Thursday, July 2, 2020

OOP Simplicity 5838 Dressing Gown for Beatrix

This is a complete love sew.
I.E. you would only sew it for someone you loved very, very much.
Beatrix was desperate for a dressing gown but she had very definite needs.
A hood was mandatory.
Pockets, (of course)!
A tie.
Absolutely no buttons.
But the kicker was.....
Oh yes, it was that bad.

It was thick, it was fluffy, it was impossible to pin the pattern too.
It snagged on my dry hands and it gave me electric shocks if I moved it too quickly.
I had to cut each piece right before I was sewing it.
Sewing the darts was a leap in faith that I sort of got them in the right position.
I think I may have sewn the sleeves in back to front but who can tell?
Who actually cares?
Not me, I was not unpicking this devil fabric.
The pattern was the only redeeming thing with this sew.
I do like a raglan sleeve, it give such a nice fit and good arm movement. A regular set in sleeve can feel restrictive.
My pattern was a size 4 but it was plenty roomy enough for Trixe although she measures a size 5.
(And, of course, Trixie's delight with it)
She absolutely loves it!
Tilly has been asking me to make some pods for her guinea pigs, so while my machine was full of pink fluff, I decided to sew some up.
I found a tutorial here and it was so helpful.

I didn't have any normal wadding but I was given a metre of thermal wadding (for making lunch bags, I think) so I used that.
It certainly adds to the coziness factor.
When I put it down the piggy ran straight in and snuggled up.
Tilly was best pleased.
And so was the guinea pig.
~My Verdict~
Horrible, awful fabric but a lovely pattern.
It wasn't a pleasant sew but it was quite quick. I basted the seams together and then ran them through the overlocker very carefully as I was nervous that I break a needle or clog up the feed dogs.
I self lined the hood so it was extra snuggly and that is neatly caught between the main and the facing.
I top stitched the facing down and edge stitched the front edge.
I also added belt loops to the sides.
Finally, I added the smallest Liberty swatch, just for me!
~Trixie's Verdict~
I love the fluff of it.
I love how it has a hoodie, because it's fluffy.
It feels really nice inside, because it is nice and warm.
I love the pockets, they have fluff in the them.
I love the colour, I love the fluff, I love the FLUFF!

~Tilly's Verdict~
The guinea pigs absolutely love it, Mum made a second one but they often snuggle up together in the same one.
They wrap up so quickly, due to the thermal wadding.
My guinea stole all the loose mats Mum made and hides them in her pod!
The thermal wadding works so well, you can feel it when you put your hand inside.
The second one has clips to hold it to the cage so they can't sit on it and squash it.
Thank you for reading....
                                         xx Nicole

PS Look at this darling little toy my dear, dear friend Katy knitted 
It is a knitted guinea pig, made exactly like hers!
(She snuck it in her school bag)

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

WIP OOP McCall's 3871 Dress for Lidia

I adore Pinterest   and love pursuing it for sewing inspiration.
In fact, many, many of my projects have started as an image on Pinterest. 
While looking at dresses for Lidia, some very pretty examples were being 'suggested' to me.
Image from Pinterest

Image from Pinterest.
Now, on Pinterest, when you save an image, it show your more with a similar look.
These images were originally pinned from here
I fell in love. 
Such pretty, pretty dresses but without being fussy.
I asked Lidia if I could make her something similar and she said yes!
Anyone that regularly reads me knows I have a 'thing' for sleeves.
Particularly puff sleeves.
When I found this pattern whilst googling I was enchanted and started searching for it.
My favourite vintage pattern seller had it listed!
Honestly, sometimes I think I have an eBay fairy who finds all the finds.
I knew just the fabric. I had had it sitting in my watch list just waiting for a 'tortoise'.
Due to my huge sewing stash, I only buy fabric for specific projects (i.e. a purpose, or 'tortoise' according to Trixie) now, except for remnants, remnants don't count. ;)
The same seller had the nude colour I was after, serendipitous!
To get the result I was after, I am cutting the nude and black georgette separately but then sewing them as one piece.
This involves over laying, carefully pinning, basting, pressing and then overlocking a seam.
Rinse, repeat.
This process is time consuming but it gives a great result with sheer fabrics.
I used this method when sewing my posh frock 

But, so far, so, so good!

