Friday, December 19, 2014

Refashioned slightly for wearability

I quite liked the idea of a long, graduated hem for this coat when I first made it (even if the husband was quick to tell me that the shape reminded him of the wings of a cockroach). Even so, after wearing it a few times, I started to find the length in the back annoying, particularly as I could feel it against my legs as I walked. 

 
 




I'm also quite excited about the piece of fabric that I chopped off. I think it might be the perfect shape to turn into a capelet or bonnet for one of my little peeps.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oliver + S Carousel dress

While I love to play around with drafting and hacking patterns for myself, I like to switch off completely when I sew stuff for my girls. Kid sewing is my cotton candy. It's my sewing crack. It's me sipping a big glass of Chianti Classico in front of the TV.

I love Oliver + S patterns because they are perfect just the way they are. I feel no need to adjust, modify, or add ruffles. I've sewn enough of them now to know how the sizing fits my girls. And I haven't been disappointed yet.
 

The Carousel dress is one of their new patterns. After some futile resistance, I ended up purchasing this pattern in the small size range, somewhat encouraged by the recent sale. I generally only buy their patterns in the size 5-12 packet because that's undoubtedly the best value for me. My eldest two girls just slip into that size range, but little Miss Three (formerly known as Midget) always misses out. This time I splurged on her and it was worth it.



It's a festive little dress. I used a small remnant of red floral cord (of unknown origin) and some denim remnants leftover from my recent denim skirt and culottes. The back is fastened with a little handworked loop and a Liberty of London covered button from my stash. I chose the ruffle skirt option, because Miss Two loves her ruffles. Oh, and the dress has pockets. I know I've said it before, but every dress needs pockets!



 





Monday, December 15, 2014

Sew DIY Lou Box Top

I'd like to introduce you to my brand new, hot of the press, Lou Box tunic by Sew DIY. I was a pattern tester for this top which meant I was lucky enough to be one of the first to make it. Now, I know very well what I am like when it comes to patterns and sewing. I very rarely stick to patterns and I'm quite useless at following directions, which is why I don't often put my hand up to test patterns. I think it would be unfair of me to sabotage a new pattern without being able to give proper feedback.

When I saw my first sneeky peek of the Lou Box top I knew I could commit to testing the pattern properly because it looked perfectly perfect exactly as it was. It is such a simple design, chic and elegant, and very easy to sew. Beth has also included a few different hemline and neckline options in the pattern, without you having to go all maverick and invent them yourself.

 
The pattern includes instructions for sewing it with a woven or a knit fabric. I chose to use a beautiful Italian cotton jersey for my tunic. I made the scoop neck version and I'm very happy with the degree of scoop. I used the curved hem pieces and the dip hem as a guide for the back length, and then I simply lengthened my pieces each by 10cm to create a tunic instead of a top. I wanted the longer length to wear with my leather blocked leggings.



 

I stitched up a size XS/X according to my measurements on the packet. This threw me, because I am a 34.5" bust with broad shoulders which would usually place me as a size 12 or M in most patterns. I needn't have worried though. The pattern measurements correlate beautifully and I am really happy with the fit.

I will definitely use this pattern again. It makes a fabulous summer top or tunic. I can see myself sewing up a silk version in a few months time now.