Friday, April 3, 2020

Style 3253 Tracksuit for Lidia

Elsa asked me to make her a tracksuit.
She then sent me a picture
 ( I love it when they do that, a picture really is worth a thousand words) and I started deep stash exploration for a raglan sleeve sweatshirt.
The bottoms, Hudson's, of course 
I found one I thought would work, OOP 3253. 
I was given this in a mixed box of sewing goodies.
Having narrow shoulders myself, I love a raglan sleeve as I can add body ease without the whole garment being too big.
Elsa is not the easiest little bunny to sew for so I offered Lidia a 'wearable muslin' sweater.
She requested the bottoms too!
The mint green unbrushed cotton fleece is from Eliza Fabrics
The same knit I used for Trixie's tracksuit 
The ribbing is a green marl, a remnant I picked up from Horsham Spotlight (the best Spotlight) and it was a lucky match.
Liddy loved this funny Llama transfer (also from Horsham Spotlight $1) and asked me to also print LLAMA on the leg, where the jumper finished.
The sweater was a great fit through the body, boxy but not sloppy.
But the arms and legs were soooo long!
The original sweater had elastic casings at the wrist, we wanted ribbing so I cut a large amount (6 inches) from the sleeves and then added the cuffs.
I didn't shorten the legs or check length because Liddy is so tall I usually have to add.
Not on these bad boys!
I have offered to cut them off but Lidia said not to bother as they are comfortable.
It's not like we are going anywhere....
The bottoms are high waisted with a very deep casing.
Luckily I had super wide elastic in my stash otherwise I would have sewn a double channel casing.
A nice fit in the derriere, not too full.
Apart from the leg length, a great fit.
Zara was so taken with Lidia's version she requested one.
She chose a retro transfer that I found Deep Stash, it was priced at 35c so I am guessing it is pretty old.
The fabric is leftover from Trixie's hooded dress (to be blogged) and was also from Eliza Fabrics.
I sent it up to her in Adelaide and she was very happy.
(I think she was pretty happy with the food I sent too)
~Lidia's Verdict~
These trackies are so comfy!
I love the colour and the ribbing is a perfect match. The llama stencil is from Spotlight, I chose it because I have a pair of red Converse I plan to wear with them.
They ended up being a little bit long but that makes them extra comfortable.
As I am currently studying from home I am wearing this set quite regularly.
If I got the made again I would have the leg made shorter and the cuff a bit tighter so that they don't slip over my ankles.
Over all they are super comfy and I really love them, thanks Mum!
~My Verdict~
This pattern was a lucky find.
It needed a few modifications to get what we wanted but they were easy ones.
The bottoms length was completely my fault, I should have checked.
(I may sneak them out soon and chop them off)
The sweater is just what we were after and I think it will prove very popular.
I think leisure wear will be worn a lot in the next few months.
Elsa tried on Liddy's and gave it the thumbs up so I can go ahead with hers.
The bonus is, if she doesn't like it, Zara or Liddy will!
Thank you for reading, stay safe and wash your hands! 
                                                                           xx Nicole 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Kwiksew 1235 Jumper and Mini Hudson Pants for Beatrix