I can't wait to finish it.
image from Pinterest

Thank you for reading...
                                        xx Nicole 

Monday, June 29, 2020

OOP Simplicity 7606 Blazer for Matilda

So, after a highly successful, Friday night, #ninjacutting session.
I was able to jiggle a blazer and a pair of dungarees  ) from some very pretty embroidered corduroy that I purchased from Eliza Fabrics.
It is a truly lovely piece of fabric, very soft with good quality embroidery. I think it was $5/m, maybe $6?
It had quite a few flaws (all kindly marked with red tailors knots) but, by pure fluke, they all were around my pattern pieces.
The blazer is unlined and I ummed and ahhed about whether to line it, partially line or just line the sleeves.
In the end, after much discussion with Matilda, we decided to go with the status quo and leave it unlined.
It is not a thick, Winter warmth type fabric anyway. Tildy gets hot and as it is quite fitted she was worried about the lining being sticky.
She also thought it would look super cute over her Summer dresses, thus again, unlined worked the best!
I am sorry about the photos, I struggle to photograph black.
The jacket has lovely shaping, nipping in at the waist ever so slightly.
The pocket flaps are for look, there are no pockets (but I think I will add patch pockets if I make another version).
It makes a lovely suit with her dungarees/trousers.
It looks proper smart!
~My Verdict~
This is why I sew.
To be able to make an piece of clothing for my daughter, that she loves, that she looks and feels amazing in and that I had an absolute blast sewing, well, that is pretty, jolly nice!
This wasn't a 'hard' sew but it was a 'proper' sew. The collar and lapels are constructed properly with an upper collar (that is a smidge larger) and an under collar (two piece, cut on the bias).
This meant I could fit the blazer on Matilda, 'roll' the collar to sit nicely, pin it, steam it, let it dry and the catch the seams in place with a hand tacking stitch.
The lapels are quite wide, but it was the 70's and that was the fashion. Paired with her new shirt, from the same era, it all works,
Although I tried it on Tildy several times whilst sewing, I didn't adjust the fit what so-ever, it was perfect, straight out of the packet.
~Matilda's Verdict~

I love the little pleat on the back and the one button to hold it all together. 
My former teacher Mrs V loves blazers and say that we will be blazer buddies now and that we will be legends together.
Thank you for reading....
                                         xx Nicole

Sunday, June 28, 2020

OOP Simplicity 7279 Dungarees for Matilda

These were a really fun sew!
You know me, I am ALL about the ruffles.
I have had this pattern in my sewing queue for a little while now.
Of course I love the bib with shoulder ruffles, but...
It is removable, how clever is that?
So you have a nice pair of trousers as well.
Which, incidentally pairs beautifully with Tildy's blazer
The pattern instructed you to sew the buttons to the inside of the waistband so that they are hidden but Tilly was quite happy to have them visible and I felt they may have been uncomfortable against her tummy.
The back straps cross over and button at the back.
Although the trousers fitted perfectly through the derrière they were far too big in the waist.
If I had made deeper darts and taken them in at the waist they would not have fit over her hips.
To solve this, I inserted some non curl elastic, either side of the zipper, at the back only.
Problem solved!
The fabric is just lush!
Fine, pinwale cord, with embroidered detail.
I was thrilled to be able to cut the dungarees and a blazer from just over 3 metres.
The fabric is from Eliza Fabrics in Sunshine, Melbourne. It was around $5/m and had a few flaws but they were all neatly marked with red tailor knots.
I adore them over her green shirt
~My Verdict~
An absolute delight of a pattern. I am thrilled that I have it in the next size up.
I wish I had a little bit more of the fabric then I could have made the skirt too (and swopped the bib back and forth)
I did interface the bib (both sides) as the cord was quite light and I am glad I did (I used my fancy black interfacing) as it sits so nicely with that bit of firmness.
The legs were a little too full for our liking so I folded them back and made them 'straight leg'.
The 'elastic in the waistband' worked a treat.
I used a 'lapped' finish for the zipper, simply because I like the look!
~Matilda's Verdict~
I love the frills on the arm holes and  how they still show the little bit of puff on my blouse and the little embroidered flowers and shapes on the fabric it just adds a little touch
Thank you for reading...
                                        xx Nicole