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Sunday, 27 April 2014

The Good, The Bad, And The Hopefully Not Too Ugly!

It is the end of a late, wonderful, Easter holiday here in Wales and I have spent most of my time outdoors with the family.

With my Sew For Victory dress completed, I thought I would have no pressing deadlines - until my son came out of school with his homework!  They have been learning about body parts in school and their Easter homework was to make a friend for Frankenstein as a stand alone model - complete with realistic internal organs.  Hmmmm.....

Panicked thoughts of balloon modelling papier mache lungs set in, until my daughter pointed out that my sister had given me a book called 'Knit Your Own Zombie' by Fiona Goble as a Christmas present. The book is amazing - it gives you mix and match options, including a pattern for a Frankenstein and also options where you can knit a heart, stomach and brain which you incorporate into the doll by way of knitted 'pockets'.

Now this is my happy place and I really don't want to offend anyone with detailed pictures of knitting which is not in the 'lovely gorgeous' category so I won't put any more photos on than the one above.  Suffice to say that my son is delighted with my efforts and he has worked very hard on making a box for Frankenstein to 'come alive' in - including a three dimensional cardboard 'generator' and dials he has created using computer graphics software.  I did go into the school last year and teach his entire class how to knit but I think him attempting Frankenstein would have been a step too far!

On a prettier note I have started a very girly quilt!

Production line piecing!

I am pondering sashing and borders now but will post in more detail soon!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Sew For Victory - Finished Dress

I have finished my Sew For Victory dress.   Slightly rushed as I needed to finish it before the Easter holidays - unless I could persuade the kids that watching Mum sew on their Easter break was a really, really exciting way to spend the day!

The dress is Simplicity 1587, a 1940's reproduction pattern.  There were quite a few processes in this pattern (lots of pleats and gathers), and as I was making it I was wondering whether a 1940's seamstress would have considered it the norm to have so many fiddly bits to do, whereas if I come across a pattern with bust AND waist darts I give a little sigh!

I'm afraid I hadn't read Rochelle's post before cutting out the fabric.  It appears polyester was not available in the 1940's and I think this fabric is polyester with a capital P.  I have to say though I have been punished enough by this fabric.  It was like sewing a sponge!  It would not hold a crease, any attempt at ironing seams flat either did nothing or resulted in black marks if I even attempted to turn the iron up a little bit, and I managed to snag the fabric when putting it on my dress form, Merle, due to an errant pin.

Construction photo of the front bodice pleats - no amount of pins was too much for this fabric.

Still, the fabric does drape beautifully!

The button is an odd one found in my charity shop button tin - so I've no idea whether it is modern or vintage but the chances are it is pretty old.

Final bloggy pose showing my attempt at the 1940's hair and makeup.  Think I may tone it down for the school run........!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Fabric Distraction

I am supposed to be completing my Sew For Victory dress.   Instead I am distracted by the fact that I still have a bit of fabric leftover from making my friend a top. 

'Doesn't take long to whip up a skirt for my daughter' I think.  Two days later and my dress form 'Merle' is still sporting a pinned together dress which I have not touched.

But it was so much fun to make my own binding to hem the lining of this skirt.  It's so swishy.  How can I convey the swishyness to you?  By throwing the skirt at my camera!

Ok Merle, stop looking at me like that, I'll get to you tomorrow! :)

Friday, 4 April 2014

The Best Things Come In Medium Packages

Or at least I hope so!  This brown paper parcel contains a present I made for my friend.  

The good thing about sewing a present for a friend is that you can go online and order up what feels like a present for yourself first!  One of the most fun things about sewing is choosing the fabric and trim you are going to use and this fabric turned out to be a beauty to sew.

I gave my friend a choice of tops I could make for her and she chose New Look pattern 6705 view E.  The instructions were great and it went together quite easily - although I took a long time to press and tack in the yoke facings as they needed to be caught with the top stitching.  Can be tricky that!

The armholes are just finished with a bias trim and it was a lovely way to add another splash of colour to the top.

It's a really easy top to make as there are no darts for the shaping.

Just these cute pleats in the front bodice.  I really enjoyed making this and I think my friend liked the end result!