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scrap busting stellan

Ooh I love a good scrap busting pattern! On a recent trip to my parents’ house, I dug through my Mums fabric stash and came across some black, stretchy, non-descript fabric. There really wasn’t much of it, but I knew I could piece it together into something wearable.

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This is my 5th Stellan Tee, and I love it just as much as the previous versions. This really is a wonderful pattern for stash busting, you just have to get a little creative with your fabric.

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I only had enough fabric to cut single pieces for the sleeves and the neckband. Both the front and the back had to be pieced together. I decided to give most of the fabric to the front, so there is only a single join there (center front).

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I had to cut the back from 4 pieces. Instead of trying to hide this, I decided to play on it, by using the wrong, un-printed side as an accent. I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

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I liked the reverse side so much, that I decided to use it for the neckband as well.

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If I saw this fabric instore, I don’t think I would have picked it up. It’s almost too thick and heavy for this pattern (it does bunch at the underarms a bit), but I’m so pleased with the result! My husband actually commented that it looked like a premium RTW t-shirt!

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: The Stellan Tee by French Navy
  • Style, size: Size M
  • Fabric: ??? Probably a poly blend
  • Notions: Thread
  • Modifications/alterations: I didn’t finish any of the hems, I just let them raw

Do you scrap bust? Let me know your go-to patterns!

Mitty x

peplum top

Do you ever get that overwhelming feeling that you need something new hanging in your closet, yesterday? That was me last weekend, I just needed to sew something quick, simple, and satisfying.

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I dug through my fabric stash, looking for a decent yardage of anything. I came across some olive green linen that was left over from my Lander Shorts (which I don’t seem to have blogged about?!). I had just enough for a Peplum Top by In The Folds for Peppermint Magazine.

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I adore this design, the straps are wide enough that I can wear a decent bra, and the gathered peplum creates a very interesting silhouette.

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I also love the sharp V at the back, it’s in direct contrast with the curved neckline on the front. I managed to squeeze this out of less than a meter of fabric, which makes the pattern a great stash buster!

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It feels really good to be able to sew something up with fabric from my stash, it almost makes it feel like this top was free..?! Absolutely!

Mitty x

sydney frocktails outfit – spring 2019

Frocktails! One of the most anticipated events on any sewists’ calendar across the globe! This would be my first time attending Frocktails (along with my Mum!), so I went all out on some really lovely fabric for my outfit.

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Where else does one go for super special fabric, other than Tessuti?! I saw this amazing Italian designer printed 100% viscose pop up on their Instagram and knew I had to have it! The large scale, abstract floral design is stunning. I love that the edges of the lines aren’t solid, they almost look like tie-dye.

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I absolutely love a dressy jumpsuit, but going to the ‘ladies’ can pose a few problems… (who likes sitting on the toilet naked?!) I decided to go for the jumpsuit look, but in separates. I used the Winslow Culottes and the ever faithful Ogden Cami.

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When my fabric arrived in the post, it wasn’t as opaque as I had hoped. I decided to fully line the cami and the culottes with some ivory viscose from The Fabric Store.

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This was simple enough with the cami, I just used the standard front and back pattern pieces and cut them about an inch shorter at the hem. To give the neckline a fighting chance, I used some iron-on interfacing to help stabilise it. I also under stitched by hand, which gave a really lovely result.

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Lining the culottes was another story, and all because I had extended the top of the pocket bag so it could be sewn into the waistband. I wanted the lining to hang directly behind the outer fabric, so there was no chance of seeing the pockets. This meant I had to leave the side seams of the lining open to the bottom of the pocket, so I could slip the pockets through to the very inside.

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This actually worked really well. I anchored the bottom of the pockets and the lining together by using a thread doubled over and loosely tied to form a ring. This gives both layers of fabric enough ease to move around, but the tacking stitch isn’t so tight that it pulls and is visible on the outside.

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I also took the opportunity to have a go at a hand-picked zipper for the first time. It was so much easier than I thought it was going to be, and I think it looks really lovely!

