Tag Archives: transitional

sewing, sorting, & baking

Well, I could blame it on witness 2 fashion

She did a great post about pyjamas!

But truth be told, have been thinking about them since Ali’s jumpsuit challenge in May somehow combined in my head with my 2 pair of sleep shorts (here & here) that I’ve worn constantly (indoors only!) this summer.

After making that third pair (top), it seemed natural to give a whole outfit a try. If I could just get back to finishing this blouse’s sleeves… Definitely don’t want to keep that neck binding, either. Too stiff by half! Meanwhile, mending summer & getting out transitional continues. . . 😴

Decorating for Autumn? Hallowe’en? Look at all the lovely patterns over on Pattern Patter.

Spent time last week sorting & labeling haberdashery and fabrics. Makes  final fabric sorting much easier. (click a pic to see the whole photo)

Thinking about baking? Know I am, partly because we’re finally getting to see “The Great British Bake Off.” But . . .

In their infinite wisdom (?), American public broadcasting services (pbs) is airing seasons chronologically. Backwards. And they re-named the programme: The Great British Bake Off is “The Great British Baking Show” over here.

Here’s a key to what’s what on our side of the pond.

  • British Series 5 was shown here as Series 1 in early 2015, and is currently being re-run.
  • British Series 4 is currently showing in U.S. as Series 2.

I discovered that both Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood have written scads of cook books, and both have lots of listings on YouTube.

Wednesday is the official start of Northern Hemisphere’s cooler seasons, and it can’t begin soon enough for me! How about you?

Edited to add: If you haven’t seen Did You Make That’s post today, do! It’s all about fitting.

shades of digital

This is the first digitally printed fabric I’ve worked with, and it’s quite striking. Digital printing as in dots . . .

How to deal with it is a bit of a challenge. There are a lot of piccies today. Hope you don’t mind.

I took ’em because they help me see things differently, and sometimes provide answers to problems. Is it the same with your own sewing?

Must admit I don’t do much with matching prints, so haven’t a backlog of experience. But onward, fearless sewers, that hasn’t stopped us before ~ right?

First off, there’s the selvage at the bottom of the border print, that gives all sorts of clues to designer and manufacturer. Click the first photo to go to the close-ups & full views.

There should be some sort of hem, but because it’s a non-raveling edge I might just turn it up and hand stitch. What do y’all think? With maybe a light interfacing placed just the width of the hem for a bit more stability?

Still with me, I hope!

Saturday I laid the entire piece out on the carpet, and got quite enthused about the repeat of the pattern. Tell me what you think . . .  Click any photo to go to close-up & full views.

Moving on,  thought I’d concentrate on just a small piece of a pattern, getting in closer and closer, to see what that looked like. Looks as if dot printing was used here, don’t you think?  Click any photo (you know!). . .

 

Lastly, there are large patches at the top of the fabric, above the pattern, with little or no design, just colour fading (shading?) into another colour… matching that up as well as the print might be the most challenging bit, because it’s all been done so gradually. I don’t see any dots in these areas, do you?  Click … you know what to do!

Lastly, here's a piccie of the back pattern piece, imagine it folded over to the left and it takes almost the whole pattern.
Lastly, here’s a piccie of the back pattern piece, imagine it folded over to the left and it takes almost the whole pattern.

So. What’s been learnt?

  • This print looks like a lot of complicated work if I try to do matchy-matchy.
  • Should I even try?

That might be the better question, and right now I’m not wanting anything too complicated.

Phew! If you’ve stayed the course, THANK YOU!

quick question, lovely sewers!

Please take a look at these piccies and tell me if I’m daft… thank you!  💕💕

Edited on 10 Sep to add: This is a silk digital print & correspondingly slippery!

overlapping
Would like to use as much of this border print as I can

 

 

 

See those 2 lines across the sleeves of both front & back in the second photo?
See those 2 lines across the sleeves of both front & back?
D'you think I could use those as cut lines, and piece that un-used section from th border in between the front & back pieces???
D’you think I could use those as cut lines, and piece this un-used section of the border???

 

tea, chocolate, & other connections

Friday I tossed the schedule, pulled up to my laptop, watched the 2014 “Mapp & Lucia” on YouTube, enjoyed tea & chocolate, and Let the Holiday Begin!

Then I pulled out a pattern gifted by the lovely Tereza (Sewing for Me) during a winter swap and matched it with a gifted silk fabric from Samantha (Sewinloveuk). Funny how connections get made in sewing.

