#OWOP16 – Bettine no. 5

I’m combining stash busting with re-fashioning with Bettine number five ūüôā

The fabric:¬†I used leftover dachshund jersey from my Agnes top ¬†for the bodice. ¬†I won this fabric in a giveaway hosted by So, Zo… and Girl Charlee UK. ¬†I still love it, it’s so soft and comfy. ¬†I paired it up with fabric from a beautiful, coral corduroy skirt I found in a charity shop. ¬†Always look out for fabrics you like in charity shops even if whatever it is won’t fit you – this skirt was far too big for me, but it had masses of fabric so I knew I’d be able to hack it apart and make something else.

Modifications: yep, a few. ¬†Again, I made all the relevant changes for working with jersey outlined in Tilly’s blog post for the bodice. ¬†The corduroy skirt was panelled, so I ended up having to panel mine. ¬†I have two front pieces and two back pieces, and centre from and centre back seams. ¬†It’s really easy to make your skirt this way – just add seam allowances where the fold lines are on the pattern pieces and cut two front and back pieces, instead of one front and back piece on the fold. ¬†I hope that makes sense. ¬†Once they’re sewn together, you can treat them in exactly the same way you ordinarily would. ¬†The other change I made was to make ‘pocket bags’ because I didn’t have quite enough fabric to get full pockets. ¬†As a result I have half corduroy pockets and half cotton pockets. ¬†Again, to do this, I just split my pockets in half and added seam allowances to each piece.

The pattern: trusty Bettine.

The cost:  I already had everything I needed except the skirt, which cost £3.  Bargain or what?!


#OWOP16 – Bettine no. 4

More stash busting today! ¬†I’m not doing too badly with this de-stashing resolution. ¬†Marking the halfway point of One Week One Pattern 2016, I have my jersey Bettine.

The fabric: a red ditsy floral from Fabric Godmother, which is now out of stock. ¬†It’s a lightweight jersey¬†with a nice drape, so¬†works well for the pattern.

Modifications: the ones Tilly suggests for making a jersey Bettine in this blog post. ¬†You have to swap the neckline facing for a neckband and omit the pockets (the only downside to this dress). ¬†I also decided not to have cuffs or tabs, and simply turned the sleeves under. ¬†As with Bettine number three, I didn’t use zigzag stitch, and it seems to be okay. ¬†No adjustments needed to be made to the size because of the style of the dress – no working out negative ease and all that jazz. ¬†Another perk to not adding pockets is that it made it a super-quick sew. ¬†I think I made the whole thing in no more than four hours. ¬†Plus, I paused for lunch and to watch a couple of vlogs.

The pattern: Tilly and the ButtonsBettine.

The cost: just the cost of the fabric. ¬†I got two metres for ¬£18. ¬†I used less than 1.5 metres for this version though, so the leftovers have gone to my sister ūüôā

#OWOP16 – Bettine no. 3

After making two Bettine’s exactly as the pattern suggests I decided it was time for a bit of experimenting – this one is half jersey and half denim. ¬†Not only that, but I’ve done some stash busting too, making this a really cheap sew.

The fabric: leftovers from other projects. ¬†I got the striped jersey from Plush Addict ages ago and it was leftover from my Coco dress, and the lightweight denim was rescued from a disastrous (I mean, disastrous) attempt at a jumpsuit. ¬†I had enough denim left for the front skirt piece, but I had to cut two pieces for the back from the trousers of the jumpsuit. ¬†This means I’ve got a centre back seam, but that’s okay. ¬†I used more fabric from the jumpsuit for contrast cuffs, pocket linings and facings. ¬†How very frugal of me! ¬†It was a bit challenging making the stretchy jersey and denim go together nicely, but with a bit of gentle persuasion I managed it.

The pattern: Tilly and the ButtonsBettine dress.

