Thursday, 28 August 2014

Vogue 1362 - Part Two (interfacing)

I've chosen my fabric and bought most of the supplies needed for Vogue 1362.
You can seen below my little interfacing experiment.  The envelope calls for medium weight interfacing, but that's a little subjective for my liking.  I asked for medium weight interfacing in the shop but as soon as I got it home I was beset by doubt, it felt rather papery.
Here are non-interfaced, light interfaced and medium interfaced fabric squares.

The one on the right is already not looking great...

Looking crumpled.  Like scrunched up paper...

So off to buy what I would call lightweight interfacing instead. Interestingly on the roll it said lightweight but I've just noticed on the receipt it says medium.  Go figure!
In case you are still reading its Vilene F220, which is wider than the pattern calls for so no need to piece any of the interfacing pieces - hurrah!
Anyway, its going together well at the moment.  I've made the front already. And it sort of looks like its supposed to.

Some lovely people at pattern review suggested that perhaps my muslin looked a little big.
The problem is I'll have a lot of sitting down to do during the day, I've experience a dress that looks lovely when standing but is too tight when sitting before and it rather spoils things.  So I've cut it out as I planned but I think I'll take generous 5/8" seam allowances to reduce it a smidge.

I need to cut the lining pieces out now...
Oh and I nearly forgot, I can't find a zip to match.
'Why don't you just put a turquoise one in?' suggested Mr B.
Could this crazy idea work?

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Vogue 1362 - Part One (of many)

I've been back from my holidays for a few days now and thought I should get going on a new sewing project.
We've got a family wedding to attend on 20th September so that should be plenty of time to make Vogue 1362? Shouldn't it?

Vogue Patterns Misses' Dress 1362

I can't find anyone else on the internet that's made it yet so I don't know how it might work out, however nothing ventured nothing gained as they say!
I've started out by making a kind of toile to check the fit (I probably should have made a complete version but that might take some of the fun out of things).
I used pattern pieces 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 to put the lining together, cutting an 8 at the bust, 12 at the waist and 14 at the hip.  I've graded out to the 14 much lower than the marked hip line which I think has solved the shape problems I've had with some of my previous makes.

I've never seen a horizontal dart at the bust before and I'm relieved that the fit is good.

 I need to learn to stand up straight though and note to self the hemline slit comes up indecently high on me!
So I need to find some fabric pronto!  The colour on the original is quite nice maybe?
"Just as long as it doesn't make you as mardy as that lady" says Mr B.

Do you know anyone that has made this dress yet?  Are you planning to sew it yourself?

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Vintage Pattern - Simplicity 4826

I've treated myself to a 'new' pattern to add to my collection.

This beautiful 1960s dress has a bateau neckline and smocking at the upper edge of the front. 

I'm hoping to make this in the future, maybe as a tunic top. I've never done smocking before but I think that it's an unusual feature and it would be a nice skill to learn.

I love just reading through the instructions for sewing patterns, that's not weird is it? My mother does the same thing with cookery books.