Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Seafoam Set

This lingerie set was actually finished off a while ago, but I had not got around to blogging it. It is the Anna bralette and the Lola panties, both from Ohhh Lulu.

The details:
Pattern: Anna bralette and Lola panties by Ohhh Lulu
Fabric: White stretch lace from MintFrog on Etsy, sheer white mesh from Booby Traps
Notions: Elastics, rings, sliders and closure from Booby Traps
Size: S in the Anna and M in the Lola
Special touches and alterations: Altered the Anna to have a scallop lace edge.
Full disclosure: it is a very sheer little set, so I am wearing other underwear underneath for modesty :) The bralette is made of this lace from MintFrog on Etsy (which reminds me of frothy sea waves). The briefs have a sheer mesh front and the back is cut from lace. I added navy blue straps to the bra to add some interest, and used gold rings and sliders like always.
The main thing that annoys me about this pair is that I decided not to use any elastic along the leg opening of the lace, but I probably should have. The way it is, the elastic along the front of the legs pulls the lace forward at the side seam. Maybe another fix would be to loosen the elastic through the mesh portion of the leg opening?
The other thing I would change in hindsight is that I made the briefs by sewing all the pieces together and then adding the elastics. However, I struggled with the parts where the mesh met the elastic and I was trying to finish only the mesh portion with the elastic. Since the lace edge didn't need to be finished, it would have made more sense to sew elastic to the mesh parts of the leg opening prior to sewing the side seams.
The bralette didn't have any construction issues, but I do wish the overlap was a bit more... overlapped :P It tends to pull outwards a bit. Again, maybe clear elastic along the neckline edge of the lace would help here. I guess there are always lessons to be learned :)

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

The Short and Sweet Dress

I posted recently about my goal to make three summer dresses before the end of summer.  I managed to get two and a half done before the end of February, and this was the first. If you don't recognise it, it's an Adelaide dress by Seamwork.  The fabric is something I found in an op-shop and I'm going to guess it's a cotton rayon blend.  I have been planning on making this dress for a long time, years in fact, and I'm glad I was finally able to tick it off my list!!

The details:
Pattern: Adelaide dress by Seamwork
Fabric: Some sort of cotton blend from an op-shop
Size: 4 at the bust, graded to 6 at the waist and 10 at the hips
Special touches and alterations: Lengthened bodice by 1cm at armpit level and 2cm at waist, and shortened skirt by 11cm
I cut a size 4 at the bust, blending to a 6 at the waist and a 10 at the hips. It might be slightly tight across the bust but I don't mind the fit.  I lengthened the bodice by 1cm at the armpit, to lower the bust darts and give myself more room in the armhole without lowering the neckline.  The bust darts sit well but the armhole is still a bit tight. I also added 2cm to the bodice length at the waist.
The most fun part of the project was definitely setting the snaps! I had never done it before and the instructions were pretty terrible on the kit I bought.  I did a practice, then still managed to accidentally set my first snap back to front!!! Luckily I was able to pry it off with some pliers, and redo. I finished the seams with my overlocker, and used a berry coloured bias binding from my stash for the neckline and armholes, which I failed to take a picture of, whoops!
I somehow had a measuring fail and cut my hem too short, I'm still not sure how that happened! I overlocked the hem and folded it over the smallest amount I could get away with, and I think it's very short but wearable. Of course, what do I wear it to on it's first outing? An Egyptian themed escape room that had me crawling around in sand on my hands and knees.... I'm sure the staff watching our progress on the cameras got an eyeful of my underwear.  :O
I managed to get a few wears of it before March (I'm on holiday in Europe for the whole of March and it is not weather appropriate for Finland in March :P) and I'm already looking forward to pulling it out next summer!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The Disappointing Dragonfly Top

I've still never had a major major sewing fail (knock on wood) but this is probably the closest. This top was never perfect, but now after washing it a few times it has unfortunately developed a hole at the centre front neckline where the facing has pulled away from the front. Maybe I clipped the seam allowances too small, and I certainly should have done something to reinforce that area, in hindsight.

The details:
Pattern: McCall 9500
Fabric: Dragonfly print rayon from Spotlight
Size: 14
Special touches and alterations: Took in side seams by 2cm on each side, and took 6cm off the depth of the front neckline split.
I could probably fix the hole, but I was never in love with this top so I'm not sure it is worth the effort. The fabric is a soft rayon from Spotlight, and the fit was generally what I wanted, but that collar!! I just can't make it play nice. It sits crookedly and pulls the neckline weirdly. I feel like I should have increased the size of the neckline and used a stiffer interfacing in the collar, but I'm not sure.
The pattern is a vintage/retro McCalls from an op-shop. I don't think my version has all the pieces for all the views available, so I looked through the pattern pieces I did have and went with view F. I noticed the neckline slit is designed to be quite deep, so I took it up 6cm to make this top more work appropriate.
It came together quickly and easily. I wish I liked it. I do have a bit of this fabric left over so I may attempt it again using that and whatever I can recover from this top. Or I might just remove the collar from this one and try to make it a v-neck top? I think I like that option...
For now it has sadly been discarded into my scrap fabric drawer. I will report back if and when I decide to try to salvage it!