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Inari Tee top | a review

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At the Handmade Fair this autumn Ms T and I met Josie from the Fabric Godmother who is so lovely and has a wonderful online shop.  Ms T fell in love with the Cobra corsage pattern and decided she’d like a t-shirt, so we chose the scuba cobra print and Named pattern inari to make the t-shirt.

Pattern: Inari Tee shirt by Named Patterns.

Fabrics: Cobra corsage scuba.

Notions: Epic polyfil 120, Moon overlocking thread, Prym stretch needle.

Pattern description: loose-fitting tee dress and a cropped A-line tee

Pattern Sizing:  I cut a size 12

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

What did you like or dislike about the pattern?  It was a straight forward, easy make.  Didn’t like the cuff detail on the sleeve, too bulky for the scuba.

Did I make  any pattern alterations or design changes?  No.

Would I sew it again or recommend to others?  Yes, would possibly make again.  Brilliant for a beginner and fast – cos somethimes thats just what I want.

Conclusion:  Ms T loves it and that is all that matters to me.

 

This is not a sponsored post, all opinion are my own, I purchased the pattern and fabrics.

 

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The Maker’s Atelier shawl collat coat | a review

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I love this coat and it’s the second one I’ve made.  The first was what I called a wearable toile as I dived right in and cut out the pattern without reading the instructions, this is designed to be made with a none freyable fabric such as boiled wool or Melton and I used a divine wool & mohair coating, warm, soft and with a little stretch.  So with my mistake the arms felt a little short, although no one would notice – I did.  So when I found a beautiful navy wool melton at the Sewing Bee Live show in September I jumped at it.

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Pattern: The Maker’s Atelier Shawl Collar Coat.

Fabrics: Navy Wool Melton and anti static satin lining.

Pattern description:  Unlined raw edged coat with snap fastenings.

Notions: I used epic polyfil 80, Prym Chalk wheel mouse (utterly brilliant), plastic snaps.

Pattern Sizing:  Good sizing, I cut a size 12.

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

What did you like or dislike about the pattern?  It was a straight forward, easy make.  I love how simple and clear the Maker’s Atelier patterns are.   Only advice, read the pattern before cutting out to stop you making the same mistake as me.

Did I make  any pattern alterations or design changes?  The only changes I made were to add a lining, in seam pockets and added hem allowances for length 10cm and sleeves 5cm.   Straight forward to do and if your uncertain, the Maker’s Atelier does have a journal piece in how to make a lining.

Would I sew it again or recommend to others?  Yes, would make again and it is a great well written pattern.  And if you’ve never made a coat, it’s a brilliant pattern to start with.

Conclusion:  I love the simple clean lines of this coat, can wear it any where and it always looks smart.  I love the way one can put up the collar for a different look and its great for colder, blustery days.

below is the coat I made before to compare, tricky to see the details but its super warm and cosy.

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Flindra | my first knitted shawl

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I’ve been listening to the Truly Murtle podcast for quite a while, I love knitting although I don’t do very much.  It’s the calming repetitive movement, slowly the needles produce interesting tactile fabric and my blood pressure drops with the rhythm of the needles.

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While listening to one episode while sewing at work, I heard about a KAL [knit a long] and thought I join in, bought and down loaded the Flindra pattern on ravelry and headed up to Loop in Camden Passage.  Its a lovely shop and the staff are brilliant, a veritable cornucopia of delicious tactile yarns.  I chose a Danish organic yarn called Semilla by BC Garn, its soft, comes in an array of colours and wasn’t too expensive.

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It’s knitted width ways, so starting off small and growning and has an interesting chevron though the design.  I really enjoyed the pattern, only once over thinking the pattern and Libby was able to explain what I had miss understood.

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The different textures are easy to knit, although I am a slowish knitter and did start again once – just wanted it to be right.  The coloured texture was simple and made knitting in 2 yarns seem so easy, it’s also a lovely pop of colour and defines the chevron pattern.

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I didn’t block it in a traditional way, I used towels and layed it on top and used my steam iron gently.  Will have to find a space and maybe get a blocking board if I make another shawl again.  Since finishing, my mother bought me the Tuesday pattern and yarn for my birthday, its by Erica Knight who we met at the Knitting & Stitching show in Ally Pally.  I loved the Tuesday and am now slowly knitting it – again do sometimes over think the pattern but its a wonderful soft chunky yarn and now trying to just do what the pattern says!

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Vogue 1484 – a review

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I have been busy with quite a few lovely commissions and although have made a few things for myself and Ms T, not had time to post.  Earlier in the year when the Eve Appeal patterns campaign was on I bought Vogue 1484 for Ms T, she love the shape and thought it would be a fun dress to wear.  Decided not to have the sheer top to the dress and chose this fun bandanna fabric with an anti-static lining.

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The pattern matching isn’t perfect, this is down to the pattern not lining up along the print and next time I’ll buy an extra half a meter to help.

One tip I would have when fitting a concealed zip is to tack it in before stitching.  I guess I’m picky to finish and always leave in my tacking if it wont be seen, it means I know where the zip will be and it doesn’t shift when sewn.  I found from instagram I’m not alone with this.

Pattern: Vogue 1484

Fabrics: Bandanna print & anti static lining

Pattern description:  Lined dress (fitting through bust) has collar, yoke, princess seams, bias sleeve and armhole binding, slightly shaped hemline and invisible back zip.

Pattern Sizing:  I did make a toile to help with fitting and the pattern did make to size, the princess seams do really make a full bust adjustment so easy to do.

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

What did you like or dislike about the pattern?  It was a straight forward, easy make, not using a sheer probably made this so.  I would love to make another using a sheer or lace and if I have time before Christmas will do.  It’s a great party dress.

Did I make  any pattern alterations or design changes?  The only changes I made were for fitting.

Would I sew it again or recommend to others?  Yes, would make again and it is a great well written pattern.  Not for a beginner, but not tricky.

Conclusion:  Ms T loves it and that is all that matters to me.  And with a little cut off fabric managed to make Flo a bandanna to match x

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