October 08, 2016

Sew: S2343 Floral Pencil Skirt

My beloved original Simplicity 2343 skirt was worn to death (probably beyond) and was finally thrown out earlier this year. This left a hole in my heart, and work wardrobe, that was in need of fixing straight away. Luckily I had started this skirt 12 months earlier and it was sitting in the naughty corner (aka UFO pile) as the waistband was too big. A quick unpick and a few stitches later I had myself a worthy replacement! 

This is the best pencil skirt pattern I am yet to come by. And I own plenty of patterns! The waistband is curved which makes it sit perfectly. And the standard skirt darts are replaced by triangles on the sides that add shape. I chose to line my skirt by copying the general shape of the skirt, adding a centimetre to each side seam and pleating it to fit the waistband. 

The fabric is a floral sateen from Tessuti that I loved so much I had a dress, skirt and top out of it! The dress and top aren't worn much, but this skirt is a winner.

Project Details:
Pattern: Simplicity 2343, view D, size 18
Fabric: Floral cotton sateen from Tessuti Melbourne
Alterations: Added 5cm length, lined skirt
See Also: Sew Brunswick 

Sew: Tessuti Frankie Dress

Tessuti have done it again! They've created a simple yet stylish classic pattern. So many possibilities! 

Frankie and I got off to a bit of a rough start. My first version was in a stable ponte and the arms and upper chest were way too tight. The second was a muslin that I intend to wear as a nightie. Unfortunately, my test version was in a very stretchy jersey so I didn't pick up on the continuing fit issues. This version is made in a black viscose jersey from Tessuti that I've used before many times. This time I ordered 5 metres to keep me going for a while! It is completely wearable (and I will wear it often) but there are a few issues that I'll fix for the next version. 

The first main issue is that the arms are too tight. I will slash and spread the pattern piece, like I do the Mandy boat tee, and add about 2cm at the hem. I think this will fix a lot of the problem but I also think the shoulders and neckline aren't wide enough on me. I think I will try adding a centimetre or two to the centre front. I just want it to sit wider across the top. Not very technical but I think it will work.

Otherwise, it's a really great pattern. I omitted the elastic in neckline and it seems to be fine. The played around with the length of the sleeve and skirt. The sleeves were hemmed at just above elbow length and the skirt is half way between the two skirt pattern lengths. A good midi length.

Project Details
Pattern: Tessuti Fabrics Frankie Dress, size XL
Fabric: Hashtag black jersey from Tessuti
Alterations: Length is half way between the two dress lengths, sleeves hemmed to elbow length, omitted clear elastic in neckline
See also: Sew South London | Funk Bunny

So what do you think? Have you made the Frankie dress yet?

July 29, 2016

Sew: Vogue 1247 skirt


I finally jumped on the Vogue 1247 bandwagon. I like to make sure that it is thoroughly tested before I decide to join in! I made the skirt without all the bells and whistles (no pockets or binding). I also graded out from the hips down by 1cm each side and added 6cm length for a decent hem.

The fabric is a printed denim I found on the Tessuti remnant table when I popped in for some samples. It's nice and study and I love the print. Can't have enough animal print!

There's not much else to say about this skirt. It will fit in perfectly with my wardrobe of black and grey!

Project Details
Pattern: Vogue 1247, size 18
Fabric: Printed denim from Tessuti Fabrics Melbourne
Alterations: Added 6cm to length, used a 6cm hem, graded out 1cm from just above hip

July 19, 2016

Sew: Grey Tessuti Sydney Jacket (again!)

I love the look of my first grey Sydney jacket but the wool is not soft and not comfortable to wear. When I made my second Sydney jacket this year, I loved the softness of the boiled wool so much that I couldn't bring myself to wear the first grey one anymore. I always opted for the softer "grilled eggplant" one. So I decided to buy some grey boiled wool to make a jacket to replace my original Sydney jacket. And geez I love it so!

My father calls it my blanket jacket and it secretly is a blanket I suppose. But a stylish blanket!

The wool is a boiled wool from The Drapery online. I bought the one that had a machine fault every 30cm (now sold out). It is lovely and soft and the perfect grey colour.

I did extend the sleeves this time by 10cm but I'm not convinced about them. They seem to catch on my elbows when I bend my arms. I may go back and chop them off. At least it's easy with this pattern!

Project Details
Pattern: Tessuti Fabrics Sydney Jacket, size L
Fabric: Boiled wool from The Drapery
Alterations: Extended sleeves by 10cm
See also: Sew Brunswick #1 | Sew Brunswick #2 

June 05, 2016

Sew: Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

I have no words to describe this simple but soon to be much loved striped Mandy Boat Tee. It is simple perfection. That is all.

Project Details
Pattern: Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee
Fabric: Yin & Yang Ebony viscose spandex knit from Tessuti (deep stash)
Alterations: Lengthened sleeves by 10cm, slashed and spread sleeve by 2.5cm
See Also: Sew Brunswick #1 | Made by Melanie | Funkbunny | Thornberry

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