Posts Tagged ‘Simplicity 3742

Finally back at the sewing machine!

Here’s the winnings from my efforts this Melbourne Cup Day:

Got up early. Saw my acupunturist before 9am. Went to yoga at 10am. Came back had lunch and got my teeth into this project – a refashioned batik op shop shirt.

Used the trusty Simplicity 3742 pattern that I have used a couple of times. This pattern is SO EASY. It’s in the ‘Easy To Sew’ range for a reason. A good one to do when you haven’t sewn for a while. It’s the first time I’ve used the Elna since I got served and it was so smoothe and quiet and running like a dream! Little workhorse that it is.

I made an obie belt using a very simple pattern out of the June 2009 Burda Modern magazine.

I tidied up the fabric stash this weekend too. I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me before but all it took doing was clearing out the linen closet, which really doesn’t have THAT much stuff in it and there is more than enough room to fit the fabric stash in there! Now the key is to USE UP the stash, not just keep adding to it. No more fabric shopping allowed until I make a sizeable dent in it.


Thanks to the Craftstylish blog for showing me how easy it is to create elastic shirring and giving me the inspiration for these two vintage refashions this weekend.

Exhibit A:

Once upon a time this was a long sleeved dress. I bought it off ebay because it had a pussy bow neck, and I had just seen The Secretary and I was obsessed with all things pussy bow. But when I got it home I realised it looked a bit more Little House On The Prairie than hot librarian on me. To pull it off I’d have to a lot taller, a lot skinnier and be able to wear HEELS. And I’ve been looking at it guiltily ever since.

This was a bit of a freeform hack job I have to admit. But, well I figure that can be it’s charm. I took my scissors to it and then faked a rolled hem by doing a zigzag stitch about 1/2 stitch length around the raw edge. Did a bit of gathering and made a neck strap.

But it’s a breezy loose fitting material and I needed to do something to the back. The material seemed to delicate to put a casing for a thick band elastic like I did for my dress last weekend, so instead I decided to give this shirring stuff a go! Not a bad first effort, me thinks.

Exhibit B:


This originally was a long sleeve vintage shirt that I got on sale at Episode for next to nothing. I liked the material though I don’t really ever wear shirts. It was much too big anyway. Like I did with my dress last weekend I did some snipping, made a casing on the front and back this time, and used material from the sleeves to make shoulder straps to thread through.

It still looked a bit billowy when I tried it on so I took some more from under the armpits down to the waist and then I did a line of shirring at the waist line. I could have just sewed in some thin elastic I suppose by shirring just seemed easier!

I think shirring could end up being my new favourite cheat’s way to gather!

Time for a sewing post!

Dress #3: Tropical Summer Dress (Simplicity pattern 3742 ‘easy to sew’)

Summer Dress

Summer Dress

This is a summer dress I made that’s only had a couple of wears. As the pattern says – it’s easy to sew! Also had some patterns for a top in a similar style that I might do next summer. The fabric is quite thin cotton and I had some problems trying to get the thread tension right when sewing it. In the end the only way I could stop it from all scrunching up into a horrible mess was to make the stitch length really small – which meant NO UNPICKING! Quite a challenge seeing it was like my third item I ever sewed and the second one where I followed a commercial pattern all on my own.

It’s quite thin and breezy, cool and comfortable so I’ll be taking this to Europe with me, where I hope to stock up on some good belts! I really need some.

Speaking of which I will be off to London, Paris, Lisbon (with stop overs in Seoul and Madrid as well) for 3 weeks June – July so if you have any tips of places I HAVE to visit there please do drop me a line. Places to see, eat and shop!

I look forward to taking lots of photos for the blog of beautiful things people have made, grown and cooked while I am there.


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