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Roman day

A very quick post to show how valuable having sewing skills can be as a parent!

So last week my son came home from school and told me he needed a roman costume for Thursday….this was Tuesday and we had parents evening that night after work! The school letter said “just dress them in white leggings, t shirt and homemade headpiece “! Like we all have white leggings in our son’s wardrobe.

Off I went to fabricland to recreate this: 


I managed to find a white polyester off cut for 80p, some red satin and faux leather to make this:


All in half an hour as we were booked to watch The Shack at the cinema at 7.30; I got home at 6pm and made this while cooking meatballs for the family dinner!

I basically overlocked the red and white fabric, cut head holes in the white and faux leather and created slits for the red satin to attach to the tabard. I then drew a template and used the rotary cutter to create the flaps. Ta da!!

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Aggghh, when sewing goes wrong!!

I had such high hopes this morning for my sewing project,  cracking the sew over it silk cami.
This should be a simple make but I seem to have turned it into a n impossible monster!!

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I bought the silk cami kit from the website for my birthday but as the fabric it came with is so lovely and soft I wanted to ensure the fit first.
I cut the pattern between a size 10 and 12 as that matched my measurements. I couldn’t trace the brown paper the pattern came on to my pattern paper so cut the actual pattern… there was my first mistake.
The version I made from cheap polyester fabric was too tight across the bust area which never happens to me as an A cup when all patterns are designed for B-C cup.
This top has been relegated to nightwear as it’s okay without a bra underneath!
This morning I sat and traced out a new pattern adding what would have been the full size 12 markings (approx 1.5cm on the width) and set to work on a polyester chiffon fabric.

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I French seamed the sides,  overlocked the facing and started to sew the armholes and neck.  When I got to the back neckline I suddenly realised it didn’t line up. Aggghh!

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I unpicked the armholes and where the two facing pieces joined assuming I had added the facing on upside-down…. I went to turn it over and realised it was much worse than that!
When I had traced the pattern I picked up the front piece twice!!! I had actually traced two matching front sections!
I just about managed to cut out a second front facing from the remaining fabric ( but this involved cutting out two pieces and sewing together).
I ploughed on accepting the top would have a lower back then planned.
As I had French seamed the facing I had to overlock the new piece as not much fabric left to sew!

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Spot the difference

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This is actually the back

Well the top is finished and it fits which is better than #01. However,  for some unfathomable reason the thread is incredibly tight on the neck and shoulders which makes it really uncomfortable.  I used my walking foot due to the slippery fabric and adjusted the foot pressure and tension looked right so I am at a loss.  Maybe it was the cheap cotton,  any suggestions?

So feeling very fed up now,  wasted a few hours and no new top for my wardrobe in that lovely pink bird fabric!!

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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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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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Competition time…Edinburgh knitting and stitching show

Hi all
Some of you will have seen my last post about winning amazing tickets to the Edinburgh knitting and stitching show from love sewing magazine and my sad dilemma that Bournemouth on the south coast is too far to travel to Scotland.

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Therefore I have decided to give these tickets away.

If you would like a chance to have these tickets for the bank holiday weekend 28th April to the 2nd May 2016 then post me a comment telling me who you would take and why?

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I will decide a winner by Saturday 23rd April and put them in the post.

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I won a competition!

I actually won!!  I came home yesterday from work to find I had a won two complimentary tickets to the knitting and stitching show over the bank holiday weekend.

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I had apparently entered a competition with love sewing magazine for entry to the show….I know I entered for a few other things like fabric and patterns but must have entered this as well.

I got very excited and started to look into getting to Edinburgh and planning my shopping list when it dawned on me how far away at live from Scotland!!  Bournemouth to Edinburgh is unfortunately not cheap by plane and takes a day by train or car.

Therefore I have reluctantly decided to give these tickets away….. I will post a competition post shortly…..

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ME MADE MAY

‘I, Jenny of http://www.craftysewandsewindorset.wordpress.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavour to wear an item of home made clothing or an accessory each day for the duration of May 2016’

There it is,  I’ve made my pledge!!

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Mary had a little lamb

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My daughter over the moon at being allowed to hold one

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On Easter Sunday our local farm opened their doors to let us all meet the little lambs, some as young as 4 hours old……almost made me feel bad about the roast leg of lamb we had for lunch the day before!!

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These were only 4 hours old

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Orphan lambs 😦

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And another one to cuddle

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That’s probably enough sheep but too cute not to share.

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Creativity runs in the family (hopefully)

It’s our daughters 10th birthday next week,  not sure where the time went!! Recently she has shown a keen interest in sewing and started to make her own doll’s clothing and toys so we have decided to buy her a sewing machine for her room.

I’m so excited and can’t wait to give it to her.  She has a really independent streak and definitely does not follow the fashion (a bit like me who wouldn’t know what was trendy and just wear clothes that I like in random patterns!!)
I am hoping giving her the ability to create whatever fashion ideas she had in her head will stand her in good stead as she gets older.

I offered to make her a dress for her birthday so she chose a pattern from my love sewing magazine issue 21 called the flo dress.
She opted for the same fabric I used on my Goddaughter’s dress a few weeks ago. Floral on top and red polka dot on the full skirt.
I’ll post a photo in the next few days,  I love that it’s quite old fashioned and she still loves twirling in it at her age.
Her actual birthday dress she wants made in this fabric….

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Got to love a girl who wants a dress in this fabric!!  I have ordered a couple of new patterns for her from sewdirect.com as I wanted a pattern that would do this fabric justice.

My daughter wanted me to post some photos of her dolls in outfits she made for them, including some out of daffodil petals……

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