Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Home Stretch...

I've made the two final tops for my SWAP.   Funnily enough, the last one was not one I even intended to make, but it fits the plan better than the my original idea, or at least I think so.

First up is the top Burda 05-109-103 which is the same pattern as the pink geometric dress from last week. 

 
I lined it with a leftover from the geometric dress to and piped the waist band to tie it in with the initial other things in the collection.  The pink knit I used for the piping is leftover from a dress and top I made for the original Shetland Collection.
 


So with the pink knit sitting around as I sewed, I started to think that maybe I should use it up.  Whilst rummaging in my pattern box for a jacket pattern (which I only found today) I came across Burda 8715, which is one of the first patterns I ever bought.  The skirt pattern was the base for my TNT pencil skirt and I've made the jacket twice before, but I've never made the top.

I thought the high collar tied in well with the collar of the pink spotty blouse from last week. It actually looks way better on than it does on Vera and it gives two very different looks when tucked in or left out.  This was a real surprise to me and I'm so glad I made it.



To give myself an idea of whether or not the collection worked together and whether or not they worked with the fabric I have for the final garment, I laid them all out (still unpressed) on the bed to see how they look.  Overall I'm pretty pleased and now just have to decide on the final pattern!

Monday, April 13, 2015

SWAP nearing completion...

 
Here are some hasty and very bad pictures of my SWAP so far.  This blouse is BWOF 05-10-129.  I've made this twice before but this time I left off the breast pockets and flaps. In addition, I lengthened both the bodice and the peplum by 2.5cm each.  You will recognise this fabric from the waistband facings and pocket bags of the skirt and shorts in my previous post.
 
 
 
 
Next up is a wildcard which is BWOF 05-09-103, which I've also made twice before.  I love, love, love this dress!




I dived deep into the Burda collection for this blouse.  It's so old, the Burda website doesn't go back this far.  It's BWOF 10-03-123 and I was surprised to realise I've been buying the magazine for this long!
 
 
This blouse is BWOF 05-10-128 and has the same bodice as the first blouse, but with a more full peplum, also lengthened like the first one.

 
 
I have one more top in production but I just ran out of energy to cut it finished today.  After that all I need is one more top and one more wildcard and SWAP will be DONE for 2015!

Friday, April 3, 2015

SWAP is gathering momentum...

It's funny how this SWAP has come together.  I had no plan, no idea at all of what I would make yet it is turning into the most cohesive collection I have made in my entire sewing career.  Nothing I'm making is earth shattering or life changing or even challenging. Rather it represents a shift in my fundamental and instinctive understanding of what makes a capsule wardrobe work.

Sew, with that in mind, I present the most recent additions.

These shorts are BWOF 07-09-113 and originally were cuffed but I chose to make them without cuffs this time. I've made these twice before and it's a great pattern; simple and fits well. 

 
I've made them from silver sateen leftover from the dress in my last post.  I've also piped the pockets so they tie in with the dress.


 
The waistband facing and pocket bags are made from an animal print cotton that I used to make a dress some years ago.  It's hard to tell from these pictures but there is a lot of grey in the print so they go well with the sateen.  Remember this fabric, you will see it again!

 One final garment from the sateen is BWOF 02-10-104 and I've made this several times before also.  Pockets are piped like the shorts and the waistband and pocket bags are the same animal print as the shorts.  
 
Coming up next is the five tops I'm making to go with these two bottoms.  I just need to come up with two more items and my SWAP will be done!
 
Happy Easter one and all!


Monday, March 9, 2015

I may have a SWAP after all ....

Making this dress was a spur of the moment thing.  I had pulled this fabric out of stash late last year with a view to including it in my Shetland Collection, but I didn't know what to do with it.  It's a silver grey sateen I bought many years ago for a long forgotten SWAP.  Needless to say, it never got used. It's been sitting in a pile since then and last week I decided to make a dress out of it. To make things easy, I chose a pattern I've already fitted to me/
 
This is Vogue 8787 and I've made this once before a couple of years ago in black velvet.  I thought the grey looked a little bland on its own so I decided to pipe the waistband with black satin piping.


 
I trawled my stash and found this funky poly satin leftover from lining a red skirt and jacket made at about the same time as the original version of this dress.

 
 
So where's the SWAP, you may well ask?  I had so much of this fabric left that I cut out a pair of shorts and an a line skirt.  While I was working on the shorts today, I spied a length of leftover piping and realised I could pipe the pockets.  Then my brain starting ticking over...the skirt I've cut also has slant hip pockets...I could pipe those, too.  So the grey shorts and skirt, coupled with the black sateen skirt I made a couple of weeks ago are now the bottoms of my SWAP.  I have another skirt cut out that could possibly go in as a wild card, but we shall see.  In the meantime, I'm busy choosing patterns from which to make some tops that will go with these garments.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Going dotty...

