by Sian of Kittenish Behaviour I have been wanting to make this dress
for a long time. Back in February Sian filmed a sew-a-long for the
dress but with one important change – make it up in a Jersey
(Scuba) fabric rather than a woven!
I purchased 3 metres of Scuba print from The Textile Centre. The fabric is listed thus: Dark Gothic Floral Print Poly Scuba Jersey Dress fabric material(Deep Eggplant) and was on sale for £4.49 per metre. This was exactly the type and colour of fabric that I needed to make my first V8972 in Jersey! With my 3 metres of fabric I had sufficient to make View E with the full skirt but with the ¾ length sleeves of View C.
Following Sian’s instructions I first established which cup size was right for me and then traced the pattern pieces for the bodice. I did not need to trace the skirt pattern as I had decided to use the largest size and take in if necessary when I got to the fitting stage. For the bodice I traced a D cup size 20. I cut out the fabric late afternoon and prepared both the sewing machine and overlocker ready to get stitching the following day.
The next morning, I reviewed Sian’s vlog posts again and made notes on the order of construction. First was to stitch the bodice panels. As I am new to this pattern I machine basted all the seams with a very long machine stitch on the sewing machine. I attached the yoke pieces. NB make sure that you attach the yokes the right way up – I made the mistake of putting the skirt edge of the back yoke to the back bodice! Fortunately it was very easy to unpick the basting stitches and re-baste the CORRECT edges together.
At first fitting I found that like so many things at my age, my bust is a little lower than the pert position it held in my twenties! I re-basted the princess seam lines on the bodice to reflect the lower apex of my bust. I also needed to take in the side seams a little (not a bad thing!).
Having noted the small alterations I stitched the main seams on the overlocker. I cut a neckband according to Sian’s instructions and basted on the sewing machine. I found that I had to stretch the neckband a great deal and that it was a little narrower than I like. Next time, I will cut at 1¾ inches wide rather than 1½ inches. With a good press with steam the neckline was sitting neatly. I top stitched with a zig-zag stitch which I repeated on the bodice/yoke seams. The seam allowance for the front yoke was pressed away from the yoke. On the back yoke the seams were pressed inwards towards the yoke. Joining seams were top stitched with the zig-zag stitch.
set the sleeves in using the overlocker and although there was a lot
more ease (as the pattern is drafted for woven fabrics) with the
stretch of the Scuba jersey this was easily accomplished.
side seams and underarm seams were basted and the second fitting
confirmed all was well. I could afford to take in a small amount to
achieve a more fitted silhouette. The seams were then overlocked and
pressed with steam.
hems on the sleeves and the skirt were first overlocked before
stitching in place with the zig zag stitch.
am delighted with the final dress and hope to wear it when visiting
relatives and for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
had a bare 36 inches of full width Cloque Jersey remaining after
making the two tops previously posted. Despite a cursory search
through my patterns I could not find my printed copy of the Paola top
by Named Patterns. So I re-printed and prepared for a new iteration
of this most definitely TNT pattern.
was insufficient fabric for the long-sleeved version, I contented
myself with elbow length sleeves combined with a reduced height of
collar which still turns down as a ‘turtle’ neckline.
Construction was completed on the sewing machine in approximately one hour. You can’t beat a Paola for a quick and easy top. I can foresee several more being made for the coming colder months of the year!
forgot to mention that I changed the quilt on the piano just in time
for Christmas Day! Usually I am ahead of myself and all the Christmas
linens are displayed from 1st December but this year has
been a little behind.
quilt previously covering the piano was the ‘Autumn’ version which I
made over a year ago using two charm packs and some remnants of
fabric from my stash. The patchwork is a form of faux cathedral
window and a particular favourite of mine. The ‘Winter’ quilt
features the same design in a different colourway and will be
installed by Twelfth Night.
