14 October 2012

What's On My Sewing Table...





After a super stressy week, I've had the most blissful weekend eating scrummy pizza, having a massage, discovering nearby woodland walks and watching my guilty pleasure TV shows (Miranda, anyone?). To round it all off, I've spent Sunday afternoon getting down and dirty with paper, scissors and glue, constructing a dress pattern from Sew U Home Stretch. I found this super gorgeous stripey double knit in my local fabric store for £2. Rather than add yet another Breton top to my wardrobe (not that you can ever have too many, in my opinion, I've only got 15...), I thought I'd make a snuggly dress for weekends. Would you believe me if I said I was enjoying using my serger? I am, honest!

What's on your sewing table, please?

[Soundtrack: 'Mission Improbable' by The Herbaliser]

33 comments:

  1. I'm starting a plaid skirt for my zombie housewife Halloween costume! It's my first time sewing with plaid fabric.

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  2. Love the shape of that dress - as you say, perfect for a snuggly weekend dress!

    On my sewing table at the moment is a fabric book of different textures for my little one to play with.

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  3. That'll be a lovely and comfy dress! I currently have leftovers from elsie marley's kids clothes week on my sewing table. I got plenty of stuff sewn and I quite like having two t-shirts sitting there all cut out and ready when I can face sewing for the children again.

    Having said that, I'm clearing it tomorrow to start a black denim pencil skirt for ME though! Enough sewing for other people...

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    1. I'm all for selfish sewing! In fact, it's all I do...

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  4. I love the joy of throwing a knit top or dress together entirely on the overlocker :) I enjoyed a stress-less Saturday tracing three dress patterns, it was quite soothing. One of these will become this years Birthday Dress so it's quite exciting. I just need to find the perfect fabric now.

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  5. Hi Tilly! I'm sew u home stitching right this minute too....must be my fave and most used sewing book....your stripey dress sounds lush. :-) hurrah for sewing and serging as the perfect medicine for a stressful week x

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    1. Ooh looking forward to seeing it! What are you making?

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  6. Your dress is going to be super cute Tilly, I love your fabric and pattern choice! Funnily enough, I was also working on a jersey number this weekend - just finished off another Renfrew in a flamingo print. Can't wait to show it off ;o)

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  7. Your stripey dress sounds it will be one of those 'go to' dresses that will be worn often. I'm currently stitching a dress to wear for my grandaughter's christening.

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  8. The Peony by Colette is currently on my sewing table. Unfortunately Colette patterns and my body type don't get along too well so right now I'm in the very involved muslin stage. However, once the muslin is all fitted their patterns do go together quite well and quite quickly...I just can't wait to get to that point. If I didn't love their styles so much I don't know if I'd put up with the efforts of the muslin fitting.

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    1. It'll be worth all the fitting! Just remember to keep the final muslin/toile/pattern somewhere safe so you can make it again and again much more quickly...

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  9. Pants! If only my fabric wasn't crooked! But I think I can get my husband to help me pull it into shape later. I agree, the perfect way to de-stress.

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    1. My fabric was wonky too, but at that price I just avoided the wonky ends and stuck with the middle. Hope you get yours sorted!

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    2. Yes thanks, at least being woven I can stretch it back with a little help. This fabric was free to me from my mom's stash, so I'll put up with it too!

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  10. Well I got invited on Friday to Halloween party that was last night, so since I had just gotten my fabric for my Halloween costume the day before, I threw it together over the course of Friday night and yesterday afternoon. Given that I've been sewing for less than three months and how well it turned out (it involved my first time making pants, doing appliqué, and I drafted the utility belt and cape myself) and that I made it in essentially less than 24 hours, I am ridiculously proud of myself.

    I'm spending this evening and the next two days (I'm on my fall break from school and have those days almost entirely to myself) working on the coat that Gertie made the pattern of for Butterick. It will be my first time making the coat and I plan on quilting the lining, so wish me luck!

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    1. Wow, well done! That coat is amazing, I just wish it would suit my little frame. Hope it goes well!

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  11. There are quite a lot of thing on my sewing table actually: a taffy blouse, a men's shirt becoming a banksia, a renfrew and I'm still trying my luck with underwear...I think I should start seiwng instead of browsing the internet ;)

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  12. I'm in the middle of making a Sherlock Holmes costume for halloween. White men's shirt almost finished, and then I just have to make a waistcoat and figure out how to make my first pair of pants....in the next two weeks....

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  13. i'm in the middle of an Anise jacket. probably far too difficult for my skill level but it is looking ok. think i need a fast and easy one to follow that one up tho!

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  14. Oooh I like the look of your comfy dress. Great minds think alike as I'm currently making a comfy knit dress too! I'm sort of making it up as I go along but loosely basing it on the Colette Peony. Only after reading your post did I realise I have the Sew U Home Stretch book on my shelf with a ready made dress pattern at the back. Doh! Wish I'd remembered earlier! Can't wait to see how yours turns out. xx

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  15. brought some lovely new fabrics from the knitting and stitching show last week, so they are awaiting further instructions! other than that, I am recyling a chairty shop dress so that it fits me, the pattern had me at hello!

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  16. I love this book! someone gave it to me a few years ago and i've made so many things!

    cat

    www.catgotdressed.blogspot.com

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  17. I love stripes at the moment, so the fabric is the best choice for the pattern! Adore that you write "Tilly size" on the pattern pieces!

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  18. I have a trench coat in progress; a ponte dress cut out waiting for a rainy day; a green tote to be finished after attending a zipper class in Canberra; a pillow with a fabric dog for the littlest niece; and Peony screaming to be done by the end of October.
    I do like your fabric choice.

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  19. I have wide legged trousers of my own drafting cut out (but not yet sewn) and also some t-shirts waiting to be hemmed. Now I feel the urge to make a striped knit dress, though... (I'm a lemming :-))

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  20. I'm making a scoop neck t-shirt with Crafty instructions from Meg McElwee. I have been thinking of buying the Sew U Home Stretch book. Would you recommend it ?
    Thanks
    Susan

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  21. Getting stuck into stocking up on making some retro winter items. (I have too many summer dresses and not enough longsleeved blouses). But then I also have plans to do the pattern review refashion contest. And a playsuit & matching skirt for dancing to complete.
    So much to do so little time. Such fun!

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  22. Hi, quick question....I've noticed in the pictures that you haven't added seam allowance....how to do manage that? I mean, do you cut the allowance in freehand or is that a working pattern?

    I'm doing a pattern cutting course at the moment and I'm obsessed with wanting the lean more and more!!

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    1. Hi beaufrog
      The pattern pieces you see are a tracing that I had adjusted to my measurements and already added seam allowances in.
      So they are there!

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    2. Ahh 1/4 " SA...i see it now! Thanks for the fantastic posts - they are really helpful. Look forward to reading more.
      - Nicole

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  23. Hii Tilly, love Miranda! I am starting my gcse controlled assessment soon in textiles and the specification is swinging 60's. I'd just like to ask if you have any ideas of type of garments that would fit into that spec?? Thanks!!
    Lucie.

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  24. i love the dress and also the way you combine your red thights with the nautical stripes...best from germany, veronika

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