2016 Hits and Lessons Learnt

It is that time of the year again where we all feel compelled to reflect – I had told myself I wasnt going to do this but after reading others I started reflecting on my makes and suddenly realised that I have some things to talk about. I guess there is something inside all of us that wants the new year to better than the last.

I think I dont like the term ‘miss’ – as if its a target – I always think in terms of lessons learnt – no experience is ever worthless IMHO. I dont see failure as a step backwards. Everytime I fail, I learn something new; I feel less anxiety when I do it again. To me thats a step forwards in the right direction. I have experienced, discovered and achieved much during the last 12 months.

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In addition I have learnt how to create an infographic :-).

Top 5

Ok here we go; my top 5 hits as decided by the easiest accessible metric of all – InstaGram likes :-). I also like IG because its a record of how I wear my clothes on a daily basis.

Colette Wren Dress made in John Kaldor wool Jersy (463 likes)

 

Moneta Lady Skater Hybrid (417 likes)

 

Vogue Skirt and Simplicity Top (415 likes)

 

Moneta Gabriola Hybrid Dress (373 likes)

 

McCalls M6696 Shirtdress (358 likes)

 

Here is my top nine collage according to instagram.

I’d say this accurately reflects my favourite makes.

However IG doesnt take into account the clothes I make for my kids and hubs. My favourite hit was this M6044 shirt for my hubs which he loves to wear (I am so proud of that pocket matching). Thank goodness it’s made out of a really great quality Cotton and Steel fabric because it’s washed every week.mccalls20m6044

The other hit I’d say are the New Look 6423 foxes dresses I made for my girls. One of my twins basically wears it every other day – its her most favourite dress. The fabric is still as vibrant and has held up so well despite the many washes it’s had (about 3/week on average).

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New Look 6423

Lessons learnt

On to the lessons learnt – I cant really use IG for this because I don’t tend to wear things that didn’t work out. There is only one I can think of that I dont actually wear and that’s the  Oakridge blouse (blog post here). I cant get my head around this top for some reason.

Though I love my garments – each one has its highs and lows of the project and I learn from those. Through these highs and lows, I have learnt the value of patience, optimism and commitment. I also have come to understand how I can remain positive and calm in the face of short term setbacks.

 

I felt that my reflection would be quite superficial if I didnt compare it against what my written goals for 2016 were…..however…I cant seem to find the post in which I loosely categorised my goals. But I did

  • enter the PR Skirt Contest
  • enter the PR one pattern many looks contest
  • all 4 weeks of Indie Pattern Month 2016
  • make another pair of jeans (S8222)
  • McCall Pattern Company shirtdress sewalong
  • Finish all 5 of my knitting WIPS
  • I also participated in some IG challenges (MeMadeMay & SewPhotohop & BPSewvember & One Week One Pattern)
  • I signed up for a pattern drafting class. Through it I met some lovely sewing ladies who are just as mad about sewing as I am though they dont have blogs – which made me realise that there are so many of us out there who dont blog.
  • started my YouTube channel
  • complete my Burda Challenge

Fabric

Now for the elephant in the room – Fabric or more specifically buying fabric…here is a snippet of a conversation in my head between my Ideal Self 1 and Ideal Self 2….

“Did you hear about Hila?  She has so much fabric she could sink a battle ship!”

“REALLY!?  Doesn’t she know that enough is enough?”

“Evidently not!  I heard she just signed up for the Spoolette fabric shopping meet up in February!”

I had made some sort of a vow to be on a fabric buying moratorium. Well…….I was good for a while, then I fell off the bandwagon in a spectacular way and I have bought a lot of fabric – quite possibly a lot more than if I hadn’t tried to go against my nature by caging myself in. I am sick and tired of my laments and complaints.  So I accept it – I love buying fabric.  I love my fabric.  I honestly seriously do.

In some ways, my resolution was a triumph of hope over experience. Perhaps that’s because I was too ambitious and then judged myself too harshly when I failed to meet that impossibly high standard. My guilt had an ironic impact on my behaviour which led to me scuppering on my broader goal of getting the stash under control. I have come to the conclusion that enjoying the occasional indulgence can help recharge my self-control.

The moral is that, for now, I will make sure to leave room for a little bit of vice amid all my virtuous intentions. So in conclusion…..

I LOVE BUYING FABRIC! I LOVE FABRIC!

