Crafty sew and sew in Dorset

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Spotty Playsuit

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The monthly stitch blog set a theme for July of spots and stripes.  When I was buying fabric for my Anderson blouse I picked up 1.20m of spotty fabric with the plan to make a second sleeveless Anderson blouse.

Then the sun arrived in blighty and I decided to finally make the poppy playsuit from sew over it that was free with a sewing magazine before it vanished again.

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This was a quick make with a simple top and short that you sew together and add elastic around the waist in the seam allowance.

It has cute turn ups on the sleeves and shorts (that I need to add a few stitches to stop them unfolding).  I added a loop and button to the back fastening as the pattern suggested a hook and loop but I didn’t think that would hold.

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I took the photos on our local dog walk on Canford heath.  We are so lucky to have this beautiful heath land on our doorstep and the beach 10 mins drive away.

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Working nine to five, what a way to make a living…..

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I won a competition for sewing….well all contestants won but they said it was because all entries were so good!!

I had been sewing solidly for four days but I managed to get my outfit finished in time to enter the bonus competition for the bundles from indiehttp://themonthlystitch.wordpress.com/indie-pattern-month-2016/ pattern month.
I ordered the first three items from the working 9-5 bundle as I have been after the sew over it Anderson blouse for a while, so to get a bonus skirt and jacket with it was too good to miss.
I decided to enter this competition on the day it opened so I decided to go for the blouse and skirt as I thought this was achievable.

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I made the top from this fantastic crepe de chine dragonfly fabric from fabricland. I wanted to buy the ostrich feather fabric in the link but they had sold out and then this caught my eye. I got the last 1.70 m off the roll which was perfect for the top.
I cut a straight size 10, which fitted perfectly. The design of the blouse means it is very unfitted at the front, so much so that you would flash everything to all of you don’t add a stitch at the front.
When I made the sleeves I was worried they were a little tight so I tacked them on first to try on before I serged them and was pleased to find they fitted well.

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I love the design of this shirt and received a lot of compliments at work when I wore it. Little features like the ruched shoulder seams and pleats on the sleeves made my colleagues surprised to hear I had made it.

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I will definitely make another Anderson blouse, fabric is on my sewing desk ready (spotty in case I get it finished this month!!) (this has now become a sew over it shorts playsuit) But would make it a little longer next time. The finished length is fine when the hem is pulled tight and worn high on the waist but most my trousers are low waisted so this doesn’t always work for me.
The instructions for this top are interesting to say the least, it’s a really quick make but I read the instructions half a dozen times and couldn’t understand the description to make the facing or the casing for the ribbon at the hem. In the end I threw out the instructions and made my own casing design. I am not the only one with this issue, ciara also struggled with this…..so not just me!!
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The skirt pattern is the Sew House Seven Alberta street pencil skirt.
This skirt has great reviews as being a quick make…..but it was a nightmare for me! I only didn’t throw it in my ufo pile because of this competition.

I used another fabric land fabric in navy blue which is Sturdy cotton weave and looks smart now finished.
I cut a size 8 as the pattern tells you to measure your body and go by that. An 8 says hips 39″ and waist 28 1/2″, I measure hips 39″ and waist 29″ so sounded good to go.
The pattern also says not to be put off if it looks snug, it will fit fine…..I added a little extra when I cut out as not convinced.
I tacked the side seams and added the waist band to test it and found the front panel fitted perfectly but I had a gap of 5cm for my bum to hang out the back!!
I used the back pattern piece to recreate the side curve and made up two small sections to add on either side.

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I think I got away with it in the end, but swore a little to get to the finished garment. I had to unpick the seams to add in the new sections, then unpick them again to add in the pockets and again to add the waist band….I found my fabric did not like this at all and kept fraying. The waist band actually fitted so I had to grade in the extra section at the top.
By the time I had finished the inside looked a huge mess….Thank goodness for my overlocker that saved the day.

Although I am not convinced by the sizing chart, I do think the instructions were really clear on this pattern and had I not sewn the sides to test the fit it would have been a quick make. I wore this to work today and it was comfortable but smart for the office, I had no comments which my husband interpreted as “must have looked like a rtw item”!

I might make the jacket to match the skirt but want to see how well this fabric washes first before I spend too long battling with fraying fabric!

That’s all from me for now, thanks for having a look and feel free to check out my other posts.

I won two pdf patterns from designer stitch so will let you know what I ordered soon.

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McCalls M6605

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I made this top for the monthly stitch theme in May which was Inspiration Nation.
I saw this pattern being used by another blogger with chambray top half and viscose lower half and thought it would be great for summer. So went on sewdirect.com and bought it…. With a few other patterns.
I went to my local fabricland and they had no chambray in the whole shop.  Luckily a bright stripy fabric caught my eye and I decided to make it from one fabric and I’ll do the other version when they get new stock.

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I made view D with the longer back and short sleeves.  It had ties on it but I set them a little too low and when you tied them up it made the long back all ruche up together so I felt it looked better without them.
I will try and make view A next time in this style and make it less wide at the back.

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Stand up collar which looks a bit wrinkled in this photo but is okay up close

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I used clear buttons so you can see the button hole stitching so might change to wooden ones

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Me made May…..

