Friday, 12 June 2015

FO: Burda Raglan top 2/2013 #127, again!

How many times have you made one pattern? This pattern is my most used pattern - I used it for OWOP (One Week One Pattern) last year. I have made 2 long sleeve versions, a short sleeve one, a short sleeve dress length version and now this one.

I bought the fabric from Geoff Rosenberg at Trumpingtion Village Hall a few months ago.
The fabric in the middle

It is a John Kaldor Jersey so good quality, but it is 100% man made fibre and feels like it is a bit clammy when I first put it on.  Apart from that I really like it. It is quite stretchy and the arms are designed to be extra long, but in this fabric they were comedy long. I cut some of the length off and maybe took a fraction too much off, but not enough to be irritating, thankfully.

It is quite hard to take pictures of the fabric as the pattern makes it seem out of focus.
I think this one is in focus!

sleeve gathers - my favourite part of this pattern
This is the fifth time I have made this top so I didn't really use the instructions. I wore it several times during MMMay15.

I am trying out larger photos today - what do you think?

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

FO: Coral Bronte Top

Bronte Knit Top Ladies PDF Sewing Pattern Multi Size 6 to 24

Still catching up with unblogged makes!

This pattern has been around for a while and I eventually bought it as part of a Pattern Bundle last summer, along with the True Bias Hudson Pants and the Mouse House Creations Julia Cardigan amongst others.

I hadn't been that taken with the Bronte top when it first came out, but as ever, once other people's versions start popping up on the internet I began to warm to it.  I realise now that my top is almost the same as one of the ones Jennifer made for her pattern photos.

Around the same time, I was re-watching the series Castle with my two older girls and had noticed that the female lead, Kate Beckett, had a top that she wore (I think in series 3) that had a similar neckline. She had a couple of these in different colours:

Beckett's top is in a much stretchier fabric and the back neck is much higher. An idea began to form....

The fabric for this came from one of my first visits to Goldhawk Road and my intention was to make a copy of a summer top that I had. That never happened, and the fabric would have been too thick for that particular top any way.

I cut the top out in a single layer in order to get all the pieces on the fabric, at which point I nearly had a disaster. I had pinned along the centre back with a view to flipping the pattern piece over and cutting the other side... and I started cutting up the centre back..... I tried to rescue it by zig-zagging the cut bit together, but it didn't really work

Fortunately I had added extra length to the top and I ended up just sacrificing that extra length without compromising the top, phew! I also added a band at the bottom to add back some of the length that I lost.

It's a while since I made this top, but seemed pretty straight forward.  There is a lot of information in the instructions about working with knits and how to choose the best type of knit for this pattern. I think that my fabric is just on the limit of suitable.  My machine struggled with the thickness of sewing through multiple layers of binding when attaching the sleeves. I overlocked the armhole seams after sewing with a narrow zigzag, but I ended up unpicking the overlocking as it made the seam quite stiff and uncomfortable and really noticeable on the outside. The knit is pretty stable so I didn't bother trying to finish any of the other seams.

Unusually I haven't got any 'hanger shots' for detail, but here are a couple of different shots of me wearing it - the one with the skirt was taken not long after I made it in January, and the other photo is from my Me-Made-May photos.


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Last Me-Made-May15 review

So, May is well and truly over and here are my last few days

Friday 29th May day 25

I am wearing my favourite pattern, the Burda raglan top as a dress. Youngest is wearing a skirt for twirling
 And dolly is wearing shoes that Youngest made - with a bit of help from me

Saturday 30th May day 26

Hudson Pants with Bronte Top, both currently unblogged 

Sunday 31st May day 27

Unblogged self drafted trousers and Bronte top

I think it is pretty clear that I wear me-made something quite easily for most days of the week, but it is equally clear that I need to make some more bottom half items. These pictures have shown me that I get better pictures if someone else takes the photo and that I shouldn't leave it so long between colouring my hair. My blog gets more attention from me during me-made-May as I try to blog all the things that I have not got round to writing up, and I have actually done quite a bit of sewing this month too.

Heres to next May, and thanks as ever to Zoe for organizing it!

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Catching up with blogging again - Party Top

Continuing with my catching up of unblogged items, here is a sleeveless cowl top.

Photo lightened so you can see the drape

I made this last November in about a day and a half which is unheard of for me!  A friend of mine invited us to her 50th birthday party. I had bought a stretchy multicolour sequin skirt specially for the party, but had been unable to find a top to go with it, so I whipped one up!

