SDCT Jade Jacket Adventure

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SDCT Jade Jacket Adventure

Hammers at the ready for this one! Not sure I have ever put so much hardware into one project but I’ve got to admit I’m now quite addicted! Putting together a really beautifully matched set of snaps, zip, toggles, elastic cord (gold!!!) and eyelets has really lifted this jacket and I know I’m going to be grabbing it every cool summer evening or nippy winter morning.

 

A total coating of Scotch Guard once complete will mean I’m totally shower proof. If I had had enough to spare I’d have made a snap on hood, but I used every mm of the 1.5m of beautiful Jade denim from www.sewcraftyshop.couk for this project with some very nifty pattern placement to get all I needed from the fabric.

The base and starting point of this jacket was a shirt pattern I have made three or four times already (and love the fit). I always grab a pattern that is close to what I want as my starting point, there is no point in re-inventing the wheel and drafting from scratch if the basic shape of what you want is already in your pattern stash.

 

I wanted a traditional denim jacket look with a bit of military/bomber/utility mashed in, so we have the traditional yoke and shaped panels front and back but then the collar, zip, snaps panel, shaped hem and pockets shimmied their way in to create the overall look.

 

First part of the process was to split the shirt panels. At the front I threw the dart away from the side seam and into the vertical seam. The seams at back and front were curved to give shape at the waist but a slightly broader fit across the shoulders, so even the chunkiest of jumpers could be accommodated on especially chilly days.

The collar was a total ‘off-piste’ adventure, I brought together the button panel, collar stand and collar into one continuous shape, curved toward the shoulder line and cut on the fold so it could be joined as one single piece. The front centre panels and front yoke were curved to mirror the collar shaping so the front of the jacket all worked together to give a nice line whether the collar is up or down.

 

I was a good girl, I made a toile…… and I can’t stress enough what a good practice this is when you are making major changes to an existing pattern.

 

The amount you learn about the whole balance of the garment and how your changes have a knock on effect for other elements of the pattern is fantastic. I went to town and even put the pockets and epaulets in place to check their sizing and position before taking my scissors to the denim (as I mentioned earlier re-cutting any element of the pattern was a no-no as I had no excess fabric!)

 

The lining on this jacket is extra special and has a couple of nice little features. Firstly, there is a shaped phone pocket that sits to the left hand side of the lining and snuggles in under the arm. This idea actually came from my brother who was grumbling one day that his phone always ruined the line of his jacket when he put it in the inside breast pocket and “why couldn’t they tuck it under the arm?”

Hey presto – the nifty, line preserving, angled, inside pocket was born!! I was bit nervous about tucking a welt pocket diagonally into the lining, but with a bit of stay stitching and using both the denim and flower lining fabric for welts, I ended up with a both pretty and stable pocket opening.

The lining also has this beautiful floral fabric across the yoke. As soon as I saw this fabric I fell in love with it and knew I did not want to use all I had been given by the lovelies at Sew Crafty and hide it away inside the jacket. It was also so beautifully lightweight I knew the areas of stress at the hem and under the arms were going to need something a little more robust.

So, after a rummage in the workshop I unearthed about three meters of taupe linen mix that I had picked up in charity shop ages ago (fabric Womble alert!! I once went to a funeral and still managed to come home with some fabric, so there you go!)

When I laid it all out together it was a match made in heaven, but please don’t fret about the floral fabric lying dormant for too long, I had intended to add colour stripe cuffing (another new product in the sew crafty store) to this jacket, but once it had all come together I felt (a very rare feeling for me!) that less is more. So the stripy cuffing and floral fabric will be making an appearance in my next SCDT project, watch this space….!

The lining follows the outer pattern completely, the collar was cut twice from the denim and I popped a reinforcing semi-circular panel at the back of the neck to take the hanging loop and a lovely big label as I am too chuffed to hide my light under a bushel on this make!!

 

The exterior of this jacket has been topstitched into next week! Luckily I have made my own jeans a couple of times already, so making sure all rows of topstitching had been meticulously added during the construction process was something I was well prepared for.  I opted against a twin needle as 1. I didn’t have one that had a wide enough separation between the needles and 2. I had corners to turn in some places, which never goes well with a twin needle!!

