Saturday, 4 April 2015

Burda 7783 again

Just checking in to say I made up Burda 7783 in a knit again, this time a more casual version in a python print. The material had been lying about waiting to be made up all summer and I couldn't quite decide what to make with it until now.

I made this dress much the same way as I made the rose print (see previous post) but I shortened the dress 2" at waist level to bring the pockets a bit higher. I also relaxed the fit a tiny bit. The centre front seam is a mistake caused by cutting out in a hurry before going to work during the week, but luckily it somehow looks ok. I have another between weather dress.

The shots were taken inside because it's been raining for days. They do say to be careful what you wish for!

Happy Easter to all,

Friday, 27 March 2015

Burda 7783

This is a remake!

Burda 7783 modified

I've made this dress from left over material and the skirt part of an old dress, pictured below. Click this for my review of M6069. First I removed the skirt from the top. I unpicked the skirt sides then joined the two parts together top to bottom then recut it to become the back of the new dress. I had enough of the rose material to make the front and the sleeves.

M9069 was popular when I made it and I jumped on the bandwagon. I wore the dress several times and enjoyed it but it was hard to make it work, you know, so it had been in the 'I'll do something with it one day' pile for  some time.
The thing is I  knew that I can do cowl tops with straight skirts, or simple tops with gathered skirts, just not both at the same time but I was seduced by how knockout it had looked on other reviewers. Have any of you been there?

But back to the Burda pattern, which had been in my stash for a while too. I love the lines of this pattern, just not the pocket darts or the Star Trek neck or the eeny weeny gathered sleeves. I like the curved seams going into pockets and the raglan sleeve so I simplified it to keep these elements for the rose knit. The pattern is designed for wovens but is close fitting so I made it up in the size I would normally use instead of going down a size as is recommended when you go from a woven to a knit. I unpicked the skirt of M6069 joined the two parts together then recut it to become the back of the new dress.

The back is simply cut on the fold and without the darts. I placed the joining seam across the back matching the level where the pockets meet the sides.

I narrowed sleeves at the bicep, pinching the gathering out then lengthening them. I did a bound neckline from a doubled over strip of selvedge cut 6cm shorter than than finished circumference of the neckline.

What would I change? The weight and drape of the ITY knit makes the whole dress drop a little. If I made it again in a knit I would fold out about 4cm from the midline of the front and back pieces.  BTW,  I am short and this would be a mini on most people. I wouldn't mind making it in a woven if I come across the right material in the stash. I keep finding things I forgot I had!

Have a good weekend folks,


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Change of Season Refashion

It's the reverse of spring here in Sydney, the start of cooler rainy weather and a welcome end to Summer's heat.

I've been going through my wardrobe, getting rid of things that are no longer being worn and that I know won't be worn and also making a salvage/alter/remake pile. I gave two shopping bags full of clothing to charity and am half way through filling one more.  Next I'll be sorting the winter things from the summer and making some sense of my closet.

I tend to do that at this time of year but this time my pile to keep for reuse/redo is bigger than ever. This redo project was inspired by a Emma One Sock tutorial on refashioning tee shirts. It's worth a look!

I had a zipped frankenpatterned Kwik Sew sweatshirt-jacket blogged about here  that I had worn for several winters but didn't want to throw out even though it had gone tired and a bit saggy. I took out the separating zip and the lining and serged the raw edges and stitched it closed at the front and now have a  casual but different sweatshirt to throw over jeans and tees. Perfect for this time of year.

Stormy weather. My plants are loving it.

In my mental queue there are stash knit teeshirts I want to sew..and autumn dresses, and a black jacket.. As usual I have more projects crowding my mind than I have time to sew. Anyone want some of my extra mojo?

Edited to add:  Please read this My wrinkles are my stripes over on Advanced Style. It's inspiring!

What are you all planning for your change of season?
Have fun with it whatever you do,