Sorry for the silence, and a pattern haul

Hi guys,

I haven’t been very active for a while, so first of all, sorry about that, and thank you for your patience.

The reason I have been so inactive is because I am in hospital at the moment, having undergone surgery for a big prolapsed disc in my lower back. I have been struggling with this issue for some time now, about a year actually. And in the end, it was decided that the conservative approach (pain medication and light training for stability, while allowing my body to heal it self.) was not working.

My condition had deteriorated to the point where there was concern about lasting nerve damage and damage to the control of my bladder function. So suddenly everything happened very fast, and I underwent surgery. The surgery was succesful, but there is some concern that I might have re-prolapsed after the surgery so I am current waiting for a MR scan to attempt to determine weather the nerve disturbances I feel is part of a badly irritated nerves healing proces or signs of a re-prolaps.

Hopefully soon I will get some answers and a solid recovery plan can be made and I will be out of hospital.

I haven’t told you guys about this before but having this issue has had a major influence on my life, suddenly being badly injured and not being able to do simple things like sitting on chairs, going out to dinner with friends, going to the movies, standing up for more than 5-10 mins at the time. I bet you didn’t know, but all this time I have been sewing lying on the floor, propped up with pillows as necessary and as long as I could at the time. But now it seems I can finally imagine a future where I can sit down when I sew/eat/socialize/work etc. It will most likely be a while before I get there, so I will probably be sewing on the floor for a while yet. But just knowing it is finally a posibility feels great.

I cannot wait!

So this is why I have been so quiet lately, but hopefully I will soon be feeling well enough to resume with sewing (even if on the floor), taking pictures etc. I have finished my first ten challenge, but still need to take some pictures to show you of the last couple of items. Which are all button down shirts. I Can not wait.

Pattern Haul

On another note, my brain obviously have not stopped working, even though my back has been too bad to be sewing or modeling for pictures, so instead I have been planning a lot of future projects! So I have purchased a lot of new patters, and the rest of this post will therefore be a pattern haul! Hurray! Most of the patterns are variations on the shirt/blouse theme, which seems to have captured my liking in a big way.

Here is the haul:

Butterick B6099
Butterick B6099

 

The first pattern I am excited about making is Butterick 6099

 

I want to make view C or D, but maybe with the mandarin collar. I have been making quite a few normal shirt collars lately, so I feel I might need a change of pace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butterick 6208
Butterick 6208

The next pattern I am excited about is this one. I want to make view B (the orange dress version with cute little sleeves). The pattern is intended for summer garments though, and the fabric should be thin and light. So I am unsure weather to leave this for the spring or to try and give it a go with a slightly more heavy fabric so I can wear it in the fall/winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butterick 6156
Butterick 6156

For this pattern I want to make view A (the yellow one), and I think I will make it, in this lovely white/ivory modal fabric that I got a while back. I initially got it for another project, but it never really felt right. I just wasn’t yet happy with my pattern and the alterations I had made to it, and unsure how to get the result I wanted, so I kept putting it off. I think it will be perfect for this pattern though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butterick 5786
Butterick 5786

Another pattern I cannot wait to sew up is this one! I just think the different high-low variations is great and very elegant. Im drawn especially to view C and A, but I have a feeling I might end up making several of them.

 

I also think some of them might be cute with a little belt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simplicity 8166
Simplicity 8166

 

For this pattern I was drawn to the neck ruffles and shoulder details. I think it will make a super cute dress as well as maybe a blouse with a little hacking. The pussy bow blouse i might make too, but I have another pattern i might like more for that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burda style 6578
Burda style 6578
Simplicity 2217
Simplicity 2217

 

Another pattern I am really excited about sewing up, is this one. I think I will be making some really nice layering pieces to be paired with lovely cardigans or blazers. I especially like the versions in the solid colors, so the details really stand out. I got som navy poly see-through something which I might be using. But first I think I need to get my hands on a walking foot, so I can handle the fabric decently. So it probably won’t be made right away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dresses have not been something I have been sewing so far, and to be honest I feel more drawn to separats. But I do like wearing dresses so I decided to get a pattern and give it a whirl. Empire waist is usually a great thing on me, so thats what I picked.  I just hope it will not be too revealing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butterick 5890
Butterick 5890

 

This is another pattern I have been drooling over for a while. I really like the bodice and especially the variation in the pink fabric. I really want to sew it in a similar fabric.  I also like the sleeve variations on A and the peter pan color, which is something I have yet to try sewing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butterick 5610
Butterick 5610

 

This pattern I do not have a specifik plan for yet. I got in a sale, mainly to have some more blouse/top variation possibilities.

