Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee: FREE DIY T Shirt Sewing Pattern

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee
Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

Hello Readers,

This is (another striped!) T shirt I whipped up yesterday using this FREE pattern from those lovely ladies down under at Tessuti. It’s made using some cotton (?) jersey from my stash, which doesn’t have much stretch, but this one-size-fits-all pattern seems to work.

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

There’s not much to say about this pattern, other than, TRY IT!! There are three pieces to the T shirt and I love the boat neck detail. There is minimal construction; the neck edges, sleeve and lower hems are turned and stitched using a twin stretch needle, and the rest was constructed on my overlocker. The pattern comes with full instructions, with photographs of each step. What more could you want?!

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

I added 3 inches to the length. I was dubious of the one-size-fits-all theory, but if you have any doubts, check your measurements against the flat pattern measurements first.

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

One last thing, the instructions advise you to use a 2.75 twin stretch needle; I only had a 2.5. I found placing the folded over edge against my 4/8ths inch marking on my machine and using the 2.5 needle gave just about perfect results.

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

Last year I had success in the Tessuti Gridlock contest, and they have just announced details of their Jaywalk contest for this year. It’s completely different fabric, but I think I will have a go. Anyone else contemplating throwing their hat in?

Have a great Easter everyone!

p.s. Thanks to my sister for the photography today!

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

Simplicity 1591: DIY Cobalt Blue Fluted Hem Skirt

Simplicity 1591: cobalt blue fluted hem skirt
Simplicity 1591: cobalt blue fluted hem skirt

Simplicity 1591: cobalt blue fluted hem skirt

Hello Readers,

Today’s offering is this fluted hem skirt, made from Simplicity 1591. Here’s the envelope:

Simplicity 1591 envelope illustration

Simplicity 1591 envelope illustration

I sewed this skirt up straight out of the envelope. I didn’t even adjust for length (I am 5 foot 3 inches). It is designed to sit about 1.5 inches below the waist.

Simplicity 1591: cobalt blue fluted hem skirt

Simplicity 1591: cobalt blue fluted hem skirt

I don’t love the fabric. It is a polyester (!) twill. I do like the colour. But I figured never having worn a style like this before, it would be a good wearable muslin. I could envisage this skirt in several other, more beautiful fabrics. Also, I forgot to use my organza press cloth when I was pressing the hem, and now that has a shine to it. Meh.

Simplicity 1591: cobalt blue fluted hem skirt

Simplicity 1591: cobalt blue fluted hem skirt

The only addition I made was to partially line the skirt, using this tutorial from threads.

Simplicity 1591: cobalt blue fluted hem skirt - lining

Simplicity 1591: cobalt blue fluted hem skirt – lining

I am very proud of my lapped zipper. It’s still not perfect, but the best one that I have done so far, and the first time I have tried inserting one using Winnie’s tutorial. I will definitely be using this technique again. Winnie’s right, there is no edge stitching on top of the zipper, and I prefer this look.

Simplicity 1591: cobalt blue fluted hem skirt - lapped zip

Simplicity 1591: cobalt blue fluted hem skirt – lapped zip

Simplicity 1591: cobalt blue fluted hem skirt - lapped zip

Simplicity 1591: cobalt blue fluted hem skirt – lapped zip

The problem readers, is the issue of wearing a skirt. I just don’t seem to know a) what to wear with them b) don’t think they are as flattering as a dress is for me. So, right now, this is the third skirt I have blogged about, and the third time I am left feeling a little bit….meh. I think this skirt will be worn more than the other two I have made, and, as I mentioned above, I could see this skirt sewn in a beautiful wool or tweed or numerous other fabrics. For me, dresses are just easy to throw on all year round without worrying about whether something will go with it or not. Not so with skirts. Also, I have a 10 inch difference between my waist and my hips and I think that makes fitting skirts (which have to fit properly on the waist) harder. Perhaps I might frankenpattern this skirt onto a bodice to make a dress sometime :-)

Simplicity 1591: cobalt blue fluted hem skirt

Simplicity 1591: cobalt blue fluted hem skirt

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:

Misses’ skirt with length variations. Classic skirt has princess seams and can be made mid calf, knee, and mini length. Fluted skirt can be made with a gathered ruffle or flounce.

