Friday, 22 January 2016

Colette Laurel Top - Part 1

Happy Friday Everyone!

My first full week at work in 6 weeks has been a bit of a killer to be honest! Dreaming of the pub and sewing all weekend has kept me going :)

On Sunday I decided to sort through my big plastic box I throw all my sewing stuff into when I have finished for the day to see what was lurking. It wasn't pretty.

But, I found a muslin I had made of Colette Laurel

No make up or smiles on Sunday
I was really impressed with the fit! I did find the paper version which showed I had cut a size 16 with a 1 inch FBA. I had also taken out a good 3cm wedge from the centre front. I did have a feeling that in only attaching one arm it may be a bit tight across the back (Xmas lbs are still clinging on to dear life) so I thought I would throw together another muslin, but a wearable one.

I decided not to refer back to the paper pattern but to use the actual muslin as my pattern pieces. I am doing this from now on, the pattern didn't need anywhere near as many pattern weights, laid flat and didn't move about as much. This was going cotton-cotton but still an improvement! The only difference was that I did put an extra centimetre on the centre back.

Please excuse the Minion Slippers (or admire them, I love them!!)

No gaping 

This isn't hemmed or edges finished for one main reason! The fabric.

I bought this fabric before I moved to London, I am sure it was about £7/m which isn't ridiculous but it is also not 'muslin' cheap. This fabric ran so much when washed its unwearable. But the main reason this fabric is unwearable is this:

A massive seam down the middle of the yardage! I have never seen this before, and if I am being completely honest as the print is so busy I don't think you can see it when on but now I am looking at fabric more I certainly wouldn't have bought it. And if I got it home and found this, it would be going back to the shop.

There is also another problem:

No idea what that says but this fabric has been washed. Why would anyone write on a bolt of fabric is highlighter pen?!! 

I took another 2cm wedge out of the front again once I had remade it.

This alteration is added to my muslin and I am ready to go make another! Hurry up weekend!!!

What are your sewing plans this weekend?

Thanks for reading :)
Kristy xxx

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

I. Must. Stop. Buying. Patterns.

Title says it all really!

So, I bought the Sew Over It knicker pattern to try and stash bust and use up leftover fabric. £5. Will come in handy! And I also thought it may be a quick palette cleanser project when needed.

Product Image

And then this pattern collection came into my Bloglovin roll...

Burda Hotel Bar Collection
Seriously, look how hot this model is! I don't normally girl crush but she is unbelievable! So on seeing the pattern collection I immediately felt I would look EXACTLY the same as her in these patterns and therefore they must be bought IMMEDIATELY! And then I saw the price...$5 for supposedly 6 patterns....

1 pattern is gross, not sure why the hot woman has a curtain ruffle around the bottom of her skirt...

and two of the patterns are exactly the sam ebut with sleeve length variation but all in all $5 is roughly £3.50 for 4 patterns! WIN! And I think it would have actually been insulting to the hot woman not to actually buy the patterns. 

Got to say, it is also very nice to see a Burda plus size collection that is made up of garments that are not sack like, and have shape. 

My pattern stash cost page has been updated.

Now I just need to get good at this sewing and fitting lark before I attempt a Burda pattern!

Thanks for reading,
Kristy :) xxx

Monday, 18 January 2016

My 2016 Sewing Challenges

Hello Everyone,

Happy 2016! Hope this year is everything you want it to be!

Mine got off to a good start - Thailand was amazing but a massive infected mosquito bite and jetlag and general getting back to work has been pretty rubbish!

I am not letting that spoil my enthusiasm though!

So I wrote last year about wanting to do some sort of challenge for 2016. As I am already over half way through January I don't think I want to do 12 challenges so I am going to aim for 10. After plenty of thinking here are the things I want to achieve this year!

2016 Challenge 1 - Perfect Woven Top

Back in August (eeeshk) I participated in the Made Up Initiative to try get this challenge underway...unfortunately it was a big fat fail. Last night I tried on Simplicity 8523 again and I just aren't happy with the fit and I think I need to just leave it for now. It isn't for me. So I shall press on with a different woven pattern.
I will be trying the Colette Laurel as a top, if this doesn't work as the copy I have only goes up to a size 18 I will try the Colette Seamwork York Top. It is very similar to Laurel really but different size range (and no dress option).

Collete Seamwork York Top
If that doesn't work, I may cry.

2016 Challenge 2 - A Wearable Skirt

This is a very broad challenge really and I may try out a few patterns but I want a skirt(s) that I will wear. I love the idea of skirts but I rarely buy them unless for formal occasions (i.e. job interviews or funerals - and hopefully these events will be very rare this year!). So I want a skirt or two I can wear regularly.

2016 Challenge 3 - A Wrap Dress

Love them. I want to sew them. I want to wear them. Simple.

2016 Challenge 4 - A Shirt.

Since leaving school and going through puberty (I was a late starter) I have never owned a button down shirt. Everything always pulls in all the wrong places just in the changing room never mind in real life. I think this will be Colette Aster as I already own the pattern but who knows.

2016 Challenge 5 - Sew a Vintage Pattern

You only have to look at my Pinterest Boards to see some of the beautiful patterns once produced. I would like to try one, may have to be a reproduction of one to get the size but I do want to make a vintage pattern.

2016 Challenge 6 - Sew Using Jersey/Knit Fabric

Quite and easy challenge but I have never done it so it will be a good challenge to try accomplish.

2016 Challenge 7 - Sew a Fancy Dress

I want to sew myself something fabulous. I want wow factor. And how better than a Fancy Frock? No other plans that this.

2016 Challenge 8 - Sew a Fly Zip

One skill I want to be able to do, maybe won't make jeans/trouser making seem so scary if can do this already.

2016 Challenge 9 - Sew With Leather

Quite self explanatory

2016 Challenge 10 - Upcycle into a Garment

Use leftover scraps, re-use an unworn shop item, refashion a charity shop buy...not 100% yet but definitely want this as a challenge.

Phew! If you have gotten through that, I thank you! Some of these projects may overlap, I may sew a jersey wrap dress (Cashmerette Appleton I am looking at you) or upcycle some leather...but I WILL COMPLETE!

See you on the other side!

Kristy xxx
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