Monday, June 3, 2019

Vado Boyfriend Jeans for Me

I have been pinning a lot of white, boyfriend jeans outfits lately.
And I have this jeans pattern
I have a pair of white skinny jeans that I wear a frequently but white is not a great colour on me.
I thought about the other colour in my capsule, pink!
So I made pink ones!
I had just a little bit of heavy pink denim/canvas in my stash.
I had made Elsa a pair of Banyan pants quite a few years back, from it.
I sewed my awesome last pair in a denim/wool with a touch of spandex, this fabric has no stretch so I added a 1.5cm to the centre front of the jeans front (that is where I can get uncomfortable) and blended it back.
I also added a few cm's to the end of the waistband.
The zip construction is really different but you get a perfect result which is also easy to repair the zipper, if it breaks.
I only had enough fabric to cut one waistband (the waistband is very curved which helps with the great fit)so I cut the inside with the same fabric as the pocket bags. It was a thin shirting so I used a double layer of interfacing.
I couldn't decide what colour thread to use, none of my pinks looked right so I went with a coffee coloured one.
I think it will wash in nicely and work, even as the fabric fades.
I added quite a bit to the hem so I could roll them up.
I love the long legs with the fullness through the thigh but the nice fit at the bottom.
I love these jeans.
The best thing is, they have ease if I gain weight and will look good a bit baggy if I lose it.
I think the pink is really pretty and lifts my predominately black wardrobe.
~My Verdict~
I love this pattern so much. It is not cheap (around $17 AUD) and I suggest you carefully take your measurements as if you need to print another pattern, it is another $17. However, I find it is pretty easy to alter and fit.
All denim behaves differently so I always baste the side seams and do a few squats to check the firmness before sewing the side seams.
As predicted, the colour is not as practical as my denim/wool pair. I 'wear and air' these but the pink ones seem to get grubby a lot easier.
But I still love them.

Thank you for reading... xx N

Saturday, June 1, 2019

OOP Simplicity 8017 Dungarees for Beatrix

The very last pair of dungarees , for now...
And I think these are my favourite.
I have had this pattern for ages and was determined to sew it before Trixie grew out of it.
By holding the pattern up to Trixie I could see it would be too short in the body so I cut, just under the front placket and added 2 inches to the body, front and back (and an inch to the hem)
The fabric is lush!
It is a corduroy remnant from The Drapery and I need to take a moment to RAVE about it.
After sewing up four odd metres of seriously stinky corduroy it was a joy to handle this. 
Bliss, and the colour? It is not grey, not purple, not indigo but so, so pretty.
The dungarees have a back tie, like a waist coat, that is adjustable 
There are shoulder buttons which make undressing very quick to do.
The second row of buttons is purely for decoration 
The pretty, pink, enamelled shell buttons stitched with charteuse coloured thread.
I definitely think they are my favourites.
I really wish I had added a wee bit more to the hem.
But they are a great fit through the body.
I am definitely going to have to start altering Trixie's patterns. 

~My Verdict~
Totally in love and I NEED to sew the pinafore next.
These were an enjoyable sew with lovely facings that enclosed all the straps and front plackets.
I really wish I had sewn it before as, even with my alterations it only just fits.
The corduroy was bliss to sew and I love the look (I reversed the nap Liesl Gibson style) for extra lushness.
~Trixie's Verdict~
I like the buttons, they are nice and pink-y.
I like the whole costume.
I guess they are comfortable....

So that brings my dungarees sewing adventure to an end, it has been fun.
Which ones are your favourites?

Thank you for reading... xx N
And Trixie's favourite? She declared ALL of them!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Music Class Blouse and Finch Shorts for Beatrix

The last of the bulk corduroy , thank goodness.
Not to mention finally having the perfect project for a lovely Liberty piece sent to me from Jenna.

I have no idea how many times I have sewn the Music Class blouse
It is such a classic looking blouse. The style is slightly cropped so it you want to tuck it, add some length. (I just size up)
The fullness the gathers (or pin tucks) at the yoke, gives, is perfect ease for a toddler tummy OR a gentle allowance for a preteen young lady.
You can see how much longer than the sleeves are than the body, add a few inches length, to be safe.
I used dear little MoP flower buttons and stitched them with pink thread.
The Finch Shorts are another favourite.
I wanted to use the pink buttons on the faux tabs but my little Brienne plumped for the Knight buttons.
I knew she would.
(The buttons were from deep-stash, I have NO idea where they came from, sorry)
I do like to to stitch closely to the edge of the front pleat, just to help hold it in place.
The back fit is comfortable (thanks to the half elastic waist) and easy to fit.
Such a cute look.
 I made Trixie the size 5 in the blouse (we flip the cuffs back) as I wanted a good few years wear from this lovely fabric.
The shorts are size 3 with the length of a size 5. (The Finch shorts are very generous sizing).
I always put an extra long piece of elastic in the back casing and leave an opening so I can let them out, as needed.
~My Verdict~
I love both these patterns.
Both sew up beautifully and have boutique finishes. Both have that classical look but are very wearable.
They also sew up well from scraps of fabric #ninjacutting. 
~Trixie's Verdict~
I like the buttons, I like the princess with a sword.
The flowers are nice (on the shirt) (but) the fighting princess is best.
Thank you for reading... xx N

Music Class blouse tutorial here
Finch shorts tutorial here

Tribe's adorable nellie is knitted by my dear friend Katy . Beatrix has quite a little family of them, we are very lucky. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Style Arc Roxy Shirt for Me (Or not)...

So, I climbed back on the Style Arc pony (Again)
And made another Roxy shirt.
Do you remember my last one
I incorrectly printed my pattern and it was too big.
Happily this has gone off to a new home.

I decided I really like this shirt so I ordered a paper copy, in size 10, the same size as my Style Arc Lauren shirt 
Which I adore!
Now, my bust measurement is actually a size 12 BUT my 'Lauren' fits me so nicely and it is a 10....
So I sewed the 10.
The fabric is gorgeous, a fine spun cotton in black and white stripe.
(From 4m I sewed this shirt, Trixie's blouse and a Aime Comme Mister shirt for Hugo, to be sewn)
All the fabulous details, sleeve tabs.
Super cute back flap.
Stylish front pockets and two piece collar.
An altogether beautiful shirt.

And the fit?
Look at the poor straining button, more stressed than Hugo waiting for his GAMSAT results

I can't believe it, not again.

I can't wear it, it is far too tight to be decent and I don't do open front shirts.
I will try and FBA this pattern but not now.
 I have used two precious pieces of hoarded fabric and both didn't fit due to a rookie measuring mistake.
My Style Arc Juliet shrunk in the wash so Elsa now has it.
So, three shirts in a row that didn't fit me.
I have some nice black and white gingham I will sew another Lauren in, as I KNOW that fits me.
I will try an FBA on the Roxy or I may just buy the size 12...

I really don't want to think about it now.
Image from Pinterest
Zara is coming home this weekend so I will offer it to her, maybe she can style it like the picture above, oversized and casual elegance. 

Any hoo....

Thank you for reading... xx N