Friday, 11 October 2019
A Jaycotts post.
One of my life long hobbies is dance. I learned ballroom and Latin and loved them but more recently I decided to explore something I have always wanted to do and that is Belly Dancing. This has led to Bollywood dancing and of course I need to research and make outfits to dance in, which is immense fun
I need a Bollywood outfit for an event next month and this led me to exploring Asian fashion.
The Shalwar Kameez is a two part outfit consisting of a tunic top and pants and it is what we are going to make in this post.
Traditionally worn by Punjabi women the Salwar (trousers) and Kameez (tunic) have been westernised somewhat in this pattern, and there are lots of variations on style and fabrics.
Tuesday, 1 October 2019
A MCBN post
I made this beautiful top from. Lady McElroy cotton jersey, and I love it.
It was a near disaster at first though! Intrigued?
Read on and find out how I rescued a "huge" (in every sense of the word) problem! I guarantee you will laugh.
The link to read the rest of the post is The top that nearly never was
I would love you to be brave enough to show your near disasters too
Thursday, 19 September 2019
An easy to sew dress in fabulous Stretch Velour
Sewing stretch fabrics the easy way
I have had such a lot of good feedback from my previous post for Jaycotts about sewing stretch fabrics that I decided to show you a very easy to make and extremely easy to wear stretch dress.
If you think that stretch fabrics are not for you then think again. A figure hugging garment in the correct size looks great on most figures.
This is how to wear a stretch dress
- Don't make it too clingy or it will show up the lumps and bumps we all have.
- Choose a thicker fabric with just a small amount of stretch
- Choose a darker colour and possibly a print
- Wear the correct underwear - there is a lot of very good shapewear and it will help you to feel confident
- Don't be frightened of accentuating your waist with a wide belt
The pattern I chose is McCall's 6886 it can be ordered from Jaycotts on this link.
It is a pattern which uses a medium weight, moderate stretch jersey knit fabric, so it is perfect for what we want.
Thursday, 12 September 2019
This a post for Jaycotts.co.uk
The Lady in Red (Ponte Roma)
Sewing with Moderately stretch knits for beginners .
There are many different fabrics which stretch, some more difficult to sew than others. Some just stretch along the width, others will stretch every way, and it is these we want to avoid .
This fabric is called Ponte Roma and it is a delight to sew. Some knit fabrics can be extremely challenging even for experienced sewers - the edges curl up, it stretches out of shape as you sew it and you need special equipment such as a walking foot and a LOT of patience!
Ponte Roma can be purchased from Minerva.com Ponte Roma there are lots of choices both in colour and price so do take a look
Ponte Roma is a double knit fabric, so it looks the same on both sides. It doesn't have much stretch and this factor alone makes it easy to sew, even for a beginner.
It is easy to care for and it can be tumble dried.
A word of warning though. Although it doesn't shrink very much, a strong colour like this red bleeds, and if you do not wash it before sewing you will end up with dye stains on just about everything - the ironing board cover, your underwear and even your sewing machine. Don't say I didn't warn you!
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
This is a MCBN post
The Tremont Jacket by The Sewing Workshop
I love The Sewing Workshop Patterns. They have just enough difficulty about them to make you think, but are not impossibly hard even for beginners. They are edgy and just that bit different. I have made several of their patterns and wear each garment lots of times, I use the patterns more than once too.
For this design I chose a Boiled Wool Fabric in cerise pink. This fabric is easy to cut and easy to sew and the best news is that as it doesn't fray you do not even have to worry about finishing the seams.
To find out how I made this gorgeous jacket and to view and order fabric and pattern please go to this link. The Tremont Jacket
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Wednesday, 14 August 2019
Setting up a Dress Form
An invaluable tool for any dressmaker or Tailor - male or female - is a mannequin which is as close to your own body measurements as possible.
It makes fitting easier, and it gives you the opportunity to try different techniques such as draping. The cost, depending on which model you purchase equates to a basic sewing machine, so they are not very expensive.
But there are others including for men and for fitting trousers
Dress Forms from Jaycotts.co.uk