My first Adam Ross Blogger Network Post – Eco Cupro in ‘Tame Teal’ New Look 6723

Welcome to my first blogger network post, this one for Adam Ross Fabrics [edit: since taking on their blogger network and writing this post they’re now functioning under the name of pound fabrics] – in return for this post I got the fabric for free to allow me to review it for you guys! Yeay free fabric.

**although I got the fabric In return for this review, all views are my own **

I chose their ‘eco’ cupro, in the colour tame teal. I was drawn to its potential eco credentials, and I’d never come across cupro, so I was intrigued!

Cupro is made from the cotton linter that attaches the white fluffy part of the plant used to make traditional cotton to the rest of the plant. It is generally regarded as a waste product, and as such it’s use reduces waste from the cotton industry. It is semi-man made in the same way as rayon is, requiring a chemical process to create fibres from the plant material, in this case copper and ammonia, but can be made as a closed loop, where the chemicals are retained for the next production cycle.

When it came it was heavier than I expected, definitely a mid weight fabric, but with plenty drape. It has a lovely texture as you can see from the photo above. The colour in that photo is pretty true to the fabric.

There was a slight defect in the fabric as you can see above, but it was on the wrong side of the fabric, so really wasn’t an issue, you definitely can’t see it on the right side of the fabric.

So onto the make! I plumbed for New Look 6723, a fit and flare dress with multiple bodice options. I originally planned to make view D, with the sweetheart neckline. More on that later…

I’d never made it before, and I struggle with big 4 sizing, so for once I actually made a toile (I didn’t want to ruin the donated fabric!)

I just toiled the bodice, and as you can see above I needed to take a huge chunk out of the upper centre back, it was super baggy, as necklines often are on me. I think this may be the way I’m choosing pattern sizes. Often my measurement fit into a single size, but the difference between my upper and full bust is about 3inches, so realistically I should size down the bodice and do an FBA. I tend to find, though, that the armscye of the bigger size often fits me better, so generally I make the size up and adjust the neckline instead. I’m sure there’s a better way to do it, but it works for me!

Once I was happy with the toile, I moved onto cutting out the fashion fabric – as you can see here it’s wide, so I managed to fit all the bodice pieces across the width, which I wasn’t expecting. Means I’ve got some left for another project, which is great!

Beware, it frays a lot.

This fabric didn’t mark very well with the markers I have (mostly chalk) so I made the effort to use tailors tacks.

Yup it frays. A lot! I overlocked all my pattern pieces before constructing the garment, really glad I did, it made a big difference.

So below is the first iteration – view D, with the sweetheart neckline and the gathered skirt. I should know by now that gathered skirts just aren’t my jam, the add extra width and volume just where I don’t need it. The bodice gaped in a way that I really didn’t like at the bust, revealing the lining (which is lovely, but not a design feature!)

I was pretty deflated. I’d put all that effort into making a toile, etc etc. but didn’t like the final outcome. So I popped it on my tailors dummy and left it to stew over night. In the morning I took to it with my pins, like below…

Taking out the extra and rounding out the neckline made it sit much better. To fix it, I needed to remove the skirt, turn it back inside out, and just adjust the stitch line to take out the extra. When putting the skirt back on I put the bodice back on the dummy and pinned the skirt on with pleats instead of gathers.

And I like it much better! Sorry the photos are a bit blurry, I tried to use my tripod, but next doors cat kept knocking it over or photobombing the photos, and I was being eaten alive by midges (summer in Scotland!) so I resorted to mirror selfies.

Have any of you made New Look 6723? Any thoughts on fit? And what do you think of cupro and closed loop fabrics? I’m definitely keen to sew with more environmentally fabrics going into the future.

Let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear what you think.

Till next time

S x

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April and May Makes – Sewing a Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

Yup. I didn’t even manage to get my April makes up on the blog at the beginning of May! May is nearly done, and I got virtually nothing done in May itself as work got really busy, so I’m going to lump the two of them together in the hope that no-one notices 😂

I was well aware my plans were overly ambitious. I got a chunk of them made, but not all of them. The ones I didn’t get made were really bonus extras, and given I was essentially sewing a holiday wardrobe for the beginning of May, I prioritised those things I really needed.

