Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Look...up in the sky.....’s a bird, it’s a’s a big blue blouse!

Well actually it’s McCalls 5885, just in the wrong fabric and the wrong size.

I have been wanting to make up this pattern ever since I got it a couple of months ago, and was inspired by this pic from The Satorialist to try for a chambray style.

Trouble is my chambray is much too heavy (which I knew even before I cut it but ploughed on ahead anyway) and I cut a size 14 when I should have cut a 12 *sigh*.

Trying to master the mirror shot. Miss C aka The Shadow is of no help whatsoever.

This was going to be for the Wardrobe Contest but it doesn’t really go with my other pieces and I need to do some work to beat it into shape.

The sleeve hem is supposed to be gathered onto a band but I think that this will accentuate the balloon effect so I might give that a miss and go for a straight hem.
And a couple of rounds in a hot wash cycle in the machine might help soften it up.

On the plus side the fabric only cost me $2 and I still have enough left for a pair of summer shorts.

The pattern itself is actually super easy and deserves a proper review so I will post up the details when I can bear to try it on again.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

A big thank you to Eugenia and Josie who both very kindly sent the Kreativ Blogger Award my way recently, and considering my sewing mojo has decided to take a holiday without advising me in advance, it couldn’t have come at a better time!

In keeping with the rules of the award I have to tell you 7 things about me that you don’t already know – be warned!

1. I cut my own hair
2. I have a one eyed dog called Happy. In hindsight he should have been called Homer as he tends to eat too much and bumps into the furniture, hence the one eye.
3. I make most of my own cleaning products including shampoo. I have excema so this is a bit of a forced situation. If I touch soap or detergent things get very painful very quickly.
4. I have an aversion to sliced tomato. No idea why. I am happy to consume tomato in any other form, tinned, diced, quartered etc but sliced tomato makes me queasy.
5. I don’t like cooking but I love eating. This is something I struggle with on a daily basis.
6. I don’t know any party tricks. Sorry.
7. I hate having my photo taken – which is pretty silly considering the nature of this blog!
8. Woops got carried away there!

And in order to pass on the joy here are some other creative type blogs that keep me going - check them out!

Make it perfect
Every Spare Minute
Sweet Emmelie
Pink Lizzy Sews
Lucy and I
Lorelle Sews

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Plugging Away

Trying to sew has been a bit like swimming through quicksand recently.

I have finally managed to finish and submit a 3000 word Uni assignment (albeit a week late) which means I can now spend some of my evening tracing patterns and cutting fabric instead of trying to figure out how to reference my essay to the proper academic standard.

But I did manage to get a top completed but have only just gotten around to photograph it.

It’s Simplicity 2593, the Cynthia Rowley twist top which I know oodles of other sewers have tried and had great success with.

The fabric is more of the stripe seersucker that I used for the harem pant (but they definitely won’t get worn together unless I go to a pajama party!) and it worked really nicely for this design.

I didn’t bother with a toile, and cut a size 12 (even though I should be a 14 going by the envelope measurements) as quite a few reviewers at Pattern Review mentioned that there was plenty of ease.

The top was a pretty good fit except for the extra 6 cm along the front neckline – seen here pinned in to fit.

This could have been due to the pattern or the bias strip may have stretched quite a bit during handling. It was easy to fix though, I just unpicked (shudder) the front neck, gathered the extra in and put a seam in the bias strip at CF and then reattached the bias. Having the seam there doesn’t bother me as the twisty bit covered it up. I also gave the twist band an extra twist to allow for the shorter neckline.

The directions are straightforward, my only bugbear with this pattern is the handsewing required to attach the twist band – I racked my brain trying to think of a way to attach it by machine but gave up – I figured that if I spend my money on a commercial pattern I shouldn’t also have to spend my time redrafting the pattern.

In the end I settled for ditchstitching the shoulder seams and a few key places around the neck as well as handsewing, as I don’t trust that my handsewing will stand up to the rigours of my washing machine!

I just flipped up the twist, machine stitched and then folded the twist back down to cover the stitching.

Sorry about the pics – The Bloke took off with the camera at the crucial moment and these are from my mobile.

The finished result (without the hem - woops!)

Front detail

Back detail (no kidding!)

Overall this is a lovely pattern, very easy to put together, although the bias is a bit fiddly.

If I make it again though I am debating whether to adjust the pattern for the extra 6cm or use a stretch fusing for the bias to prevent any stretching. I have never done this before so not quite sure if it would work.

Oh, and I only JUST got away with the size 12!
Will probably have to resist an extra serve of pav at Christmas time!

Edited to add: artwork in background courtesy Miss C