Autumn Sewing Plans

I am trying to focus my mind on what items of clothing I need to sew for this coming autumn and winter. I’ve been fabric shopping and have a bit of a plan.

From top: Black wool single jersey, navy and white yarn dyed stripe jersey, bird print cotton & navy denim

From top: Black wool single jersey, navy and white striped jersey, bird print woven cotton and dark navy denim

Denim fabric, £8.99 per metre from Leon’s Fabrics in Chorlton. 100% cotton with no stretch. This is to make an A line skirt with an inverted centre front pleat. It is to replace a Boden skirt that has nearly come to the end of its life. I’ve had it for 5 years and it is beginning to look shabby with a hole at the top of the pleat, ok for home but not for work anymore. It’s going to be a self draft pattern which I need to pull my finger out and do.

Bird fabric, £5.99 per metre is also from Leon’s Fabrics. Bright white with a small dark navy bird print. It’s a quilting cotton weight which I think is 100% cotton. I’m going to make a shirt based on Burdastyle 7136. After making two shirts earlier this year it’s taken a while to even think about making another one but at least there’s no matching of checks.

The striped jersey is going to be a Coco top from Tilly & the Buttons. I spent a long time searching for Breton stripe yarn dyed fabric (stripes knitted in rather than printed) and kept coming across Dragonfly Fabrics which Handmade Jane used when she made her dress version of the Coco but at £19.50 per metre I kept holding off. When Jane had a 10% discount code earlier in the summer I went for it. Considering I was so keen to get this fabric I’m surprised how long it’s taking me to get around to it. I thought I would have jumped on it when the fabric arrived but instead the pattern and fabric have been sitting in a bag for a couple of months. The overlocker is still out for fixing so this can be its first knit project when it comes home.

Sewaholic Renfrew, Tilly & the buttons Coco & Simplicity S1696

Sewaholic Renfrew, Tilly & the buttons Coco & Simplicity S1696

The black wool jersey comes from Myfabrics.co.uk. It was an impulse buy; I came across it when I was looking for cotton single jersey for the pyjama top. I was attracted by the sale price of £4 per metre so I ordered 1.5mts with plans to make a cowl neck long sleeve Renfrew. I think it’s going to need hand washing so I’ll need to take care to keep it looking its best.

I haven’t done any knitting for a while and to complete my range of hand knitted socks I need a darkish plain pair.  I love a self-patterning sock but sometimes you need a more sober pair to wear with trousers. I’ve chosen a grey so they will go with both navy and back trousers but will add a pop of hidden red at the cuff, heel and toe. I’ll knit the same pattern as the ‘Hermione everyday socks’ using a short row heel. I know, I don’t really push myself by trying any fancy patterns.

I’ve bought a red 20gm mini skein and 50gm for the main sock. I figured that when I usually knit myself socks from a 100gm ball I must have ¼ to 1/3 left over so 70gm overall should do it. I could be skimping it here…. What I think I need to do is split the balls equally in half and knit toe up…. You can’t skimp on foot length but a shorter leg length than usual isn’t a problem. I’ve never knitted toe up so could be time to learn. The yarn was from Five Moons. I found them when I googled ‘mini skein’. I just loved their range of plains and the colour descriptions.

The red mini skein is described as “A solid true red, strong and clear, the colour of pillar boxes, fire engines and peril”

When it arrived – super speedy next day – I received a bonus 5gm skein in pinky red.

hand painted yarn from Five Moons. It just looked so beautiful when I unwrapped the package!

Sock yarn from Five Moons. It just looked so beautiful when I unwrapped the package!

I haven’t made a pair of trousers for donkey’s years and I’ve never tried to sew a fly front zip so I’ve bought Simplicity pattern S1696 Amazing Fit. I’ve ordered some swatches of navy stretch cotton from Calico Laine. The trouser is a style that I know suits me so I hope I can get to grips with them and achieve a good looking well-fitting pair of trousers.

cotton stretch swatches from Calico Laine

cotton stretch swatches from Calico Laine

I think all of the above will keep my busy through to November, I also have plans for a long sleeve Lady Skater, fabric yet undecided. I need to actually get started……..

Any autumn sewing plans on the go?

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Sewaholic Renfrew As A Pyjama Top

After a break from sewing due to holidays my first make was a simple jersey top. One of my pyjama tops had worn into holes and it was time for the bin. I used the Sewaholic Renfrew pattern with a few adjustments and added a lace trim to the neck and sleeves.

Sewaholic Renfrew pyjama top with lace trim neck and cuffs

Sewaholic Renfrew pyjama top with lace trim neck and cuffs

I shortened the sleeves and took off the hem band. The first Renfrew I made was quite long on me so the original pattern without the band was long enough for a this top.

It’s been a bit hit and miss with my twin needle hem stitching so after the success of the hem on the Lady Skater dress I tried another of the stretch stitch options on the machine and liked the result.

I used stretch stitch 'D' for the hem stitching. The stitches missed in a few areas as you can see in the photo but overall it was fine, I think I just picked a bad spot for the photo!

I used stretch stitch ‘D’ for the hem stitching. The stitches missed in a few areas as you can see in the photo but overall it was fine, I think I just picked a bad spot for the photo!

I attached the stretch lace trim with a small zig zag stitch.

A small zig zag stitch was used to sew on the stretch lace around the neck and cuffs

A small zig zag stitch was used to sew on the stretch lace around the neck and cuffs

I did have one c*ck up. I managed to sew the left sleeve wrong side to right side. After doing this on the shoulder seam of the Skater dress I was taking extra care….. But I hadn’t noticed when pinning, machining tacking or sewing with stretch stitch. It was only at the end of zig zagging the seam allowances when I noticed. There was no way the stretch stitch was going to be unpicked and if it wasn’t noticeable when I was making up it wasn’t going to be noticeable wearing in bed, I think the marl effect helps, so I left it as it was.

The fabric is 100% cotton single jersey from My Fabrics.co.uk. £7.25 per metre. Well it was when I bought it but now it is £4.90 reduced from £11.50 (?) I’m really pleased with the quality of this jersey. I much prefer it over the cotton single jersey I used for making up the Kimono tees early this year. I’ve been disappointed with both colours of the printed polka dot jersey from My Fabrics as they’ve faded really quickly but they have redeemed themselves with this.

The stretch lace was from eBay. I just scrolled through the listings to find something of right width and I chose a darker grey as it wouldn’t have been easy to find a perfect match to the fabric on-line.

I stitched up with clear elastic tape in the shoulder seams and using the triple stretch stitch with a ball point needle. The seams allowances are finished with a zig zag stitch.

I took the overlocker into Bambers be fixed and I’m hoping to be able to pick it up next weekend. I’m quite excited about getting it back as I can see how much faster sewing up knits will be 🙂