I enjoyed making my last Granville shirt and so kept my eyes out for fabric for another. I ended up purchasing 2m of Liberty Tana Lawn in Pereira from Ebay late last year. This is the last of the projects I cut out just after Christmas and I’m pleased to have finished it up. This is a much lighter fabric than the poplin I used last time but it has come out well. I made no modifications to the pattern and managed to get the whole thing sewn with a single bobbin of thread – I didn’t realise until later but the last buttonhole finished the bobbin completely. I love the colours and hope to wear it a lot once I stop nursing Pixie.
Pattern: Granville by Sewaholic
Fabric: Liberty Tana Lawn in Pereira < 2m
Thread: Gutermann Sew All in 232
Notions: interfacing, 11 1cm buttons
So these were finished and photographed a few weeks ago but then things happened (sick kids, husband away, masses of snow) so I’m a bit late in blogging them. This is another project from my cutting out pile from Christmas (one more to go!) and are for the baby (who has now got a nickname – Pixie). They are size 1 which is the smallest size from the pattern but given that she still hasn’t outgrown her 3-6 month trousers it’ll be a while before they fit (I did roll up the hems an extra bit though). This is the fourth time I’ve made this pattern and they are still adorable.
Pattern: Kwik Sew 2785 size 1
Fabric: 1m remnant of green cord from myfabrics.co.uk, scrap floral from Oma’s stash.
Thread: Gutermann Sew all in 870
Notions: 4 buttons and two bib and brace buckles
Filed under Pixie, Sewing
The stash from Oma is varied. There were a couple of pieces of heavy weight but loosely woven wool fabric of around 1m each. With limited fabric sewing for the children seemed a good option. Wee Man is starting to actually grow out of the coats he’s been wearing for the last 3 winters so another coat it was. I’d purchased Simplicity 1328 a wee while ago and it has both shirts and shirt jackets for men and boys. One day maybe husband will let me sew for him but in the meantime the smallest size of the boys is just right for Wee Man (he’s just reached 97cm). There are a lot of pieces to this jacket as it has both collar and collar stand, separate button stands, sleeve plackets and four pockets two of which have separate flaps plus lining and facing pieces. A lot of these pieces were smallish which made it easier to squeeze out of my limited fabric. I was pleased to be able to fit all the lining pieces on the leftovers from the dino shirt. The garment gets quite thick in places and I was struggling until I realised I could raise the presser foot even higher than it’s up position which made doing all the buttonholes much easier. There’s also a lot of top stitching involved but it’s worth it as it does make it look much better. The jacket is not lined (just the yoke) so this is really for warmer weather than we’ve got at the moment but it should fit for a while.
Pattern: Simplicity 1328 size S boys.
Fabric: Leftover dinosaur polycotton from Minerva Crafts and woven wool fabric from Oma’s stash (~1m).
Notions: Gutermann 93, 12 1.2″ buttons, interfacing <0.25m.
Filed under Sewing, Wee Man
This was not on my list of sewing projects as I’d cut it out way back in the summer some time and then kept working on other things instead. It should have been!
This is a tunic for Hobbity-boo made from Dottie Angel’s dress/tunic pattern for girls (Simplicity 8101). The fabric all came from Oma’s stash and the bias binding I’d picked up a some point. I didn’t have enough (out of 2 metres) to do the hem in the yellow dotty stuff so used some pink that I also had floating around. Much like the adult version there is a lot of finishing of seams involved, french seams down the sides and the shoulders disappear under more bias binding. There’s a little elastic at the waist on front and back to gather. She hasn’t worn it yet but I hope it gets used over this summer.
Pattern: Simplicity 8101, Tunic version in size 6
Fabric: ~1m of woven floral from Oma’s stash plus scraps for the pocket
Notions: White thread, ~3m bias binding, 1/4″ elastic ~20cm.
Filed under Hobbit, Sewing
4 FO posts in a week, must be all the new year momentum getting to me.
This is short as I don’t have much to say, I’m in need of more tops so have been picking up fabric when purchasing for other things. I made this top previously and where it a lot so making another was simple.
Pattern: Simplicity 1805 view D
Fabric: Slinky Diablo in Steel from Minerva Crafts (~1.5m)
Notions: Gutermann sew-all in 93
Before the baby was born my mother in law came to visit, she then went off to Germany to see her mother for her 90th birthday celebration. Oma used to sew a lot but doesn’t much anymore so my mil asked if I’d be able to use any fabric she brought back with her. I said sure thinking I’d get a couple of metres or something. When she came back for a few days to see baby before heading back to NZ she brought me fabric – about hald a suitcase worth. So now I have more fabric than I know what to do with. A lot of it is not my colour but I’m pretty sure I can find a use for it somewhere. There are a lot of floral prints (mostly wovens), some wool fabric (may try a coat for one of the kids) and various other bits and pieces (including a large amount of stripy knit in pinks and reds, and a couple of metres of checked cotton which Hobbity-boo wants me to make her a skirt out of). There was one bit I was definitely interested in using for me. A blue cotton interlock printed with flowers. I debated but decided to make another Sewaholic Renfrew Tee. There was enough for that (same size and style as previously) and then just enough leftover to make a small cardy for baby.
The cardy is a size 6-12 Heartwarming Reversible Sweatshirt from the Sew Liberated Kids book. The pattern makes use of ties and a buttonhole for closures at the sides but I’ve used plastic poppers instead. The purple fabric is also cotton interlock leftover from a nursing shirt I made earlier this year. I didn’t have a good match for poppers for either the blue or purple so have used yellow on the blue side (as some of the flowers are yellow) and bright pink on the purple (just for contrast). I also topstitched around the cardy which isn’t done in the pattern. I probably should have used a normal topstitch instead of the stretch stitch as it got a little out of shape during the topstitching. But the ruffle is ok. It should fit this winter and next spring but baby (who still hasn’t acquired a nickname) is on the small side so it may last into summer next year.
First of my ready to sew projects is another Renfrew Tee. Worked the same as my previous two but this is in a star printed jersey purchased from myfabrics.co.uk.