Saturday, 22 July 2017

Red dress from McCalls

This is yet another version of McCalls M6612. Just the asic vest pattern here with overlocked seams and twin needle ( and overlocked) hems. Very easy and quick.

Not much to say about this dress really. I made it to use with my two red tops.

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Another red top:Burdastyle 02/2014#117

This is Burdastyle 02/2014#117 which can also be used to make a dress. However it does mean I will have to trace it again and right now I am feeling lazy. This top is made from some of my Ikea oriental fabric which I also used for these trousers                                and this top  
I do like the top very much though found the neck a bit too low for me so ended up wearing over my red dress made here . I actually made this as a summer top I could get away with for work but the low V-neck has meant I probably will keep just for "play" instead. I do not feel comfortable with such a plunging neck at work.

Actually, how do you like my new "Deathly Hallows" pendant which was  birthday present?
 Not quite my usual style though it seems most people do not know its from Harry Potter and just think its a random shape.

I did not make any big changes to this pattern other than forgetting to cut the top front piece which you cut into two (if you follow the instructions properly!) to make a yoke. By the time I read it properly and realised I had cut the front out so if I had then chopped it off I would not have had a seam allowance so decided to just omit the front yoke. If you were using this for colour blocking it would have mattered but since its all one print it really makes very little difference. Since this top is made from bits from two previous garments I never bothered to pattern match so its a bit random but I do not mind. 
Its all overlocked but top stitched round the neck and sleeves and hem.
This is the top sticthing on the hem:

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Red top

 I was inspired for this look by Did You Make That's
Yuki Dress The Third

The shoe lace tie is from the same supplier in fact!
So............. I cannot afford to buy any new patterns right now which is sad being as we are in the midst of Indie Pattern Month but whatever, this is my take on the Yuki dress using just what I already own. Except of course this is a top!

I have his pattern which I actually managed to buy by accident in an online sale. At least when the parcel arrived I definitely did not remember ordering it. At the time, as well, I did not consider it to be my style. However, I have used McCalls M6612 loads so it was a good mistake to have made. This time I made view D but with the sleeves. However instead of making view D into a cowl dress I shortened it into a top and left the cowl as a tube which works as a hood.

Its worn here with my birthday skirt:

I think it worked out very well.

The top is made from unknown jersey which is probably cotton bought as an end of roll remnant from Ebay for just 99p. I was very happy to receive this purchase in fact because there was over 5m of it. It is a bit brighter than usually I would buy but at 99p I can cope with that.

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Lilac Gingham skirt

When I went on my high street window/inspiration to sew - shop back in March I discovered lots of shops selling versions of this pattern:

When I first bought the magazine with this pattern I did not see myself wearing that skirt at all. However a few months later and its summer and I happen to still have some stretch lilac gingham in my stash so why not?

So back in March I traced and cut this skirt out. Then with the never ending thesis writing I did not finish it until now ( by the way I have now finally submitted that thesis!!YEY!)

the back is just a plain skirt:
Unfortunaly by the time I actually got round to sewing this up I forgot what the pattern said and was too lazy to work out which magazine it came out of - note to self write the magazine number as well as the view number on all future patterns! So anyway I did it wrong. Instead of a free flowing frill mine is tied into the front hemline which does work well but is not what the original skirt looked like. Whatever, its a new skirt for summer and I enjoyed wearing it for work despite it really not being at all my usual style.


 Changes I made to the pattern: I omitted the zip completely and added wide elastic because my gingham is very stretchy and to be honest I wanted this finished fast to wear the next morning.

It works, I like it so yes this one is a success. Oh and its worn here with a thrift shop black denim jacket I picked up in a January Sale for £1.98 and a top I made here:
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