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Florals Rule - get ready for Spring & Summer

BrendaP

Re: Florals Rule - get ready for Spring & Summer
« Reply #75 on: May 16, 2018, 10:01:18 AM »
A few years back I made a number of fake wrap dresses, but being short waisted I hated how they looked on me (belt almost right under my boobs and all that) and constantly tried to pull the belt down.
However, I made the Cashmerette wrap dress for my step daughter a year or so ago, and she looks fab in it (H cup boobage).

I'm long waisted and wrap styles don't suit me, they always gap at the front and reveal far too much underwear.  OTOH DD who wears large cup sizes often wears wrap styles and they look good on her, so I think that must be the secret - they are only good for buxom lasses.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Francesca

Re: Florals Rule - get ready for Spring & Summer
« Reply #76 on: May 16, 2018, 10:02:19 AM »
I can do knit wraps OK, they do look a bit odd but they work. But it's getting it to hug the bust in a woven that is seemingly impossible.

I have one last attempt to try. A similar pattern without the raglan sleeves (which added extra complexity to the fit). I've also considered the possibility of running clear elastic along the top edge of the neckline.

If the pattern doesn't work out, I will make something different in the same fabric. At least my failure came at toile stage.

Samantha

Re: Florals Rule - get ready for Spring & Summer
« Reply #77 on: May 16, 2018, 10:08:37 AM »
I'm going to attempt to enter this if this fabric is acceptable?

Manuela

Re: Florals Rule - get ready for Spring & Summer
« Reply #78 on: May 16, 2018, 10:52:12 AM »
I'm going to attempt to enter this if this fabric is acceptable?

I see lots of flowers @Samantha, so it's absolutely fine  :flower:

Samantha

Re: Florals Rule - get ready for Spring & Summer
« Reply #79 on: May 16, 2018, 11:25:45 AM »
@Manuela thank you, was hoping the foxes might mean not allowed  :D no excuse now then!!

UttaRetch

Re: Florals Rule - get ready for Spring & Summer
« Reply #80 on: May 16, 2018, 14:40:22 PM »
Weren't you going to use that fabric for a wedding outfit @Samantha?
What goes around comes around.

Samantha

Re: Florals Rule - get ready for Spring & Summer
« Reply #81 on: May 16, 2018, 15:55:29 PM »
@UttaRetch  yep! The wedding is in August, I need to have it done before mid July due to holidays so thought if I join in with this it might make me more motivated and speedy! The last outfits I made for a wedding I was sewing up my husbands's that morning! (It was just a pocket handkerchief  :D)

b15erk

Re: Florals Rule - get ready for Spring & Summer
« Reply #82 on: May 17, 2018, 09:58:55 AM »
Late to the party here, but I've started to tidy the stash, and I've come across so many lovely florals which need using, that I thought this would be the perfect opportunity. 

Do bear with me though, I'm not a good joiner-in of things, and do tend to forget that there are rules - and deadlines!

I'm thinking of Butterick 5536, and The Amelia Tea Dress. 

Just need to find suitable fabrics now :)

Jessie
Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.

Samantha

Re: Florals Rule - get ready for Spring & Summer
« Reply #83 on: May 17, 2018, 10:42:41 AM »
Here's my pattern and fabric

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I have decided to line it for two reasons:
1) apparently it will make it hang better (although does that work with a pleated skirt?)
2) to use the lining as a fit checker.

BrendaP

Re: Florals Rule - get ready for Spring & Summer
« Reply #84 on: May 17, 2018, 16:32:32 PM »
Oooooh! I like that fabric,  :fabric:
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

BrendaP

Re: Florals Rule - get ready for Spring & Summer
« Reply #85 on: May 17, 2018, 16:55:50 PM »
Butterick 6217 - bought from Sewmuchmore a few weeks ago and some red and white floral fabric bought from Doughty's when the roadshow came to Gravesend last month.
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I made view C with the sleeves from view B, though as they were those sleeves just looked baggy so instead of blind hemming them  (the same as the lower hem) I did a regular straight stitch to make a casing of the hem and threaded narrow elastic; just tight enough to make it look like a proper puff sleeve.

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Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Francesca

Re: Florals Rule - get ready for Spring & Summer
« Reply #86 on: May 17, 2018, 17:01:44 PM »
Oh dear, and my replacement pattern hasn't even arrived yet, and I'll still probably have a million toiles to do before I get ready to actually sew!!

DementedFairy

Re: Florals Rule - get ready for Spring & Summer
« Reply #87 on: May 17, 2018, 17:20:17 PM »
I've matched a pattern to my fabric, but that's all so far
in my blog post here
C'est moi!

BrendaP

Re: Florals Rule - get ready for Spring & Summer
« Reply #88 on: May 17, 2018, 17:32:17 PM »
Scraps:  well my dears, so MANY scraps!  I might do some crazy piecing, and see what transpires…

Cut out your pattern from a base fabric (old sheet or whatever) and foundation piece/crazy patch your scraps on top of it, then make up the garment.

Make sure you cut any notches outwards (the way I was taught and do anyway) because little inward snips will surely surely come just where two patches join and will be  :devil:  :devil: to locate.  Also choose a pattern that needs a fairly substantial fabric - it won't be light and floaty!
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Bodgeitandscarper

Re: Florals Rule - get ready for Spring & Summer
« Reply #89 on: May 17, 2018, 19:31:59 PM »
I've now got my dandelions - but not sure what to make with them, don't want to waste them on a new untested pattern!  They are kinda of thicker than I thought they would be, but still thin really.

That beige-y one is a much better colour in real life, and will mix with the light grey and the light blue, so I'm really hoping to use all three together.  The other two will be used for something else - not sure what yet.