Style Arc Daisy Designer Pant

These trousers are a breeze to fit and are super comfy to wear.

Style Arc’s description ‘this trendy wide leg pant is not only fashionable but very comfortable with it’s elastic waist, interesting patch pocket itch side opening and wide faced hem makes this pant a must have’.

The pockets open onto the side seam, and I added iron on interfacing to the openings.

To highlight the pockets I changed the stripe direction. The pockets are rather low, I raised them an inch after reading other reviews.

I omitted the hem facing as I already had the pocket contrast. The waist of the trouser folds over to case the elastic.

Just the right leg width, I made these straight from the pattern shortening the leg after trying on.

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Derwent Wide Leg Trousers – Wendy Ward

This pattern is from Wendy Ward’s book A Beginners Guise to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics and is one of two trouser patterns in the book.

These are a great shape, fitted around the waist and hips and then dropping to a wide leg.

This fabric is a 200g jersey from Pin and Sew and is ideal as it isn’t too clingy and has some body.

The waistband is 3 inch elastic. I didn’t follow the instructions to overlock the elastic to the waistband, choosing to overlock the edges of the trouser and then attach the elastic with a 4×4 zigzag stitch.

To add to the stability of the waistband I added two rows of 4×4 zigzag stitching at the top and bottom of the waistband. I finished the hems with an overlocked edge and a 1 inch hem with 4×4 zigzag to finish

These really are secret pyjamas, so comfy. The instructions are easy to follow with step by step diagrams, and there is a section in the book that discusses the different types of knit fabrics available which is useful if you’re new to knits.

Already planning another pair 😺✂️✂️

Adrienne Blouse – Friday Pattern Co.

I’ve seen some great versions of this pattern popping up on Instagram, and decided to make my own.

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The Friday Pattern Co. website states that it’s patterns are ‘for the modern woman, minimalist and easy to sew’. I purchased the PDF version of the pattern.

There are three pattern pieces, elastic forms the shoulder gathers and creates the sleeve shape.

I decided to remove 5cm from the sleeve width by overlapping the fabric fold 2.5cm with the pattern piece after looking at other versions of the blouse on line. There are lines on the pattern piece (see = above) to narrow or widen the sleeve as wanted.

The neckline is finished with a folded band, the front and back of the top are the same.

The fabric was from The Frugal Fabric Store and is mid weight with 50% stretch.

I made the XL and added 5cm to the length and removed approx 5cm from the hip width. Really pleased with this top and have a second version planned in lightweight jersey already 😺✂️✂️

Soothe – Kim Hargreaves

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I’ve been a fan of Kim Hargreaves designs from her early days with Rowan yarns. This pattern is from her 2018 autumn/winter book Pale.

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The sweater is knitted in two identical pieces, with deep ribbing at the hem and sleeve cuff.

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The neckline is very wide, and doesn’t show clearly on the pictures. I undid the neck after the sweater kept falling of my shoulders and re-knitted omitting the increased stitches and decreasing a further 2 stitches across the centre stitches. This was a better look for me.

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The yarn is a lovely mix of cotton and alpaca and produces a lovely mottled effect.

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An easy knit if you don’t mind stocking stitch for hours! You need needles with a cable or a long circular set to accommodate the full width of stitches. 😺✂️✂️

The Lauren Set Top from Simply Sewing issue 51

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Simply Sewing has some really good patterns, and this one caught my eye as I need some more cosy tops for winter.

The pattern pieces were printed over 4 pages, the lower section of the dress simply attaches to the bottom of the top sections.

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This fabric is a lovely bubble jersey from Pin and Sew, and I bought 1.5metres rather than the recommended 2.5 metres as the fabric is 150cm wide rather than the 115cm width stated on the envelope.

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To match the bubbles in the texture I marked the lines at the seam edges every 10th bubble and then pinned at the marker. I added extra pins between these to stop the fabric shifting and used my walking foot. I used a 1.5 x 2.5 zig zag and then overlocked the seams once I had tried on for fit.

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I cut across the full width of the fabric along the bubble line to get a straight line for cutting out and used a rotary cutter and large ruler to cut the neckband to ensure that the bubbles were aligned.

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A lovely quick make and I am sure I will make more. The neckline sits beautifully and the polo neck drapes at the front and sits against the back of my neck so is nice and warm 😺✂️✂️

Breaking The Pattern – Ruska

 

AB5BCCB8-5213-4206-A6B3-B30C14D1BD92The genius of this book is that it allows for so many adaptations and variations. As with all Named patterns the instructions and diagrams are clear and easy to follow.

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The Ruska has a knit dress, knot dress, t-shirt and tunic variations and I have used the turtle neck and long sleeves from the dress on the t-shirt body. The turtle neck is two piece and this double layer keeps the shape really well.

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Each pattern version in the book has a list of pattern pieces, clear line drawing and cutting layouts with a list of notions and fabric requirements. It also lists the skills you learn completing the garments as they increase in complexity through the book from a bag to jeans and a coat.

The introduction to the book also has useful tips and instructions that would be great for a beginner.

F4142E37-B9F0-46B9-8079-0BE68EBFBBA1The list of pattern pieces and cutting diagrams are lovely and clear to follow. The dress outline below shows the additional shaping to the sides of the dress. The necklines also differ to accommodate the turtle neck collar. As the shoulder and armhole are the same it was easy to trace the lines needed.

0A8B900C-15FB-4E19-B023-BB074B436A39The pattern pieces are on large sheets that have the sections clearly listed, but the large sections are spread over several sheets. The patterns are available as pdf downloads so that will be my choice for another pattern. The patterns do overlap, but not quite as much as in Burda magazines!

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I love this book, and there are several garments that I am planning to make. The final section of the book ‘How to Break the Pattern’ states ‘there are countless ways to alter and spice up clothes’ and it really doesn’t disappoint with this clever premise

674E8DE7-FEB1-4376-B8BA-8CBA5D78C79EThis fabric is a 200g jersey from Pin and Sew in one of my favourite colours 😺✂️✂️

Burda Style 9/2018 Sweatshirt

6F299708-2E07-41ED-9157-CE240B905CC5I’m not a fan of tracing, but I am drawn to the Burda magazines for their quirky details.

A7EC7DF5-B981-4149-A55B-CB22B0C115F4This pattern was September’s sewing lesson, so the pattern pieces were blue, and as they didn’t overlap, I cut them straight from the pages!

CE1E6EE6-B68A-45FE-B515-0753961335A0The recommended fabric was sweatshirting, but I used a lovely stable knit fabric bought from Rags in Worcester (a lovely friendly small shop worth visiting).

57F7CB8D-8400-4A21-A1CA-84F54367AAA6The sleeves have large pleats at the wrist that create a lovely draped effect, subtle in the knit fabric I am sure it would be more structured in a heavier fabric

I basted the pleats, and overlocked the edges once sewn, an extra step not needed for sweatshirting

BA0A5B7E-C9FE-4FF0-8BE0-B152739C73D3Have already worn this a few times as autumn has arrived! I added an extra 2cm to the neckband and as this is very roomy cut out the size 3 sizes smaller.

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