I made view E.

Pattern Sizing:

6 – 22
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?

Yes. But I didn’t follow them to insert the zip or add a lining.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

It is very quick and easy to sew. I think with a pattern like this you are only limited by your imagination. It is a very classic pattern, and fit wise it is pretty good. I just feel meh about the whole wearing a skirt thing…it’s not necessarily to do with the pattern.

Fabric Used:

Polyester twill with acetate lining. I don’t love the fabric, but I do like the colour, and it was a wearable muslin.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Other than adding a lining, none.

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

Don’t know if I would sew it again, but if skirts are  your thing, fill your boots (as they say in these parts).

Conclusion:

Give me a couple of days to get used to it…I might get to like it :-)

 

What say you readers, are you a dress girl or a separates girl? How would you style a skirt like this?

Until soon….

Simplicity 1591: cobalt blue fluted hem skirt

Simplicity 1591: cobalt blue fluted hem skirt

 

McCalls 6899: DIY pleated jersey tunic top

McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top
McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top

McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top

Hello Readers,

It’s not often that I will start a post with a rear view, but that’s where its at with this top! This is McCalls 6899, made up in a fine, floaty polycotton jersey from my sponsor, Click Fabrics, which has a horizontal weave, almost like a slub, to it. It’s perfect for a soft top like this with it’s pleated details, and will be fabulous during the warmer weather as well as wearing right now layered with a light cardigan or jacket.

McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top

McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top

McCalls 6899 line drawing

McCalls 6899 line drawing

This top might not appeal to everyone because of the amount of ease which it has. It is huge! But you just have to embrace that fact before you make it, if you do, and appreciate this is not a form fitting top. I love the pleated detail at the back. Another look:

McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top

McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top

I originally cut the long sleeves for this top, but after I attached one and tried it on, I looked like I was drowning in it, so I cut the sleeve off, and attached the sleeve bands instead.

McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top

McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:

Very loose-fitting tops and tunic have dropped shoulders, yoke and pleat variations, narrow hem and front button closing. A and B: collar extends into tie ends, mock front band, back yoke, forward shoulder seams, and no shoulder seams. A and C: armhole bands. D: tie ends. Shaped hemline B and rolled sleeves D: wrong side shows. C and D: collar/front bands and button tabs.

I made view C.

Pattern Sizing:

XS – XXL

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?

Yes, except for I didn’t conceal the ends of the centre front band the way they described because I found that it was distorting the shape of the front of the tunic, so I just turned my ends under and top stitched.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I like the pleating at the back. I love the comfort. Being as I made it in white it will go with everything and be the perfect piece to layer now or wear alone later. It looks good worn loose as well as tucked in. It is very generous in it’s cut, which may not be for everyone. It is rated as an easy sew….it was quite fiddly sewing the front bands. I did it ok using steam a seam as help. I think a complete beginner may find the bands harder to sew.

Fabric Used:

Very light weight polycotton jersey.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Aside from shortening the top by 2 inches, nothing else.

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

I might sew it again. I think there is a lot you could do with this pattern to customise it. Lace yoke at the back, make it in chiffon, silk or crepe, make a dress out of it, contrast front bands/ collar and sleeve backs, and of course there is the option of the tie collar etc. Yes, I would recommend.

Conclusion:

If you are looking for an oversize tunic top with some nice details check it out.

McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top

McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top

See you soon friends!

