Friday, 29 January 2010

Reality adjustments

Here are the other two tops I am making up for my SWAP.

Butterick 5283 is the one I've just done twice (spots and grey).
This fabric below has different properties to the other two.
I like the colour of this fabric because it goes with my darkness theme. I wore the grey one top to work and it was comfortable and looked good, so I know this is top is a keeper.



Diary of a sewing fanatic raised some good points about how to SWAP. They were points that I could understand.

I don't have a storyboard, I just have a theme.

The pattern below is a new pattern so I've got the energy to adjust it to work for me. The fabric didn't cost much but it's dark but can be matched to other items in my wardrobe.

Life's too short to make ill-fitting clothes.

Border line - Butterick 5328

As I'm still working on my SWAP, I found a piece of black woven fabric with a heavy embroidered border. I bought this from Pitt Trading at least three years ago. I thought it would be good on a dress but I've used this on the bottom hem of this cross over top.
I'm using Butterick 5328 and I've already made this up twice before.

This week I was in the mood to alter and cut out a few pieces to sew on the weekend and this was one of them. A pattern piece was missing so I traced this from a top I made up last year (lucky).
I've added a full bust adjustment and I've made the sleeve gathered. I'm not sure how long/short the sleeve will be as yet. It will depend on where it ends, in relation to my bust. I always avoid sleeve hems that are level with my bust. I don't need the attention here.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

In knots - Butterick 5283

This pattern is doing my head in.

I made this top last week with spotted fabric and sleeveless. This time I've used a comfortable knit that has one way stretch and good memory. I've also only cut out one front piece, so this is not self faced. That saved me a bit of fabric but also made the top hang nicely without making me feel chunky.

I traced off the original outline under the chest and then dropped it by 3inches. The pencil on the pattern shows you how far I've moved the piece down.

The front now is looks very gathered because of the knot so I can live with it. As the sleeveless version hangs over the shoulders, I had to take 4cm off the shoulder seams to bring the sleeves back to my shoulders instead of down my arms. Did you notice that the twist is on the same side as the pattern drawing?

I took out the centre back fold so the back fits better. There's still some work to do here as my right hips is higher than my left hip. This pattern could be another top that gets lengthened into a dress soon.

PS. The skirt is one that I made 4 years ago and I work it to work last week. It still fits, but it didn't look like me so I've added a trim to make it fit into my current wardrobe look.

Spot on - Butterick 3386

After using this fabric and realising how little give it has, I used it on a tab front top that's designed for woven fabric.

When my sewing buddies saw how this fabric was on my previous top, the comment was to use a plain fabric instead of using a print. Black and white can be disorientating at the best of times so I chose to use a black collar as a neutralising contrast.

As you can see in this close up, I've used white cotton as a balancing detail.

In previous versions top, I've used shirring in the back but this might throw people off because of the black/white contrast.

I was thinking of inverted pinch pleats in the back (in the black segments) so it sits better instead of bulking up. This is a task I'll do when the weather is less muggy and hot.

I've done the following adjustments:
  • roll shoulder adjustment 2cm
  • sway back, although it doesn't show up too well
  • shortened the hem
  • the tab is squared and lowered by 3cm
  • the hems are finished with a straight stitch.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Swap #3

Here's the next skirt in dark fabric and I had to match the pattern somehow, on the skirt.

There's a large flower filled wheel barrow that I used as my anchor point. I've used this to help match the pattern around the skirt. This is my favourite a-line skirt and I've used an invisible zipe in the back. There's no waistband. The skirt is lined as well.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

2009 sewing tally

Jackets - 2
Tops - 17
Dresses - 17
Skirts - 3
2009 sewing highlights - melbourne fabric shopping visit and our sewing weekend.
2010 aim - use my fabric stash better and continue to share.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Swap #1 and #2

I've finished my first two SWAP items.
Option #1 has:
- 6 tops
- 4 bottoms
- 1 of your choice.
2 garments may be purchased or previously sewn.

1 will be a matched print or stripe.
1 will feature embroidery, beads or sashiko
1 will have buttons as the star feature.

#1
My first swap was lining my
purple haze skirt with a blue georgette. I've been wearing this skirt to work but it really needed lining so I've added it in. The fabric has a check in the weave and I've matched this at the side seams.

#2
My second item is a black skirt with an embroidered hem edge.

I bought this fabric from Pitt Trading at least 2 years ago. The fabric was a remnant and I have been wanting to make this up for a while but I was stuck on how to get the edging around the whole skirt hem.

I recently brought a skirt that was very girlie and when I wore it, I realised that the feature was only on the front piece. The back was plain. This was a really simple idea so I've used it on this simple a-line skirt
I've tried to match the pattern. The plain embroidered part is used on the back, so it blends in. I've also tried to match the front hemline with the back hemline too.
I've used an invisible zip. The centre back hem is lower than the front hem, to cover my tush.
I've overlocked the edges and used interfacing on the waistline, to give it stability.
The good thing is I can slim this skirt down when I lose my 5kg.
I'm hoping to use as much of my dark fabrics as part of my SWAP.

Getting comfortable - McCalls 5464

I originally made this dress up in August for a weekend event. It's a McCalls pattern - M5464. The dress fitted well at the time and I wore it without realising it was kind of short to wear to work. Of course I haven't worn this to work and I might not. It will depend on the occasion.
The skirt had pleated lace on the hem to make it a decent length with flat shoes but when I wore last weekend, it did nothing for me. During the week I added the red lace around the neckline.
Yesterday I decided to add a ruffle on the lining, to add more length on the hem.

Once I added the ruffle hem length, I decided that the red lace around the neckline was too much. I pulled back from my original idea of using the red lace to give the dress some definition.

Now I feel like to can wear this dress on the weekend, and not just around the house. I mean weekend wear while catching up with friend. I'm still not sure about wearing it to work. I'll need to make a cardie, or wear it with a black jacket.
I enjoyed the challenge of making this work for me. The ruffle was from my a-line skirt pattern Butterick 3597.

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