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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Kimono class at Sew Make Create

I made this kimono is a class at Sew Make Create - the class ran for 6 hours over two Saturday's and I'm super happy that I actually finished it (with a bit of sewing in between the two classes). I wanted to take this class so that I had some hand holding sewing a fabric that has gotten the better of me in the past...rayon!

The pattern is essentially a bunch of rectangles joined together with a lot of French Seams thrown in. The pattern is drafted by the sewing teacher, Angie, and comes with an order of construction but no step-by-step instructions SO if I'm going to make another Kimono (which I am) I'll need to buy a pattern as I'm already forgetting how this got put together. I'm thinking the Papercut Kochi Kimono as it's pretty similar in shape to this one.


The fabric is a rayon that I bought from the markets in Ho Chi Minh last year. I bought it (along with another piece) as it was pretty but with no idea what I'd do with it (especially as I really do not ever sew with woven fabric). When I tried the shop sample on in Sew Make Create I knew that this soft, floaty rayon would be perfect for a kimono.


The fabric was actually fairly easy to sew with it (which I wasn't expecting) - it held a press REALLY well which made things easier. It's not as stable as cotton so it was a bit fiddly in places but I didn't really struggle as much as I thought I would. The main problem I had with it was when cutting out - it's fairly fluid and moves around so I guess it's fabric that use for a more loose, flowy garment where it does not really matter too much if things are a bit wonky when you cut them out.


I'm really happy with my finished Kimono (so happy that I wore it straight away and got Melissa and Pepper from Sew Make Create to take some photos for me)! One of the big reasons I decided to sew the Kimono in this fabric is that I thought it would make a GREAT layering piece for my trip to Cambodia next month...it will definitely be coming in my suitcase with me.


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Saturday, 6 January 2018

One Week One Pattern

One Week, One Pattern is an online challenge encouraging makers to wear one pattern for one whole week. You can wear the same garment for the entire week, or if you have multiples of a certain pattern (like I do) you can roll them all out over the course of the week.

I have a few patterns that I've made multiple times (as in, enough times to wear a different one every day for a week). My options were the Mable Skirt, Ebony Tee or Simplicity 1366. 


In the end I went with Simplicity 1366 as I've made both dress and top versions, so it would give me a bit of variety. I also have a jumper and two other dresses not shown here - the week of #OWOP turned out to be SO HOT. Blergh.

Because it was so hot I decided that another t-shirt wouldn't go astray so I sew this striped version during the challenge week. You can see some pulling on the neckband on the right-hand side of the right photo - this is where I pulled the neckband just a little too tight - ugh. I also took the hem down last night as the top was a little short and it'll get more wear at the longer length. 

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Friday, 5 January 2018

A Mandy Boat Tee (Jumper)

I've been finding the sleeves of Tessuti's Mandy Boat Tee a wee bit tight on my upper arms thus my last few makes haven't been that comfy. The shape of the sleeve piece curves in quite a bit so I thought if I straightened it up it would give me more room where I needed it - and it did! The sleeves are already modified a little bit from when I did a class with Tessuti (ages ago) - so this is just taking the alternation a bit further. Changing the shape of the sleeve piece worked well and I now have a top that is comfortable to wear.


I decided to make a long sleeve type jumper from a fabric I bought in Tessuti with the idea of taking this to Japan with me on my recent holiday. I had bought this fabric for a specific project but I cannot for the life of me remember what that was...so instead we have this top.  Whilst it's a pretty print, the fabric snags on EVERYTHING so I cannot imagine it having a long life span. Even the rough skin on fingertips causes the fabric to snag and pill. It caught on the feeddogs on my sewing machine...you get the drift.


Here I am in a public bathroom in Tokyo taking a selfie of my top. I only wore it once as I don't really like it. There's the fabric issue, but I also made it shorter than I normally do so it meant I didn't want to wear it with my tight ponti pants which made up the bulk of the pants I packed for the trip.


I've also started adding a neckband to my Mandy Boat Tee's - I just think it looks nicer.


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PatternMandy Boat Tee by Tessuti
Size: One size fits...most
Modifications: lengthened by 7cm (but hemmed at about 2"), the sleeves/arms made bigger for me a sewing class I did at Tessuti plus the extra alteration mentioned above. Also, added a neckband.
Fabric: knit from Tessuti
Changes for next time: none