My little holiday capsule worked a treat – we managed to fly with only hand luggage and I didn’t feel like I was short of anything. It needs perfecting – I’ve realised I’d rather wear drapey trousers than shorts, so in the future I would swap the pair of shorts I brought for another pair of viscose or linen trousers. Otherwise I was really pleased!

Here’s what I took on the plane :

And the me-made clothes I fit into the carry on hold-all :

From left to right – Virginia Leggings (made previously), marigold trousers, M5430 wrap skirt (made previously), 2x adelaide dresses (one made previously), gable top, and 2x gretta tops.

I also brought a pair of shorts, and a yoga outfit to sleep in and with the intention of actually doing yoga… I didn’t. And I wore a ready to wear cardigan and white t-shirt on the plane. I realised I forgot to pack my kimono, which I’ll bring next time. I also obviously had undies, a swimming costume (not handmade, though I definitely need to make one) and my toiletries.

So let’s get to the finished makes!

(1) Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/31/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SIZE 12
FABRIC – RASPBERRY PINK JERSEY FROM GOLDHAWK ROAD
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – NONE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – NONE

I knew I was going to love this pattern as soon as I saw it, I’m a sucker for a slash neckline, so classy, but also … no neckband! Even though my bust is a bit bigger than the measurements for the size 12, I chose it anyway as it was the closest to my other measurements and the fit is great, given it’s a jersey pattern. The instructions are easy to follow, the construction simple and the styling so classic. I love that there is plenty length in the body and sleeves. I’m really keen to make this again, short sleeved in a slightly lighter jersey as a go to t-shirt.

(2) & (3) Seamwork Gretta Tops

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/31/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SEAMWORK SIZE 6
FABRIC – (1) NAVY VISCOSE CHALLIS FROM MINERVA CRAFT (2) PATTERNED ?POLYESTER FROM JOHN LEWIS 3 YEARS AGO
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – WENT BY THE FINISHED GARMENT MEASUREMENTS NOT THE SUGGESTED PATERN SIZE, THEN STILL CHOPPED A GOOD 2IN OUT OF EITHER SIDE TO GIVE THE WAIST SOME SHAPE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – RAISE ARM SCYE A LITTLE, REMOVE 2IN BOTH SIDES OF WAIST, ADD 1IN LENGTH, SHORTEN BODICE PORTION OF STRAPS

I also love this top, though the sizing / pattern drafting is mental. By my measurements I should have cut the size 2-3 sizes bigger than the one I did, and despite choosing to use the finished garment measurements instead it was still plenty roomy. I’d strongly advise using the finished garment measurements if you plan to make this, particularly focussing on the bust measurement, as the fit is loose and forgiving, and you can just adjust the waistline during construction to get it to sit the way you prefer. I really think it’s worth the effort though as the construction is great, and I really like the ties. I will say that for me when the ties are knotted, the knot sits on the seam to attach the ties to the bodice are, and could even be tied tighter to incorporate that seam, which sometimes messes with the arm scye, so I could shorten the bodice piece at the shoulder seam a little, especially if I make the tie-less version. I definitely want loads more of these in different colours, it could be a wardrobe staple once I perfect the fit.

(4) Seamwork Adelaide Dress

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/31/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SEAMWORK SIZE 8 WITH A QUICK AND DIRTY FBA (I JUST GRADED UP TO THE 10 AT THE BUST)
FABRIC – COTTON POPLIN FROM GOD KNOWS WHERE
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – AS ABOVE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – STICK WITH THE 8 BUT FBA 1in

This is my second adelaide, and given my last one was too big I sized down this time. I really liked the fit over the bust on my previous one (once I’d moved the button) so I had hoped just grading out to the 10 at the bust would suffice. It definitely worked to some degree, but I could do with a little more front space so when I make this again I’ll do a proper FBA. Meh, needs must.

