Thursday, 29 October 2015

Tilly and the Buttons Coco

A touch of the Francais .... this is Tilly and the Button's Coco dress with the funnel roll neck.  It's a very simple dress, but I love it.  It is just so comfortable.  The main reason for this is the fantastic ponte fabric which I bought recently from the Fabric Godmother, I loved it so much I tried to buy some more but .... all gone!  I was inspired by Karen's version with her fabric recommendation (thanks Karen).  The nearest they have is in a white colourway which is also a good fabric but not quite as snuggly.

I wasn't sure where the pockets should go, they look great on the pattern, but far too low to put your hands in!

Coco sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

So I put mine much higher .... are they too high do you think!

I cut a size 5 in the bust grading down to a 4.  I took 5/8" from the shoulder width, and although I'm only 5'4" I added two inches to the length as befits someone of my age!  I really like the final result for an easy weekend wear, its just so comfy and the shape is really quite flattering.

I think this is a good beginners pattern; no fastenings and the funnel neck is pretty easy to fit.  I would definitely recommend it with a stable ponte fabric for a first go and knit fabrics.  If you haven't seen one of Tilly's patterns the instructions are great, you get a little booklet fully illustrating all the steps with photographs.

I've just enjoyed three days off during half term, awful weather but lots of sewing; 2 Orlas and GBSB dress, plus lots of gratuitous fabric shopping .... such plans.  I also had a visitor for the week, Monty has been staying.  He's 7 months old now and full of beans.  Such a cutie. 

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Vogue 1405

A warm welcome to any new readers, and infact any readers.  I was so pleased this week to find I have 150 followers on Bloglovin!  Wonderful.  Well on to the sewing.

This is Vogue 1405.  How fabulous does it look on the model!  (No that's not me on a good day - she probably weighs the same but is 6" taller).   I raised the waist by 1" and I think this was a mistake as the waist looks a little too high and I tend to be pulling the skirt down during the day.
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As you can see from the line drawings this is a mock-wrap dress with batwing sleeves.
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.... which on my version look like this ....

.... and this .....

The midriff is draped and stitched onto a smaller band, and the skirt is just draped and quite close-fitting at the midriff.  The fabric is some sort of stretch, synthetic fabric, I can't remember where I got it.  It was just the right drape for this dress, albeit rather synthetic in its feel.

For some reason the pattern is supposed to have a zip in the back, which I really couldn't see the point in so I left it out and cut the back on a fold.  This has worked fine as the dress easily pulls on over the my head.  Here are the insides.  You can see that you make a full slip from power mesh.
The slip is quite snug and gives both shape and stability.

At the back you add bra-strap sliders. though these aren't really needed.  The pattern is described as Average, but I have to say I found it pretty fiddly (particularly the slip) and definitely one of the more difficult patterns I have used, so much so that convinced I wouldn't make it again it ended up in the bin rather than bothering to fold it up and put it back in the envelope.  Having said that I have worn the dress to work quite a bit, it's smart yet comfortable and easy to wear.

I've had a lovely quiet weekend of sewing and finished a blouse and a Coco dress (to come soon) and cut out my Tilly and the Buttons Orla blouse.  I just love the sense of achievement I get from sewing, and I have so many plans for Autumn.  After a summer of being really good about buying fabric I am afraid I've one a little crazy over the last two months.  Here's a taster of what is to come, and if you want any more info on some of the things I will be making visit my pinterest autumn planning board.

That's a lovely bit of Linton Tweed on the top, already half made into a Chanel-style jacket.

Have you any Autumn plans?  Oh and if you are reading in the UK are any of you intending to go to the SewBrum meet up on 31st October.  I'm thinking about it, although it will mean 5 hours of travelling.  Have a great week.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Simplicity 3833: 1960's retro

Well it wasn't quite a dress in a day (but it was in two days), but this was the theme for an Adult Education course I signed up for, which was great value at only £35 for the day.  Six of us took part and the finished results were amazingly different (sorry not to have got photos of other dresses - hope that doesn't make me seem too selfish but I felt a bit awkward asking to photograph others).  I wasn't sure about the pattern initially because I sometimes find shift dresses a little shapeless, but as shifts go I have ended up being pretty pleased with this. (Sorry about the blurry photos, I think my camera was struggling to focus duck-egg blue against a duck-egg blue wall).

I coloured-blocked the front yoke and sleeves.  The fabric is a Robert Kaufman polyester linen which I bought mainly for the colours, however, there is a lot I don't like about it.  It is quite thin, difficult to press with a slightly plastic-type quality (yes that does sound awful).  It's wearable but I wouldn't buy it again, though the duck-egg blue is lovely and of course no wrinkles.

The most unusual thing about the pattern is the dart.

You can see what an unusual shape the dart makes, and it was actually much easier than it looks.  Infact I would say this is a good pattern for beginners.  Four of the ladies on the course had hardly done any sewing and went from cutting out to getting the zip in all in 5 hours.  You can see in this photo one of the problems with the fabric is bulge at the nipple which just won't press out!  I don't think it looks quite as obvious in the flesh  (hope not anyway).

I added an inch to the bottom of the sleeve for some extra room, sleeves often seem tight on me.

You can see duck-egg blue top-stitching under the bust and down the centre seam which is a nice feature (first time for me top-stitching in such a contrasting thread).

I cut a size 14 grading to a 12 at the waist, but did a full-bust adjustment of an inch, you can see from the photo below where I slashed and added to.  I also took my usual 5/6" from the shoulder width.  Very importantly I dropped the neckline by 3/4" and even with this the neck is still quite high.  I just can't stand having things really tight at the neck and this would have been unwearable for me without the adjustment.  I also added 1" to the longest length (although I am only 5'4" because I just can't rock a mini any more.  I think the dress would look better shorter and also without the sleeves (I just don't do bare arms, not my best feature).  So what I'm saying is this is an easy, wearable and quite flattering pattern, especially if you can keep it short and sleeveless.  Have a go!