Thursday, 26 February 2015

Watson Bra

I said I would never go so far as to sew my own underwear-  
But I caved... 
The catalyst was seeing the prettiness of the Watson lingerie set from Cloth Habit
This was certainly a fun/time consuming project,  I definitely had lingerie on the mind for a few weeks as I tried to get all of the material and notions.  Since collecting everything I've found that Measure Twice, Cut Once has lingerie kits - would absolutely recommend them as its quite a hassle to find everything in Australia!
I fudged the sizing a bit the first time - too small, the second was getting better, still had to add some in the back, whilst the third was spot on! I'll let the lovely Agnes model these rather than putting pics of myself in a bra on the internet ;o 

The Watson Bra and Bikini from Cloth Habit!  I love how bright Amy's samples are!  

I love a bit of mustard! This is the second one (the first one that turned out!) I made, the cradle isn't lined so its not that secure, (not that it really needs to be on me!) but the stretch lace does have some nice strength to it, so I think it worked well.  I changed around the straps and added a panel in, also really screwed up the hook, not sure why its so gappy,  but I am learning as the third one was PERFECT! (if I say so myself!) 

The back is pretty messy!
I made the third one using a combination of black mesh (for the back), a rather stable jersey (you might recognise it from the Tessuti Challenge last year) and some cream lace (which was ridiculously itchy so I ended up lining the panel with some bone coloured jersey).
Finally the back is perfect!

I love the mixed fabrics! This version is much more stable (due to the jersey rather than lace no doubt!)

Lining the lace panel made it a bit messy! But absolutely worth it - Soooo itchy otherwise!
I'm pretty happy with how they have turned out,  neither are perfect but I have learnt loads! This might just be the gateway drug to bra making.  Who knows what will be next? 
Have you cosied up with Watson? 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Linden Sweatshirt

So it turns out that I'm fairly predictable, in that 9 times out of 10 I will choose the brightest fabric in the store.  This ridiculously orange cotton jersey was definitely part of the majority.
It was kinda painful to cut out - sooo bright it hurt the eyes! The pattern I used is the Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline studios,  I seriously adore Jens patterns, they are always spot-on and so practical!
The top came together really easily, I sewed a size 6 at the top, drafted out to a 10 on the bottom, it was a fun 2hrs,  even though I was fighting with my overlocker the entire time - its so temperamental lately  - telling me it needs a service!!
I just overlocked, turned, then sewed down hems on the arms and bottom .  For the neckline I overlocked the neckband in, and topstitched it down.  The cotton jersey was such a dream to sew with!  It will be interesting to see how it holds up with the lots of wear this top is going to get!
Have you got friendly with Linden yet?

Linden (View B) and a Mabel skirt

Pretty Pretty matching Nasturtiums!

Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studios,  I made the second one - Really like how it falls!
Close-up of the neckline details
Not a particularly flattering view on dear Agnes.  looks better when it was ironed :)