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Tuesday, 17 February 2015


I have just finished making Simplicity 1606 and I am delighted with it.

I chose a bright coloured cotton seersucker fabric. This fabric has a large pattern on it and it was important to ensure that the pattern was centred down the front. I therefore pinned these pieces in place first, fitting the other pieces around them.

Cotton is easy to work with, and is a good choice for those starting to sew. The pattern itself is an "amazing fit" pattern and there are different pattern pieces for each bust size. Be sure to cut to your actual measurements, ignoring your dress size.
The instructions are easy to follow. If you are not making a muslin (and you should!) Then it is vital that you tack the bodice pieces together and try it on for fit
HINT - Tack the back seam together and pin the side seam once the garment is on if you have nobody to help you to fit it, otherwise use your tailors dummy.

Friday, 13 February 2015

How to make a blouse. NewLook 6107

I found a huge gap in my wardrobe. I have very few blouses and they would be such a nice change from t-shirts that I decided to look for a pattern.
I decided on NewLook 6107.

I chose some white spotted cotton lawn.

The first job is to pick the right size, so take your measurements and choose the pattern size closest  to your bust measurement.
Then pin the fabric together along the selvedge, place your pattern pieces along the correct grain line. Pin. Cut.

I then made the rouleau loops. Do not be daunted  by this. Get the correct tool, a loop turner, (they are inexpensive) and it will be a breeze