Showing posts from January, 2015

MBM - Simplicity 1419

Well this make has had a bit of a tortured history, let me tell you. I’ll try and keep it brief. This project started with my daughter Amelia pointing out the Fit and Flare Halter dress, a variation on the shift dress in Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, as a dress she would like for Christmas. This is the dress in question.                                           This shift dress is redrafted to make this "fit and flare"dress: I was kind of keen to make this project after I had written a review of GSVC on the blog, and was on the fence about it, reserving judgement until I’d actually made one of the patterns. Here was the opportunity to put it to the test. Well, I found trying to convert a French darted shift dress into a dress with a fitted bodice and half circle skirt proved way more problematic than I needed just before Christmas.  I wrestled with it for  a while with little progress. Before too long,  I cut my losses and binned the muslin. The final verdict o

MBM - another Liesl + Co Bento tee, and self-drafted pants.

After the Pine-Lime Splice merino cardi wrap , and the Orange Fanta Style Arc Harper jacket in 2014, here is another junk-food themed make from 2014:  another Liesl + Co Bento tee in Licorice Allsorts chevron stripe. The fabric  was bought from Tessuti online a few months ago.   This my second go at this tee. The first,  striped pocketed version I blogged here . This is a simpler version, without pockets. The only hiccup with this project is that I only noticed that the stripe runs with the grain when I came to cutting out. Why would they print with the stripe going lengthways? Mysteries! Anyway, did I want vertical chevron stripes on this tee? No. So I just cut it out with the grain going horizontally, which may or may not affect the wear. Time will tell. Altogether, this is a quick serger project, done in about 90 minutes from go to done. And the sewing-time:wear ratio has already been gratifying. While I had black thread in the overlocker, I finally got around to

Remake/Remodel - Simplicity 2246 Traveler dress to button front mini skirt

I haven’t been near the machine much lately so it’s time to delve into unblogged projects from 2014, while I try and kickstart the mojo for 2015. Back in February 2014 I made my second Maria Denmark Edith Dress, using the very last of some very fabulous chambray look cotton I bought at Tessuti a long time ago. I’ve waxed lyrical about that fabric before on the blog, and will do so again – it was great stuff! My first make with this fabric was a Simplicity 2246 Lisette Traveler shirtdress, in pre-blog days. Here’ s my very first review on Pattern Review. I've written in that review that I had plans for another dress from this pattern, which never eventuated. Theoretically, I thought this would be perfect for me, but in practice it sat in my wardrobe – I probably only wore it twice. I think this because this dress is straight, with a belt being mandatory to give it some shape. I never found the right belt, and even if I did, I find belt-wearing problematic and uncomfortable w

2014 - sewn and done

Zip-whoosh, that was the sound of 2014 done and dusted.  Sewing-wise, it’s been a pretty good year. I haven’t sewn a lot. Just 32 garments in all – I’ve a couple of things unblogged and have spared you  my recent renditions of the Renfrew. The pleasing thing was that what I did sew was either useful, or something I really liked, or a satisfying sew, or all three. The only true wadder was the first attempt at the Maria Denmark Olivia Tee , in which I tried to sew a striped tee with fabric that had stretched off grain. It was never going to work, and it didn’t. Into the ragbag it went without delay. The highlights of 2014 for me were: Finding a comfortable dress     The Maria Denmark Edith was my first make of the year, and I followed it up with another version shortly after. I love both my Ediths – the dress I wear when I don’t feel like wearing a dress. Making a lined jacket  I set myself a goal at the beginning of 2014 to make my first lined jacket and t