My First Experience Of Sewing With Knit Fabric

I received the ‘Gertie Sews Vintage Casual‘ book for Christmas and have to say it is fantastic! I spent ages just reading through it and making notes of additional bits and pieces I wanted to buy. I do love to have an excuse to buy new sewing supplies.

I quite fancied the idea of sewing one of the knit tops but considering I’d never sewn with a knit fabric before I was a little nervous. Then I saw that Evie from Pendlestitches was offering a few metres of a navy and white striped knit fabric for sale. I took this as a sign that I should take the plunge and have a go, so bought the fabric and away I went.

I also decided to invest in a walking foot for my machine and taking Gerties advice, bought some ballpoint needles and a Twin needle too.

 

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After I had read and re-read the sewing instructions I started by tracing and cutting the pattern pieces. Only 4 pieces, a front, a back and two sleeves how difficult could this be??

There were a few adjustments to be made to the pattern pieces – I should mention that I was making the Boat Neck Top. The patterns that come with Gerties book are all adaptable according to which garment you are making, so for the Boat Neck Top I used the pieces for the  Knit Sweetheart Top but using different sleeves and adjusting the neckline. I had to raise the front neckline and redraw the back neckline to match.

I cut the pieces out with a cutting wheel and actually remembered to try to match the position of the stripes.

Unusual for me because I usually go at these things like a bull in a china shop – too keen to get things done that I don’t stop to think long enough!

I did spend a bit of time playing around with the walking foot and some spare fabric before I got started. Having never used one before it seemed a bit ‘clumsy’ and tricky to manoeuvre. It was fine on the straight but I did struggle a bit with corners. If anyone has any tips to pass on I’m all ears!

I didn’t have to worry about corners to begin with since the first step was to stitch the shoulder seams. They were very short seams too so that broke me in gently.

Gertie recommends stabilising the shoulder seams with clear elastic (which I’d bought) but since these shoulder seams were so short I didn’t think it was worth bothering with.

 

 

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Once the shoulder seams were done it was just a matter of stitching the sleeves in, and then sewing the front to the back and continuing along the sleeve.

It was all pretty straightforward and I think the walking foot made a difference.

I don’t have an overlocker so I finished my seams with an overcast stitch which seemed to look OK.

The last bit was the most difficult for me.

Gertie says to use a ‘serged and turned’ finish for the neckline which I did struggle with. I used my overcast stitch to finish the edge and tried to turn a hem which sort of worked after a fashion. I ended up with a bit of a birds nest of thread which took a bit of neatening up. I think my problems were mainly to do with the  angle of the neck at the shoulder seams. I was also still using my walking foot which I found difficult to  manoeuvre around the tight edges.

The sleeves weren’t too difficult and my first attempt at twin needling were quite good if I say so myself.

All in all I think it all turned out pretty well.

One major problem was that I cut the wrong size for me. I discovered I need an 8 rather than a 6 in these patterns, but luckily it fits my daughter really nicely.

I’ll leave you with some pictures of her wearing it.

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Although I haven’t made anything else from the book yet I think it’s great value. I’ve already eyed up several more pieces I’d like to make, which I’m sure will be quite quick to knock up. I particularly like the idea of being able to make up a few T shirts and tops for the summer.

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The Trials And Tribulations Of Wearing Vintage

I had this lovely little red and white gingham vintage cotton blouse.

As with most of my vintage finds I remember buying it. I can still see the shop in my minds eye, we were driving through a small town in Texas and pulled over to have a look in a little vintage/thrift shop. I bought this blouse and a pair of bowling ball earrings. It was before we had kids so over 14 years ago.

I’m not sure what it was about the blouse that I loved so much, it’s a pretty bog-standard sleeveless blouse. Maybe it just reminded me of a particular holiday.

Anyway I got it out and put it on a while ago when the weather warmed up a bit.  All was fine until my shoulder got a bit itchy, I scratched the itch and the blouse fell apart!!

So that’s the end of that. Certainly unrepairable and I guess I was lucky that I was at home when it happened!

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Another Vintage Knitting Project

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This is my third attempt at knitting a vintage cardigan and I think I am gradually improving!!

I’ve actually worn this one a lot, it fits better than any of the others and is a pretty straightforward style to wear.

Again the pattern was a download from www.thevintageknittinglady.co.uk  I love this site, so much choice and very quick to get the downloaded pattern. (please excuse my scribblings on the pattern in the photo) I also liked the pattern because it uses an Aran or light chunky wool which meant it would knit quicker. The thing that drives me mad about knitting is that I’m not very quick at it and thicker wool means quicker end result!

