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MMM17 Week 2

14 May

It’s been another lovely week – a few new makes and a few old favorites. I’m still loving the challenge!

2017-05-09

Day 8: Happily pulled on some cozy tights to wear with my jean skirt (moss skirt pattern from grainline studios.

Day 9: I wore my new bonnie top from Blue Ginger Doll. I love this fabric from Dragonfly Fabrics.

Day 10: Woop woop there was sunshine! Spent the day in the garden in my clover trousers (which I later made them into shorts) from Colette Patterns and another kimono tee from  Maria Denmark Sewing. On Wednesday the garden won over sewing.

Day 10 BONUS: In addition to my me made outfit i wore all day, I’m  went out that evening in me made too! My newest bonnie top – this is my favorite neckline!

Day 11: I’ve made quite few of butterick B5354 but this one’s my favorite!

Day 12: Got caught in some serious downpours this afternoon. Up side however was that i took shelter in a grove of trees that matched my linden sweater perfectly!

Day 13: Went out last night for belated celebrations for my new job wearing my new ‘good’ dress: Laurel from Colette. Love any reason to get dressed up!

Day 14:  At Columbia road flower market in my ginger jeans and linden sweater (again) – went a little crazy.

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Bonnie Top

13 May

I really love the Bonnie Top from Blue Ginger Doll and my previous versions in yellow and crazy geometric print get worn a lot. Because it is such a comfortable top I often reach for it in the morning, but at the same time I think it looks ace and often wear them out in the evening. So it was Bonnie I had in mind when Dragon Fly fabrics had a little sale in November and I purchased this beautiful print. It’s 95% cotton 5% spandex and it feels just wonderful.

There’s not much to say about Bonnie – I found the best fit is size 10 for chest and above, grading out to 12 at the hips. I also tried to reduce some of the gathers in the sleeves but I wasn’t overly successful.

 

Another Bonnie top

5 Nov

I’m not suppose to be sewing for me. I have a top secret project I’m working on with a friend and G. has been begging for some new shirts. But….. I had the pattern right there and the fabric sitting on top of the chair. What could I do? Besides the Bonnie top is super fast to sew, just two hours.

The fabric is a lovely knit I got from Girl Charlee (90% cotton and 10% spandex) and it feels wonderful. As I really loved the fit of my previous Bonnie, I kept the sizing exactly the same (size 10 for bust and above, grading out to 12 at the waist and hips). The only change I made was to slightly reduce the amount of fabric in the shoulder of the sleeve so it wouldn’t be quite so gathered. And I think it worked out just right – a little gathering but not too much.

I think print really suits the boatneck style and I’m quite pleased with the final result.

 

Sew Over It – Silk Cami

2 Apr

silk_cami_for_shopifyWhen I was at the Knitting and Stitching show back in March, I came across Sew Over It’s stall. I wasn’t familiar with them but I immediately fell in love with their Silk Cami pattern.  While last week I was all about sweatshits what with this being dreary cold England and all, this week I’m all about summer clothes as I’m sunshine, holiday bound next weekend.

I decided I needed this top in my suitcase, so I finally got round to buying the PDF pattern and whipped up my first. I used this lovely Lawn cotton I got that the Knitting and Stitching show.

While the PDF pattern was a very easy to put together, I still would prefer to have the real deal. I’m always nervous the the tiniest inaccuracy in my taping of pieces will result in a catastrophic failure when transferred onto my fabric. Size wise I faced a bit of a dilemma as my measurements fall between the 10 & 12 for the bust, and exactly fit the 10 for the waist. So I decided to make the bust size 11 (essentially draw in the lines) for around the bust area but grading to a size 10 for the waist, neck and shoulders.

Alas this didn’t work out too well. Something is just a bit off: a touch tight across the apex; a wee gaping along the front of the armhole; an awkward sitting on the upper bust. I think ultimately its too small and I should have gone for the size 12 all over. But I’m of two minds as to whether this one should be donated to someone smaller or if i’ll actually wear it.

 

I’m a bit disappointed as I love the fabric and the cami (when its not on me) – I’m drawn to its simplicity and the curved hem. I think I’ll have to have another go, trying size 12.

 

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