working on toile’s

I’ve been busy over the last few weeks, life is up and down.  I have just been made redundant from work along with the whole team, it has been a roller coaster of emotions as it came out of the blue in many respects.  The whole process of consultation had made me think, evaluate and I have decided to start working for myself, hense the silence here.  Have a few projects planned, more of those tomorrow.

The utility Coat : a review

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The Utility Coat, image for The Maker’s Atelier

With all the rain we have been having I needed to get my new raincoat made.  I found some fabulous fabric at The Cloth House warehouse sale, its cotton both sides with rubber sandwiched between, perfect for wet weather dog walking.  The Utility Coat has 2 styles, round neck and hooded, I decided on the hooded version.

the utility coat line drawing

Pattern: The Utility Coat by The maker’s Atelier.

Fabrics: cotton & rubber waterproof fabric.

Notions: Gutermann thread, pins, elastic cord, snap fasteners, eyelets, cord lock and 12/80 sharps sewing machine needles.

Pattern Sizing:  12

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Did it look like the photo/line drawing on the pattern once finished?  yes, minus the pockets.

What did you like or dislike about the pattern? I like the simple, well explained, clear instructions.

Did I make any pattern alterations or design changes? I made the parker style alterations, as explained over on The Maker’s Atelier journal.  I bound most of the seams with ready made bias binding and when I ran out overlocked the seams.  Next time I will make my own bias binding, that way I won’t run out.

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Would I sew it again or recommend to others?  Yes, I’ll defiantly make another as the pattern is a dream to sew, maybe next time I’ll make it in Parachute silk as suggested in the pattern.

Conclusion: Wonderful, easy to wear coat.  It took me a few days, dipping in and out – I would have made it in a day if I’d had the time to sit sewing.

I bought the pattern, all fabrics & notions and my opinions are my own.

The Curlew Dress review

I bought the Merchant & Mills Workbook when it was first published and have been looking through over time, just not got down to sewing a pattern from it.  Finally I decided to try the Curlew dress [photographed above] when I found a lovely inky blue linen at Fabrics Galore.  It’s a bias cut dress, with skinny sleeves and a curved waist seam on the back.  There is also a curlew top and sleeveless T-shirt included, the sleeveless top has  different pattern pieces and the top is that combined with the dress sleeves.

the curlew dress from Merchant & Mills workbook

Pattern: The Curlew Dress

Fabrics:  Pure linen from Fabrics Galore

Pattern description: ‘A bias-cut dress is sexy.  It will drape, flow ad flute as it moves with your body, skimming your curves to make you feel like a screen siren.’

Pattern Sizing:  I cut out the  size 12 and could have dropped a size on the top and sleeves for a more fitted look.  Overall the fit is good.

Did it look like the photo/line drawing on the pattern once finished?  Yes, pretty much.

What did you like or dislike about the pattern?  It was fairly quick to trace off the pattern and construction wise I did it my way.  Starting with the bust darts, joining the back pieces together and then the front & back st the shoulder seams.  I put the sleeves in flat and then sew up the arm and side of the dress.

Did I make  any pattern alterations or design changes?  The only changes I made were for fitting.  The sleeve ballooned at the back armhole when I tried the finished dress on, so I altered the sleeves at the armhole and also had to make alterations to the bust darts as it was very baggy and odd looking.

Would I sew it again or recommend to others?  Not sure I’d make it again as it does swallow a lot of fabric 3m in total.

Conclusion:  Overall I am happy with the dress, whether I wear it a lot – the jury’s out on that.  Below is me, twirling!

all the black and white images are form the Merchant & Mills workbook.

La Maison Victor – a review

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Fo my first post here, I thought I’d share a brand new magazine to us in the UK – La Maison Victor.  It is a Dutch magazine and just launched in English – I found my copy in Waitrose.  It has a lovely modern look to it, with 8 full size patterns included and full instructions that are really well layed out and include helpful diagrams.

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The patterns include the Flo dress, that I love and plan to sew.

Flo Dress La Maison Victor

As well as simple little drawstring trousers for a child, cute cropped jumper to knit, in fact items for a whole family.  It is a refreshing change to some of the magazine available at the moment as the makes vary in experience and are graded with little houses from 1 -4 and the adult ladies sizing going from a 4 – 22.  And if you haven’t found it yet and would like a quick flip though, here is a clip I found from La Maison Victor over on YouTube.


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