 

 

 

This project has been so totally and utterly enjoyable from start to finish and I am so pleased with the results. It involves everything I love about making your own clothes: beautiful finishing, total uniqueness, attention to detail and perfect fit.

This Jacket will be worn and worn which, at the end of the day, is what you do with clothes you love!

@theyorkshiresewist and her Nautical dream dress!

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A Nautical Dream

Hi all!

Geez what a crazy couple of months… Had a stint of nearly 2 weeks in hospital to an un-confirmed IBD which I’m back and forth to Hospital and GP but fingers crossed I’ll get there in the end eh?!

Thankfully in between I had some energy to concrete on a bit of selfish sewing which of course involves a twirly dress!!

Since it was international Women’s Day on 8th March, Lisa from Sew Over It kindly given the pdf pattern for free and of course the Yorkshire lass in me couldn’t say no a freebie!

With this pattern having a full circle skirt and plus couldn’t be bothered with taping copious amounts of A4 paper together I sent my copy shop version to a local company to print.

Now when Sammy asked the Team of what materials we wanted to use… Now that’s where the hard part began as there is so much choice and they are all so pretty!

So after much consideration, I decided to go with The Robert Kaufman Anchor Print Chambray as I am quite a fan of nautical and you can’t go wrong with the quality of this fabric either.

I tried to get the thread to match the best I could and of course I don’t do the ordinary and went for lighter colour zip.

Just how cute does your bundle of goodies arrive too, I love little attention to details like this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So before I cut out my pattern pieces, I checked my measurements and I fell in-between the 14 and 16. So I started at size 14 for shoulders and bust and graded to the 16 for the waist and hips.

Rather than cutting into the good stuff straight away I made a toile of the bodice out of an old bedsheet and with disbelief it was a perfect fit, no alterations needed!!

 

 

With the sun shining, I brought my sewing supplies to the garden and cut out my pattern pieces, nothing better than sunshine and sewing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t know about you guys but sometimes I just can’t get a straight line for my darts so I still now even mark my dart placements using Tailor’s Chalk.

As always, since I am vertically challenged (aka short!) I had to shorten my zip. So I measured down from the top towards the bottom to my preferred length which is 16”. I then marked the spot with a pin as this is where the new bottom stopper will be.

 

I then heated up a metal knife on my Gas hob and then carefully placed the knife onto the plastic teeth to melt it.

Then I trimmed off the excess zip and there we go a zip that fits me!

Also whilst I was altering my zip, to help with the install of the invisible zip later on, I gently ease the teeth with my iron (on low Setting as we don’t want to melt it!) to be more accessible and to get a closer stitch line first time.

 

This dress was sewn up in no time at all, as always I finished my seams before I started to sew just to speed up the process and plus saves bringing one machine up at a time. To remember where my notches were I just placed a pin for reference.

As always I have my Man Mog at hand as my Sewing Assistant!

As I’ve previously made the Silk Cami and the way you sew the straps together is great and is visually pleasing.

So the long part was letting the dress hang to make sure the circle skirt dropped and there was no uneven hem. Also where did I think it was a good idea to double hem a full circle skirt?! It took absolutely ages! It does look good though!

Then I slipped stitch the shoulder straps, so a bit of hand sewing thrown in too!

Here’s a view of it before putting on.

So here you folks my swishy nautical dress whilst I was at Teesidecreatives, a very nice Sewing weekend break with fellow teamie Carol, her daughter Vicky and Becca.

 

Fashion Trends: Florals Spring/ Summer 2019

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Florals are a huge trend this SS19. We’ve picked a few catwalk gems from the designers and paired them with our own fabrics to give you a bit of sewing inspiration for your own handmade summer wardrobe!

 

Sew Crafty summer trends, florals

Clockwise from top left:

Autumn floral print viscose, black stripe floral print, rust floral print viscose,

navy printed cotton sateen, 90’s daisy cotton, red floral cotton.