(5) Tilly and The Buttons Marigold Trousers

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/31/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SIZE 5
FABRIC – FLORAL VISCOSE CHALLIS FROM MINERVA CRAFT
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – AN EXTRA PLEAT ON EITHER SIDE AT THE FRONT, AN EXTRA DART AT EITHER SIDE AT THE BACK, TAKING OUT ROUGHLY 8CM IN ALL; ADDED 1IN TO THE LENGTH OF THE LEGS
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – GRADE FROM 4 AT WAIST TO 5 AT HIPS AS I LIKE THE FIT OF THE LEGS

These are the absolute shizzle. I love them. They were a bit big at the waist, so I added another pleat beside each pleat at the front, and another dart beside each dart at the back, approximately 2cm each, reducing the waistline by 8cm I reckon. I didn’t really take into account that this would have to go over my hips, which is a squeeze, but once on they’re super comfy and fit brilliantly. The viscose is light and drapey, fabulous for holidays. I’m a little miffed that the dye isn’t terribly colour fast, and, being viscose, despite pre-washing they’ve shrunk a tiny wee bit in length, but I’ve already worn them to death and will definitely make another pair.

That’s it for another month of makes, I’ll be back soon I hope with June’s plans, including an exiting collaboration with Adam Ross Fabrics!

Till next time

S x

April Sewing Plans

As ever I’m late because I’m lazy. Eh, whatcha gonna do?

So my April plans are dominated by holiday plans as we’re heading to Marrakech the first full week of May. And as is standard, I’m determined to sew an entirely new holiday wardrobe – it’s not like I need anymore pressure, but there it is!

(1) Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top

I’ve wanted to make this for awhile, and now is the perfect opportunity. I’m going to make the long sleeve version, which may sound like madness, but I need something to wear on the way out that’s layer-able with jeans for a travel outfit. We get in late at night and leave early morning so it shouldn’t be too hot for the Moroccan end of the travelling.

I got this lovely raspberry coloured jersey in the Goldhawk Road, composition unknown, viscose maybe? It’s beautifully drapey, with great stretch and recovery. I’m hoping for good things!

(2) Seamwork Gretta Top (s)

I’m a little nervous about how this will turn out as I’ve read a lot of reviews saying it comes out huge, and certainly by the finished measurements it looks like it’s drafted with far too much ease. So I’m going to have a play about with the fit with a stash fabric first, this navy crepe with abstract white flowers. It’s been in my stash so long I can’t even remember where I got it.

if I can work out the fit in reasonable time then I plan to make a second one in a navy viscose to match my next plan…

(3) Megan Nielsen Flint Shorts

So I’ve got enough of a lovely navy viscose to do both a Gretta top and the Flint shorts. It’s weighty but drapey and I’m hoping I’m going to end up with a faux jumpsuit effect. I’ve made a pair of them before, and really liked them. I imagine in a drapier fabric I’ll be able to dress them up and down which will making them super functional.

(4) Seamwork Adelaide Dress (es)

I’ve made one Adelaide already, and I love it, but I can improve the fit, as it has some gaping around the neckline. I’m going to cheat an FBA by cutting everything a size down except over the bust which fitted nicely. Hoping it works!

I’m using this cotton poplin, again it’s been in my stash for a while so I can’t remember where I got it. I made the last one in a cotton poplin and I really like it. If I can get the fit perfect this could be an amazing summer staple.

If I get the time I’ll make a second out of this poplin I got on the Goldhawk Road.

(5) Tilly and the Buttons Marigold jumpsuit as separates

I’ve got one Marigold already, but I’m keen to try it as separates, and then I’ll have the option to wear it as a jumpsuit or not. But I’ll be able to pee. Bonus.

This is a viscose challis, I think I got it from Minerva crafts about 6 months ago-ish. It will be lovely and cool for wandering around the souks.

