I attended the Sew Southampton meet up in August I
a remnant of quilting cotton from the swaps table. The length was a
just 1 metre so I knew that there was a limit to what I could make
with such a short length.
the Penny dress by Sew Over It has a bodice with grown on cap sleeves
and a narrow yoke I thought it would be an appropriate candidate to
hack into a blouse. I was right.
extended the bodice back and front as much as I could and used a
contrast fabric for the back facing, yoke lining and bias binding for
quick project which has fitted in well to my Autumn wardrobe to wear
with trousers or tucked into skirts.
I am certainly getting my monies worth from the Vogue 8577 pattern. Hot on the heals of the previous incarnation I used the last of the three Superking Duvet covers purchased recently at Dunelm Mill to make yet another version. This duvet set was the ‘best’ of the three in that the front of the cover has many embroidered floral posies. Something that had I completed the embroidery myself using my Brother 4000D sewing/embroidery machine would have taken a very long time.
used the same ‘hack’ as previously by omitting the midriff band and
extending the bodice down to the waist seam. I also omitted the giant
pockets and instead kept to my TNT concealed inseam pockets. The
bodice was lined with White cotton, the yoke lining was cut from the
gingham fabric and the front bodice button facing was extended to
join with the yoke lining.
I was not very pleased with the placement of the embroideries but in
the final garment I believe that they are acceptable.
have now made this pattern (and its hacks) up four times and each
time I am able to complete the construction a little more quickly.
Whilst I am very pleased with this dress, with my self-imposed limit
of 5 versions of a pattern it is getting very close to the time to
move on to a different style.
paid full price for the Vogue 8577 dress pattern, I was determined to
get my money’s worth! However, by way of something a little
different, I decided to ‘hack it’!
I like the neckline and gathered bodice into yoke, for a change I
wanted to remove the midriff band and extend the bodice to the
had won a voucher for fabric at the SEW SOUTHAMPTON event in August
and having browsed the website of the vendor selected this pretty
multi-coloured floral cotton.
60″ wide this 100% cotton is ideal for dressmaking. This is a
cotton poplin meaning that it’s not as light or smooth as a lawn but
still ideal to make shirts, dresses, tops and accessories. This
cotton is very stable so it would be ideal for a beginner project.
I thought that I had ordered 4 metres but received only 3 which meant I needed to change the skirt design. The Vogue 8577 is very fabric-hungry when cutting out the skirt and so I substituted the ½ circle skirt pattern from the ‘Penny’ dress by Sew Over It.
change that I wanted to make was to extend the front facing all the
way up to the yoke facing and thus avoid any raw edge at the neckline
cut out the main fabric I selected some plain Sky Blue cotton from my
stash for the bodice lining. I also had sufficient of the outer
fabric to make the yoke lining in the print. I added a small loop at
the centre of the back lining as an additional decorative feature.
Another very small change was to round off the leading edge of the front at the base of the V-neckline.
I completed the dress quite quickly and also managed to include some in-seam pockets. The pretty Purple buttons came from my stash. All seams were worked as French Seams as demonstrated by Sian of Kittenish Behaviour and the skirt hem was double folded before being machined in place.
I am delighted with this dress which co-ordinates well with many of the shrugs that I have in my wardrobe – Mustard, Cerise, Purple, Burgundy and Blue. This is certainly a hack that will be repeated when I do not have sufficient fabric for the original pattern.
On a recent visit to my sister who lives in North Wales we had a day out at Abakhan based at Mostyn on the North Wales coast.
We enjoyed a thorough rummage through their fabrics that are cut lengths and priced according to weight. Several lengths of fabric were purchased – no change there!
returning home we browsed through some patterns that I had picked up
from the swaps table during my trip to SEW SOUTHAMPTON organised by
the lovely Sian of Kittenish Behaviour.
One of the patterns was McCalls M6205. There was no envelope but the pattern and instructions were complete and I therefore downloaded a copy of the picture so that we could see what the finished garment should look like. The pattern came in sizes 16 – 22 and would be suitable for both my sister and me. According to the body measurements, Catherine would need the smallest size and I would need the largest (sigh!).
A quick check of jersey fabrics in my stash revealed a 3 metre length of bold print Korean polyester jersey that I bought from The Textile Centre in June this year for £2.49/metre.
First I cut out the tunic top with ¾ sleeves in my size and then again in the smaller size for Catherine. Unfortunately I did not have sufficient for the long/wide cowl collar/scarf but hope to make this another time.
I made up my version which I am pleased with – especially the centring of the print on the neckband. However, next time I will lengthen the front and shorten the back as I have never been a particular fan of the high/low hem style.
version was also constructed very quickly and again I managed to
centre up the print on the neckband. As is usual with the big four
commercial patterns, in addition to the ‘design’ ease there is plenty
of ‘fitting’ ease in the pattern. So….. I tried on Catherine’s top.
It fits! Next time I will make both tunic tops in the same size!
popped Catherine’s tunic into the post and she received it the
following day. I have one very pleased sister although she tells me
that she would prefer a little less width at the hem. For the next
iteration I will slim down her version (she has very narrow hips)
from under the armhole to the hem.