The wool was just a basic Aran weight 80/20 acrylic/wool mix and I managed to make it from 400g too.

I thought that the rib was just a basic k1, p1 but it wasn’t. It was a k1 tbl (knit one through back loop) p1 row below. I could manage the knit 1 through back loop but it took me ages to get the hang of p1 row below. Good old Youtube comes in very handy when you’re not too sure what you’re doing.

Once I’d got the hang of it it progressed really quickly and looks lovely and chunky.

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Once the rib was complete it was on with stocking stitch for the rest of the back, so again quick to complete.

I love it once you start decreasing for the sleeves and shoulders since it gets even quicker!

The back was finished in no time, and the fronts were pretty much the same.

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The front bands were knitted in garter stitch – just 12 stitches. I have to say this got pretty annoying having to turn so many times and so quickly!

There was also a bit of odd shaping going on, which I wasn’t sure about whilst I was knitting it, but when you look at the front and the band lying next to each other it kind of makes sense how it is going to go together.

I’ve found it a bit disconcerting when knitting the button bands that they always look A LOT shorter than the actual cardigan fronts, but am reliably informed by my expert knitter mother-in-law, that they are supposed to be that way. She tells me that it is to avoid them being ‘baggy’ once they are attached. Nothing worse than a baggy button band ladies!!

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So all that was left was for me to knit the sleeves and stitch it all together (my favourite part!)

Not much to say about the sleeves, they were pretty straightforward.

Sewing it together wasn’t too difficult either. I’m trying to master mattress stitch and I think it makes a really neat side seam. I tried to join the top of the shoulders by grafting which worked pretty well too. I picked up some nice navy vintage buttons on Ebay to finish it off.

Final pics of me wearing it, front and back views – excuse my startled expression in the first one!

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Vintage Fashion Illustration Haul Continued

About three months ago I posted  four of these sketches with the promise that more would follow but they didn’t.

Better late than never, here they are.

If you follow me on Facebook you’ll have seen them already but I like to keep my promises so I’m posting them here too, hope you enjoy them.

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I know nothing about them other than they have a signature of sorts which appears to say rené although I can’t be sure that’s what it says. At the top of each page is printed WEMO MODES INTERNATIONALES. If anyone knows any more about them I’d love to hear.

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Relining My Vintage Pendleton Coat

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This post is long overdue.
I actually relined this coat about a year ago, took photos and meant to write a post on it straight away, but as with a lot of things I didn’t find the time. It has sat on my to-do list for the last year but finally here goes.
I absolutely love this coat. I just about live in it in the winter. It goes with most of my clothes plus I love red so a winner all round.
It had actually been getting a bit threadbare in places around the shoulder where I carry my bag and I’d put a bit of time into darning and repairing that, but the lining was getting into a dreadful state.
It was OK when I was wearing it but if I had to take it off at someone’s house or in a restaurant it definitely wasn’t OK as you can see in the photo below.

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I was pretty nervous about starting this job since I really didn’t want to wreck my favourite coat.

I did a lot of research on the internet and decided that to begin with I’d take out half the existing lining and make a pattern from it.  The main body lining was in two pieces anyway so that made it a bit easier.

The instructions I’d found on the internet sort of made sense, but with these sort of things I usually find that they start to make more sense once I’ve started (If that makes sense!)

I took photos at each stage so I could refer back to them to see how it was put together originally.

Once I had removed half of the lining I carefully unpicked all the seams so that I could use the old lining as a pattern to cut my new pieces.

 

 

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I’d managed to pick-up some lovely black satin from EBay seller Suzie-may. It was very cheap and the quality was great and it’s available in a whole range of colours.

Once I’d dismantled the original lining cutting out the new one was pretty straightforward  apart from the fact that satin is rather slippery stuff to work with!

It was then just a matter of sewing the pieces together which was easy enough.

I wasn’t exactly relishing the ‘putting it all back together’ bit though.

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Before I started to sew the lining back into the coat I hemmed the bottom which hangs loose once it’s reattached. Because the side edges are stitched into the side seams of the coat I needed to get that sorted first.
Getting the main part of the lining back into the coat didn’t turn out to be too bad. it was just a matter of stitching it with right sides of coat and lining together and turning it right side out. I’m sure I’m not really explaining this very well. After I’d got the main body lining in I made some swing tacks to hold it in position at the top of the shoulders.

