Saturday, 26 January 2019

Sewing The Mondrian style top from the GBSB 2016 (Sewing an all in one facing )

This is a top made to embrace the 1960's Mondrian style in honour of the iconic Mondrian dress by Yves Saint Laurent.

A Jaycotts.co.uk How do I do that post


Skills shown in this post are

  1. All in one facings
  2. Invisible zip 


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I love the colour block dress from the Great British Sewing Bee book From Stitch to style, but before I invested in the fabrics I wanted to try out the top first in fabric left over from other projects. This top is based on the MONDRIAN dress created by Yves  Saint laurent in 1965. Made to be worn as a cocktail dress the Mondrian was made from heavy silk crepe so that it hung straight in the body.  It quickly became the most iconic dress of the 1960s

This top was made in Art Gallery Fabric , this particular fabric is a very high end cotton print. You can use any cotton fabric  so long as you get a good contrast with the black bands.  All the fabrics need to be the same weight.
If you do fancy indulging yourself and buying some Art Gallery fabric Minerva Fabrics sell it,  Art Gallery fabrics .these are print fabrics but are gorgeous.


There are other linen, cotton ,and linen blends available too Cotton and cotton blend dress fabrics

And if you want to go back to the traditional colours there are lots of plain cotton's too, these are. Cotton Lawn fabric
The quality and price of all of these is excellent


The original Mondrian was made from panels of blue, white and acid yellow interspaced with black. My modern interpretation is in a light coloured print fabric with black bands added to form the iconic design.


The top is amazing don't you think and can be made fairly quickly.
 This tutorial shows you how to do an all in one facing.


You need to follow the link below to read the rest of the post.....

Thursday, 17 January 2019

A Black wool lined pencil skirt with a touch of Embroidery


A lined pencil skirt, with a touch of Embroidery


A very similar post to this was featured on the MinervaCraftsBloggerNetwork recently A wool and Mohair mix pencil skirt .but I wanted to share some of the information about making toiles with you too.





The pattern I chose is a skirt pattern from Butterick - B6184. I chose this because it has a high waistline which features heavily this season. This particular pattern is out of stock, but it does not matter because any pencil skirt pattern can be used. Take a look at the choice, Pencil skirt patterns





In this post I am not going to give you a skirt tutorial as such  because after all skirts are simple to make right? - wrong. Well, they are simple but if you are making a pencil skirt the fit just HAS to be right! So that is what this post is about, fit.



Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Vogue 8825 in Lady McElroy "Bolton" stretch jersey knit.



A Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post 

How to sew Stretch fabrics.


Lady McElroy Fabrics are very high quality and are superb to work with. This one, named Bolton, is a 96% viscose 4% spandex Jersey Fabric. It is fluid and drapes well and the print is just stunning. 
To complement the fabric I chose Vogue V8825. There are two choices of outfits to sew in this pattern, a dress and a tunic and trousers.
I had intended to make the tunic but when I looked at the fabric I realised that I had just about enough to make the dress if I was inventive with cutting out........



..... Please do read the rest of the post, the link to this and other Lady McElroy fabrics is on the post, together with a pattern review and tutorial.

Lady McElroy is one of my favourite fabric brands and I hope you will love them too
The post is here. The lady McElroy Bolton dress


 There are lots of other photos on the post too. 



Stretch fabrics - used for sportswear in the program - are featured in the GBSB 2019

I would love your comments

Angela





Do watch my YouTube video all about other dresses on my blog 

Monday, 14 January 2019

My Lady McElroy Retro City Scape (beautiful) Dress

This is a #MCBN Post

I have a confession to make. I love Lady McElroy Fabrics. The designs are superb, They are always elegant and very wearable. The fabric is top quality cotton lawn which is a delight to wear as it is so gentle against the skin. The premium Cotton doesn't fade, it is easy to sew and a delight to wear. I love it.






This fabric, named City Scape, comes in two colours , this is the navy which I am enhancing further by the addition of  orange corded piping to not only add a pop of colour but to enhance the clever seams on the pattern.

Please do visit the MinervaCrafts web site and read how I constructed this fabulous dress. Did I mention it is lined too?

The rest of the post is here The Lady McElroy City Scape Dress



And PS



The dress in the other colour is on The MinervaCrafts Blog
And the link to it is Lady McElroy Cotton lawn dress


Please read my posts, thank you.

Angela

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

An easy make summer dress in printed Batik. Why not sew two?

A jaycotts.co.uk blog post

Labels 

Choosing the correct size, cutting out, point turner,buttonholes, interfacing, set-up in sleeves, pressing,  invisible zip, 



I have been longing to get into my summer clothes here at home and now that summer is here I want some quick easy makes that I can wear in a day or two.I know people who cringe at the thought of wearing summer clothes, assuming wrongly that the sun means baring skin. Not so, some of the coolest clothes to wear are those which offer some protection from the sun. My usual summer clothes consist of pedal pushers and tunic tops, but I guess that's more out of habit than anything else, so I am making myself some dresses.



I made two versions. The red one is in an African printed cotton and the dark blue is Hand printed Batik. The red one has a fully lined bodice.

 Fabric choices

For fabric choices  look no further than Minerva Fabrics.
MinervaCrafts have an amazing collection of batik fabrics do look at the choice on the link to their website. Batik Fabric
The price range is excellent and I am always impressed with the quality, so do take a look


This is a very pretty dress by Simplicity, available from Jaycotts Simplicity S8294 it is a vintage style dress with the option of having a collar, waist tabs and short cap sleeves. There are also two skirt options so this pattern does offer value for money.
I made a size 12 and it needed no adjustments. You will find that your pattern size differs from your commercial dress size, please do not be alarmed, just make sure that you cut out the size which most closely resembles your body measurements. If your top and bottom halves differ then this pattern allows you to cut out relevant sizes for your top half, and a larger or smaller size for your bottom half . It is easy then to merge the two sizes together at the waist.


