January 8, 2011
We were in our favourite shop number 2 last week on a mission to buy some fabric for some new trousers for Miss Amoo. She has grown about 2″ since I refashioned her a pair of trousers from an old pair of mine and I’m not keen on adding a trim to the hem to lengthen them as she is very into plain and simple at the moment and I can’t find a black to match them.
She wanted corduroy, which is kept under the cutting counter, and she was keen on some navy which was was covered in glitter at one end and suffering from being leaned on by customers over Christmas. Once we had dragged it out we discovered that it was a lined corduroy which felt lovely and warm despite the fluff and glitter. I ended up doing a deal on the fluffy bit and we came home with just under a metre for £2.
There is only one trouser pattern that Miss Amoo will wear and that is one called Jump from Ottobre 1/2008. I sewed them up in a flash using a previously harvested length of ribbing for the waist and using 5mm clear elastic in the ribbing as directed instead of running a very wide elastic through it as I have done before.
She is delighted but as I sewed them when she was asleep I didn’t hem them and now she has worn them for two days with 4″ turn-ups and I still haven’t hemmed them!
The other bit of sewing is a re-hash of a wrap over dress from a Japanese sewing book Koharu’s wear which I sewed for Miss Amoo for a party more than a year ago but hasn’t had much wear since and a lovely swing top from the same book which I sewed as reversible in fleece and cotton last year but Miss Froo now can’t get in and out of without ripping the side seams under the arms.
The top now has deeper (uneven) armscyes and after having to rip out the stitches that kept the lining and the outer together at the bottom edge in order to get to the armscyes needs a new hem
the wrap dress is now a wrap top waiting for a new skirt to be added and then to be worn by Miss Froo
So, three sewing jobs, nothing new, and all unfinished in some way. This is the sewing equivalent of tidying up and making more mess.
January 18, 2010
I first read about Ottobre Design on SewingMamas.com The clothes those mamas made from these patterns were gorgeous and I spent a lot of time looking at all the magazines and deciding which one to buy.
The whole process of tracing patterns and adding seam allowances looked time consuming and complicated so I thought just one magazine would be enough to start with.
I bought the one called 1/2008 It has two covers which look like this:
What I like about the magazine is that there are clothes for babies, toddlers, boys and girls and even big kids up to 170cm. I have made trousers and tops for my girls and adapted a couple of patterns too. I have also traced a pair of joggers for my older boys but not yet sewn them. The tracing is a bit mind boggling at first but you get used to it. I use thick plastic sheeting which I can trace on with a Sharpie then label and roll or fold up to store them. My traced patterns don’t rip when I pin them which is really great too.
In fact, there is such a wide variety of basics in the one magazine that I haven’t bought another!
Here are some trousers I sewed for Miss Amoo from the pattern called Jump. The pattern is for sweatpants but she wanted denim so I sewed them from a pair of jeans that we had found hanging in a bush near the cycle path. Strange but true. There was only just enough width in the legs to get this bootcut shape and the hem is just overlocked because there was no more length. The bleaching is from rain and sun I presume! The waistband is ribbing harvested from a sweatshirt that belonged to my dear old Dad who is no longer with us.
I have since used this pattern to make her a pair in a black knit which was bought from our local fabric shop which is our second favourite shop. For those I used ribbing from a t shirt I found at a jumble sale. Ribbing is so hard to find in the UK and I balk at the thought of buying it by the metre online.
Circumstance makes me a frugal sewist but don’t see that as a disadvantage despite my periodic envy of the fabric stashes of other sewists who blog. I love how the original garment leads you to the new garment and the lack of anxiety when cutting into an old shirt as opposed to cutting into a meter of new fabric.
If you are into upcycling and refashioning you may already have looked at Wardrobe Refashion but if not, have a look and get some more inspiration.