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The trickiest part was the cuffs. I’d read online that most people just slip stitch the lining to the inside of the sleeve but my coat lining was machined to the coat at the cuff and I wanted to try to do the same. It took me quite some time to work out how to do it.
I’m not sure I’m going to be able to explain this very well either, but I pulled the coat sleeve and new lining inside out from under the new coat body lining and then attached the sleeve and sleeve lining ‘end to end’ (so it sits like two tubes end to end??) with the right sides together so the hem made a sort of rim around the outside and then stitched around. It really didn’t seem as if it was going to work until I turned it all right way out and it had! Marvellous! If anyone wants me to try to explain that a bit better leave me a comment and I’ll try to do a sketch which might describe it more accurately.

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I’ll leave you with a few more pics of the lining in situ (coat turned inside out)
Overall I’m pretty pleased with the result – it certainly looks better than it did and I’ll probably get a few more years out of it now. If I’m going to be picky I did get the lining a tad too short. It doesn’t quite sit as far down as I’d have liked but if I hadn’t told you I’m sure you wouldn’t have noticed!

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Vintage Fashion Illustration Haul

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A few weeks back we popped over to East London for a Sunday morning car boot sale.
I do love a car boot but have to be in the right frame of mind to really have a dig around.
I only came away with one purchase but one I’m really happy with, a set of vintage fashion illustrations, slightly dog-eared but absolutely beautiful.
There are 25 in total, almost all suits and winter coats or jackets. I’ll share them all eventually but for now here are the first 4.
I’ll take one of each please……….

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Hair today…….

I just wanted to share a few thoughts on hair.
My hair has always been poker straight and from about the age of 7 or 8 (except for a brief spell when I was 18) I’ve always worn it short.  Often very short – in fact when my eldest daughter was born 13 years ago I’d had it shaved, not completely off but a number 3 all over.
This is about average length when it was short.

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Then a couple of years ago when I was planning to start 20th Century Cloth I thought it would be a cool idea to grow it.
I thought I would be able to set it in pincurls or rollers and have lovely vintage looking curls and waves. The growing out was the worst but I managed to get it to a bob length with a blunt fringe without too much pain.
Then I decided to grow the fringe out too. It got difficult to find things to do with it while the fringe was getting long enough to style in any particular way. Eventually I managed to get it into a small front roll.

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(Excuse the terrible roots!)
If I didn’t roll the fringe there wasn’t much I could do with it if I hadn’t set it. I don’t even remember doing this but there is photographic evidence to show I gelled it back too.

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When it was set I loved it, but I’m really too lazy and too busy with running my business and looking after my family to find the time to do it. At least it looked nice when I got around to photographing the garments I’d made with my fabric!
This is one of my favourites.
It then got to the stage where I wasn’t setting it often and started wondering what the point of keeping it long was if I wasn’t going to do anything with it. So after much deliberation I decided to get it chopped – not completely to begin with, I kept some length at the front but the back was chopped completely.  I could still set it but it was much quicker and easier because I only had to do the top and sides, and not much at the back.

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Then about 2 months ago I had it completely chopped – I still have some length on top but it’s almost back to where I started about 3 years ago so I’ve come full circle but feel much more liberated. As an added bonus I can now wear my cycle helmet without ruining my ‘do’, so I’ve started cycling too! I can just about get some small rollers in the top so I can still play around with it when the mood takes me but equally I can wash it and leave it and I think it still looks fine.
By complete coincidence at about the time I had my hair chopped Rochelle of the Lucky Lucille blog wrote a great post about short vintage hair. You can read it here. I think I’m going to let it grow just a bit more than this but I’ve picked up plenty of inspiration from Rochelles post and am going to be trying some new styles.
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My second attempt at knitting a garment

Knitting is something I’ve always wanted to do but never been able to master. I can crochet and sew to a reasonable standard but knitting has always alluded me and I hate to be beaten by something.
My nan was a fantastic knitter and produced huge amounts of cardigans, jumpers and socks for us when we were kids. It always fascinated me watching her, but despite nan trying many times to teach me I always failed miserably. Not certain if it was something to do with me being left handed and her being right but I always ended up with triangular shapes full of holes rather than nice even squares.
After my nan passed away over 20 years ago, I inherited a lot of her crafting bits and pieces including her knitting bag and needles in the hope that one day I’d be able to put them to use.
My sister-in-law is also an amazing knitter and churns out socks at a rate of knots. I’d expected socks to be one of the most difficult items to knit but when she bought me this book for a birthday present and I had a go I was hooked. My first two pairs did resemble socks but my third pair which I knitted for my husband were fantastic. It gave me such a sense of achievement that I’d  managed to produce something that was actually wearable.

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I have been buying vintage patterns online from The Vintage Knitting Lady. This site is fantastic, firstly because there are so many patterns to choose from, and secondly because you can purchase them as PDFs and have them emailed to you for £1.50,  what a bargain!  This pattern is from sirdar and is knitted in double knit which I prefer. Thinner wool takes too long for me to knit!
I like simple patterns with plain stitches since I’m still new to knitting, and I chose this pattern and wool for my next project. It is knitted entirely in stocking and garter stitch.

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The pattern as you can see is for a 1950s waist length cardigan with a little turned up collar. Being short in length I thought it wouldn’t take too long to knit – I like fast results.
The bottom rib is knitted in garter stitch (basically every stitch on every row is a knit stitch)  and the main body of the garment is knitted in stocking stitch (knit one row and purl one row) There was a tiny bit of increasing after the bottom cuff but the rest of the back was pretty straightforward. I still have to refresh my memory by looking up how to increase and decrease every time I need to do it though.

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The back was fairly straightforward but I did struggle a bit with the fronts. The button band was knitted separately,  again in garter stitch, and once I’d got as far as the increasing for the collar I was convinced it was too short. It seemed to be miles shorter than the rest of the cardigan front, but my mother-in-law who is a knitting whizz said that bands that are knitted separately usually need to be quite a bit shorter to stop them from being baggy once sewn on to the fronts.
The collar was another tricky part. Reading the pattern through I really couldn’t get my head around how it was going to work. I ended up blindly following the instructions and low and behold it did work.
This is the back view of the collar where I’d picked up and knitted it on.

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After knitting the sleeves the last job was to sew it all together. I know a lot of people hate this part but I love seeing the garment come together.
This is the main part with the side seams sewn and ready to sew on the front bands and sew in the sleeves.

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And here is the finished cardigan, front and back views. I’m really, really pleased that I’ve managed to knit something that I will be able to wear at last.

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Final Blog Post On My Finished Garments!!

These are the final 2 garments that I made – well apart form a shirt that I made for my husband in the ‘Modesto’ print. Maybe I’ll be able to persuade him to model it for a couple of photos, but for now I’m happy that I have managed to show the ones that I made for myself.

I also briefly mentioned these two garments back here when I thought it would encourage me to finish them quicker if I made them as part of a Sew-Along.

The first and easiest was this skirt in my Senora print,

I LOVE this pattern envelope, It is a mail order pattern from The Weekly Star Farmer, Kansas City Missouri. This pattern has fascinated me since I bought it – I love the fact that it has the name and address of the person who bought it (Mrs Wayne Buelling, Stover Missouri 2780-28)  I did get a bit obsessed and tried to see if I could find the address on Google Earth and I also got slightly more obsessed and tried to date the postmark but despite finding several websites on the subject I was unable to date it. This is probably the reason I’m only now blogging about making the skirt 8 months later!

I was really pleased that I managed to make this skirt out of just a metre of fabric,

I always like to finish all my seams properly. I know that no one actually sees them but I can’t bring myself to finish them with pinking shears or an overlocker.

I really like the little straps/belt carriers on the front of the skirt. They were easy enough to make but tricky to get positioned equally,

They each have a button stitched to hold the lower flap in place – I’ve only just sewn one on here,

And here’s the final product,

I have a belt in orange that I meant to put on too but forgot – thinking about making a top in lemon yellow to try with the skirt but not sure if black isn’t better?

 

 

Last but not least is the second garment I made for the Sew-Along, I made another Butterick Retro ’52 pattern B4790.

I’d had a heads up on this pattern from Cindy at Edelweiss Patterns Blog  She explained that a lot of the ‘Retro’ patterns are redesigned for the ‘modern figure’ and that if I went ahead and made it as per instructions it wouldn’t look much like the pattern illustration. She was right – if you read her blog post there are photos of how it would look and that wasn’t the look I wanted. I followed the directions and it worked perfectly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here it is, I’m so glad that I read Cindys blog or I would have been really disappointed with the result but as it is I love it.