When I buy fabric I am not just buying something tangible, I am buying dreams and possibilities of what this item can become. It holds out the intoxicating promise of a Pinterest worthy wardrobe. I love to pet and fold the fabric and daydream about what it could become one day.

I’d also add that it’s not “JUST” a piece of fabric –it’s a piece of who we are, or who we want to be.  Our individual fabric stashes are as varied as each of our personalities and interests.  No two stashes are alike! Think about it – our stashes are like our fingerprints : unique.

I have children who I hope one day will love sewing as much I do and perhaps I can leave them some sort of a legacy. I know I can’t use it all – but you can bet your top dollar that I will try my darndest to sew up as much of it as I can. Because I love creating and making. I am lucky enough to have a big home in which space is not as limited as with our previous home.

There is an energy inside of me – that spark that ignites the fire. Sewing gives my life a sense of joy – a sense of fulfillment.

And fighting it is useless. For now I shan’t make too much of a fuss – until I have so much fabric that it becomes a hindrance to my creativity or I can’t organise it.

Come 2017, I will keep pushing my limits and raising the bar; and yes, I will make mistakes and feel awkward, stupid and dumb sometimes but thats okay.

And so I sign off 2016 by sharing a quote from Neil Gaiman

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.

Happy New Year chums,

Hila

XoX

 

 

 

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Simplicity S8222 Mimi G Jeans

Hello,

I made another pair of jeans in a ponte grey fabric. It’s the same ponte I used for my Marfy dress – its thick with good stretch recovery. This is my muslin of the popular Simplicity S8222 Mimi G pattern (which I picked up during the last half price sale). I have had a good experience with Mimi G patterns so I thought I’d give these a try. Here is the pattern cover:simplicity-sportswear-pattern-8222-envelope-front

They come in sizing for normal, average and curvy fit. I made the Size 10 average fit on the assumption that my booty is not what I’d call curvaceous (based on the cover picture of Mimi who is wearing a curvy fit) , but I was wrong . There was some gaping at the waist that I had to take out with 2 darts either side of the CB on the yoke. Next time I will try the curvy fit. Trying on the jeans to check fit is very important as gaping can be easily taken out before the waistband is applied.

Mimi has a YouTube sewalong that I used for this project <link here>. It was generally quite good but the fly insertion did not work that well for me. It’s not that the instructions weren’t clear – they were very clear – but it’s drafted such that the underside is so close to the CF seam that it’s slightly visible when zipped up (you can see it in the pictures). I dont have this issue with my Birkin flares. When I make them again I will have to figure out a fix for this.

Tangentially – the presence of a video sewalong makes this a great pattern for someone who is wary of sewing their own jeans because they think it’s too hard (I know I used to feel that way myself) or for beginners. The sewalong breaks it down into very easy to follow bits.

Though I was using ponte I did everything as if it was denim – i.e. topstitching everything and using a jeans post button. I skipped the belt loops though. For the pocket lining I used a denim chambray scrap from an Alder shirtdress I’d completed before starting the jeans.

My machine absolutely refused to topstitch the fly so after the 4th attempt I just let it be. I also struggled with the buttonhole – perhaps its the stretch fabric with insufficient interfacing. I interfaced using medium weight on one side of the waistband but maybe I needed to interface both sides.

Pictures-

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Simplicity s8222 Jeans – the zip is visible from this side.
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Simplicity S8222 I like the fit
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Topstitching …..like a BOSS 🙂
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The darts added to remove the gaping waist
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My machine made a dog’s dinner of that front fly topstitching
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Chambray pocket lining
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The buttonhole is also a bit of a dog’s dinner

Verdict:  I quite like this style of jeans and they turned into a wearable muslin. A tad too long but I quite like the ruche effect at the bottom. They go with a lot of things in my wardrobe as well. Will definitely be making another pair using a stretch denim and contrast mustard topstitching.

Until next time, Happy Sewing all!

Peace and love,

Hila

Lekala 4437: A Christmas Day Dress

Season’s greetings to all. I hope you are all enjoying Christmas Day. I am thoroughly bushed and looking forward to bedtime. We have just finished bedtime for the kids and they were so tired that they fell asleep while stories were still being read – a rare occurrence.

I thought I may have time to share a quick post on my little red dress that I wore for today. Its a dress made for The Little Red Dress Challenge which was created by RunningNStyle. Basically anyone who wanted to could make a red dress for the festive season. This challenge fitted in with my plans so I took it up.

