31st May: Diary #3

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My third diary, and after payday which means there have been some treats! This week, I’ll admit the sewing has been slow with no major progress. You know some evenings when you’re just not feeling it? Instead of sewing I’ve been mindlessly knitting cardigan sleeves in front of the telly. Unfortunately I’ve now discovered that […]

My third diary, and after payday which means there have been some treats!

This week, I’ll admit the sewing has been slow with no major progress. You know some evenings when you’re just not feeling it? Instead of sewing I’ve been mindlessly knitting cardigan sleeves in front of the telly. Unfortunately I’ve now discovered that my dye lots are wildly different, (I couldn’t purchase the same dye lot) so I may have to do some overdyeing and see if I can hide it a little bit! Just one more sleeve and the neck band to go.

Purchases this month

I’ve treated myself to just a few items this month:

Sew Direct membersip including the Sew Today magazine. This magazine was recommended as it has a special guide on using overlockers, which runs for the next few months. I’m also pleased because now I will get discounts on patterns! The membership is £8 a quarter and that gets you the magazines, two free patterns when you sign up and discount on all other patterns – definitely worth it.

Vogue 9056 which is from the Vogue “easy” range and is for knits. I figured it might be a good starting project once I’ve got the hang of my overlocker. This was the first freebie I got from the Sew Direct membership.

Vogue 8577 was my second pattern choice from the membership. It’s a really nice shirtwaister with big pockets, but it doesn’t have a collar which I like (I’m terrified of collars!) I think it’ll be a really nice dress for summer through to winter as it can be layered easily. I think it would be really nice made up in a bright, solid colour cotton.

The local sewing shop in town has now closed down, and I was able to pick up some supplies for 1/2 off! I purchased three zips, a packet of Dylon, some thread, two balls of sock wool, 2m of cobalt cotton and 2m of navy taffeta, and some buttons for £33! I also purchased two Simplicity patterns at 50% off.

Simplicity 2250 which is a gorgeous Cynthia Rowley pattern with a very complex bodice. This will be a really interesting make, and nothing like anything I’ve attempted before.

Simplicity 1613, another knit pattern. I love the off-the-shoulder bardot look and want to make it in a stripey jersey just like View D.

Sewing More Zips!

I’ve been spending plenty of time practicing my zip fly from the Craftsy class Mastering Construction which you can buy here. It’s really so useful having a class to watch instead of following photo instructions. I have found this class invaluable. I’ve only watched the zip introduction chapter and the fly chapter but I’ll watch the waistband and other chapters when I find projects that need them. This class is £16 at the moment, well worth the money.

Craftsy

My first and second attempt at the mock fly on the Kwik Sew pattern just weren’t quite right. I used the class materials to sew this one. I then traced up the fly from Simplicity 1268 with the help of the Craftsy class, then sewing a practice sample using my pattern, before finally starting on the actual shorts. Hopefully my new overlocker will help speed up the process of finishing all these seams!

Cutting out Simplicity 1268

Cutting out the pattern took the entire day. There were so many pieces to cut and adding the lining and extra pockets bumped up the total cut pieces to 39! I’ve decided to “borrow” the cargo pockets and back pockets from the Kwik Sew disaster pattern, instead of the singular welt pocket found on Simplicity 1268 normally. The cargo pockets have nice boxy pleats in the middle for lots of room when storing stuff.

I’m lining the pockets with some stripey polycotton, which will also follow onto the back pockets and the hip pockets. I was meant to add this contrast fabric on the waistband too, but I cut it out wrong! So the waistband will be backed with the plain black lining.

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