 

 

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Finished Garments In Coronado And Delano Fabrics

I thought the Coronado fabric was quite suited to a shirt or blouse and I liked the idea of adding one to my wardrobe so I settled on Simplicity 2076 for this garment.

I made the sleeveless version. There’s not really too much to say about this pattern, I didn’t realise when I started it that it has no bust darts nor back darts so it doesn’t have much shape to it.  I like the front yoke gathers but in retrospect probably wouldn’t have made it since I prefer shirts to be at least slightly fitted. It’s fine when it’s tucked in so that’s how I’ll have to wear it!

I think I might make a summer dress in Coronado (when I get time)

One of the most complicated garments I made must have been the dress in the Delano print. Again it was a Butterick Retro ’52 pattern (B4919) and I found this one VERY challenging.

The pattern instructions say this is ‘easy’  The skirt part was easy – just 4 panels, but the bodice I struggled with. If you look at the pattern illustration you can see that the bottom half of the front bodice is wrapped around. It looks really simple but I sewed and unpicked and sewed and unpicked, and to be honest I’m still not totally happy with the way it turned out. It has a centre back zip and the front bodice wraps to the back and is held in place with hooks, then the tie ends wrap around to the front and cross over and are tied at the back.

It is actually a very comfortable dress and quite flattering because the ties can be pulled slightly to fit perfectly but it will be a while before I attempt to make this one again!

There were also MILES of bottom hem to sew too!

 

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A Quick Look At A Few More Finished Garments

I am determined to finish showing the garments that I made using my 20th Century Cloth fabrics. It is taking me some time but to speed it up a bit I’m going to try to cover 2 garments in one post.

If I keep in the order that I made them the next in line is the Kona Bambusa print. I made this up using another of the Butterick Retro patterns – this one was 6582 and was a 1960 pattern.

I got completely carried away sewing this dress and forgot to take many photos. The main part of the dress was pretty straightforward with front and back darts – I love the part where you sew the darts and the side seams and you think you’ve made a dress and it feels completely amazing but then it gets tricky with facings and gathered bits and zips and stuff 🙁

The only construction photo I remembered to take was just as I was about to try to insert the zip,

I did find the zip tricky, and also the facings, and the gathers at the shoulders. I really couldn’t get my head around how they were going to work so had to just religiously follow the pattern, low and behold they did work – looking back I’m still not sure how but they did!

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The next garment I made was a lovely little sleeveless top in the Skylon print. This time I used a ‘proper’ vintage pattern rather than a repro one. This was Butterick 7359.

I LOVE this pattern, I’ve used it before to make view B – the collarless version but this time I thought I’d try view A with the collar. On the pattern illustration it’s not really obvious but the neck is open (otherwise it’d never go over your head!) and it has a side zipper at the bottom of the side seam. I’ve got NO construction photos for this one either but have to say it was pretty straightforward. I found the trickiest part to be getting the front facing to sit flat on the inside of the front opening. There are cute little gathers at the front where the collar joins and the armholes are sort of cutaway and I think very flattering.

And again here’s the finished garment,

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Memphis Noir Circle Skirt

Still trying to keep things simple I made another skirt – this time though a circle skirt.
I chose Butterick 6167 from my pattern stash, it only has 3 pieces so couldn’t be that difficult!
Cutting it out proved to be one of the most difficult parts – although there are only 3 pattern pieces the two skirt pieces are big. I ended up cutting it out on my living room floor.
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After stay stitching the top of the front and back pieces to prevent stretching it was just a matter of sewing up the side seams leaving the left side open at the top for the zip.

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Pressing the side seam

Next up was to get the zip in – I don’t think I’ve ever managed to get a zip in properly first time. I usually have to unpick and resew at least twice but this one went in well. One of the best zips I’ve ever fitted I think so it deserves a nice big photo!

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The next step was to fit the waistband,

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The last step was to hem the bottom. I learnt something really interesting here. The pattern instructions said to make a row of gathering stitches (just very big normal sewing stitches) close to the bottom edge of the fabric. Then turn up the skirt hem to the desired length. Then this is the bit I’d never seen before – I had to pull up the gathering stitches to gather the extra fabric in so that it could be neatly hemmed. Once the gathering was evened out binding tape was stitched around the gathered edge to hold the gathers in place then the hem could be neatly hand-stitched. That description is probably really difficult to follow, so here is another photo that I hope illustrates it better.

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And that’s it!
Ta da!

