Sewing: Tuille Time with the Simple Sew “Sophia”(Update 2 of 4)

On the last update, I mentioned that I had graded the pattern up following a couple of resources online, which I did but then I back tracked and went for the biggest size on the pattern as they said they were the sizes are quite roomy.

The skirt has worked out rather quite well with pleats too. Fairly chuffed with myself considering it was probably quite foolish and risky to do so.

On reflection, I may add 1/2 inch to all sides just to give a little room for that wedding breakfast!

Please ignore the PJ top 😉

I like the length, it’s ideal as it will show off the shoes I intend to wear and I won’t (hopefully I won’t) trip up running (ahem I mean dancing 😂😂😂) around in the Ceilidh!

Like I said in update one, the top should be fine, in fact, it isn’t – as it back needs altering as the fabric catches. I also need darts either side of the front bodice. It also needs an inch to have that hanging effect the pattern shows! Argh! 

Carefully marking out the blueprint
Here’s me thinking it would be a breeze, yeah right ..

It doesn’t look too bad from this angle!
Defo needs darts on front bodice!
again, ok.
Drat!
I’m going to have to amend the top somehow, better get cracking!

And so I did amend the top by going back to the pattern and adding 2cms to the seam. There is a lot less scrunching up at the back and I feel I can actually breathe in it 😁

The amended top bodice blueprint!
High five to me! 

Side on and smiling!
A lot less scrunching now and it should lie better in the sequin fabric!
Grinning like a Cheshire cat – still need darts!
 

I will let you all know how it all goes in Update 3 – cutting the real fabric!!

Oh the funny thing is that my husband thought I was wearing this tuille to the actual wedding – EH NO!!  I had to give my reason to why I wasn’t wearing white to the wedding of my closest friends’!

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Online Resources used to figure out how to grade up these sneaky pleats:

How to Grade the Kelly Skirt

http://www.jenniferlaurenvintage.com/2014/09/the-dalloway-pattern-grading-hips.html

How to Grade a Pattern Up: The Easy Way

Sewing: Simple Sew – #017 Sophia (Update 1 of 4)

Well I knew in my head that I would have to grade up the skirt of Sophia for sure. The Pleats were moved as well so they hopefully should sit perfectly.   Giving myself a high for staying sane on that one! Thanks Mum!

The instructions of the Sophia say to make a muslin toile before cutting any fabric, which I will do because I want to see where these pleats will lie now that I’ve moved them and added inches onto each edge. 

For sure I will be following this instruction!
Hopefully perfect pleats 😳

I remember doing some grading up for the green Butterick Dress and it seemed to be a tad easier, not only no pleats but the tutor on the class did most of the mathematical bits!!
The top of Sophia should be ok but I’m still going to make a toile, just to be sure! Haven’t adding any extra outwards but may add for length like Red W Sews did for hers but I will see what it’s like in toile form! 

I’ll update you as soon as I have done the toile! 

Sewing: Simple Sew -#017 Sophia.

The pattern spoke to me as soon as I received it with the Love Sewing magazine. It’s so simple and ticks the boxes for a friends’ wedding, which is in four weeks time. Yes, I aim to make this top and skirt set in under 4 weeks and not have a nervous breakdown! I’m told it can be done. I’m just hoping at the end of a Ceilidh I will still be dressed! 

The Pattern

The pattern is the 2 in 1 Sophia Top & Skirt #017 by Simple Sew. 

oh Sophia, please stay together!

The Fabric

I’ve the had fabric for a wee while as I had a vision of the finished garment in my head and I have a sneaky feeling it might be because I actually saw the colour combination in the magazine.

For the top fabric, I’m going to go with this sequin gold fabric from John Lewis. I’m intending to make the top slightly longer just to suit myself. It has some stretch so I’m planning to set up the overlocker for the first time ever and stitch the edges!

Glistening gold

The skirt will be made using the lovely Damson Stretch cotton from the Cloth Spot. 

