My studio is coming together!

Hello peeps,
So how is everyone? I’m glad it’s Friday to be honest! I know I have so much sewing to be getting on with at home but I look forward to doing them in my pjs!

So what have I been up to all week?!? Well my studio in my work is just divine! I can not wait to be sewing my life away ūüėä

IMG_9570.JPG

It’s all been rearranged for the last time… I think! Between trying to find the best place for all the machines to go and locating the sockets! Wow It has been a little hectic to say the least!

I am finding my way around the machines rightly and have them all threaded and re threaded a few times now. I reckon I’m comfortable with most of them!

IMG_9709.JPG

IMG_9710.JPG

IMG_9359.JPG

IMG_9356.JPG

I had a blast with the heavyweight machine today, shortening 4 pairs of jeans… Finding the tension on that bad boy with the top stitch thread on both bobbing and thread was HECTIC!

IMG_9692.JPG

I managed to find the tension thought… **enter pat on the back here!** just a mite proud of myself! There was a hairy moment when I thought I was going to run out of thread…

IMG_9711.JPG

But I the sewing gods were one side today! Thank goodness as the sewing shop was out of 958 thread!

So what has everyone else been up to? Any fun projects on the cards?

Traci

Advertisements

Creating a pattern from RTW

Hello there!

Happy Black Friday everyone!
How is everyone doing?!
Got that Christmassy feeling yet?!
I am totally there already, can’t wait to get the tree down this weekend!

So what have I been up to today?! Well I have been given the job of sewing up copy of a couple of lovely linen tops.

IMG_9544.JPG

IMG_9546.JPG

Pictured above is the first of the two! I have to say the construction of this is divine…. I am in awe!

IMG_9554.JPG

IMG_9557.JPG

IMG_9560.JPG

All seams bar the arm holes are double turned. Leaving no room for error on the top stitch!

IMG_9573.JPG

IMG_9668.JPG

IMG_9667.JPG

IMG_9669.JPG

So after 4 hours of ripping out, yes 4 hours! I now have the sewing instructions noted down and the whole pattern cut out, with seam allowance added where required.

IMG_9666.JPG

So here she is all ready for me to get sewing up on my new industrial machines at work tomorrow.

I have to say the only part I am going to struggle with is the pocket!

IMG_9549.JPG

IMG_9658.JPG

IMG_9655.JPG

IMG_9647.JPG

It’s my first time doing a pocket like this! Have you done one before?! Any tips welcomed in the comments.

*****

So like I said earlier happy Black Friday! Is anyone doing a little shopping?! I headed straight over to the craftsy sale! and picked up 3 classes from my wish list…. I got the classes for ¬£13.99 each! BARGAIN!!

IMG_9673.JPG

Get a little Christmas shopping done for me I say! Are you a fan of craftsy? If not you should be! It’s a great way to learn at home, I have 2 kids and part time job to work round and this works great for me!

Let me know if you sign up for anything! I picked up a couture class as well as a couple of others!

Traci

* I am a Craftsy Affiliate (I only affiliate with company’s I have a genuine interest in)

My pattern cutting adventure

Hey there,

Just wanted to say hi, I’ve not disappeared! I’m still working from my phone, as my photos are on here.

I’m in the last few weeks of my Pattern Cutting Course, it’s all about tying up the ends and drafting my sketches now.

I have my 3 sketches down, a skirt, top and a dress. And I’m now drafting my skirt, I have class tomorrow and can’t wait…. It’s brilliant seeing my designs come to life!

There’s a lot of “Underpinning Knowledge” in my course, and I really just want to get on with the “Practical Activities” but the 2 go hand in hand!

20140402-204344.jpg

>

20140402-204711.jpg

I’m so happy to be nearing the end if the course, I can get down to the pattern making!

20140426-112103.jpg

This is my skirt progress.. I’m on the last draft, my trio shall hopefully be me on my way to being a designer… Once I’ve got to grips with some software. Then I can offer PDF patterns!

Well I have a few posts to do so I’m off for a coffee!

Traci

Pink Linen Simplicity 1621 with Crochet Embelishments

Good morning

I seem to be letting life take over sewing and blogging at the Minuit! I have at least 2 projects that need done yesterday and at least 3 blog posts photographed!

So here goes one off the list!

The Pink Linen Simplicity 1621 with crochet flower embellishment.

This was made for Mrs.M, She has a wedding in a few days now. Her wee boy is page boy and she was looking for something different.

Image

We decided to go for this, it’s easy to wear. Simple but with WoW with the right fabric…..

Image

¬†After much humming and hawing, we decided on this pink linen. It’s drape is divine and heavy enough to give a real sense of luxury (it was priced at ¬£12.99¬† per meter). We bought and extra couple of bits for embellishments too..

But before any cutting of the real thing, I measured Mrs.M and altered the pattern. I always pick up second hand/thrift store vintage bed sheets for my muslin’s/toile’s. Mrs.M Wanted sleeves added too, so I used the jacket sleeves and made then 3/4 in length…

Image

Image

With the fitting done I has a few issues, the center back seam wasn’t sitting right the armscyle needed a little taking in too. ¬†(Sorry about the photo quality…. It’s my phone!)

