The heatwave continues and I found myself severely lacking in the shorts department. With a Sunday bike ride planned I decided to see if I could whip up a pair this weekend. I’ve made the Flint pattern before as the long wide-leg trousers so I had the pattern pieces all cut out and knew that it fit.
My first pair were made last year in the old house from some gorgeous John Kaldor linen which I bought from Minerva Crafts.
These are the version with the tie waist and I was really pleased with the way they turned out, I’ve worn them lots.
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As I already mentioned, I’m a real fan of Closet Case patterns. This is the Ebony top/dress and I’ve made it three times so far. (I’ve only got photos for two – the other one must still be in a packing box!)
They are made from quite thick t-shirt jersey so they’re not super drapey like some of the model photos on the site but nicely swishy when you move.
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This is the first garment made completely in the new house and so was a good test of my new cutting table which is actually a fold-down trestle table from Amazon.
I used to cut out on the dining room table but that’s not practical now I do all my sewing in the garden cabin! I don’t have enough space to keep a table up all the time so this was a pefect solution.
This is the Sew Over It ‘Eve’ dress.
I have actually made this dress before to wear to a wedding last year. I was happy with how it looked but I never wore it again for two reasons. Firstly the fabric just felt a bit weird – it was a very slippery viscose, can’t remember where from, but you know how some fabrics just don’t feel too nice against the skin, well that was this. It’s sad because I really loved the print.
Secondly it really gaped around the wrap front. I’d forgotten this until I made the second version and exactly the same thing happened (It brought back memories of desperately searching for a safety pin the morning of the wedding to prevent a wardrobe malfunction later in the day)
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Whilst I was blogless I was still sewing regularly and this is one of the things I made which has become a real favourite – Simplicity 1463
I made view C but I used the same fabric throughout. This is a real value-for-money pattern – so many different options to play with.
The fabric is a lovely viscose jersey from Fabric Godmother with the perfect summer print of blue swallows.
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I have a lot of luck with Closet Case patterns, I’ve made several and they seem to fit me without too much alteration and I really like their styles.
I’m writing this in the middle of a heatwave in the UK. We moved into our new house at the beginning of May and although we moved less than 10 miles it feels like we relocated to another country as the weather has just got hotter and sunnier since then. I got rid of a lot of clothes when we moved and because we’ve not had a really good summer for years in this part of the world I suddenly found myself severly lacking in the hot weather dressing department.
Luckily I had cut the fabric out for this pattern in the old house but hadn’t had chance to finish it before we had to start packing. I carted the pieces here so my first project was just a case of stitching it up!
Apart from shortening the skirt (at 5’3″ I have to shorten pretty much everything) I didn’t make any other alterations.
It’s a pretty simple pattern to sew together, the trickiest bit is the little oblong at the front where the ties come out of. The instructions are very clear but I think the technique of inserting a square of fabric into another piece like this is one that needs some practise for me. I’m quite happy with how it turned out though. If you don’t look too closely it looks ok.
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