Monday, January 23, 2017

Peach Pyjama Set

For a while I have wanted a nice set of pyjamas for wearing when I travel, when I sleep at someone else's place or say if we decide to have a pyjama party. OK, I'll be honest. I really, really just want to have a pyjama party!

I've had this lovely peach coloured cotton sitting in my stash for a few years. It seemed like a great choice for these items. It wasn't until I was nearly finished with all the sewing that I really realised how very sheer it is... These pjs will not be worn in public after all... But it's ok, they will be good for lounging around at home in the summer.

I ordered lots of elastic lace from eBay ages ago. Metres and metres of it in all kinds of colours. It's not the best quality but it's fun to use. Note to self: do NOT iron synthetic lace!

All the patterns are ones I have made several times. The top is Burda 3379 which I first used back in 2010 when it was already an old-ish pattern. I added some pleated lace before sewing down the facing.

The bloomers are made using the free Colette Madeleine Mini Bloomers pattern. I added some length to the legs and also raised the waistline a few cm too. I skipped the ribbon tie thingy at the legs and put in a simple row of elastic instead. They got lace at the hem. And a tiny bow so I know which is the front to make them prettier.

The panties were made with a modified version of a panties pattern from The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie book. I always cut the gusset separately from the front piece to save fabric and also anyway I prefer a completely enclosed gusset.

I always melt the ends of my ribbons using a candle. Very easy way to stop them fraying.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

An Old Favourite Top

I decided to have a whole sewing afternoon. I'm working on a new pyjama set and they are nearly complete. I finished the top. Then I remembered I hadn't bought the elastic I need for the shorts. And for the panties I need my measuring tape and I have misplaced that. OK, so I lose either my seam ripper, measuring tape, snips or scissors basically every day. But usually they are just hidden under a piece of fabric. However this time it's been hours and still no sign of my measuring tape... Very frustrating so I decided to work on something new. But something simple because again, the missing measuring tape.

I had a quick look through a few of my (far too many) bags of fabric and found some sheer black polka dot fabric. I had loads of the fabric left so originally I must have bought a ridiculous amount of it, especially considering I have made at least two tops out of it already. I used this fabric way back in 2010 to make a polo necked top.  Turns out that was the first Burda magazine pattern I ever used.  It's really funny and eye opening reading back through my blog from that year. How different my life was. How differently I saw the world. That year I wrote 78 (!) blog posts. A few more than last year's two posts...

Anyway, I loved that top soooo much. It got worn completely to death. The fabric was pretty delicate and susceptible to snags and then in 2013 it became an amputee and not long after that finally died. I'm actually surprised it lasted that long.

Since it was such a favourite I thought why not just remake that exact top.

So sheer
I did the entire sewing on my overlocker. Even the hems :D I think it took me an hour total for cutting, sewing and snapping a few pics. I made the neck a little higher and wider than originally because I remember the tightness bothering me on the old one. It's pattern 121 from Burda magazine Sep 2010.

This machine was not used for the making of this top.

Actually I've never sewn anything on that machine because I can't figure out how to thread it or where the leather belt thing is meant to go.

This is not me. My annoying front camera automatically goes first to this crazy "beauty" mode. Bigger, whiter eyes, narrower face, clearer skin. I think it whitens skin too, negating all my fake tan! Asian phone, Asian beauty standards :)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Being productive

Hi! It's been a while since I have blogged. Not because I haven't been sewing, I've just been being lazy. There are so many garments I would like to post!

Since New Years Day I have had a pretty bad cold and mainly staying at home (I finally sucked it up and went to the doc yesterday though. I think I haven't been to a GP since I was a teenager...). Anyway. The upside of this illness is that since I haven't been partying or socialising at all I have been sewing, sewing, sewing. I've been very productive in the last two weeks.

I've been trying to make the perfect loose-ish sweater pattern for myself for the last few months. There have been a lot of bad patterns and wasted fabric. And sometimes I was just too tired while drafting patterns that I made things which look ok, but which are a bitch to sew up.

For example this sweater which was meant to have raglan sleeves. Except it was very late and somehow forgot what raglan sleeves actually are (yeah, I don't know how either) and made sleeves caps which come to a point.... They look fine though and it fits great but I wanted something just a little easier to sew.

My phone can take pictures if I say CHEESE!

It couldn't be left so plain so it got a little sparkle. I know it would be useful to have a few more solid basics in my wardrobe but it is oh so very hard to achieve. Maybe one day, when I'm a real adult. For now though, sequins are still one of my favourite things in the world. I love them almost more than chocolate. Almost.

Robots in the snow

So after that drafting mess I had a go while wide awake and made a pattern (with actual raglan sleeves) that I looooove. I've used it three times this year already! I only have pics of one of the versions so far though. I bought these two lovely grey fabrics years ago. Only 75cm of each so not enough to make anything just from one fabric but they match perfectly. It's nice and light but still warm and cosy.

I have also been doing some knitting. Although at a much slower rate. I bought this lovely merino wool last year in September to make a hat for Peti's October birthday. And it only just got finished now in January... This is the way to make sure birthday presents are a surprise!

It's the Classic Cuffed Hat from Purl Soho. I really recommend this pattern if you are a beginner who wants to expand your skills. I learnt so many things from this. It was my first time using circular needles and knitting using double point needles in the round (which I was always very intimidated by). And I learnt a new cast on! The Long Tail Tubular Cast On is something I wish I knew about years ago, it's so useful!

I used Malabrigo Rios yarn in Sand Storm. Such a nice wool to work with!
Doesn't this look terrifiying! FIVE NEEDLES!