• Tops, blouses and shirts

    Spotty vintage New Look 6976

    Hello kittens! Hope you’re all hanging in there. Lots of DIY has been happening over here these last few weeks but not so much sewing. Now thankfully that’s changing and I have three sewing projects to start! Plus a few makes like this which I haven’t had chance to share. Let’s take a look at the first one.

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    Here is my version of 1990s New Look pattern 6976. Okay, fair warning… it’s time to call the 90s “vintage”… because the definition is over 30 years is vintage, even though the 90s feel like a blink ago. Plus if you ask me this top has the perfect mix or 90s style and 60s flair. Trends always come back around.

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    Here’s the twist; this is actually my toile! I made view C and cut a size 10 bodice, grading out to a 16 at the waist and hip. It turned out too boxy so I slimmed the sides back down and realised I needed to increase the length. I had some left over fabric so added a hem band for this version and increased the length on my pattern pieces ready for when I make my next one. Finally I decided the increase the shoulder strap width because they weren’t quite sleeves and not really straps. Thankfully I had even more scraps to cut new sleeves/straps out.

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    When I compared the before and after pictures I was pretty happy! Can you tell from my face? Oh and if you notice the short hair, it’s because I made this top in May 2020, a flipping lifetime ago when lockdown was still fairly tolerable and a vaccine was just a daydream. The blue peachskin is perfectly opaque and drapes beautifully. Plus it’s a flirty style that actually had interesting construction.

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    The ruching at the shoulders and back are formed by bias tape facing channels that contain stretched elastic. The front has the same bias tape channels but two thin pieces of rouleau are secured at the outer ends and fed through to the centre point where they’re tied tightly to create ruching and finish in a bow. A cute little fabric facing creates the centre front keyhole.

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    The elastic isn’t really holding it in place, but is more for show/creating the ruching. I’m pleased with how the toile turned out but it still rides up a little under the arms so will sort that on the next version also. The back is very wide and a possibly a bit unflattering. Of course you can’t see your own back (unless you’re super bendy), but I’d like to implement a solution to fix the awkward shape.

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    This pretty blue peachskin was leftovers from a Love Sewing garment from Dec 2019 and you know what… the fabric is still available! I love it when that happens. Buy yourself some from My Sewing Box. It took some fun pattern jenga to get the pieces cut out but it meant no scraps were wasted. For a stress-free sewing experience with peachskin, you just need a fresh sharp needle and remember to turn your iron down.

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    Now I’m ready for Spring weather, whenever it returns!

  • Other stuff

    Me-Made-May 13 – week 5 round up

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    And its over….

    This final week I wore nothing but repeats so I won’t bore you with photos of my outfits.

    This was my second year of Mmm13 and I’m a little disappointed with my performance. But hey that’s how you learn right, by examining how to improve in the future.

    Quick maths using my photos and unblogged repeats meant I achieved 21 days out of 31… Oh that’s quite nice I suppose but I wanted to do 26 really!

    What did I learn about Me-Made-May?

    I liked trying to make my photos of a better quality with a variety of locations and different posing.

    My will to upload pics to flickr dissolved around the time I was packing for my holidays. Sorry lovely flickr peeps but the android app is horrendous to use.

    I liked adding an extra challenge with my polka dot week.

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    What did I learn about my me-made wardrobe?

    I have plenty of me-made tops. I said this in a previous post but I started out sewing thinking I’d make oodles of dresses, but ended up with oodles of tops!

    I need more day dresses. Especially since my office has relaxed its dress code. I need dresses that make me happy but don’t look too formal. I know the best way to do this is make cotton sun dresses so I am going to put that into action.

    I don’t like any of my me-made skirts as they fit terribly (I didn’t wear them a single day!) and I hope to rectify this soon: I’ve signed up a to a skirt pattern drafting course.

    If I can nail the fit of skirts for my body shape I’d like to make a beignet, a classic circle skirt, and possibly a kelly skirt.