@roodlesrunique makes the perfect summer cover up…

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Rudy’s Cardigan

 

 

This blog post is the perfect blog for the crazy ‘summer’ weather we have been having recently! I have made the Helens Closet Blackwood cardigan which has been in my to do list for a long time. I bought it when it first launched as I wear a lot of cardigans in my day to day wardrobe, basically I don’t have a winter wardrobe just summer dresses and cardigans! This cardi comes in two lengths and I picked view B which is the longer length.

I used the beautiful mint coloured French terry jersey from Sew Crafty Online. The weight of this fabric is perfect for a cardi for the cooler summer evenings but also to keep you warm enough in the office when the air con wars start, it can’t be just my office right? The loopback fabric would be brilliant for any relaxed jersey clothing, even baby clothes, as it is so super soft on the outside but the loop gives it a bit extra structure and warmth. The fabric washes really well too, sometimes jersey can go a bit bobbly after washing but this survives really well. Also, added bonus, my furbabies hair doesn’t appear to stick to it in some magically amazing way so if you’re a dog lover this is the fabric for you! J I think it would make a great Linden sweatshirt or Tilly and the Buttons Stella set.

I also was lucky enough to use the amazing rainbow ribbing as my cuffs. This is super easy to use as you don’t have to fold it over and just attach it like you would a normal cuff. I think this gives this cardi which could have been quite plain a nice pop of fun! Though I didn’t think through white being on the cuffs as that’s generally the bit I end up dunking in my food or something to that effect ha ha! The cuffs would be great for the bottom of trousers too as you cut the length you need for the pattern on a roll and you have plenty for multiple makes, so you could have matching cuffs for all the family.

 

I made this pattern without any adjustments but I omitted the pockets. I felt if I decided I wanted to add the pockets I could do this afterwards and I wasn’t sure my arms would be long enough for pockets on the full length version. The pattern is super easy to make up and only has a few pattern pieces, I like that about Helens closets patterns. The neck and bottom bands gives it a lovely finish too all in one piece around the back which means no fiddly hems which is perfect for jersey. I made the whole thing on my overlocker, the only bit I did on my normal machine was sewing the cuffs together as I wasn’t 100% sure where they needed to join and it’s easier to unpick sewing machine than overlocker!

 

I think this will get a lot of wear all year round and will be perfect for throwing in my handbag just in case it gets chilly. I hope you like it as much as me!

@lucyhannahmakes a Wall Banner!

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Wall banner project…

I love making gifts for other people, especially my nieces – children’s things are so fun to sew.

 

One of my niece’s has just turned two and in the summer they’ll be moving from down south back up to our hometown of Liverpool, so I wanted to make something that was a belated birthday present/moving in gift.

 

I had the idea to make a wall banner for my nieces room and when I saw the Sevenberry Yarn Dyed Cotton I knew it would make a great base. It’s a chambray style cotton, is nice and lightweight and has a lovely natural texture. I love the selection of colours for this cotton as they are all quite subtle and fab neutral shades of greens, pinks and blues. I went with the pale blue.

 

I wanted to choose another fabric that I could use to make some sort of decoration on the wall banner and as my niece loves rainbows the Remix Stripes Cotton was the obvious choice for me! As I’d went with a quite pale blue for the main fabric, I went with the more pastel toned Remix Spring Stripes and I think they work perfectly together!

 

 

My first idea for the wall banner was to make the letter I out of the striped cotton and use the Sevenberry cotton to form the main shape of the banner. I then thought about using the stripe as a little frill around the edge of the banner, but, when I got the fabric delivered I fell even more in love with the Remix Stripes cotton and I just didn’t think that a frill would do it justice – it just wouldn’t show off the lovely colours enough. So I decided against a frill and thought about what I loved when I was little and one thing I loved to do was change things around in my bedroom. I was always drawing little doodles of how I could move furniture around or colours that would look better on the wall, I probably drove my mum mad, but I loved it. And I thought that my niece might like something that she can change in her room when she fancies it, so I thought what if I make the banner reversible!

