The ultimate pencil skirt

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I decided on New Years Eve to zap up a skirt to wear out and had luckily found some scuba fabric in  Fabrics Galore’s sale – I loved it so much bought it in 2 colour ways!

Pattern:  The Ultimate Pencil Skirt by The Maker’s Atelier

Fabric: Scuba from Fabrics Galore.

Notions: stretch needles, Mara 120 thread, elastic.

Pattern description:  pencil skirt sewing pattern for stretch fabrics – also included is a pattern for woven fabrics.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow:  Yes, the pattern is really well written and so easy to follow.  Looks just like the photograph.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern: I love the super simple stretch skirt pattern and is a brilliant quick make.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: none.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others: Yes, Ive made 4 stretch skirts with this pattern so far – although they have not all been for me.

Conclusion: A wonderful simple make, so easy to wear and brilliant as a wardrobe staple.  I hemed the scuba on my machine and it worked well.  Also used the stretch elongated zig zag for the main stitch and zig zag for the elastic casing.  If you haven’t tried the Maker’s Atelier patterns, do they are really well written and wonderful wearable styles.

 

sewing inspiration from film

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Yesterday I saw Fantastic Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, my daughter is a huge HP fan and she was so looking forward to seeing this.  It was a great film, the costumes where fabulous!  Loved Porpentina’ s clothes, so very everyday wearable and Queenie’s more glamourous collection.  It was the pink coat with a shawl collar that really caught my attention, wouldn’t it be perfect for going out to parties in!  So this morning I have been searching for a pattern that could possibly make it

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above is a close up I found, source unknown.

Here are a few I think would do it

The left patter is McCalls 7478 and the right Gertie’s Butterick 6105.

Left The Maker’s Atelier shawl collar coat, out of print Butterick 5824

above Vogue 8875

If you can think of a better pattern do let me know!   HAve you ever been caught by a fils costumes and wanted to make them?  Oh – do go and see the film, you won’t be disapointed – even if its only to see the wonderful costumes!

The Azaire

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Pattern: The Azaire by GatherKits

Fabric: soft drape mixed fibre

Pattern description: A dress and top pattern with 2 sleeve choices, a petal and a bracelet sleeve.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

yes
Were the instructions easy to follow: yes, well written with clear diagrams.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern: straight forward to make and it has 2 great sleeves to choose from, so lots of possibilities.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: none.

Would you recommend it to others: it was a quick make and very straight forward.  Would recommend that pattern to others.  Planning on making another in a cotton fabric and will be perfect to wear through the autumn and winter.  Thought tana lawn with a cardigan and boots.

Conclusion: I was delighted to be asked to test run the pattern and as with all the Gather patterns was a great make.

Below is my version made with some fabric I was give at work, cute hedgehog mix fibre.

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If you’d like to win this lovely pattern, do please leave a comment below and I will pick a winner on Sunday.

The Trapeze Dress

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Today I finally got some sewing done for me!  Yesterday I bought the Trapeze Dress pattern in Liberty and had a plan – this morning I cut it out and made it – yipee.  It is a super simple dress, I went for the sleeveless version using this fabulous eyelet cotton fabric from Ditto Fabrics, found a navy cotton voile on Ebay to line it.

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Pattern: The Trapeze Dress by Merchant & Mills.

Fabric: eyelet cotton and cotton voile.

Notions: hemline number 11 quilting needles & Gutterman sew all thread.

Pattern discription: Merchant & Mills signature dress, designed to flatter most body shapes.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow: Yes, with the exception of the arm hold facing -after comments from Sarah mentioning a tricky part.  I saw immediately what Sarah meant and decided to make up using a traditional method.  Do watch Angela Kane’s great explanation.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern: Simple, easy to wear dress, with sleeveless, cap sleeve and 3/4 leng sleave option, making it very versatile.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  Only change I made was shortening the pattern by 6 inches.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others:  Yes, will make more using the sleeves and defernatly reccomend with the sleeveless version made the traditional way to make things super quick and easy.

Conclusion: Brilliant shaped dress that will be much worn – fingers crossed for summer to warm up!

 

 

Big Easy Top | a review

There’s been some sewing going on!

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image from The Maker’s Atelier

I made the collarless version earlier in the year with an amazing wool jersey I brought back form a trip to Copenhagen and decided to make a lighter sweatshirt version with the cowl neck.  Perfect for putting on after surfing and walking along English beaches this summer.  In fact I wore it this morning walking the dog before work.

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Pattern: The Big Easy Top by The Maker’s Atelier

Fabric: Fleece lined sweatshirting from Fabrics Galore.

Notions: Schmetz stretch needles, Gutermann sew all thread.

Pattern discription: Simple, stylish and easy to make, these two styles flatter most body shapes. Choose between a round-necked, slim-sleeved, longer top or a more boxy style with a grown-on cowl neck.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow: Yes, brilliant, well written pattern and super fast too.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern: I love the simple lines and the way it is cut and goes together so easily.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: none

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others: Yes, will defernatly sew again and its a great pattern for any beginner.  As with Fransis’s patterns they are great to wear and make.

Conclusion: Love this pattern, easy to wear and make in lots of different fabrics.

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here it is with the cowl up and down.

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And just in case I want to slip it on back to front I added a lable!

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To stitch the fabric I used an elongated stretch stitch on my machine and overocked the seams as I went.  It was pointed out to me that I could have just used the overlocker – but I do like to use my machine and overlocker – how do you stitch stretch fabrics?

 

the ultimate pencil skirt | a review

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I bought the ultimate pencil skirt pattern a little while ago and been looking for fabrics to make it in.  Planning a sequined version next once I have found some sequined fabric – thinking of a day trip to Brighton and visiting Ditto Fabrics.  I found some fabulous stripy jersey at Fabrics Galore and decided to sew the stretch version.  As with all of Fransis’ pattens it worked like a dream and I had a skirt ready to wear in under an hour!

The Ultimate Pencil Skirt

Pattern: The Ultimate pencil skirt

Fabric: stripe jersey from Fabrics Galore.

Notions: Schmetz stretch needles, Gutermann thread, elastic & pins.

Pattern discription: Create the ultimate pencil shaped skirt whether in stretch or woven fabric, this pattern has instructions for both.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow: yes, great instructions and very simple.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern: quick and easy to make, perfect to wear – a real wardrobe staple.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: no none

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others: yes, brilliant quick project in jersey and plan to make another in stretch as well as the other woven version.

Conclusion: A brilliant pattern that is so easy to wear, try it!

 

Already worn and its great, can walk the dog and run around at work – had lots of lovely complement too.

French Gypsy dress

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Just a good steam press and the final hook & eye at the top of the zip to do.  So love this French Gypsy dress by Sew La Di Da, made for the monster from a light weight denim we found at Fabrics Galore.   I did make a calico toile first and with the alterations made on that, unpicked and used that as my pattern.

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I discovered just before I needed to insert the zip, that my machine does not have a concealed zip available – AHHH!

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Managed to get the zip in, but think lapped zips may become my default method.  There was one minor change to the pattern, I used bias on the bottom of the sleeve.

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The denim was a little tricker to use as bias, overall am super happy with the result and the monster adores it!  So great all round.

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The pattern works brilliantly, true sizing and the pattern instructions are easy to read, have photographs to help make things very clear.  If you haven’t tried a Sew La Di Da pattern do, they are a lovely British brand!  Have a wonderful Bank holiday weekend!