Wednesday, 17 August 2016

This Month In Sewing

I have quietly been doing a few sewing projects over the past few weeks, on my steep learning curve of self-taught dressmaking.  Firstly, I turned a dress past its best into a peplum top.  It looks good over a pencil skirt, belted, and I've also worn it over black cropped trousers.  It's not as faded in real life as it looks in the photo below, so I'm hoping to get a little more wear out of it before it gets consigned to being a duster.

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1940s weekend Black Country Living Museum
The Peacocks dress back in 2014 at the Black Country Living Museum's 1940's Weekend.  That dress has always been way too short but I love the print!

I made some pyjama bottoms to go with the Sorbetto top I made, also out of the curtain fabric from the jumble sale.  I doubt I'd wear both pieces together; my husband already calls these my 'Mr Blobby pyjamas'.  The pattern is the 'Margot' from Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walden.

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I'm sparing you my just-woke-up face, it's not pretty!

I found some jersey fabric in a charity shop in North Wales for £2, so I hunted for a simple top pattern and found the free 'Natty' top pattern by Addie K Designs.  I am really pleased with it, but sewing stretch jersey is a bit fiddly to say the least.  My ballpoint needles couldn't cope and I ended up going back to using a regular needle.  I think I stretched it a bit in places but you can't tell too much.  I've already worn it out of the house, to work one day.

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I still haven't finished that mock-up circle skirt (metres of hemming to do, a tad boring that bit!), but I've made headway on my 1920s one-hour dress, that I'm making from a sheer curtain I found in a charity shop.  Unfortunately it still looks very much like a curtain, so there is much more work to be done before it resembles anything lovely and garden-party appropriate.

Over the last couple of months I have accumulated so many patterns.  My husband came back from a charity shop with a pile for me, bless him.  Some super ones and a few dodgy '80s ones, ha!  I just didn't notice patterns in charity shops before but now I seem to find them everywhere I go.  They're not all my size so I will have to do a bit of resizing but that's another challenge I'm keen to take on at some point.  Take a look at some of the patterns I've acquired, which one's your favourite?

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The beach dress on the bottom left comes with an option to make a matching hat!!  I think that pattern is my favourite for that reason.

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That middle one looks a bit Star Wars doesn't it?

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These Prima patterns were a job lot for £1.  There's a jumpsuit (1930s beach pyjama potential?), high waist trousers, and classic dress patterns.  Should keep me busy over the winter!

I've got some holiday coming up and have a particularly busy patch at work, and so am not sure when I'll get a chance to make something from scratch again.  I'll keep you posted when I do complete another project.  Sewing sign off, for now.

16 comments:

  1. Oh yay! I love that you're charging on with this. The peplum top is soooo much better than the original dress and looks like something that can be worn with so many things. I love those pyjama bottoms. I'm rather tempted to make a pair for myself! And, my god, you tackled stretch fabric!! That was brave. I've only ever done stretch at college with a proper coverstitch machine, so I've never tried it on my standard machine or my overlocker. I'm determined to do it eventually though, as I'd love to make a 1920s Chanel style jersey suit. xx

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    1. I'd recommend doing a simple top like the Natty in stretch fabric as a practice, it really was ok once I twigged that my stretch needles weren't heavy duty enough for my fabric. I too would love to recreate some Chanel jersey items, hence jumping in at the deep end!!

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  2. You have really hit the ground running on the sewing front! Well done you! I always love to see other peoples sewing projects, keeps me inspired!

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    1. Well inspiration from your lovely self has certainly fuelled my sewing - so thank you!

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  3. You are just tearing through these projects! It's so impressive! I'm working my way through Love at First Stitch (as well as some other projects) but it is taking me an embarrassingly long time. I have already worn my Margot pyjamas so much that they died and were mended and died again. You've picked up some really cool patterns there, and I look forward to seeing what you do with them!

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    1. It does take a lot of time, that is the downside! I perhaps got carried away with the patterns but nothing wrong with aiming high!!

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  4. Awesome work! You've been doing an amazing job picking up sewing. I love the peplum top you refashioned. I've been thinking of doing the same to some dresses I don't wear anymore but haven't mustered up the courage yet. And your pajama bottoms and jersey top look so well done. I love the blue dress in #6504 and the 60's dress in #5259. And you are so right about #7655 looking light star wars. LOL ;)

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  5. Bravo, great efforts! I'm glad that cute dress got a second wind, I remembered it :) I frankly have no idea how you've found the time for all this, you must have been working super hard around everything else! I'm impressed by how easy you're making it look... xx

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  6. You have been busy! Great idea to turn that peplum dress into a top. Judging from all those lovely patterns, I guess we won't see the last of your sewing adventures any time soon. Good luck! xxx

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  7. I adore a Jiffy pattern, I always snap them up when I find them - they're a delight to follow!
    You're doing a great job. excellent work on the PJs and loving the remake on the dress! xxx

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  8. You are killing it with the sewing projects! I'm so annoyed with myself, I haven't even been able to finish my one little sewing project that I started... um, I honestly don't want to think about how long ago. Way to go!

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  9. You are sewing some wonderful garments! I love the Jiffy patterns, that one you have looks really cute. I have set my sewing table up again since moving and can't wait to get back into some long awaited projects X

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  10. You've been very busy! Love like you turned the peplum, it's more wearable now. Love your stash of vintage patterns, I'm so jealous!

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  11. I think that 60's style dress in the bottom right of that one photo has to be the prettiest, but I also that big swing coat :) It's nice to hear that you're enjoying sewing, I wish I could sew too, but I've always been poor in handicrafts.

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  12. Huge brownie points to your mister for bringing you home patterns. Roses? Lovely and classic, certainly, but so short lived. Give a gal a good pattern and she can sew for ages! :)

    Hard to pick a single fave, but I am rather leaning towards Simplicity 5259. I'd wear that anytime!

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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  13. Oh, well done you! Wearing things you're prepared to wear out of the house is a massive step. Your sewing is coming along so fast, it's really inspirational.

    5259 is my favourite. With a slimmer skirt, it'd be perfect!

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