This started as a cross stitching diary. I've always wanted to try out different embroidery techniques and have dabbled in Hardanger, goldwork, ribbon embroidery
and stumpwork. I am now enjoying learning crazy quilting and teaching myself dressmaking.
I've spent the last 10 days drafting a block and making a sloper. Here is the final sloper. This is the bodice sloper joined to the skirt sloper, for a dress.
I'm hoping to use this to
check the fit of commercial patterns
Draft my own patterns
I bought a king size duvet cover from a thrift store for just $5 so I had plenty of fabric to make lots and lots of slopers until I got my fit correct. Manipulating the darts to be pointing to the correct place was the hardest. When I've used commercial patterns I've just accepted where they put the darts, but I thought it was about time I learned how to do these correctly.
The longest to do was the bodice sloper. From there I did a sleeve sloper. Next I drafted the skirt sloper which was the easiest, then copies the top of the sleeve sloper to the bodice sloper to create a torso sloper.
Once I had created the bodice sloper I looked at videos on how to pivot darts so they are in different places for different looks and how to create princess seams, and had a play at doing these. It doesn't seem too difficult.
I've also ordered a pattern making book that was recommended on Pattern Review and I'm waiting for that to arrive.
I've made this cute set using Kreative Kiwi designs. The tea cup mug rug and the teapot mug rug are both freebies. The tea cosy is made using the flap from the crazy patch shoulder bag. I sewed 2 together, added lining and finished the bottom with bias binding. It was the perfect size for my small teapot. I didn't want the monogram given in the design so omitted that and added designs from my embroidery machine.
I didn't take into account that the bag flap points down and by cosy points upwards and so my butterfly is upside down.
I saw a top embroidered with Urban Threads Flight and Dark butterflies and knew I needed this for the sweatshirt I was planning on making. The sweatshirt is BurdaStyle Feb 2016 #121 that I previously made last year.
I really like this sweatshirt, so when I saw some blue sweatshirt fabric on special at Spotlight I got that to make another sweatshirt.
For the embroidery I wanted it to appear that the butterflies were flying up over the back and up over one arm to meet the butterflies coming up the back. I also added a few to the front pocket.
I've also been keen to try making my own jeans. I find shop bought ones are never comfortable as the fit is so poor. Usually a tight crotch and a too loose waistband. After looking at Pattern Review I decided to go with Jalie Womens stretch jeans 2908. These are bootleg jeans.
I worked very hard to get the fit right so that I will have a go-to pair of jeans in future.
Learned the hard way that when you iron interfacing onto denim the denim shrinks. After cutting my waistband it ended up shrinking 1/4" at each end. To solve that I ironed a piece of interfacing onto uncut denim, and then cut out the waistband.
I meant to add 1" to the length but I forgot. They are just long enough though I had to make just a 1/2" hem.
I added rivets to the pockets. I also embroidered the back pockets before attaching to the jeans. As you can see one pocket has the butterflies on it. The other has a Boutique Blooms design, again from Urban Threads. I have a larger design from the Boutique Blooms and plan on making a denim jacket with this embroidered on it. So the jeans will match both my sweatshirt and denim jacket.
For all of the steps I followed the Closet case patterns ginger jeans sewalong. I also made a lined waistband, rather than faced with denim as discussed in the Closet Case. I'm pretty pleased how that looks. I need to take a photo and show it. My topstitching isn't showing in the photos, so I will try getting some more photos with close up details.
The pattern calls for denim with 20% stretch. I'm not sure my denim stretched that much. My jeans are pretty tight fitting and I'm wondering if I should have gone up a size. However they are stretch denim so I will try wearing for a while and see if they stretch out.
Well I was sure I had posted this, but I went looking for the post to remind myself what I had made for Xmas gifts last year and couldn't find anything. So, better late than never.
Bookmark corner and notepad holder. The notepad holder has magnets on the back so can go on a fridge door, of course I included a notepad! I made a few of the notepad holders with other embroidery designs, but it looks as though I forgot to take photos.
Candy cane holders. again I made a lot of these, but this is the only photo.
Keyfobs, made a lot more, no photos - getting the story, not enough photos., Reminder to self, do better this year!
My first FSL attempt. A lace bowl I gave to Mam.
Another view of the same bowl. That is my hand embroidered crazy quilted tea cosy behind it.
FSL ornaments. I kept these for myself.
I've made a start on this years gifts, but I have so many ideas, the hardest thing is deciding what to do and what not to do.
Another BurdaStyle finish. This is from the December issue and is pretty up to date fashion for me, with the band across the neck and the flared sleeves.
The neck band was way too big. I ended up putting in 2 2" darts at the shoulders to take it in by 4". I made a size 42 and graded out to the hips to size 44. I probably didn't need to do this as it is not as close fitting as implied by the magazine photo.
Fabric is one I've had in my stash for a while, from SmartDress fabrics. It is more red than shows in the photos. I have enough left over for another Maria Denmark kimono T shirt, though I may need to colour block it.
The V neck is a bit low for my liking, probably fine for most people. I intend to add a small piece of fabric under that V so it doesn't show as much skin. As there is a facing I should be able to sew it direct to the facing.