(6) Helens Closet Blackwood Cardigan

I’m hoping in this light hacci knit from Girl Charlee (last year, at the Edinburgh Knitting and Stitching Show) will make a light cover up and excellent layering piece, and the creamy colour with pink flecks will really match a lot of the stuff in my wardrobe

All in all a busy wee month planned I’m unlikely to get it all done, but even if I make a dent I’ll be pleased. I’ll keep you posted!

Till next time

S x

My March Makes

I’ll be honest, March started off pretty ‘off piste’ for me sewing-wise as I didn’t get the chance to sit down and plan and pre- cut-out my makes at the beginning of the month, hence no post about my plans. In the end though it has proven to be another super productive month, thanks mostly to the long bank holiday Easter weekend which I spent down in London sewing with my friend. Note to self, travelling with a sewing machine isn’t easy (read *heavy*), but pre- planning / cutting / overlocking my pattern pieces made for really efficient sewing! I knocked out 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of leggings and 2 dresses in 2 days of sewing. Whoop!!

(1) Seamwork Akita Blouse

Seamwork Akita Blouse

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SEAMWORK SIZE 10
FABRIC – PEACOCK COTTON LAWN SCRAP
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – NONE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – FBA 1in, TAKE IN WAIST 1in, TAKE OUT HIPS 1in

At the beginning of the month I sort of lost my planning mojo, and just wanted a quick sew to feel I had achieved something. On raking through my scraps I found a narrow but fairly long piece of this beautiful cotton lawn (I got it on eBay ages ago, sorry) which was perfect for an Akita. It’s one pattern piece cut cleverly on the fold, ideal for a quick fix, and you can get the size 10 out of 1.4m length x 0.7m width – a fab scrap buster! It sews together really quickly, given the minimal seams, and I chose to overlock the edges then turn and hem, rather than bias bind them, to make it even quicker.

The fit isn’t perfect, I need more room in the bust and hips, but have fabric pooling around the waist. It’s still wearable but this is one of those patterns that I would like to perfect so I can knock out quick work blouses out of scraps. Winner!

(2) Sew Over It Molly Dress

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SEW OVER IT SZE 12
FABRIC – RED / CREAM STRIPE JERSEY FROM FABWORKS
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – TOOK WAIST IN BY 1-1.5IN EACH SIDE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – ADJUST PATTERN BY 1IN IN AT WAIST

I love this dress – I kind of feel like ‘ Where’s Wally?’ But that’s no bad thing I think! I’ve been looking for a comfy loose jersey dress, and you can never go wrong with a stripe. This jersey is lovely and soft, and sews up really well despite being drapey. It has great stretch, and is the perfect weight etc for the Molly. Knowing that now I don’t think I would Sew the Molly again in anything less drapey or stretchy, as I much prefer the look and feel of this compared to others I’ve made. I may *ahem* have sewn the neck band seams outward, but I just tacked it down, no-one has time to unpick overlocking! It’s turned out ok too. All in all a win, and I’m unlikely to go missing in head to toe stripes. Just need to find a matching hat and some black rimmed glasses…

(3) McCalls M5430 Wrap Skirt

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – McCalls 14
FABRIC – ANDY WARHOL ICE-CREAM POLYESTER (FROM MY STASH)
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – NONE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – NONE

Wrap skirts are advantageous in that they need little fitting, and as such this sewed up so quickly. I love the wider waistband, and I’m glad I chose the 14. The measurements have me a 16, but like many people I find ‘big-4’ patterns have far too much ease in them. Thus far everything I’ve made per my measurement has been too big. No big deal as I can take things in, but still. This sits nicely at my waist with just the right amount of flounce from the front waterfall ruffle effect. Next time the only difference I’d make is adding the pockets ( I put them on the wrong way and couldn’t be bothered to re-do them once I’d taken them off) and make sure I use a fabric with a less obvious wrong side, or avoid the ruffle effect if the fabric has an obvious wrong side. Speaking of the fabric isn’t it cute? I’m tempted to quilt one of the ice-creams to emulate a dress I saw at the #sewscottish meetup in New Lanark, but knowing me I’ll never get around to it. It behaves like a typical polyester, so I have to wear a slip as it’s Scotland and therefore tights are required!