Simplicity 1419: DIY eyelet cotton cropped jacket

Simplicity 1419 jacket
Simplicity 1419 jacket

Simplicity 1419 jacket

Hello Readers,

Today I wanted to share with you a cropped jacket I made using Simplicity 1419, which is a Lisette pattern that includes a dress as well as the jacket. There is a Simplicity sale on in the UK at the moment and I picked this pattern up because I think the dress is cute,  but this jacket is a hidden gem….this is the envelope front:

Simplicity 1419 envelope

Simplicity 1419 envelope

You hardly notice the jacket, right? Anyway, I specifically wanted a cropped jacket to wear over full skirts and dresses in the summer and this fit the bill perfectly. It was so simple to sew, virtually straight out of the envelope, but because I wanted to use the eyelet cotton and this jacket is unlined, I wanted to make sure it was beautifully finished on the inside.

So, I french seamed the darts. Yes, it is totally possible to french seam darts. I used this tutorial:

French seamed darts

French seamed darts

I french seamed the shoulder seams, the side seams, the sleeve seams and the centre back seam:

French seamed centre back seam

French seamed centre back seam

I french seamed the sleeves. Yes! Using Jenny’s tutorial on the Grainline blog:

French seamed sleeve

French seamed sleeve

French seamed sleeve

French seamed sleeve

And I used Beth’s tip on creating a nice, neat finish for the lapel facings:

Inside Lapel Facing

Inside Lapel Facing (the arrows at the lapel edge – black on black is really not the best for photography!)

Even with all these extra finishing details this jacket didn’t take that long to whiz up.

Simplicity 1419

Simplicity 1419

Simplicity 1419

Simplicity 1419

I did mine in eyelet cotton but honestly, there are so many great fabrics you could use to make this jacket work for you.

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:

Lisette Sew Your Style Pattern. Misses’ dresses have full pleated skirt and can be made short sleeve with keyhole front or sleeveless with Peter Pan collar and keyhole front. Pattern also include gathered peplum jacket.

Pattern Sizing:

6 – 24

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

Yes, I think so, but I omitted the peplum.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes, although I chose to french seam everything so ensure a perfectly neat finish.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the cropped shape. It will be perfect to wear over full skirts and dresses once the weather warms up. Although I wore it out for a lunch date today and it was perfect.

Fabric Used:

Eyelet cotton.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

1 inch sway back adjustment, shortened sleeves and omitted peplum.

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

I might sew this again. I will definitely get round to trying the dress sometime. YES! I definitely recommend. A more sophisticated alternative to a cardigan.

Conclusion:

A hidden gem of a jacket sleeping in this pattern. Love it!

Simplicity 1419

Simplicity 1419

We are going to be moving towards the end of this month so I have a couple more weeks to cram in as much sewing as possible! I don’t honestly know how much sewing will be happening in these parts after we move for a little while.

Until soon….

Butterick 5868: DIY Liberty Cotton Lawn Summer Dress

Butterick 5868
Butterick 5868

Butterick 5868

Are you still with me Readers?

In the intervening time since I posted my last review this morning I have washed clothes (including two new pieces of jersey!), sorted dried laundry, cooked a prawn/ shrimp biryani, been for a walk, collected my daughter and eaten dinner and washed up. All in a (half) days work. Haha.

Here’s are the details and review of Butterick 5868 that I made for my daughter. This is one of those See & Sew patterns, and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a classic child’s dress that could be made in a variety of fabrics with some lovely little RTW details.

Butterick 5868 line drawings - I made a sleeveless version of View B

Butterick 5868 line drawings – I made a sleeveless version of View B

First thing I love about this pattern: the full skirt.

Butterick 5868

Butterick 5868

Second thing: the button up back. I normally curse these buttons everytime I have to fasten them on my daughter, but virtually all her RTW dresses have this feature and I am quite proud of how this turned out, even though, IMHO, there is a major error with the pattern and I had to figure this part of the dress out on my own (see review below).

