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McCall 9251 – handmade summer dress for me

I may be speeding up with my sewing projects. It took me a week of squeezing an hour, here and there, in at the evenings and weekends. Going from the cutting out stage to wearing, in a trice. Of course, in that time, the weather has changed from glorious summer-dress-wearing to refreshingly showery, but I’m not blaming my dress. The sun will come out again. I will be ready. Continue reading

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Buttons and bobbin tunic

new look 6808 orange tunic sideOne orange tunic finished. For me. I can’t remember if it was the pattern or the fabric that I fell in love with first. Not that it matters. Once I saw the neck detail, I knew I wanted to make the top. It has a bow. What’s not to like?

The only hitch, was that the version with the bow had short sleeves and I was hankering for a long sleeve version. I checked on-line to see if anyone else had swapped the short sleeves for the long sleeve version, to no avail. I examined the pattern’s outside cover as much as I could to see if either sleeve could be used. It looked hopeful, but you never can quite tell. I’d give it a go.

new look 6808 orange tunicTurns out that the body of the pattern is the same piece for both versions, so it really wasn’t a problem swapping the sleeves.

The pattern was simple to follow Continue reading

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Pyjamas – McCall’s 4244

homemade men's pyjamas McCall's 4244Yesterday, the sun was streaming through my sewing room’s windows and for the first time this year, I felt the call to do a bit of dressmaking. My sewing room is the old wash house. We did it up a few years back, but it’s not the cosiest room, so the sun makes all the difference at this time of year.

homemade men's pyjamas McCall's 4244 and dogI cut out a pair of pyjama bottoms for my husband, a couple of weeks ago. Ready for his birthday. I missed the deadline, but only by a few days. He doesn’t mind. My husband is a patient man. Continue reading

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