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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Vogue 8952

Well I fell in love with this fabric. A loose slub knit, it's just gorgeous . Black with a whitish fleck and quite an open knit..
I thought it would make a lovely jumper to wear at night when its cool in Spring. I decided to make Vogue 8952 View C. A simple long sleeved top with a hi low hem.

It turned out well. I wanted it to be loose. I just added a black band around the neck to bring the neck in slightly, otherwise it would have  fallen off my shoulders too much.
The fabric was from Tessuti's and I also bought it in a stone colour. It was a little difficult to sew. It is easy to pull a thread and this causes runs. Plus it moves around a bit. This pattern was so easy to sew and came together easily. I love the back.
I am happy with how the fabric drapes which was the look I wanted. So I would recommend this pattern if you want a quick, easy, comfortable and loose top.

                                                     Happy Sewing!

Monday, 13 October 2014

The saga of the striped Moneta

 The striped Moneta has been a bit of a saga. I started making this in the cooler weather so it started life with sleeves. Then the weather warmed up and at about 4am one morning I had the bright idea of removing the sleeves. Usually ideas at this time of the morning aren't so clever but this one was not too bad. So the sleeves came off.
The saga didn't end there though. With my first Moneta I had no trouble using the clear elastic but in this version the insertion didn't go so well.
As the pencils show the difference between the bodice side seam and the skirt side seam was a couple of inches. While I'm not a perfectionist sewer this was a little too much actually alot too much. The main trouble was that the ponte was quite a stable knit so didn't stretch too far. So I cut the skirt off and put in pleats , a much better outcome.
  The neck , armholes and hem are trimmed with a magenta ponte. I just wanted to add a bit of colour.
 So the saga ended and I'm pretty happy with the end result. I found a cardigan which was a perfect match.

                                          Happy Sewing!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Tops for Spring

With the weather warming up I looked in my wardrobe and found some holes. I need some cool summer tops that are comfortable but werable for work as well. I need to have sleeves to cover my upper arms so I thought my first try would be in this lovely linen I bought from Tessuti's and this Burda  6972.

 I intend to make the tunic butI will shorten the sleeves to about a 3/4 sleeve and I want it long. As I am short I probably won't need to lengthen the tunic. Let's hope this works.

Happy Sewing!