woolly thoughts

I had an urge to go back to a pattern I have previously made: Simplicity 3833. I’d made my first version out of an old table cloth. It worked really well, in both fit and design. I decided to make a winter version out of wool.

I spent ages looking for suitable fabric as I wanted to try colour blocking. Once found I was advised in order to get my wish I would have to buy 1.6 meters in total of fabric when the pattern only calls for 1.10. This would result in leftover fabric.

As those who have previously read this blog will know, this is something I am not keen on. So I thought I would make a matching jacket out of the spare bits. It has been a VERY tight squeeze to get this cut out.

I was distracted by the neighbour’s cat who decided he would roll all over it. Alas, my colour blocking pattern piece placement is not up to scratch yet. I realised to my horror when I discovered after cutting them all out I should have turned the bodice pieces the other way round. Much to my relief I found there is virtually no difference when reversing the fabric (hooray!) so I am saved.

But, I am unsure how to complete the jacket as there is not enough fabric at the bottom to create a traditional length hem. I’ve got 1.5cm and it will be lined. Any thoughts?

or this...

still deciding if the jacket front bodice should be like this…

still deciding i the jacket front bodice should be like this...

or this..

the top pieces in this picture are the "wrong" side, but fortunately you cant tell comparing them to the bottom skirt pieces

the top pieces in this picture are the “wrong” side, but fortunately you cant tell comparing them to the bottom skirt pieces

the front, the back and the jacket pieces

the front, the back and the jacket pieces

surveying paw print damage

surveying paw print damage

you can see how little fabric I wasted (the bodice pieces were cut twice)

you can see how little fabric I wasted (the bodice pieces were cut twice)

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tickled pink!

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I’ve bought myself a little treat, and I must say so far its been a delight to use. It should be very useful in both my projects at home and for my dress making course work.

So, let me cut to the chase – its pinking shears! I hope they last me a nice long time, as you cant sharpen pinking shears (alas) so once they are worn out, that’s it.

I’ve used them already on the side seams for my (finally finished!) PJs. It’s all about the comfort factor. There are times when you want things to be lovely and soft, but no raveling. Hopefully these lovely metal teeth will tame this problem.

Don’t worry, PJ photos are to follow – just waiting for housemate to return home and take photos for me.

stitching up Christmas

I blame my house mate. Before she moved in I never got that involved with making things for Christmas. This year I have made a Christmas cake (a first), Christmas stocking fillers (another first) and have now this evening been busy making my own Christmas cards before 3 back to back Christmas meals swallow up much of my remaining time this week.

So, may I wish all readers of this blog a lovely Christmas, and here is “your” Christmas card.

it reads Merry Christmas (if you can read back to front!)

it reads Merry Christmas (if you can read back to front!)

stocking fillers to be sniffed at

yes indeed you read correctly. Do not turn up your nose! these little bags contain lavender tea. You see, I hate wasting fabric. This lovely green linen I used for a dress generated a fair bit. So, I first thought to add some potpourri. After eyeing up the eye watering £4.50 a bag for lavender in a shop I thought there must be a better way.

A few shops later I came across a tea shop. Bingo, lavender mix for £2.10 a bag. I bagged this both at the shop, and at home (this will make sense shortly!). I had some left over bias tape. A short while later, we have two stocking fillers and I still have materials to make several more!

So something nice to scent ones clothing in a drawer, or drink it if you prefer.

even better, you can drink it too! (you cant do that with potpourri!)

even better, you can drink it too! (you cant do that with potpourri!)

PJ = Please Judge

I’ve been making some PJ’s for myself. So far so good, I’ve made the pattern before for my sister, the fabric is lovely to work with, I have an overlocker this time round (yay!) and all has gone well.

Until we get to the annoying Fitting of the Back. This type of fitting issue is something that does not rear its ugly head with every project, but it sure gets my back up (pardon the pun) when it does.

So, I have already taken out roughly 6cm from the center back by taking in the back side seams (only, left the front panels well alone), tapering in to the under arm and bottom hem. Then realised extra rumples were being caused by there not being enough room for derriere. Solved that by letting OUT side seams for the last 10 cm or so until nothing when you get to the hem. Now looks better.

I have made PJ’s before for myself, but have not worn them as they were just not comfy (1950’s vintage pattern, one of my few unsatisfactory projects) and I so want to make these PJ’s be comfy AND look good.

Thoughts please! yes its dark, my housemate isn’t here to take a photo with flash, this is just a self portrait using my trusty lap top.

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the long and short of it

Today I have saved some money and also spent some money. They do not balance each other out, but I am feeling fairly virtuous all the same. So first the saving.

I have shortened some trousers I bought which only came in 36 inches length (I am a 34 inch leg). I have been putting this off for a couple of days, but it was a breeze to do. Literally cut off old hem after doing some measuring, overlocked cut edge and then hemmed.

The result looks fairly neat:

the new hem

the new hem

So the long is now short(er) and fits very well.

On to the spending – I have succumbed to the call of Vogue 1266 a lovely coat pattern which I have owned for several months. After reading a very nice review I have happily parted with £55 in exchange for a lovely brown wool cashmere blend and contrasting black wool fabric for the collar and cuffs. Considering this pattern calls for 3.5 meters of fabric and I will still have some left over I’m thinking of the money I am saving here, rather then spent.

Never mind that I have lots to do for my course, my PJ project to finish or that it’s going to be a huge project. Logic doesn’t always come in to it!