Saturday, 28 February 2015

M6277 in Jacquard Cotton


I am not a child of the computer age. I remember a world without internets or mobile phones and digital gadgets.

I tend to get myself into trouble when I try to edit posts on my mobile phone and I recently not only deleted a post but my whole sewing blog roll, trying to close everything in a hurry while at work ;) so if you don't see yourself on my blog roll it's because I now either follow you on my bloglovin feed or haven't put you back on the sidebar yet. I will be trying to limit the side bar. It was getting rather unwieldly.

Computers. Anyway, never say die ...

I made up a previous favourite pattern M6277 in a cotton bought from Tessuti's that was gutsy enough not to need lining, did a sway back adjustment and adjusted the side seams to go in and out where I go in and out. You can see tan lines from where I've been wearing it!

The pattern has been reveiwed on PR as running large at the waist, which is great for the non wasp waisted. With little adjustments each time this will be my TNT sheath.







I've got some gorgeous lime green bamboo linen that I could make up in this, or make up a dress with little cap sleeves from an old Burda magazine. I better make my decision before this last blast of summer is over.

By the way does anyone else find it disastrous to try to edit blogs on their mobile phone, or is it just my fumble fingers?

Happy first of spring or autumn wherever you are,

Val.

Oh and just a callout to ElleC - you never did email me you address so I could send you the Issey Miyake give away. Do you still want it?

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Jalie Control Briefs 2572


Hi everyone.

Would you believe I have never sewn a pair of knickers up until now? These are actually knickers-as-swimwear commissioned by my daughter but they may have made me change my mind about the future of sewing underwear. They were easier than I thought.

The pattern is Jalie 2572 which I thought it had gone out of print but it is still for sale on the Jalie website

Like I said, the pattern was made up out of shiny black dance lycra from Spotlight as retro style bikini bottoms for my daughter. The gusset was lined with swimsuit mesh and the waist and legs finished with  elastic that I zig-zagged on, then folded over to the inside and then zig zagged again. She wanted the tummy panel and all and was very happy with them. There's nothing new under the sun ;)



Front



Back (excuse the wrinkles, my lycra got sat on before it was made up!)



Regarding the sizing I measured in the flat and then compared  a 'proper' swimsuit bottom then traced off the appropriate size but added 5/8" at the side seams for ease because control briefs are designed for squeeze not ease! I also added 5/8" along the top at the waist for turning down the elastic.

The pattern came together easily and the leg line which looked a bit odd when I was tracing it off works like a dream. It's a modest (read 'retro') snug but surprisingly comfortable leg line.

Needless to say they'd be fabulous as control briefs and the next time I need some in black (I've got some RTW ones in nude) I'll use this pattern.

The shaping shorts that are also in the pattern look like they could be lengthened to be used as thigh shapers under skirts.

Quite a nifty pattern really.

Edited to add:   The pattern consists of  Control Briefs, Shaping shorts and a Waist Clincher thing that looks like a back support!

It does not include the bra or the little exercise top (I wish it did!)

That's all for now,

Val.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

M6991 Top


I've just done  a Pattern Review of McCalls 6991


McCalls 6992 View A





Thank goodness for a skimpy black bra..

Here's my silk top looking all innocent and picturesque. I can tell you right now if it wasn't real silk in double sided python print gorgeousness this top would have come very close to ending up in the dark recesses of the Spare Wardrobe Never to see Daylight again. Thank goodness I have been sewing for forty something years (gulp!) and knew that the lack of clarity with this pattern's description/instructions/drafting were not my fault. For the full rant please do read the pattern review linked above.

Basically the problem anyone would have with this view of a potentially great pattern is that bias armholes drop and you can't get away with using the same size armhole for a sleeveless bias drape top as you do for one with a roomy sleeve. Also the instructions that don't remind you to stabilize first.

I mean, I should have known but I suspect a beginner would have been in a real mess with this, so I will repeat here what I said in my pattern review: 

Come on McCalls! Draft a separate front piece for View A instead of giving us a second top nobody seems to be making, and give us proper step by step instructions for a bias garment! 

Having ranted twice, I feel much better thanks. I like the top. They're the in thing!
I will wear it to an upcoming party. I'll consider making it in silk crepe, if I find the perfect can't-tell-one-side-from-the-other print. This one catches the breeze and turns into a balloon. Ok I love it anyway..


Keep on Sewing,
Val.