Once you choose hope, anything is possible.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Spring collection Navy ponte cardigan

Navy ponte cardigan with dolman sleeves to fit nicely over all the dolman sleeve tops.
From Simplicity 1945.

And the collection now looks like this.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Spring collection Navy ponte pencil skirt

This neat little pencil skirt skims over the figure and finishes just below the knee.
It has a centre back seam with a small walking split at the hem.
I used a dark navy ponte fabric bought from the Monday Market Man and as a pattern the back piece only from Vogue 2989 (which I've altered to the length I like). I cut on the fold for the front and added a centre seam for the back to be able to have the little walking split.
It is very simple but I really love it!
 Here's the whole collection. I would quite like to have time to sew a little ponte jacket, if not I will use an existing purchased one for the SWAP.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Spring collection print trousers

Still need a press and the hems stitching but otherwise complete.
I shall have to see if I am brave enough to wear these out the house!
These are from an OOP pattern, New Look 6875.
Here's how my Spring Collection looks now.

New Shoes

From the Clarks Outlet, so not current styles, but very comfortable.
Having found the sandals in blue were super comfortable, I looked for other colours in the same style/size and bought the orange ones as well. I did this last year and got another style in both black and a pinky red.
The navy brogues will be great with my navy trouser outfits.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Draught Excluder

This is a simple make for the craft stall on May Day Bank Holiday, though I shall be reasonably happy if no-one buys it as I can bring it home again and use it myself at the front door.
It was made from a rectangle of pre quilted fabric (I think intended for coat linings) measuring 36" by 18" sewn into a tube with one end left open.
It is stuffed with scraps of wadding and knit fabric from all the projects I've made since November. This makes it a bit heavier than purchased ones, but hopefully that is a plus in terms of staying put and blocking draughts.

I also hemmed the blue trousers and started to work on the navy print trousers.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Stripe top

This top is again made from the blouse in New Look 6217.
Due to a shortage of fabric I have been creative in the cutting out. The back is pieced in 4 pieces and has the upper section cut on the cross grain.
I added a facing with a loop and button closure at the top. This enables the top to be reversed, the button undone and a V neck with collar effect when worn the opposite way round.
The small mother of pearl button was recycled from a worn out silk blouse and works well here with a small ribbon loop.
This works with all the bottoms in the plan.
Here's what the collection looks like now.
I'm going to turn the culottes into a skirt and start on the print trousers, then move on to the ponte pieces later.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Blue trousers

These trousers are a taper leg with pockets and elastic/drawstring waist made from the same silky mid blue fabric as the top.
These are from an OOP pattern, New Look 6875 from deep in the stash, probably the same year I bought the fabric!
They are very loose and comfortable, though due to a slightly tapered leg won't work as I had thought they might with the legs rolled up and secured with a tab. I shall just hem them normally. I think these are the sort of thing you want on those hot days when you can't quite bear to touch yourself. Might not get too much wear here in the UK then!!

Monday, 30 March 2015

Aqua crinkle skirt

This skirt is made from a tube of crinkle fabric with a short back split. I didn't use a pattern, it just something I came up with myself.
The back has elastic and the front self fabric ties. It can be worn as a long skirt or a knee length halter dress, adjusting the ties accordingly.
Its a lot of fun. The collection now looks like this (completed things at the top)

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Spring Collection

It seems that my spring sewing which I started in earnest about a week ago has a fairly SWAP (Sewing With A Plan) collection look about it, so I had a read up on the SWAP rules and it is looking feasible.

I work full time and spend the weekends with my boyfriend, so the only sewing time is after my evening meal on a week night. On this basis I have picked simple styles which I can sew up in a couple of evenings as this is the only way to have any chance of being done before the end of April. Just to add a bit to the time challenge we are away on holiday the Easter weekend and the following week as well.

So far I have managed to make 4 tops and cut out a 5th one.
I've made 1 bottom, have a skirt and trousers partly constructed and another pair of trousers cut out.
I have the fabric and patterns for the ponte knit skirt and jacket but have not started those yet.

In terms of a twist to a few garments the plans are

- the long aqua skirt converts to a sundress, this is by wearing the top band above the bust, pulling the drawstrings over the shoulder and buttoning them to the back. when worn as a skirt this is long and has a dawstring waist.

- the print top can be worn either with a plain print front and scooped neck and a higher buttoned back, or can be turned around, the button section turned down to be a sort of collar. The button is recycled from an old silk shirt which wore out.

- I might add tabs to the mid blue trousers so they can be rolled up into 3/4 length.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Aqua crinkle tee

This is the same blouse pattern as the navy linen and blue viscose, this time from a crinkle fabric which I suspect is a polycotton. Should be really good for travel as you just screw it up to pack it.
This works well with the little pop of turquoise in the print.

My Spring plans are now looking like this

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Print cropped trousers

They were supposed to be culottes but they just look like cropped wide leg trousers to me.
I do love the print though, it works with the navy linen top, the mid blue top and the marled top but is a little strange with the gold stripe top I have to admit!
I'm ignoring the fact that it snowed this morning and just carrying on sewing my fun colours.

Spring Wardrobe Plans

I have been thinking about how my Spring wardrobe might pan out, and its looking something like this.

The navy, blue, ivory and stripe tops are already made. The other items I have suitable fabric for navy, blue and print trousers plus navy jacket and skirt, also aqua and print tops.

Does this look like it would work, and does it remind you of anything ;-)

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Mid blue top

Another top for the Spring collection. Also from New Look 6217 though here I cut both front and back on the fold for a deliciously drapey effect. The fabric is from deep in the stash, and is I think a viscose (rayon).
Here's the top
Here's the pattern.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Spring wardrobe: white/taupe marl draped top

Here's another piece in my Spring wardrobe.
This piece is made from what I suspect is a linen knit, it is white with a taupe marl and behaves more like a thin sweater knit than a jersey. It does have lovely drape though.
I bought it unlabelled as a remnant from the local roll end shop so who knows how it will wash and wear.

I've used the same draped top pattern as the gold stripe version, which I did by laying the top out, cutting round it and then cutting the front neckline.

Dark navy ponte - thoughts

I bought 4m of lovely dark navy ponte, or doubleknit yesterday from the Monday Market Man.
Its lovely and the colour matches the dark navy sections of my print fabric.
I bought 4m so I could make several pieces, so I am thinking about how best to make use of it.
First up I definitely want to make the Vogue 7898 skirt in this fabric.
(Imagine it in dark navy)

I also want a soft cardigan jacket of some sort.
And then I need to have a think about what I would wear - a ponte dress, ponte trousers, a simple top of some sort? Should I try and but some more fabric whilst he has it so I can make a whole wardrobe? Particularly as navy is so hard to match
I've tried making black ponte trousers twice and they look like jog pants to me, so am a bit dubious, though I could try the free download pattern from StyleArc I have somewhere.