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make nine – kalle shirt

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I don’t think I’ve worn a crop top since I was 15 years old, but my new Kalle Shirt is breaking that drought!

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I’ve had the Kalle pattern sitting in my stash for a while now, and it wasn’t until I sat down to plan out my Make Nine for 2019 that I remembered I had the perfect fabric for it.

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I used a gorgeous printed rayon that I purchase from Spotlight about 2 years ago. This fabric made my shirt super soft with a lot of drape.

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I have no idea why the yoke looks so warped?! I promise, it’s straight!

Based on the finished garment measurements, I decided to sew up a size 8, with no pattern modifications. I went with an inverted pleat on the back, standard collar, a hidden button placket, and I left the breast pocket off.

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I decided to try pattern matching on the hidden placket. I’m not very good at pattern matching at the best of times, so I don’t know why I thought I could pull it off here. As you can see, I got close, but it’s not perfect!

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I’m in love with how the hidden placket looks! It gives such a clean finish to the shirt. I used some nondescript white buttons for the body, but went for a fancy gold button at the neck.

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress by Closet Case Patterns
  • Style, size: View A, size 8
  • Fabric: Printed rayon, purchased from Spotlight
  • Notions: 5 white, nondescript bottoms, 1 fancy golden button
  • Modifications/alterations: None at all

I’m so happy that I was able to use a fabric and a pattern that I’ve had sitting around for a while. I don’t think I have a huge fabric stash, but I don’t want to add to it this year, so I’m going to try and use what I’ve got, as much as possible, in 2019.

Mitty x

 

make nine – 2019

Well, here we are. 2019 (I’m a little late, I know).

A single post made it to the blog last year… while it was quiet here, it was anything but in my real-world life. My husband started his own business, I resigned from my job, we moved to a lovely area in the Blue Mountains, and all the while I was sewing. But not blogging about it. I hope to do a little better in that respect this year, and to start off I’m going to share with you my #makenine2019 plans.

For those who don’t know what the #makenine2019 challenge is, it’s an online movement hosted each year by Rochelle of Homerowfiberco and Lucky Lucille. It’s described as “a gentle, self-guided slow fashion initiative for fabric and yarn lovers”. Rochelle suggest you pick 9 specific types of projects to complete over the year. If you finish them all, great! If you don’t, great! It isn’t supposed to be something that you feel tied into, and if your plans change and develop over the year, then that is fine too.

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I thought about the things I have been wanting to make for a while, and most of them made my list. I also tried to pick a variety of projects, some quite simple, and others much more involved.

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Pattern: Lander Pants & Shorts Designer: True Bias

First on my list is a pair of Lander shorts. In truth, this will be my second pair of these shorts. My first pair have already been worn a lot over summer and I really wanted them to have a cousin.

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Pattern: Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress Designer: Closet Case Patterns

I’ve had this pattern for a long time now, and it wasn’t until I remembered I had the perfect fabric for it in my stash that it quickly made it’s way to the top of my list. I’m looking forward to trying out the hidden placket (something I haven’t sewn before).

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Pattern: Peplum Top Designer: In The Folds for Peppermint Magazine

As I write this, this top is already sewn up and hanging in my closet. I absolutely love it, and plan on blogging about it soon.

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Pattern: Tully Pants Designer: Style Arc

Actually, I’ve already sewn these up too, but I must have screwed up printing the pattern out because these ended up way too small! I’m kicking myself for not making a toile (a very hard learnt lesson), but I’m hoping to gift these to someone in my life so I can still get some enjoyment from them.

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Pattern: Winslow Culottes Designer: Helen’s Closet

Here’s something I never thought I’d make; Culottes! I had to wear a really daggy pair of culottes as part of a work uniform once, and I swore I would never wear them again! But these! Oh, these look so luxurious and comfortable! Plus, Helen did a great job of styling them for her pattern release, so naturally I got sucked in.

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Pattern: Elliot Sweater Designer: Helen’s Closet

This looks like the simple, stylish, comfortable jumper (I’m Australian after all) that my closet is crying out for. With Winter only a few months away, I need this sewn up and ready to go now!