(4) Sew Over It Mia Jeans

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SEW OVER IT SIZE 12
FABRIC – DARK INDIGO STRETCH DENIM FROM SEW ME SUNSHINE
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – 1.5CM SEAM ALLOWANCE THROUGHOUT (DRAFTED 2.5CM) AND EVEN LESS AT THE CALVES, INCREASED WAISTBAND SIZE TO FIT GARMENT AFTER ADJUSTMENTS
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – SIZE UP TO 14, ADD 1CM TO CALF

PEOPLE!! I MADE JEANS!! I consider myself somewhere around the adventurous beginner / intermediate level of sewing skill, so I was pushing myself here. I’ve never sewn a fly zip before, but I’ll be honest it was a lot easier than I expected. The fabric was a dream (though my hands were blue after, lol) if a little lighter weight than I anticipated, and the Sew Over It instructions were great. I had these pre-cut to take them for my sewing weekend in London, and I got these sewn in about a day. They’re tight around the calf, I had no more seam allowance to take out, but I horse-ride, so these calves are SOLID lol. I always have fit problems there. Otherwise I think that these are a cracking first effort at jeans, I’m super chuffed. Now for more!

(5) Megan Nielsen Virginia Leggings

Megan Nielsen Virginia Leggings

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – MEGAN NIELSEN LARGE
FABRIC – DENIM EFFECT JERSEY FROM FABRIC GODMOTHER
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – TOOK THE WAIST IN BY AT LEAST 5-6IN, SHORTENED FROM THE HEM 3IN
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – SIZE DOWN ABOVE THE CALVES

This fabric is genius – these leggings are essentially jeggings now, and they are super comfy. I made the large because I’ve made these once before and they came up tight, but clearly it was the wrong fabric, which I should really have realised. That said the legs fit without adjustment, but the waist was huge, so I just, pinned, adjusted and chopped a chunk off the waistband. They fit great now.

(6) Seamwork Adelaide

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SEAMWORK 10
FABRIC – QUILTING COTTON FROM MAUDS FABRIC FINDS
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – CROSSED THE UPPER PLACKET OVER AN EXTRA INCH TO STOP NECKLINE GAPING
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – SIZE DOWN WITH AN FBA

Once I get the fit right on this I know it’s going to be my go to summer dress pattern, I love it. It was also the first time I used prym snaps rather than buttonholes and Buttons, and lord it’s so much quicker. It was gaping at the neckline, a problem I get a lot, and realistically what I need to do is size down and do a full bust adjustment. Even though Colette patterns are drafted for a C cup and my upper to full bust difference is 3in I still find their patterns gape on me, I’m hoping this will cure it. I have 3 more lined up for our holiday to Morocco in a month, so I’m hoping I can get the fit perfect next time. For ease this time I just added an extra popper-back 1 inch further in on the neckline to allow the upper placket to fold over the under placket a little more. A quick and dirty fix!

(7) Jennifer Lauren Handmade Afternoon Shift Dress

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – JENNIFER LAUREN HANDMADE SIZE 12
FABRIC – QUILTING COTTON BOUGHT FOR ME, PRESENT FROM MY MUM 🙂
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – NONE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – SIZE DOWN AND FBA

Same problem here, I’ve been basing my measurement on my full bust, as my full bust / waist / hip measurement are fairly standard measurements, but my upper bust is 35inches and as such I should really have chosen the 10 and done a 1 inch FBA. In the photo I may be cheating and pulling the excess in that the back to make it sit better lol. It’s a lovely pattern though, and once I get the fit right will be a great work staple.

Also can we take a second to appreciate JUST HOW PALE MY LEGS ARE?! Jeeeez.

So that’s it for this month, I’m pretty pleased – some new challenges and some potential wardrobe staples. Let me know what you think. Have you made any of these patterns? Have you made jeans or are you putting them off? Drop me a comment!

