Just a quickie as this one isn’t for me, and it’s going off to Santa very shortly, for Xmas delivery.
Kwik Sew 2654 Child’s dressing gown, made in Red Polar Fleece. Our favourite rodent and his girlfriend are all over it! I sewed it on the ovelocker, but discovered that it doesn’t like more than two layers of fleece at a time so, I’m ashamed to say, there was some unseemly language, and an awful lot of unpicking.
I’ve been working on this for a couple of days, because it’s a gift and I wanted it to be just right. There was a heart stopping moment when I got the back caught in the overlocker whilst attaching the collar, but I managed not to slice a hole in it. Phew!
Well Ladies, you done me proud! This was so close to being a wadder.
Thanks to Chris Lucas and BeaJay, I purchased and then actually watched the Craftsy Ultimate T Shirt course, with Marcy & Katharine Tilton. I cut a much longer and wider neckband than this wretched pattern gave me, and I managed to pull it back from the brink.
With the skirt attached, it was starting to look vaguely like the picture on the packet, and something I’d actually like to wear.
Do please ignore that pile of old pillows. I keep them for the wadding. I usually move them out of the way for photos, but look closely and you’ll see that all the wailing and gnashing of teeth was just too much for my assistant. The Lightweight took himself off to bed!
I also need to thank Steph C for introducing me to Steam A Seam Lite. It’s just brilliant for hemming knits.
But Hell, I was on a roll by this time. I only fired up the CoverPro!
And so here is the Finished Object
Complete with slightly wonky cover stitched neckline, hems and cuffs in Kingfisher thread that matches the teal in the fabric perfectly!
Thanks also due to Debbie Cook for what I refer to as The Cover Stitch Files. I don’t use my CoverPro nearly enough, and Debbie’s webpages are invaluable when I do.
I’m wearing this to work tomorrow, with purple leggings!
I think Burda 7603 deserves a post all of it’s own.
Full of optimism, I was. Like a bull at a gate. Traced yesterday, cut out this morning, I began construction this afternoon.
Firstly, I can see no good reason whatsoever for the sleeves to be in two pieces. Just sayin.
All was going reasonably well until I came to attach the neck band. Just where I needed the instructions to be a bit specific, they fizzle to nought. I’ve fiddled and faddled with it for hours. The instructions don’t make sense. Grrr!
Fortunately, I’ve got loads of this fabric left. I’m planning a radical Frankenpattern exercise. Tune in same time tomorrow for an update!
I haven’t died.
In fact, I’ve been hard at it in the sewing room. Yesterday I made a skirt for my mum, to go with the Renfrew top. I made the same skirt for her last year in a floral print cotton jersey, this year she requested a plain black one. It’s fitted from the waist to hip, with a flared panel coming from the hip seam. Elastic waist and a lettuced hem, all done on the overlocker (serger). It doesn’t look great in this photo – partly because it’s too small for me (and Brunhilde), but it will fit mum perfectly and fall to just below the knee on her.
My next bit of Christmas sewing is going to be a cuddly red fleecey dressing gown for my little God daughter (she’s 6). Since she visited EuroDisney earlier this year, she’s been Mickey and Minnie Mouse crazy, so she’ll love this
I looked at my mother the other day, and I thought, you know what? She’s lost weight recently. And furthermore, that Burda tunic I traced off in a size 18 is going to be a mile too big for her. So I decided to return to a TNT.
Ladies, I give you The Sewaholic Renfrew (applause).
I cannot commend this pattern highly enough. Simple, quick, useful. If I were forced to choose 3 patterns to sew for the rest of my life, and banned from sewing anything else, this pattern would be top of my list. I’ve made 4 versions now. This one is version A with a neat scoop neckline, but with version C’s three quarter sleeves. I hope you can see the print, it’s really pretty.
It’s for my mother, for Christmas, so keep it under your hat. (more applause please).
One down, two to go.
And if there’s anyone still looking in, please do tell me which would be your top 3 favourite patterns?
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