****************

So on I went the “real thing”

 Simplicity 1621

For this fabric I use a squillion pins, because your garment is only as good as your cut!

Time for a few action shots……..

Simplicity 1621

Simplicity 1621

I do love this fabric it’s really loose but heavy with a fantastic drape, BUT it is a bit of a nightmare to work with. The darts were hard work…. I ended up hand stitching these!

Simplicity1621 006

This is my first time using bias tape as a type of finish/facing…. I have to say I am converted, Pressing is the key to a fabulous finish!

Simplicity 1621 022

I have recently bought a Tailors ham, if you don’t own one and are serious about sewing…. Buy one! This shoulder for me is one of my best to date

Simplicity 1621

Simplicity 1621

Simplicity 1621

A joining seam….. You know how I love a matching seam. RIGHT!!

Simplicity 1621

Simplicity 1621

*************

And on to the embellishment

Simplicity 1621 crochet flower

Crochet flower Simplicity 1621

Crochet flower Simplicity 1621

The crochet flower is made with a 12mm hook and chunky wool, the backing is made with 3 layers of felt blanket stitched together..

*********

On to the REAL TAH-DAH

Modeled by thee Mrs.M

Simplicity 1621

This pattern was made for her, she loved it….

********

I also made a a couple of embellishments for Mrs.M daughters

Simplicity 1621

Simplicity 1621

Now all the ladies have a matching bit of flowery flow through their outfits!

***********

So what can I say about Simplicity 1621, well it’s not a pattern I would have gone to for myself. ¬†BUT now that I have made it for Mrs.M….. I might just make myself the original version on the envelope!

Traci

The Big Solely Sewing Pattern Swap & My 100th post!

Hello there

So this is my 100th post, I thought I’d make it a good one…..

I recently moved house, and gained a new sewing room.

Image

Image

Image

I was able to see my full hoard¬†stash in all it’s glory! I have decided that I have way to many sewing patterns, as well as everything else! So¬†instead of selling them on I have decided to host a swap! Swaps are always fun right?!?!?

Image

(A sneak peek at the patterns I decided to keep!!)

**********************************

So how will this work I hear you say!!

I have made a new photo album on my Solely Sewing Facebook page, (I have put the album over on Facebook as there are so many!) This is where you can see the collection and info such as sizes.

It is not necessary, but you can follow Solely Sewing here on wordpress, Facebook & Twitter to keep up to date.

What can you swap if you find a pattern you like?!?

~ A Ladies Sewing Pattern that is a UK Size 8

~ A Men’s/Boy’s Sewing Pattern

~ Haberdashery

~ Fabric

I have a vague wish list on my Pinterest, this board was not made for the swap, but it’s a good indicator of what I’m on the look out for!

This swap is open world wide

Everyone who takes part will pay there own Postage & Packaging, this will be the only charge!

When a swap has been agreed upon, I shall edit the photo = SWAPPED

I don’t really have a end date on the swap in mind, I reckon it’ll be live till all the patterns are gone!

CONTACT

You can message me in the comments section here on this post, on the photo itself  on the Facebook page, Twitter me or Email me at tracimjanderson(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

So how’s that for a 100th post huh?!?!?!

I hope you enjoy having a peek through the Sewing Patterns & please do drop me a line if you have any questions!

Traci

Blackmore Vintage Pj Pattern – DONE!!!

Hello there

I’ve been sewing away at the WIP (Work In Progress) / UFO (Un-Finished Object) pile…. And these Pj’s have been there for a shameful 6 months!!!!

They are for Mr.P, And he is a fan indeed!

I used a Vintage Pattern

Blackmore Patterns 2/1

8785 CHEST 38

Image

Image

¬†This has to be my fave pattern for men’s Pj’s…..

Image

Image

Image

¬†I loved making these up….. One piece for the leg, Mr.P says they are very roomy and comfy. He loved the fabric too, it’s so difficult to get a decent fabric for me that is good quality too.

Image

¬†I also love the placket, It’s well put together…..

Image

¬†I mean look at it…. I just adore a lovely placket, especially if it looks this nice from the inside. They don’t make them like this anymore!

Image

¬†I have to show you my meeting seams too….. You know I love a good matching seam (seam line not pattern match clearly!!)

Image

¬†For the hem I added a good 5 inches extra, I wanted these to hang well, so doubled up the hem… It’s good quality 100% cotton, so wanted them to look just right!

I think the only thing I would alter in this pattern for next time would be take a 1.5 inches off the waist then add a waist band, I found sewing through the layers at the placket a little tricky…. To be honest I ripped out that section at least 3 times, but I did want it to be just right.

Basically this pattern is a total winner in my book… I loved sewing it and Mr.P is a fan for sure, I can see a couple of pairs in the stocking this Christmas!

