June is quite possibly one of my favourite months of the year! All the plants in my garden and at our allotment are green, verdant and lush. If nature did a dance every month, June would be the crescendo of the dance executed with energy, aplomb and passion. This months project inspires such feeling in me – especially with the green jersey that we selected for the raglan sleeve tees I sewed up for Mr. SNS and junior. I also learnt a few interesting things about the heritage of the raglan sleeve which you might find interesting too…..
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Peace and love,
Up next is a dress that has been “marinating” for a while. I traced this out when the magazine came out as soon as I saw it because I was smitten with the one shoulder style and the peekaboo circle at the shoulder.
On a tangent – my shoulders are my absolute favourite part of my body. Yes they have a forward roll and they are just a bit broader than what is considered normal for a feminine look but I love them. And so the point is that any pattern that shines a light on the shoulder is almost always something I’ll love 🙂
Back to the pattern – the one shoulder dress is one of those rare instances where it was the styled model picture that caught my eye rather than the line drawing. In fact the line drawing is really rather unattractive :
BurdaStyle 07/2017 #111
The front and back pattern pieces are more or less similar – given the size of the pieces and how much greaseproof paper they took up – I might have tried to use only one traced pattern piece of each. But its an experiance thing really. In future, if pattern pieces look similar to me I will check if they are the same and not bother with tracing another one. This has happened to me more times than I care to count.
Any how – this is a relatively simple pattern to sew up. The bit that goes across the chest is hemmed and the circular detail is finished with a casing. The sleeve seam is sewn right up to the point where it joins the casing before its artfully tucked into the casing. A tie band is then threaded through to make that oh so cut bow on the shoulder.
I was very happy with the ease of the instructions and I sewed it up in less than a couple of hours.
The fabric was bought from Fletchers Fabrics in Leeds Market last year. Its a John Kaldor jersey with vibrant red and blue flowers. I have washed it and its maintained its vibrancy.
The thing is I actually cut this out a few months ago before I did a major reorganisation of my sewing cave so I overenthusiastically got rid of a lot of scraps including the scraps of this John Kaldor. When I read the instructions on the sewing pattern pieces I missed the measured out bits that Burda sometimes has you mark straight onto to the fabric. The essence of the story is that though it may look like a design feature to have used some Art Gallery Fabric for the casing – it was actually because I had no access AT ALL to this exact John Kaldor fabric 🙂 . Still, I think it worked out well and looks good.
Wearing this dress is an interesting experience. It definitely exposes a lot of skin and perhaps it felt strange at first since I was just coming out of winter wherein covering up is de riguer. Apart from the novelty of feeling the breeze against my skin – I liked wearing this dress. The one flutter sleeve is very dramatic while the fact that it is made of jersey makes it very comfortable.
Foundation garment wise – I found that I couldn’t carry it off without a bra (I’d need to make a smaller size for that – my bust measurement is based on wearing a t shirt bra, without it I am quite flat chested). I have a strapless bra which worked just fine. I also realised that this could work well as a beach coverup, it goes on and off very easily.
Here is how I wear it – with a belt just like in the magazine style picture-
Feelin' fancy in my #burdachallenge2018 Unplanned project. This dress is from 07/2016 #111. I had fun sewing this up. Thought I'd to wait till later to wear it but today's supposed to be another one🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞. #ootd #ootdstyle #sewing #handmadewardrobe #sewcialists #burda #burdastyle #burdastylechallenge2018 #sewingcommunity
There is a top version of the pattern which I will try next in a smaller size so I can go braless with it.
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Peace and love,
This was an unplanned make for my April #burdachallenge2018.
I have been on a roll of making clothes for my kids lately. These were made earlier in the year and were well received by the wearers.
The girls’ skater dress is described as funky yet functional knit dress has a fitted bodice, high neckline and a curved flared skirt. With a generous cut, the dress is designed to be worn for up to two years per size, here the skirt hits at the knee in the first year and just above the knee in year two. There are options for a sleeveless, short sleeve and long sleeve version, with bodice pieces drafted specifically for either sleeved for sleeveless.
Its only available as a PDF on the Kitchy Coo website. The size range is from 18months to 8 years. I traced the size that corresponds to 4 years age (4T) and the fit was spot on. The instructions are easy to follow and well supported with pictures. Just like the Lady Skater dress its also easy to sew up.
I used fabric that I bought online from Girl Charlee during a half-price Christmas sale. The orange and black fabric held up well and is still going strong even after several washes. The pink spotty one didn’t hold up well, unfortunately. We have had to throw it out as the fabric got ever more distorted with each wash.
Despite this – they love their dresses and I am currently making another one to replace the pink dress.
This was a fun t-shirt to make because of the very interesting sleeve style. I had never come across a sleeve that’s half raglan and half normal sleeve. The sizing is just as expected for Ottobre – perfect. The fabric is a cotton jersey that he chose for himself when we were in New York last year.
He cut out the fabric but I sewed it up since the sleeve detail was more complex.
Verdict – he is a happy boy!
They vaguely resemble Hammer pants for those of us old enough to remember MC Hammer. We weren’t very keen on them – whether its the fabric or the crotch, we don’t know. I used leftovers from my Aurora dress and cut the fabric on the cross grain to get the pattern pieces to fit. The attraction for these was that they would be easy to sew up (they were) but I am beginning to think that they need a different fabric so I am curious to try with a different fabric when time allows.
Simplicity 1473 refashion – The sweater dresses I made over 18 months ago had become too tight on the chest. The fabric was in still in very good condition so I had an idea to refashion into a skirt by chopping off the bit above the pocket and sewing on an elastic. Voila! The twins love their ‘new’ skirts.
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Peace and love,
PS. If you’d like to see them in action they are after the menswear section of this Youtube video.
I made jeans for Mr SNS! So ridiculously proud of these as they have been a long time in my head. I think I overthink things sometimes because these were not as hard to make as I had made out in my head (SMH). Anyhow they are a big hit with the wearer so much so he did his own happy jump pose 🙂
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Peace and love,
Its a lovely sunny bank holiday Monday as I write this up. Its been a long day and I feel so tired. My day started very early at 6am with an 11km bike ride along the canal. It was my first time on the canal, I loved every minute of it. As soon as I got back home, I had breakfast, packed lunches and herded my little people to the allotment.
The allotment was backbreaking work with a plenty of terraforming. Still, its a satisfying kind of labour. We lasted till 1:30pm when it got too hot to keep going. Back home it was work on the garden, repotting seedlings, weeding flower beds etc. And I still had to go for a swimming session later on in the evening.
Which brings to me to the point of this post. You see, I decided to enter a triathlon on a whim. As a result, my life now involves running, cycling and swimming training almost everyday. I did not expect to enjoy these pursuits as much I am enjoying them. I joined a female only running group which has revolutionised my perceptions of running. Getting on the bike reminded me of my love of cycling when I was a teenager. Though I am currently using my son’s mountain bike, its still such a wonderful feeling to have the wind rush against my face as I speed downhill.
Of course, all this physical exercise has eaten into my otherwise sewing related time. Though I am sewing as much as I can, the ancillary stuff of taking photos and writing up posts is suffering. I guess I wanted you to know that I am still making stuff with a plan to blog once my training is less intensive.
The triathlon is on 8th June. Its only a sprint for people that have never done a triathlon before. I will have to swim 200m in open water, cycle 10km around a park and run 2.5km. I am taking it very seriously and giving it my all. I don’t care if I come in last place – I just want to finish it. So wish me luck 🙂
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Peace and love,