Thursday, 3 December 2015

Easy 2 hour dress New Look 6750 stretch fabric casual dresses and stash busting

I oiled my overlock machine, dove into my fabric stash and made three dresses from my remnants. All are view B from New Look 6750.

Dress 2 and 3 have twin needle stitched hems. Dress 3 is my favourite to wear, the others are very figure hugging on me and I am just not used to it.

Dress no. 1 - View B, cotton blend fabric with little stretch,
made as per pattern instructions

Dress no.2 - View B
a drapey knit by John Kaldor fabrics.

Dress no.3 - View B, a cotton knit.
This time I removed the shaping
at the waist by ruling straight from the underarm to the hip.
It is cool dress for hot days.

Two colour twin needle stitching on dress 3.

This is a classic easy to wear dress. The BurdaStyle range of dressmaking books are another source of classic patterns and are available with free postage from the Book Depository.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Akita Top again an easy to sew Seamworks Magazine pattern

This is my second Akita top. The first one, I didn't have a long enough piece of fabric, so had to join a bit on the back. This one is made from one piece as per the pattern.

The fabric is a cotton blend remnant and I used a vintage binding from my collection for the neckline.

The side seams are French seams, the other hems are all narrow hems and machine stitched.

Seamworks magazine patterns are print at home. The Akita assembled quickly and was easy to sew. (The French seams were my choice, not required by the pattern)

Monday, 23 November 2015

Granny Squares

A stress relief project.

Nightie marathon Kwik Sew

Two Kwik Sew Ladies nighties. Made as per instructions except for french seams on the sides.

Seamworks Magazine Projects

These are my recent sewing projects. They are all seamworks Magazine patterns.

They are print at home patterns.

Everything went together well, my only issues were with sizing.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Mermaid costume for Barbie

Every Barbie doll wants to dress up like a mermaid at least once.

I used a green embossed double knit with just a little stretch, a row of sequins at her waist and both the skirt and top have snap closures.

mermaid tail costume modelled by Barbie

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Embroidered bracelet DMC mini kit

I used to embroider regularly so this was like going back in time.

The kit contained pre-printed ribbon, thread and instructions. It took an evening while watching TV.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

New Look 6356 easy 2 hour tops

Both tops are made with cotton fabric from my stash. Both pieces were too short to cut the back from one length so there is a join at the back waist.

The pattern says to insert a back zipper which I did for the bird fabric, but after trying it on I decided I didn't need a zip for the fox fabric version.

I tried using bias binding instead of facings in the first version but didn't get it to sit quite right. So the fox fabric version has a neckline facing as per pattern instructions.

Monday, 23 March 2015

My first cutwork embroidery

I have two cutwork embroidery cards for the Janome memory craft 5700.

Memory card no. 107 cutwork designs
Memory card no. 29 cutwork series

Today I tried a small design from card 29.
The sample used a lightweight cotton fabric with one layer of water soluble film.  The bobin thread was ordinary sewing thread and the needle thread was ordinary machine embroidery rayon.

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. And yes the book is available free postage at Book Depository.

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.