Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Badminton Nightie

Pattern: Oliver and S Badminton Dress
Size Made: 7
Fabric: Oh so soft flannel

I haven't sewn much recently, a few things here and there but I wanted to get stuck into a new project. Far from losing my sewing mojo, I have actually used up most of my fabric stash. Really! So I feel quite limited at the moment. I want to make, but can't.

One or two large pieces remain and upon assessment of my rather small tub of various types of fabric, I pulled out this polkadot flannel. 

We don't seem to have had much of a summer this year. 
It has been rainy and about 18 degrees most of the time so a flannel nightgown didn't seem so ridiculous.
I have used this Badminton pattern as nightwear before and my eldest loved it. I made the whole set in one go, top, dress, shorts and skort! (see here)

Now this girl is all about the ruffles. The more the merrier.
My eldest made me leave them off last time, but heck no, they were excitedly requested by this little girl!

As far as the size is concerned, I could have made her a six. 
It would have fit her fine, but then it wouldn't have fit her come Christmas time. So size 7 it was.

We are both so happy with this. 
I got to use up some more fabric (which obviously needs replacing at some point) and she got a brand new, not handed down, nightie.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Prepping for School: McCall's 6951

Pattern: McCalls 6951
Views made: B (shirt) and D (shorts)
Fabric used: Chambray for the shirt and twill for the shorts
Size made: 10.5 for both.

Patterns I am always on the hunt for are ones that would pass for school uniform. This McCall's pattern caught my eye as it has 3 pieces that could easily be sewn up in our school grey and white. My daughter pulled her face at the front tie option (which I actually really like - I probably had one when I was younger!) so I promised not to make that view.

This is a size 10.5. The pattern does come in regular whole sizes as well, but the halves fit my girl better. I didn't make any alterations on this one and from assessing it on her, the only thing I will have to do is add length. School shirts have to be tucked in so it would need another 1.5 - 2" to keep it snug in her waistband.

The cap sleeves are finished on the inside with bias binding and sewn down to secure them around the sleeve opening. I sewed one of them down (the left side in the photos) but didn't like how it looked on the right side. It may well be this chambray because it is a looser weave than the shirt fabric will be. As a result I hand stitched the other side and the outcome is much neater. I will go back and take out the stitches on the left side and hand sew those too.

The hemline dips at the back, which looks lovely on her. I want to add as little length as possible really to avoid lots of pooling of fabric at the back when it is tucked in. I will be reluctant to loose that nice curve.

The shorts are view D from the pattern and have sewn up really nicely too. I did insert some elastic in the back waistband for her because it was gaping a little. The elastic serves to keep it snug and she prefers the feel of it.

I used some Mother of Pearl buttons from my never-ending Ebay supply (thank you husband...) and sewed them on by hand seeing as they are varying thicknesses and I thought they might smash under my presser foot.

We both like this pattern a lot as school wear. I have yet to try the trousers and skirt but have the fabric washed and ready to cut. How many weeks is it until September? I'm sure I have plenty of time!