Meantime, we are enjoying the Christmas log cabin quilt. This is the first quilt that I made specifically with the grand piano in mind. All the strips of Christmas-themed cotton fabrics were cut by a great friend who sadly has now passed away. This quilt is a reminder of a lovely lady who enjoyed life to the full, was a super cook and needlewoman, always smiling, a friend who bore all the vicissitudes of illness with aplomb.
Regretfully, I cannot find a full photograph of the quilt, as soon as I can I will post.
In the previous post I mentioned that I bought the Blush-coloured Cloque jersey with a view to making a tie-front shrug cardigan. This cloque fabric is quite substantial and even though it does not have much stretch I felt it would be suitable for this pattern.
I have several of this type of shrug made from lightweight jersey and purchased from eBay. They are OK but I would prefer something longer in the body and from a better quality fabric.
I had previously made the Elmira wrap tie cardigan from Seamworks in a Cotton Jersey which sadly did not suit and was donated to a charity shop. However, I noticed that Seamworks were offering a hack for a tie front shrug so thought I would give it a try.
I cut out the XL size with the ¾ length sleeves which took 1¼ yards of fabric (60 inches wide) and using my sewing machine constructed the top very quickly.
The sleeves are a little tight around the bicep, there is not much
coverage by the front bodice pieces and the ties are very large and
‘clunky’. I therefore count the garment as a ‘FAIL’ and have donated
to the local charity shop.
I think the best course of action for me would be to draft my own tie front shrug using my TNT bodice pattern and use a less substantial jersey fabric. Watch this space for the next incarnation.
after the mammoth sessions of gift making, I have at last been able
to sit down and make a garment.
I purchased 3 metres Cloque Jersey from The Textile Centre at the grand sum of £1.79/metre intending to use it for this top and also a tie-front shrug/cardigan for myself.
First I had to decide on the exact style of top for my friend. I checked with her daughter – type of neckline, length of sleeve and approximate size. With this information to hand I decided on Kwik Sew K3915 which I have made previously in a variety of jersey fabrics.
I would make view A and having cut out noted that I had used a little over 1 metre of fabric.
As my overlocker was threaded up with Charcoal Grey and as I did not have sufficient reels of Pale Pink thread, I had to use the sewing machine to construct the top. The neckline has been stabilised with Vieseline bias stay tape –a new acquisition about which I am very pleased.
I used a lightning stitch for most of the construction plus a narrow zig-zag stitch for the hems on the sleeves and the body.
am very pleased with the result and hope that a) the garment fits and
b) that the recipient likes my choice of style top. I am keeping my
before I fell ill with chronic Bronchitis I, together with my great
friend, Adrienne, attended the Rookwood Sewing Retreat Day. This has
become an event held twice a year when we like-minded sewing
enthusiasts descend on the Rookwood School for a day a sewing,
chatting, eating and downright 100% enjoyment with our sewing
On offer were several projects to make starting with a Jelly Roll Rug, mat or bag, something that seems to have taken the internet by storm.
I had prepared by bringing along a jelly roll, some pre-cut wadding and plenty of pre-wound bobbins as I knew that the project was particularly ‘thread hungry’.
Before commencing on that BIG project, we were also shown some clam-shaped zip-top pouches.
They looked really cute and the pattern was available in several sizes from extra small to extra large. As I knew that I would be needing some form of pouch or bag in which to put Christmas gifts, I started the sewing marathon with a Medium-sized pouch.
During the day we undertook a block stitching challenge which was really well-prepared with all the triangles of fabric pre-cut. All we had to do was stitch into the CORRECT order and ensure that we kept to a strict ¼ inch seam allowance. All the completed blocks were then drawn and distributed to lucky winners to make up into a project of their choice. I was unlucky but Adrienne did win a set of blocks with which she was delighted.
stopped for a delicious lunch to which everyone had contributed. All
lunch I started on the mammoth task of the jelly roll. I intended to
make a bag which I continued stitching at home. I can only say that
this turned out to be the most unusual-shaped bag that I have every
ended the day tired but happy, loaded up with a head full of
inspiration and new ideas for our sewing.