I calculated for a UK Passport that i needed a rectangle of 31cm wide and 16cm high and includes a seam allowance of 1/4″ (o.6cm). It’s all written down in my Sew Crafty Journal, which is a fab tool as it had plenty of room to add my notes and calculations instead on a scrap piece of paper which i would end up losing!
I drew on the fabric using my tailors chalk and my Pattern ruler and tried my best to get it straight with the aid of the Ruler and my mat but i am only human after all!
Cut all the way around the fabric, following the outline we just drew.
Lay one piece of the Cover onto lightweight woven fusible interfacing. Pin and cut out one piece. I cheated a little, i folded my piece in half and then did the same for interfacing and pinned in place and cut out which meant less cutting! So now you should have 2 pieces of the fabric for your cover and 1 piece of interfacing
Sewing it all together!
Fuse the interfacing to the outer layer of the fabric with the glue side of the interfacing facing the wrong side of the fabric.
Place the two layers of fabric right sides together. Pin around the entire piece leaving a section about 2″ wide marked to be left unsewn for turning the piece right sides out.
Sew around the perimeter of the pieces using 1/4″ seam allowance starting at one side of the opening and remembering to Pivot(That word always reminds me of the episode of Friends with Ross and Chandler are moving the sofa to Ross’s apartment!!) when you reach each corner. Then back tacking at the otherside of the opening.
I was lucky enough to be selected by Melyssa for her 1st ever PDF Pattern to test! The Wearable Studio are a new Indie Pattern Company based in Australia and their patterns are designed to embody beauty, femininity, comfort and elegance.
When i received the lucky email from her, i knew i had the right fabric for this top in my stash… this lovely Suzy Viscose in Sky from Sewisfaction! It’s such a beautiful print and such a dream to sew with too, no issues whatsoever!
The Franki Top is a versatile transitional piece. It has a boxy, relaxed feel which can be made into an everyday casual top or an elegant feminine piece, both of which will be a staple in your wardrobe.
This pattern will be a breeze for sewists with a little bit of experience but the detailed instructions (written and photograph guides) will gently help build the skills of any beginners too.
Both versions have a flattering hi-lo hem line.
Version 1 features a flirty ruffle hem and three-quarter sleeves with pretty ties.
Version 2 is cropped at the waist and has short sleeves.
I made a Straight Size 12 and had no fit issues with regard to the shoulders where i am petite in that area on some pattern brands lol the only thing i would change in my next version which has to be Version 1 with the ruffle hem and tie sleeves is to lengthen it by 2″ just for personal preference… Don’t think i can get away with the crop look in my early thrities!! Overall though the instructions were very clear and the pieces fitted well where they should!
Sorry I’ve been missing in action… I’ve had the dreaded Cold/flu bug which knocked me for six and has taken me nearly a month to get over it!! So i am behind on my Blog and keeping you all updated on my Social Media but i am still here honest!
So January’s Make is the lovely Sunny Top by Friday Pattern Company. Did you know that Friday Pattern Company donates 5% of all proceeds of the pattern to Against Malaria Foundation, how lovely is that!
I opted to make view B and according to my measurements i cut out a large for the bust and graded out x-large for the waist and hips.
Now look at this pretty Fabric from Girlcharlee! This Coral Peach Floral on Slate Grey Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric is just gorgeous. It has amazing colours of peach, coral pink, cream, mocha, burgundy flowers and roses on a pretty grey background. Fabric has a very smooth hand, good stretch, and is light to mid weight. The Largest rose flower measures 2.75cm.
There was only 20 pages to cut and stick together so this was quick to assemble compared to other patterns!
With only 3 Pattern Pieces, this was a breeze to assemble as i ignored the instructions…. i felt it was taking the long way round of assembling so i sewn the shoulders together first, then set in the sleeves and then sewn from the sleeve hem, pivot at the underarm and continued down the side of the top. Then hemed the necklince, sleeves and bottom of the top by turning it under by 1cm and then stitching in place.
Upon reflection, i would lengthen this top by about 2″ even though i am on the short side (5 foot 2″) i felt that the top was a little short.
But here is the ever so pretty top on ‘Dorris’
I do love the curved hem and the arms are roomy so it’s perfect for everyday wear or even work as it is quite smart looking in this gorgeous fabric!
A very big thank you to Mark at Girl Charlee for providing the fabric for this project, so if you haven’t made your way across to their fantastic online shop of a vast array of jersey fabrics, then what are you waiting for.. go and treat yourself!
It’s also 1 make down from #2018makenine list! Yay! I will get all 9 made, i hope….. LOL
Hi All! I haven’t posted a Tutorial for a while so i thought I’d share with you a nice looking Zip Bag which is quite roomy for a range of uses! But this is one is going to a Friend who needs a little bit of cheering up after a rough few weeks. I’m hoping that this will help! It seems the most annoying thing about pouches using Zips that I’ve seen or made in the past are those pesky corners. Don’t know about you but i hate seeing the ends of zips and it looks a bit odd with the zip ‘jumping out’ of the pouch and it doesn’t look nice and neat. Sorry i think i have an OCD about it!
