Pink loveliness

Please excuse the ceases (I really should remember to press before I pick up the camera) but even unironed I think you have to agree that this is loveliness in a top.

Pink Liberty fabric in a lovely soft and drapey cotton lawn, pin tucks and, la pièce de resistance??? why, heart shaped shell buttons, of course!!Here’s more of a close upYou may recognise the pattern – I used an adapted version of the Colette Patterns Sorbetto pattern. This project was, for me, mainly a technical one – trying out pin tucks, something I have been yearning to do for while but, until now, had not got around to. I therefore decided to use a pattern that, other than for the pin tucks, would be quick and simple to sew up (there is only so much learning a girl wants to do in one project!!). Given that I already have a few sorbetto tops though I decided to shake things up a little more by adding a button fastening down the centre back.

I added around 3 cm to the length of the front and the back pieces and then also added a little to the width of the pleat that runs down the centre front in the original pattern. I did some rough calculations as to how much fabric I needed in the centre front for the pin tucks given that I was going to do pin tucks of 1cm, 0.5cms apart (does that make sense?). For the back – to add the button fastening – I added some width to the back pieces to allow for the back pieces to overlap where they would buttons up and in addition I added a self facing that I interfaced so that the fabric would hold the button holes and buttons without drooping.

As said above this was my first pin tuck experience and overall I am fairly happy with the outcome. They are not perfect and I could have unpicked a couple in places but I figured that life is too short and I have to say that even though I know where they are slightly off I don’t really notice (and I am usually fairly critical of my own work). I had wanted to do some pin tucking for a while and actually now having done it I realise that it is like a lot of sewing things – not really difficult, just time consuming. The hardest part for me was actually drawing the lines straight – as I wasn’t using a pattern for the pin tucks I measured the lines and drew them onto the fabric. Next time around I will make up a paper pattern and transfer the lines either with carbon paper or by thread basting which will be time consuming but I think will give a better result. Once that part is done it is really just a case of stitching very straight lines which I found is easier if I go slightly slower than my usual trail blazing speed!- there are also gadgets that you can get to help with this which I haven’t invested in but might if I thought I was going to do a lot more pintucking.As you can see above, rather than using bias binding to finish the neckline I drafted a facing, which I rather like – I think it gives a cleaner line – although I did use same fabric bias binding for the armholes.I’ll get some photos of me wearing this soon  but for now I am off to dream of pintucking swathes of fabric!!!

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Rainbow challenge: Fabric

As promised earlier here is your introduction to the ‘colourful’ fabrics that will transform my wardrobe into something akin to Joseph’s technicolour dreamcoat!!

Without even paying too much attention you will have remarked that I have interpreted the colours fairly broadly and I am going very much the floral route for this challenge rather than the colour blocking route…..although there’s maybe an idea for my next project….

But, back to the challenge in hand. You may remember that I am aiming to make seven items of clothing over the course of the next few weeks, each item being based on a colour of the rainbow. Here I am showing the chosen fabrics. For some of them I have a rough idea of what I would like to make, for others I am for the moment pretty clueless so please feel free to let me know any thoughts you might have or ideas!

Step up RED. The red fabric is, after everything I have said above, a solid red wool fabric.Next, is ORANGE. Here I have two fabrics chosen – an orange and yellow floral printed Indian cotton and a solid orange cotton.The YELLOW place is held by this lovely yellow printed cotton which I bought some time ago . If I remember correctly it was designed by Liesl of Oliver and S fame for her first collection of fabric. For GREEN I have chosen the following Liberty cotton lawn. I never feel very comfortable in solid greens but I thought that this fabric could still take the GREEN place as you can see that the green leaves make up a good precentage of the print.BLUE. I love blues and have to confess that I had more than one fabric in the cupboard that could have taken this spot but I have chosen this cotton lawn, again by Liberty, as I love the drape and it has been in the cupboard for far too long.Following blue is INDIGO. Again a Liberty cotton lawn. The blue and violet colours in the photo below are pretty true to life but the brown seems to have become much more dominant in the photo than in reality where it is a much more retiring and less flashy muted brown.And, lastly VIOLET. Another cotton lawn from, well you can probably guess where from?? Yep, Liberty. {maybe I should have called this the Liberty challenge?}. This is their {in}famous Betsy pattern and I have been lusting after this print for a while so when I saw it for sale on ebay a couple of months ago I couldn’t help but snap it up.So there you have it. Those are the chosen fabrics. Next up will be the designs.