Monday, 17 April 2017

Simplicity 8014 Shirtdress



I finished my shirtdress and it's already one of my favourite garments. For this one I made it looser through both the body and the sleeves on purpose. I wanted it to be a breezy in-between weather garment. The days can still be quite warm here after cool mornings so the ability to roll up the sleeves is a bonus. The linen is one of those serendipitous fabrics that softened upon washing and wearing and does not need ironing.

The nitty gritty: I had previously added 1cm through the centre of the collar and the stand and the yoke. I added a total of 3cm to the centre back of the dress and turned the back gathers into a pleat. I added .7 of a cm to the side seams, and half a cm each side to the width of the sleeves. I lengthened the sleeves by 18 cm. This included a deep hem of 5cm plus a 1.5 cm turn under.

I've set up a 'studio' of sorts in my living room. It consists of a white sheet backed by a white tablecloth and hung from a wooden pole on two hooks, like a curtain.  I really should remove the picture and the noticeboard from behind this rig as I have a bit of yellowish strike through. It's a work in progress, like everything else but I think the details of my sewing are a more visible and it's quicker and easier than being on display outside. I'll still try to do some outdoor shots though...








I'm running up a quick skirt muslin using a self draft with this pattern's skirt hem then I'll be cutting into the materials for my black wool jacket (gulp!)

Happy sewing and happy wearing,
Val.


Stash material used this year  14
2017 material purchase used  1
Patterns bought                       2
Material bought                      10  Yes three were added yesterday to fill gaps in my wardrobe but it's
                                                       still more out than in   :))
                                                       

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Work in progress Sim 8014 and other goings on.


Hi all, A few new pieces of material have entered the stash. The first one is a beautiful black and white large check linen that I bought from Van Hung in Cabramatta.
I took it home and washed it and straight away started making Simplicity 8014, this time a shorter version with the curved hem and 3/4 roll up sleeves. Have you ever noticed the black and white checked version in the line drawings? I'd also seen it made up in a similar material on the McCalls Facebook page. So, when I saw it I bought it. It washed beautifully and has a nice texture.



The linen


The pattern

The other piece of fabric I bought from the same shop is a gorgeous silk spandex that is going to be a  luxurious lining for a soft wool jacket that I am going to make using Vogue 8991. I've had the black EOS wool in my stash for ages. I'll be hand quilting the layers together and taking my time with it.


The lining for my planned black wool boucle jacket


The pattern

I've made a wearable muslin of the pattern before. This will be the real deal. Chanel-ish. The prospect is daunting but hopefully it will work out the way I picture it. 

Also, some weeks ago, on another cycle into Cabramatta I bought this purple butterfly material thinking it could maybe do as a muslin for the knit sheath dress I made my daughter..but she didn't like it and said she was confident I could make her dress straight off and luckily I did. So this is probably going to be a wrap dress for me.



That's not all. Last month while Op shopping with my daughter I got her to pay for a piece of pink and orange checked cotton voile which was $4 and then give it to me so I could say I hadn't bought it! She found this highly amusing but my deception came back to bite me. I made it up into a top which didn't work on me so it ended up being given to her. Karma.
So that's the story of the piece of fabric that tipped me over my stash allowance. Coco, if you read this, you were right. My self imposed fabric fast didn't get me through the first quarter! But it's not like I am now going to go berserk. I have actually slowed down so if I buy any more fabric this year it will be carefully considered!


The guilty Tally 2017: Stash used so far 14
                                     Patterns bought 2
                                     Material bought 7  

What are you making?
Val.



Thursday, 30 March 2017

Simplicity 8014 Shirtdress


 For a few months now I've had plans to make this popular Simplicity shirtdress. There are quite a few versions floating around the internet and now I've made mine! The pattern is a good one. It's body skimming and shaped to look ok belted or unbelted. Nice drafting. Beware though - it's short. I did the longer length of view C to make it a bit more trans-seasonal and I left off the collar but kept the stand because I liked it better that way. Adjustments:  a scant half cm added to the centre back neck on all pieces and 1 cm added to the height of the patch pockets. Nothing else. I did a 14 out of the packet but on next versions I will turn the back gathers into an inverted pleat, add a bit more ease across the high hip and move the inside pockets up by 2.5 cm. The sleeves, which I wear turned up, are a weeny bit longer than I like but all these are usual-to-me tweaks for my body. I highly recommend this pattern.








Original sleeve length and fully buttoned but really, I'll be wearing it like it is in the shot below.




I'm starting to post shots on Instagram. 
Happy sewing,
Val.

Stash fabric, pattern and notions used.

Stash tally 2017:  Fabric Used from stash 14
                             Patterns purchased  2
                             Material purchased 3