I rather ran out of time and decided to use a Lekala pattern as I know I dont need to make a toile. The pattern I chose was Lekala 4437. Here is the line drawing

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Lekala 4437

I bought the fabric from B&M Fabrics during SewUpNorth. Its a stretch fabric that is just slightly lighter in weight than ponte. Its almost got the look of kids polo shirts , you know , the ones for school. Since it has stretch I omitted the zip. I sewed it all up on the overlocker except for attaching the collar facing. The collar facing is interfaced (I used normal interfacing) – though in future I will use a heavier weight interfacing  to give the collar more structure.

I wore it all day today until after our huge festive dinner where I indulged to the extent that I looked nearly 5 months pregnant :-). Constructionwise – it does have a lot of curved seams but I didnt struggle with these. Everything lined up beautifully.

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Lekala 4437

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I like the collar but it needs more work

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Curved seams

I am keen to try this pattern again with more time to work on making the collar better and I want to make it in a woven fabric. The collar is the feature I liked the most about this dress. Its a dress that looks good on me but I know it could be much better sewn. The instructions were really quite good on this pattern as well.

Needless to say Mr SNS really likes this dress as well which is always a bonus :-)!

Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the interwebs. I appreciate you. Until next time – Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,

Hila

 

BurdaStyle Magazine:Turtleneck 09/2010 #121A

Hello everyone,

Today’s post is a super quick one to share a very simple top. I made this from an old Burda magazine that I bought on Ebay last year. Here is a picture of it

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Burda 09/2010 #121A

It so happened that I was looking for a simple roll neck pattern and before I went buying or drafting a new one – I decided to browse my growing Burda Magazine collection. So glad I did that because I had never registered this pattern before. I quite like that it doesnt have a neck seam – makes for faster sewing.

I had 1m of John Kaldor Isabelle wool jersey that I bought in June. I just managed to fit this pattern and I was left with very satisfying slivers of fabric that indicate a most efficient use of the yardage! blog-pictures-coco-etc-276blog-pictures-coco-etc-277

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Back view
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Seamless neckline
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love this roll neck
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The sleeves are extra long
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I love this fabric so much – I bought 2 more meter in this colour for a dress.

I love this fabric and I have bought 2 more meters of this colour to make a dress.

Construction wise it comes together very quickly. I did not make any alterations to the pattern. I didn’t finish the roll neck edge as my fabric doesn’t unravel. I set in the sleeves and though it wasn’t the best job – it doesn’t look too bad. I finished the hems with a narrow zigzag. The sleeves are meant to be longer so that they have a ruched effect – love that.

I want to make another in black and gunmetal grey. Its a great foundation piece for my wardrobe.

So this makes my 12th Burda make this year and my goal has been reached. Here’s to more Burda makes from me in 2017!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time

Happy Sewing!

Hila

XoX

Coco Dress 3.0 – Tilly and the Buttons

Hello chums,

I hope you are all enjoying December and all the festivities that come with this time of the year. Today I decided to start this post with a throwback to my second Coco top blogged in August 2014.

 

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Couture Coco

 

For some reason I didnt get round to making another Coco because I went off it. Basically this top above is one of the garments that got given away when I cleared out my wardrobe sometime ago. It just didn’t fit me well and felt baggy.

Retrospectively I now understand that there were 2 things at play here:

  1. Poor bra selection. I was still breastfeeding in 2014 and wearing bras that I had bought when my oldest was breastfeeding. They were eight years old, quite saggy with poor support (at the time I didnt think so though). My bust measurement was off because of this.
  2. Once I stopped breastfeeding my extra bust inches were all lost and I was back to my modest B cup. This meant that the top looked and felt even baggier.

Cut to more than 2 years later and I now wear better fitting bras (thanks to M&S free bra fitting service) – I tried out the Coco again. At SewUpNorth I met Pam who was wearing her striped Coco top with a funnel neck. I was quite taken by her top and the seed was planted.

Sewing it up was so incredibly quick and everything went together well. I had to cut it 2 sizes down from the 2014 version. The blister ponte is a lovely silvery grey with black embossed leaves. It has a nice texture and is very comfortable.

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Tilly and The Buttons Coco Dress

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Back view
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Funnel neck detail
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Sleeve cuffs.

I was pleased to find that I loved the fit of the dress when I tried it on. Perfect winter wear with tights and boots. I will be joining Tialys and making loads more Cocos!

I think if I ever had to recommend an easy beginner friendly pattern this would be it. I even did a Youtube vlog on it just after I finished it (at bottom).

Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing!

Peace and love,

Hila

 

 

 

 

 

Marfy 3879

I made a Marfy pattern! Its a big deal for me because I have idolised Marfy patterns and Vogue Paris Original vintage patterns for a long time. I am yet to find a VPO pattern I can afford so I bought a Marfy pattern in lieu. Marfy are a small Italian pattern making company that releases a whole year’s collection of patterns around January. They have very unique and interesting designs but they come with no instructions or line drawings. After buying 3879 earlier this year I procrastinated as I honestly didn’t think I had the skill set to make it. I sat on it but I got tired of  my pity party so I reminded myself it wasnt heart surgery and got on with it!

Some background…..I ordered the pattern via email but it can be done over the phone as well. At the time that I ordered this particular pattern wasnt yet on the website. The website has a small selection of patterns to buy online but the catalog has over 200 designs in it. If the pattern you want is not on the site, it can be ordered via telephone or email. My orders from Marfy have both times arrived within 1 week of placing the order.

I made 2 for the Pattern Review One Pattern Many Looks competition. My review is below after the pictures.

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Pattern Description:
Trendy dress with curved-seam bodice emphasized by animal print on plain fabric.

Pattern Sizing:
Marfy size 42, 44, 46. I used size 42.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it did.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
This was my first time using a Marfy pattern. I ordered the paper pattern which is made out of a durable type of paper (onionskin I think).
Marfy patterns do not come with instructions. They hand clip each piece, in a single size. They don’t include seam and hem allowances. They do come with all the notches and letters to put the pieces together. You find the picture of patterns on the website or in the catalogue to use as reference for how it is supposed to look.

This is why I rate this for advanced. They are designed for the experienced person in mind. This was relatively simple to put together – the front has 3 pieces and I sewed up the semi-circle first then the longer curved seam with the corner. The corner was a bit tricky but taking my time really helped.

I had to watch out for how I cut out the pattern pieces because all the 3 front pieces had to be cut single layer. It was important to make sure that I was cutting with the pattern piece on the right side of the fabric – I messed up once and that was enough to make me more careful after that.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the curved seams – they look so elegant and fluid giving the dress a lot of interest. I knew that colour blocking would look great with this design.

Fabric Used:
For both dresses I used ponte knit fabric. The ponte was thick enough to handle the curved seams without a lot of puckering.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The grey/snakeskin dress has no pattern alterations done to it. I had to take in at the waist for better shaping. The pattern comes with facing pieces for the neck and armhole. I didn’t like how they made the armhole chunkier after sewing one side so I left them off and finished with a twin needle instead.

The navy/pink was the second make and it has a couple of alterations to it :

  • I added sleeves to it. Marfy 3879 is a sleeveless pattern and as such I had to use my sleeve sloper which fit without fuss.
  • I lowered the neckline by 1/2″ and widened by 3/8″.
  • I also took it in slightly at the waist for better shaping.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes I would sew it again. It’s such a well drafted pattern that I am convinced Marfy patterns are worth it. The only caveat is that they are meant for advanced sewers hence the no instructions or line drawings.

I see more versions of this dress(tops and tunics too) in my future – I didn’t have time to make third in different tones of the same colour with some gold piping on the curved seams. It’s quite a versatile pattern that actually sewed up quickly.

Conclusion:
I really quite love how these 2 dresses turned out. I am pleased with the fit and the look. Taking my time to sew the curved seam really paid off and I find myself staring down my dress mesmerized by the seams. Plus being ponte, they are very comfortable to wear. I also like the detail I put into the navy/pink one with the hem and neckline by using navy thread on the navy bits and pink thread on the pink bits. Makes me feel like a grown up seamstress

Thanks for reading and I hope you found this useful.

Hila.

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The fit was spot on for me and I know I will be buying more patterns now that I have tried them out. These here are some patterns from the current catalog that I am drawn to – the darts are eyecatching dont you think? Have you tried out Marfy patterns?

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BurdaStyle Magazine 12/2014 #114B Seamed Jersey Turtleneck Top

Hello everyone,

Here is another Burda make as I race towards the end of the year in which I must make at least 12 Burda garments. I do really like BurdaStyle Magazine and I am keen to get a 12 month subscription.

This is from the 12/2014 issue and it was the featured sewing course pattern which is great because its the only one that Burda will hold your hand and walk you through the entire process (very nice of them). Here is the line drawing.

