A Super Snuggly Paprika Patterns Jasper Hoodie

I love my Paprika Patterns Jasper Hoodie – can you tell!

My Super Snuggly Jasper Hoodie

My Super Snuggly Jasper Hoodie

The moment I saw this photo on the Paprika Patterns website I knew I had to make it.  I mean, come on, it’s an asymmetric hoodie with princess seams and a pocket which goes all the way through!  It was love at first sight.

The photo of Jasper on the Paprika Patterns website which had me swooning with desire!

The photo of Jasper on the Paprika Patterns website which had me swooning with desire!

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Simplicity Sewing Challenge 2016 – My Entry In The Vintage Section

When Simplicity announced it’s Simplicity Sewing Challenge, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to enter my first ever judged sewing challenge/competition.  Of course, I had to enter the Vintage Section, even though it was a halter neck top, which is a style of clothing I just don’t wear any more. Oh well, a challenge in more ways than one then! Here is the pattern:

The vintage pattern for the Simplicity Challenge

The vintage pattern for the Simplicity Challenge

And here is my version I am entering into the challenge:

My 1970's Outfit for the Simplicity Sewing Challenge 2016 - Vintage Section

My 1970’s Outfit for the Simplicity Sewing Challenge 2016 – Vintage Section

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Vintage Pattern Pledge 2016 #1 – The Leach-Way Dress

This year, I pledged to make two garments from my vintage patterns.  This is the first one, which I actually finished a couple of months ago, but lack of photos . . .

Leach-Way 13775

Leach-Way 13775

It is Leach-Way Frock 13775 which features ties sewn into the side seams which you then wrap around your waist to give the dress some shape, well that’s the idea anyway.

Leachway Dress Pattern

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The Not-So-Humble T-Shirt(s) & Out-takes!

This is the garment which returned my sewing mojo to me!  A humble t-shirt!

Renfrew T-shirt by Sewaholic Patterns

Renfrew T-shirt by Sewaholic Patterns

It wasn’t that I wasn’t sewing anything at all, after all, I make a lot of bellydance tops for others and I was very slowly making the odd thing for myself which I might wear once in a blue moon.  But I realised that I hadn’t sewn anything for myself that I could wear regularly, any day of the week.  I also realised I was short on simple, short sleeved t-shirts.  Aha!  I wear t-shirts every day, so why not make myself a t-shirt!

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Elephant Trousers!

I am probably far too excited about these Elephant Trousers than I really should be at my age!  😉   But I love them!

I made these funky elephant trousers!  Oh yeah!

I made these funky elephant trousers! Oh yeah!

So these are the brand new Carrie Trousers from Sew Over It, available only in their brand new Ultimate Guide to Sewing and Fitting Trousers online course.  The course includes the pattern for these trousers and the very popular Ultimate Trousers, which I’ve been wanting to make for awhile, but hadn’t got around to buying the pattern yet, which was rather fortuitous really!

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The Skirt That Hurts Your Eyes

I kind of like this skirt but don’t like it all at the same time!  Meet the Skirt That Hurts Your Eyes!

Wrap skirt

Look at the skirt . . . no, look at the glasses . . . no, look at the skirt . . .

So this is an accidentally modified version of KwikSew 3951 made in a very funky, but hard to look at fabric.  The reds and greens do funny things to your eyes, even if you aren’t red/green colour blind!

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Lime & Leopard Print Sorbetto

Just to warn you, I’m catching up on posting about the things I made last year, or even the year before!  But they were all made since I started my blog, and since it’s MY blog, I can follow MY rules, and blog about what I want!  So there! 😉

Lime Sorbetto Top

Lime And Leopard Print Sorbetto Top – I Love It!

First up is a Sorbetto Top by Colette Patterns.  The pattern is a free download and I think it makes a very cute, easy to wear, summer top.

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See, The Vintage Top Does Exist!

So as I mentioned in an earlier post, I finished making my first ever garment from a vintage pattern!  (Well actually I finished it at the end of last year but it’s taken me until now to work out how to take decent photos without the assistance of a friendly photographer!  I know, shame on me, call myself a blogger and all, how embarrassing!)

This is my "Arms Akimbo Pose"

This is my “Arms Akimbo Pose”

Butterick Pattern 6887

Butterick Pattern 6887 – I made View B

I did cut out a muslin/chair, sewed it up (including very roughly putting a zip in the side), and was actually quite pleased with the result.  I also learnt a bit about putting in a collar, I was glad of the practice so that when I came to sew the real thing, my collar went in much easier than it might have!

The top has kimono / dolman / magyar sleeves.  I think it depends what source you look at to determine which term is correct, but basically the sleeve is just an extension of the bodice, not a separate piece of fabric.  This creates extra fabric in front of and behind the arm, but if your fabric is quite drapey, then it still looks fine (oh, but my fabric isn’t drapey, never mind!).  The fit around the waist was quite snug, but I quite liked it as it emphasised the shape of the bust and since it’s cut on the bias, it stretched quite nicely so I didn’t feel restricted.  No photos of the muslin/chair – too boring.

My "Sunglasses Pose"

My “Sunglasses Pose”

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Dr Seuss Pinny

I LOVE Dr Seuss books.  And so does my Mum.

I LOVE Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando.    And so does my Mum-In-Law.

So when I found a UK stockist of the range of Dr Seuss patchwork fabrics, I just had to buy some.

I sent a selection of fat quarters to my Mum for her birthday – here’s a picture of her goodies:

Dr Seuss fabrics for my Mum

Dr Seuss fabrics for my Mum

Then it got close to Xmas, and I got a little more adventurous and bought some more Dr Seuss fabric to make a pinny for my Mum-In-Law!

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