I have made a Catrin before for daughter no3 and she liked it so much she asked for another one.
Now on the pattern envelope the picture of the finished garment looks like this
A very baggy oversized sweatshirt with a loose hem.
When I made this before in a size 38, which was correct according to measurements the bottom band was so tight no3 couldn’t even get the garment on and I had to remove the band and make a new one one size up. Its still a tight fit at the hip and nowhere near as loose as this picture.
With this in mind I again cut a size 38 but with a hem band for size 44.
The fabric request was for something tropical but eventually a cactus print from stoff and stil was chosen.
The oversized width of the body comes from side panels which are incorporated into the sleeve seam, you can just see them here
Now I don’t know about you but on the pattern envelope I can only conclude that the model is very tiny and is wearing the largest possible version of this garment because even with the very enlarged hem band it is STILL not as loose as the one pictured. Although no3 is smaller than I am and this will be baggier on her it’s still not going to look quite like the picture. You have been warned…..
PS You would never know I have got a son who is a professional photographer, he certainly didn’t get his talent from his father ‘scuse the drainpipe……….maybe one day he’ll come home and take my photos for me !
Having made sweatshirts for daughters 1 and 3 I offered to make one for no2. Now no2, unlike her sisters likes ‘designer’ clothing and is always rather dismissive of my handmade efforts but conceded that she would like a sweatshirt as long is it had a higher neckline that the Linden and Catrin I had made for no1 and no3.
I had already purchased and oatmeal coloured speckled fleece from Guthri and Ghani for this project and then spotted this pattern on the Stoff and Stil website. £3.75 ! That seemed very reasonable for a paper pattern so I ordered it and this is what came in the post
Inside the envelope are three A4 pages with written instructions in various languages and NO PICTURES ! Yikes ! Also in the envelope are these…..
pre-cut pattern pieces for the size I had ordered in a kind of interfacing fabric, softer than swedish tracing paper but a similar weight. The pattern pieces have holes and notches in them but no other identification so you have to match them up with the pieces shown on the cutting diagram just by shape which for this particular garment is quite easy. It saved so much time having the pattern pieces ready to go.
I had help with the cutting out….
It turns out you need two fabrics for this garment as the hood is lined (or possibly 3 if you use ribbing for the welt and cuffs), fortunately I had some of this cute jersey in my stash which looks quite good with the oatmeal sweatshirting. (I think this came from Plush Addict)
You make the hood first
…and then on instruction 7 it says you should overlock all the seams…..except by this point the hood is a sealed unit and you can’t ! I also worked out that the phrase ‘make a stitching’ means ‘topstitch’. I made the hood ties from rouleau strips of the hood lining fabric. I used the sweatshirt fabric for the cuffs and welt rather than ribbing as I didn’t have any the right colour.
AND… I ended up with a really nice sweatshirt
All I can say is if no2 doesn’t like it, I’m having it ! She’s a bit smaller than me so it should be more oversize on her.
This is my week 3 weekly make for MeMadeMay 2017. Aside from wearing me made garments every day in May I am also making a weekly garment, this week there are two.
The first is from this Butterick pattern.
I don’t recall where this pattern came from (it smells very musty…), I can only conclude it was purchased for a school DT project, or given to me in a bundle of old patterns from a friend. Anyway it was uncut and free.
I decided to make it up in a cotton that I bought at the knitting and stitching show earlier in the year. I think this cotton is GORGEOUS, I love the texture, I love the colours and I got the roll end of 2.3m for £2.00 a metre and the last bit thrown in for free so £4.00 total. It a medium weight, slightly looser weave than a poplin and with a slight seersucker texture.
The basic skirt is a straight skirt with a false wrap over panel across the front with a rouleau tie and a split up one side. The front is flat and the back is elasticated. It looks simple but was actually more complicated than I thought. There is a lot of edging, around the wrap over, the waistband, the hems and its all done at different times in the construction. I also had to keep an eye on the fabric as the front and backs are remarkably similar but there IS a difference. I made view B the long plain skirt.
My £2.00 top is made from the Linden sweatshirt pattern (which I have already used 3 times) with a metre of fabric I bought from Fabricland last year with a view to making some pants from it. Unfortunately it didn’t have enough stretch for those so it has been languishing in the cupboard ever since. The fabric is a 2 way stretch cotton jersey with little ‘bubbles’ in stripes in the fabric like a 1960’s swimming costume.
I have tried to match up the stripes evenly on both sides and made the neck binding from a strip of the ‘bubbles’.
Progress from the sewing classes I have been taking is I have now got a calico from my 4th iteration of my bodice block and it still doesn’t fit…….look at that neckline ! But the bust is now under control….(its much better on)
Roll on Monday !
This is the second of my promised weekly makes for MeMadeMay2017. The fabric is a medium weight cotton supposedly Liberty which was a gift from one of my daughters for Christmas.
I was given a 2m piece of this and originally wanted to make a pair of summer trousers BUT the fabric is only 90cm wide so must be quite old and not enough for trousers. I therefore decided to make a little skirt but make it with extra care due to the provenance of the fabric.
I used the Tweed A line mini skirt hack of the Lace pencil skirt pattern in the GBSB ‘Fashion with Fabric’ book, mainly because those are both lined skirts and I wanted to line this make. I used a plain red lightweight cotton muslin for the lining. I cut a size 14 but although the pattern measured ok I ended up taking about 6cm off the hips altogether.
I followed the instructions up to the zip insertion, but as I had an ordinary zip as opposed to an invisible zip I had to make it up from there which caused a bit of head scratching but I am really pleased with the result.
I also faced the waistband, under stitched the facing and attached it at the side seams and dart seams. I have just finished the facing with overlock stitching.
The hem is finished with satin bias tape.
The skirt fits nicely but I have given up trying to take photos of myself wearing my makes, I’m totally incompetent.
I have also labelled the skirt with my own label, a packet of which has just arrived from Wunderlabel
In other sewing excitement I have taken the advice of The Material Lady and have found a relatively local sewing teacher, the rather wonderful Gail Ames. Whilst I have enjoyed sewing for years I know NOTHING !! I’ve really enjoyed the first few sessions and looking forward to many more……