my Little One loves her My Little Ponies, so when I saw this fabric at the Knitting and stitching show I knew she would love it. Only problem was I was on a self inflicted fabric ban as I am trying to sew my fabric stash. I decided to buy only half a metre and see if I could find a childs dress pattern that only need this amount of fabric.
luckily I did find one from http://www.simplicitynewlook.com/simplicity-patterns new season. I made a design decision to replace the frill with pompoms and just managed to cut the whole dress from the half metre. The only bit I have over is going to make pockets so I do feel very happy I met my Zero waste fashion brief this time.
The dress is nearly finished just needs some straps to finish it off. I did end up making it bigger than My Little One normally wears as I couldn’t face wasting the fabric…photo to follow
This is my first make for the lovely people at Simple Sew patterns and I chose the fab Jackie O Jacket. Click here to have a look or buy the pattern Jackie O Jacket Pattern I initially chose it as I had bought some amazing 2 sided printed linen from Japan via Ebay and really liked the idea of using it for this pattern as the jacket is unlined and I thought it would be fun for it to have a different inside pattern.
I loved the fact that the pattern was printed on ‘normal’ paper not tissue, as I cut the largest size of the pattern, then trace off the size I am going to use and somehow no matter how careful I am the tissue ones never last as long.
The Instructions and diagrams were clear, which was a relief as some companies pattern instructions are not and rely on you having a lot of existing knowledge and experience of garment making.
I liked it so much I decided to make another one, this time I wanted to make a more formal more so pattern hacked it to make it longer. The fabric was from the utterly wonderful ABAKHAN I chose a boiled wool in charcoal, however i realised that it was going to need to be lined as the wool was brilliant for the jacket but a bit itchy for me to wear if I wasn’t wearing any sleeves under it.
For the lining I chose a lovely silky bird print from one of my favourite local fabric stores Fabrics Galore The print design reminded me of Ted Baker prints and I wanted the lining to have a bit of a colour pop about it, and this fabric was just right.
I extended the length of the body by 4.5 inches and the sleeves by 2 inches as you can see below
A slight aside here, but I have a bit of thing about Zero Waste. So when I cut out a garment, I try I see how close I can get to either zero waste or what I could also cut from the remaining left over fabric. This time I decided to cut a matching jacket for my Little One who is 4yrs old. You can see her bodice ‘block’ in this photo (its the blue/green shape). I am happy to say I did manage to have enough fabric over to cut her a jacket. When I have made it up I will post some photos of it.
To make the lining, I tired the bagging out method, without the facing. I wouldn’t recommend this and when I make the Jacket again I would cut the lining by tracing off the body, less the facing, then stitching the 2 together. This way I would get a more professional look, but I thought my way was going to look good and be quick, I was wrong on both counts!
I finished it with a fine black trim around the sleeves, neck, bodice front and hem line.
I am really happy with this version and will be making another Jackie O Jacket in the future.
I loved the Simplicity dottie Angel dress I made last year with aeroplanes, but it came up a bit big, so I decided to make it again with this fantastic fabric from my favourite shop, The Crafty Sewer Wimbledon Sewing Centre in Balham, London.
I made it a size smaller (a 12) and used pink and pale green chambray for the contrasts and all the bias binding.
Overall I am really happy with it, though next time I would make it even smaller, and I think its the perfect pattern for quirky prints though I think one made of different colours of denim will be my next make.
I finished my working toile for the Simplicity Sewing Challenge 2016 using the Simplicity 1206. I decided not to make it up in the fabric I had in mind as I’m keeping it for Littles Ones 5th Birthday dress (See my other posts about the birthday dresses I make her) Its a hand embellished ribbon sewn on to a voile and its going to be perfect for the birthday dress big project.
This fabric is from the fabulous Fabric Land Brighton branch. The Little One choose it herself and loves wearing it. I made a matching shoulder purse for her (not pictured).
I found it quite straight forward, until I got to the yoke and sleeves which were a bit fiddly, as if you didn’t get the gathering right the armholes could end up to big.
I would make this again, with the overlay this time. Just need to find the right fabric for it.
I had been after this pattern which came free with an issue of Love Sewing Magazine, for so long! Its from SewGirl and I finally managed to get it second hand on ebay much to my excitement!