Butterick 5868

Butterick 5868

Third thing I love: the tulle gather at the bottom of the dress. This is a (very long!) piece of tulle which is doubled lengthways, gathered and sewn (in my case serged) on to the base of the skirt lining so the edges peep out. This is possibly my most favourite part of the dress, BUT!!! my daughter is complaining that the tulle is too rough and scratchy next to her delicate (!) skin. She’s right. Blegh. I have checked her RTW dresses and the tulle used in those dresses are much, much softer. Who knew there were different grades of tulle, right? So now I am faced with either cutting the tulle off or searching for softer tulle or…..??? One of you resourceful readers may come  up with something. The gathering of the tulle was actually quite a procedure. Yuk.

Butterick 5868

Butterick 5868

The dress is fully lined with cotton:

Butterick 5868 lining

Butterick 5868 lining

Butterick 5868 lining

Butterick 5868 lining

Butterick 5868

Butterick 5868

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:

Lined dress, below mid-knee, has back button closure, tie ends, narrow hem and tulle ruffle attached to lining. A: overskirt, front ribbon trim, bow and purchased flower appliques. B: short gathered sleeves, front ribbon trim, bow and tulle ruffle extending below lower edge.

I made a sleeveless version of View B.

Pattern Sizing:

3 – 6. I cut a size 4 bodice and graded out to a size 5 for the waist/ skirt.

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?

Yes…except for the instructions to complete the button placket. They just didn’t make any sense to me! Unless it was just me. I ended up looking at one of my daughter’s RTW dresses and guessing the rest. It worked out in the end. The placket matches the placket on the skirt, but it is a little off centre.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the fullness of the skirt, the button back (despite the problems with the instructions) and the tulle gather. But I didn’t realise that there are different “grades” of tulle, and my daughter is complaining that this tulle is too rough and scratchy on her skin. I have checked and the tulle used on her RTW dresses are much much softer. So I might have to cut this tulle off or replace it. Undecided yet. Nothing to dislike as such. Just watch out for the button placket and be prepared to contend with a lot of gathered tulle….

Fabric Used:

A delicious Liberty cotton lawn with full cotton lining.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

None.

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

I might sew it. I think that it would make a cute peplum top. Yes, inspite of the button business I would recommend.

Conclusion:

A beautiful dress for a little lady with lots of nice touches.

Butterick 5868

Butterick 5868

Until soon and have a great week.

 

 

 

 

 

OOP Butterick 4657: DIY Ruched Liberty Cotton Lawn Summer Dress

Butterick 4657
Butterick 4657

Butterick 4657

Hello Friends,

Today I am back with reviews on the mother daughter dresses from yesterday. First up is the dress I made for myself, OOP Butterick 4657, which is a Maggy London design.

Butterick 4657 line drawings

Butterick 4657 line drawings

The suggested fabrics for this dress are chiffon, georgette, charmeuse and crepe back satin. Ordinarily, cotton maybe too bulky to make this dress work, but of course, I was not using “ordinary” cotton, but rather, the extraordinary Liberty Cotton lawn, which is fine and soft.

The whole dress is underlined with a fine cotton lawn, and the same cotton lawn used to line the dress as well. I used the finest, softest interfacing I could get my hands on to preserve the drape of the lawn. Here are some inside shots:

Butterick 4657 front lining

Butterick 4657 front lining

Butterick 4657 back lining

Butterick 4657 back lining

I think I cut close to 70 individual pieces of fabric and interfacing to make this dress. Overlays of the fashion fabric are gathered on to the interfaced underlining, which acts as a stay for the gathered fashion fabric, and then the lining is sewn in.

Butterick 4657 close up of sleeve

Butterick 4657 close up of sleeve

Butterick 4657 close up of bodice/ midriff section

Butterick 4657 close up of bodice/ midriff section

Oh yes, I didn’t use the skirt that the pattern comes with. I swapped it out for a softly gathered one instead.

