Rock Chick Veronica

My little rock chick!
My little rock chick!

Thank you all so much for the fabulous, positive comments about Veronica!  This is one cool skirt pattern, and this is one cool skirt! So cool, we needed another.  😉

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The fabric is from my stash, a John Kaldor print on stretch cotton sateen.  I’d bought it for trousers for myself about 3-4 years ago, but then Daughter no1 bagged it for something for her.  We never got round to choosing exactly what to make with it, it’s always tricky cutting into nice fabric when you’re not 100% sure of what you’re wanting.  This week I finally made her some trousers from a Burdastyle mag (which she loves!), and had enough left over for something else.  This skirt, for example!

DSC04410-1What can I say, I love this print in this skirt, & I love it even more with the black biker jacket & wedges!

A little attitude...
A little attitude…

I didn’t match any patterns, with only 1m left over there was no way of doing it, besides, I kinda like the way the pattern gets chopped up & re-assembled.  It’s a bit subversive, isn’t it?

DSC04412-1I hope you’re all getting ready for the tutorial on how to make your own version of this, and of Barbara.  I have been working on 1/4 scale versions of the pattern, hopefully next week it will all be ready to post.  I leave you with one final look at the funky pockets & buttons.

DSC04421-1In the mean time, I need to crack on with a new outfit to wear to the Mercedes Benz Club’s annual SL Day next weekend.  Typical I decide I want something new to wear with only days to spare….

Veronica – a 50’s inspired wiggle skirt

Veronica
Veronica

And so the skirt story continues…  This fabulous little number is the 2nd of the wiggle skirts to be made from the same basic pattern.  This one & Barbara share the same bones, only the pocket treatments are different.  And this one is 4cm longer.

The fantastic fabric was a purchase from Rosenberg at the Sewing Show in Birmingham earlier this year & we love the colour!  The lining is in a similar colour from Fred Winter in Stratford on Avon.  So unfortunately this doesn’t count as a stash busting project as I bought the fabric this year, but it is only the 5th project I’ve specifically bought fabric for – out of a total of 50 projects of all sorts completed so far this year, I think that’s pretty good going!  I’m not counting the fabric I need to buy for the Etsy shop items though, that would be unrealistic!

Barbara on the left & Veronica on the right.
Barbara on the left & Veronica on the right.

Veronica was “inspired” by a rather fabulous late 1940’s dress pattern I’d seen on Pinterest.  It has some really interesting style lines, but I loved the pocket treatments on the skirt.

McCalls 7719 afternoon frock  with interesting pockets
McCalls 7719 afternoon frock with interesting pockets

Again, I used the dart as a seamline and created the pockets from there.  The dart needed to be moved over towards the centre a bit, & angled further to create the right line.  I drew it all on the pattern in pencil to start & ran up a quick toile to check the angles, then drew all over the toile to correct the shape!  This is what the final pieces ended up looking like…  Sorry it’s all a bit fuzzy, darned mobile camera is not the best.

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Veronica – the pattern pieces

I will definitely do a tutorial on how to make both Veronica & Barbara in the next month or so, so if you’d like to make a skirt like this for yourself, follow the instructions to draft & fit a basic skirt block so you’re ready!

So, without further ado, I give you..  Veronica!  😀

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Bound hem hand stitched in place.
Bound hem hand stitched in place.
Another succes - I think..  ;)
Another succes – I think.. 😉

 

 

 

Daydreaming my way Through March & into April

Hello?  Anyone still out there? I feel as if I am coming out from hibernation!  Spring in the UK this year has been so slow to arrive, and Winter so reluctant to leave, but there is rain and sun outside, so it’s time to get on.  I must admit that apart from the appaling weather keeping me from felling like blogging, I haven’t actually done any pattern cutting, which afterall, is what this blog is really supposed to be about.  That and fabric hoarding!  The Swap your Stash project co-hosted with Kat from Modern Vintage Cupcakes has gone really well, we had some amazing interviews, and it was great to see into other sewist’s hidey-holes.  I have to confess that it rather made me want to go fabric shopping, soo not the right thing to do!  So what has been going on in the last 2 months?

Well, I have still been sewing, and am currently working on project no 34 for this year.  Not all projects are clothing, but I have been keeping track of everything I make this year, just for interest sake. When I last blogged back in february, I was working on project no 15!  So here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been upto.

In the Stash Swap, I exchanged 2 pieces of silk for 2m of pink habutai from Becky from Sew and So.  It went into this dress from the March issue of BurdaStyle as the lining.  Thanks Becky, the colour is perfect!  For more details about this make, pop over to the BurdaStyle page.

The 1m dress, or, you never know until you try!
The 1m dress, or, you never know until you try!

Then I made some stuff for daughter No1, who came home for Mother’s Day weekend.  It was a nice suprise, but she had a problem, the standard university student diet of booze & pasta had had an unpleasant effect on her fitting some of her clothes!  So Mother’s Day weekend was spent making theseshorts & tees, again, more info is on Burdastyle.  All the fabric for these was from my stash, I’m doing well on the stash-busting front!

Earning my Mother's Day presents
Earning my Mother’s Day presents

Inbetween the clothes, I also ran some of these up, not-so-little grey wool pincushions, free machine embroidered with an image of Hall’s Croft, one of the 5 Shakespeare properties in Stratford on Avon.

Hall's Croft pincushions
Hall’s Croft pincushions

And I played with fonts and twirly bits and fabric paint to make these linen cushions…

"Love" cushions
“Love” cushions

And a few more…

Love Tea & Cake at Home!
Love Tea & Cake at Home!

