Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The Speculative Shrug

The pattern for this shrug popped up in my blog reader a while ago, from Yoshimi the Flying Squirrel. I was on the hunt for Christmas gift ideas at the time, and it looked like something my mum would love, but of course I had to test it out by making myself a version first! I searched around for a lacey knit to make it with, and ended up buying three from StylishFabric on Etsy. One I used for this shrug, one I used to make mum a shrug, and another is still sitting in my stash :)

The details:
Fabric:This knit from StylishFabrics
Pattern: Saki shrug from Yoshimi the Flying Squirrel
Size: Used the measurements as described
Special touches and alterations: None
The finished shrug was a little smaller than I would have liked, so I enlarged it when making my mum's version. In particular, the cuffs are a bit tight! But my mum's version ended up nice and drapey, so I would do that again if I were making another one.
It was a nice easy pattern to put together, all rectangles! I just used a straight stitch to put it together and a zigzag stitch to finish the seams. If you want an easy to sew shrug that looks effortless and modern, I highly recommend giving this a go! Just pick your favourite drapey knit fabric, and you are sure to end up with something pretty :)

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Seafoam Set

This lingerie set was actually finished off a while ago, but I had not got around to blogging it. It is the Anna bralette and the Lola panties, both from Ohhh Lulu.

The details:
Pattern: Anna bralette and Lola panties by Ohhh Lulu
Fabric: White stretch lace from MintFrog on Etsy, sheer white mesh from Booby Traps
Notions: Elastics, rings, sliders and closure from Booby Traps
Size: S in the Anna and M in the Lola
Special touches and alterations: Altered the Anna to have a scallop lace edge.
Full disclosure: it is a very sheer little set, so I am wearing other underwear underneath for modesty :) The bralette is made of this lace from MintFrog on Etsy (which reminds me of frothy sea waves). The briefs have a sheer mesh front and the back is cut from lace. I added navy blue straps to the bra to add some interest, and used gold rings and sliders like always.
The main thing that annoys me about this pair is that I decided not to use any elastic along the leg opening of the lace, but I probably should have. The way it is, the elastic along the front of the legs pulls the lace forward at the side seam. Maybe another fix would be to loosen the elastic through the mesh portion of the leg opening?
The other thing I would change in hindsight is that I made the briefs by sewing all the pieces together and then adding the elastics. However, I struggled with the parts where the mesh met the elastic and I was trying to finish only the mesh portion with the elastic. Since the lace edge didn't need to be finished, it would have made more sense to sew elastic to the mesh parts of the leg opening prior to sewing the side seams.
The bralette didn't have any construction issues, but I do wish the overlap was a bit more... overlapped :P It tends to pull outwards a bit. Again, maybe clear elastic along the neckline edge of the lace would help here. I guess there are always lessons to be learned :)

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

The Short and Sweet Dress

I posted recently about my goal to make three summer dresses before the end of summer.  I managed to get two and a half done before the end of February, and this was the first. If you don't recognise it, it's an Adelaide dress by Seamwork.  The fabric is something I found in an op-shop and I'm going to guess it's a cotton rayon blend.  I have been planning on making this dress for a long time, years in fact, and I'm glad I was finally able to tick it off my list!!

The details:
Pattern: Adelaide dress by Seamwork
Fabric: Some sort of cotton blend from an op-shop
Size: 4 at the bust, graded to 6 at the waist and 10 at the hips
Special touches and alterations: Lengthened bodice by 1cm at armpit level and 2cm at waist, and shortened skirt by 11cm
I cut a size 4 at the bust, blending to a 6 at the waist and a 10 at the hips. It might be slightly tight across the bust but I don't mind the fit.  I lengthened the bodice by 1cm at the armpit, to lower the bust darts and give myself more room in the armhole without lowering the neckline.  The bust darts sit well but the armhole is still a bit tight. I also added 2cm to the bodice length at the waist.
The most fun part of the project was definitely setting the snaps! I had never done it before and the instructions were pretty terrible on the kit I bought.  I did a practice, then still managed to accidentally set my first snap back to front!!! Luckily I was able to pry it off with some pliers, and redo. I finished the seams with my overlocker, and used a berry coloured bias binding from my stash for the neckline and armholes, which I failed to take a picture of, whoops!
I somehow had a measuring fail and cut my hem too short, I'm still not sure how that happened! I overlocked the hem and folded it over the smallest amount I could get away with, and I think it's very short but wearable. Of course, what do I wear it to on it's first outing? An Egyptian themed escape room that had me crawling around in sand on my hands and knees.... I'm sure the staff watching our progress on the cameras got an eyeful of my underwear.  :O
I managed to get a few wears of it before March (I'm on holiday in Europe for the whole of March and it is not weather appropriate for Finland in March :P) and I'm already looking forward to pulling it out next summer!