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As if a matching two-piece outfit wasn’t enough, I also made a pair of polymer clay earrings to wear. I have to thank my Mum, who sanded and polished these to perfection!

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number:
  • Style, size:
    • Cami: size 12
    • Culottes: size 12, midi length
  • Fabric:
  • Notions: Iron-on interfacing, zipper, hook & eye, thread
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • Brought in the sides of the cami by 1cm (4cm in total)
    • Shortened the cami straps by 5cm
    • Used a full length lining for the cami
    • Culottes were sized the same as my wearable toile
    • Extended the pocket bag of the culottes so they were sewn into the waistband
    • Added lining to the culottes
    • I had to straighten off the hem of the culottes at the inner leg seam, it dropped quite noticeably (outer fabric only)

I also have to send out a huge thank you to Caz from UsefulBox for organising the whole event. I can only imagine the amount of work that went into the night, but it was clearly  appreciated by everyone who attended. I met some online friends in person, and made some new sewing friends too. I’m already looking forward to the next one!

Mitty x

yanta overalls

A few weeks ago, while rummaging in my local Salvo’s store, I came across two large, cotton twill curtains. They were very long and had a little sun damaged down the sides. I knew exactly what I was going to make from them.

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I purchased them both for $9 (I know), got them home and did some measuring. Each one was 2.38m long, and 137cm wide. That means I got 4.76m of fabric for about 50c p/m.

I unpicked the curtain tape across the top, double wrapped them in plastic bags, and popped them into the freezer overnight to kill off any bugs, The next day, I washed and dried the fabric, and it was ready to use.

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I had a bit of fun with the stripes by cutting the chest pocket at the same angle as the top edge. I think it adds a bit of interest to the overall look.

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I cut the back pockets straight, and I love the way they disappear into the pattern. If you have made the Yantas before, you might notice that I have cut the back pieces on the wrong grain line… a total “oops” on my part, I wasn’t paying close enough attention to the pattern pieces.

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Another place I strayed from the instructions (totally intentional this time) was to add hardware on the straps. I think the adjustable sliders, strap loops and buttons make this pair of overalls look a little more polished.

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I must admit, I was very nervous to wear this out in public. I don’t think the Yantas themselves, or the stripes, are too far from my normal style, but somehow together… I just wasn’t sure if I’d managed to pull this one off. But I pushed my insecurities to the side and wore them to my sons’ playgroup, where I received lots of compliments and had a lovely sewing conversation with another mum.

These overalls are very comfortable, I know they will get a lot of wear over spring/summer!

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Yanta Overalls by Helen’s Closet
  • Style, size: 3/4 length leg, 10 at bust graded to 14 at hips
  • Fabric: Cotton twill curtains thrifted from the Salvos, white cotton for facing from my stash
  • Notions: 20cm invisible zipper at side, metal hardware from M.Recht Accessories
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • I had to bring the hips and legs in a lot, maybe around 12cm in total
    • I originally cut the crotch at a size 14, and it was just too low and baggy. This wasn’t an easy fix, but cut and pasted extra fabric into the crotch and re-cut it at a size 10. It isn’t the prettiest of fixes, but it made a big difference to the wearability of the finished item
    • Shortened the legs by about 4cm
    • Left off the front leg pockets
    • Extended the straps by about 6cm to add hardware

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The eagle-eyed among you may also recognise this fabric from my last post… May as well use as much of it as possible! I still have some left, maybe I’ll make an apron from it!

Mitty x

closet case patterns – floor pouf

I’m sure that anyone who sews has run into this problem: what do I do with all my scraps of fabric?

For the majority of my sewing life, I was putting them in the bin. I just didn’t know what to do with them. Of course, the bigger bits I kept for future projects, but I couldn’t keep everything. Then I heard that you could recycle your fabric scraps at H&M. So that’s where I would take my bags of scraps until we moved away from the city.

These bags have since been accumulating under my sewing desk, taking up my foot room. Something had to be done. I remembered that the girls from Closet Case Patterns had a free pattern for a big floor pouf that you could not only make from scraps, but also fill with your scraps!

