Monday, January 28, 2013

Make this look Monday - French Connection Jacket

Make this look Monday - French Connection Jacket

French connection

Cynthia rowley

Cynthia rowley

Voted one of the Best Patterns in 2011 by, the jacket in this Cynthia Rowley could easily be mistaken for a current season jacket by French Connection (USA).  The jacket is unlined and I love the multi-pocket look although it would require a little patience to sew to get nice smooth and even corners on the pockets. Reviews say it is, "worth the effort". A nice look over a dress.  

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Simplicity 2211 Lisette blouse - welcome back to sewing for self

This is one of those projects that you make a while ago but finally get around to photograph and share. I think I even made this before the Vogue dress blogged earlier last year.

My husband said I was posing like a model when he took the photos LOL! Although I don't think models come with double chins....

A couple of lessons learnt though with the sewing so I'll write them up in the pattern reviews. I'll start with the blouse.

Simplicity 2211 & Emaline SkirtBlouse - Simplicity 2211

Pattern Description: Misses blouse pattern, Simplicity 2211
Lisette Sew your style pattern with short sleeves and fake front placket.

Pattern Sizing: I cut a size 12

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes I think so although my choice of fabric could have been better.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I had no problem at all with the instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I think it is a cute pattern on other people but I don't think it is the right pattern style for me. 

Fabric Used: Quilter's cotton. I wanted a colour to match the skirt and this was the only fabric I could find in Spotlight.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made quite few. Firstly, a full bust adjustment. I had trouble fitting the neckline and shoulders/back so maybe I should have gone down another size and made a larger FBA. It seemed to fit ok when I made up a muslin, perhaps it was the difference in the drape of the fabric between the muslin and final version. As I had to go with the size 12 I had cut, I put darts in the back neckline to reduce the neck gap. I adjusted for sloping shoulders. The shoulder/sleeve line was also in the wrong position for me so I sewed in little pleats which are hardly noticeable to bring it up further onto the shoulder line (thanks to an online sewing friend Margo for the tip). Please ignore the dodgy sewing....

To show you that sewing for yourself is sometimes a journey, here is the blouse before I adjusted the neckline and shoulders.

I originally extended the length but someone that was lost in translation so after I had worn it a few times I decided to go back and sew on a bottom band as I like that extra length to tuck in. I think adding extra length is a must for this pattern. I also added to the armband (the pattern was a bit tight) like others who have sewn before me.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? No, I won't be sewing this again. It is a cute pattern but I think looks better on a different body shape. A few others like this pattern so have a look through the other pattern reviews before making up your own mind.

Conclusion: Cute style, but not for me.  This was my first attempt at sewing for me after a long break so I think I did ok.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tie Die Diva Cargo Shorts


Another pair of shorts done and dusted. The Tie Dye Diva cargo shorts pattern is a much slimmer and longer fit than the Burda shorts. Nothing much really that I can say about them except I left off the top tab of the pocket to make it a bit quicker to sew. For the pockets I used some left-over Ben 10 fabric (which is so last year but still loved).  The base fabric is a simple drill from my stash. Being holidays, this pair of shorts is getting regular wear and holding strong!



Thursday, January 10, 2013

Burda boy shorts 9793


I've made Burda shorts 9793 a couple of times so far in my lifetime. It is a great boy short and easy to sew up. I highly recommend it. Some of the pattern reviews say the front pocket is too small but I think it is more for looks than for purpose.

This version uses fabric gifted to me by friends. The red fabric has been my stash for ages, just waiting for the right opportunity.



Sunday, January 6, 2013

The crafty year that was...

...was not very crafty. 

In fact, it was the least crafty of the past three years. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just a reflection of life at the moment.

I put this down to two things.

1) Full-time work. I don't need to say anymore about this and is not likely to change in the immediate/short term future.

2) Early morning exercise. PT classes start early. Real early. This combined with work and life leaves me very tired. Sleep takes priority over crafting in my books.

At the end of the day I found it easier to cruise online once the kids were in bed or to sit in the front of the tv and knit.  

On the crafty side, I have enjoyed what I have created. Most have been successful. 

I created 15 items in total  - seven on the sewing machine and eight were knitted. This is about half of my number of projects made the previous year. I didn't finish any quilts and there was no scrapbooking. The scrapbooking is quite a turn around as I was obsessed in the years before Kaiden was born.

I sewed up 23 metres of fabric and knitted up 1.01km of yarn in total.

Seven items were made as gifts, two were for me, and six for the boys.

My favourite creation was the Parafait dress. I need to make another one with a better fit as this one is a tad tight around the waist. 
 Parfait front

I love the little Treasure vest on J.  

I have a pile of work in progress items of various descriptions in the cupboard - better get on and start finishing so I can work on building the tally this year! I also need to get working on reducing my stash of fabric and yarn, and I confess that this will not be an easy task. I'm not off to a good start on this since I did go shopping with a friend on the first weekend of the New Year! And I may just be expecting the postie to bring a bundle of hand dyed yarn for winter knitting.

I'm looking forward to an exciting year of projects and improving my skills at sewing for myself. Quality not quantity is my goal.

Have a wonderful 2013 and wishing you loads of inspiration and successful projects.