Butterick 4657

Butterick 4657

Butterick 4657

Butterick 4657

Butterick 4657

Butterick 4657

Overall, I was proud of myself for completing this dress. I think the fit is good….IF I ever made this dress again (unlikely!) I would perhaps make it slighly smaller in the shoulders. But this is a classic dress made in a classic fabric that I will be happy to wear over and over when we finally get some warmer weather. The midriff section makes it very flattering. I think I might even enter it in the Sew Dolly Clackett contest as I think Roisin would look fabulous in a dress like this!

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:

Dress in two lengths has wrapped gathered front and sleeves, gathered middle section, back zipper and flared skirt with shaped hemline. A: knee length. B: mid-calf length.

Pattern Sizing:

6 – 20

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

The bodice part, yes. I substituted the skirt for a different one.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the overall shaping. It is very feminine and flattering, with the ruched overlays and the midriff section. The instructions tell you to sew in an invisible zip, which I did, and it does work, but there is quite a lot of bulk at the midriff area. I don’t know if a hand picked zip would be better? Be warned, I cut close to 70 individual pieces for this dress, including underlining, interfacing and lining.

Fabric Used:

Liberty cotton lawn outer fabric; cotton lawn for the underlining and lining and a very very light, fine interfacing. You can read about the fabric I used here.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

1 inch sway back alteration. Raised the front by 1.5 cm. Changed the skirt to a softly gathered one.

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

Doubt I will sew again. I would recommend it, although the pattern is now OOP. I think it would also make a fab wedding dress.

Conclusion:

I classic, feminine dress made from a classic Liberty print. Love it!

Butterick 4657

Butterick 4657

 

Mother Daughter Dresses: DIY Liberty Lawn Summer Dresses

Mother Daughter Mothers Day Dresses made using Liberty Lawn fabric
Mother Daughter Mothers Day Dresses made using Liberty Lawn fabric

Mother Daughter Mothers Day Dresses made using Liberty Lawn fabric

Hello Readers,

It is Mothering Sunday here in the UK. So if you are celebrating Mothers Day where you are, hope you have had/ are having or will have a wonderful day. Doctors told us that the chances of us having a child of our own were very slim, that IVF would not help us, and that we should consider adoption. So we consider ourselves to very blessed to have Kezia in our lives, conceived naturally, our very own miracle.

Butterick 5868

Butterick 5868

For the longest time Kezia has wanted to have a dress that matches mummy. I have been reluctant. But I decided that I would indulge her for Mothers Day. Let me tell you first about the fabric. About 20 minutes drive from my home there is a fabric printing company dating from 1835, called Stead McAlpin. You can read all about them here. Until very recently, Stead McAlpin have been responsible for printing fabrics for Liberty’s of London. When I heard that the printing for Liberty’s was being moved overseas I headed to Stead McAlpin to grab some of this famous cotton lawn before it all disappeared.

Butterick 4657

Butterick 4657

This is the first time I have sewn with this luscious light, silky fabric and it won’t be the last. My dress consists of overlays of the Liberty lawn, gathered and sewn on to interfaced underlining, and is also fully lined. Yet despite all these layers it is so soft, light and comfortable. This particular print, by the way, I believe is called Pela’s Roses.

Butterick 4657 close up of gathered bodice and midriff scetion

Butterick 4657 close up of gathered bodice and midriff section

I am going to be posting full details of both dresses later this week with full reviews and lots more pictures. I have to mention the weather at this point. It was freezing when we took these pictures earlier today. I mean, just the coldest biting wind. Totally not suitable for taking pictures of pretty summer dresses with bare legs. So lots of pictures of me looking…..windswept. I will leave you with a few more windswept pictures:

Just checking nothing's fallen off....it's that cold!

Just checking nothing’s fallen off….it’s that cold!

Butterick 4657 worn with Vogue

Butterick 4657 worn with Vogue 8884

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Check back later this week for full details. Have a great Mother’s Day and week ahead.

New Look 6000: DIY Shift Dress or The “Readers You Were Right” Dress….

New Look 6000
New Look 6000

New Look 6000

Hello Readers,

How are you all? We have had a couple of glorious days of much needed sunshine here, and then we have gone back to cold, foggy blah. But it was dry/ bright enough for me to snap a few shots of this dress before we went to church this morning.

