Thursday, 11 February 2016

See it, buy it, make it. Simplicity 1366


See it. Buy the pattern. Make it, wear it.
That's what happened to me when I saw Gabrielle's review of this Cynthia Rowley pattern Simplicity 1366.  The next day after work I went into Lincraft to buy white cotton thread and what do you know, they had a half price pattern sale and the fabric was half price too. Kismet.






I washed the material then made the top that night. It's a super quick top that only took 1metre of knit rayon and it's become an instant favourite.

The length is supposed to be a almost-crop-top but on me it's high hip length. I didn't fiddle with it but made it straight out to see how it went. I like it. The sleeves work with the body shape and length but I might just lengthen it a smidge on the next version.

I've done a pattern review with construction details. Here's my review and lots of others on PR.



This is one of those sneakily simple patterns that has gained popularity and now I see why. The cami looks nice too. Something Strange is also happening to my brain because the longer I look at the ha-cha-cha skirt the more I like elements of it. I might use the smooth front/pleated back idea at some stage but not right now. There are too many other patterns to try!

Happy sewing,
Val.  

Saturday, 6 February 2016

M7093 with eyelet lace overlay



Hello readers. I'm back! I've been in a place of reinvention and of choosing the direction in which I want to go in my personal and working life. Actually my creative life as well. Everything. Stressed out. I've applied for a new job. I've set some ground rules with a few people. I've disassociated myself from someone who was trying to rip me off financially. I've come up with a life plan. I'm even going to sew with a plan and fill some wardrobe holes.

In the middle of all this I died my hair orange. I was going to let it go grey but I saw enough of what it'd look like to tell you it ain't gonna happen. Not this year anyway.

So what have I been sewing..well after basics and a number of wadders I managed to take inspiration from something I saw at Veronica Maine and set to work on making something beautiful. Finally.
The top in the link isn't the exact top that I saw which did have a lace overlay and raglan sleeves but it gives off much the same vibe.

I modified M7093 by rejoining the side panels and drew a curve up one side for the overlay. The raglan cap sleeves were a bit tight on me in previous versions so I added a bit of width. At the centre back I added a seam and sway back adjustment. I made a regular hem instead of the hi-lo.

I used lightweight pure linen for the body and some eyelet lace material from The Fabric Store for the sleeves and overlay. The lace was bought last year because I could not resist it. It's beautiful quality. Now I had a project for it.










I photographed the top with black jeans for contrast but it goes well with all my little colourful skirts too. Goes with anything really. I did flat felled seams as I'm not a fan of French seams.  Also the good thing is I've got some eyelet left over. I'm sure when the time is right I'll use it to accent something else. I was wary using eyelet lace would turn out too bridal/girly but to my relief it didn't.

During my blog hiatus I ordered six (yes six) patterns online and I bought some beefy silk/cotton  for this beauty:   




V1493  This pattern is my current kimono crush. I saw it on the McCalls blog. Isn't it gorgeous?

Keeping on sewing while watching the mail box,
Val.


Friday, 15 January 2016

Taking a Break



I'm taking a breakfrom blogging. I'll be back at a later date.  Val.