Friday, 13 April 2018

The month from hell

 I haven't posted for a while.  It has been a very difficult month.  My mother passed away unexpectedly.  As well as dealing with the normal grief as executor I have been keeping very busy preparing her house for sale and organising paperwork.  Then on top of all that one of my closest friends had triple bypass surgery and another friends 96 year old mother has had a major stroke.  The next few days are critical for her.

This hasn't left any time for crafting.  The day before my mother passed I had finished my first Colette Moneta.  When I finished it I certainly didn't envisage I'd be wearing it to my Mums funeral.  These photos were taken before Mum died.

This was made from a knit fabric from Smart Dress fabrics.  I can see why this pattern is so popular.  It only took me 4 hours to complete and that included making the collar.  I lengthened both the bodice and the skirt, but don't think I needed to.  In fact next time I'll shorten the bodice back to the original length.  Also the back neckline is a bit low for my personal preference so next time I'll raise the back neckline.  Other than that I do love this pattern. Plus it has pockets.

A couple of friends came over to help with Mams house.  After we went for coffee then visited an antique store.  They had just got a delivery from an estate which included this sewing chest.  They hadn't yet cleaned it up so I got it cheap if I did it up myself.  Since these photos were taken, I've treated it for borer, polished the handles and varnished it. I'm not sure of the type of wood, I think it may be walnut.

It was filled with various odds and ends. 

Thursday, 15 March 2018

another matching set - a modified Eva and modified Nixie briefs

My second matching set.

The lace is an aubergine and gold, with a gold spandex lining.
I found the Eva was gaping, even when sewing up the centre front, and just a bit too tight.  So I modified the cups using the ones from the Barrett bralette and also lengthened the bands a bit.  to modify the cups I put the pattern pieces for the Barrett cups on top of the Eva pattern pieces and traced around them.  I eliminated the peek a boo of the Barrett by drawing a staright line down.  I was then able to sew the 2 cups together down this straight line.  This is a much better fit, no gaping and much comfier to wear.

The pants were the Nixie briefs.  I altered the pattern by drawing where I wanted the lace to be on the front pattern piece.  I then traced this and cut out the lace pattern for the lace fabric and cut the spandex from the full front pattern piece.  I then applied the lace with a reverse applique method.  As I have no patterns for partial lace panties, I have no idea what is the "correct" way to do it, but this worked for me and I'm very happy with the result.  There is elastic on the back of the lace at the waist so it doesn't sag or gape.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Barrett bralette and Nixie briefs

My first matching set - ever!  Well I've reached the grand old age of 54 and NEVER owned a matching bra and briefs set.  It was about time that changed.  So here is a Barrett bralette my Madalynne Intimates - a freebie and a matching pair of Nixie briefs by Jennifer Lauren.
These are made from a scuba that was on the clearance table at Spotlight.  The bralette is lined with bra tulle, again from Spotlight.

These are very comfortable and the bralette fits better than the Eva.  I've redrafted the cups and band of the Eva to more closely resemble this and will have another go at another all lace bralette.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Lingerie - a bra and a bralette.

I haven't posted for a while because I have spent the last few weeks working on the fit of the PinUp Girls Classic bra.

This fits me much better than it does Betty.  I made about 4 test bras first, using different size bands, different size cups until I worked out that 36B was the best fit.  As well as the fit I needed to add a 1/2" dart to the side seam between cradle and band and I did a rounded cup adjustment to reduce the pointed effect of the bra.  I'm too old for Madonna type silhouettes!

I had ordered wires, but they aren't right for me, digging into my sides.  This bra has underwires as optional, so I chose to not use the underwires. 

This bra is made of a red tricot with black rigid lace.  The band is powernet.  I dyed the elastics and the powernet band. I am so proud of my sewing on this, I think it looks very professional, if I do say so myself!

After  a couple of weeks of this I wanted my next one to be a bit simpler so I put together this bralette.  The pattern is from an Alison Smith Craftsy Class and is the Eva bralette.

This is made from a stretch lace and cups are lined with spandex.  This didn't take long at all to sew and I didn't make any test garments first.  The only issue I had was the front ended up slipping to the side leaving me rather exposed.  I found stitching up the front of the cups fixed that problem, though it has made it rather snug fitting.  I may go up a size next time, or add an extra 1/2" to the bands.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Chalk and Notch Fringe top

After making the Fringe dress I've been keen to make a top.  I've had this rayon in my stash for a while and thought it would be perfect.

I'm going to the Queen/Adam Lambert concert tomorrow night and will be wearing this with jeans.  With day temperatures around 28-31C at the moment this will be lovely and cool.

Friday, 9 February 2018

More lingerie adventures

Continuing my journey on learning lingerie making I've made my first slip.

This is the Ruby Slip and is a free pattern from Pattern Scissors Cloth.

I added a bow and beads after taking the photo above.

The main fabric is a peach stretch satin.  It has a chocolate and cream lace on the bodice and a chocolate lace on the skirt.  The skirt is finished with a shell tuck hem.  The side seams and seam attaching skirt to bodice are all french seams.  It has rouleaux straps.

This took me ages to do.  I've made complicated dresses in a shorter time than this, but I really enjoyed making it.

I changed the pattern slightly.  The original has all lace bodice.  I wanted lace trim only at the top of the cups.  Their website describes how to change from an all lace bodice to the lace trim.  I'm not sure if I didn't follow their instructions on how to change it, or if the instructions need a bit of tweaking.  I found that the front overlap was huge.  I ended up chopping off about 2 - 3 inches off the middle.  This meant my careful mirroring of the lace in front was all for nought.   I also had to put a couple of 1" darts in both of the lace side cups as they were gaping.  With the adjustments the bodice now fits well.  According to the size charts I should be a size 14 so made that, but find it a tad tight for a slip.  Next time I make it I will add 1/4" to all of the side seams.  It is also quite short,, falling just a few inches below my butt.  So next time, depending on the purpose I may lengthen it, or shorten it into a camisole.

Other changes I made were to add the lace inserts into the skirt and do a shell tuck hem.  For the straps I had some bra strap from an old camisole that I put on the back so I can adjust the length of straps if needed.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Itch to Stitch Vienna tops

I had just enough fabric left over from dresses to make a couple of Vienna tops.



The first one is left over blue rayon.  The yoke is a pink fabric overlaid with black lace.
The second one is left over viscose.  Love both of them, and they didn't cost me anything!