 

I drew out the design I had in mind for the front and the back to try and get a rough idea of the sort of size to make it. I decided on making a rainbow on one side of the banner to really make the most of the Remix Spring Stripes cotton, and the letter I on the other side. After drawing my designs out I figured that I wanted to make the banner roughly 50cm long and proportionately about 36cm seemed right for the width. I then played around with some paper to decide on the style and size of the letter and once I was happy cut it all out. For me, the simpler and neater option was to cut lots of pieces out and sew them up like you would a quilt, rather than cut out a solid letter and appliqué it on.

 

Both cottons sew up really nicely, the last few projects my sewing machine has seen have been silky fabrics so it was lovely to work with a fabric that was simple to sew. I used a pale blue thread from the Iris collection which was great quality. Sew Crafty is fab when you’re planning a project because there are so many different things on the website, you really can get everything you need.

On the back side of the banner I used the stripe fabric diagonally to give the effect of a rainbow. I found some Happy Fabric HappyFlock in Lemon which I had in my stash and created some sunshine as a little extra touch. I used two of the off cuts of the Sevenberry yarn to make tabs to thread some dowel through to hang the banner up. I sewed the front and back right sides together and left an opening of a few inches along one side. Because the cottons are so lightweight it was super quick to turn them out the right way, hand sew the opening shut and give a quick press.

 

 

I picked up some bakers twine from the Sew Crafty website too as I thought it would be perfect for hanging the banner. It’s got a little fleck of colour running through it ( I went for the Aqua one) and because its a twine its got a good strength to it. I think I might make up a few pom poms from the left overs and stick them either side of the dowel for some extra fun.

 

I thought I was really organised because I had a piece of dowel that would be great for the project, however I couldn’t find my saw to cut it down to the right length, so I had to photograph it with it super long, haha oops!

 

Overall I’m pretty pleased with the project. It was a quick make and I think it looks fab hanging on the wall. After I finished it I did realise that somehow I’d cut the top of the I one or two stripes longer than the bottom, but oh well, I still love it and handmade isn’t about always being perfect, right?! It’s going to look great in my nieces room and with it being cotton its super easy to wash, so even if it gets grubby from a two year old, it should be pretty durable.

 

Alexa @almostahippy and her perfect blouse!

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The perfect blouse!

 

Last year I participated in #thegreatbigpatternswap and received the Bea blouse. I made one up in a cotton lawn and it has been in such regular rotation in my wardrobe since then that I had been thinking for a while that another one would be a good idea. When I spotted the new viscose that Sewcrafty shop had in store, it felt like the perfect combo.

 

 

I picked this gorgeous burnt orange colourway and I was a bit apprehensive about how bright it would be but when it arrived it was a gorgeous saturated deep orange colour and not too ‘florescent tabard’ colour which I had been a bit worried about.

 

 

I really love viscose to wear but it can be a pain to sew and it creases like crazy. However, this one is not too shifty to cut out and sew with. I overlocked everything as I’ve been caught out with viscose fraying through seams before and was not taking any chances! However, it didn’t seem like this one wanted to fray too badly.  

The Bea blouse comes together really speedily and the instructions are good. On my last Bea blouse I had added about 5cm in length and it still doesn’t stay tucked in so for this version I added about another 10cm-this may have been overkill but at least now it’s not going anywhere and I can wear it over things as well.

 

I’m really pleased with my new top and think it’ll be such a good all year round piece as I can layer it but also wear it in summer as viscose is such a lovely cool fabric. I may have to pull out the iron every so often as it really does crease though!

Marsha’s beautiful summer dress

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The Butterick B6205

It’s the 1st of June and the sun is out. I sit here in the coffee shop with my husband with a pot of herbal tea and red velvet cake as a treat, as we wait for our daughters to finish their drama lessons. I am so excited to be sharing my first ever blog post.

I have been up since 6am this Saturday morning whilst everyone else sleeps, so I can get the ironing done and get breakfast ready before we all dash off to drama lessons. I am a busy mum with three girls and my time is limited. My sewing style reflects my busy life, I don’t always have time for more detailed makes. I’m a store brought jeans kind of girl, teamed with me made tops as my mum daytime wardrobe. However as soon as the sun   comes out, I love to wear me-made floaty dresses.

