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V8558 - cutting it out

I finally decided to cut a size 12, although I suspect after losing 9kg it might be a bit big, even if the size 12 bust/hips measurements fit me perfectly. The waist is another matter, I'll rant about it another day.

I can't do anything else today, I'm absolutely wrecked.

Vogue 8558

I made Vogue 8558 in size 12 before. It fit me perfectly but because I did not heed the instructions about using jersey or knits it was quite difficult to put on.Now I actually (shock!) have 1 metre of jersey to use - but since it is stretchy shouldn't I cut a size 10?Maybe I'll just make a size 12 and see how it is. I would like to make it in a normal cotton as well but I think I need to add a zipper to it if I do that.  As a completely unrelated note, I feel the Android blogger app could use some love.

The Denim Belt

My somewhat-embroidered denim belt is done:

The belt buckle I bought was 1 1/4 inches wide. Since I can easily stitch with a 1/4 seam allowance (my machine, believe it or not, does not have a proper line drawn for the 5/8 allowance - I find it a bit big anyway so when I can I use a smaller allowance I do so), I added 1/4 all around.

Then, I  made sure one edge of my old jeans was straight and I marked it properly with tailor's chalk:

Then I cut 4 strips (the trousers were not long enough just for 2 of them):

Then I sewed them two by two at the end. You can see I wasn't very straight on one of the lines here:

Then I sewed them, two by two, right sides together and left one of the short edges open:

Then when this was done, I turned everything right-side out. That took forever, it's much easier with two ends open.

Then I added the belt buckle. Well, actually MrT did, it was quite difficult to get it on due to the thickness given by seam allowances. So much so in fact that I p…

Hand Embroidery 101

I bought Doodle Stitching - Fresh and Fun Embroidery for beginners last week from Amazon. I read it on the train and the went and bought some embroidery thread to try it out. I wanted to add it to the denim belt.

So all said and done, I got the floss out, cut the denim pieces and then started embroidering. I copied (freestyle) partial designs from the book. What I can say is that hand embroidery is fun! It was great to just do this and let my mind wander. However, it does need practice to get things even. My embroidery isn't even. Yet :) My stitching lines weren't straight either when I started sewing.

At the end, I had 4 designs on the belt piece: three are from the book and one started as something from the book but evolved into something else.

First, I did this circle thing, which was one of the last designs in the book. I removed one of the circles because I didn't think there would be enough room for it:

I thought this looked great after I did it, but at some point I …

Google London is 10 today

This isn't related to sewing, but this was on my desk when I arrived at work today.
Happy birthday Google London!


You might have seen the tiny appliques on Edith:

I wanted to do a writeup of how I did them. It wasn't very difficult - the only annoying thing was that the two fabrics are very thin and I had to double up when sewing. Still, I'm quite happy with the result considering that:
     1. I basically went on instinct
     2. My thread colour did not match the fabric

I had decided to make Edith out of the white (well it was white when I bought it; then it became yellow during washing) fabric, but since that's a bit bland and I had a few scraps of the printed fabric, I thought I'd try my hand at applying appliques. I needed to figure it out anyway since Mr T wants me to add a "London Underground" applique to his new T-shirt and I don't trust just ironing these things on.

I started by taking a good look at the floral fabric and deciding what pieces I'll use:

and proceeded to cut them out. Then I arranged them on the pattern pieces:

And I was off to the ironing…

Burda magazine rant

I bought two of these so far (July 2011 and August 2011) but I have to say I'm not convinced they're good value for money.

First off, the pattern lines are next to impossible to trace. They are too thin and cramped into each other. I have serious issues following them, even for the pink-shaded pattern that's supposed to be very obvious: I looked at the lines for 10 minutes before I realized where the pocket pattern piece was. It felt like that scene in Orson Scott Card's Xenocide where Qing-jao needs to follow the wood lines in the whole room. 

Even the "beginner" stuff is completely confusing. It says "cut 1" on a piece which you are supposed to have 2 of at the end due to the fact that they tell you to fold the fabric first. But the piece isn't cut on a fold. You actually have to have two pieces in total. All the other patterns I have say "cut 2" when you're supposed to end up with two pieces.  I would take pictures of what I'…

Hello, Kitty

I stumbled upon this:

21 pounds is on the pricey side for cotton but they're quite cute.

To Beignet or not Beignet?

I'd like to learn how to add lining to skirts. It dawned on me that buying a pattern that explains how to do it would be best - and since the pattern I got along with best so far was Rooibos from Colette, I figured I should just check their patterns to see what's available.

Unfortunately, the only Colette skirt that does have a lining is Beignet:

I don't particularly like waist skirts. But that wouldn't be a huge issue in itself: the thing I am confused about is that all the pictures of completed Beignets I've seen on the blogosphere do not look fitted around the hips - an issue which the pictures on the Colette website do not show at all:

So I don't understand why I haven't seen something as fitted out there in the blogosphere and at the same time I can't imagine my version will look like the Colette one. So I'm in doubt about whether to get this pattern or not. Any ideas?

The wrong skirt

I wanted to write up the complete failure with the skirt but I can't do it. It was a horrible experience, but I did take pictures throughout so I'd best share them here:

The fabric was pretty horrible, it frayed and frayed and frayed. I've still got loads of it (I originally purchased 2 meters), but I can't think what I can make with it. Maybe a scarf? I'll think about it.

Edith the pincushion

I gave my best with the skirt but it just didn't work out. So I started on the pincushion I mentioned a few days ago. I'm going to call it Edith:

I started off by drafting a "pattern". I took a normal envelope and cut it off. Then I used a large candle to trace some curved lines between the middle of each section. The pattern is too big. I wanted Edith to be made of 6 parts but I stopped at 4 because it already was too big. After I cut the pattern I started cutting the pieces out of fabric:

Then I did the applique parts (which I'll write up in a future post). Then I did the gathering. I cut two pieces of cloth, and machine-basted one line on each:

Then gathered. I only use one line of basting for gathering and I find it works out just fine. I'm not exactly sure what the benefit of basting a second line is. I would love to hear your opinion on it though!

Then I added the gathered blue fabric between the white fabric and the lined fabric and pinned, then sewed: