Tuesday, 21 April 2015
I was the successful bidder for a bundle of patterns on Ebay the other day, and the reason I wanted to place a bid was mainly for the pattern above. It's a 'Woman Easy-Makes' pattern with the mysterious code 'MP.11'...
The bundle was all complete apart from, wouldn't you know it, this pattern. I'm afraid it was missing view C completely and the shorts for view B. Oh, and all the instructions!
No hipster bikini for me then. (The world breaths a huge sigh of relief!)
I decided to make the shorts in View D. All the pattern pieces for this were there. It was also an opportunity for me to try out a fitting book I have recently purchased, 'Create the Perfect Fit' by Joi Mahon. An excellent opportunity because this pattern was a UK size 12, waaaaaay smaller than I am, but the book does aim to get you fitting yourself whatever size the original pattern is. So how did it go?
All in all I was very pleased. My main area of difficulty was that my centre front waist to hip measurement seemed very small. It wasn't something I had noticed as being a problem before but I dutifully made the corresponding adjustment on the pattern - only to find that the shorts now dip at the centre front. Hmmm. Either I've measured myself/the pattern incorrectly or I did need a full abdomen adjustment I had ignored as I thought I had quite a flat tummy..... where's the wine.....
Anyway, I will undo this adjustment in my final version.
Another thing I will do in the final version is increase the depth. They are a bit too snug when sitting!
I do like this pattern though - particularly the turn ups at the hem. Without instructions I was going to sew them the most logical way I could think of - but luckily I looked at another pattern I had that also had turn-ups and there was a better way. It must have been a better way as I've managed to get them to match up at the side seams which I am pretty pleased about.
So these are my shorts mark 1. I have highlighted the original pattern pieces in green for you to see the amount of adjustments I made. Will have another go when I've decided what fabric to use.
Sunday, 12 April 2015
I am not saying that I have entirely lost the plot - but I have spent some of the Easter holidays designing Barbie clothes?!?
It started because I had all these itsy bitsy pieces of material leftover from my last dress and I love the dragonflies so much I didn't want to throw out a single scrap. Many a happy hour was therefore spent researching what other people had achieved with barbie designs, and it became very clear that I was not going to match up with those who design for collectors. I therefore set my sights on velcro and rather more basic designs.
The main problem I encountered was in finishing the seams. There was no way to do this neatly without perhaps very fiddly french seams so I lined everything.
This skirt is just a circle of fabric which I quilted with poly wadding and backed with the cotton fabric I used to line my dress. The exposed edges were then finished off with bias binding - with the binding running on past the waistline to make a tie. Easy to do up with no back seam necessary.
I did search online for help in drafting this bodice and combined it again with the full circle skirt. The skirt has a pleat in the front as I didn't measure correctly and when I went to attach it to the bodice it
Pop art face!
The tie ribbon is attached with the only slightly fancy zigzag stitch I have on my machine.
And is tied at the back. Again the overlap of the skirt means no back seam is necessary.
I really enjoyed making these but man, they are fiddly. Weirdly addictive though....