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It’s pretty hard to take a nice picture of a sad, half-filled pouf, but I did my best! While I could have gone for the patchwork vibe, I decided to make the entire thing out of this striped cotton fabric that used to be a curtain.

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I wasn’t overly concerned with pattern matching, some stripes do not line up, but the overall look is pretty good. I also made the piping from the same fabric.

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The zipper on the bottom is such a great idea, initially, I thought it would be worked into the side seam somehow, but this is (obviously) a much better place for it.

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I made the suggested inner bag to hold all the scraps from some mesh that was in my stash. My drawstring is a packing ribbon from Tessuti (which I always save).

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This thing isn’t even half full yet, and it weighs a tonne! I can’t wait to see it all puffed and filled to the brim. The only thing is, once it is full, where do I put my scraps?!

I’ll have to make another pouf! And so the cycle continues!

Mitty x

alter it august 2019

I’ve had this dress for at least 8 years now, maybe more. I was working in a dress shop in my home town when I bought it, and I don’t remember it fitting as badly then as it does now. It may look like it fits, but I promise you, it flattens my boobs to the point that it’s almost painful to wear.

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Yes, adorable, I agree, but I can’t wear it for more than a few minutes at a time. Why do I still have it then? I always thought I could cut it up into something new, but clearly never got around to it. Then I came across the sewing challenge “Alter It August” hosted by SewNorth.

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The challenge is quite simple; look in your wardrobe for something that doesn’t get worn, that you can change/mend/up-cycle into something that you will wear. This dress was the perfect candidate.

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Initially I had hoped to get a skirt, a cami and a hair tie out of this dress, but once I started cutting it apart I quickly realised that was not going to happen.

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The skirt is very basic, gathered onto a straight waistband, with an invisible zipper at the back. I used the mighty long ties from the original dress and cut them down to be a bit shorter. I sewed these into the waistband side seams so I can tie them together at the front or back of the skirt.

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With the last scrappy bits of the ties, I pieced them together and made a headscarf. It isn’t very straight (or neat), but you can’t tell when it’s tied up in my hair. It gives me major Minnie Mouse vibes.

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I’m very happy with the end result, and I promise that this skirt will get much more wear than the original dress ever did. What to alter next?!

Mitty x

winslow culottes – a wearable toile

One of my first jobs was working at Baker’s Delight, a classic-style bakery franchise. The uniform included culottes. They were absolutely hideous, I hated wearing them, but I did because it got rather hot behind the counter.

Never (!) did I think I would want to sew, let alone wear, a pair of culottes. Then, Helen from Helen’s Closet released the Winslows.

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I LOVE THEM.

These are the floatiest, most stylish culottes I have ever seen or worn. I think the simple inverted box pleats work so well with a fussy print like this.

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Clearly I am having too much fun in these! I honestly couldn’t help but swish around.

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Oh yes, this baby has pockets too! I’m not sure I’ll be putting much in them though, this rayon fabric is very soft and I think anything too heavy would distort the silhouette. However, it is lovely to have them there to slip my hands into.

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These were always intended as a toile for my Frocktails outfit, but I am so pleased with how they turned out that I’m sure they will get a good workout over Spring/Summer.

GARMENT DETAILS:

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Winslow Culottes by Helen’s Closet
  • Style, size: Midi length, size 12
  • Fabric: 100% rayon “Night Garden” (that’s been sitting in my stash for about 5 years) from Spotlight
  • Notions: Iron on fusing, invisible zipper, matching thread
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • Ended up taking 4cm out of the waistband (1 cm from the back, and 1/2cm from the side seams, which I created). To fit the pants into the waistband, I took them in by 1/2cm at both side seams, the front seam and the back seam. I could probably just make a straight size 10 next time.
    • 4cm off the hem length.

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These culottes ticked so many boxes for me, I got to use fabric from my stash, I perfected the fit, and I completed another project from my Make Nine 2019 list. Happy days!

Mitty x