When I was asked to be on the design team for the Sew Crafty Shop, I wanted to use this as a way to show my sewing journey as a busy mum and how I still manage to create an on-trend wardrobe without too much time on the sewing machine. I love patterns that give you instant gratification.

I found the Butterick B6205 dress pattern on the Sew Crafty Shop Website and it was love at first sight. The pattern even states its easy and fast!

With three different dress lengths to choose from, elasticated waist band and neckline, shoulder ties and wait…. I haven’t told you the best part, IT HAS POCKETS!

I will confess I am bit of a cotton viscose hoarder! I love how it drapes and its perfect for summer makes. When I came across the Black Floral Print Viscose, I knew it would be perfect for the look I wanted to create. I wanted a dress that would suit evening and daytime wear, for summer holidays or when the British weather is nice. When the fabric arrived, it was a lot more sheer then I expected. As the bodice is lined, that wasn’t going to be a problem, but I couldn’t have a see-through skirt on the school run now could I. After speaking with Samantha about what was in stock to line my dress, I went with the Regular Black Viscose.  

 

 

 

I made a toile from a viscose fabric I already had. From here I noticed a few things I could change. Having a contrast fabric as the lining instead of the same main fabric would draw more attention to the shoulders.        

I decided that since I was using the plain black viscose as the skirt lining, why not use this as the bodice lining as well.

I wanted a very floaty dress and went for option A with the curved hem. When taking the lining into consideration, I didn’t want the dress to lose the floaty drape that my toile dress had. I decided that not hemming the skirt lining to the same length as the main skirt was best.it would then create that slight sheer look at the bottom. I cut the skirt lining with a straight hem just above where the skirt curved hem starts to dip. As there weren’t any instructions for lining the skirt, I used the basic methods I have picked up over the years. I followed the instructions for the main skirt to construct the lining but didn’t add pockets to the lining. I hemmed the lining before pinning it to the inside of the main skirt and using my sewing machine to baste them together.

When making my toile of the dress I noticed that the instructions of the pattern, as clear and easy as they may be to follow, they are missing a few basic finishing steps that make the garment more professionally made.

When sewing the side seams of the main bodice and the lining together, the instructions don’t ask you to press the seams open. By pressing these seams, this will allow them to sit better once you sew the two bodices together.

The one thing about making my own clothes is I pride myself on being able to have skills to finish the inside of the garment like a store bought one. The pattern lacked any instructions on finishing the side seams of the skirt or the pockets. I went ahead and used my over-locker before I started any construction of the garment and serged the skirt seams and when the pockets were sewed in, I used my pinking shears so the pockets wouldn’t fray.

 

I love the outcome of the dress. It will be a great summer basic to layer up with a cardigan when the weather isn’t great and dress up and down for evening and day wear like I wanted. I can see me on holiday in turkey in August wearing this sitting with my kids in the evening enjoying a cocktail. The drape of the curved hem is perfect and I am glad I didn’t make the lining hem the same length.

 

I will be making this dress again; the construction and cutting is easy enough to get this made in a few hours so will be great for those last-minute holiday makes. I will go for the maxi dress option next time and maybe look at what a faux button trim down the bodice centre front would look like. I could see this fabric making amazing maxi dresses, summer blouses and on trend summer PJ shorts and cotton vest style PJ tops. It was a dream to work with.

The sun is out, I am off to take my dress for a spin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cosplay project with @stitchitmama

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Jester Lavorre Cosplay Bodice

 

I’ve always loved the idea of cosplay and I’ve admired many cosplayers for their amazing creations and attention to detail. But when you’re a bit bigger than the ‘ideal’ size for most characters it tends to feel very much like something you can only look at and not participate in.

Enter Critical Role –  a weekly Twitch and YouTube stream of a group of friends playing Dungeons And Dragons who just happen to be popular voice actors. The CR fandom has produced some incredible cosplay pieces, including one of my absolute favourite characters – Jester Lavorre. The loveable ‘little blue tiefling’ cleric is played by Laura Bailey, and she has inspired a wide range of people to replicate her – even down to her love of pastries and her ‘Spiritual Weapon’ in the form of a gigantic lollypop!

