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I couldn't let the remaining fabric from the dress go to waste and I didn't want to put it back on the shelf. The idea is to clear the shelves. There was just enough to make a loose fitting top. Ideally, I'd have liked it a bit longer, but I did use up every bit of what I had available. The only off cuts were from cutting the side and sleeve shaping.
When I consider where I was a couple of years ago when it came to dress making, I'm so happy to feel less daunted to just give it a go. As with everything, it's practice that makes perfect, and the more we do something, the more comfortable we feel about doing it. I'm still thinking about the trousers, but I have started planning another quilt.
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I'll be making the top today and working up the courage to have have a go at making some trousers. Don't hold your breath, it might be a little while
So you may remember the dress I made a couple of weeks ago. There was some fabric left over and it was just enough to make a skirt. It's just a simple skirt with elasticated waist, but it suits the jersey fabric and is comfortable to wear.
That's another big bolt of fabric gone from the crate. The dress making will have to go on the back burner for a little while, there are a few other things that need to be done first.
So, do you remember the dress I made a couple of weeks ago? I said at the time, there were some minor adjustments to make to the top and I wanted a longer skirt. This is the second attempt.
I think I'm just about happy with the bodice-I kept the measurements the same across the bust, but shortened the armhole and brought it in slightly at the waist. The pattern for that part is now set, and I know I can just cut and sew for future makes.
There was some rethinking to do for the skirt. With a circle skirt, you're restricted by the width of the fabric and, although it would have been slightly longer than the previous dress, it wasn't the length I wanted. Time to rethink the pattern. I abandoned the idea of a circle skirt and went for a straight skirt. I just used the width of the fabric, by the length I wanted.
I am quite pleased with how it turned out, even with the very obvious mistake. The eagle eyed among you might notice what it is, but, having worn it, I think only people that work with fabric will notice. Let me know if you spot the mistake.
Now, I've finished with the cream thread in the over locker, I'm going to thread it with the black and make a skirt. There is just enough of the fabric left to make a skirt and that will be another bolt of fabric gone from the crate. I'll have to start mulling over the next make.
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Are you noticing a theme? I'm testing patterns and it always means at least two makes before I'm happy with it. This time, I'm looking at dress patterns. I do have one I'm happy with, but thought I'd try something different. This one has lots of variations available, so, if I can get the basic one sorted, I can start playing with sleeves.
I found the pattern via Pinterest and all the details can be found here. It's definitely a page I will be visiting again and again.
There are two basic parts to the dress, the top and skirt. The pattern gives a seam in the back, but I decided to do the back in one piece. For some fabrics, and once I've got the pattern suited for me, I will do some with a pieced back.
I need to make some adjustments to the top pattern. I fall between two sizes, depending on which part of the top you measure. I've adjusted the paper pattern and will try it again.
The skirt on the dress is a circle skirt. I've got to adjust the waist size on this one too, although that isn't much of a problem. The skirt isn't as long as I would like it, but I was restricted by the amount of fabric I had.
There were a couple of techniques I've not used before. Narrow elastic has been sewn across the shoulder and side bodice seams, as well as the waist. It looks like a nice finish, and it does give some stability to the seams.
It has it's flaws, but I really do like the style. This is perfect for wearing about the house, and if we get a summer, it's the perfect summer dress. I've already picked out the next fabric to make a second version, I'll let you know what happens.
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It was straight back to making the next tee shirt. This time, I adjusted the pattern around the under arms and didn't mess up when I was sewing up. It looks a lot better and it gives a lovely cap sleeve.
This is the first time I've done collars on tee shirts like this and I love it. Sometimes it's the simple things that give you pleasure. As Daniel says, "it's just like what proper people make!" It looks good and is so much simpler to make than it looks.
I do need a bit more practice on the hemming of the sleeves and around the bottom. I think I need to get out the twin needles. All in all, I'm happy, I have a wearable top and a go to pattern to make more. I'll definitely be making some more.
So, in my endeavour to get to the bottom of the fabric crates, I've been pinning patterns and tutorial on Pinterest of things to try. I've been looking particularly at tops and dresses. I had some white t shirt fabric, so I thought I'd have a go at a tee shirt. You'll find the pattern and tutorial here.
I printed out the pattern and transferred it onto my trusty wallpaper lining. It'll make it more durable. This is the first attempt.
I say first attempt as I had an unusual argument with the over locker. Normally, we get on very well, but it decided to take a chunk out at the wrong place under one of the arms. We got it sorted for the second, but we have a not quite symmetrical shirt!
As the pattern itself was a good one, and it was quite a good fit, I've decided to try it again. I'm sure the over locker and I have come to an understanding. One adjustment I made to the pattern was to make it slightly longer. It was only by about an inch, so not much change at all.
I'll let you know how Mark 2 went tomorrow.
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As some of you know, I managed to acquire quite a bit of gifted fabric. The aim is to get it used and to improve in my sewing skills. Sometimes, the fabric may not be to my taste, but I've never been one to look a gift horse in the mouth, so when I needed to fabric to make a skirt to prepare for this month's take I went 'shopping' in my crates.
The positives of the fabric was that it was light and perfect for a summer skirt. The downside was, I wasn't particularly keen on the print, and although I do like green, it's not a colour I usually wear. However, waste not, want not, I was going to use it.
As it began to take shape, my opinions began to change. Actually, in a skirt, it doesn't look that bad and the longer I looked at it, the more I liked it. Sometimes, we just have to give fabric a chance, first impressions aren't always the lasting ones. That's just as well as there is more of the fabric left. Now, I have to work out if I make another skirt, or if I could live with it as a summer top. I'll let you know when I decide.
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So this one could have been an absolute disaster. I had an idea for a dress, and on paper it looked good, in practice, it was far from good. I'm just glad I hadn't had to pay for the fabric, so making mistakes doesn't feel so bad.
The first incarnation was made, tried on and looked hideous, so back to the drawing board. Maybe taking out some of the fabric would help.
The second incarnation was made, tried on, and although not as bad as version one, was far from being wearable. Back to the drawing board.
The third incarnation turned the dress into a skirt, it's wearable, but it'll be back to the drawing board as far as that version of a dress is concerned. I do have an idea, but time will only tell if it gets as far as being a wearable design.
In the meantime, I have a few days to try and get something made for July. I have a feeling it might just be catch up time again in August.
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.