I have been terrible at posting this month and this was made worse by the fact that I joined in with me made May and stuck with it for the whole month but didn’t share any of it.
My aim is to get round to photographing my outfits on my bodyform so you all can see the hidden gems in my wardrobe.
Joining in has made me realise how many dresses I have made and how few tops and skirts/trousers I have.

Luckily over at the monthly stitch Indie pattern swap my partner sent me a fab Agnes top to make from tilly and the buttons.

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And today I went out and bought an overlocker that actually works.  I bought a second hand huskylock and battled with it for 18 months -2 years but 6 months ago I took it to one of my sewing lessons and not even the teacher could get it to work.  A service would cost more than I bought it for so finally agreed to give it up.
And this is the beauty that now sits on my desk….

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I got it in a local sewing shop Hanson fabrics who were brilliant.  They spent an hour with me going through all the features and will do that any time I need them to and are on the end of the phone if I have any questions.  They also run a day course on using an overlocker that I will probably go on.

Plus I finally took up my husband’s jeans so he’s happy too!!!

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Me made May…..

I have been terrible at posting this month and this was made worse by the fact that I joined in with me made May and stuck with it for the whole month but didn’t share any of it.
My aim is to get round to photographing my outfits on my bodyform so you all can see the hidden gems in my wardrobe.
Joining in has made me realise how many dresses I have made and how few tops and skirts/trousers I have.

Luckily over at the monthly stitch Indie pattern swap my partner sent me a fab Agnes top to make from tilly and the buttons.

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And today I went out and bought an overlocker that actually works.  I bought a second hand huskylock and battled with it for 18 months -2 years but 6 months ago I took it to one of my sewing lessons and not even the teacher could get it to work.  A service would cost more than I bought it for so finally agreed to give it up.
And this is the beauty that now sits on my desk….

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I got it in a local sewing shop Hanson fabrics who were brilliant.  They spent an hour with me going through all the features and will do that any time I need them to and are on the end of the phone if I have any questions.  They also run a day course on using an overlocker that I will probably go on.

Plus I finally took up my husband’s jeans so he’s happy too!!!

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Sew Awesome app

I was so excited to find this app today that I have to share it with everyone.
I wanted a way of storing information on the patterns and fabric I own as I have too many and lose track.
I searched on Android play on the off chance and then Sew Awesome app came up!

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It allows you to save details including photos of patterns,  fabric,  threads, needles etc.

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I have only added three patterns so far but it was super easy.

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This way I know what amount of fabric and notions are needed when browsing the fabric shop.
I loaded up a free version but would recommend stretching to the £3 pro version as this gets rid of annoying advertising and enables you to search which for me would be vital.

Go and check it out🙂

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Loving vintage patterns

I finished my Style 3686 pattern yesterday and I am loving all the vintage 1972 details of big collars and puff sleeves!

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Daughter helping with photography

I found the pattern at the local charity shop for 50p in a size 12.
The bust size was correct for me but 4″ too small on hip and waist measurement.
I copied the pattern out on new pattern paper,  which was quick as pre cut by the last owner. I added two inches to the front bodice and back bodice to make allowance for my hips and again on the waist band on the skirt.
When I finished the dress and tried it on I realised that I needed to remove the extra width I had added in!!
This dress only took me a day to put together as a simple construction and therefore I took the time to finish it well.

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The fabric is from hobbycraft and cost £12 a metre which is a lot for me to spend on fabric so really wanted this to have a quality finish at the end.
I decided to finish the hem and sleeves with tape which I am really happy with and will definitely continue to do with other projects.

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Taped hem

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Taped sleeves

Thanks for reading:mrgreen:

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St George’s Day

We spent a great morning watching the beavers,  cubs and scouts parade through the town,  supporting our son who was made Lodge leader today.

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They were very lucky with the weather,  although a little chilly at times the sun was certainly shining.

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There was a huge number of scouts which was lovely to see them all together in support of  St George’s Day.

It also made us stop and appreciate the place that we are so lucky to live in.  The gardens and band stand looked great in the sunshine and we were a very short walk to the beach.

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Bournemouth council has recently installed a water play area at pier approach right in front of the beach near the cafés and huge merry-go-round. 
Feeling blessed!

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Winner revealed…..

And the winner is…..

……Lesley King

Have a great time at the show. I think I’m going to book tickets for Exeter soon to make myself feel better xx

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Style 3686 vintage pattern

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I haven’t started this project yet but wanted to share what I had planned.
I went to my local charity shop for a quick browse and was very pleased to find a stack of sewing patterns for sale,  almost all vintage styles from the 60’s and 70’s for 50p each!!!

I remained disciplined and only bought two (as luck would have it they were all also in my size!) and this is one of them.

I am going to make view 3 which is the short version without the frills at the front and only needs 2 yards.

I went to my local hobbycraft this afternoon for a look around and found this amazing fabric below.

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I originally picked up a roll of fabric with bright bold flowers that I thought would suit this pattern but my husband pointed out that it was quite thin and would need lining to stop it being see through….that might explain the £6 a metre price tag.

The makower print cotton above is of much better quality and I don’t think I’ll need to line it. It cost £12 a metre which is quite a bit for me to spend on fabric but I only needed two metres and thought I should start spending out a little more.  After all, I have stuck to my no RTW rule since January so must have earned it!!

I have never used a vintage pattern before so am looking forward to this new challenge.  My husband starts a new course at church every Thursday for the next 8 weeks so that evening can become my sewing night🙂

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