Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Vogue 8593

pattern: Vogue 8593
Fabric: John Kaldor stretch cotton jersey, bought at John Lewis (£22/m)

I first made this dress back in November and completely forgot to write a post- oops. The pattern is Vogue 8593. I originally made the long sleeved version in a black medium weight interlock (see picture below), sewn by hand after my old sewing machine gave up. Due to the slight stretch of the fabric I used tiny diagonal overlapping stitch similar to a machine stretch stitch. I have previously said that I like hand stitching, and I still do, but this took forever! and  by the end of it I was missing my machine dearly. 

I didn't mean to look so glum!
I had a slight issue making sure the neckline folds were in the right place as the pleats cover up the markings and I had to use the neck facing to make sure it was lined up correctly. I inserted a zip on the first two designs, but it really isn't necessary for a stretch fabric and I left it out of the final version and cut the pattern on the fold to remove the back seam. This time I sewed it on the machine and it was really quick to make up as there are so few seams. I stitched the hems by hand using a herringbone stitch. The fabric of the turquoise version has a lot of drape and clings to the body much more than the interlock.

So far the black version is probably the most worn of all my me-made clothing it can be worn pretty much  anywhere and it is really comfortable too. I will probably keep making this dress- definitely a wardrobe staple.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Colourful Bunting tutorial

I spent the soggy bank holiday afternoon making this bright and colourful bunting, which cheered me up almost as much as some sunshine would have..maybe even more.

It was so easy I decided to post it as a tutorial, especially it is nearing the Queens diamond jubilee and some patriotic bunting might be just the thing you need!

This bunting was made to decorate a young child's bedroom, hence all the primary colours.

To make your own bunting you will need:

Patterned cotton - quilting cotton would be perfect.
Bias binding

I used 2 meters of patterned cotton which made 46 triangles and required just over 10 meters of bias binding.

step 1) Draw an equilateral triangle the size you want your bunting on a piece of paper (my bunting is 6 inches across the top and 7 inches from the top edge to the point) and add a 1.5cm seam allowance. Draw your triangle carefully making sure it is even, this way the pattern pieces can be placed directly next to each other on the fabric leaving little to no waste.

Step 2) Place you pattern piece on to fabric folded to double thickness and draw  aound it using a biro or tailors chalk. You should be able to turn the pattern piece upside down and lay it next to the previous triangle with no gap, as shown in the picture above (if you look closely!).

Step 3) Cut out the triangles and stitch each one down both sides, with right sides together, inserting your needle at the point an pivoting to finish the seam.

Step 4) Trim the seams cutting straight across close to the stitch line at the point, turn the the right side out and press. A point turner comes in very handy for this step.

Step 5) pin the triangles to the bias binding, folding the bias tape in two to cover the raw edge of the triangles and stitch along the length of the tape to secure- and voila- pure fabric joy!