Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Vogue 9077 ... #alittlelawnparty

I love this pattern.  I know it is not very springlike but I am really attracted to the dark coloured liberty lawns, perfect for a shirtdress and I do love this pattern.

It's Vogue 9077  a lovely shirtdress with lots of details.  I wouldn't say it was easy though as described on the packet.  Strangely the pattern has the darts on the rightside, which I don't like so I made them the traditional way on the inside.  It's a very fabric hungry pattern with a full skirt, great for switching.  In case you think this is extravagant, I got this liberty for £4.90 a metre from the end sale at Standfast and Barrat (they used to print it).  I love it and wish I'd bought some more.

I like the fit.  I cut a size 14 graded to a 12 at the waist, raised the waist by 1" and reduced the shoulder width by 5/8".  The main issue is the sleeves which are too wide (I think  you can see this) and also the cuffs which were way too wide for me.

The collar is unusual, its difficult to see here but  you have  has two pieces at the front.  The flaps are a nice detail, though you need to make sure they lie flat.  The flaps and the pieced collar mean you have multiple layers around here and this could be a problem with a thicker fabric (and they do suggest sateen).

I will make this again, perhaps with the fitted skirt.  It would look great in a plain colour to make the features stand out, and also to colour block.

This weeks Memade outfits ... 8 days

 You can just see Tess wanting to get in on the action .....


Monday, 7 May 2018

Safran jeans and Papercut Kyoto

Well what a weekend.  It's been fabulous in the UK for the May bank holiday, far too warm for jeans!  Even so I love these jeans.  They are the first skinny pair of jeans I've ever had and I love them. 

I thought they might not be comfortable, but they are!  I cut a size 38, though if I wanted a really snug pair I would need to cut a 36.  I had to take the back centre seam in by an extra 3/8" and reduce a the sides by an extra 2/8".  I love the mock welt pockets, though the pocket instructions didn't seem to work, you cant get the welt to work unless you clip the seam allowance at step 1.4.  I added 1" to the crotch length and took 5/8" off the length.

The fly went quite well, you just have be really careful to get the folds in the right place.  One thing which seems odd, the fly fastens the men's way.   I doesn't really bother me.  The waist band is pretty bulky, but my wonderful Pfaff managed to topstitch even with the 5 layers of denim.  The star of the jeans is the fabric.  It is a modal denim from Fabric Godmother, unfortunately now out of stock.  When it came I was a little disappointed as it seemed really stiff, however, it softened in the wash and as you work with it and now it is just fabulous.  Just right for jeans that need a lot of stretch.

This is my second Papercut Kyoto.  I think this is a lovely pattern.  The first one I made as a Small, but with this thinner jersey I made an extra small.  I'm not normally a "cute" fabric person, but I really couldn't resist this bear print from Sewmesunshine (sorry also now sold out).

This is a pretty straightforward pattern and I think the frill and drop shoulder add something special to a plain sweatshirt.

My wardrobe is currently around 98% memade, so #memademay is fairly easy for me, but I thought I would see if I could wear a different memade outfit every day of May.  Here is the first week.