Saturday, 5 April 2014

Meet the Sassy Librarian.

And I'm not only talking about Christine Haynes's blouse, but me as well. I got a new job as an information specialist (or librarian) starting beginning of May. How exciting is that?  Well I'm superduper excited and that's all that counts. This new of a new jobs motivated me to finally finish the Sassy Librarian Blouse that has been sitting in my UFO pile for a while.
Sassy Librarians 


Shhhhh...


I purchased Christine Haynes's Sassy Librarian Blouse course from Crafsy when it was half-price sometime before Christmas. (I've ordered the fast-track fitting course by Jo Mahon on there as well, but haven't got around watching the classes yet. I probably should soon, better fit would be lovely).

I started working on the blouse mid-January, and it didn't take long to put togeher.  I only finished just now as me and the button hole function on my sewing machine had some different ideas of placement ... but I got there in the end, so hurrah!

I was bit worried about the fit somewhere along the way, but it looks ok now that it's finished. I did take the back in by an inch as most patterns then to be too wide for me and I will probably take the shoulders in a bit when I make this next, which I'm sure I will.

Christine's tutorials are a pleasure to watch and they have some helpful pointers. I picked up some useful tips about pivoting corners (marking, marking and marking!)  and hemming (which is usually my least fave thing). Shame buttons holes weren't on the list of things I learnt. As you can see the spacing of the buttons holes isn't quite even, but I'm going to let that go for now and just be happy that I finished this.

A surprisingly neatly pivoted corner on the collar


Slightly wonky buttons 


I also managed to do some stash busting with this project as I found some black cotton lying around and the leopard print material is a leftover from my Beignet that I made in 2013 so this must mean that I get to buy new fabric, right? ,D

Over&out for now dear readers.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Ohhh pants!

And this time that doesn't stand for things going wrong, but actual undies, knickers, pants. I'm not entirely sure that I've found my new favourite project, but making pants is excellent for stash busting. And there are so many amazing resource on making lingerie out there that is leaves your head spinning. Handmade Jane has written a lovely round up of the available patterns and then a funny follow-up about things didn't quite work out for her. I did symphatize with her latter post while I was sewing and unpicking and sewing again.

But onto some details, I downloaded the So Zo's underwear pattern which she's kindly made available free on blog.  And I also bought Ohhh Lulu's  Grace panties as I wanted something a bit girlier. I'm usually not a fan of PDF patterns (too many bits to stick together) but with only four sheet to tape together these weren't too bad.

It's not hugely surprising that I had various different dotty material lying in my stash so it was finally time to start using them up. You may recognise some fabric from other projects. I didn't have any pretty elastic in my stash and neither did Neppinappi where I got my black if not somewhat boring picot elastic from. I suppose if I make pants in the future I'll have to order some online, suggestions welcome dear readers!

I was a bit worried about sewing the elastic on, but this tutorial by Novita from Very Purple Person -blog made it less scary.  Despite the tutorial I still managed to sew the elastic wrong, but it only meant I had to re-sew close to the edge rather than unpick it. I think I would have cried if I'd had to unpick elastic, it was bad enough having to do some unpicking on jersey after I accidentally sewed the crotch onto the side (don't ask).

After some time with my BFF the unpicker and some time worrying about skipped stiches on my Singer 160 (until I realised I should use the three point zig-zag instead of the regular one, dur) I finally finished the pants and here they are:

 Dotty pants


 Picot lace and three point zigzag


I've not worn the pants yet, so I'm not sure how comfy they are, but they turned out better than I hoped even if they are HUGE. I'm not sure they are worth the effort, but I'm glad I've tried making some and I can now tick it off my sewing list. I think the pants might be easier to make tghe 2nd time around so I might make some more in the future and I might even try making high waisted ones, Ohhh Lulu has some purdee patterns for those as well.  

So have you made undies dear readers?  If so what patterns did you use?

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Je suis Coco ...

Tilly released her third pattern the Coco a few weeks back and I didn't need much convincing to order it. The pattern is a lovely knit top&dress with a version that has a lovely funnel neck which has a 60s vibe to it. The pattern fills a gap in my pattern stash, it's nice and casual something I can wear every day. 