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Pattern: Giner Jeans Designer: Closet Case Patterns

Now here is something that I seriously need before Autumn/Winter sets in. I have wanted to make a pair of jeans for about 5 years now, and as the internet shows, you simply can’t go wrong with a pair of Ginger Jeans!

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Pattern: Berlin Jacket Designer: Tessuti Fabrics

I adore Tessuti, I used to wander around their Chatswood store for at least half an hour and stroke their fabrics. Seeing as we’ve moved out of Sydney I don’t get the chance to drop in anymore, but I can still have a little Tessuti indulgence with their beautiful Berlin jacket, made up in a boiled wool.

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Pattern: Sapporo Coat Designer: Papercut Patterns

I wasn’t sure about adding two jackets to my list, but they are so different (both in shape and construction) that I couldn’t help myself. I’m so excited about this coat, I love the rolled neck, the bracelet length sleeves, and the big diagonal pockets. I hope I can find some pink wool to make this with, I think it would be really cute!

So there’s my #makenine2019 plans. I’ll be writing a post about them as I make them (hopefully), so please stay tuned!

Mitty x

 

 

new look 6496 (b) – a mini skirt

I love giving handmade gifts at any time of year, but somehow the ones I give at Christmas always seem extra special. With a new bub to look after, I decided to keep the list of handmade items rather short this year.

While wandering around my local Spotlight, my husband spotted a brightly coloured, mexican inspired fabric, and suggested I make a skirt for his sister. I knew I didn’t have a pattern at home that I could use, so I also bought New Look 6496. The pattern includes a Channel inspired jacket, a mini skirt, and two styles of shorts.

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GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: New Look 6496, purchased from Spotlight
  • Style, size: View “B”, size 14
  • Fabric: Mexican Poncho” (cotton/acrylic/polyester), purchased at Spotlight, white polyester lining from my stash
  • Notions: 7 inch jean zipper, thread
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • Moved the zipper from the side seam to the centre back seam
    • Used an exposed jean zipper instead of an invisible zipper
    • Added iron-on fusing to the facing
    • Drafted a lining pattern to attach to the facing

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My final thoughts… Even though I had to draft my own lining, I feel that this is a good pattern to have in your library. I would suggest that you cut one size smaller than your measurements, as there is a total ease of 14cm worked into the pattern. Also, I’m really not sure what kind of block New Look are working off, as my sister-in-law certainly isn’t a size 16, which is the size the pattern suggested I use based on her measurements. If you’re unsure what size to make, I’d suggest sewing up a toile first to avoid any disappointment.

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I think the skirt turned out really well, even though the style is simple, it’s the fabric that makes the statement. It’s the perfect skirt for a hot summer day!

 

Mitty xox

what’s been happening – an update & spoonflower review

A tumble weed rolls through the Made by Mitty blog… I am very conscious, and annoyed by that tumble weed.

As I write this, I am currently 31 weeks pregnant! 31 weeks has absolutely flown by at an alarming rate. It feels like only a few weeks ago that I was sewing and blogging my Frankenshirt. That little top was the last bit of sewing I’ve done for myself since falling pregnant. For me, the first few weeks were horrendous. I felt so sick, had a constant feeling of nausea, coupled with extreme tiredness, which meant that I could barely function at work, let alone go shopping for fabric.

I started to feel human again around week 14, and found myself wanting to sew. But not for me, for our little Peanut (baby has to have a nickname!). I took this opportunity to try out Spoonflower. For a long time I’d wanted to order something from them, but I just never got around to it. Now I had a solid project in mind, I started to search through the masses of patterns and designs.

I finally settled on this gorgeous peanut pattern by katherinecodega, printed on Spoonflowers Cotton Spandex Jersey. I knew it would take a while to arrive but I wasn’t too worried. In the end, it took a few weeks to turn up, so I wouldn’t recommend Spoonflower if you’re in need of something super quick.

Initially, I thought the fabric was a little stiff, but it softened up quite a lot after washing. I had 1 meter to play with, and I didn’t want to waste a single scrap of it.

