Friday, May 27, 2011

How to Sew with Sheer Fabrics - CraftStylish

How to Sew with Sheer Fabrics - CraftStylish

I added this link at about midnight last night and was much too tired to comment on it to. I get very nervous at the thought of cutting silks and other sheer fabrics so I wanted to save this very useful article for future reference. I'm sure others will find it very helpful too.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Faye's Sewing Adventure: STAY COOL - STITCH UP A DRESS...

Faye's Sewing Adventure: STAY COOL - STITCH UP A DRESS...

Faye at 'Faye's Sewing Adventure' is hosting a Summer Dress Challenge, so if anybody is interested in joining, just click on the link to find out more about it. It's fun to sew your own garments but it's much better if you can share your progress with others and as you can't always find people in your own neighbourhood to share with, it's great to be able to share with other dressmakers on the Internet. ...My next summer dress is already cut out.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Simplicity 2174 Amazing Fit dress finished.

I had my first swim in the sea today, and even though the water was rather cold, I think I can safely say that summer has begun and I now have a chance to wear the dresses I've made during the last 4 months plus one or two more that I intend to sew. Yesterday I finished another cotton dress - Simplicity 2174. I really like this pattern and I think it turned out more flattering than I expected. Here is the review of this pattern that I wrote for patternreview com. I was surprised that I was the first to review this pattern as I thought it would be a popular choice.

photo added 28th May 2011

Pattern Description: Ladies dress with individual pattern pieces fro A,B,C,D cup sizes and two different necklines and lengths

Pattern Sizing: Sizes 6-14 and 16-24. I cut a Size 16 with the C cup pattern pieces.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it looked like the drawing for View C.

Were the instructions easy to follow? As with all Amazing Fit patterns, the instructions were very detailed and easy to follow. They really help you get that perfect fit. The only thing I can't understand is why with Amazing Fit dresses they tell you to sew the facings before the zipper. It's more difficult that way to finish the top of the zipper and facings neatly.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I particularly like the sweetheart neckline, the waistline and the pockets even though I wasn't sure that I wanted pockets before I started sewing it. There's nothing I dislike about this pattern.

Fabric Used: Cotton print.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Fortunately, Simplicity Size 16 patterns fit me almost perfectly so I only had to make the waistline and hip area slightly bigger

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I would definitely recommend this pattern to others especially to those who are learning to get the right fit. I'm going to use this pattern again for another cotton dress. ( You can't have too many cotton dresses during our hot summers) I'm also thinking about making it a third time in silk but then I would have to omit the pockets and that would probably involve making the side front pattern pieces again so that would be a new challenge for me.

Conclusion: I think the pattern envelope should include pictures of all versions of this dress and not just the drawings. It's difficult for beginners to imagine what the finished dress would be like just from the drawing.

Here's a photo of my dress on a hanger - I'll try to add a photo of me wearing it later on. I think I'll make another cotton dress with this pattern using the lilac floral print pictured in one of my previous posts. 


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Our trip to Ayvalik(Αιβαλι) and Izmir(Σμυρνη) April 26-30.

Since I started writing this blog last November, I haven't been on an trips but 3 weeks ago we decided it was time to have a break and went on an organised bus trip down to Ayvalik and Izmir in Turkey. We've been twice before but our previous trips were in the middle of August so it was a chance to enjoy these places with much cooler temperatures. Of course, our trip also included visits to the Ephesus, Pergamos and Troy, but as we'd been before (apart from Troy) we didn't take any photos this time. Today I'll just post a few of my favourite photos of the trip.
View of other islands ( Moschonisia) .
The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Taxiarchis - badly in need of renovation.
An old house near the Cathedral.

Izmir Clock Tower, Konak Square.
Kemeralti Bazaar, Izmir

One of the many shoe shops at the bazaar.

Lunch time and a delcious rice pudding.