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.

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

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 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…

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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!)

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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……..

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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!

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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!

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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!!

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Simplicity 1621

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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..

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On to the REAL TAH-DAH

Modeled by thee Mrs.M

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

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

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Simplicity 1621

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

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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

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Simplicity 1621 – Overlocker UPDATE!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey there,

So after all my flapping the other day I thought i’d give you a update…. With the help of 3 sources I managed to win the was with my Toyota overlocker.

 

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I’m so happy 

Thanx so much Craftsy, The curious kiwi & Steph from 3 hours past. With all three I managed to sort out my overlocking nightmare! The the cutting bite was moved from 3 to 6 and the differential was turned up from N to 1.5 TAD-DAH I now have a lovely overlocked edge!

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I’m now on the bias binding…. So looking forward to the full TAH-DAH!

 

Traci

 

 

Simplicity 1621 so far…..

 

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**Waves**

I’ve been busy with the house move, But it’s 3 weeks on and we’re settled. Just a few more boxes for the attic, and I can safely say this is the most organized I’ve ever been when moving house…. But I have had lots of practice, 7 years 7 houses!

My Granny Mattie says I have my Great Grannies Rankin blood in me for sure, Great Granddad Rankin used to say to the removing men “Don’t bother tacking the carpets, she won’t be staying long!”

 

Anyways after that wee ramble…. On to sewing!

I’ve been sewing away at Simplicity 1621 top, I am loving the colour Mrs.M has chosen. I love sewing for others, you get to use patterns and fabric you wouldn’t choose yourself. 

So here’s the story so far….

 

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As much as I love this linen, and the colour F-A-B, it is a nightmare the stretch is hectic. Even when I was laying the pattern to cut, I had soooo many pins in it. I think if I worked with this fabric again I would hand baste throughout.

 

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When I finished the Darts I figured it would be best to fix the end of the dart by hand rather than ripping the whole thing out again…

 

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I reckon it looks grand now, (It was pointy before!)

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So after the fitting AKA playing with buttons and beads whilst drinking coffee! I got to fitting the dress.. After altering the the vintage sheet muslin, I still had to drop a size in the sleeve, shoulder strap and armscye…..

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Then the gape under the arm became apparent… This has now been sewn up. I’m ready to Overlock seams, add bias binding to the neckline and hem the bottom of the top/dress and the sleeves.

 

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DISASTER HAS STRUCK!!!

 

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My overlocker is not playing ball…..

 

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I have been fighting with is all day but alas, this is the best I seem to be able to get the tension… The edge just wont tighten up. I have left a tweet with Toyota hoping they have magic numbers for my tension!

 

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There is a upside to all this tension gloom though….

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I can soon use this lovely grosgrain ribbon to fancy up my projects…

 

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I now have not 1…..

 

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But 2 apprentices.

 

If you have any tips or want to shake some pom pom’s, then I’ll be happy for the advice of cheerleading squad!!

 

Traci