A little better maybe

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Not yellow, maybe mellow?

It's done.
I have  the approval of the 18 Y O. She says "It's a lot neater than the other one"  
She's right, dagnamit!
Here it is and you can see for yourselves if I improved on my 1st, (rushed) version. Butterick 5315

I wanted her to try it on even tho' there are no buttons.

Side view, no leg pose

She almost always tries clothes over what she's wearing

I have some detail pictures too.
buttons she chose

pleated skirt

invisible zip

only invisible when her arm is covering it!

contrast undercollar

hem and sleeve hem the same treatment

how my invisible zips usually look
Yoke and CB pleat, opened.

I messed up the collar and have tried to make it look deliberately fancy

Well, you can't compare them cause I'm not blog advanced.  I don't know how to link back to my previous blog  pictures.  Sad ain't I:(

Blog bit

A white on black  mid weight cotton print, contrast white on black for undercollar.

Butterick 5315
The only change I made was to leave the back pleat in.  In the yellow dress, I forgot to take out the temporary stitching for the pleat.  18 Y O just told me today that the yellow version is 'not as roomy'.  Pah!

Probably! But I'd try and remember to make the shoulders wider on the pattern; I forget 18 Y O has wide shoulders for her size.

Doctor, doctor, I'm allergic to the high jump. 
Don't worry - you'll soon get over it.

Soon, I hope!

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Another dress same as the yellow

Since the 17 Y O and I were passing the fabric/haberdashery place in Tooting on Friday afternoon,  (Silkhance Fabrics) I made her pop in with me and see if there were any fabrics she might like to consider wearing if made into this dress.  (I really should trim my sentences)
She chose this white on black flower print cotton (that has a matching black on white print).

I might go back and buy a few yards of the black on white;  I'd like to make myself a sensible shirtwaist dress with it.
I've prewashed the material, cut the pattern and am ready to sew for the weekend starting Friday.

I also made this Lutterloh pattern
just in time for the UK's long awaited summer.  (Hope I didn't speak too soon!)

Some pics.

8 1/4" X 5 7/8"

I wasn't prepared for how small the supplement is.  Its only about 21 x 15cm.

Blog bit

Did it look like the pattern?
I think it would have had I bothered to put the elastic in!

Did I make any pattern adjustments?
Yes!  I bound the neck instead of drafting a facing.

How easy was it? 
Surprisingly easy. It does require that you have knowledge of dressmaking though.

Notes:  this golden rule system uses your bust and hip measurements to draft patterns above and below the waist.  I used the same measurement for the bust and hip for no logical reason.   That's why it's too big around the neck, shoulders and bust!  

Would I make it again?
     Yes.  I already have. I used my real bust measurement which is 4cm smaller than my hip measurement.  I'll put some pictures in in a couple of weeks.  I still have this story to tell
60s day at work!

 I'm so gonna make more Lutterlohs.  I only bought this supplement because the 18 Y O took a shine to this unusual dress with cape number.
 She can have it in the autumn/winter of this year.  At the moment, I'm enjoying making my new summer clothes.
More patterns in the supplement.
Jacket and trousers
Two dresses

Warm jackets, I'm thinking fleece.....

Front supplement. Two jackets and a pencil skirt.

Q: What do you call an alligator in a vest? 
A: An Investigator!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

She looks so MellowYellow!

The 18 Y O wore a dress that I made a year or so back.

 Butterick 5315
It's a  (rare) sunny Sunday.  I snuck a picture of her on the lovely and clean, 155 omnibus!  (Hee hee!)

She likes this pose,  so here she is again at 17, similar pose.
A skirt I adjusted 3 years  ago
She chose both the pattern and the fabric.  She bought this mellow yellow 45" wide cotton percale with a pattern of flowers.  I added tan wooden buttons as I know she will only wear this with the combination of narrow belt, any one of  her pairs of shoes and  her large school bag, all in tan. I love it that she wears ankle socks with this dress (in white or a light colour).   My sister bought her the yellow bracelet;  it almost matches the main dress colour. 
The Blog Bit


Judge for yourself.  I've seen this dress on many a figure in many a blog and have  not seen one I don't like more than the photo on the front of the 'lope.


Quite. I made it over two afternoons.  The only difficult bit was the binding on the collar.  I don't take well to reading instructions so I placed the pattern willy nilly, thinking I'd have enough for a headscarf.  I ran out of the fabric so I could not even make the required self bias; I really hate the satin bias I used in its place.  But she likes it and so do others so I'll live with it.  Like I have a choice.


Yes.  I enlarged the Peter Pan of the collar at her request and during construction, I reversed the centre back pleat


YES. The 18 Y O wants another one in plain navy or navy and white stripes. 

My next project is a simple top I drafted from a Lutterloh pattern.  It will be for me and I will like it!

What's white and fluffy and hangs around in trees?

A meringue-utang!