Saturday, 21 February 2015

Pin-up Sweater from the Gertie Sews Vintage Casual book





The Pin-up Sweater from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual is an easy to sew body hugging t-shirt. I cut size 8 and widened it from waist to hip by about 1.5 cm each side.

The neck binding caused me some page flicking to get the instructions correct. However it all made sense and sewed up fine after reading page 83 inconjunction with the sweater instructions on page 177.

The fabric is a textured 100% cotton knit from my stash.

So I am happy I made a wearable muslin.



Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Shift dress from Gertie sews vintage casual

I traced the shift dress pattern from Gerties sew vintage casual book today. I ended up doing it twice because I didn't properly look at which pattern line I was supposed to cut. There are two dashed lines, one set for size 8 and a shorter set for size 12. My mistake, anyway it is a quick and easy pattern to trace once you follow the correct line for your size.

I used a polyester cotton for the collar and a 100% cotton for the dress.


Saturday, 27 December 2014

Stripey t-shirt Butterick 6475

I made the V neck t-shirt and added a ruffled band to increase the length.

Summer shorts Simplicity 7655 six made easy

Janome Memory Craft card 31
Penguin embroidery

I made view C, the elastic waist shorts and added a patch pocket to each side. I also lengthened them by about 5 cm.

They were fast and easy to sew but took longer than expected because I had to join fabric to get enough length.

I used Janome Memory card 31 birds to embroider a penguin on the back and on a pocket.

Fabric - a poly cotton gingham remnant

Machine embroidery bunting

I made this decorative bunting for my thread shelves using machine embroidery. I nearly always do a practice run to test colour, size and tension and it is these practice pieces that I used to make this decorative piece.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Quick Cosmetics Bag

These bags are made from a free So Sew Easy pattern. Yes, they are easy to construct.
The first one has a paper pieced hexagon flower appliqued to it, the second is just printed fabric.


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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