Saturday, 9 April 2011

Butterick 5464, McCalls 4394, leopard print fabric and new teeth

This has been a really busy week so I haven't done as much sewing as I would have liked.

Tuesday I went to London for work and because I wasn't far from Mucculloch & Wallis I paid the shop a visit before I left to come home.  Its a great shop on three floors full of trims feathers etc etc., however it was full of students, most likely from the London School of Fashion and I waited for a little while and then gave up and left the shop without making a purchase - another time.

My D Mike is in Dublin this weekend watching the Rugby with his son, sister and another friend so of course I was able to get on with some sewing.

I already mentioned the leopard print fabric that I was using for the lining of my jacket to go with the pants I have already made, well here is the blouse that I made with the remainder of the fabric.

The pattern is Butterick 5464 and is a nice easy
one to do.

I cut out the size 14 and made a FBA adjustment.  the shoulder seams and side seams were completed on the serger and the frill and the hem were hemmed with the serger but by using the rolled hem function and this gave a very nice finish.

I modeled the outfit in front of my daughter this morning and got the seal of approval (can't be bad).

Fabric came from Walthamstow Market £1 a metre and the buttons came from my very very old stash total cost approximately £5.00 including the pattern.

This was an easy pattern to make and I will definitely do it again.

During the week I managed to cut out the jacket I intend to make to go with the pants.  Its an old Palmer Pletch pattern that I have had for some time, and to date only made the top.  This is McCalls 4394 part of their Classic Fit range.

I have selected the shorter version of the jacket (see bottom right), which is still a good length - just past the hips but above the knee. There are no buttons so should be nice and quick despite the large number of pieces I have had to cut out.

I am at this point deciding if I should put a brown piping on the jacket (haven't done piping on clothes for many years) and if it needs an underlining too as the fashion fabric is not that thick, but essentially this suit is for the spring and summer.

I have made the top from this pattern before so now I can add the jacket too.

I would have liked to have cut out a dress from the fashion fabric too, but sadly I didn't have enough.  If I go back to Walthamstow market soon I will go in and have another look, sometimes I am lucky and can get some extra fabric, which is what I did with some blue knit a little while back.

Last but not least I have realised that I have a pair of shoes that more or less match my leopard print. 

Now there are those that would ask if I was following the Bet Lynch school of fashion - the answer is a definite NO, but should they need another barmaid at the Rovers Return public house I would fit the part.

I am already thinking of what I can make that will go with the pants, the blouse and the jacket (once completed).  I have some nice chocolate brown fabric which will work well with the brown in the blouse and also go with the pants etc.  I am now thinking that the next piece I make should work with the last, and this way I will slowly build a comprehensive wardrobe where each piece works with the other items in the wardrobe.

We have had the most beautiful weather in the UK this week, and today was no exception.  I managed to get out on my pushbike and do my shopping - at one stage I thought the bike was going to topple over with the weight of it all.

Later my DGD turned up with her mum and dad - since last week we now have a tooth on the top and one at the bottom.  Now she is crawling everything seems to be a big adventure.  After a little persuasion we managed to get a photo of her new tooth and you can see the 2nd top one on the way.

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