    I also fell back in love with a dress I very rarely wear. It’s just a touch too short but that’s easily fixable on a second version.

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    Will I do MMM next year?

    I think I’ll give myself the year off next time. I enjoyed this year as much as last year but I think I’d prefer to sit back and look at everyone’s posts, take inspiration and let myself choose me-made items for my daily wardrobe on a more relaxed basis.

    I hope you found MMM13 enjoyable if you were taking part or just soaking up inspiration!

    I really enjoyed finding new blogs to follow as well as swooning over wonderful outfits.

  • Other stuff

    Me-Made-May 13 – week 4: The Portuguese edition!

    This post covers the me made items packed in my suitcase between May 20th and 28th!

    I’ve been in Portugal taking some relaxation time!

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    Back to reality with a bump. I landed in the UK Tuesday and I was back in work yesterday.

    Although it’s a short work week for me I have plenty planned so thought I better get my me mades onto the blog sharpish!

    Day 20: I flew in my green bias stripe top. Not pictured as it was 7am and I was a wee bit sleepy.

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    Day 21. This dress will now be called the “when are you due?” dress after a ludicrous man asked me this twice when I wore it out. To be fair I had just eaten three courses… but still! He then turned to the barman and said “That’s what we call a ‘gaffe’ in England”.

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    Day 23: This is the first dress I ever made. Its got terrible construction compared to recent makes but I love it. Lovely colours and mystical optical illusions going on to make my waist look so small.

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    Day 27: This is my nautical-inspired braided headband. I keep meaning to do a tutorial for this one. Its jaunty and I love it.

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    Day 28: my heading home outfit. Arrrgh I have to wear jeans again!!

    Just five items and a few repeats here I’m afraid. Why the hell haven’t I made more sundresses?! If I had made a beach cover-up I’d be owning it this week. Only a few more days of May to go!!

    I’ll leave you with some more holiday pics.

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  • Other stuff

    Me-Made-May 13 – week 2: its all about the polka dots baby!!

    We’re in week two and it’s time for my polka dot challenge!

    I managed six days of me-made dots this week. It would have been seven if I’d conquered my half done Burda dress. Sigh….

    Let’s check out the dots!!

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    Self-drafted Elsie knock off dress worn for a stroll around the canal on Bank Hol Monday.

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    Wearable Mathilde muslin (though I’m pretty sure the yoke stitches are going to snap soon because it’s too tight).

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    Prima Tea Dress; never blogged. It has very flattering under-bust gathering and a gored skirt. But I ran out of fabric for the sleeves and it looks silly without them so I always wear a cardigan!

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    Cowering from the rain in one of my earliest makes; self-drafted chiffon top with peter pan collar. I wear this all the time. Its going to fall apart soon.

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    My new morse code crepe Sorbetto (minus the pleat) with contrast bias binding. Not really digging this boxy style but it got some compliments so may keep wearing it.

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    Finally a lovely satin nl 6808. The fabric is from the Birmingham Meet Up so wearing this reminds me of that day. It’s super comfy and flattering and much loved.

    And that is it for week 2! I’m already worried about week four but we’ll see how it goes.

  • Other stuff

    “What’s that girl? Timmy’s fallen down the well?”

    No need to send out the dogs to find me. Lassie can carry on fighting crime and saving children through the power of barking.*
    I’ve just been having some time off and some technical issues!

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    I’ve been busy beavering away on a dress and two tops but illness, family bereavement and a new job haven’t helped with the energy to do photoshoots. And my wordpress was refusing to publish my latest jacket post so I’ve given up on getting it live for now.

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    Today we have a brief interlude from my jacket progress to present my Mathilde blouse wearable muslin.

    *Fun fact. Timmy never fell down a well on the show as far as I know. Lassie fell down a well. Timmy got stuck in a mine shaft and fell in a river though.