A bit of a sewing update today. Unfortunately, nothing I am proud of though! It started with me making a raglan tshirt from the burdastyle magazine. This is the pattern – burdastyle 01/2017 102. It was my first burda make, so ticking off something from the 2017 Make 9. I had all the fabric in stash, and it looked easy enough, so I thought I’d just bash it out. Alas, it was a complete fail on every level, which is why you’re not getting pictures of me wearing it, but here it is on the dummy:
First problem, the colours. I had this lime yellow bamboo and two bits of big scraps from other tops, so I thought I’d put them together. Dave said it reminded him of an 80s shell suit, and now I can’t get that out of my head.
Second, the sewing. I don’t have lightning stitch on my machine, and after trying some alternatives I thought I’d try the stitch that’s like a zig zag but made out of tiny straight stitches as it’s super stretchy. Unfortunately that made it really tricky to press anything and it actually stretched the fabric a bit while sewing. It’s really visible in places. I will be going back to straight stitch next, I don’t go in for massive amounts of negative ease, and I’d rather fix a popped seam than deal with this mess again. And the neckline is awful – by this point I knew it was a lost cause and just wanted to get it finished whichever which way. Some of my pieces also were really out (like several cms out, not just wonky), not sure what happened, so ended up having to cut things down post sewing.
Third, and I’m taking no responsibility for this, the sizing is ridiculous. My upper bust is between a 40 and 42 of the bust proper. So I cut a 40. Turns out this is humungous. As in fitting xl tshirt wearing, 6 foot 3 Dave. The sleeves are about 10cms past my hands, and the hem is over my bum, even though it looks almost cropped on the model. The neck is still big on Dave even. Here he is posing (and I did tell you the sewing is awful, I’m so embarrassed):
It’s one redeeming feature is that it is made of the bamboo fabric, which as you know I love. I’ve relegated it to sleepwear and it does feel nice. It just looks absolutely ludicrous.
So that’s that. Now on to the tshirt I’m wearing in the pictures. It’s a plantain, which I’ve made three of in the past, so I thought it would be a thing I could get right to boost my confidence. Haha, how wrong was I? I topstitched the neckline the wrong way round, so it’s pucker central, and I didn’t trim the neckline seam allowance til after the topstitching, and when I did, I cut into the tshirt not once, but twice. Argh! The puckering doesn’t even bother me that much as there’s so many of them it kind of looks intentional, but the holes are no good. Here’s a closer look.
I did wear this out to lunch, and then to yoga, but I definitely don’t plan on wearing it in public much in future. My sleepwear box is getting pretty full!
Still at least that was just the leftovers from the burda top which I couldn’t have used for anything else (there was about 75cms, and I had to cut the sleeves the wrong way round to fit them in).
I don’t even know what I will sew next! I have an emery that needs a zip attached, but I want to make something that isn’t full of mistakes first before I mess that one up too.
Oh, and finally, a better picture of my new coat since I didn’t show it well last time. This was the light testing picture.
Missed last week as I was away at the weekend, so a couple each this week. we had a pretty uneventful weekend, swimming, German school (where Milo made his Leprechaun hat), playgroup, sunday lunch and meadows playpark.
Finally getting round to blogging about the furniture exhibition we went to three weekends ago (I promise to never say that I will blog something ‘next week’ because it inevitably doesn’t happen!). These pieces of furniture were made from trees knocked down by Cyclone Andrea in 2012, the pictures were taken in the places where the trees used to be. I did take some pictures in the actual exhibition, but these are just so much better, so I went with them!
The exhibition is on until 26 May, go see it! Details here.
Photos from here
5! can you believe it! That’s not even the end of the pictures, that’s how much good stuff there was!
We took Ellis out on the balance bike for the first time. He totally did it for a minute, though then decided he’s rather just push it not standing on it. But still, really good job Ells!
It amuses me that they’re both in the background of each others pictures today!
Today I’m showing you a couple of new purchases. The pictures were taken a few weekend ago, and I’ve had the actual things for longer, but better late than never.
The first is a dress from People Tree I got on the sales. I actually got a few things, some leggings and a base layer too from Braintree, but this dress is the only thing really interesting enough to show you. I like the contrasting direction of the stripes, though it’s kind of more fitted than I would like and the horizontal section is maybe not ideal with my stomach situation. I am generally pretty body positive, and to be honest it doesn’t really bother me that I never lost the baby weight after Ellis, but having a disproportionately larger stomach, particularly after years of having a comparatively small waist, yeah it does bother me! So jersey dresses don’t tend to be my friends as much as they used to. But I can’t hold myself back from what is basically secret pyjamas, and I reckon it doesn’t look as bad IRL when I’m moving about. It has an attached tie belt thing too, which I’ve tied at the back here for some reason, but that covers up the tummy bit too when tied round the front. I have worn this dress a lot to work on non-cycling days which is the sign of a good buy.
The other thing though I just wanted to mention about People Tree is that I get the sense that the quality has gone downhill. I haven’t seen enough to know for sure, but he fabric of this dress is definitely thinner than it would have been at one point, and I actually ended up sending another item I got in the sales back because it was faulty. I really hope I’m wrong, because I do believe in People Trees Fairtrade and organic mission, I just fear that FT doesn’t necessarily mean sustainable in terms of longevity.
The second thing is these shoes. They’re Camper, from the Twins range, they look like the Peu model but have these two layers and one side is green one is brown. It’s very subtle tbh, compared to what the Twins models used to look like. I have worn these a lot, as this year I’ve decided that life is too short for even slightly uncomfortable shoes. The Peus are basically like trainers in terms of comfort and so easy to slip on and off. This is my third pair, I also own a bright red one and a textured grey one with red laces, and I don’t feel bad about it, because they are the best. Plus this newest pair sort of passes for brogues.
Item number three was a sort of impulse purchase (gasp?). It’s from Ness, a company that’s gone into administration and the Ocean Terminal shop had everything 50% off for closing down. I had about 15 minutes before a meeting back in my office, which is a brisk 5-10 minute walk away, when I discovered this, so I forewent lunch to literally race around trying this on, and bought it without any mulling it over, which isn’t like me. However, I had been meaning to look for a winter coat for a while, as all the ones I had were either too small or started to fall apart. I just couldn’t face the actual shopping so had been going about in a transitional cotton coat with a jumper under, and even that had the lining going beyond repair. But back to the Ness coat, even though it was not at all a considered purchase, it was a good one. It’s toasty warm, fits properly over my hips (coats are often a bit snug if fitting correctly at the top), and I love the print on the lining (which I appreciate you can’t really see). Weirdly I am also finding myself fit right in with the nursery mums, we had a mass play date the other day end everyone was wearing something similar. It’s quite unusual really for me to be on trend even if the trend is among mid to late thirties mums of preschool children!
So these are my new purchases, which I reckon should keep me going for a while. Definitely planning on filling any upcoming wardrobe gaps through sewing!
I went to a free hoola hooping class in town on Sunday morning and the boys met me and we walked down to the botanics for the furniture exhibition, which I’m hoping to blog next week. Followed by the Water of Leith Bistro of course!