8 August 2014

What's On My Sewing Table...


What's on my sewing table? Well, if you want to be pedantic about it, at the moment absolutely nothing is on my sewing table as I'm in the middle of my office move (eeeeep!!) and I don't actually have a sewing table set up, let alone anything on it. But let's not be pedantic - before I started moving, I got most of the way through this project, McCalls 6969.



I'm making version C, the collared playsuit, in a pretty bird print lawn that I bought from Guthrie & Ghani the night Lauren hosted my book party. This is one of those patterns you'd be forgiven for totally overlooking because of the... err... unfortunate styling on the envelope. But as with many such patterns, if you look at the technical illustration and project a nice fabric onto it, you might just discover a winner. Mmm... I love version B too, and have something similar in my wardrobe that I've been wearing all Summer long. My boyfriend calls that jumpsuit my "pyjamas". I don't think he means it as a compliment, but I'll take it as one!


I spent quite a bit of time making a toile, as I struggle to fit any kind of trousers to my booty, even loose-fitting styles like this. I started by adjusting the pattern using the method suggested in The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting of deepening the crotch curve (teehee! I said crotch) and adding the "lost" fabric to the side seams. No bueno, couldn't even get the toile on. Next, I made a full booty adjustment using this Colette tutorial and re-toiled. Better, but still not enough space for my goods. So I made a third adjustment (sheesh...) using the same method to expand the pattern even further. By this time, I really couldn't be bothered to cut out a whole new toile, so I just slashed the one I had to approximately (verrry approximately) the same measurements I'd used on the third pattern adjustment and patched up the space with more fabric. Finally! It fit!


I'm hoping I'll get this finished in time for a short trip to Cornwall next weekend, but that's probably a bit over-ambitious of me seeing as I'm kinda in the middle of an office move. We'll see!

What's on your sewing table please?

['Ms Fat Booty' by Mos Def]

30 comments:

  1. This will be so adorable on you! I hear you on booty issues, I always have to enlarge considerably in this area. Can't wait to see this on you. Happy moving!

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  3. Entered my comment and now it's disappeared... so here I go again (it'll probably end up with two comments!)

    I love it and your choice of fabric, what's the difference between cotton and cotton lawn, is lawn more 'floppy'? Looking forward to seeing the finished product - so chic :-)

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  4. Your playsuit is going to be so cute! Hang in there! On my sewing table (ironing board) I have a dress made by my great-grandma (I think), that I'm making some minor adjustments to so I can wear it :)

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  5. Cute print! Good for you to try several methods. Have you tried 'Pants for Real People' great reference, all the Palmer/Plesch books have so much good advice although you have to look past the dated fashions ;)

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  6. Love that print, I have it in another colourway (also bought from Lauren at your book launch) ready to make "Mimi" but haven't got around to starting this! On my cutting table at the moment is a bit of a mix up, I like a straight skirt and a lower neckline so have sort of mashed up "lilou" and "megan" from your book, seems to be working out okay.

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  7. Can't wait to see the finished result! Yes, no matter the styling—to your tastes or not to your tastes—a glance at the line drawing can often persuade you otherwise.

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  8. That is very cute. Since you ask, on my sewing table arw two pairs of reddy purple taffeta curtains taken down from the dining room that are going to be a really posh full evening dress not that I have an event to go to, just a challenge to myself. I might even pick a wedding dress pattern. (I don't need one have been married years lol).

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  9. You know, sometimes I feel like I am the only one who struggles to make trousers that fit my hips and bum. Im glad to know I am in a kind of gang. I will be trying some of those adjustments next time I make trousers. Thanks!

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  10. I have nearly finished a wool flannel shirt for my husband, I am draping a scarf for refashioning on Dora the dummy, and I have a bunch of old t-shirts to turn into a dress.

    I am loving your project.

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  11. I have a vintage pattern that looks just like View C. I made it earlier this summer in black linen and it is so fun to wear! You'll love it :)

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  12. I like your use of the word pedantic. I too hear you on the booty adjustment. I often feel like I need to buy 2 sizes of sewing patterns- the smaller size for my top and larger for my booty. I can't wait to see how this turns out.

    Right now I'm finishing up my Myrna sweater (pattern here: http://untangling-knots.com/shop/patterns/garments/myrna/) and trying to figure out what else I can finish before the American summer holidays are over.

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  13. I think your fabric choice has convinced me this playsuit will look so cute, despite the example on the envelope :) This weekend I'm hoping to make some Margot pyjama shorts!

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  14. I can't wait to see the finished product! That is a really cute pattern. I may have to make one too...thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. Cbnt wait to see the finished project. I have cut out a paper pattern for a Mimi blouse, but really fancy another Mathilde.
    A friend has asked me to make her a dress, so I have a bodice toile hanging on the back of a chair waiting for her to try on.

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  16. I'm working on a jacket, very 50's Christian Dior and New Look and tailored. (And I've been working on it for a long, long time... :) )

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  17. Love this fabric!! On my sewing table is Megan number 2 in a purple-pink cotton batik.

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  18. A bit corny this but the Delphine lol. Mentioned it was next in my trace queue on Instagram this morning. Not sure how soon I will get to it but, pattern, tracing paper and sewing box to the ready.

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  19. Looks very cute, but I'm so not making a play suit! It's not for me.
    On my sewing table at the moment is a big mess. I've just finished some clothes for my 8-year-old, and next up is a jersey dress for me, I think. Unless something gets in the way.

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  20. Oh what beautiful fabric!! You have a great eye for prints and colour Tilly!! Can't wait to see the finished product! : D

    Gemma
    Faded Windmills

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  21. Placemats and knives and forks are on my sewing table... people have this strange idea it's for dining?! Whatever next... ; )

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  22. I just discovered that pattern yesterday and thought it might be a good fit for my long "perfect romper" pattern search. Can't wait to see your finished!

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  23. Dreamy summer fabric. Can't wait to see the finished item. I'm limbering up for my first Emery Dress. Slightly terrified - it will be my first attempt at a FBA, but I know I'm never going to get the perfect fit without taking my skills to the next level!!

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  24. ...Oh, and I have just finished my second Mathilde.This time with short sleeves. I love that pattern!

    http://sewsouthlondon.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/mathilde-in-chambray/

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  25. I love that material - I've had my eye on it as a possible option for a Mimi blouse. I've just finished a Capital Chic Bellini blouse so my sewing table is currently empty, probably soon to be filled with Lilou no. 3!

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  26. Oh my, I just finished a pair of fitted pants, sooooo frustrating! It's not that the patterns are so hard to sew, it's that bodies are so hard to fit properly. At least mine certainly is! On my table now is a darling forties blouse inspired by Bomb Girls, sewn from a vintage pattern. The fabric is cream-colored cotton with red cherries. Much happier sewing:)

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  27. This is going to be SO cute! I bet you'll look adorable in a playsuit! I'm working on a buttondown for my fella today in a shark-print cotton. :)

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  28. Ohh, I think this will look fab, can't wait to see the finished product. And I have been toying with the idea to sew a playsuit... This pattern might just be the ticket!

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  29. The fabric is such a good print for this playsuit: fun and summery without being over the top. I recently bought a playsuit pattern, and it is pretty much the next project on my list. I plan to add a wrap skirt as well, in the matching fabric (inspired by vintage patterns), so that I can go quickly between playsuit and what looks like a dress. That should be just the thing for our holiday to Japan in a few weeks when we plan to do quite a bit of sight seeing on bicycles!
    http://elizabeth-j-pisani.blogspot.co.uk/

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