Friday, August 23, 2013

The Fabric Godfather



 Finally after months of selfishly only sewing for myself I made a shirt for the Fabric Godfather. He is the man in my life without whom Fabric Godmother simply wouldn't be possible. He religiously packs and posts the parcels for me every day. He does most of the photography for the website (he is a film maker so he knows his way round the back of a camera)and he carries the heavy rolls of fabric up 2 flights of stairs to the stockroom. All without complaining (mostly)

Probably should have ironed the shirt before taking the pictures!
I know he isn't smiling but he does like the shirt really.

The pattern I choose was the Colette Negroni pattern, I made a few adjustments as I think the style is a bit too western for the Fabric Godfather so I changed the front to create a fake covered button opening and rolled the sleeves for a more up to date look. It was really easy to change the front I simply folded the front back to cover the button holes then hand stitched it down. I didn't add the button loop at the top instead added an extra standard button just below the collar. By doing this the collar matched in the centre. If you fancy trying this yourself make sure there is plenty of room in the neck as it will come out smaller than the original pattern intended. As the pattern is American sizing it was perfect as the Fabric Godfather is very tall and broad shouldered and their sizes tend to come up on the generous side.

The fabric I used is a lightweight cotton lawn perfect for this weather (sorry I have now sold out of this fabric but you can find more like it here)I also think this pattern would look great in a floral cotton poplin like the ones here)


Special trick shot!
Sorry I am not as good behind the camera as he is but he couldn't take his own pictures

Here is the Colette version

I am now tasked with making him an entire new wardrobe!

Happy sewing xxx

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

My First Anna




I have named this post My First Anna, because hand on heart I WILL be making this dress again. 
The Anna dress is the fourth offering from those oh so clever girls at By Hand London.
I choose a light washed denim for my mid length, slashed neck version of the Anna. The great thing about this dress is you can make it is an fabric with plenty of body like this denim as well a wonderfully slinky floaty silk and it would still look great.
I didn't make a muslin (I never do, I am such a lazy sewer!! I usually choose an easy to sew fairly cheap fabric for my first try of a pattern, that way I can wear it if it works and if not well I haven't wasted too much money or time) So I guess this is my wearable muslin.


My favourite part of the pattern are the double bust pleats. Not only because of the way they are described in the pattern instructions "opening up almost flower like to accommodate your boobies" but also be because they make my 'boobies' feel flower like and me feel all girlie and special!


Next time I make the pattern I will adjust the neck a little as it gaped slightly at the front, unless I am standing up very straight like I should. Probably  because I have a narrow back so often have to adjust patterns.
I also found the neck facing didn't seem to sit quite right, something I have read in a couple of other blogs. But easy enough to fix by tracing the neckline and making my own facing.


As I said before, I am a lazy sewer, however with this dress I made an extra special effort with the finishing. I promise this dress looks almost as good inside out as the right way round. I pressed and stitched all the seam allowances and bound the waist seam and facing. Then I used bias binding to finish the hem for a really un-bulky finish. I am sorry no pictures of this, believe it or not I am actually stood in the middle of Peckham for these pictures (See Peckham gets a bad press and it really has it's beauty spots)and I didn't fancy stripping off to turn the dress inside out to prove that point you will just have to take my word for it!


Next time I want to make a long dress in something altogether more floaty and girlie, not my usual style, but I just feel this dress would work so well in a long floral version..Though maybe will have to leave the bike at home for that one!







Denim fabric available here
Dress pattern available here 

Happy sewing xxx

Friday, August 2, 2013

A very little project




I am at that age now where people all around me are having babies, lots of them all over the place popping up everywhere, like some kind of epidemic!
Last month was particularly special though as I become both and Auntie and a Godmother. As my Brother and best friend both had beautiful babies.
So I figured it was time to stop making grown up clothes and start on some baby gear. Well the first thing I noticed was how much less fabric you need, also how quick baby clothes are to sew. Fabulous! As a bit of a lazy sewer anything quick and easy really grabs my attention.
I made this dress for my God daughter using a bit of left over silk with pelican print all over it and a free pattern from Sew Much Ado find the pattern here. I also decided to have my first try of French seams (I know I can't believe I have never done one before). Well I don't know what I was so worried about, they were a easy to do and gave a lovely finish inside. Think I will be adding French seams to everything I make from now on. Tilly does a great tutorial on French seams here.
Now to make something for my Nephew.... I'm not sure he will be up for a pink silk pelican dress??

Happy sewing xxx