Mittwoch, 24. August 2016

Inari Dress number two: Lago di Como

When looking for some linen at an fabric outlet, Mel and me discovered this linen print of an italian villa and imediately I had a Lago di Como inari dress in mind.
I made it exactly like my floral dress, adopting all the fitting alterations.
Being careful to place the rocks at a more flattering level, I was not really considerate of the balcony detail and couldn't get the exact pattern matching at the side seams, due to the shortage of fabric.
There was no fabric left for any sleeves, which I cut out of some leftovers of my watercolour Malvarosa dress. I quite like the cloudy effect of the sleeves now.
Pattern: Inari Dress of the Ticket Collection, Named Patterns
Size: 38 bust grading to a 42 at hip level
Fabric: one repeat of a linen villa print
Alterations: forward shoulder adjustment 1cm, shortened the bodice and sleeves 2cm at the middle of the armhole, lengthened 2 cm under hip level, added  1 cm SA at the vents.
The holiday print is nothing I would ever have regarded buying as ready to wear, but this print just puts me in good humour. Have you got any cheery garments, too?

Sonntag, 21. August 2016

Brumby Skirt, Megan Nielsen

One daughter bought me some Liberty Tana Lawn Sketch in white and blue to make two garments for her sister.The blue one was supposed by the presentee daughter to become a skirt.
Her whishes conformed to the Brumby skirt pattern by Megan Nielsen which has gotten a lot of good reviews. The pdf pattern is well made and easy to put together.
I was so lucky to take part at a wonderful sewing bee with IsaLaBella, Mel and Anni near Bodensee over last saturday and sunday.
 There, I sewed this well made pattern with its cute pockets.
I like the rounded placket and the exposed zip.
French seams and a narrow hem (Bernina foot #66) are details I love.
Pattern: Brumby Skirt version 2, Megan Nielsen 
Fabric: Liberty Tana Lawn Sketch A
No alterations.
My daughter is very happy about her new skirt! A big thank you to the donor!

Montag, 8. August 2016

Floral Inari dress, Named Clothing and #SewingDare

My dear sewing friends,

I am always very late to jump on all sorts of bandwagons. I would sew winter clothes in spring and summer clothes in fall. 
I liked looking at all those lovely Inari dresses thinking that this is a style which doesn't suit me.
Until I saw Gail's gorgeous versions. She had made all those alterations I supposed I would have to do, too.
Gail is looking so good in her Inari dresses which encouraged me to give the pattern a try. I bought a lovely Italian floral linen at my local fabric store Garçonne during their summer sale.
I started at size 38 in shoulders and bust, grading to a 42 at hipline. 
I always would shift the sleeves' shoulder notch 1cm forwards. This time, I made Gail's forward shoulder adjustment.
Because of my fabric being rather expensive, I made a toile. To obtain smaller armholes, I decided to reduce the upper height for about 2 cm. I added the missing 2cm under hip level. Maybe, I should have shortened it instead because I am shorter than the drafted length of 1,72cm by Named. When I realized this, I already had sewn the flat felled side seams.
I love flat felled seams for linen. The problem was the small seam allowance of 1cm by Named Clothing. A good excuse to buy the 4mm flat felled foot (Bernina #70).
I sewed my usual seam, then graded the back SA to 0,5cm, then sewed the first seam with the foot, pressed the seam and sewed the second seam with the foot. Everything went smoothly and gave me a small and sturdy (faux) flat felled seam.
I added one centimeter at the vent's seam allowances to fold it under. Same to the hem, where I used one centimeter to fold it in, too. So I serged the neckfacing's raw edge only.
I am very pleased with the outcome!
Today I had such a lovely meeting with Karin (Dreikah) and Monika (Wollixundstoffix) at my hometown Freiburg and I was wearing my new dress. (I am sorry for the strap fallen down!)
I am participating in Gillian's #SewingDares.

Gillian ("Crafting a Rainbow"):
"Looking through your IG, you’ve got a wardrobe full of beautiful classic dresses… so I’m going to dare you to sew a dress that is either shorter or longer then your normal knee-length!"
Does this count? In the front, the dress is rather short to me. But now, I will be looking for a less expensive fabric suitable for a maxi dress. Thank you so much, Gillian, for your thoughts!
Size: 38, graded to 42 at hip level
Fabric: Italian linen, Garçonne
Alterations: forward shoulder adjustment 1cm, shortened the bodice and sleeves 2cm at the middle of the armhole, lengthened 2 cm under hip level, added  1 cm SA at the vents.

Have a lovely sewing time!