Burda 07/2016 #119 Linen Midi Dress

Hello chums,

I made a dress from the Burdastyle June 2016 issue. The simple lines of the dress drew me plus I quite like how the neckline is structured. Here is the picture from the magazine:119-072016-2-b_large

For fabric I went with olive green linen fabric. The linen has just the right body to hold the bias cut pieces. Its a fabric hog because all the pattern pieces are cut on the bias. including the long neck ties.

A note on the cutting out instructions in the magazine….I was very annoyed because the instructions have you cut 2 of the back pieces. Turns out you only need the 1. I am certain that’s a typo. So if you are planing on making this please please remember you only need 1 back piece.

The instructions were unfathomable beyond the first 2 steps. At least Burda is consistent in that regards. However I do not mind – I rather found myself relishing the challenge – it took me back to my A Levels years when I would spend hours working on a complex calculus problem :-). I fared better in my A level days. Burda instructions are a whole other level. In the end I did what any self respecting seamster would do : I just pinned it all out first then I winged it.Blog pictures annad dresses etc 376Burda midi dressMidi dressBlog pictures annad dresses etc 377Blog pictures annad dresses etc 365Blog pictures annad dresses etc 379Blog pictures annad dresses etc 371

As you can see that back is mighty low and without the right support, things could slip but somewhere in the instructions it mentions elastic on the back. There are specific measurements for the elastic but I found it too slack and I had to shorten in by 2″for a snugger fit. I also took in the side seams by 3/4″ each side. Again this is because its all cut on the bias. The fit was fine by the time I finished.

I finished all the seams on the overlocker because I was fitting as I went. With the next one I’d like to use french seams. Once I discarded the Burda instructions – its actually a really quick make since there are no closures.

Quite like it and wore it to London where I got heaps of compliments. I was worried that the tie neck might be uncomfortable but it wasnt at all even after wearing it all day like I did. Because its all cut on the bias , the weave loosened out as the day went by  it does drag lower in the back as the day goes on. It could do with taking it in another 1/2″ pinched on each side.

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In London..

I’d like at least one more, possibly in a dark navy linen…..

Here is a little video I made for my OOTD on Instagram. Just click play – I only just realised you can hear my kids yelling in the background 🙂

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the interwebs,

Peace and love,

Hila

XOX

 

Ottobre Design Kids 03/2015 Monsters Shirts

Hello chums,

I am just so excited to share more of these kiddie shirts. I finished them in time for our sojourn to London over 2 weeks ago. The pattern is from Ottobre Kids Design Magazine 03/2015. One is size 155cms (6yrs old) and the other is 102cms (4years old) size. For Ottobre I add 1/2″ seam allowances. Having sewn 4 of them before already (link here) these were a quick make.

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Ottobre Design Kids 03/2015 Shirt with yokes.

The fabric is a lightweight cotton that I bought quite a long time ago – it been in the stash for over a year. Initially it was going to be dresses for the twinkies but the boys really liked this when they saw me sorting out my stash. There is not much more to add – except that I sewed 2 pockets this time and used a contrast undercollar on one of them because there was barely enough fabric. Dont even ask about pattern matching m’kay!

Verdict: the boys love them! I dont sew for the compliments but I felt really chuffed when I was asked where I bought these ‘adorable monsters shirt’ and I said “I made them” #smug 🙂 OK pictures…..

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I put the 2 pockets on the same side of the shirt

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Thanks for stopping by and Happy Sewing all!

Hila

XoX

Small luxuries

Life is about the small stuff right?  Favourite little extravagances to relish in. Everyone has something they see a small luxury in an otherwise plain ole life. I think that one should indulge in little luxuries whenever one can because if one is going to be working hard for one’s money, one should be able to treat oneself every once in a while. For some its a glass of fine wine, a Starbucks mocha latte, an expensive lipstick , designer handbags, manicures/pedicures. Life’s little luxuries are what keep many of us refreshed and relaxed when the stressors of work and home leave us frazzled.

I got to thinking about my little luxuries. Whats mine? It used to be the copious amounts of cheap candy and chocolate that I’d stash around the house in little nooks. Now that’s gone.  I dont smoke nor drink alcohol. I dropped coffee and tea when I started my baby making marathon 6 years ago and never went back to the stuff. I havent bought new clothes in decades (hate shopping). Car boot sales and charity shops have always been my preferred hunting grounds. Same goes for shoes. I love them but I only ever buy when massively discounted on sale but its mostly second hand on Ebay or car boot.

I don’t do manicures because I like my nails trimmed very very short and low maintenance. I do my own hair – no time for saloons – in fact I cant even remember when was the last time…16 years ago maybe.. I stopped wearing make up about 7 years ago and my skin has been the better for it. I use Dove soap and Aveeno cream on my face morn and night. I don’t wear perfume either – I went off it during my first pregnancy and never got into it again. Without the sugar,  I no longer have a small luxury. I need one. What’s your small luxury?

