to the length of the hem band for a looser fit.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I probably won’t sew again. Yes. I recommend.

Conclusion:

If you want a cuddly oversized sweatshirt with an exposed zip and raglan sleeves sew this. It does what it says on the tin.

 

Oversized sweatshirts not your thing? Try the White Russian pattern from Capital Chic or McCalls6992.

 

Have a great weekend everyone…I think we are off to see Gone Girl.

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014

Burdastyle Zipper Sweatshirt 08/2014

 

 

OOP Butterick 5871: DIY Black Sequin Cocktail Party Dress

Butterick 5871 Sequin Dress
Butterick 5871 Sequin Dress

Butterick 5871 Sequin Dress

Hello Dear Friends;

Yes, I may being a little premature bringing out the sequins when there is still almost 3 months to go until Christmas. But, before Christmas, it is my birthday. In November. And before that we also have to move house. And basically, this dress is a back-up dress (and a delaying tactic) to sewing my actual birthday dress. More on that to follow.

Butterick 5871 Sequin Dress

Butterick 5871 Sequin Dress

Yes, in this light the dress looks a little see through, but I am unlikely to ever wear this in broad daylight. Also, what is the best light to shoot sequins in?!

Butterick 5871 Sequin Dress

Butterick 5871 Sequin Dress

Here are the details:

I have made this dress before. Here.

This time around I added 2 inches to the length of the front bodice, the sides, and tapered to nothing at the centre back. I also added 1.5 cm to all the side seams to allow for the fact this fabric doesn’t really have any stretch to it.

Like last time, I bagged the lining, so there was no need to sew any potentially wonky hems. I ended up binding the waist seam with some satin bias binding I had in my stash (avoiding scratchy sequins against my skin) and sewed the binding to the dress to create a casing.

I also only shortened the lining by 1.5 cm this time (not as much as last time).

Overall, I am much happier with the fit. My only regret is not taking a bit of excess fabric out of the back neckline.

Butterick 5871 Sequin Dress

Butterick 5871 Sequin Dress

Sewing this particular sequinned fabric was easy. First off the sequins are baby sequins, measuring around 1/8th inch. Second, I used a jeans needle to sew the fabric. I chose this particular pattern because I knew I could bag the lining out, avoiding the need to sew hems, there are no closures or sleeves to set in. Also, I pressed the fabric from the wrong side using a medium iron and my silk press cloth.

Butterick 5871 Sequin Dress

Butterick 5871 Sequin Dress

So that’s it from my end today. I am pleased with this dress. It took hardly any time to whip up and I needed a quick make after my last make (in which I was pattern testing for a project which took a considerable amount of time). I think that this will be a great dress to have on hand for the festive season. Just pull it on and go. What about you? Are you already thinking ahead to Christmas (or have you only just got started on autumn sewing?)

Until soon…

Butterick 5871 Sequin Dress

Butterick 5871 Sequin Dress

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