Tuesday, 23 February 2016
I really like the new pattern companies which are appearing and I especially like Eliza M patterns. They have a vintage look but fit today's sizes without the fuss of using and altering a true vintage pattern. This blouse pattern is especially pretty but is very easy to sew - made easier by the clear precise instructions.
For this garment I wanted to use some Chiffon which I bought from Abakhan Fabrics
Chiffon poses some sewing challenges so if you are new to sewing I would recommend choosing a fine cotton lawn instead.
The fabric is very sheer and can also fray easily so care has to be taken with it. When cutting out use plenty of pins which you have placed inside of the seam allowance to avoid making homes. If it is difficult to tell the right and wrong sides apart it is useful to mark the wrong side of each piece with a small mark,or a piece of masking tape, again inside the seam allowance.
Monday, 1 February 2016
How I made my purple stretch trouser suit. A Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post. Pattern by McCalls
I seem to live in trousers and jackets and wanted a smart trouser suit for travelling in. The fabric I chose for this suit is a stretch Bengaline/Rayon which has spandex I the mix so that it stretches. This fabric is a medium weight and has no drape in it so it is best suited to garments such as this trouser suit.