Do you remember this dress? It is New Look 6000. I made it last year, and it featured in my Top 5 of 2013, as one of my Top 5 Misses. This was my first version:

New Look 6000 Polka Dot Frock Fest!

New Look 6000 Polka Dot Frock Fest!

I featured this as one of my Top 5 Misses of last year because I felt it just wasn’t  my style. It was a combination of the polka dots, together with the cuffs.

Anyway, when I featured it as a Miss, a few of you left comments saying you felt this dress was a good pattern on me. Never let it be said I don’t value what my Readers say! I thought about it, and decided to give this pattern another shot. What do you think of version 2?

New Look 6000

New Look 6000

I didn’t make any fitting changes other than I swapped the elbow length cuffed sleeves for short ones (which are pleated at the top – I like the structural look they give!) The fabric is, like last time, a cotton/ elastane mix. It is, again, unlined, and this time I used the facings that were included in the pattern envelope.

New Look 6000

New Look 6000

New Look 6000

New Look 6000

Overall, I think this dress is much more ME! I love the print. It isn’t an animal print, but it has almost a snake skin look to it. And it is neutral in colour, which means I can combine it with lots of other colours…like red shoes :-)

So, I would like to say a huge thank you to Angelique from Black Label, Fiona from Seams Straightforward, Jean Margaret from Sew, Jean Margaret and Leah who all had the wisdom to speak up and tell me that this pattern was a good look on me, and gave me the encouragement to try this pattern again in a fabric that I love. Sometimes, we have to have the courage to listen to what others tell us in a positive way and not be down on ourselves. And that’s what’s great about being part of this world-wide sewing community!

Have a great week ahead!

New Look 6000

New Look 6000

 

 

 

 

Grainline Studio Archer Button Up Shirt (2): DIY Blue Denim Shirt

Grainline Archer Shirt in Denim
Grainline Archer Shirt in Denim

Grainline Archer Shirt in Denim

Hi-di-hi Readers,

I braved the elements today and took photos outside of my latest make. Yep, my second Grainline Archer shirt (first one here). This is one of those rare patterns for me that I can just see in so many different guises. I want to do a more summery one next.

Grainline Archer Shirt in Denim

Grainline Archer Shirt in Denim

This second version is made from 8oz light blue denim. It has a good weight to it, but is not bottom weight. It will be the perfect tran-seasonal piece as we head into spring (sometime….?!) It keeps the cold at bay, but without overheating, and the lighter colour is great for this time of year. I also think that every woman should have a denim shirt in her wardrobe. It is a classic that you will wear for years to come.

I really, really wanted to put pearl snaps on the front of the shirt, but I did a trial, and not only did the snaps crack whilst I was trying to put them in, but the denim was just a bit too thick for the pearl snap to stay securely in place. So I went instead for these metal buttons. As with my first shirt, I omitted the breast pocket…I just don’t think I need anything else in that area right now!

Grainline Archer Shirt in Denim

Grainline Archer Shirt in Denim

I flat felled seamed the insides so they look nice and neat. I WISH I had added extra seam allowance on to the top of the sleeve piece and the sides of the front pieces to allow me to do the flat fell seaming more comfortably. I mean, I did it….but it would have been so much easier if I had added to the seam allowance to allow for this slightly thicker fabric.

Grainline Archer Shirt in Denim - flat fell seams inside

Grainline Archer Shirt in Denim – flat fell seams inside

Grainline Archer Shirt in Denim - back

Grainline Archer Shirt in Denim – back

So that’s it for today. What about you? What are you planning on sewing as we wait for spring to properly arrive?

Have a great week ahead.

