some spring sewing

thanks to the great british sewing bee, i am sewing again!  and this time it’s actual proper clothes…



DSCN0179pattern: coco by tilly and the buttons, who if you didn’t know, was a contestant on last year’s sewing bee. I LOVED sewing it. so much that I have fabric for at least 3 more.  it’s easy to follow, there’s an excellent online visual guide, i found it simple to adapt to my body shape, and she offers lots of tips on sewing stretch fabrics too. The tiny dress on cora was my own quick sketch-out based on the shape of the coco and her measurements.

fabrics: the stripy jersey is from ray stitch, mice jersey from kitschy coo and gold ponte roma from plush addict, altthough guthrie and ghani also stock it.  i forgot to prewash the stripes and i have lost a few inches on the length now, but i carefully washed and pressed the rest after that!

sewing details: i made the tiny dress first, which was a great chance to practice new techniques before committing to them on the big garments.  i did all the sewing on my normal machine using a jersey needle and the walking foot (oh my word, how did i not know about this thing before?! it looks like a monster but it makes my sewing great!  SOOOOO should have used it on all the quilting i’ve ever done!)  i used the stretch stitch for the seams and i top stitched in single row of stitching for the stripes and with a twin jersey needle for the mice.  I think i need to fiddle a bit more with the tension for twin needle sewing as i’m not convinced i got the optimum end result, but i don’t think anyone else would notice! there’s a tutorial for the colour block method on tilly’s blog. I just drew the seam line where i wanted it on the pattern and sliced away being careful to add seam allowances.  pattern matching? get in. totally matched those lovely stripes apart from a bit under one arm where it’s off by half a stripe. what would may and patrick say?!

verdict: very happy! off to learn how to use my new overlocker and cut pieces for a lemon yellow one, a sausage dog one and an awesome multicoloured one with external seams (well, it looks awesome in my head). then on to skirts and tops and and and…..