Notice I tucked a little fasinator in the same photo. Not sure if this would look too much but it was a wee bargain in the sales! And also my hair situation is still yet to be finalised … Another drama! 

Dancing in Damson
I’ve also lining too, even though the pattern states no lining I think it would be a better finish if it were lined. 

So here goes … And I will update on a weekly basis as the dress (hopefully) comes together!


But before I head off into fabric dreams I would like to say a big thanks to RedWSews as she gave loads of tips via Instagram and her blog post documenting her Sophia, puts me at ease! 

Over and out x

My Sewing Room: Organise organise organise!

Well after sorting out all my pieces of fabric onto boards, it’s now time to label them so I can pick them out quickly.

I popped into one of my home bargain stores and picked up these labels. I’ll stick the self-adhesive ones onto the luggage labels. And then with a black marker I will write my code letters P M F – pattern (if the fabric has one allocated, but most of them do), meterage (how much fabric is on the board) and fabric (is it cotton, viscose, wool, jersey, etc).

 

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Labels should keep me right!

 

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All ready to go!

 

Ta-DAH!  Oh so Pretty!

 Next, we have my pattern collection. It’s really expanded over the year quite drastically! I’m blaming these pattern sales!


I had already organised the into categories: skirts, trousers, dresses, combos etc but then when I was doing dividers, it was much simpler to do them by the pattern house name (vogue, new look, simplicity, grainline studio, sew over it, simple sew and the list could go on and on!).

With the reminder of the boards, I took 1.5cm from the top of the board and made two marks. Then I drew a line and then wrote a pattern name.

 

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First, mark 1.5cm down from the top of the board with the ruler and pencil, then draw a line where the marks are.

 

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I then added the Pattern Houses by name.

 

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It’s all coming together.

They work a treat as they fit in my white shoe box file system for the patterns and I can hunt quickly for them too!

 

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I think I’m going to have to have a P.A to keep this system intact 😀

Until next time and remember – Measure twice, Cut once!

Emma

 

 

Canoodling with Chiffon

Seeing all these occasion dresses at work makes me wanna twirl in something elaborate, and I particularly like a bit of silk chiffon.

It’s lovely and floaty, but I’ve never worked with such delicate fabric.  The thought of working with such gives me a slight buzz, I’m not quite such if it’s excitement or anxiety!

This post stems from looking at Pinterest and becoming inspired to make such a dress. After spotting a dress, I decided to make a Chiffon Board.

 

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Above, is the dress that started the Chiffon trouble!

 

Above are a few of the Pins on my board.

You could say I’m a hoarder of projects and i’ll admit that, I think  I know my Husband will say that on my behalf also!  What can I say, I just can’t help myself.

My sewing room is in a mess so before I start on any projects it has to be organised and finished.  Yes, still getting refurbed – it’s taking a lot longer than planned.

Oh, big news!  I have a second job and it’s in a fabric shop … my life struggle with fabric, patterns and projects is only going to get worse!

For the time being I’ll be looking into patterns for the chiffon dress – if you know of any please comment in below and any tips would be appreciated!

Emma

Disclaimer: All Opinions are my own!

Past Projects

My past projects are being pulled and shared from the other blog: Emma’s Cakey Bakey Adventures. 

So what have I done that I’ve mentioned on the other blog? 

Dahlia Dress – Colette Pattern 

 
Hydrangea Skirt – simplicity 

 

Camera Strap

 

Camera Accessory case  

Christmas dress

   
And not mentioned but still really should …

Groover the hand puppet! 

  

And two other dresses that I’m using the same pattern as the Christmas dress

   
 

Plus a little teaser for the next dress! 

  

I’ll try and give as much information as I can on the upcoming projects – such as the pattern, the fabrics, how long it took me, how difficult was it … If I miss something sewing related please ask me and I will share!

Emma
Disclaimer: All opinions are my own!