Butterick 5537 | a review

 

Pattern: Butterick 5537

Fabrics: Dutch Wax print from Middlesex Textiles.

Notions: Epic [polyfil] thread.

Pattern description: Loose fitting, shawl collar dressing gown.

Pattern Sizing: Small, Medium & Large.  I made the medium.

Did it look like the photo/line drawing on the pattern once finished?:  Yes

What did you like or dislike about the pattern?: Well written pattern, with clear instructions.  Simple and straight forward.

Did I make  any pattern alterations or design changes?  No.

Would I sew it again or recommend to others?  Yes, I will definitely make it again.  Thinking of a winter weight version, may be lined with terry towelling.

Conclusion:  Great pattern and it is quick to make.  I like the sleeve turn up detail.  It's the first time i have sewn with Dutch wax fabric and I love it, pre-washing is essential to remove the stiff finish.  Used the whole 5.5m length with only a little fabric left over - the pattern say 6m.  The fabric is sold in 6 yard lengths [5.5m] and is a brilliant economic fabric in a huge array of prints.

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This is not a sponsored post, all opinion are my own.  I purchased the pattern and fabric.

Tilly and the Buttons: Stretch!

The pattern pieces for each project are on separate sheets and easy to trace off, I traced the largest size as T's favorite hoodie that must be around 7 years old is super oversize and great instead of a dressing gown.  One extra feature she asked for was teddy bear ears!

The construction was very straight forward and a super quick make, I used my overlocker for most of the construction and only top-stitched the hood front for the cord and hem.  The hem has a pointed detail to match the original hoodie and is about 6 inches longer than the patter.  So loved making this and T is delighted, only shy about being pictured wearing it.  I have plans to make the Joni dress next, when I can find the right fabric and I know Tilly is having a pop-up shop tomorrow - so will try to go along if I can.

Love the new book and am sure it will help cure me of my fear of stretch fabrics, have had a couple of disasters over the years and I'm sure it was just down to the fabric I used.  So if you'd like to start sewing with stretch, its a perfect book and great also just for all the patterns!

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This month has been super busy work wise and I haven managed to do any sewing for myself, just a little knitting in the evenings.  With the first huge project this year I have used 2 downloadable PDF patterns from Black Snail Patterns, I don't usually make up PDF's as a rule, but these shapes were perfect starting point shape wise.  They worked out in the end, although I did give up on the instructions completely with one pattern - sometimes things just get lost in translation.  I also choose 2 other pattern companies I have never used before, Folkwear and Sense & Sensibility I bought via a brilliant pattern company called Habithat.  These patterns were brilliant and thoroughly recommend them, below are 2 sneak peeks of a s&s blouse and a hack of a Folkwear during construction.

I've had to do a lot of research for this project and dived into Downton Abbey on DVD as well as books and searching for original clothes from WW1.  The costumes on Downtown were wonderful and it has been a joy to watch again.  I visited the Imperial War Museum for the first time and spent a day looking at the collections and in the research library, the V&A collection was also a huge inspiration and a place I love to spend time.

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bottom row from the left V&A collection, Downton Abbey & vintage photograph.

I hope to be able to show photographs of the collection I made, the actors start rehearsing next week and I can't wait to see them in action.

 

Make Nine challenge for 2018

2018MakeNine I read about the #2018MakeNine via Rochelle over at Lucky Lucille.  If you want to see what others have picked use the hashtag #2018makenine over on on instagram.  Below are my 9 pattern choices.

Project 1, Vogue 9103 summer dress.  This dress has some nice fitting details, is easy to make and there for once fitting it done quick to make.  I am thinking view C or F as they are a good midi length.

Project 2, McCalls 6600.  A simple shirt-waister style that will be great for spring or autumn, thinking a light weight corduroy or dutch wax fabric.

Project 3, the ultimate pencil skirt.  I love this super easy and fast skirt, perfect all year round depending on the fabric.  My thoughts are heading spring/summer in a jersey, so would be a great everyday basic.

Project 4, the box shirt. A super simple shape and perfect to wear with the pencil skirt or jeans, excellent every day basic for spring, summer & autumn.

Project 5, the holiday shirt & top.  Another Maker's Atelier pattern, again super easy to wear and would cover spring, summer & autumn.

Project 6, simplicity 8014.  A shirt dress that made me think of Kirstie Allsopp and Samantha Sung, although a little more streamlined around the waist.  Again this has good options for wearing all year round, depending on the fabric I use.

Project 7, the Nell shirt.  I have been wanting to make this shirt and even have the fabric ready!  A dear friend gave me around 5 metres of a very beautiful white window pane cotton shirting.  This would be lovely for spring, although a perfect all year staple.

Project 8, simplicity 1059.  Thinking about what I need in my wardrobe, I need a couple of more formal dresses and thought this would be lovely in a silk.

Project 9, simplicity 8013.  Again this is another evening dress, have seen a few versions made and adored Marcy Harriell version.

I don't have a fabric stash to raid, so will be buying fabrics as I go along.  Have a rough order to work though, the maker's atelier patterns and a shirt dress I'd like to have done by June for my holiday.  One more dressy dress for May.  I'll be posting my progress here and over in instagram with the #2018makenine and I'm @cloth_scissors_thread

The utility Coat : a review

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The Utility Coat, image for The Maker's Atelier

With all the rain we have been having I needed to get my new raincoat made.  I found some fabulous fabric at The Cloth House warehouse sale, its cotton both sides with rubber sandwiched between, perfect for wet weather dog walking.  The Utility Coat has 2 styles, round neck and hooded, I decided on the hooded version.

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Pattern: The Utility Coat by The maker's Atelier.

Fabrics: cotton & rubber waterproof fabric.

Notions: Gutermann thread, pins, elastic cord, snap fasteners, eyelets, cord lock and 12/80 sharps sewing machine needles.

Pattern Sizing:  12

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Did it look like the photo/line drawing on the pattern once finished?  yes, minus the pockets.

What did you like or dislike about the pattern? I like the simple, well explained, clear instructions.

Did I make any pattern alterations or design changes? I made the parker style alterations, as explained over on The Maker's Atelier journal.  I bound most of the seams with ready made bias binding and when I ran out overlocked the seams.  Next time I will make my own bias binding, that way I won't run out.

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Would I sew it again or recommend to others?  Yes, I'll defiantly make another as the pattern is a dream to sew, maybe next time I'll make it in Parachute silk as suggested in the pattern.

Conclusion: Wonderful, easy to wear coat.  It took me a few days, dipping in and out - I would have made it in a day if I'd had the time to sit sewing.

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I bought the pattern, all fabrics & notions and my opinions are my own.