Till next time

S x

How I Use Trello To Organise My Sewing – 1

Hi everyone I’m back today to start a short series of posts on an app I’ve been using for organising my sewing that I really like and thought you might like to hear about. It’s called Trello and it’s revolutionised how I categorise, organise and plan my sewing.

Over the next couple of blog posts I’ll tell you all about what Trello is, how I choose to use it, and give you some ideas for you to get started

What is Trello?

Trello is described as a web-based project management system, which just sounds like jargon to me. I don’t think it’s possible from such a dry description to understand how easily you can individualise it without trying it first.

You create an account online, but then you can access your account through the apps for both iPhone and iPad (I don’t own any android stuff so don’t know if there is an interface for them). This give is great portability and accessibility as all of your data is stored in your account not on your device, meaning you only have to enter it one to access it on all the interfaces.

I like to think of it as a mash up between Pinterest and Evernote. Cards are organised into lists within boards, but the cards are populated with your own information rather than just pinning pictures from other users.

How did I hear about it

It first popped up as an Instagram post which piqued my interest, so I went for a bit of an internet rummage to find out more. I’d had my eye out for the perfect organisation tool, as up to that point 8 had my fabric in one app and my patterns in another, and no way for them to interact. As well as this they were single platform use – if I entered the information in my phone I could access it through the same app on my iPad. So I found that Mamie Camille has a great series over on her blog about how she uses it, and it was exactly what I was looking for – I was sold!

What do I use it for

This is the beauty, you can use it for anything! I currently use multiple boards to arrange different aspects of sewing – fabric, patterns etc about which I will go into more detail in my next post.

What do you use for your sewing organisation, have you found a method that works best for you or are you still hunting that elusive dream?

Tell me your thoughts 🙂

Until next time

S x

Sew Over It Tulip Skirt

My February Makes

Well I’m back, and I’ve had a bloody productive February! 4 short weeks and I’ve made all this.

I’ve started a one-in-one-out policy so my wardrobe doesn’t protest too much – one RTW to charity for every handmade that goes into the wardrobe permanently (i.e. is wearable in public!). This is working well, incentivising me to make more awesome things in my quest for a totally handmade wardrobe. I think I’ll go into this in more detail in another post.

To start with I’ll summarise – I made most things I planned to. The yellow interlock McCalls dress was a disaster of neck stretching wobbliness and will never be spoken of again. I didn’t get round to the delphine, though it is still cut out, and will be added to next months pile. It was replaced by my irresistible urge to make the Jill Coatigan from Seamwork. Keep reading to see it!

See my plans post for links to the patterns and fabric.

 

(1) Megan Nielsen Flint Shorts

Megan Nielsen Flint Shorts
MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 37.5/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – MEGAN NIELSEN SIZE LARGE
FABRIC – MUSTARD GREEN CHECK FROM ADAM ROSS
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – NONE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – SIZE DOWN AT THE WAIST

These turned out exactly as I wanted them – a warm yet funky pair of winter shorts to pair with tights and boots. I love them! They came together really easily, and I’m also pretty pleased with the pattern matching – not perfect, but far better than I anticipated.

I would maybe try sizing down next time, there is a little gaping at the waist, maybe grade from a medium waist to a large hip, I’ll need to measure the amount I’d need to take out to see if its a whole size down at the waist.

Now, important question, do we think these are work appropriate??

I’ll definitely be making this pattern again, I may lengthen it and widen the leg even more to make a lightweight summery palazzo pant type thing for our holiday to morocco in May.

 

Megan Nielsen Flint Shorts

Megan Nielsen Flint Shorts

 

(2) Sew Over It Tulip Skirt

Sew Over It Tulip Skirt

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 37.5/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SEW OVER IT SIZE 12, SHORTER LENGTH
FABRIC – FLAMINGO EMBROIDERED LIGHTWEIGHT DENIM
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – NONE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – SIZE DOWN TO SIZE 10

This is by far my favourite handmade item of clothing to date, I love love love this skirt, the pattern, the fabric, everything. I didn’t know I needed it in my life but now I need 10 million of them. Its a great transition piece – I can wear it with a t-shirt and sand shoes on the weekend, or a blouse and heels for work. A total wardrobe workhorse.

