new look 6212

New Look 6212 - Progress so far!

May 31, 2014

The shirt is coming along nicely - so far it's been easier than I expected.   I had already cut the pieces out and overlocked the  seam edges that would be exposed. I don't have an overlocker (it is on my want list) but I used my mum's so that I wouldn't have to worry about finishing the seams.  I transferred the pattern marking using tailor tacks also.  I need to investigate using dressmaker's carbon paper to see how I like this method.

So this is what I have done so far:

New Look 6212 - front view - progress so far
Front view

New Look 6212 - back view - progress so far
Back view
I had a tricky moment when it came to following the instructions to make the yoke but it all came good in the end! It involved sandwiching the back between the yoke and the yoke facing, stitching a seam through all the thicknesses, machine basting the shoulders and then rolling the top up and pinning then stitching the shoulder edges together and finally pulling the rolled top out through the armhole. Sounds confusing eh! I should have taken pictures to explain it but I was too busy trying to make sense of the instructions!

New Look 6212 - yoke - inside view
That fiddly yoke - inside view
New Look 6212 - yoke - back view
Yoke - back view
Skills needed so far:

Stay-stitching
Sewing seams
Layering seams
Applying a yoke using a professional no hand-sewing method
Machine basting
Making a narrow hem

Tomorrow's job will be to make the plackets, the neckband, collar and maybe the button holes! Wish me luck!

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Skull and crossbones New Look 6212

May 30, 2014

So the next thing I have on the go is a shirt for my daughter. She has a couple of similar shirts that she has bought so I thought that I would have a go at making my own.  I think it might be a trifle ambitious as I've never made a blouse or shirt before!  I am going to make the sleeveless version (View B) without the pockets on the front.


New Look 6212
New Look 6212

She chose this skull and cross bones material from Minerva Crafts online.  Funky isn't it!

Skull and Crossbones fabric from Minerva Crafts
Skull and Crossbones fabric from Minerva Crafts

Pieces all cut out - construction starts tonight!

A line skirt

Love at First Stitch

May 30, 2014

Just got my copy of me this amazing book by Tilly Walnes of Tilly and the Buttons fame! I can't wait to get stitching on some of these. I think my first make will be the lovely Delphine skirt - I've been too scared to to tackle a zip but I think with the help of this book I should be able to manage it. I've got some lovely denim fabric that I bought in John Lewis with the intention of making a skirt, so watch this space!

Delphine Skirt from Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes
Delphine Skirt from Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes

You can see all the gorgeous patterns available in this book here.



peter pan collar

My lovely finished polka dot top

May 29, 2014

The top is finished so as promised here are some pictures. I used Simplicity 1693 to make this top. I liked this pattern and it is fairly easy to follow. Now I need to find out more about joining the ends of  bias binding together at the armholes as the instructions said fold under but to me that looks pretty lumpy. I also made a self covered button which I'm getting better at and a hand-sewn button loop which I found really difficult to do! My mum showed me how to do this and hers look perfect.

I've got a new top to wear to work tomorrow hurrah!

Simplicity 1693 - Peter Pan collar
Simplicity 1693 - Peter Pan collar



Simplicity 1693 - Front view
Simplicity 1693 - Front view

Simplicity 1693 - Back view
Simplicity 1693 - Back view

Simplicity 1693 - Back view of Peter Pan collar
Simplicity 1693 - Back view of Peter Pan collar

Simplicity 1693 - Close up of button loop
Simplicity 1693 - Close up of button loop

peter pan collar

Simplicity 1693

May 28, 2014

So I am currently making this top by Simplicity. I am making the Peter Pan collar view D but have decided to make it sleeveless. This is the first time I have made anything with darts or a collar. The collar was a little tricky but in general finding the pattern easy to follow and I like the fact that I could make all the options! I am making my top in some cream cotton polka dot material.

Will post a picture when finished!

Simplicity 1693
Simplicity 1693
Simplicity 1693 - front and back views from pattern
Front and back views

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May 28, 2014

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