I knew exactly what I wanted  - just plain black with a cowl neck. I used the MyImage cowl neck pattern that I have made before here and here, and just left the sleeves off.

After having my sewing machine for 16 years I discovered a really good stretch stitch, which is probably a lightening stitch.
lightening stitch?

I had tried to twin needle the hem but that did not look good, so I tried this new stitch and it was fab.  I used Wondertape to help with all the hemming which helped tremendously. I left the edge of the cowl drape raw as it tucks inside the top and doesn't get seen.  I think I did this on the other two that I made as well.

Unfortunately I haven't any pictures of me wearing it at the party - which reminds me I must try and get some from my friend!

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Catching up with blogging - Bjorn Again

Me-Made-May has highlighted the fact that I have several items that I made a while ago that I haven't blogged.  I started a post about several tops that I have made, which was just going to be a short post, with a brief overview of each top.... The brief post became epic, so I have split it into individual posts after all. Here is the first post starting with the oldest and silliest top in the group!

Enter Pink Chiffon.....

Something silly for Bjorn Again

An Abba tribute band, came to my local town last summer .  Apparently people often dress up to see them so I thought I would join in, although I was the only one in my group to do so,  I have had these somewhat garish trousers for 20 years - they glow slightly in ultraviolet light - they are hideous but at the same time great! I never know what to wear with them, so thought I would knock something up.  I just happened to have some bright pink polyester chiffon in my stash (as you do), which I thought might be appropriate!

The top is pretty much a circle with a hole cut for the neck. I bound the hole with some satin bias tape and sewed two lines halfway up the semi circle to create a space for my body and sleeve areas. It was just the thing for a silly night out and my friends couldn't believe that I had made it!

Friday, 29 May 2015

Me-Made-May15 review #4

Day 18 Friday 22nd

The Friday theme for today was Animals. We do not have any pets and the squirrels and birds in the garden were a shifty bunch, so no animal photos from me. I realised too late I could have worn one of my Magpie tops...but I wore this instead an unblogged Bronte top

Day 19 Saturday 23rd,
No photo, but wore sludgy green Burda top 2/2013 #127

Day 20 Sunday 24th
Repeat of yesterday .... but with a very poor late night photo:

Day 21 Monday 25th
Inpromptu day out to Lords for the last day of the test match for Husband's birthday treat, with dinner at Pizza Express whilst waiting for our train
I wore my abstract top:

He wore one of the shirts I have made for him:

Day 22 Tuesday 26th
I went to the gym wearing my new unblogged True Bias Hudson Pants:

Day 23 Wednesday 27th
Burda Magpie top

Day 24 Thursday 28th
Self drafted skirt and unblogged Burdastyle top 2/2013 #127 combo, changed out of my skirt into my Hudson pants in the evening
Observations this week are that I have managed to get a couple of bottom half items in the mix and have worn me mades every day. My other observation is that I really need to get my hair cut - fortunately I have a cut and colour coming up next week, so I should be looking a bit more vibrant soon.
I have just about been keeping up with Flickr, but gave up on the pinterest site. My blog reader has had several more blogs added over the course of this month. It is so interesting seeing other people, in their lives, wearing things they have made!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Me-Made-May review #3

Me-Made May review number 3 starts here:

Day 12 Friday 15th

Theme Friday I think I wore my abstract jersey top and completely forgot about Theme Friday

Day 13 Saturday 16th

brand new unblogged top Kirsten Kimono Hack

Day 14 Sunday 17th

Magpie Kirsten Kimono Tee

Day 15 Monday

Geometric cowl top no picture today

Day 16 Wednesday 20th

Chevron skirt.
The outfit laid out in the linked post is exactly how I wore it on this day!

Day 17 Thursday 21st

Cowl Renfrew and Husband in one of his shirts made by me

Six out of seven this week, but I have not been so good at documenting my Me Mades this week for some reason.  I have still been going through some of the stuff I have accumulated 'because I might use the fabric for something'. I have been a bit more ruthless than I usually am in throwing stuff out, but I have also repurposed some of the things that I have had for a while.  The new Kirsten Kimono Tee hack at the top of this post used an old t-shirt of Youngest's that she grew out of before she had worn it much. I am also working on a couple of other things where the fabric is coming from PJ's and Tee's of Husband's. Being a XX or XXXL kind of bloke, there is a lot of fabric in one of his tee's!