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BurdaStyle 12/2014 #114B

I cut my usual size 38 and it fits perfectly (a good reason why I am keen of getting my subscription on for 2017). I made 3 changes:

  1. The sleeve head. It was HUGE – I mean incredibly poofy and combined with my broad shoulder I looked somewhat ….odd. I reduced it by a good 2″ to get to this ‘poof’ which IMO is a good balance. The rest of the sleeve did not disappoint – am quite enamoured with the bishop style sleeve and exaggerated cuff.
  2. I cut the back on a fold instead of having a centre back seam.
  3. I omitted the zip – my ponte has enough stretch to go over my head without a zip plus I wasn’t keen on the idea of a zip against the back of my neck – its a very sensitive area for me and one of the reasons why my hair is almost always tied.

Fabric wise I used a ponte knit that was left over from a Marfy dress I made (post coming soon). I am glad I had enough of this left over as I love this colour! Its a medium weight ponte. The instructions call for stabilising the princess seams but I didn’t do that since my fabric was sturdy enough. I have worn this at least 3 times already and its holding up just fine. I did stabilise the shoulder seams though ( a standard procedure for me with all my knit projects).

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Burdastyle 12/2014 #114B Top
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Back view

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Overall its a good pattern and I like that its easily adaptable into a sheath dress or add a peplum and it becomes a cute flirty dress. Go sleeveless, remove the polo neck and it will work in summer. Yes – there will definitely be more of this pattern in the future.

 

Thanks for stopping by and until next time

Happy Sewing!

Hila

XoX

The Great British Sewing Bee From STitch to Style: The Japanese Top

Hello all,

I am ever so pleased to share this top with you that has become an unexpected favourite of mine. It’s from the GBSB sewing book from the most recent series. The book only cost ÂŁ9.99 on Amazon with free P&P. Its great value given the number of patterns that come with the book (27 I think). I would like to make quite a few of the patterns in there actually.

The pattern is the Japanese top which is similar in style to those you would find in the Drape Drape books but a lot easier to achieve in my opinion.

I was attracted to the batwing sleeves and the cowl neck. The pattern sheets in the book are well laid out and quite easy to trace. They aren’t as stacked as other patterns sheets that I have come across. I thought the instructions were very well written and a beginner would have confidently made this top. The only fly in the ointment for me was the large pattern pieces – so large that I had to staple 2 lengths of baking parchment to get the pieces ready.

I have had this interlock jersey for a while now waiting for the right pattern. The panel print has a large rose every 1 meter. I had to move the piece around and cut on a strange grain to get the rose centered on the front. I don’t think with interlock and a drapey top the grain matters too much ( I may be wrong). It came together very easily but I didn’t change the overlocker thread :-(. A choice I lament very much here in my YouTube video (link at bottom of this post)fran-visit-plus-october-photoshoot-814fran-visit-plus-october-photoshoot-826fran-visit-plus-october-photoshoot-838fran-visit-plus-october-photoshoot-848fran-visit-plus-october-photoshoot-867

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Great British Sewing Bee Assymetrical Japanese top

The cowl sits okay when I am not moving about too much but when I bend over it will pop out but I have since tacked it down by hand. The next time I make it I will increase the size of the facing.

I added a cuff to the sleeve to make it longer – it’s a personal preference. I also added 2 ” to the hem so I can wear it with leggings.

Overall I really like this top and feel like I have made a one of a kind item that will get worn a lot.

I have already traced out this skirt which was the reason that I bought the book. sewing-bee-book-a-skirtAfter seeing Beth’s version I was very inspired to make it. That will be my next project from the book. Have you got this book? Have you made anything from it?

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Sewing!

Peave and love,

Hila

XXX

Fabric Giveaway and my first ever Minerva Craft Blogger Network make

Hello chums,

I have joined the Minerva Craft Blogger Network and my first project just went live on their site <link here> I made a dress using some gorgeous Art Gallery denim fabric called Ditsy Abrasion. I LOVED sewing with the fabric so much.1312853854image205

Minerva were happy to sponsor a giveaway here. They will donate a beautiful selection of dressmaking fabrics (handpicked by Vicki). Having won one of their fabric bundles during IPM2016 I can vouch that you are in for a treat.

The fabric bundle will be sent directly to the winner from Minerva Crafts. And get this – its WORLDWIDE! Yes, you read correctly – Minerva will post it anywhere in the world.

