A little better maybe

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Putting it all together

I've been sewing up a storm,  More of a bit of a stiff breeze really. There's something tired and worn about my wardrobe and it needs updating. I've grown sad for it's sorry state and I want to try to replace the sad and worn with new, basic, classic pieces that can easily be mixed and matched. This is what I'm starting this year.
I am trying techniques I learnt from Pam Howard's Tailored Shirt class.  I like what I'm producing and am beginning to be proud to wear and show them off though, I don't always have a willing photographer when I'm wearing my creations and my photo skills are a joke!
I am learning, by trial and error (and with the help of some generous bloggers taking the time to post useful info) to adjust and measure patterns to fit before sewing.  
I used a full bust adjustment on the first shirt pattern front an front facing.  This technique is all over the interweb and is easily found.


Blah blah blah!  I could, but wont, go on about it all; instead, here's some of the debris the sewing storm left behind......


Still not too good with picture taking


That Prima dress again
It's not the stripes, I really am that fat!  But don't worry 'cause, I don't mind! So long as I can delude myself that I look great, then, I look great!

It's that Prima dress again.......



 .......but in black t-shirt fabric bought in Broadway market in Tooting SW London. The coat fabric was bought in the same place and the two cost me £22 altogether.  The pattern for the coat was from this old Burda magazine, from 1/2011 style 126.




 I started these, one cold, dreary Thursday afternoon and finished on the cold, dark, dreary Sunday.

Some more pictures
gathered front detail dress
closer on the cardigan/coat
Then, I made this shirt from a really old Burda exclusive, starting on the same Sunday evening............


  

I used the collar turning method from this site

http://off-the-cuff-style.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/perfect-collar-pointsa-shirtmakers.html
 It's still not perfect but it was the easiest and best I've done in ages!



Trying to work out what the instructions were asking. I figured it was asking for a collar with a stand, but for cuffs.


........and then this one using the fabric from a simple curtain and some of the same blue patterned cotton on the first shirt.






It makes me look like a funky, '70s school dinner lady!
I'm not sure I'll wear it :^)

 and then I made two more from this 11/2001 Burda pattern

 


   






 

 I accidentally melted the collar and so am left with the stand, alone.  Now, of course, the 17-Y-O wants a shirt or two.  She's gonna have to learn to sew for herself!

My 17-Y-O's way of wrapping gifts.


While I was between shirts, I mad myself a pair of grey wool mix trousers using a pattern I drafted using the Surefit designs system.  These are the most comfortable, smart trousers I have worn.  Pictures another time.

My 17 year old came home with some art stuff to throw away and I managed to save this


before it went into the recycling bin.  She says it's just a little sketch!  I've got it on my bedroom wall.

  I'm currently making 3 simple dresses for a woman with the unlikely name of Krispy using African fabrics!


There'll be more whenever I'm free to blog.......



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In a double ring ceremony!