Despite going with my measurements I need to take at least an inch out the waist, which I’ll do as soon as I get the chance. I also sewed the pockets with a 1cm (rather than 1.5cm) seam allowance, as I read they were small. They could still be bigger to be honest, and higher, they’re quite low! (I’m pretty sure I used the correct notch, but will check next time).

I think I’ll make the longer version next, fabric to be decided 🙂

Sew Over It Tulip Skirt

Sew Over It Tulip Skirt

 

(3) New Look 6107 Skirt View E

New Look 6107

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 37.5/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – BIG 4 SIZE 16
FABRIC – TARTAN BRUSHED COTTON FROM GOD-KNOWS-WHERE
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – NONE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – SIZE DOWN TO SIZE 14

I’m starting to see a theme here! Maybe I’ve measured myself wrong? Its funny because when I sewed things the size down from the sizes I’m choosing now they were all too small! You can’t win. Better to be able to take things in at least. I’m SO pleased with my pattern matching on this one, look at that side seam! The waistband was impossible to match so I gave up.

This is a cracking wee work skirt – in the brushed cotton its super cosy, and I can imagine in the summer a linen version would be wonderful.

Definitely doing this one again too, it took less than a metre of fabric!

New Look 6107

New Look 6107

 

(4) New Look 6127 Skirt View C

New Look 6217

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 37.5/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – BIG 4 SIZE 16
FABRIC – STRETCH COTTON JACQUARD FROM FABRICS GALORE
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – TOOK 1.5IN OUT EITHER SIDE SEAM
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – SIZE DOWN TO SIZE 14

Yup. Too big. So this one I fitted on me, as because it was stretch it really was too big. I’m not sure if its the fabric or the cut but I don’t like this one so much, which is a shame as it doesn’t have a waistband, and I find them a faff sometimes. But they are so much more flattering. I think the 6107 will be my go to simple 1m work skirt pattern. Funny, as I thought I’d like this one better.

New Look 6217

New Look 6217

 

(5) Tilly and the Buttons Roll Neck Coco Dress in Coral Colour Ponte

Tilly and The Buttons Coco Dress

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 37.5/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – TATB SIZE 4/5ISH
FABRIC – CORAL PONTE
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – GRADED FROM SIZE 5 BODICE TO SIZE 4 WAIST/HIP, AND TOOK SOME FULLNESS OUT THE SKIRT. ADDED 2INCH LENGTH AT THE LENGTHEN LINE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – SIZE 4 ALL OVER, MAYBE REMOVE 1IN OF THE ADDED LENGTH

I wasn’t sure about this when I first made it, purely because its a fair bit different from my last one which was straight out the packet, with a little fullness removed from the skirt. But its definitely growing on me, I wore it today with knee length boots, and I think they really make the outfit. And it is the COSIEST thing in the actual world.

There are definitely more coco’s in my future, out the packet its a little short and too wide at the hem, so I need to figure out the exact changes I need to get the perfect dress out of it. I may also make the roll neck version as a top. Mmmm cosy.

Tilly and The Buttons Coco Dress

 

(6) Seamwork Magazine Jill Coatigan

Seamwork Jill Coatigan

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 37.5/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SEAMWORK SIZE MEDIUM
FABRIC – BURNT PINK FLANNEL FROM GOLDHAWK ROAD
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – NONE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – SIZE DOWN TO SIZE SMALL

Ok so I totally flung this one in there – a wee curve ball for you all! I had it cut out, and was planning on doing a little bit here and there between projects, but then I got my teeth stuck into it and couldn’t stop. I sewed it in 2 evenings, despite getting totally confused about the neckline. I think I’ll do a separate post to document my confusion, and the resolution, to help other people making it, as I couldn’t really find anything out there discussing its construction. I fully admit it was adventurous-beginner-itis, I’m sure if you have more experience than me you’ll not have a bother.