Peace & love,

Hila

 

A self drafted skirt…using Winifred Aldrich’s Metric Pattern cutting for Womenswear book.

Hello chums!

Phew I am really trying to catch on all my blog posts before the beginning of September so apologies in advance for the project dump that will be happening in the next week. This is another one of my UFOs that I tackled after getting back in May.

Ok here is a skirt (in progress) that should have been finished over 2 years ago when I started working on it. Believe it or not but I actually started this before even buying the Suzy Furrer Craftsy class. From early on when I read about bloggers who were drafting their own patterns, I was fascinated and keen to try it out so I borrowed the Winifred Aldrich book from the library.

The inspiration for my skirt was this Boden skirt that I just loved but couldn’t afford.2e5c4298c107dd1a7417658f5aca3b79

In terms of the drafting instructions – they were quite easy to follow. The ease on the block was quite considerable and I had to take in about 2 inches in total. I made 3 muslins in total. Once I had a 2 dart tailored skirt draft that seemed to work I then had to make princess line seams which went well and I decided to add pockets as well.

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Lowered waist on front side panels.
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Playing around with fun topstitching
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The 2 dart sloper makes for a nice back fit.
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Line wrinkling like mad…
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The insides – finished by overlocker

I added a contoured waist on either side of the front center panel with the pockets angled straight across. I think it it sort of worked but I took forever with this. This is mock up number 4 I think. I used linen but really I need to use a woolen as my intended final garment is a woolen. The trick with the wool will be dealing with the bulk – there are places where there will be 4 layers of fabric intersecting. Thought with linen its manageable – I will need to think about this. Its supposed to be lined but hey Done is better than perfect right? I simply finished the waist with a petersham ribbon. (my woolen one will be lined. I did draft the facing and lining pattern pieces. I found the length perhaps a tad too long and will reduce it by another inch. If I do that I will add the vents which I skipped in this muslin.

Its a workable pattern I think and I am finally going to make it using a pink tweed wool that is part of my preciousness fabric stash 🙂

But that will be sooner rather later :-).

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and love,

Hila

XOX

PS. This is not a review of the Winifred Aldrich book. I have not made enough from this book yet to justify an opinion on it. I hope in future to make more from this book. So far the main thing I have noticed is the huge amount of ease with the initial draft.

 

Ella top aka trying to rock a seventies vibe

Hi guys,

Super quick post to share a super quick make. The Ella top from Liola Patterns is a  a casual tank top with french seams, bust darts, a back yoke, and back pleat. I cut the size small based on the finished garment measurements.

I quite like the shape – fitted at the top and tiny amount of flare at the hem. Its a very satisfying sew that comes together very quickly. The armholes and neckline are finished using bias binding.

Its a very well drafted pattern where everything just lines up beautifully. Unfortunately the material I made this with was horrible to work with. It was spongy and wouldn’t hold a crease. I made the mistake of turning my iron heat to medium and it burnt the fabric right off! So this is a muslin. Continue reading

Sewaholic Oakridges

Hello chums,

I took a rather unexpected break from blogging. Actually it was forced upon me…its summer holidays and the kids have been wanting to play a new PC game they got as a present. Wrestling for control of the computer when you are a significantly outnumbered as I am means that I have no access to write up my blog posts :-(. I need a laptop <sigh>.

Still I have managed to bribe them with extra morning PC time in exchange for 30 mins to write up this post. Please forgive any typos and remember that Done is better than Perfect :-). I am running behind on posting my finished items and these were finished over a month ago actually. OK here goes…

I bought the Oakridge pattern a  long time ago but never got round to sewing it up . I even started it but never finished it off. In a flurry of productivity I decided to tackle some of my UFOs after getting back from holiday in early May and these 2 were in the pile.May bank holiday weekend 480 Continue reading

Ramblings…

Hello chums,

 

Its been a long time….2 weeks to be exact and I have missed you all. I have missed the writing process. Several reasons are behind this but technical problems are my biggest headache so far. I used to be quite tech savvy until my boyfriend started helping out, then he moved in with me  – then I married him. We merged and he sort of became the tech guy and now 10 years later I haven’t had to deal with any tech stuff. So when something goes wrong I wait for him to sort it out. The other day I was quite perturbed at how I have ended like this argh.

Anyhow I digress. Its been a very busy holiday so far. We got back from London last night absolutely knackered. We did a lot of the touristy stuff with the kids but I didnt get to enjoy much of it. I was behind the scenes running wriggling childrens to the toilets and cleaning up messes, feeding, etc etc. I did feel fabulous doing it though – in fact I have decided that whenever we go anywhere from now on I will be wearing my very most glamourous dresses. And here is Why? Continue reading