Monday, 31 March 2014

Ohhh pants!

And this time that doesn't stand for things going wrong, but actual undies, knickers, pants. I'm not entirely sure that I've found my new favourite project, but making pants is excellent for stash busting. And there are so many amazing resource on making lingerie out there that is leaves your head spinning. Handmade Jane has written a lovely round up of the available patterns and then a funny follow-up about things didn't quite work out for her. I did symphatize with her latter post while I was sewing and unpicking and sewing again.

But onto some details, I downloaded the So Zo's underwear pattern which she's kindly made available free on blog.  And I also bought Ohhh Lulu's  Grace panties as I wanted something a bit girlier. I'm usually not a fan of PDF patterns (too many bits to stick together) but with only four sheet to tape together these weren't too bad.

It's not hugely surprising that I had various different dotty material lying in my stash so it was finally time to start using them up. You may recognise some fabric from other projects. I didn't have any pretty elastic in my stash and neither did Neppinappi where I got my black if not somewhat boring picot elastic from. I suppose if I make pants in the future I'll have to order some online, suggestions welcome dear readers!

I was a bit worried about sewing the elastic on, but this tutorial by Novita from Very Purple Person -blog made it less scary.  Despite the tutorial I still managed to sew the elastic wrong, but it only meant I had to re-sew close to the edge rather than unpick it. I think I would have cried if I'd had to unpick elastic, it was bad enough having to do some unpicking on jersey after I accidentally sewed the crotch onto the side (don't ask).

After some time with my BFF the unpicker and some time worrying about skipped stiches on my Singer 160 (until I realised I should use the three point zig-zag instead of the regular one, dur) I finally finished the pants and here they are:

 Dotty pants

 Picot lace and three point zigzag

I've not worn the pants yet, so I'm not sure how comfy they are, but they turned out better than I hoped even if they are HUGE. I'm not sure they are worth the effort, but I'm glad I've tried making some and I can now tick it off my sewing list. I think the pants might be easier to make tghe 2nd time around so I might make some more in the future and I might even try making high waisted ones, Ohhh Lulu has some purdee patterns for those as well.  

So have you made undies dear readers?  If so what patterns did you use?

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Je suis Coco ...

Tilly released her third pattern the Coco a few weeks back and I didn't need much convincing to order it. The pattern is a lovely knit top&dress with a version that has a lovely funnel neck which has a 60s vibe to it. The pattern fills a gap in my pattern stash, it's nice and casual something I can wear every day. 

My pattern arrived in the post last week with the cutest compliments card hand-signed from Tilly. Which is such a lovely touch, not to mention that the card is awesome. It's going on my sewing room wall!

Tilly's compliments card 

The packaging and the instructions also deserve a mention, they are absolutely adorable. Polka dots on the over and beautiful colour pictures so I'm sold.

I had some black double-knit jersey in my stash (quelle surprise) so I didn't have to go out and buy anything which makes a nice change. I really need to sort out what fabrics I have and and try doing some stash busting, but I have seen the prettiest turquoise cotton linen and some amazing dotty jersey that I NEED ...

Anyhow back to Coco, the top was really quick to put together even with a sewing machine instead of an overlocker. I did use a ballpoint needle and I used the three point zig-zag so my machine wouldn't jump stitches, I learnt my lesson a while back when sewing some knits and the machine kept jumping stitches a lot. The sleeves went in like a dream, but I did end up taking them in a bit as they were a bit too roomy for my liking. I loved doing the side stitches in a one long go, why haven't I done this before? 

Je suis Coco

The funnel neck

I'm not entirely sure the funnel neck sits quite as its supposed to, I suspect I may have stretched the neckline while working on it despite trying to stay stitching it. I'm happy with my first attempt of Coco, I think it'll be a wardrobe staple for me. I also see a dotty and stripey version in cards and probably a dress as well. I suspect I'll end up having a wardrobe full to Cocos by the end of the year!

There have been some amazing Cocos popping around on the blogosphere in the last few weeks, have you seen HandMade Jane's version, Lladybird Lauren's version  and Lynne's version?

Over&out for now dear readers.