Stashbuster Files 1.o

Bought only 0.5m of this lovely fabric almost 18 months ago (why so little?) This morning I just folded in half and used overlocker to sew the side. Left a hole and got kids to fill it with hollowfibre. They had a blast.

I am smiling now. The fabric is making me much happier than when it was hanging in my stash constantly making me feel guilty for not using it☺. 

I like to think the fabric is happier too, dont you?

Hila

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McCalls M7093 Chambray

Hello chums,

Its summer holidays and I have not a care in the world right now. Trying my best to plan for a fantastic holiday. In September my oldest starts high school while my 3rd starts reception! Oh my I am getting old!

Anyhow, here is a cute top I made in the most delicious lightweight chambray fabric. I have used this chambray before to make a sleeveless Granville shirt here  (I believe I messed up the sleeves while attempting a placket so  it had to be sleeveless). This fabric is such a pleasure to hold and work with. Its sews beautifully and takes the iron well.

When I picked up M7093  during a McCalls sale I knew it was going to be made in the chambray . 7093

Construction wise its super quick make. I went for the version with the pockets. I cut size 12 and made no alterations.

The armholes and neckline are finished using bias binding. I made the bias binding from the chambray.

Seams were finished with the overlocker but this top would look great (on inside~) with a french seam finish but alas patience is a virtue I am yet to learn.

I was really excited about this make until I tried it on for the first time and thought I looked a bit like I am wearing hospital scrubs?…..Pictures….

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Random sewing related thoughts

 

Hello everyone,

How come they dont prewash their fabric? They seem to be using it of the bolt?” You see even my hubs has learnt, through living with a sewing mad wife that rule number 1 of sewing is you prewash your fabric. So why oh why do they misrepresent sewing like that in the show!!!! I generally watch it as a reality TV show because well the contestants aren’t the best amateur sewers as professed – because why would you pit a newbie sewer who has never made a jacket (or even sewed a bias bound neckline) with a vetaran who has been sewing for 30 plus years? No to me its like a Big Brother of sewing. The other day (60’s week I think – they made the one thing I am buying that book for _ the Mondrian dress that I have coveted since seeing it first on FabriKated’s blog. But what on earth was the new judge wearing? Purely from a curiosity perspective – as a seamster when I see clothes I automatically deconstruct them but I could not figure out what she was wearing. Still its fun to watch.sewing-bee-mondrian-dress-1024x517

 

I have been reading a few books.

41fjf6csd7l-_sx360_bo1204203200_Draping The Complete Course by Karolyn Kiisel which I also borrowed from the library. I absolutely love this book and it has been added to my xmas gift list (Mr SNS now knows what to get me ). It explains everything step by step and something I believed had to wait till I had time to go to a night class seems within reach. It has some fabulous looking projects to do and it includes an instructional DVD.

070608_lgCouture sewing techniques has just blown my mind and changed my finish level. Its leveled me up significantly. I honestly did not appreciate hand sewing before but seeing all the fine gowns that are all made by hand I was like wow! I have been applying some of the techniques n my recent makes and I am not disappointed. I wish I had come across this book sooner. As it is, I bought form the US where it was so much cheaper than buying here in UK.

41hk5qo2b8olI borrowed this book by Dennic Chunman on pattern drafting. Its interesting in that it has what I consider to be avant garde projects so very much a fashion design student book. It excelled at explaining some reasons behind why things are done a certain way. Also interesting was his point that pinning on a dress form does not give you a good indication of how a dress looks on a real person (there are example pictures in the book but I forgot to snap them on my phone). He advocates using a real model early on in the process (key back to GBSB and their refashion challenge where they have to pin on a dress form). Though an enjoyable read, I shant be buying a personal copy for my sewing library.

New sewing tools that have bee amazing…….

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I bought some beeswax on a whim during a late night phone browsing session as a result of reading the Claire Shaffer book. When I used it at first it was making the tangling worse and I abandoned it. But when I read further I learnt that you had to apply a bit of heat to it so I tried that the next time. Something strange happened and the thread went from being curly to bone straight and did not tangle at all. Its made sewing by hand a pleasure I had never experienced before.

I also picked up a loop turner and yes its worth the £1.81 and 2 weeks I waited for it to arrive from China!