I like the slightly lower back in this pattern and as I do not appreciate having burnt shoulders I was glad that one of the options is to include a cap sleeve.
When choosing your pattern think about any parts of your body which you would like to cover up and look for a pattern which will do that. For example if you do not like your arms then think about choosing a pattern with a sleeve - which could be a flutter sleeve, short sleeve or whatever length you prefer. To draw attention away from a problem tummy or hip then choose a flattering neckline to draw the eye upwards.


Monday, 7 January 2019

The Avid Seamstress Crepe A-line Dress




This is a MCBN Post



I had this graphic leaf design printed crepe for some time, not quite knowing what to do with it.
I came across this simple A- line dress pattern by The Avid Seamstress and I knew it would be the perfect combination.

The fabric is a medium weight fabric and hangs beautifully, lending itself perfectly to a dress with a swishy skirt. So this pattern choice is perfect.




The more I look at the dress the more I like it, it is perfect for a smart occasion but is easy to wear and to care for, so it is also suitable for everyday wear.
The fabric is this beautiful graphic print crepe Leaf print crepe

Please take a look at my tutorial on this link Crepe Dress and don't forget to leave a comment.


Thank you 

Angela 



Ps I love this pattern so much that I made it again! See the full post here Crepe. A line dress



This dress was again made in crepe Bright floral crepe and this is my favourite out of all my dresses

Angela


Sunday, 6 January 2019

What is the difference between a Tailored and non tailored garment, in pictures


What is the difference between tailored and non-tailored garments?

Hello, this is here by request. I know I said that I wasn't going to write a blog for a few weeks as I am busy making a coat, but so many of you have requested to see some of the garments I made at college over 30 years ago, so here I am blogging when I should be sewing.

First of all watch my you tube video as much of the explanation is there and it saves me having to type when I should be sewing!



Direct link to video if it doesn't show is Tailored vs non-tailored



In this video you will clearly see the difference between a Tailored and non-tailored coat or jacket.

Here are close up photos of my ancient garments, fully tailored, totally sewn by hand, and which took six months to a year to make! However you can see how well they have survived despite being in a suitcase for many years.



This is one of my examination garments. I had to make a winter coat without using a pattern of any sort. The fabric is Mohair and cost me £80 which was an absolute fortune then. This coat is extremely heavy!





Sew yourself some Croppped Pants and a matching Top

This is a Jaycotts.co.uk post using Simplicity 8391

This is such an easy outfit to make, with or without embroidery. It is suitable for beginners upwards.

Skills learned

Centred Zip
Pintucks
Pressing
Positioning of embroidery/applique
Button loops
Zipper foot



When I first saw this pattern I wasn't sure if it would suit me or not. Wrong! I decided as soon as I tried it on that I love this outfit.It is perfect for holidays, flattering and easy to sew. I like the 3/4 length wide trousers, they are cool to wear in the sun - I like to cover up mostly and I want garments which are easy to wear and light to pack.
I have paired the outfit with a pair of navy wedges.



The pattern is by Simplicity and is available to purchase from Jaycotts Simplicity 8391  In the envelope are patterns for a top, skirt, pants and shorts, everything you need for your holiday in fact.
The fabric is from Minerva Crafts and is a linen look Cotton, Linen look Cotton fabric This fabric is cool to wear and very easy to sew.
The pattern shows the garments made up in cotton trimmed with eyelet fabric or lace, but I wanted to use embroidery on mine - of course!

Saturday, 5 January 2019

How to alter Simplicity 8391 to make Palazzo pants and a darted printed top

A short pattern hack 

This is a continuation of my previous blog post Sew yourself Cropped pants and a matching top

The last post was an embroidered pair of crop trousers with a top featuring the same embroidery. I appreciate that some of you have no desire to embroider by machine or hand so this is another idea - Block Printing. 

I wish to thank the delightful Fiona from Hobbycraft in Preston who advised me on what I needed to purchase and how to use them! I have never done block printing before so her advice was invaluable. Hobbycraft Thank you Fiona.



 Everything is the same as in the previous post
All of the machines, zip, thread and habberdashery etc are from Jaycotts.co.uk Contact Jaycotts




Tuesday, 1 January 2019

A cosy cowl by MiY


A MCBN post



A cosy cowl by MiY - Wendy Ward 




I was delighted to be sent this pattern from MinervaCrafts.

Have you ever seen a pattern in its own little carrier bag before? I haven't and
to further add to my delight the pattern instructions are tied with a ribbon bow. Such a lot of effort has gone into producing this beautiful pattern. This cosy cowl is perfect for a winter's day or as an evening or wedding cover-up.




A very elegant cover-up for evening wear or Bridesmaids



The fabric I used is stunning.  It is  Velboa Fur Fleece Fabric in Cream.   It is deliciously soft and cuddly and more " grown up" than polar fleece for example. The colour  suits just about everyone too.  It's more of a winter White than cream.... But here I  must stop and invite you to follow this link to the fantastic MinervaCrafts website where you will be able to read the rest of the blog post and find out more about the fabric and pattern I used. The Cosy Cowl by MiY


Do let me know if you make this and I would love to see your photographs

And don't forget to visit the MinervaCrafts SALE for bargain fabrics, knitting wool and more!




Angela 



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