I used to hate sewing sportswear but now, I don't mind it so much.
Especially when there are such cute patterns available.
Case in point.
The adorable Mini Hudsons 
Trixie has grown out of her last PE kit
Hatteras hoodie and Mini Hudson pants.
Time to sew a new set.
Made to match her new sneakers.
Stenciled with my Plaid Stencil paints 
I can't deny it, those shoulder ruffles won my heart.
I was given this pattern in a box of sewing supplies (those that read regularly will know I am often given boxes of goodies)
It is discontinued and I have had trouble finding it online, it may be rare now.
It is not oversized, I made Trixie the six and it fits but with not a lot of growth room.
The green, un-brushed, cotton fleece, 3/m, was from Eliza Fabrics in Sunshine. It was extremely wide and I couldn't see any flaws when cutting it. 
The marled ribbing was a lucky find in Spotlight, it was a remnant and proved a good match.
From three metres of the main fabric, I was able to cut a track suit for Lidia (to be blogged) the Kwiksew jumper, two pairs of Hudson's and a LTTS bear hood (which was scrapped together when Trixie was disappointed not to have a hood on her outfit)
I really like Hudson pants in all their forms.
Mini's, Mens and Womens.
I sew mine a  little differently.
I like to top-stitch my pocket bags (I also like to use a t-shirt fabric for the inner bag to reduce bulk)
I also make a far simpler waistband.
I stitch the centre back (of the waistband) leaving a gap for the elastic to thread through.
I then fold and press the waistband in half, wrong sides together and baste and neaten that edge.
I then sew the waistband to the pant top, sew, neaten and press the seam down.
I topstitch the seam, stopping and starting at the bulky pocket seam.
After threading the elastic through, I check the fit and then secure it.
The waist tie is faux, a shoe lace!
~My Verdict~
I adore this jumper pattern. Oh, the sleeves!
I want to make all the styles, I think I shall make them as t-shirts, how adorable would they look under dungarees and pinafores?
The pattern is definitely on the slim side so I may only have another year of sewing it.
The Mini Hudson pants are lovely. They are a favourite sew and all my family members have several pairs (of Hudson's) each.
~Trixie's Verdict~
So, I like the shoes, I like the writing on the jumper, I do like the colour, it's green.
I like cuffs (shoulder ruffles) 
The rainbow writing is my favourite bit.
I was sad it didn't have a hood but Mummy made me one.
It will be good for sport.
It has pockets, that is a good thing.
 I did sew these with our Victorian Holiday in mind, I am not sure we will go now but intend to keep sewing as if we were.

I hope everyone is keeping safe, I am consciously aware of what a fortunate position my family is in. We have plenty of space, access to meat and eggs and my girls are proving to be excellent self motivators at their schooling.
I realise others may not be so fortunate and I have great empathy for those struggling.

Please practice self care and remember, ALL out children will be missing school, they will ALL have to catch up.
Staying healthy, mentally and physically is of far greater importance.
Thank you for reading.... xx N


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

M7840 McCall's 7840 Blouse for Elsa

Elsa has started a new part time job.
She is working at the Silo Cafe, in Coonalpyn.
A lovely little place that looks over the painted silos and serves very good coffee.
The Silo Art Trail Series is well worth a look.
Elsa is enjoying the work and they are extremely flexible with her Uni hours.
Just before she started (and I mean JUST) I received a SOS for a work blouse.
I knew just the pattern.
Very loose-fitting pullover tops with back yoke and dropped shoulder have collar, sleeve, pocket and length variations. B: Side slits. D: Wrong side of fabric will show on shaped hem.
Elsa's bust put her in the size 12 but I knew that would be huge so I cut the size 10.
I ended up sewing View B with the pocket and the hem of View C.
We also added button as it was a bit 'tits out wahoo' for a work top.
White faux shell for easy care.
The fabric is a mystery poly crepe I picked up in the remnant bin at Spotlight.
It has a matt, textured finish and took quite a hot iron.
It drapes beautifully but was not pleasant to sew, I found it snagged on my hands (but I have workmen hands)
I do like the back yoke detail but it is a single layer. I will definitely cut two and make a double yoke (burrito method) next time.
Elsa will only wear it with a half tuck which adds some waist definition to the look.
It's quite hard to see but the oversize pocket, finished with a top flap, is a nice detail.
~Elsa's Verdict~
The blouse is absolutely perfect for work, the coffee bar and kitchen can get quite hot from the steam and the cook tops.
The looseness of the blouse lets the air flow through which creates a cooling effect.
It looks professional whilst still being trendy which is spot on for the cafe I work at.
Thanks again Mummy x
~My Verdict~
I purchased this pattern a few months back when Spotlight was having one of their pattern sales ($4 each)?
When Elsa said she need a blouse for work but wanted something snappy I knew I had just the pattern.
This design is roomy, very room, really too roomy.
It would be a great pattern for a cuddly petite build as the shoulders are not too full but there is plenty of body ease.
I would advise sizing back, I will cut the next size down for Elsa's next one.
The drape-ier the fabric, the better, I would think.
A nice pattern, it has a separate collar stand which you can omit the collar from.
The sleeves fit in nicely and the armholes are not too wide (I find some oversize shirts are actually uncomfortable and pull at the shoulders/underarms)
The tab front construction is straight forward. It is not the RockStar finish of the O+S Jumprope dress but it does the job.
I finished the hems with a narrow, double hem as they are visible at times.

I will definitely sew it again.

Thank you for reading.... xx N