Official Jester artwork by Ari @ornerine

 

The great thing about the Critical Role characters is that, although there are official character portraits, there is a degree of interpretation and artistic license in how they are portrayed. The CR fan base is well known for being diverse and supportive, so I figured it was a good place for me to dip my toe in the cosplay waters!

Jester’s outfit has many layers and elements, but for this Design Team Project I decided to focus on her leather bodice. I used a metre of brown leatherette, and decided to line it with brown polycotton to ensure it wasn’t too thick and heavy. I used pinking shears to clip all the seams to reduce as much bulk as possible.

I couldn’t actually find a pattern I liked, so I used a fairly unconventional approach I had seen several cosplayers recommend – cling film! I wrapped my torso in several layers making sure it sat properly on my curves, then drew the shape and seam lines onto the cling film with marker. Once I was happy I cut the pieces out and laid them flat to create my pattern pieces, which were the perfect shape for my body. The great thing about the leatherette is that it has some stretch to it so it is much more forgiving than you’d think and very comfortable to wear! It was a lot easier to sew than i was expecting, though top stitching was a bit more tricky as it kept sticking to the presser foot. To remedy this I put a layer of plain white tissue paper on top of the leatherette and set the sewing machine to a slower speed so I could ensure I was keeping my lines as neat as possible. If you’re going to do this have some tweezers to hand – when you rip off the tissue paper little bits can remain in the stitches and it can take a good few minutes to remove them all!

For the finishing touches I added brass jeans rivets to the straps and front panel. This was another element that was a lot simpler than I had previously thought – I assumed you needed a special tool to attach the rivets but all I needed was a hammer!

 

 

 

When I began this project I was concerned I had bitten off more than I could chew, but working with the leatherette and the hardware was no problem at all, and I am proud that I have begun my first cosplay piece on a good foot.

See you next time!

@lisa_loynes sews Posh PJs!

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Hi lovely sewing peeps…

I am so pleased to be on the Sew Crafty Design Team along with a great bunch of talented sewists some of whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in real life too!

 

 

Sammy asked us to put together a wish list of fabric and haberdashery and a plan of what we would make.  I quickly got to work browsing the online shop. It was a gorgeous sunny morning and I was sat having coffee dreaming of sitting outside on a balcony somewhere hot whilst drinking it in luxury pyjamas.  Then it hit me….I would make said pyjamas for my first project! I chose to make the Nina Lee London Piccadilly Pjs in a gorgeously soft white cotton dobby. Now….anyone who knows me will know that me and white are a definite no no!  I’m way too clumsy for coffee in white pyjamas however it was in my head so I went with it and I’m sooo glad I did! I trimmed them with mint green bias binding which I added a fancy lace edge stitch from my machine in a slightly deeper turquoise embroidery thread and little bow shaped mint green buttons.

 

I had previously made these and they were a little on the large side so decided to size down with this pair.  Other than sizing down the only other change I made was to use the pocket piece from the Closet Case Carolyn Pyjamas.

I tested a little of the bias with the lace edge to see if would work.  I gotta admit, I’m not one to make things easy for myself, I decided to go ahead with my plan.  After all they were gonna be pure luxury right? I hadn’t anticipated how long it would take as I had to wash out the stabiliser and leave it to dry before I could do anything with it.   I set to work and cut all the pieces of bias for each pattern piece, placed the water soluble stabiliser under it as the machine basically stitches onto the stabiliser then when it’s washed out leaves your lacy edge.  Voila!!

 

As I’d changed the pocket pieces I had a bit more room to play with so decided to use the embroidery machine to do some fancy motifs on the pockets to match the buttons.  I’ve never embroidered onto dobby fabric before but it worked out just perfectly.

Construction was pretty straight forward and once I got started they progressed relatively quickly.  I made sure to use plenty of pins around the sleeve head an armsyce. I didn’t want any mishaps at this late stage!

