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

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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!

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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!

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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…

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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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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!

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

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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!!

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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)

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

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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

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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

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

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

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¬†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.

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

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¬†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!

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

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¬†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!

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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…

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

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

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¬†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!!!

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

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

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

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And a zip shot!!

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And another!!!

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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!

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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!

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A close up of the darts!

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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!!!

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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!

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

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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

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…..

 

Hi

**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

 

 

A little of this and a little of that…..

Hello 

 

This weekend has been finishing quick jobs and WIP….. I’m in the process of packing so can’t really start my Simplicity 1621 till I get to the new house (by the end of the week). Can’t wait to have a proper sewing room again! I’m all about the new space right now, that and de-stashing, fabric and patterns.¬†

 

I eventually got my facing stitched on my shorts, it’s the first time I’ve stitched in the ditch this way.. I defo need more practice! But it does look good from the front.

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I was also asked to alter a duvet cover from a King size to a single…

 

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The customer done there own cutting and marking!!

 

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After some measuring I have got it all sewn up!

 

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So glad me and my overlocker are still on good terms!!! Look at that lovely neat edge!

 

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I’ve also been playing with my Bias binder maker... I’m loving it! I did learn a very quick lesson, NO STEAM, I burnt my fingers in the first 5 mins! I think it is a fab tool, an one I will be keeping in the ever growing sewing box!

Anyways I have a busy few days ahead, I shall keep you posted via Facebook and Twitter

 

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…..

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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

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

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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….

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What do you think?!?!?!?

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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!

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

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A close up of the shoulder and sleeve.

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The left shoulder….

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The under arm seam and bust dart…..

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The Hem…..

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

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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