I seem to have given up on my SWAP sewing because this weeks garments don't go with anything I've sewn so far.  In dredging through my sewing room the other day I came across an inspiration picture I ripped out of a magazine a couple of years ago.  The spots on the original dress were bigger but I had fabric in my stash and a pattern that approximated the one in the picture and I was in the mood for combining the two, so this jumped to the head of the queue.


The dress is M6699 which is apparently now OOP.  I made this dress the Christmas before last out of a retro Christmas print (and never blogged) and it just needed a little tuck taken in the neckline as the shoulders were a little wide for me and I left off the pockets and silly contrast on the vent, but otherwise I made it as per the pattern.  I cut a 10 on top graded to a 12 at the hips.  McCalls aren't a great fit for my shape, but this works out OK.




















I lined this with whatever I could find in my stash and I kinda like the way the inside looks, so here is a gratuitous lining shot, just because it makes me smile.





















I take great delight in getting extra garments out of my leftovers and I found I had enough to squeeze out a top made from V1100, which I think is still in print, which surprises me as it's been in my collection for at least 5 years.  I've made this as dress at least four times, but never as a top.  Vogue patterns fit me quite well, straight out of the pack and I always start with a 10 on top grading to a 12 at the hips.  I've lined it with some leftover white bemberg, but the inside looks terrible, so no pics of this one!


Friday, February 20, 2015

Clearing the backlog...

I cut this skirt out quite some time ago and lost it in the depths of my sewing room.  In need of a summer weight black skirt, I hunted it out and put it together over the weekend.  It's BWOF 03-11-103 that I've made at least 4 times before.  This is made in my favourite fabric, sateen.  It hasn't photographed very well, I'm afraid.

I love the darts at the back and the way it cups the derriere.  Sadly, as Vera has no buttocks, it just hangs on her. I, on the other hand, have Italian mama hips!
 
 
I've lined it with black silk (I was gifted a roll of it years ago and it just seems to never run out) and the inside waistband is cut from leftovers from a dress I made a few years ago.  Of course, I've added one of my labels.  This may be a SWAP addition.

 
 
Next up and also from the depths of my sewing room is a dress I cut out last summer.  The fabric came from a skirt I bought at an op shop maybe ten years ago.  I'm sure it was one of those primary school sewing projects that anyone who was at school in the 60's and 70's would remember.  A dirndl style skirt gathered onto a waistband.  This was ankle length which gave me acres of fabric.  In my mind, I remembered cutting an entirely different dress so was surprised to find I had cut out Vogue 1241.  Funny, as I have absolutely no recollection of even pulling the pattern out of the pack!
 



 
 
I can't express how much I love this dress.  I cut a 10 on top, grading to a 12 at the hips, as I usually do for Vogue patterns.



I lined it with a lemon bemberg leftover from a project many years ago and added another of my labels.  The busy pattern means you can't really see the gathers or the crossover at the front.  I paid no attention to pattern placement so I'm amused to see I have a fish on each nipple!  The reviews on Pattern Review all suggested this is low cut and it is (and some sewed the front closed). I don't mind a bit of cleavage and this isn't a work dress so I'm happy to wear it as is

This dress is really flattering and I will probably make one in a plain colour before the summer is out.


 


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Shetland SWAP

As I never really finished sewing the Shetland Collection before I left, I have decided I can continue the theme and make a SWAP with the fabrics and patterns I have left.  I have no real plan as such, other than knowing I need at least three bottoms and five tops.

With that thought in mind, I present two garments which may or may not be part of my SWAP.

First up is a peplum top that is Burda but I can't remember the issue or the pattern number and can't be bothered to look for it.  If you have the magazine, it was on the cover and made in bright yellow.

I made this from leftover knit and the pattern was for a woven, so I had to take it in quite a bit to make it fit.  It looks pretty ordinary on Vera but it looks good on a human.  You may recognise the fabric from a pair of leggings I made last year.






Second up is BWOF 08-11-121.  I really like this skirt.  I've made patterns with a gathered insert in the middle before and was always disappointed that the middle bit hung down in drapes.  This pattern, very sensibly, has the knit part about 1cm narrower than the section underneath, so it stretches and stays taut when you wear it.  You may recognise the fabrics from my jeans and a top from the Shetland Collection. Of course, I have added my labels and it still gives me a little thrill to put these in.

The best thing about both of these garments is that they were made from leftovers, including the skirt lining, so they are essentially free garments and that makes me very happy.

I have no idea what is up next on my sewing calendar.  I might just have to lay out some fabric and stare at it for a while tonight.