Now, it was time to put the buttonholes in and buttons on.  I hear lots of people saying they have issues with their machine “not liking” buttonholes but I’ve never had an issues whatsoever with any of my Pfaff machines.  I always use the buttonhole gauge to get the placement of my buttons precise. This pattern calls for 6 buttons but I only had 5 so decided to rework them to fit.  I ended up only using 4. I started by finding the buttonhole that would sit where the full bust is as I wanted to make sure that there was no gaping and put a pin in it.

 

Once all the buttonholes were in place I put on Fray Check.  I use this on all my makes as I feel the buttonholes look neater if this is used.  Once this had dried I used my buttonhole chisel (another invaluable item in my sewing room after a disaster using my un-picker for opening buttonholes!!)

I decided at this point that a fully elastic waistband would be adequate as so skipped the tie waist as per the pattern.  I made the waistband pieces as the pattern but attached the waistband, folded it over then stitched round leaving a gap to thread the elastic through using a safety pin.  This worked out just fine and I was glad I’d done this. All that was left was to attach the label so that I put them on the right way round! I always attach a post it note to the front or back until I’ve attached a garment label as sometimes it can get a bit confusing which way round they go.

All that remained to do was sit in my chair with a glass of something bubbly in the sunshine to take piccies for my blogpost.  

I am super happy with how they turned out and my fabric choice.  The cotton dobby washed, ironed and sewed like an absolute dream and it is so perfectly white.   These really did turn out to be my luxury pyjamas. If you fancy making yourself some, Sew Crafty have this dobby in a few different colourways on their website.  

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading.

See you next month!

Lisa

@lisa__loynes

 

Katherine shows us her Sew Different Longline jacket…

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The Sew Different Long Line Jacket

Back on a cold Monday morning in March, I had a lovely surprise when I found out that I’d won a Sew Different pattern in the So Visible Challenge run by @Sew over 50…

 

I browsed the Sew Different website and chose the lovely Long Line Jacket pattern. 

This wasn’t a pattern label I was previously familiar with and so it was great to find out that Laura is a fellow Yorkshire girl. The pattern arrived a few days later, beautifully presented, and I started to make plans.

 

Originally I imagined the jacket in a dark indigo denim with contrasting pocket linings. However, when I found a gorgeous turquoise denim in the Sew Crafty shop, I could immediately see it with a contrast in mustard yellow. The Figo lucky charms wishbone print was perfect.

I had my colours analysed years ago and turquoise was one of the colours I should apparently wear next to my face – so I expect lots of compliments when wearing my jacket!

My fabrics and threads arrived a few days later all beautifully packaged. I was ready to start…

 

 

The make…

The pattern itself is great to make. It has clear instructions, it is well drafted and it comes together very nicely.

I would say that someone fairly new to sewing could manage this pattern as long as they follow the instructions carefully.

There are some interesting shapes and details which give the jacket a lovely finish. I especially love how the mitred corners look on the inside.

One of the corners gave me an issue (isn’t there always one?) but I think that was due to the slight stretch in the denim which meant that my cutting hadn’t been quite accurate enough. Perhaps my rotary cutter would’ve been better however I’m just healing a cut on my finger from a rotary accident so the cutter has been put away in shame for a while. Ouch.

I decided to use a Hong Kong finish on my inside seams. Hidden details please me and I think its nice when you hang a jacket over a chair if the inside also looks pretty.

Sew Crafty Turqouise denim fabric fabric shop

 

 

I struggled to get the collar neat on the inside but after several attempts and quite a lot of unpicking, I’m happy with it. I also decided to add a facing to finish the bottom of the sleeves using the mustard contrast. This is just a little flash of hidden colour and provides a nice neat edge to the cuffs.

The photos were modelled in my garden just wearing the jeans and sandals I was already in but I’ve now worn the jacket on several both smart and casual occasions.

What’s next…

I’m already now planning further versions of the jacket, including a longer length one for the winter.

A lining would be easy but then I wouldn’t be able to have my pretty seams!

 

 

 

Can’t wait to get stuck into my next project!