Sewing Challenges: #So50Visible and #BGchallenge

@sewover50 has been running the #So50Visible Challenge on Instagram and I wasn’t too sure if I’d make their deadline of March 15th! And what do you know… I did! And not only did I, but I found out that I could also enter the #BGchallenge (Breaking Ground Challenge)!

The aim of #So50Visible is to make a pattern from a pattern maker who has models over the age of 50! How many of those do you see day to day? I was lucky to find this collection!

The aim of the #BGchallenge was to make something from a pattern maker you haven’t used before! And what did I make from a pattern maker I haven’t used before who uses models over 50? The Tuesday Stitches Citrus Leggings, of course! You can link to their pattern here if you’d like.

The sewing of this pattern went really well and the finished leggings feel so good – to be honest the first pair of leggings I have EVER worn! And I am going to make and wear MORE!

Yes I had to print out the PDF pattern and glue it together. Some sewists download the PDF pattern onto a flash drive and take it to a printer to have it printed off on large paper for cutting out. Unfortunately the nearest print shop to me is 35 minutes away … who can wait that long … so Sophie and Simon and I just cut and glued ourselves happily into the night!

I had two meters of the BEST fabric. I should have taken a photo of the bolt end so I could remember it’s content. I remember it had a spandex content though with a good four way stretch, as recommended by Tuesday Stitches, and it was quite thick compared to some of the stretch knit fabrics I see. I chose to do view C without the gathers, so that I could squeeze TWO pairs on to my fabric, so it was easy to sew all the seams – skipping the gathers. Maybe I’ll make a pair with gathers, view A or B, next time. I used a narrow long zig zag stitch and didn’t have much of a problem except for when I sewed through a couple of thicknesses for the hems.

Tuesday Stitches has a tutorial for a hidden wide waistband elastic here, which I used and liked. First though, I put the leggings on inside out and measured where the waistband elastic should go.

Fitting for the wide waistband elastic.
I made extra sure to centre my elastic on my front and back seams.
Using my long zig zag to attach my elastic.
As an extra precaution I stitched the elastic down all along the waistline.

There are three seams on each leg that you can use for fitting. Let a bit out here, take a bit in there! I think I might let out the seam along my calves just a bit, that seems to be the only place I am not right on with the fit. Big calves! Otherwise, these are really really comfortable!

Now excuse me while I go over to Instagram and submit my entry to the #So50Visible and #BGchallenge and tell them what a wonderful job they are doing running these challenges. I think I’ll go tell Tuesday Stitches how much I love their Citrus Leggings pattern too!

Have you made yourself a pair of leggings yet? If so, which pattern did you use?

Happy Sewing!

STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT? Well, no change there … still 131.2 meters left … I bought two meters so I could make these Citrus Leggings and I used it all up!


McCall’s M7324: Part II of my Adventures with Border Print Fabric!

This is the last of my lovely denim border print fabric.  😦 I’ve already made a pair of summer cropped pants with it, details here.  I had just enough left to squeeze a top out of it!

 

I decided to use this pattern, McCall’s M7324, view A.  I definitely won’t be using the curved hi/lo hem.  I want my border to be even and uninterrupted!

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I cut out my usual size and was shocked at the amount of ease in this one.  Perhaps with a softer, flowing fabric this 8.5″ ease might be nice, but although my denim is lightweight, it doesn’t drape well.  I did a bit of trimming on the cut pieces – there would be more work ahead fitting this top though.

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McCall’s M7364 – A simple sewing pattern!

I’ve always got an eye out for border print fabric and when I saw this 100% cotton denim – EMBROIDERED – I could not resist!  I bought enough for a pair of casual summer pants and a summer top.  It has been quite hot here lately (but unfortunately smokey from forest fires) so I am craving new summer clothes.  I figure by the time I finish these two garments it will be raining?