Mapp & Lucia

Also spent an inordinate amount of time on several new projects due in October/November time frames . . .   c’est la vie! 😀

This is submitted also for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.

 

V8750 – eye candy!

the design lines should allow for colour blocking and lots of slenderizing
the design lines should allow for colour blocking and lots of slenderizing

Me Midlands Mate requested more photos, so thought I’d play a bit & see what happened.

Hope they might be of interest or use, particularly those of the wrong side of the fabric. Didn’t do any seam finishing this first time round, other than using pinking shears, as fabric is medium weight 100% cotton.

Moral to this story might be moi coulda been more careful choosing her fabric’s pattern! At the time (several years ago, a-hem!) I hadn’t read all the directions before choosing said fabric, and wanted to see if all the lines might come out in interesting patterns. NOT!

S-o-o-o, another lesson might be to read the pattern, and look at the pattern piece layout a bit more thoroughly . . .  😉

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RS – Right Side   and   WS – Wrong Side

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make comments on any or all photos once in slide show mode

V8750 – the home stretch

the design lines should allow for colour blocking and lots of slenderizing
the design lines should allow for colour blocking and lots of slenderizing

Have gotten past the zip stage on Vogue 8750, and tried it on yesterday. It’s loose, but that means it will be comfortable for sitting. Too bad it doesn’t have an easy option for pockets.

Remember all those curved seams? They need pressing with a tailor’s ham, but fit around my bulges fairly well. However, will wait until it’s had a good wear test before writing more.

As a review, here’s the drawing from the back of the pattern. See those curved & slanted lines on the sides? They make matching the side seams interesting.

General construction is front left side, starting with the top yoke being sewn to the next piece down, then the bottom piece gets sewn to the top two. The variation in skirt width is determined by that bottom piece.

zipper in place - used regular style (from stash) and followed pattern directions
zipper in place – used regular style (from stash) and followed pattern directions

I had cut the top, straight version for length ~ straight & slightly pegged. The shortest length (A on drawings), is mid-knee on my short frame, with the inward curve not too visible. In fact, it’s more A-line, but I might change that after wearing. 😉

The pattern specifies 5/8-inch seam allowances for all seams. You might want to stick to that, as this is sort of a jigsaw puzzle to sew together.

Each seam is then pressed upward and top stitched directly after the seam is sewn. (Yes, Thimberlina, this time I really did press after each seam! 😀)

I decided not to trim off any seams, but will decide whether that was a good or not-so good decision after a couple of wears and washes.

If you’re going to overlock your fabric edges, I’d suggest you consider all the top stitching first, and perhaps not cut much of your 5/8-inch seam allowance off.

Er, wouldn’t want to think about handling a slithery fabric for this pattern. Not my idea of fun . . .   😳

The whole process is repeated for the opposite front side. Finally, each completed side is sewn to the front’s center panel. That’s the only piece that doesn’t get top stitched, although I suppose you could.

The back is sewn using the same process, except there’s no back center panel. The directions are for inserting a regular zip rather than invisible. I had one in my stash, so used it. There’s a slash at center bottom, and I’ll probably add my usual stretch lacy insert for modesty & a bit of fun.

This is a pattern to measure, cut out, & sew seam widths very carefully. There’s no waist band, which was an attraction for short-waisted moi. Another was the colour-blocking potential.

Questions??? Please feel free to ask, and I’ll try to answer.

Tereza! Are you home & unpacked yet?? You’ve made the fuller version, so please feel free to jump in.

. . . catching up . . .

front of blue sorbetto see the pocket just above left dart?
front of blue sorbetto
see the pocket just above left dart?

Saturday I wore the blue up-cycled first version of Colette’s Sorbetto pattern to lift my spirits a bit, and do a casual wear test. It failed.

Will give it another try, this time with a pin to close up the neckline, which was so big it kept sliding off my shoulders. Why I didn’t noticed that before I haven’t a clue.

Wore the yellow yesterday, and it was much better, although I’d left the men’s shirt tails intact, and they’re too long.

Continue reading . . . catching up . . .

renfrew: done

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decided to add the bottom band after discovering there was enough fabric for it.

Delighted to have this completed, and ready to cut out a batch more, with & without a back centre seam, determined by how much of each fabric there is.

Won’t give this a proper wear test for a few months. Temp’s a bit too high right now for an almost fleece weight cotton. . .    .    .

just wish I could find those directions. . . . . . .

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