3 Ladies Waiting (but not for long!)

Hello, nothing for 2 years then twice a month.

I couldn’t resist through sharing these dreamy Lady McElroy fabrics.

When I got back from holiday at the end of May I went to Leeds and found Fabrics for All there I met Neil, Sarah’s husband, and although I had only gone to buy fabric for a Washi dress I was tempted by three.

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Usually I go home, wash them and move onto the next temptation. Is that just me? Now I am determined to make what I buy and enjoy it. No more saving fabrics. I think that comes from when we were little and we had ‘best’ clothes we had to save for special occasions and that meant some were never or hardly worn. Also I work in an office in accounts and when I started I was included in official meetings so always wore formal and dark clothes. Now I am no longer included I am wearing what I want and what gives me most pleasure. Also going grey means I need to wear brighter and warmer colours to avoid disappearing.

So, ramble over, on to the 3 fabrics.

Jersey left, lawn middle and viscose on the right.

Having just bought the Regan Top by Sew me Something I was quick to cut out the short sleeve version. I have broad shoulders and struggle with sleeves but raglan sleeves fit much easier. This is such a well designed pattern. The pdf goes together perfectly. Going by the finished size I was happy to cut a size 14 needing only 1m for the short sleeve version. Past Karen had bought some pink ribbing and I cut this for the collar, cuffs and waistband. I am really pleased with how this turned out. Too many necks on me are really wide and I hate that drafty gap. This neck on me is perfect. The pattern also has long sleeves and can be made in sweatshirt, terry, fleece and scuba as well as the lighter jerseys. I can see this becoming my go to pattern in cooler weather and have seen some lovely long sleeve versions on IG.

 

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This is a size 14. Pattern as pdf cost £10.00. Fabric cost £14.95. Great value for money and this pattern will be used many times. Really pleased with the results.

Next I moved onto the lawn. It’s name is Siesta Beach, OMG this fabric is so smooth and cool to the touch. It has a really close weave and the first thing I did was put a new needle in my machine and it deserved it. These are some amazing versions of the Kingfisher Top by The Sewing Revival on IG and I had to join in. This is a woven top with a jersey trim and a great way of using up odd smaller pieces of jersey as contrast. Again a very easy raglan pattern, the pdf went together well. This pattern is very different in that you buy a group of sizes. My bust size 41 put me as a XL size 16 so I bought the group M-L-XL I cut the large as its a loose fit and I am really pleased with size.

This is great with jeans, trousers and skirts and I like the length both loose and tucked in. As this only has trim on the collar and sleeve cuffs it really doesn’t need a lot of jersey. Again a great scrap buster.

This is a size large. Pattern cost £7.77. 1m Fabric cost £14.95. Great value again and yes there will be many more of these. They will be so useful at home and at work.

Last but by no means least this viscose named Pimpernel. A gorgeous red/orange that I had marked to become a Washi Dress I hadn’t realised until Me Made May that this had an elasticated back, making this the Menopausal Dress of Dreams. Seriously my waist line changes size by the hour never mind the day. This fabric has a little stretch to it almost like a crepe and this made it a little harder to cut out. Plenty of pins were used to line it all up before cutting. Sewing it was a dream. Shirring was a new experience. I read all the advice and watched a few YouTube videos recommended on the Made by Rae website. Seriously just give it a go, it’s like fabric magic.

The little cap sleeves are lovely and after adding them you bias bind the armhole and sleeve which leaves them lovely and neat. Because of the fabric I had to leave the dress hanging for a bit before trimming the hem then I just turned the hem up and sewed a double turn. This gives it a bit more weight and I think it hangs nicely.

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Can you tell I love it!!

I made a large and the only thing I think I will change is to lengthen the bodice a little just to move the shirring down a bit. The pattern was about £11 converted and the fabric was £14.95 pm and I needed 2m. I will make loads more of these as I love it. On IG there are winter examples too and there is also a Washi expansion pack with different collar and sleeves.

Right, off to cut out something else while I am in the sewing flow.

Happy Sewing folks,

K xXx

Hi Remember Me?

Hello long time no see.
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I can’t remember why I stopped blogging but starting up again sometimes needs a good excuse.
This year has been good for my family so far. A holiday with the kids in January to set us up for the year. Then back and get ready for our sons wedding in May. Then hubby booked a holiday straight after and #memademay2019 turned into #memadeholiday.
As MIL I had offered to buy flowers as my Mum in Law had done for us and my mum bought the cake as my grandma had done. I was quite keen to buy and support local and wondered on holiday afterwards why I wasn’t doing this for fabric shopping.
A couple of shops I follow on IG had discussed ‘June of doom’ and it got me thinking of local shops I would be sad for if I had not supported them.
@trixielixiepics had some fabulous #washidress examples and I hadn’t realised the back was elastic so when we came back I asked hubby to take me into Leeds to find Fabrics for All joy of joy it’s just out of Leeds, is easy to find and has parking.
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I only went in for some Washi dress fabric and although Sarah wasn’t in her hubby Neil was and he is a fabric buying enabler!!
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Yes 3 not 1 but all gorgeous and I couldn’t leave them. Jersey, lawn and viscose.
Sarah had put out a note for anyone looking to Blog for her to get in touch and I thought this would get me back blogging and also get me buying local too win/win. There are lots of advantages of buying local.
No postage costs means more fabric.
There is nothing like handling fabric to make a better choice, how often have you ordered on line and the result isn’t what you needed for that project.
Help and advice in person. Sarah is knowledgeable and happy to help and advise.
My first month choice of fabric was another Lady McElroy 97% cotton 3% spandex in the glorious Savannah, lots more here . I had just bought the Sew House Seven pattern for the Free Range Slacks
This is another great pattern from Sew House 7 these pants having an elastic waist really appeals as I have a waist that changes size by the hour!
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Cutting out was fun, making sure I didn’t have a tropical bird in an inappropriate place. My size needed 2.2m but a plain or non directional fabric would need less.
Sewing this fabric was a dream, new needle, and off I went. The pockets are HUGE there is even a top stitching guide as the pocket gets pinned behind and then sewn from the front.
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You can’t see it on mine as the pattern is busy but there is a stripe down each outer leg. When the front and back leg are attached to it the seams are pressed inwards and then top sewn. This could really be a feature in a plain fabric with fancy top stitching, alternative fabric or a plain stripe with a patterned leg.
When the left and right legs are sewn together the seam is pressed to the right and again top sewn from the right side.
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The waistband is added and turned inside to keep the clean lines and the elastic is added. These are really comfy pants and the lower legs have instructions for french seams and also flat felling so when they are rolled up everything is neat. I wasn’t sure what length I wanted these to be so I have just pinked mine for now and will adjust when I have worn them a few times.
So here they are the pants of happiness!!!
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Although I needed all the length of this fabric for pattern placement there were some large and odd shapes of fabric left and bring a Yorkshire lass and this fabric being gifted waste is not an option – that would be rude!
So I made a hat – this is the Serpentine hat by Elbetextiles  I had some Pellon in stash so stiffened the brim with that. Instructions were easy to follow and I made a large with a green inner with some fabric bought for £1 from Morley Market.

I still had some left so made a Petal Pouch by Noodlehead, lovely to make and only cost the price of a zip.

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And last but not least there was enough left still for an Ida Clutch by Kylie and the Machine, a free pattern, I must be the last person to make one and cost again the price of a zip!

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This fabric was gifted but would have cost £32.89.

I made size large and I am happy with the relaxed fit.

Pattern was my own and cost £11.20 good value as I want to make again in a linen.

Happy Sewing folks,

K xXx