I was concerned it was too big. It is too big, its meant to be, but I wondered if it was too far past over-sized-slouchy into clown territory. Instagram tells me no, but don’t belt it and shorten the sleeves – I agree I’ve left them a bit long. I wore it to work today with my Coco and it felt dreamy in this snow.

Seamwork Jill Coatigan

 

And that was my month, it flew in didn’t it? I’ve gotten some really lovely garments out of this month and am slowly learning more about my size in various different pattern companies patterns. Hopefully in the future there’ll be less and less needing to adjust things, but all in all taking in a couple of waistbands really isn’t a huge deal.

 

Till next time!

 

Siona x

February Sewing Plans

Hi gang, I’m back with some terribly ambitious plans for February sewing. I’ve had a productive weekend cutting out all the things, with the aim of making one garment each weekend, and another during the week spread over the evenings. Totally do-able right??

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After! 🙂

None of these are #2018makenine plans, though one of the skirts is from the same New Look NL6217 pattern as the top that I do have in my make nine plans, so it’ll be interesting to see how that turns out too. Make ten??

I’ve shopped my stash for ALL of these, hurrah! After getting myself all organised on Trello (I will do a separate post on that sometime soon) I’ve decided to give each piece in my stash a plan. This month I’m using up all the small 1m-ish pieces I bought before I realised that was an unrealistic length to buy if I didn’t know what I wanted to use it for. So its a month of mostly skirts! Lets have a look at my plans…

(1) Sew Over It Tulip Skirt, in a flamingo print heavier chambray/lightweight denim. I can’t remember where I got this fabric, sorry! (shopping the stash and all that…)

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(2) Coral ponte Tilly and the Buttons Coco Dress. I’ve chosen the roll neck and the 3/4 length sleeves. This ponte is so soft, I got it from Fabworks Online.

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(3) Mustard with green check Megan Nielsen Flint Shorts. The fabric is from Adam Ross, and its lovely and soft.  I have ideas of a wintery pair of shorts to wear with rollneck jumpers, tights and boots. Mmmmm. I’m not sure that my stripe matching is going to be very good though, I couldn’t figure out which would be the best landmarks to use to do so. Oh well, we’ll see what happens!

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(4) Tartan fabric New Look NL6107 skirt, view D. I have no idea where I got this fabric, its one of the first things I bought before I realised that you really couldn’t get a pair of pattern matched tartan pyjama bottoms out of a metre of fabric! At least I’m learning! So a simple skirt it is. I’m optimistic about my pattern matching here, I tried quite hard to do it justice.

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(5) Custard cream interlock McCalls M7313 dress view B. I love that this fabric is called custard cream. And its just as soft and creamy as you’d hope given that name. Its from Fabworks Online again, but be quick if you want it, theres only 13m left as I write this. The aim is secret pyjamas.

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(6) Brown and copper tweedy TATB Delphine. I won this fabric in an instagram giveaway, the prize being a bundle of fabric from minerva craft. So I’m not overly sure of the fibre content, but its lovely in the hand, and doesn’t seem to crease much. Hoping its got enough body to stand up to a delphine, as I love my red one, but the cotton gabardine creases like nobodies business. This should do, again, for tights boots and a rollneck top in the winter.

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(7) Navy diamond stripe stretch cotton NL 6217. I got this fabric at the Edinburgh Knitting and Stitching Show last year, I think from Fabrics Galore, but I can’t really remember. I only got a metre, but thats ok as I always had designs on a simple skirt, for which NL6217 should fit the bill nicely.

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And thats it! Given the fact its all cut out, I’m hoping that each of these skirts would take no more than an evening to sew, so though there are plans for 7 things here, I’m hoping a few of them will be really quick. They’ll also give me lots of variety for my handmade autumn-winter-spring work wardrobe. Yeay!

Till next time,

Siona x