My pattern arrived in the post last week with the cutest compliments card hand-signed from Tilly. Which is such a lovely touch, not to mention that the card is awesome. It's going on my sewing room wall!

Tilly's compliments card 


The packaging and the instructions also deserve a mention, they are absolutely adorable. Polka dots on the over and beautiful colour pictures so I'm sold.

I had some black double-knit jersey in my stash (quelle surprise) so I didn't have to go out and buy anything which makes a nice change. I really need to sort out what fabrics I have and and try doing some stash busting, but I have seen the prettiest turquoise cotton linen and some amazing dotty jersey that I NEED ...

Anyhow back to Coco, the top was really quick to put together even with a sewing machine instead of an overlocker. I did use a ballpoint needle and I used the three point zig-zag so my machine wouldn't jump stitches, I learnt my lesson a while back when sewing some knits and the machine kept jumping stitches a lot. The sleeves went in like a dream, but I did end up taking them in a bit as they were a bit too roomy for my liking. I loved doing the side stitches in a one long go, why haven't I done this before? 

Je suis Coco


The funnel neck

 
I'm not entirely sure the funnel neck sits quite as its supposed to, I suspect I may have stretched the neckline while working on it despite trying to stay stitching it. I'm happy with my first attempt of Coco, I think it'll be a wardrobe staple for me. I also see a dotty and stripey version in cards and probably a dress as well. I suspect I'll end up having a wardrobe full to Cocos by the end of the year!

There have been some amazing Cocos popping around on the blogosphere in the last few weeks, have you seen HandMade Jane's version, Lladybird Lauren's version  and Lynne's version?

Over&out for now dear readers.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Cute as a button

I'm not usually huge on jewellery, but I love button earrings and I love matching things so it was about high time I made some. Considering button earrings are the easiest project to make and they don't take long either, it's shameful it's taken me so long. I ordered some coverable buttons from Nappikauppa Punahilkka and used the scrap fabric from previous (and one future) projects. I also used my street cred pink tool kit to bend the button loop to one side before adding to earring posts to the buttons.

Pink tools

Button loops away

Nappikauppa Punahilkka had some coverable buttons with blank backs which would have been perfect for earring making (no hassle with the tools), but since I ordered 50 buttons I thought I might like to make some covered buttons in the future so it made sense to order these rather than the blnks. Covered buttons, pink tools, earring posts and some superglue later:


I really like the tape measure ones, which are your favorite ones dear readers? 

Monday, 17 February 2014

New Look 6000 LDB

Me and my friend Jenni have been making versions of the  New Look 6000 dress as a part of our melkein Marttakerho (see this post for what that means). We were joking that they'll be our Christmas party dresses, but that we'll probably have to have our Christmas party in January to get them done on time. Jenni finished hers in December I almost finished mine in time, but then it went a bit wrong and I only just finished mine in January, but I have worn it a lot since.

We chose the New Look 6000 because it's a lovely, easy to wear dress and it's suitable for beginners, especially if you make it from a double-knit you don't need to worry about zippers. I went for a black jersey (no surprise there) and Jenni chose a lovely purple jersey.

I used my existing pattern, but I did a small sway back alteration and also took the front in a bit so the neckline wouldn't gape. I used Gertie's new book for better sewing to help me with the pattern alterations and I have to say I'm pleased with how they worked out. Jenni didn't have to make any alterations to the patterns, how lucky is that? 

The dresses came together rather quickly even if I did unpick a sleeve (twice). Did I say something about sleeves being easy in an earlier post? I take it all back, having said that out loud must have jinxed myself, dur. 

Anyhow here are a pictures of the finished result modeled by me for a change. Donna is nice, but she doesn't always do justice to my projects (which reminds me I should take pictures of the dotty Peony being worn as it looks a lot better on me than it does on her!)

My casual LBD 

 



You can't really see the details in the pics thanks to the lack of light. I wish the days would already get longer so I'd get better pics. I also need Timo to take more pics for me as selfies really aren't good for as sewing blog. But I'm happy with the dress, it's easy to wear and the material is nice. I might make a separate collar and cuffs for it so I could jazz it up a bit or make another one with pleather cuffs and a collar. I'll also see if I can get Jenni to type up a guest post of her journey with the dress.

Over&out for now dear readers.