Then, to use up some of my stash of bits of silk, ribbons & braid, I made some lavender cushions & piled them up:

Vintage ribbons & brooches bind silk lavender cushions into fabulous scented bundles
Vintage ribbons & brooches bind silk lavender cushions into fabulous scented bundles

Through all of this, Kat’s swap parcel arrived…  I got a fab printed cotton that Daughter no2 wanted for a skirt, some stretch black lace that I will use for Daughter no1 & some rather scrummy New Zealand chocolate for me!  😀  I made the new blue t-shirt too.

Print cotton skirt & swap stuff from Kat
Print cotton skirt & swap stuff from Kat

Phew, what next..? Using the pattern for the above t-shirt (see the Mother’s day project for pattern details) I ran up another in a Liberty Print cotton jersey, but I don’t seem to have a photo of that anywhere… I also used up some stash fabric & made some PJ shorts for Daughter no2, in anticipation of summer.  Yeah.  Give us a while.

Using some black linen from my stash I made pants 123 from June 2011 BurdaStyle for Daughter no2.  As it was a petite pattern I had to lengthen it a bit, but the result was worth it.  She really likes them, & we are still going to make another pair in the spotty twill I got from Ditto fabrics back in January!  Details of the adjustments etc can be found on BurdaStyle.

Black linen vintage look trousers
Black linen vintage look trousers

The Sew for Victory project was a great hit with Daughter no2, and although I have made her a couple of 60’s patterns before, she hasn’t been hugely into the whole thing.  Until now.  She has added a fair few pins to my Vintage Pinterest board, and we’ve made a pile of the vintage patterns from my stash that she wants this summer.  One of these is a little seventies shirt-dress.  I made the first from a cotton viscose, and it’s ok, but I way prefer the second which I made with a John Kaldor print cotton Daughter No2 picked out at the Stitching show in Birmingham at the end of March.  Details as ever are on my BurdaStyle page.

Moonshadow
Moonshadow

Something more for Daughter No1.  She chose some black cotton with red roses at the Stitching Show for a pair of cropped trousers for the summer.  We settled on a pattern I’ve made for her before, Burda 7533.  It needed copious amounts of shortening and taking in, but the result is a fab pair of pants!

A pretty funky pair of pants!
A pretty funky pair of pants!

Two shirts follow, one vintage, one not!  I had cut out some stretch poplin with a small spot design last summer, and for some reason put it away.  Or it just got mixed up with the stuff that went back into the cottons box, but whatever happened, I found the cut pieces this month & decided to get it finished.  Thankfully it still fits!  The pattern is a Burda favourite that has been made many times now.

The second is a pattern from 1975.  I found the pattern in a charity shop last week for just 20p, and I pounced!  I found some ex Paul Smith stretch cotton with a multi-coloured stripe in my stash, leftovers from a previous project.  It proved to be just enough to get the short sleeved version out, & I can tell I will be using this pattern again!

Two shirts
Two shirts

Then another vintage make.  From the stash I had rescued a small piece of stretch navy & ecru twill, and some fucshia pink linen.  The linen went into the washing machine with some navy Dylon and we were in business!  I made a little 60’s dress with a contrast upper bodice, details on BurdaStyle.

Blue 60's dress
Blue 60’s dress

Right, last, but by no means least was a pattern cutting project!  Like I said, Sew for Victory was a hit, and Daughter No2 picked out another piece of fabric for another version of the 1944 pattern I made in February.  Initially I did think this fabric was going to be too much, and i definitely left the ruffles off the front.  It would have been waay too Victorian, nevermind 40’s with this particular fabric.  It was finished off on Friday last week, and we took advantage fo the little bits of sunlight coming into the garden to take photos.

Sew for victory, take 2
Sew for victory, take 2

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Ruffles at the sleeve only!
Ruffles at the sleeve only!
Happy customer!
Happy customer!

So I am steadily working my way through my stash, and trying very hard not to buy anything new unless I have used 2 pieces from the stash first.  So far so good, but this is what I bought (with a fair bit of help from daughters 1 & 2) in Birmingham in March.

The little pile of fabric that had to come home with us from the Stitching show in Birmingham.
The little pile of fabric that had to come home with us from the Stitching show in Birmingham.

Now 3 of those pieces have already been cut up, and they all have patterns allocated, except for the jersey in the middle on the right, but I’ve no doubt something will come up!  So I’m off to plan the next item to be sewn, and in the meantime, if you have been watching the Great British Sewing Bee & think you have a chance, they are apparently going to make another series and are taking applications now!  Rules and forms etc are available here.  Have fun!  😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Simply Red

After a 24 mile round trip I have a red invisible zip, and now a completed dress!  I am also definitely ordering a stock of zips from Jaycotts.  I paid £3.90 for a 52cm long invisible zip!  That’s madness!!  Anyway, rant over, here’s the completed dress, and a happy Daughter No2 in the sunshine to show it off.

We love a little contrast, this turquoise belt is great with the red.

The panels work really well, tailoring the bodice to her shape.  The stretch cotton has a tendence to, well, stretch.  So the lining is a stretch cotton poplin, with much less movement to keep the whole thing together.

Why can’t we have more sun? Everything is so much better for it, including these pretty poppies.

The back was kept simple.  There is just one seam, I really don’t think it needed any more than that.

The back is simple, just two panels!

For some extra info, this dress was cut from the 2-piece dress block (from Winnifred Aldrich’s Metric Pattern Cutting) and adapted to the sleeveless block.

Posing!

Next time we’ll have more fabric to play with, and will make a fuller skirt.  For now though, Daughter No2 is very happy with her new dress.  Will the weather gods please let us have some sun so she can wear it??