Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Catching up, part two

I have more tops to show you, and these one's are not Belcarra's.

The most recent two tops I have made are True Bias Sutton blouse. I must admit when this pattern came out I was underwhelmed, I didn't see anything interesting about it at all. That all changed when Clio of Clio and Phineas made a couple. I fell in love instantly and had to make one or two or fourteen, I have several more planned. Keep in mind these aren't ironed because my shoulder won't let me. One thing to keep in mind, reviews I read mentioned over and over again how the pattern fits large, so even though my measurements put me firmly in a size 18, I made a 16, and it is absolutely perfect.

I made the green one first from thrifted fabric, fully expecting it to be an unwearable muslin. Surprise! Turns out I really like it, the only issue being the high low hem, when wearing jeans it works, when wearing any stretchy fabric bottoms, the hem hits me at exactly the most unflattering spot.

This is my second one, it's a scrub, and it works very well as one. I made the hem even all around and added pockets (as usual). Love both of these.

Second pattern New Look 6179 OOP. I made a number of changes or omissions to this pattern. I made version C, omitted the elastic in the sleeves, lengthened the sleeves a little, omitted the slit in the neckline and of course added pockets. Both of these tops are made from 100% cotton voile, which makes them very cool and comfortable to wear to work. BUT I don't love this pattern, I just don't feel like I look good in them. So I won't be making this pattern again. 


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exactly the same fabric as one of the Belcarra's
from yesterdays post, just in a different colour



Next up is New Look 6194 version A .I changed so many things on this pattern that it really doesn't look like the picture at all. I excluded the darts, the sleeve bands and had no need for a zipper, straightened the hemline and lengthened it by several inches. I was looking for a top with some waist shaping, like a Belcarra but without raglan sleeves (see previous post re my inability to match patterns on raglan sleeves). I had the striped floral border print, but not a lot of it, so I barely managed to make it work. This one was a particular challenge, as I really prefer my pockets to match the print perfectly. That couldn't happen with the striped one, so the only thing to do was to make welt pockets, which I had never done before. They worked out quite well.







Next up is Butterick 4465 OOP. So far I have made two of these. I like them surprisingly well, considering they are kind of boxy. I think the raglan sleeves might be the reason. The pattern is really big, I recommend making a size or two smaller than your measurements. I used one inch seam allowances for the side seams, and it is still fairly loose. I think I will go 1½ sizes smaller next time.


textured 100% cotton 

cotton sateen with a little lycra-lovely fabric and a dream to sew

The next 4 tops I have no idea which pattern I used, or if there ever was one. The pattern I used for these ones was cut from thin cardboard that I have had hanging around the sewing dungeon forever. These are all standard boxy unflattering tops, I don't wear these as much as my others but it's convenient sometimes to have something larger to wear on those days you are retaining water/fat/whatever.
bargain center-fabric printed off grain which is why I changed
the direction of the stripes, I really like the way this one
turned out. I even added a zipper to a pocket, this was after
my phone fell in a toilet. Zippered pockets don't work all
that well in scrubs tho. Lesson learned.

100% cotton voile


cotton with a little lycra-lovely to sew

red chambray-very stiff cotton

That's it. I am caught up with reporting items I have made. Except for scrub pants. I am not going to bore anyone by making them look at scrub pants. You are welcome.  

Thank you for coming by.







Monday, May 30, 2016

Catching up-photo heavy post

Hello all!

Right now I am laid up with a very sore shoulder and I am unable to sew. Actually, I can sew, I cannot press or use an iron. Which really sucks because inspiration has struck and fabric is calling me to the sewing dungeon. Sooo annoying. This means of course, I can (and most definitely should) update my sad pathetic little blog.

I didn't finish the SWAP this year. I have been fighting an incredibly stubborn sinus infection since forever December, it has improved since then, not gone tho. My GP thinks surgery maybe required. At this point I don't care, I just want it gone. I see a specialist in July. Thank goodness for corticosteroid nasal sprays. They make breathing possible. The sinus infection also affected my ability to stay on my diet, when you are sick you want what you want to eat. I wanted fresh pressed apple juice with freshly squeezed ginger, and many other things that aren't part of the diet I was following.

At any rate this meant my sewing output really dropped early this year. I did get a bunch of  the intended SWAP sewn, but obviously not blogged or instagrammed or anything social media-ish. So here goes one massive update (ok maybe two not so massive updates).

I have decided that I don't like using scrub patterns for scrub tops, they are shapeless baggy and boring. My favorite pattern for scrubs is Sewaholic's Belcarra blouse. This top actually makes me look like I have a waist, WIN! To date I have made 14 Belcarra's. I have made so many that I am going to temporarily retire the pattern. I have made a few modifications to the pattern, narrowed the neckline (followed instructions on Sewaholic blog) lower patch pockets (essential for scrubs), no cuffs on the sleeves and sometimes I cut the hem level, depends on the fabric. I have one problem with the pattern and it is all my problem, I am incapable of making stripes match on raglan sleeves. I'm pretty sure it's genetic. Pockets I can match, sleeves not so much.

Here is the parade of Belcarra's. If the photos suck, my apologies, they were taken with my iPhone, the DLSR is too heavy for me to use right now.

100%  cotton voile-lovely and cool

cotton with lycra-you can barely tell, but the sleeves and hem are finished with black bias binding

obviously a Christmas top, made from bargain center off grain quilting cotton

another Christmas-check out the pockets on this one, all three of them

yet another Christmas top
2 ice dyed tops-I didn't intend for them to be almost identical, but that's the way they turned out


my favorite fabric, cotton sateen with a little lycra, I ♥ this print-was going to be part of SWAP

cotton with lycra-lovely and cool to wear

made for Jungle January, but never blogged, too sick sorry Anne!

linen, this fabric is more peach than pink

100% cotton border print

made from quilting cotton
I have never sewn a pattern as many times as this one. What patterns do you make over and over and over again?