FYI

I have not made the Pj top….. Mr.P prefers a t-shirt!

 Traci

Abakhan Fabrics Sewing Seams for ¬£15

Hello

Oh BOY, is this a overdue post or what!!

As some of you may know I am MEANT to do a monthly Sewing Seams For Fifteen (SSFF) I won’t embarrass myself by saying how long this post has been in the making!!

If your new to my SSFF, This (From now on) ¬†is a monthly show and tell, on making lovely things for ¬£15, may that be something for me, my boys, Mr.P or my home. I will have all the links if you fancy a go too… Abakhan Fabrics have a fab online shop, and deliver everywhere! If you have a shop near by I suggest you save your sewing pennies and just dive in!

***********

Anyways enough of all that!!!

On to the juicy sewing stuff!

I chose a pair of shorts, I NEVER sew for me so this was a fun…

Image

So here we are… Do you like the linen?!?! I love the shade & ¬†the weave is fantastic..

Image

I have to say I am a massive fan of Kwik Sew Patterns, their pattern paper is so  durable, Have you used them before??

SSFF #3 4 003

¬†I had lots of fun picking up the facings with this project… I stopped in my tracks when I seem this, How cute is it!!!

nOW 007

I done this part on holiday hence the non overlocked edge & blurry photo (my phone)

nOW 013

I loved the pattern from the start, but these pockets are just lush, They are deep enough for stuff not to fall out!

nOW 022

And look at the detail on this corner, isn’t it just divine!

Zip detail Kwik sew shorts

And a zip shot!!

Zip view Kwik sew shorts

And another!!!

SSFF Kwik sew shorts 012

And here we are all sewn up…. Do you see the facings there, it’s the same fabric as the pockets but in a differnt colour way! I am such a fan… I’ve even kept the teeny tiny scraps JUST in case I can use them for something!

SSFF Kwik sew shorts 013

Here’s the front view. They are a great length, I have to say some of the shorts that are out at the mo are TERRIBLE….. I mean do you really have to see so much of the bottom!!¬†I feel old!

SSFF Kwik sew shorts 003

A close up of the darts!

SSFF Kwik sew shorts 006

Another Close up shot…. I’m a stickler for seams matching up, I think it’s because I used to be soooo bad at them!!!

SSFF Kwik sew shorts 018

And here is the lovely facing fabric again…. Do you love it?!?!? I like having a secret in my sewing and this totally hits the spot!

SSFF Kwik sew shorts 030

Did I say I loved the pockets already?!?!?!? That tiny squared off edge…. Just lush!

SSFF Kwik sew shorts 011

So that’s my SSFF #3

I have to say, I have a vague excuse for this taking so long to sew/post… I made a rookie mistake, I cut it a size too big, body dis-morphia or what!! So I lost my mojo when I was half way through.

Anyways, on to the numbers…

Kwik Sew K3614 

£8.99

Linen

There is a few options, I was in store and got a meter for

£3

6 inch zip

£0.64

Hook and eye

£1.34

Thread

£0.65

TOTAL = £14.62

Not bad for a custom pair of shorts!!

(I have to edit here, the facing fabric was in my stash. But can be purchased here. A quarter meter would do it! )

Anyways, that’s Sewing Seams For Fifteen #3 done and dusted.

I promise you, me and Will, SSFF #4 is en-route!

Traci

Couture Hook and Eye

Hello

Yesterday I was scouring the internet world for a good tutorial on installing Hook and Eye’s to a garment, There are a fair amount out there. But as we all know, not all tutorials are that great!! So when I found this one on The Hairpin¬†website I just had to share..

For this couture tutorial you need to know your blanket stitch, This is a video tutorial and here’s a picture tutorial…..

Here’s my materials…..

Image

Have you ever used this technique??

I’ll let you know how I go

Traci

Simplicity 1621 – Muslin Vintage sheet

Hello again

I’ve just come back from a fitting with Mrs M

Simplicity 1621

Image

It is for a wedding in August, and is going to be made in Bubblegum pink linen…

Image

Isn’t it lovely…. I personally would never have chosen this colour, BUT I think it’s totally going to work with Mrs M. I think everyone knows what colour suits them. With the wool and button I’ve made a massive crochet flower….

Image

What do you think?!?!?!?

************************

So on to the muslin construction, I generally use vintage sheets to make up my muslin’s. They are pretty, and are easily bought from second hand shops AKA Thrift stores!

Image

As ever, when i’m cutting out a pattern I take over the kitchen table! We all do that?!? RIGHT?!?!

Image

A close up of the shoulder and sleeve.

Image

The left shoulder….

Image

The under arm seam and bust dart…..

Image

The Hem…..

Image

And here is Mrs M modelling the the font view….

Image

And the back view…

So What alterations are required?!?! The pattern is cut out in a XL the bust darts are L and I have added 3/4 sleeves (They are from the jacket in the pattern) Due to the bust dart alteration, the shoulder straps are a mite too long also.

Next up

The real thing!

Traci