The zip is not actually sewn into the side seam – the tab encases the ends of the zip. Then the sides are sewn with the lining in place – there’s no bulky stuffing used for lining inside the pouch just interfacing. Bias binding is used to cover the raw edges inside the Bag for a neat finish. Supplies:
0.5m (50cm) Fabric for outside of pouch I’ve used Art Gallery Wonderland Petal Flamingos in Coo
0.5m (50cm) Fabric for lining I’ve used Liberty Fabric Tana Lawn Mitsi Valeria B
0.5m (50cm) Interfacing – I’ve used Medium Interfacing as i wanted it to be sturdy yet soft.
Zip 11″ (28cm) or longer as you can soon shorten it.
Basic sewing supplies:
Thread and a full Bobbin – nothing worse that running out mid way through a seam!
Scissors – If your aren’t using a Rotary Cutter and Mat.
Rotary Cutter and Mat.
Tape Measure – I love the cuteness of this retractable tape with the polka dot finish and it measures up to a whopping 150cm aka 1.5m!!
Marking Tool – This Pen by Prym is the best marking tool I’ve used as it chalks out soo easily and preciously and in a handy pen format so no more broken tailors chalk pieces everywhere or on your hands!
Cutting out time! Cut all of the following – Each Piece measures 11″ x 8 3/4″ ( 28cm x 22cm):
2 x Outer fabric
2 x Lining fabric
4 x Interfacing
Two squares 2″ x 2″ (4cm x 4cm) for the zip tabs
For the Bias Binding, cut from lining fabric a strip 1 1/8″ x 20″ (3cm x 51cm) if you don’t have enough length to make it one go you can always precut the Binding to the length of the side seams – 7″ (15cm) x 2 and Bottom Seams 3″ (7cm) x 2. Four strips in total. Fuse interfacing to the outer pouch pieces and the lining pieces.
Right, let’s get Making! On the Outer Pieces, mark 1/4″from each edge on the Top of the Piece on the Right side of the Fabric. Trust me you will need this later! Cut out 1.5″(3.8cm) Square from the lower edge of each Outer Pieces. Repeat for the Lining Pieces also.
Making the Zip Tabs: With your 2″ (4cm) Squares,Fold in Half, Press and then fold again so that one end of the square is now folded nicely with no raw edges on show.
Yeah a little bit late of posting about my entry for the #littlereddressproject which is run by Reneta and Rosa and thought I’d get a Deer and Doe Belladone sewn up using this ever so gorgeous red polka dot cotton from Adam Ross Fabrics that had a fab sale for Black Friday where i picked up 3m for just over £10 and its extra wide too! Yay!
With it being extra wide i was able to get the most out of my fabric which was needed later on as i need to make a new Bodice as there was too much excess fabric! In the end i had to size down (size 42) and make an adjustment to the upper back bodice piece of by 1/4″ for it to lie flat. Thankfully, I didn’t need to shorten the Skirt for a change! So overall i made Size 42 from the Shoulders and Bust and graded to a 44 for the Waist and Hips.
I also made matching Bias Binding even though it is hidden underneath i wanted it to match inside and out!
For some reason i love installing invisible zips, i find them totally easier than normal zips! Yes…I am a bit of freak! Also my waistband matched up pretty well too for a change!
This is the first time i have used a Skirt facing to finish the hem of a dress before but i do quite like it but instead of overlocking the edge, i used my Blind Hem foot to finish off the neatness of the dress.
I added an hook and eye to the Dress for my personal preference and look what was left on my bobbin after i finished! Talk about cutting it fine eh?! I like to live dangerously!
So here is the Dress! I am in love the cutout detail at the back!
Now I have never made my own shoes before, I didn’t even know where to start but with the help of this DVD this project was fairly easy, so I’d definitely pop it on you’re ever growing to do list! Espadrilles are usually associated with a summer wardrobe but I thought I would get ahead of the game for a change and make a start on my spring/summer wardrobe!
Look what i managed to finally make this year…. a Christmas top! Like i said last year i hoped to make more Christmas related sewing! I raided my stash as i knew i had some Christmas Jersey left over from last year and thankfully i had a 1m of Reindeer jersey from Fabricstyles which i had won from their Instagram competition last Christmas!
Last year i managed to get a Christmas Dress sorted and I’m working on it again this year in the form of the Deer and Doe’s Belladone with Red and White polka dot fabric from Adam Ross in their Black Friday Sale at a steal of just over a tenner for 3m at extra wide!
Now, as you do i was looking through my huge amount of PDF Patterns…. yeah i have a problem! I came across Love Notions Laundry Day Tee, I used this pattern last year for my mum for a Christmas Present and for some reason never got round to making myself one…. till now!
Thankfully, there has been an updated version of the pattern which now features a better fitting sleeve, more sleeve options, a dress length and high/low tunic & dress options! The tee and tunic have also been shortened too. Yay!
I decided since it was for work that I’d make the Tee version as i wanted it be comfy without it swamping me as i am only short hahaha!
With regarding the sizing options and measuring i went for the Medium. With the handy layer options on the Pattern i was able just to print the medium and piecing together lines for the a4 size rather than being set to US size, win win!
I really like the clever way the back piece attaches to the front without the need of piecing and cutting out 2 separate pattern pieces.
Yes, i got this tee cut out in a Metre but i couldn’t fit the neckband pattern piece on the fold… So I had to add a 1cm Seam allowance to my Neckband and sewn it together and there you go! You actually can’t tell that I’ve done that on the band itself mwhahaha!
I used my Singer Overlocker for the majority of the construction of the Tee including my neckband.
I then brought our My Trusty Singer 9960 to finish the Neckband, Sleeves and Hem.
Here is the final result!
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