While I was in the process of laying it our for cutting I read a fascinating article on Zero Waste and how commercial sewing patterns create a shocking 46% WASTE of fabric!!! The article was by the owner of Story Book Patterns, Cassandra Macinedoe generic actos. It really got me thinking about what I could do to reduce my waste as a Seamstress and in life in general.
So I made blocks for my Little One so that when I am cutting out, my clothes I automatically cut out something for her to help achieve the holy grail of zero waste.
Im not totally happy with my tunic. Im 5ft 2 and a size 8-10 so the sleeves totally drowned me. I have cut off the extra section of sleeves and it looks much better on and the extra I removed, I turned the top into a dress. I will post more photos of these two when I am finished.
I have had this pattern for a while when I found this fabric at the fantastic <a href="http://www actos medication.farbicsgalore.co.uk”>http://www.farbicsgalore.co.uk on Lavender Hill, near Clapham, London. Some times when I buy a pattern I can only see it being made in the fabric in the photo, and this Simplicity 1695 was no exception!
What surprised me about this pattern, was the underskirt, as its not marked on the pattern envelope front or back!! Its not till you start reading the instruction you find its there. Actually had I know it was there I would have made the skirt before now as I had it in my head that it was only suitable for beach wear in such a floaty see through fabric.
When I cut it out I forgot to cut 2 of the underskirt so had to put a medium large split at the back of it so that I could walk! I had used the rest of the fabric to make a halter neck top the year before, so need to take drastic action. Sadly the free pattern that I used from a leading sewing magazine had not been drafted well…unless you had a child size neck on an adult body. Anyway I am now self drafting a new halter neck top for next year to wear with it.
I am also going to try making it again with some gorgeous black silk, with torn bits effect (sorry no idea what the technical term is for that) from Jigsaw, for a christmas party skirt, maybe even make a strapless bodice with it.
What a weekend we all had! The first day was all about doing your own sewing projects and we were paired up to share a Janome sewing machine. I had the delightful Ana from Cocowawa as my sewing buddy.
I wanted to sew with fabric that I had never sewn before and pre cut a silk top and a scuba top. The main reason for chosen these fabrics, was that my sewing machine, an Elna 7000 (that was my Mothers) is really on its last legs and it hates sewing jersey and silk. The Janome sewing machine coped very well with both fabrics.
The second day we had talks for the fabulous House of Pinhero, Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons, Gabby of Gabberdashery and Beyond Measure.
Those sewers that had finished there creations got to wear them the next day. Here is Megan and Gabby in their Chinelo Baily, Batwing tops.
When Gabby showed me this photo from Chinelos book I was couldn’t believe it! It was as if Megan and Gabby had found their photo twins, so of course I had to try and recreate the shoot.
Check out Gabby and Megans Vlogg on how they made their tops
Last Christmas I heard about the wonderful <a href="http://www.childrescuenepal diabetes medicine.org” target=”_blank”>Child Resue Nepal (CRN) Charity and the awesome work that they do rescuing and supporting victims of trafficking and their families.
I really wanted to help them but didn’t know what I could do being based in the UK, then I had an idea, I volunteered to make an item of clothing for each of the children that live in the family style orphanages, which turned out to be 35 youngsters aged 10 to 19 years old both boys and girls!
I decided that to make the garments both practical and enjoyable for the youngsters, I would get each one to tell me what their favourite colour was and name so that I could machine embroider name tags to go inside the items of clothing in the colour of their choice.
It was at this point that I realised what a vast project I had taken on. The sourcing of suitable patterns was my first hurdle. I wanted to make shorts for the boys and either a dress or skirt for the girls, but obviously the more pattern pieces the longer it was going to take me, but all items needed to have pockets, so I hunted high and low for ones that fitted my criteria.
The first pattern I chose for the boys shorts was McCalls easy boy shorts. They had pockets and elasticated waist and seemed an ideal choice.
I had previously used the pattern to make 2 pairs for my Nephew In Laws but I soon realised that making 18 pairs was going to be too time consuming. So I had a rethink, in fact quite a few rethinks.
In the end I used all the patterns able, with no real modifications.
These were all the patterns I tried and rejected because they were going to take too long to make 36 garments from