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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

More Barbie Clothes

I have a problem with throwing even the tiniest bit of fabric away!

So here are my latest makes for the tiniest people I know. :)

You may remember I used this shirt and this curtain..

To make this dress.

 Well here is the tiny version.

And my latest offcuts have also fallen victim to my tiny clothes syndrome!

My humongous Burda top actually had a bit of fabric left over from it.

That went into making this top and skirt.

The skirt is lined with a curtain that I last used to make bags in 2009.

I love how it has made the gathering at the top of the skirt more interesting.

Finally, my latest make...

Which you may recall was squeezed onto the width of the fabric when cutting out.  Well, I still had tiny offcuts which I made into this top and trouser set.

Complete with a teeny tiny waistband.

I don't need to ask who wore it better.  Barbie all the way! :)

Friday, 22 July 2016

Practical 'Companion' Pattern No. 7001

It's a boiling hot day here in Wales, and as I type this, seagulls are flying above my seaside home making quite a racket.  Welsh seagulls are tough as old boots let me tell you - a fact I found out to my cost when one snatched a whole pasty out of my hands as I was about to enjoy a picnic on our local beach.  Needless to say I always eat indoors now!

Anyway, I bring up the subject of seagulls as I purchased this stretch cotton from the Remnant House in the UK.  

It turned out to be a little thinner than I had anticipated but just right to make this skirt...

It is called a companion pattern because there are skirts and blouses in the same range that fit together so that you can make them as a dress.  Sadly, most of my paper companions had left the envelope before I took possession of this pattern.   It was just me and the two darted version of the skirt left in the corner of the room making small talk. :)

I really wanted to make a version with side pleats - but after resizing the skirt it became clear that there was no extra fabric available at the sides to make the pleat.

This is a wide fabric as well!   I obviously shortened the skirt by quite a bit and I cut myself a new waistband as that had also left the party early.

Back of the skirt.

I consoled myself about the lack of side pleats by making myself a headband.  There was enough stretch for a nice fit.

It is just two tubes of the fabric interlocked and fastened together at the back.

Another one for the vintage pattern pledge!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Burda 07-2011-116 (and a walk!)

Confessions of a Sewing Novice recently made the above pattern.  Prompting me to remember I had a copy of the original Burda magazine it appeared in.   I recognised it as it was such an unusual shape, and I liked Sewing Novice's version so much I thought I would dig out the pattern.  I traced it.  Then I stopped laughing long enough to ask Mr HoffiCoffi to take this next photo.

That is the back pattern piece of this top!  I am holding my metre ruler along the entire width.  This was going to be interesting...  The result?

Oooh look at this pretty picture of the Welsh countryside!

I am stalling... well, it's ohhh kay....

The thing is, I knew it wasn't going to be the most flattering thing I have ever worn.  As a pear shape I know to avoid baggy tops as they just make me look humongous, but this top was such fun to make and so easy to wear.  Do I really have to look nice as well?

I feel the old 'arms outstretched - look at how wide this top is' shot is obligatory in these circumstances.  The neckline was a great fit using my upper bodice measurements, I just had to widen the bottom hem to accommodate my hip measurement.  I know - on a pattern piece that big.  Sigh.  It does mean that the fit is as indicated on the model which I very much appreciate.

Anyway, I'll leave you with some more shots of our lovely family walk.