I started by making the footie coverall from Brindille & Twig. It’s a great little pattern with well written, clear instructions. I did, however, have a bit of a moment when cutting the fabric, and somehow ended up with the front opening being backwards. All my fault, nothing to do with the pattern!

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All in all, I think this is a wonderful pattern. Once completed, I held up a store bought jumpsuit to compare sizes. I found the the Brindille & Twig newborn size runs a little larger than the store bought one, but I think it’s better for it to be a little bigger than a little smaller.

Seeing as Peanut will be born in Winter, I wanted to make a little beanie to go with the jumpsuit. I used the Coral & Co DIY Baby Hat pattern, and made both the small newborn, and the large newborn sizes.

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I had a decent amount of fabric left over, so I decided to make a bib next. I used this simple pattern from Dana Made It. I decided to make a double layer bib as I thought the jersey wouldn’t stand up to much dribble or puke. I found the softest, most beautiful bamboo double terry from Bamboo Fabric Store to use for the underside of the bib.

Still, there was more fabric to use! I cut out a pair of Just Hatched Leggings and sewed them up.

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While I think this is a brilliant pattern, I also wanted some leggings that didn’t have elastic around the waist. I jigged the pattern a little, and using some grey jersey from my stash, made another pair with a peanut waist band and cuffs.

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With my Spoonflower fabric now resembling scraps more than anything, I managed to squeeze out one more pair of leggings. I made these using my jigged version of the Just Hatched Leggins, but made the waistband and cuffs longer than normal. I can fold these over to fit bub early on, and unfold them when those growth spurts kick in. I think this is called a “grow with me” style.

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And folded up…

I’m so happy with all these little makes, baby clothes are so satisfying and quick to make. I’d recommend all these patterns for beginners, except for the jumpsuit, there are a few fiddly elements to it (like the adorable little feet) that are probably a bit advanced for a beginner. But if you’re feeling adventurous, give it a go!

I hope to clean out those pesky tumble weeds and start blogging more. I’ve got a few other projects ticking along that I’ll share with you over the coming weeks.

Mitty xox

when things don’t work out – frankenshirt

Not all of my sewing plans turn out how I’d imagined. It doesn’t seem to happen as much as when I first started sewing, but I still manage to have a #FAIL every now and then. This is how I tried to turn a fail, into a win!

Quite a while ago, I purchased a remnant of 100% cotton chambray from The Remnant Warehouse. It was beautiful and soft, very light weight, and well priced. I noticed a few areas that had faded light damage, but I wasn’t overly concerned about it.

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My first thoughts for this chambray were to turn it into a casual, spring-time dress, with a gathered skirt, semi-fitted bodice, and little sleeves. In my head, it was a thing of beauty. In reality, it was a disaster. I’d put little to no effort into drafting a proper pattern, the neckline stretched out horribly, and the whole thing had a rather unflattering silhouette. Needless to say, I didn’t take any pictures of it.

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This is all that remains of fail #1

After FAIL #1, my next idea was to turn the chambray into a pair of shorts. Light, breezy, spring/summer time shorts. I used a pattern I’d used before, and sewed them up! I was about 80% done, and decided to try them on. Well, I tried to try them on.. they were too small! I couldn’t get them up over my thighs.

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And fail #2

Totally dismayed, FAIL #2 and the scraps sat in my sewing room for weeks. I’d see it every now and then, and felt a stab of disappointment for wasting perfectly good fabric. One day, it got too much, and I decided to fix my fails.

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I seam ripped all the bits apart, ironed them all, and spread them out on my table to see what I had to work with. Not much, is what I was looking at. I decided to sew all the bits together, in a patchwork kind of way, so I once again had enough fabric to make a simple shell top.

Keeping the grain as straight as possible, I started sewing all the bits together, overlocking the seams, and pressing. Sew, overlock, press. Repeat. After a few hours, this is what I had.

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I drafted a simple shell top from my bodice block, made a toile so I didn’t screw up this fabric again, made alterations to the pattern, then cut out from the chambray. The only thing I had to keep an eye on, was the placement of the front, which has bust darts. I managed to avoid having any extra seams going into the darts.