I am also currently obsessed with trying to draft this lowered shoulder dress I saw in an optician waiting room magazine. Its a Peter Pilotto $1800,00 dress. With any luck I might finish drafting it in time for next summer :-).1048627_3

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Images from matchesfashion.com

Thanks for stopping by, do you have  a book recommendation or sewing tool? Please share I learn so much from your collective experiences.

As always thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back soon. Happy sewing!

Hila

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Vogue V1486 Skirt in Cobalt Embossed Scuba

Hello chums,

Hope you are having fantastic sunny weather wherever you are. We have been having beautifully sunny days. The downside is how much time I have to spend watering the garden at home and going to the allotment to water the vegetables there. It took only 1 full on hot day without watering for my swiss chard and spinach to bolt. Anyhow I am not here to talk gardening woes; I am here to share my muslin for the V1486 skirt I entered into the Pattern Review comp in June (the post is here).

As mentioned before the dramatic flare of this skirt was quite attractive for me. I must admit that when I made this muslin up I was very annoyed at myself. Truly I could have easily drafted this pattern myself. Its a simple A line shape with a straight waistband. Lesson learnt – in future I will be more restrained and buy patterns that I am not able to easily draft myself.

I didnt put any pockets on this one. I barely had enough fabric to do so. Because of the insufficient fabric I also had to reduce the sizes of the pleats on the lower skirt. So it has less drama that the subsequent one.

The pattern calls for an exposed zip but I went with an invisible zip. The embossed scuba is so distinctive and quite a feature in itself I felt that an exposed zip would only clutter it up too much. I didn’t hem it as per instructions.

Size wise I traced a 10 based on the finished garment measurements (I am normally a 12 on Vogue patterns). I did this because the scuba has some stretch in it. I could have gone tighter but that would mean you miss out on the embossed detail. Continue reading

Lady Skater Dress No. 2

Hello everyone.

As luck would have it I have finally got round to making a second skater dress. I get quite a lot of wear out of my teal scuba one (post here). For this version I used a light weight jersey in these beautiful peacock colours. The leftovers made this Renfrew top here.

I decided to make the short sleeve version since I wanted it to be something I could wear in summer. The scuba is great in Spring and Autumn on its own – even works in winter with thermals underneath but it gets warm in summer.

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Sewaholic Renfrew Pt. 3

Hello everyone,

Another day another Renfrew top. This one a simple scoop neck version. Fabric is from Fabsworks in Dewsbury. I squeezed this out of leftovers from making a Lady Skater dress (post coming soon).

I love it! Now if only I could find a solid colour fabric in my stash. It turns out that I am not a fan of solid colours so much. My only issue with this is that I cut the cuffs on the wrong grain so they don’t stretch as much as I’d like. As a person who rolls up her sleeves a lot, this is a tad annoying.

I really cant stop gushing over how much I love these tops (see my love letter here and here) . But I shall spare you and just move on to the pictures :-).

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Sewaholic Renfrew paired with Birkin Flares

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Octopus McCalls M6044 retake

Hello everyone,

After the success of the first M6044 shirt I made for Mr SNS I decided to make another one. Mr SNS chose this fabric after he saw me browsing online some months ago. Needless to say I dithered and by the time I was ready to commit to buying this Cotton & Steel fabric it was sold out in the UK. In the end I bought it on Etsy from the US for considerably more money. Lesson learnt. When you see a fabric you definitely like , get it!

Anyhow with this one Mr SNS said he wanted the back yoke and some contrasting cuffs. Like before I finished all seams with french seams. Pictures…

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Summerwatch

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I interrupt your regular broadcasting to share with you whats been inspiring my love of big floral fabrics of late. I cant help it surrounded by all these flowers. We have been doing a lot of work at the allotment and the garden when the weather permitted. Continue reading

Off the Shoulder.. Simplicity 8045 Top

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Bare shoulder look……..I am a convert. This trend was not something I was keen on but it kept popping up on my IG feed and I decided to try making one. This simple top is  Mimi G Simplicity 8045 pattern that comes along with a free video sewalong which can be found on YouTube. I found this very useful as I did not have to bother reading the instructions. I hope the future of all sewing patterns goes down that route. Wouldn’t that be awesome? Continue reading