Modifications: yes, a few. ¬†Tilly outlines various changes you should make when making Bettine from jersey in this blog post. ¬†I followed her instructions for the top half of the dress – for me, it really only meant I had to swap out the neckline facing for a neckband. ¬†I didn’t actually follow some of the usual rules for sewing with jersey, such as using zigzag stitch, because the garment isn’t form fitting and doesn’t need to stretch while you’re wearing it, so I didn’t think it would matter. ¬†It seems to be okay so far – hopefully I won’t live to regret it.

The cost: I was tempted to label this a free project, because the chances of me rescuing the denim from that ghastly jumpsuit were very slim.  However, I did probably use about a metre of denim (maybe slightly more), so I will include that.  It was this denim Р£7 per metre from Fabric Time.  I already had everything else though, so it really did only cost me £7.

By the way, I completely forgot to take any photos to document the epic disaster that was the jumpsuit (this jumpsuit), which I’m really angry at myself about. ¬†It’s a lovely pattern, but there were two problems. ¬†Firstly, an incident with my overlocker meant that I put an enormous hole in one of the trouser legs. ¬†I could have cried real tears, let me tell you, but I decided to persevere and try to make a wearable toile, shortening the legs to get rid of the hole and have a shorts-style play suit instead. ¬†However, it didn’t take long for problem number two to become apparent. ¬†To say I had crotch issues would be the understatement of the century. ¬†I’m short, so I would always expect skirts to come up a little long and crotches to sit a little low. ¬†A little low. ¬†However, this particular crotch was sagging about three quarters of the way down my thighs. ¬†I’m not kidding – it was ridiculous. ¬†I do really like it, so I’ll be giving it another go at some point (this time I’ll toile it properly!) and report back. ¬†You live and learn, don’t you?

Stash Update

Guys, it’s time for some serious stash-busting!  I have been vaguely aware for a while now that my stash has been getting bigger and bigger, and while I’m aware that compared to some I really don’t have big problems, I decided it was about time I plucked up the courage to go through it all.

It’s all thanks to Zoe, off of So, Zo… What Do You Know?, for putting me onto the Cora app in one of her recent posts.  You can see Zoe’s post for more information about it, but basically it allows you to take photos of your fabrics and input all the information relating to each piece, such as fabric type and length.  Sort of like cataloguing for dressmakers – librarian by occupation, librarian by nature.  Anyway, it’s awesome!  All you need to know about your stash on your phone to carry around at all times.  Great stuff ūüôā

I discovered that I have 28 (gasp!) pieces of fabric large enough to make into something.  28 possible garments!  So, I am once again vowing not to buy any more fabric until I’ve made a notable dent in this lot.  I say this just as I’m planning my next trip to the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate.  Must.  Stay.  Strong.  Until Harrogate, anyway.  There’s just no way I’m going to make it through a whole Knitting and Stitching Show without making at least one purchase, is there?

I have a few projects line up for my stash already.  In fact, I rarely buy fabric without at least having some ides of what I might make, so I can match most of my stash up with patterns.  So many lovely things to make, so little time!

There is just one thing I know I want to buy before Harrogate.  You see, I’m already talking myself out of this, am I not?!  I’m finally feeling brave enough to make my Papercut Patterns Watson Jacket.  Well, ‘brave enough’ might be stretching it a little – I’m feeling obliged to make it before another autumn and winter come and go.  I’m still terrified, but I really am going to have to attempt it sometime.  I’ve had the fabric since my trip to Harrogate last November, and my lovely friend very kindly gave me the pattern for Christmas last year.  I had high hopes of roaring through this make and getting some wear out of it last winter, but I took one look at the pattern and scared myself.  But it can’t sit around forever, and now I’m hoping to have it done for this autumn/winter.  I may have to toile this a couple of times, so the sooner I get started the better.  Anyway, the point of all this is that I’m going to need to buy fabric for the lining of said Watson Jacket.  Other than that, I’m going to try not to be tempted by any other fabrics.  Wish me luck – I’m going to need it for both the jacket and fabric abstinence!