Grainline Archer Shirt in Denim

Grainline Archer Shirt in Denim

Grainline Archer Shirts

Grainline Archer Shirts…just playing with some effects :-)

 

Miz Mozelle Dress: DIY easy jersey dress with collar and giveaway results

Miz Mozelle jersey dress
Miz Mozelle jersey dress

Miz Mozelle jersey dress

Hello Friends,

As some of you may be aware this little island that I live on is at risk of disappearing beneath the waves due to the deluge of never ending rain we have been having. Fear not, the city where I live is ok (although the river has burst it’s banks our flood defences seem to be holding), and this morning the sun is out. But all this rain is interfering with my outdoor photography!

Couple of things to share with you today. First up, I made the Miz Mozelle dress  by Jamie Christina. I chose to make this dress up in a soft creased effect poly jersey which was supplied by Click Fabrics. This fabric is very soft and light (but not thin or transparent) and makes the dress very comfortable to wear. Plus no ironing :-) I think I will get a lot of wear out of this come summer, although I have already worn it with tights and a cardigan.

Miz Mozelle jersey dress

Miz Mozelle jersey dress

I chose to use a contrasting black bias binding which has a picot edge finish.

Close up of binding with picot edge

Close up of binding with picot edge

I added thread belt loops.

Thread belt loop

Thread belt loop

And I also ignored the instructions to use cord for the button loop and made one using my fabric and my rouleaux turner.

Self fabric button loop

Self fabric button loop

I am not going to lie, this is not my most favourite pattern ever. Perhaps because I didn’t find it a very challenging sew? I have seen some lovely versions of this dress on the internet, which is what made me buy it. It’s definitely very feminine and very easy to wear. Perhaps if I made it again in a crepe de chine or silk it would challenge me more? However, it’s a good basic pattern to have in the stash.

BTW, this is the first time I used 1/4 inch steam a seam to hold my fabric in place whilst hemming my jersey. WOW! I love this product now. I don’t think I have ever had such a nice neat hem. The steam a seam comes on a roll. I applied the double sided tape to my fabric where I wanted it to hold my hem up, removed the backing, folded up my fabric to stick in place, and then used my twin needle to sew my hem. I had no puckers or tunnelling. This is definitely something I will use again on knits.

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

The Miz Mozelle Dress sewing pattern is a vintage inspired pattern that features a peter pan collar, keyhole neckline, and an easy to make elastic waist. The booklet includes full size pattern pieces, Glossary of terms, and illustrated instructions in color.

This pattern recommends stretch fabrics with drape; however, you can use woven fabrics too. Just go up one size for the Bodice, Collar, and Sleeves. For best results, choose a fabric with a lot of drape.
Pattern Sizing:

2 – 18

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?

Yes…but…they are aimed at a beginner. Nothing wrong with that. Just saying.

The pattern tells you to finish all the raw edges before sewing them together. I would be worried this might stretch some of the pieces out. I constructed most of this dress on my serger.

The instructions tell you to use a piece of cord to make a loop. A more advanced sewer might want to make their own loop, as I did.

The instructions have you apply the binding to the sleeves and then set the sleeves in flat before sewing the side seams up. If you do this you will end up with the seam showing each time you lift up your arm. I chose to apply my binding after sewing the side seam up.

The instructions tell you to fold the hem by 1/4 inch and then again by 3/8 inch. I did not do this on my jersey fabric, and used steam and seam and a 5/8 inch allowance.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

It’s a very easy to make and wear basic.

Fabric Used:

Poly cotton jersey and a picot edged bias binding.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

See above. I also raised the depth of the neckline by about 0.5 inches. I didn’t use bias binding to finish the inside neckline; I serged and understitched. I also added bias binding to the outer edge of the collar.

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

Not sure if I would sew it again, but yes I would recommend.

Conclusion:

Easy to sew and a good basic pattern to have on hand.

Miz Mozelle jersey dress

Miz Mozelle jersey dress

So the other thing is I need to tell you is the results of the giveaway I hosted for a pair of tickets to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show. The winners are:

Jennifer and Little Flower Baby. Please can you get in touch via my email (under my About me section) with your full names and addresses? Hope you enjoy the show!

More soon!

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