Saturday, 19 January 2013

Enid Gilchrist pattern books

Collected and admired, now on sale at Ebay for someone else to love. All are worn, frayed, yellowed, some have tears, some mending with tape and pen/pencil markings, however all are fully useable and readable.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Quilt fabric dress - Newlook 6024

The pattern - NewLook 6024 from
downloaded and stuck together

The fabric - quilt fabric from my stash
I downloaded NewLook 6024 from and recently printed it out. The dress interested me because of the neckline pleats.

The fabric is a quilting cotton - should be very comfortable on a humid summer day and being a quilting cotton it is not as see through as other 'fashion' fabrics.

I'm making view A but with the sleeves from view C. The fabric has been easy to sew and the pattern has come together well. However the back neck gaped excessively - and Mary the manequin was essential. I made two deep pleats, one on either side of the back zip and top stitched them, so no more gape.

I'm wearing the completed dress
 and my father is modelling the completed vest from the previous post

Monday, 8 October 2012

Waistcoat Mutation

The silver zebra Burda 7799 waistcoat is stalled.

However a waistcoat had to be made and the result is a mutation between Burda 7799 and Lincraft 1063.

I used the body of Lincraft 1063 and the collar and welt pockets of Burda 7799. The two front pieces are a lightweight woven fabric with iron on interfacing to give more body, the back and lining is Dancetime satin - the back is the matt side.

So a marvellous slinky feel and a completed waistcoat. Smiles all round.
Welt pocket outlined on waistcoat front

Completed waistcoat

Close-up of buttons and welt pockets

Shawl collar and satin interior

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Burda 7799 waistcoat

Recently I crossed my fingers and toes and started on a new waistcoat for my Father. The Burda 7799 pattern is for an unlined vest/waistcoat with three variations. I am making the one with the notched collar and two welt pockets.

Fabric: paper taffeta with a silver zebra skin print for the front, paper taffeta in plain silver for the back and welts
Interfacing: lightweight non-woven iron on
Lining: grey/silver dance time satin (I think)

Progress notes
There were more than a few questions to answer before the pattern was cut.
  • Which way does a zebra skin run?
  • What is the most body flattering direction for the zebra print to run?
  • Which is the right side and which is the wrong side of each fabric?
  • Should I underline it?
  • Should I use the iron-on interfacing on the front vest to support the fabric and stop it fraying?
  • Why oh why did I use this easy fraying, easy snagging fabric?
Zebra fabric and metal shank button

Friday, 14 September 2012

Vintage patterns

No dates on any of these. The pattern pieces have perforations and notches - no printed lines. All the paper has age discolouration/spotting.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Silk New Look 6732

I have made another flutter sleeve top from New Look 6732 (the same pattern from the Pink Cutie last blog post). This time I used a fine thin silk fabric remnant. It wrinkles easily but irons and holds a crease well.

  •  I thought the pink cutie version from the last post was a fraction too roomy so I re cut the pattern a size smaller - it seems quite a roomy cut - now sewing the size 8 and I don't generally buy this in ready to wear.
  • I hand basted the sleeve hems before sewing
  • To set the sleeves in I pinned then basted before sewing then overlocking the seams
  • The side seams, centre back and hems were all overlocked after sewing.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Pink Cutie

This top is made from a remnant of man made fibre - some polyester nylon something or other, it has self stripes, a slight stretch and is tough to sew. Despite feeling delicate, pins and needles have difficulty penetrating it - I used sticky tape to position the sewing line for the darts and when cutting out the pattern pieces.

The seams are over locked and the hem and sleeve edges roll hemmed with navy woolly polyester thread on the over locker.

Navy blue rolled hem on sleeve