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MBM - Tessuti Berlin jacket

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Here is my Winter Blah Averting Jacket, Tessuti Berlin in a mustard yellow.


The coating was purchased in early April at Pitt Trading, with a Style Arc Mickie cape in mind. I needed 1.5m for the cape and zippety-doo-dah, there was 1.5m left on the roll. But when I brought the fabric home, I had second thoughts about making it into a cape. The cape needs drape, as it were, so this coating was designated as unsuitable for the intended pattern. But what to do with 1.5m of coating, pray tell, when most coats would need far more fabric.

Fortunately, around this time two blog posts brought Tessuti Berlin to my attention – one on the Tessuti blog, and Siobhan’s make here. And guess what? Berlin needs 1.5m of non-fraying wool. My fabric was non-fraying. Yay. We have sewing plan lift-off. Non-fraying fabric is non-negotiable here. The edges are raw all over. The seam allowances are overlapped and stitched up the middle, which makes this a really quick, easy sew. And when you come to think of i…

MBM - McCalls 7200 kimono jacket and Style Arc Evie

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At the beginning of April I picked up two drapey summer weight fabrics, among other things, from Pitt Trading. My initial thought was to stash the summer fabrics until next summer. When I got them home and saw them side by side, though, I decided not to wait but squeeze in one more summer make.
McCalls 7200 kimono jacket has been kicking around the queue for a while. I’ve had a few likely choices for fabric in the stash but nothing that enthused me overly much so it kept getting reshuffled down the queue. The fabric for the main body is a rayon, while the collar and middle back piece is silk/cotton. Clearly, the sewing gods were waiting for these fabrics to come to my attention!


This pattern is made up of a number of mix-and-match pieces that make up one of four views on the envelope. I made none of those views. This is the short jacket with sleeves, and the plain middle back .




This is a size Medium. By my body measurements I should have made a Size Large, but knowing McCalls definit…

MBM - New Look 6351 and a big fat fail

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Today's post brings you a modest success and a big fat fail. Let's get the fail out of the way first, shall we?
As soon as my husband saw me wearing these pants he asked me "Did you make those?" when I replied "yes" he informed me "They look homemade". (He is an amateur winemaker and "homemade"is shorthand between us for "go back to the drawing board on that one").  And in pointing this out, he was pointing out something that was already patently obvious to me.




These pants are my second version of Style Arc Tessa. The first version was a big success, and have been worn multiple times. Soon after making the first version, I was on the hunt for linen to make another pair. I ordered some linen from the Tessuti website, and almost as soon as it arrived the fabric was in the wash, dried and cut. It wasn't until I was midway through construction that it dawned on me that while the colour and fabric content was good, the textured…

MBM - Style Arc Olivia dress

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So two months ago or so, I bought some Tencel fabric from Spotlight. I made one length in to Style Arc Autumn, but before that I made Style Arc Olivia.

I was after a simple dress that I could wear on summer days spent around the house doing household stuff, but would also look presentable enough  to venture into the shops after I put on some shoes and brushed my hair!

Style Arc describes this as an "everyday dress",  which is just what I had in mind.

As far as fit was concerned, as ever, I did an FBA, and lengthened the skirt 7cm. I didn't bother with the optional belt (I never wear belts - I always seem to have to fiddle with them to keep them from riding up and placing themselves under my bust - not a good look. I would just rather not bother).

This was a easy, straightforward sew. The seam allowances at the bottom of the bodice and top of the skirt make up the casing for the waist elastic.  I concur with other reviewers in that the seam allowance  is not really wide e…

MBM - Style Arc Autumn dress

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Almost as soon as the notification for Style Arc’s  new Autumn pattern arrived in the inbox, I was ordering my copy.    Jean and Lara have featured Tencel makes on their blogs recently, which reminded me of how much I loved a pair of Tencel jeans I had back in the day. So I went and bought a couple of metres of Tencel at Spotlight  and waited for  inspiration. The Tencel’s drape works really well in this pattern. It is actually one of the recommended fabrics (and it looks like Style Arc made their sample in the same fabric).
Style Arc's description of the pattern:
AUTUMN DRESS: You will love this versatile dress that can be worn on any occasion. The knife pleat down the front and the crossed over knife pleat falling from the back yoke makes this dress a flattering alternative to add to your wardrobe. The extended shoulder line along with the stitched front detail, shirt tail hem line and inseam pockets really sets this great dress apart from the rest.
This is a pattern that doesn&#…

MBM - Another go at Tessuti Frankie

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After the first version of Tessuti Frankie, I looked to make another quickly, to see if I could address the issues the first version had. That is, the high front neckline, and the narrow shoulders. Here is the result:

There is a big improvement in the comfort factor with this version. To address the neckline issue,  I lowered the centre front neckline by 1.5cm and blended. To lengthen the shoulder seams, I slashed from the midpoint on the shoulder seam over to the armhole, leaving a hinge, and added 2cm in length.

I experimented with fusible web to support the twin-stitched hems on both my Frankies. On the thick cotton jersey of the first version, this worked fine. On this version, the web was a bit too stiff. So for the sleeve hems I just blind stitched, which I’ve decided is now my preferred knit hem option. It’s easy to do, you don’t have to muck around with ironing on the webbing, and it stands up to wear.
The other improvement was to use a knit with a bit of drape to it. This is…

MBM - Tessuti Frankie

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The Tessuti Frankie pattern has been high in the queue, pretty much since it was released last year. It’s taken me a while to get to the point of posting a result though.  The first attempt failed, because I mistook a PDF joining line for centre back, and cut the back about 5cm too narrow. When I took the piece to the sewing machine, it was immediately obvious it was too narrow, but it took me ages to figure out why. There’s was no going back from that one, especially I had no fabric to cut another back. I'm blaming my husband. He printed the pattern off for me at work, but because of some printing kerfuffle, the print came to me out of order. So I was confused (or more confused than normal :))  So this is the second attempt.
The fabric is quite a thick cotton jersey from Spotlight that I picked up on a 40% off sale. The jersey is probably a bit too thick for this pattern, but I liked the print so I went with it.
The Frankie comes in three dress lengths, and four sleeve lengths.…