Sewing it together was very easy. I made sure to overlock all my seams to keep everything from fraying. I finished the neck and arm holes with the same chambray bias-binding I used on this stripy top.

After a final press, it was ready to wear!

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As you can see, I added a button closer to the back. I think it works really well, I don’t have to undo it to get it on, however, my binding finish on the split isn’t my best work. Something to practice!

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I just love all the different shades in this top, and the angels of the patchwork seams. All the little bits patched together really reminded me of Frankenstein’s monster, so this project has fondly been named, the Frankenshirt.

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So, what do you think? Did I turn my fail into a #WIN? I think I did, I see the Frankentop becoming a real staple in my summer wardrobe!

Mitty x

sewing basics – wiggle skirt

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Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a 100% handmade wardrobe? Or as close to 100% as you can get! I am a long way away from this dream, and while we all need exciting things to wear (and sew), like party dresses, loud shirts, and coats, we also need basics. I decided to start building my “basics” collection with a plain, unoffensive, goes-with-everything skirt.

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There was a decent amount of Ponti left over from my sleeveless jacket, so I decided to make a wiggle skirt from it. I drafted a pattern from my skirt block, keeping the single darts in the front, and the four in the back. I’ve used a straight waistband that sits on my natural waistline. I find this type of waistband really comfortable, and it nips me in nicely.

Even though this fabric has a decent amount of give, I added a vent in the back, just to make walking a little easier.

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For a really clean hemline, I whipped out a hand needle and thread. This is a great technique to use on Ponti, as you don’t have to finish the raw edged first, there is no way it will fray!

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The skirt is great, it’s very comfortable, and the Ponti is so soft and smooth. However, it is a little boring on it’s own, so we found this amazing rainbow-painted monster roller door backdrop for our photoshoot. Isn’t it great?!

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There are many more basics that I need to sew, but I need to quench my thirst for something fun and patterned first!

Until next time,

Mitty x

A big thanks to hubby, for the impromptu video!

box pleat skirt with netting

Here’s a project that was finished months ago, has been worn several times, but hasn’t made it onto the blog. I have no idea why it’s taken me so long, but here it is!

This skirt started, as many do, while browsing Pinterest. I love a high waisted silhouette, and my “SKIRT” board can vouch for me when I said I’d pinned several versions. I’d noticed that I’d actually pinned a few that had sheer or lacy panels, and so this skirt went from being a vague idea, to “This needs to be in my wardrobe NOW”.

I wanted my skirt to have a lot of volume without the need of a tulle layer or padding underneath. I decided to make a box pleat skirt from a thick Ponti di Roma, which would hold its shape well, and be strong enough to support the sheer panel.

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I bought a swatch of a Ponti that I thought would do the job from Knitwit. I must say, I was super impressed with what turned up. It had a decent amount of body, it was really smooth, and I could just feel that it was a high quality fabric. I bought a meter of it as soon as I could.

Then the hunt began for something sheer to use, and honestly it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. I found this beautiful netting fabric with ribbon detail at The Remnant Warehouse. They must be sold out of it now because I can’t find it on the website, but I remember the tag saying that it was a Nicola Finetti remnant.

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 I drafted a quick box pleat pattern that would sit right on my natural waist. The top portion using the Ponti ends just above my knee, with the netting flowing down to a “midi” length. I think this is a really versatile length, as it looks great with flats, or really classy with heels.

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I used a 20cm invisible zipper down one side seam, so the box pleat pattern wasn’t interrupted.

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The only part of this skirt that was a bit of a struggle, was hemming the netting. I had to hand sew it,  the ribbon sections were too thick for my sewing machine, so pushing a needle through it for 2 hours was a little painful in the end, but well worth it.

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I absolutely love it! It looks great with a casual tee for a dressed-down look, I’ve worn it with a close fitting jumper and tights when the weather was cooler, and I can dress it up with a silk cami and heels. It’s become a real workhorse in my wardrobe!

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 I think I got pretty close to my “pin-spiration”, don’t you?

Mitty x

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