Monday, 18 March 2013

Sloppy Josephine Tee

I am willing it to be spring (snow in March gasp it's still so cold!!) So I made myself a new spring top. I'm hoping Rae will host another spring top sew along again this year it's one of my favourite ways to celebrate the coming of the sunshine, my pale skin needs it so!

Sloppy Josephine

In my search for a nice basic top pattern to add to my small pattern collection I stumbled upon Papercut Patterns Have you heard of them before? I had not, but the sloppy Josephine tee looked promising. Sloppy is the way I like my tee's and I love me a raglan sleeve top!

The packaging of this pattern alone is worth the price it is gorgeous!! Not only does it come in a pretty box, it has a cute little booklet with instructions and the pattern pieces are printed on nice thick brown paper. I'm impressed.

I was good and made a quick muslin before cutting into my fabric and decided on some minor adjustments:
  • I raised the neckline, it's still low cut and could be raised another 1" or so but I like the low cut look. Also I did not follow the patterns suggestion of binding the neckline. Instead I cut the strip about an 1" shorter and slightly stretched it in while attaching, finishing off the raw edges with my overlocker. This makes the neckline sit nice and flat, as a bonus it was easy and quick.

  •  I'm not very tall so I shortened the length of the tee to suit me better. 
  • And lastly I opted for more narrow sleeve cuffs, it's a personal preference I don't like the look of wide cuffs.  
It's a pretty basic tee, very comfy so I'm sure I'll be wearing it lots. I want to try a long sleeved version when I find the right fabric for it.  

oh and guess what the sun just came out woop!! my plan worked ;)

x Leila

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Ringo Pie Guitar

For Melinda's month in Ringo Pie she asked us to make guitar themed blocks to make a quilt for her son who loves everything guitars. He sounds like a pretty cool dude doesn't he!

I on the other hand wasn't so cool, more than one attempt at sewing a guitar block fit for Melinda's little rock star ended up in the rubbish bin. I will not bore you with all that went wrong, lets just say the curves and I were not going to get along, I'll not even mention the endless seam ripping and how things got so distorted there was no resemblance of a guitar in sight.... no best not ;) 

Guitar block for Melinda

So after quickly disposing of all evidence that ever such a horrible block had existed, I made a fresh start using a wonderful Paper panache pattern. And I'm glad I did it is just the right guitar shape and better still no curves - what a relief!

I'm looking forward to see this quilt I think it will be something very special!

x Leila