So in order to be in with a chance of winning a £50 bundle of dressmaking fabrics, here is what you have to do: Its easy really just hop over to this link <Ditsy Abrasion> and look around the site (hopefully after you read my post 🙂 )and come back to comment on what fabric you’d love to get from Minerva Crafts. *****Please note the fabric bundle will be selected by Vicki – there is no guarantee that should you win you will get exactly what you wrote in the comment*****

Because it Christmas and we are all very busy, you have until midnight(GMT)  December 31 to leave a comment. I will do the draw on New Years Day and one lucky person will be getting a fabulous £50 fabric bundle in the New Year. Yip! Yip!

Merry Christmas all!

Peace and love,

Hila

Sewaholic Renfrew Pt. 4, 5 & 6

I can’t believe I only made my first Renfrew top early this year around February time. Now I have 6 versions – with still more to make.

Renfrew Pt 4

Made in polka dot poly jersey that’s been a stasher for yonks (since stash began actually) and it makes for a drapey lightweight top. I made this for the SewDots challenge, but I didn’t submit it because I decided I wasn’t particularly keen on the prizes.

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Polka dots Renfrew – makes me feel jazzy!
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Cowl neck detail

Renfrew Pt 6.

Made from some John Kaldor fabric left over from another project. I just manged to squeeze in the scoop neck version with three-quarter length sleeves. Not bad for about 3/4meters of fabric. I am happy with this. I really quite love the dramatic floral print.

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Sewaholic Renfrew
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Scoop neck detail

Renfrew Pt 5

Made in a ponte weight fabric bought in early days. I only had  one meter but I was determined to make this a cowl neck version. After much messing about – I got it to fit but had to sacrifice the cuffs and have a narrower hem band. In lieu of same colour cuffs I colour blocked with a lovely contrasting grey. I wear this a lot as layer under stuff. Rarely on its own though.

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Neutral Renfrew – love the drape of this cowl – so much body to it.
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Cowl neck detail

 

 

That will do as far as Renfrews go for this year. Will I make more Renfrews in 2017? We will have to see………Have you made 6 of one pattern this year too? 

Thanks for stopping by, until next time, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,

Hila

Colette Moneta Dress aka more John Kaldor love

Hello everyone!

One Moneta
Two Monetas
Three Monetas
Four Monetas

Five!

Ok SO I may really like this pattern. Hence I will skip the pleasantries which you can read about here ( Moneta 1, Moneta 2, Moneta 3, Moneta 4).

Let skip right ahead to fabric m’kay.

2 words – John. Kaldor.

I could wax lyrical about how much I love JK fabrics but you probably already know that. I had enough of this leftover to make the Lydia Top <link here>.

For the collar I used some scrap ponte from an old make – Named Dakota dress. I didn’t interface the collar so it’s a wee bit on the floppy side but it’s not too bad. I decided to try the short sleeve but I found that I had to shorten them. I think the sleeve is a bit too big for my upper arm so next time I make this sleeve length I should use a smaller size.

Sewing this up was a pleasure and very fast. All seams were done on the overlocker. I finished the hem and sleeves with a twin needle.

Pictures….

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Moneta dress

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Overall I am a very happy bunny with this dress.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be back soon with another TNT post. Until then, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,

Hila

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Simplicity 2451 Skirt

Hello,

Following on from my previous post on the bat sleeve dress – I used the scrap fabric to make a short skirt. The fabric is a nice medium weight ponte bought from B&M Fabrics. I was tempted to use one of my self drafted knit skirts but there was a little bit more fabric to play with so I decided to try Simplicity 2451 which I bought on sale ages ago.2451

I made view D and went 2 sizes down since I was using a knit fabric. Zip was ignored altogether. An elastic waist finish makes it easy to pull on and off. It’s a very quick make. I think its meant to sit something like 3″ below the natural waist but by using an elastic its a lot more comfy for me when it sits on my natural waist.

Pictures…..I paired it with a Renfrew top that I had recently finished (post to come soon)

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Simplicity 2451 Skirt View D
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Simplicity 2451 Back View
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Side view

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I’ve grown to love this fabric!
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Pocket detail (Done is better than perfect m’kay)
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Elasticated waistband

I love the pockets on this skirt – they are nice and deep. It’s a lovely addition to my ever-growing handmade collection of garments! And also quite a good little stashbuster using up less than 1m of fabric. The other thing that endears this pattern to me is that it has so many variations and that means you will seeing more Simplicity 2451 skirts :-)….most likely in ponte.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time, Happy Sewing all!

Peace and love,

Hila