Hello dearest readers!
I've been working away on some little projects lately. Just small ones that are very simple and only require a couple hours work. Would you like to see?
First off is this paisley buttoned shirt which I made from Simplicity 8399. The fit isn't great which is sad cause this fabric is so amazing!
The fit is off around the shoulders. Its a bit tight and the buttons didn't meet at the front properly. Size 12 is usually ok for me, but obviously not on this occasion! Its ok to wear with a pinafore or with the top button undone though
The fabric is vintage 60's from Etsy and I only had just enough for the shirt. However the repeat is really clear so perhaps I can add it to the ever growing list of "fabrics to add to Spoonflower"
The cuffs are also the perfect size for the pattern to match up perfectly! A total fluke!
Also sewn up but more as a muslin were these very cute little shorts!
Shorts!!! omg, and you know what? THEY FIT!
The fabric is a cheap-o cotton from Lincraft. It will most likely pill before the end of summer, but I'll get as much mileage as I can! I also used McCall's 7261 for the pattern.
On the inside I also bothered to finish the waist band with some bias trim I got at the opp shop. The pins are there because I still need to slip-stitch it down!
And here is the massive score of bias trim! All in one bag for $3! A veritable rainbow of colours!
However there was something far better on offer at the opp shop that day...
In the pile of tea towels and sheets was a bundle of psychedelically coloured fabric. I pulled it out expecting a table cloth but instead found a giant floor cushion cover!
The cover sewn up measured around 1.5m by 1.5m, so a pretty decently sized cushion! Couldn't you just imagine it on the floor of a hippie commune? Or a house in Goa sat upon by a sitar playing guru? Very dreamy and so tempting for me to fill it and use it as is, but it doesn't match my house unfortunately...
Instead, I unpicked the seams, gave it a wash a decided it will most definitely need to become a dress!
I love this pattern. The colours and the little details are amazing, another one for Spoonflower!
I've also received a few new patterns lately. Heather from Heatherleebea and I recently did a pattern swap. She sent me Butterick 5466 (which I will use for the above fabric) and Simplicity 8333.
Heather is also a huge fan of vintage patterns and together we are trying to initiate a Pattern preservation group. The nuts and bolts need to be worked out still, but the idea involves more pattern swapping and less using patterns as trendy wrapping paper!
Also bought from our old friend Etsy is Simplicity 4899 and Simplicity 7915. Both super adorable but 4899 is especially so and looks like something Tilly might sew with don't you think?
Have you bought anything good lately? Something that really set your imagination off? send me links!!
*Happiness Runs by Donovan