Thursday, October 23, 2014

Accordion is not shining.

I intended to make a wrap dress for September. I'll work through that experience in a future blog. Right now I'll stop at saying it is awful. A long way from seventh heaven!

For October I wanted to finish the wrap dress and shine by making some shorts. You can see how they worked out on the blog. Lovely fabric but I stuffed up the grainline in one and the sizing in the other. I eventually worked out how to make them wearable.

Here's the problem:
I re-drafted the Style Arc Barb pants pattern into shorts. I didn't account for this fabric being less stretchy. Just too small. I am losing weight - too slowly to fit into these before summer 2015/16.

It took several cups of strong tea to process this mistake. I blogged it, processed the pain, was given some excellent advice and sympathy. I concurred with the most excellent suggestions and thunk up a fix. A fix that included pockets. I do like pockets.

Here's the fix, a spacious panel inserted into the side seam. Much better!

Now I can move in them! The fabric is a really lovely medium weight stretch gaberdine. It was a very large offcut and came from a sewing friend. Sadly this is not the end of my ineptitude. Once I'd hemmed the shorts the pockets became a lot shallower. Plus I'd made the panel a bit to narrow - sensing a theme here? The pocket is large enough for a credit card, a lot smaller than the mobile phone size I'd imagined. More details and photos on the blog.

I will make more of these. They suit me and my life. They will have better pockets and I will check the stretchiness of the fabric - before cutting - and adjust accordingly. 

Bring on November! 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

October's MAGAM Project

Hello Dear Sewists,

It's nice to finish before time every now and again.

 You may click the link to the right for the down low Repurposed Denim Skirt.



A winter dress to wash away the sewing drought

I haven't been sewing much lately... Life persists in getting in the way. But I did finish a cool-weather dress for myself over the weekend.

I used the new Version 6 of Wild Ginger's PatternMaster Boutique to draft it, and I'm very happy with how it came out. More pictures and details on my blog.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vintage Peplum Dress

Simplicity 1460 was supposed to be my November garment but I managed to finish this dress when I had a day off recently. Although I have already completed my October garment I thought that I would post this as I mentioned that I would be making it as next months MAGAM challenge.

I did have some trouble with this pattern, so I am just relieved that I have something that I can wear at the end of it. More details on my BLOG.

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lovenicky's Oct Project finished - Vogue 9574 jacket

I finished my 'ambitious' Fall/Winter jacket. I have made lots of changes to this pattern with the fit and the style. I was inspired by the current RTW trends of motocycle jacket styles, quilted jackets and contrast sleeves jackets. It was a bit of a challenge with all the changes. You can see my sewing journey for this jacket and more photos on my blog.

I have also reviewed this pattern on

Friday, October 17, 2014

A dazzling top...

Well, this top is so sew and shine it is dazzling :).  I think the sun was very bright outside today, so it is rather washing the photo out.  Oh well.  I take them inside and they are too dark, outside and they are too light.  Such is the life of a blogger :)

This is adapted from a dress - Vogue 1390.  More on my blog - click here.

Sarah Liz :)