Monday, 29 August 2011

Work in Progress...

 Lots of stuff on the go... first is this jacket from Ottobre 3/04.  It was meant for summer but summer seems to be gone now!  It still needs some buttons to finish.  The collar was a complete disaster.  I couldn't figure out from the instructions what I was supposed to do, so I made it up, and it turned out very wrong!  I have tried my best to fix it but it is far from perfect.
 This is from Ottobre 1/07 - the cover design.  I need to put the collar on then finish it off with hems and buttons etc.
 A quilt top made from Moda's Birdie fabric.  The picture doesn't show the colours up very well.  I need to cut the binding and the backing then it is ready to quilt.
 This is going to be a bag from the book Fabulous Fat Quarter Bags.  I need to find buckles and things before I can go any further with it.  My picture is pretty bad - the colours are much brighter in real life.

This is going to be a cathedral window cushion - eventually....


Finished!


Finally finished something!  One and a half pairs of pyjamas.  I don't know where the bottoms from the smaller size went.  Maybe I didn't even cut them out.  These are from Ottobre issue 4/05.  They turned out far too huge and baggy.  The neck line is also very large.

 I didn't do the neck binding like it said in the instructions.  I copied the method from a Jalie pattern, which I really like the look of.  I didn't manage to get my V quite pointy enough though.
Girls pyjamas.  The top is from Ottobre 1/03 - it's not a pyjama top, just a long sleeved t.shirt.  The bottoms are the leggings pattern from the book Sewing Clothes Kids Love.  The top turned out to be a bit on the large side, and the leggings really are very tight, so maybe not the best thing for pyjamas.  I didn't like the neck binding on the top.  It turned out very bulky.  I need to make more girls pyjamas and also some plain long sleeved tops for wearing under things, so I think I'll have a look around for some different patterns.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Actually sewing!

Well, that's not quite true.  I have been cutting out though.  Finally got a bit of a sewing bug again.
I did actually sew some cushions for the boys room with Ikea fabric a week or two ago.  I was pleased with how they turned out.

Now I have some pyjamas cut out to sew for W & R, I did trace out the same pattern for S but I ran out of fabric.  The pjs are from an old Ottobre magazine.  04/05 I think.  I also have a jacket cut out for E from an old Ottobre mag.  I'm making it from a striped orange fabric, since orange is her favourite colour.  It looks like a fairly complex project.  I'm not really sure what she is going to wear it with either.  I have some other things cut out for her from a really ancient Burda magazines.  There is a shorts and top set, and a short tracksuit set.

Hope to have some pictures to post here soon. 

Sunday, 6 February 2011

UFO Challenge

So I'm not quite finished my To-do list yet, but I fancy a change of scene.  I’ve just had a rummage through my UFO boxes and I’ve found:

  • Girls Pjs
  • Ooga Booga hooded top
  • Smocked dresses x3
  • Oliver+S playsuit
  • Newborn nappy cover
  • Newborn AIO
  • Newborn nappy
  • AIO nappies x2
  • Dress/pinafore type thing
  • Baby carrier

Most of them are fairly simple to finish.  Makes me wonder why I never finished them in the first place!  I’ve got 13 items, so I will see how many I can finish in 7 days – starting tomorrow.  That gives me today to find pattern instructions and get everything I need to hand to finish these projects.

To-do list completed so far…

Finished the Ottobre pyjamas.  They’re from the 6/2009 issue.  I am not overly impressed with them.  The necklines are very wide, the top seems quite baggy, and the trousers are very small.  I get that they are supposed to have a legging type fit, but there isn’t much bum space!  For a child in nappies they would be useless.

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This is the first pair I made.  The squirrely/moose fabric is from the JOS co-op, and the grey knit is from eBay.  Its not quite as stretchy as the interlock.  I made these the way the instructions said to make them – the seams are overlapped then sewn with a cover stitch.  I found this very annoying!  It kind of has a chewed up look to it.

I don’t like the wavy effect on the ribbing.  Maybe cutting the ribbing slightly wider would have helped.

The second pair is made from some fabric I got from a friend paired with eBay interlock.  I made fake cover stitched seams this time.  I just sewed and ordinary seam, then cover stitched over the top – I actually used a mock cover stitch that I have on my sewing machine because I just could not figure out how to sew it with my overlocker.  Again I didn’t like the way the cuffs looked.

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The third pair are made with JOS and eBay fabric.  I did the fake cover stitch seams again and this time skipped sewing it on the cuffs.  I think they look a lot better this way.

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Here is a close up of the cuffs.

DSC02224The red trousers look totally stretched and wavy with the extra topstitching.  And I’m really not liking the white matched with the red!  For the robot pjs I wish I’d used the light blue instead of white for the arm cuffs, but I thought red and blue might look odd together.

Here is a pic of my re-organised fabric storage.  I still have a whole set of drawers full of fabric that I could be doing with to store clothes in!

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On top from L to R are boxes with micro fleece, scraps, UFOs and wool. 

Top shelf from L to R is misc knits, PRR fabric, misc bits and pieces then fleece.  I think there are folders in the cube that is hidden behind the dress. 

Middle shelf from L to R has plain knits, boy knits, girl knits, then stripes and fabric I plan to use soon.  The hidden cube has interfacing, and some old clothes I plan to recycle into something else.

Lower shelf from L to R has basket of craft bits and pieces, PUL, basket of xmas craft things, PUL with suede cloth on top, then… dunno actually.  Must be a basket of something!  The dress that is hanging there I plan to take up.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Updated to do list

Alterations needing done:
  • Take up really long jeans
  • Take up other pair of jeans
  • Take up knit dress
  • Take up other dress
  • Take in denim dress
  • Possibly take up dress I am currently wearing(?)
Cutting out needing done:
  • Corduroy jacket
  • Mark cream blouse markings then remove pattern and cut out white blouse
Finishing:
  • Elastic in pjs
  • Jalie top needs hems
  • Possibly have a finishing marathon on old box of UFO’s
Sewing needing done:
  • Ottobre top – needs some interfacing cut out first

Saturday, 29 January 2011

My to do list

Alterations needing done:
  • Take up really long jeans
  • Take up other pair of jeans
  • Take up knit dress
  • Take up other dress
  • Take in denim dress
  • Possibly take up dress I am currently wearing(?)
Cutting out needing done:
  • Corduroy jacket
  • Mark cream blouse markings then remove pattern and cut out white blouse
Finishing:
  • Elastic in pjs
  • Jalie top needs hems
  • Possibly have a finishing marathon on old box of UFO’s
Sewing needing done:
  • Ottobre top – needs some interfacing cut out first
(Edited to add - this is my first time posting with Windows Live Writer.  It seems to be easy enough to use.  Will need to see what it is like with photos, since posting them with blogger can be a bit of a pain.)