Wednesday 30 October 2013

UPDATE: Sleeve Pattern for Sorbetto Top

Back in August 2011, I digitised the sleeve pattern that  Mena of 'The Sew Weekly' created to go with the FREE Sorbetto Tank Top pattern by Colette Patterns.

I've just updated my old blog post to add-in what I believe to be the approximate pattern-size that the sleeve should fit. (NB: Mena didn't state what size the sleeve pattern is she originally drafted.) 
Image Source: 7 days of Sorbetto - The Sew Weekly, Coral Tank Top and Logo - Colette Patterns
I've done a bit of measuring of the stitching-lines, and I reckon that the sleeve-pattern is most likely for the Size 6 on the pattern, with approximately 3/4(20mm/2cmof sleeve-cap ease. You might even be able to squeeze this sleeve onto the Size 8 armhole - without any easing at all. Remember though... on the sleeve-pattern the stitching line on the sleeve cap has been printed to show  5/8(15mm/1.5cm) seam allowance... BUT that the armhole on the bodice pattern pieces has a ¼" (6mm/0.6cm) seam allowance folks!!!

I've turned the comments off on this blog-post, so if you'd like to comment about the sleeve-pattern please go here to the original-post and leave your comments there instead please guys... :)

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Plotting, Pattern 'n' Fabric-ey Fun with Rachel... Thursday 10th October 2013

Rachel & Me
Rachel and me planning and plotting away :)!!

I'm a wee bit late in posting this (BTW is it just me or is a week in real life, like a month long equivalent in blog-land... ? It just always seems to fly by when I'm reading all those lovely new posts in Feedly which is definitely my favourite RSS reader of choice LOL!) Rachel was super-efficient and has already posted :)

Back in January the lovely Rachel (who blogs over at House of Pinheiro) shared with us that she'd been inspired by a lovely 60's shift dress to create a self-drafted dress pattern. And, me being me I happily volunteered to digitise her pattern so she can eventually share it with fellow sewists as a PDF pattern (yay!).

We planned ahead and swapped loads of emails - and we at last got to meet up last Thursday in Rachel's home town to discuss our plans.

But, before heading off to Rachel's place we had a lovely time perusing the local charity and second-hand antique shops she has all practically on her doorstep (lucky thing!).

Blue Vintage Brooch  Vintage Second-Hand Buttons  Vintage Second-Hand Buttons
Pretty Blue Brooch, Vintage Buttons: Red-Plastic, 2x sets of Black Glass, Dark-Green Plastic

I picked up a bunch of these vintage buttons and a fabulous sparkly blue second-hand retro brooch in one store (Rachel nearly bought a 50's/60's style solid wooden retro sewing box for £35, but resisted the urge... if I didn't have to go back home on the train that little lovely might have come home with me instead LOL!).

Rachel Loves Her Fabric!
Can you tell? Rachel lurvveees fabric ;) ?
I then succumbed to the allure of fabric and bought some of these cotton quilting fabrics, plus some very cute mini wooden spools of ric-rac.

Cotton Fabric & Ric-Rac  Mini Wooden Spools of Tiny Ric-Rac Trim
Cotton Fabrics:
1m of Multi-Coloured Elephant Print (designer/manufacturer unknown),
Fat Quarter of a Tape Measure style print in Black & White - "Tailor Made" by Cosmo Cricket for Andover Fabrics, 
and 1.5m of "Raindrops" from "Washday" print in shades of Blue - part of Henley Studio Collection by Makower UK. Plus, in centre: Mini Wooden Spools of Tiny Ric-Rac Trim: Blue, Red, Yellow and Green.

I spotted the unusual "accounting" type of print design fabric below, I've not seen anything like that before!!

Unusual "accounting" print cotton fabric  Large spools of Ric-Rac trimming

We had an absolutely delicious lunch in the centre of town before heading off to Rachel's sewing room to get busy on the Brasilia Dress Pattern.

Gotta make time to eat...  Gotta make time to eat...
Mmmmm... yummy lunch!

So, we got things all sorted out, and this week I shall be digitising the pattern and sending it back later on to Rachel to proof-check things. I think the allure of Rachel's yummy homemade cake (see massive dish of yumminess in the photo below!) spurred me onwards and upwards for this collaboration!!

Here's a parting shot of me with my serious planning-face on (LOL!)

Rachel's sewing room

P.S. In other news... my BurdaStyle Twisted Tank Top is nearly finished - I've just got to find my overlocker manual and practice rolled-hems on some scraps and she's all done! Plus, I like it enough to make a couple more this week if I've got time too :)

Thursday 10 October 2013

Monday 7 October 2013

PRIMA Pattern, November 2013 - Shirt & Tunic

It's only a few days since I blogged about their October pattern, but the November 2013 PRIMA Magazine pattern is
still currently on the shelves in the Newsagents (as per standard for the publication of magazines, each issue comes out during the month prior to the date printed on the cover - so this issue came out during July) and the pattern is available to order by phone until the end of November.

  PRIMA Magazine - November 2013 - Cover
For November Prima Magazine are offering another double-pattern... of a sort - they have a blouse/shirt - and the tunic is basically a longer version of the shirt.

Prima Magazine - Pattern, November 2013 (01)

The shirt has classic styling with a yoke and centre-back pleat, one front pocket, collar and cuffs and a shaped hemline. The tunic is cut longer without the pocket or collar, just a collar band and straight sleeves with no openings or cuffs. Sizes 10 - 20 (UK).

Prima Magazine - Pattern, November 2013 (02)

Prima Magazine - Pattern, November 2013 (03)

Prima Magazine - Pattern, November 2013 (04)

See my old post here on tips for ordering their patterns: PRIMA Magazine: How to Order Their Sewing Patterns.

Thursday 3 October 2013

PRIMA Pattern, October 2013 - Blouse & Pencil Skirt

The October 2013 PRIMA Magazine pattern is still available to order by phone until the end of this month.

  PRIMA Magazine - October 2013 - Cover
This month is another double-pattern offering.

PRIMA Magazine - October 2013 - Blouse & Pencil Skirt

The patterns for October are an elegant skirt and blouse. The simple-to-make blouse is loose fitting with full-length sleeves and a front keyhole opening, which fastens with a button and loop. The pencil skirt is lined and has a back zip and slit. Sizes 10 - 20 (UK).

Prima Magazine - Pattern, October 2013 (01)

Prima Magazine - Pattern, October 2013 (02)

Prima Magazine - Pattern, October 2013 (03)

See my old post here on tips for ordering their patterns: PRIMA Magazine: How to Order Their Sewing Patterns.