My Cloth Habit: Watson and Harriet

I can not seem to stop making bras I never knew I would get so addicted.

First up we have a long line Watson bra and a Madlynne by Simplicity 8228 panty. For this I used a bra kit from Tailor Made. I only had scraps left but I was also able to squeze out the panty with some additional black mesh from my stash. These panties are intended to have scalloped lace on the sides so I had to do some alteration and and seam allowances to make it work.  The bra is super comfortable and good for yoga. The panties are a little too full coverage for my taste. Even my high waisted jeans don’t cover the top of these.

 

Next up was the reason I bought the watson pattern in the first place. My lemon bra! This lemon print cotton jersey from art gallery is quite expensive for me but luckily bras don’t take much fabric and I was able to get it off of Amazon so gift card to the rescue!  I actually made 2 pairs of panties to go with this bra but the other was in the wash.  The other pair is solid yellow with lemon on the sides like the panties above but done in a bikini style.  This is a fun set to wear but it does tend to show through light colored clothing.

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Next up was a sexy little nude number. I got about 12″ of this nude lace in a $5 grab bag from Tailor Made and I am pretty chuffed that I managed to get an entire set out of it. The main body of the bra is nude stretch mesh backed with non-stretch lining. As you can see it’s pretty see-through, incredibly breathable and perfectly nude!

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It was a struggle to learn how to sew with these light fabrics on my sewing machine but I haven’t had any issues for a while until it sucked the fabric into the faceplate when I was doing the bridge and left the fabric a little mangled.  I ended up fussy cutting a flower out of the lace scraps and appliqueing it on. It looks like it was always meant to be there!

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#thesewbackproject

A lovely young UK sewest Hobbling Handmades announced #thesewbackproject on March 30 unfortunately I didn’t find out about it until the last few days of June.

It’s time for a throwback! Recreate or make something inspired by an outfit from when you were younger, share it using the hashtag #thesewbackproject and tag me @hobblinghandmades.

Just my luck she decided to extend the deadline to the end of July and I was in!

I knew immediately what photo I wanted to work with.

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I would say I’m more on the “inspired by” track because I wanted to make sure it would be something that I would wear in my day to day. Instead of short sleeves I went sleeveless. I used my TNT Simplicity 1538 pattern and used the tutorial on grainline for altering it to make it sleeveless.   The fabric I used was a very lightweight indian cotton shirting in a creamsicle plaid.

I was lucky and had these pink buttons left over from my flamingo dress that matched perfectly

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I goofed and attached the back piece inside out. I don’t think you can notice other then the fact its an inverted pleat.

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I did french seams on the side and then sewed them down to look like flat-felled seams. Also can we just take a moment to notice the un-intentional pattern matching across the seam. I love when that happens

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Ideally I would have liked to use the Closet Case Morgan jeans pattern for the pants but I just couldn’t justify the pattern cost.  So I pulled out my Ginger Jeans pattern instead.  I used a grey blue denim from Colorado Fabrics that I got back in May and gold topstitching.  Just to be cheeky I used cotton scraps left over from the shirt for the guts of the jeans.

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I think these are my favorite me made jeans yet!   I still have a little excess fabric right below the zipper. I need to do some research on how to fix it. I wore them several times and then the zipper popped! I was so bummed. But I had originally used cotton for the fly shield and it was too thin so I was planing to replace it with denim anyway so I replaced the zipper at the same time.  As you can see all is well again.

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I appreciate this challenge because it  forced me to make an outfit that I probably wouldn’t have done otherwise but I think both pieces will get a fair amount of use in my rotation.

I will leave you with some out-takes….uzzi can’t resist a photo shoot!

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McCall’s 6754 : Flowery Scuba

One of my favorite youtube  sewers has a penchant for skater dresses in scuba. After seeing a handful of dresses by her I decided I needed one of my own. I used the same pattern as her (McCall 6754) but opted for the sleevless view.

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I don’t often see scuba knit at Joann’s but I did happen upon this heavyweight “tulip” print (looks like roses to me)  AND it was 60% off!  I bought 1 3/4 yards to make this dress.  I do think it is a little short  on me. I would like to make the long sleeve raglan view for the fall to wear with tights and if I do then the skirt will also be lengthened.

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Not much to say about the construction of this dress. It’s really a straightforward two dart bodice with a circle skirt. No lining, no closures. I like how the scuba gives the skirt some body.  With the leftover scraps I was able to make not 1 but 2 matching bra’s and a panty….because who doesn’t want matching underthings!

The first was a harriet bra by Cloth Habit. It fits me a lot better then the dress form. I used pale pint notions from Arte Crafts and pink mesh lined with powernet for the wings. The bridge, cradle, and lower cups are lined with non-stretch lining to keep everything nice and stable.

 

Then I made a longline Watson. I didn’t line this one at all so it’s more of a lounging bra then a supportive bra. I used leftover lemon strapping (from a yet un-blogged project). Pink picot and a cream hook and eye.

I used to have to temper my dress sewing doing one project off and one project on. Now I think i’m going to have to do that with bras because pretty soon i’m going to have one for every day of the month!

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New Look 6497

I picked up New Look 6497 because I thought the bodice lines looked interesting.

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I had fun with the fabric on this dress but I was too anxious about the fact that all my dresses are too tight to fit me lately and I got overzealous and made it way too big.

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For the inside of the bodice I did the reverse.

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I also used the yellow accent fabric on the back strap detail.

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I sort of lukewarm on this dress. I think the straps are just a bit too wide to be flattering and it needs to be taken in but I do like the fabric combination so perhaps I will warm up to it.