Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Asymmetrical stretch knit top McCalls 6400

This asymmetrical stretch knit top was partially sewn when I bought it along with the pattern. It's previous owner must have gotten really really frustrated with the slinky stretchy fabric and gave it away.

I overlocked the side seams and twin needled the sleeves, neckline and hem.

It fits, feels comfortable, looks weird and keeps sliding over to reveal bra straps.

It is very easy and quick to sew.


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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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