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Butterick 9347 skirt made using my Biscayne print

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The second garment I made was a skirt from the Butterick 9347 pattern. I was still trying to keep things simple (didn’t want to jump into anything too complicated too soon!) and this was basically a wrap-around skirt with a tie waist. As an added bonus it had lovely big pockets too, I love big pockets on skirts.

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The sewing was fairly straightforward.  The skirt was made from 4 pieces so it was just a matter of sewing the centre front seam and two side seams and viola a skirt (well almost) The pockets needed their edges turning in and sewing onto the skirt body and there is a centre front pleat to contend with but with careful pinning and pressing it worked out fine.
Finally I needed to sort out the waist – to ensure the waist didn’t stretch too much (it doesn’t actually have a waistband) I needed to baste a length of seam binding along the inside waist edge.  Then I made ties and attached those to either side of the skirt at the waist edge. Once the top edge was turned in, hemmed and top-stitched it all looked nice and neat.
All that was left was to make a  couple of small belt carriers to sit on either side seam at the waist and to finish the bottom hem.
I really should have taken more construction photos as I was sewing as I’m sure it would have been more interesting than just reading my description, but when I started sewing I didn’t realise I was going to be writing a blog! Another lesson learned!

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The finished skirt

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A belated look at my finished garments

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Way back on the 9th October last year I posted on my Facebook page that I’d blog about the garments I made with my 20th Century Cloth fabric.
Well 3 months on and here I am, finally! I am struggling with finding time to keep up with the social media side of running a business but am going to try harder to post more often this year.
I actually made 10 garments in all, but only have pics of 9 of them to show you because the 10th one was a shirt for my husband in the ‘Modesto’ print. I don’t have any photos of that since he is a bit camera shy!
The first one I made was using the ‘Atomic Blonde ‘ print. I used Simplicity 4647 from 1954.

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My sewing skills are pretty much self-taught, I’ve never attended classes and tend to learn by my mistakes. I find it to be pretty similar to cooking, if you can follow a recipe you can probably follow a pattern! Having said that the vintage patterns are often a bit more difficult to follow – their instructions are often less detailed than modern ones and I have often had to ‘Google’ certain terms because I haven’t a clue what they mean!

Anyway I thought starting with a top would be simple and to a certain extent it was, but I did struggle with the facings – I never seem to be able to get them to lie flat. It also took me several attempts to get the zip into the side seam to my satisfaction, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever sewn a zip into any garment and got it right first time!

One thing that seemed odd to me was that the back of the top was one piece, with darts to fit, but the front was in two parts, seamed across at waist level – I’m sure there’s a reason for it being constructed in that way. It just means it has to be worn tucked in (and is a bit odd if it starts to ‘ride up’ at the front!  In the construction photo below, the bottom panel at the front hasn’t yet been sewn on.

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And this is it! The first garment I actually made in a fabric that I designed! I’ve had some lovely comments from people when I’ve worn it too which is nice.
I am going to try to write a post about each of the garments I’ve made so far. I’ve not got a huge amount of photos for all of them (in fact some I’ve only got the pattern envelope and the finished garment!) As I said earlier I’m still getting used to Social Media and trying to remember to keep photographing things as I go!
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Look what arrived today….

I’m very excited today to have finally got my hands on my business flyers designed and photographed by my husband Al at www.twenty7.net
If any of you people out there have shops or stalls and would be kind enough to display some to help spread the word please let me know and I’ll send some out to you. Thanks, Helen.

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Fall For Cotton Sew-Along

Last month I took part in my first ever online ‘Sew-Along’
It was organised by Natasha of www.bygumbygolly.com and Rochelle of www.luckylucille.com
To take part we had to choose a decade between the 20s and the 70s, choose a pattern and a cotton fabric – it HAD to be 100% cotton, hence the Fall For Cotton title!
I chose to make a skirt from my Senora fabric and a wrap dress in the Bluemerang print

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It started on 1st September and we had a month to complete our garments – final photos had to be uploaded to the Flickr pool by 30th September.
We were encouraged to upload photos of our inspiration and our progress and could comment on other peoples projects and progress. I have to say the whole experience was really enjoyable and also quite exciting having seen the various patterns and fabrics other people had chosen, watching their progress and finally seeing their finished garments. It was also really nice receiving comments from other people on my efforts!

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If you’ve ever fancied having a go I’d definitely recommend it – abilities ranged from total beginners to really accomplished seamstresses and everyone is really supportive and helpful.
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