I think several of the versions are really sweet, but I am kinda concerned about how it will sit on my body with no darts. Perhaps It is not necessary, or perhaps I can do something clever. We will see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vouge 8833
Vouge 8833

 

Yes, what can I say? A custom cups wrap top, seemed a good idea. It almost have kinda Karate Gi style vibe, which is okay with me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simplicity 8216
Simplicity 8216

 

This is my last pattern for this haul, it is the before mentioned pussy bow blouse. I think it is just beautiful. I love the yoke, which extends over the shoulders. I might make this in the blouse version or in the mini dress version.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So ya, that is all I had to say for this time. But I would love to hear about it, if you have made any of these patters, and how they worked out for you.

 

Cheers!

Jannie

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The First Ten: Item 8: The Concord T-shirt(s).

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Hi guys,

I figured it was about time I got around to getting some pictures taken og some of my projects, . These two projects are both versions of the Cashmerettes concord t-shirt, and have been lying around for a while. I have kind of been waiting to do a third and “perfect version” before uploading it. But I figured that would probably take a while, so I might as well upload.

The pattern I cut out for the first version was the V-neck view in the medium length with long sleeves, with no buttons. I adjusted the size so I was a 16 top and 18 bottom (cup E-F) and I also made a full arm adjustment (I think they are called), Adding in 2,5 cm (1 inch). I had ended up writing to Cashmerette for a hint on how big their arm sizes were, since I was unsure about working with a knit pattern, and the magical concept of negativ ease when using knits. I got a helpful reply within half an hour. Excellent service.

The instructions were great and easy to follow. But just to be sure I looked at a few tutorials online when it came to sewing the V-neck. They all suggested using some stabilizing tape, but my pattern just wanted stay stitching for the V-neck. A quick check told me that I had no clue where my stay tape had gone, so I decided to just do the stay stitching.

Sewing up the V-neck went like a dream, it looked so good I could not believe I had made it. Until I noticed I had put it on the inside of the blouse. Oh… Ya, I definitely made this. An hour of careful unpicking later I tried again. This time it seemed I had stretched the seam, damn it. I left it and finished the rest of the t-shirt while pondering what to do. First I thought, that I have blown it. But after sleeping on it I decided to unpick it again and try once more.

After unpicking it the neck hole still seemed stretched out, so I trawled the internet for a way to re-shrink it. In the end I asked Gilligan from Crafting a Rainbow, and she gave me some helpful tips. In the end i tried washing and tumble dry it, and it seemed to work. However I realized that it was still very low cut, to low cut for my taste. So after pondering this for a while I got a new idea.

I made a new collar much wider (total with of 8,5 and then placed it on fold, so my final product was a foldet band 7,5 cm wide). So instead of it becoming an edge-finish it became a feature. I am really happy with the idea of the collar, but I think next time I make it, I need to cut it another way, so it does not sit and “flap” but rather sits snug around my neckline. So in the end I am a bit torn about the result. I might still try and save it, but not sure. Sometimes you just got to call it a day.

The plan for the second version was to make it with a high neck this time. Besides from the V-neck just being to low for my taste I also figured it would give me a better idea of the size and fit, without a big “hole” in the front. So there is not much to say, I pretty much followed my patterns with the alterations from last time and I am really happy with the result. The only thing I will change next time is the fit of the sleeve. Even with the full arm adjustment it sits tight. I am used to tight sleeves so it is okay really, but a part of me want an even fit, that is part of the reason I got into sewing anyway. Next time I will definitely make a much larger sleeve adjustment.

I might also make the neck-opening less wide.

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All in all I think this second concord was a succes! Hurray!

 

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