The goal of this contest is to take one view of a pattern, and create multiple garments with distinct looks from that view, without needing pattern drafting skills.
I can do that! As I mentioned here, I have wanted to make these tops for quite some time, and I was really pleased with my wearable muslin (black serger thread and all!!)
The skirt is my straight skirt version of Butterick 4877 and the orange cardigan is from McCalls 4466. Both are from my Ikat Winter Collection.
The PR Review is here.
I love it! So I thought I'd cut out another one or two or seven. Ah yes. Seven. And why not??? I have decided to sew these next ones with more care and precision including french seams and self-made bias binding. I picked up a bias-binder-maker-thingy at the weekend but couldn't get the foot for my Pfaff. The lady in the sewing shop said that it was hard to get feet for my machine as it was so old (I bought it in 2004). Cheeky madam. I've ordered one from Etsy so we will see how that works out. The other option was to clean up one of my vintage Singers as I have the attachment feet for them. And a ruffler and lots of other whizzy, whizzy feet!
I am at the stage of attaching the binding, and as this will be a lot of work for 7 tops so I thought I'd take time out and audition some buttons. This is what I have come up with:
I like the simplicity of the off white buttons (above) but I also like the wooden ones below.
Oh yes, and these grey buttons (below) looked good too!
As did these deep burgundy ones - but I have another shirt for those!!
Three mismatch buttons looked rather funky too. I think I will just have to make a few plain white/cream shirts to showcase all the buttons!
I'm liking these dark brown wooden buttons (above). Plain but effective. This fabric is a cotton/lycra shirting and there is some texture to the fabric . It is a pain to hold a crease though so I will probably have to sew the pleat along its length to hold it.
I love the contrast of the black (above) with the yellow - so I think that they are a keeper. The last one I would like to show you this evening is the polka dot fabric below, with cotton trim and the burgundy button from above.
Finally, cut out a tartan skirt using my straight skirt version of Butterick 4877, using this gorgeous tartan fabric:
I bought the fabric about 10-12 years ago from a booth at the NEC Sewing Show. I remember it was not cheap - possibly GBP 15-20, but it is a lovely fabric. I've no idea how much wool it contains, but I hand-washed it gently and it seems good. I did a bit of research and I believe that it is Stewart Dress Tartan. I plan on using a red invisible zipper - the pull tab will show but I think it will look fun. Oh, and of course it will be lined.
So there we have it - this should keep me busy this week (I am back to work tomorrow) so my sewing time will be limited.
How about you - what do you have planned for the week?