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I thought I would try McCall’s M7364, view D without the ties at the bottom – a “Learn to Sew for Fun” pattern.  Last time I tried a “Learn to Sew for Fun” pattern it was a cardigan and I didn’t like it.  You can take a look at it here.

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Giving it another go …

I started the year with the #2017makenine Challenge – pick nine patterns and get ‘er done during the year!  So far, I am not too sure if I have been successful though.  I started with the dress pattern in the bottom left hand corner.  It was Vogue 9202, but it turned into a top, McCalls 6896 – actually rather successfully!

Last weekend I started my second garment of the #2017makenine Challenge.  Pants/trousers in the middle row, left side – Vogue 7881, described as “Claire Shaeffer Custom Couture Collection”.  How’s it going?

Well I took a good look at that pants pattern again and decided that I wanted to forgo the “couture” techniques just for now – I just don’t have the interest or energy!  I just want some pants, quickly, like now.  So I switched to another pants pattern of mine, Vogue V2532.  A simple pattern – fronts, backs, pockets and waistband – described as a “basic design”.

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Which personality do you like the best?

Last week I cut out my Hunter Green Chevron knit fabric (85% polyester and 15% rayon) and a white linen-look fabric from my stash (actually a fabric given to me, along with a few others, by a friend) to make my first reversible garment.  I put a lot of thought into cutting out this Chevron fabric as you can read about here – matching it up the best I could.  I used Butterick 5789 a cardigan pattern that I have used before here.  I really like this pattern and all its versions.  This time I wanted to make view B – it has only two pattern pieces and I was short on fabrics.

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At one point, the instructions for this view made me think: What the heck are you talking about?  It was easier for me to do what the diagrams said, than the words… sew the two end tabs together, then spread it open across the back and sew those together.  (the words still don’t make sense to me!)

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A perfect place for my pockets.

Perhaps you remember my denim skirt?  I spent a couple of days trying to decide whether to sew on the back pockets, or not.  Well, I have found a perfect place for them!

A while ago, I found the FREE pdf pattern from By Hand London, the Polly Top.  I knew it would be perfect for the leftover fabric I end up with occasionally… and I certainly had some left when I finished my denim skirt.

Does anyone else piece together pdf patterns the same as me?  I always seem to piece together one pattern piece at a time and then immediately cut it out.  I guess I feel like I am accomplishing something that way?  Here you can see my first piece taking shape – like putting a puzzle together.

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DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2016!

Have you already completed your COPY of your Designer Original?  Or perhaps, like me, you are just in the planning stages – whatever… there are still a few months left before DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2016!

Pull those ideas out of your head!  Ever since DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER last year I’ve seen many dream garments in the stores, magazines, on social media … the Fashion Runway… so many beautiful garments!  And still I say, “Why buy when you can make it yourself – better and for less money?”

I think I finally have my DESIGNER ORIGINAL picked out…

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A simple Boho skirt… and Daniel Craig.

A friend has asked if I can make her a Boho/peasant skirt similar to one she owns already.  No problem, happy to assist… it just might cost you a few “mike’s Hard Black Cherry Lemonade” beverages though!  

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C.P. (let’s call her that) has done her research and came equipped with instructions she has found on the internet and a large piece of paisley (I love paisley!) and two large pieces of denim fabric.  Both fabrics had a similar feel of a medium weight denim so they would drape together well.  The instructions that C.P. had found on the internet gave you a wonderful little “tier calculator” to predetermine the correct length and width of each tier.  All you had to do was enter in the widest measurement on your lower body (waist, hip, whatever), press calculate and all the math was done for you.   The free pattern and tier calculator is here if you are interested.

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It’s Done! Well almost…

My sister will be happy, another garment has been (almost) finished in what I’m calling my Sister’s Sewing Projects.

This one is a vintage pattern from 1978, Simplicity 8510. It must be a favourite of my sister’s for her to keep it safe all this time. The fabric is a similar beige as in the pattern photo, linen-like, 70% polyester, 30% rayon.

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