Tuesday, 27 November 2012

An even craftier Minx!

One Crafty Minx has had an overhaul. Whaddaya think? Big Minx has shown how clever he is by creating my very own logo which combines two of my great loves - Lurchers (one in particular) and sewing. :-)
And of course whilst he had access to my account, he made other design tweaks and made my blog generally look a bit nicer.

In other news, I finally have my own modern sewing machine!!! I am massively indebted to my lovely friend, Hannah, who has lent me her Bernina for the past 7 months and indeed enabled me to embark on this venture. But I now have my own little Janome beauty to accompany the gorgeous vintage Singer. Here they are nestled together in perfect, racially balanced harmony.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

If at first you don't succeed...

Pattern: New Look 6802
Size: 12 top, 14 bottom
Fabric: Jersey from Fabric Land

If you've read my blog before you may recall Minxenstein's monster, a top borne of a failed dress. As I suspected at the time, the fabric I chose was way to thick and just not suited for the project. Also, after reading lots of reviews of this pattern, the over-riding criticism is that the gathering at the front is rather prone to giving the impression of pregnancy which is certainly something no non-expecting girl desires!

So, I armed myself with some beautiful jersey (navy blue and covered in tiny butterflies - eeeeek!) of the correct thickness, and cut the skirt front from the same pattern piece as the back, thereby eliminating the need for the aforementioned gathers. It was an absolute joy to make this time. I scaled up from last time and went for a 12 top and remembering how tight the failed skirt had been before, went all the way up to a 14 on bottom. Clever me, it turns out. From cutting the pattern to having most of the dress made took about 3 hours. Then just one more hour the next evening and the sleeves were in and the hem done. Yay!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Totally biased

Pattern: Butterick 5782
View: C
Size: 12
Fabric: Wine suiting. Can't remember where from!

I am very fond of the first version I made of this dress. It's a simple, elegant shape that hangs and swishes nicely and always gets compliments. I decided that I would make another, but with a very different neckline so hopefully it looks like quite a different beast. View C has a v neck and a cute bit of ruching on the front and I decided, as my fabric is plain, that I would bias bind the edges to add some interest. I found this divine gingham binding in Mason's which was just the ticket.

I chose not to line this version as the fabric is really thick and heavy already so doesn't need any more weight adding to it. Also, I thought it would be simpler to bind the edges without a lining in the way.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Patience really IS a virtue!

Pattern: Simplicity 1755
Option A
Size: 12
Fabric: Cranberry check brushed cotton and Cardinal red Klona cotton from Calico Laine

The moment I saw this pattern I knew I had to have it. A shirt dress without the usual issues of gaping buttons? Yes please! And the fabrics they used on the pattern sleeve are almost edible.

The brushed cotton I chose is lovely and very much my colours. The contrast is a Klona cotton and is very stiff which at first I was worried about, but it was lovely and easy to sew and made excellent crisp collar and cuffs.

I saw on Eternal Magpie's blog that instead of loops at the cuffs, she had sewn buttons on to keep the relevant bits in place. I loved this sparkly addition and thought it gave a cute, retro edge to an already cute and retro dress so decided I would follow her lead.