Monday, 1 September 2014

Spring swimsuit practice

My first ever swimsuit top.

Modifications to the original pattern included: grading from s to m from the waist down, taking in the bust area another 2cm and sewing in bra cups salvaged from an old bra.


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Sunday, 31 August 2014

"Make it yours" Clutch Bag

My smaller version of the 'Make it yours ' clutch bag from the So Sew Easy  website.

Was a good project to do while thinking about more complex things.

Made from cotton scraps, medium weight iron on interfacing and a snap closure.

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Pants for Mary made from a T-Shirt

Underwear cut from a cotton elastane t-shirt.

The shirt was not large enough to cut the pieces on the fold, nor were the side seams straight enough to use as the fold.  So I added a seam allowance and serged two front halves and two back halves together.

The side seams and crotch were serged and the stretch lace was attached using an ordinary zigzag stitch.


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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Mary gets pants

This week I've been sewing underwear from a Bevknits pattern 7007.

Notes

Stretch is the key factor - the size that fits with a really stretchy fabric will be tight or too small with a minimum stretch fabric.


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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

A gentleman's vest

I have used this Burda pattern many times. Each time I have made it slightly different. Each time I have added a lining -  something that is not a feature of the pattern.

This version will have an edge to edge lining and no collar. There will be no ties at the back - the darts provide enough shaping.

The photos show the lining construction.

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Paper pieced hexagons - a sewing diversion

A friend has recently discovered patchwork and is passionately piecing quilts. She gave me a piece of happy pretty fabric.

I made a hexagon flower.

I am not sure what the paper pieced hexagon flower will become part of.


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Mary tries knitting with 20 mm needles


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