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.


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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Monday, 9 June 2014

Teeny Tiny bag

These small zip bags were created using a free pattern from So Sew Easy. I was able to make one in under an hour. Very cute.

Three cute bags

My very first teeny tiny zip pouch

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Vogue 8793 - a creative long sleeved top

Vogue 8793

This pattern requires three different fabrics or prints. I used fabrics from my stash and did not have quite enough of one of the contrasts to cut the required collar pieces so introduced a fourth fabric for the collar. At that stage I was not very impressed with my selections so omitted the zipper trim on the collar.

The only fit adjustment was to shorten the sleeves by about an inch and half. I machine basted the body of the top together and tried it on for fit, which is when I found the sleeves too long. I then serged over the basting to complete the top.

The collar piece was quite thick due to all the layers and while it worked, it may be preferable to construct the top and collar with light weight knits throughout.

The hem was serged, then stuck down with hem tape. I used a size 90 4mm twin needle to stitch the hem.