Tuesday, 30 June 2015

More Parsley Pants

My go-to pattern for pants for my boys is the Made By Rae Parsley pants. You can see my previous review here.

I won't repeat that all again, except to say it is a quick and easy pattern that yields nice results.

First up, some of the fleece versions, or as they are called at our house, fluffy pants! No pockets, straight up tracky daks. I have also made track pants from the more usual sweatshirting.

Avengers, flouro zigzag, and camo.

Next up we have 'jeans'.

2 types of denim, and navy cotton drill.

These I did put pockets on, lined with quilting cotton to reduce bulk.
I also did a faux flat felled outseam by doing a large pintuck and then topstitching it down.

There are at least another 3 pair of these pants that are either being worn or in the wash currently.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

That 70's Blouse - Butterick 6037

This pattern from the mid/late 1970's was a casual style that really appealed to me, so I scooped it up when I came across it.

I made it from a poly/cotton shirting-weight fabric to try it out.
As you can see from the pattern drawings and pattern pieces, it is fairly shapeless, but somehow seems to work.

Hanger appeal isn't one of it's main attractions!

It has a neat drawstring in each of the shoulder seams, that you can adjust to how you like it to sit. I mostly wear this one with it as you see below, sitting just past my shoulder.

It has quite a wide facing right around the back and front neckline, which was a bit floppy and annoying, so I top stitched it down all the way around. This has the added bonus of giving the front neckline and opening a bit more structure.

I do plan to make this again in a more drapey fabric in the future, as it is incredibly comfy, and very easy to throw on and go.

Sidenote: As a way to try out Instagram, I will be sharing a pattern a day from my Classic pattern stash. You can find me here.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Muse Patterns - Jenna Cardi

This is actually my second attempt at making the Jenna Cardi pattern from Muse.

My first, whilst sewn beautifully in a black merino french terry?, was much too big through the shoulder line for me. It was gifted to my lovely friend, Crafty Mermaid.

This time to test fit, I sewed the hip length version with 3/4 sleeves. I did not include the extra yoke detailing.  I made a size 38 through the shoulders and bust, extending out to a 40 through the waist and hips. This now fits much better (than the photos would have you believe!)

The fabric is a merino/cotton I picked up for the absolute bargain price of $1/metre at a manufacturers sale.  It is a charcoal grey with tiny navy/black squares woven into it.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Sewaholic - Pendrell Blouse

Another archive make - the Sewaholic Pendrell blouse. Again, one of my first makes when I started sewing.

This suffered from incorrect fabric choice, and not knowing that I needed to start with a smaller size and do a FBA..
 I went for a cotton lawn?, which was too crisp. What were meant to be lovely draping cap sleeves, ended up as shoulder awnings!

Friday, 20 February 2015

Sewaholic - Crescent Skirt

Back to the sewing archives ....

One of the first patterns I made when I started sewing again about 5 years ago was the Sewaholic Crescent skirt.

I never really wore this, because the fabric was too crisp and not really my colours.

I would consider making it again in a more drapey fabric, with some added back length. Also, the pin at the front waistband suggests I should lower the front also.