Astoria No 5

Well, in my defence I had to make the most of this lovely fabric πŸ™‚ But yes, it is number five! See here, here and here for earlier ones, and if you must here! I did consider the Seamworks Wembly Cardigan (and therefore ticking off a March Seamworks project too), but it seemed too similar to my Oslo in it, so an Astoria it was.


Because I knew the pattern so well, I did try something new here though. Using Jane of homemadebyjane’s fame, I threaded some green thread in the very far left spool. Noting Chris of saidanddone’s advice on cleaning up and tightening this very same spool I also solved my gap-y issues from my Oslo. Result: success on both scores! I’m so pleased with the finish of this, it looks super Bprofessional. Thank you both πŸ™‚ Indeed, another Mum up at the school gates couldn’t believe I’d made it πŸ™‚ I’m actually thinking of returning to my Oslo to see if I can redo the sleeves without them becoming too short…

Pattern: Seamworks Astoria

Size: M

Adjustments: Added two inches to body (much though I love wearing my others with my high waisted jeans, I wanted this be to be a little more wearable with skirts)

Soundtrack: Lordes Pure Heroine

Jacket Time: decisions, decisions…

After avoiding anything difficult since the jeans fiasco, it’s time to make a start on jackets πŸ™‚ I already have several patterns that have come free over the years, but I’m struggling to decide which one to start with first so I thought I’d moot it with you lovely readers…

The first two are by far my favourites. I’m easily swayed by the cover images, although I’m slowly Β getting better at spotting the potential in more unassuming ones. The first one by Simplicity made up in a lace or eyelet fabric is beautiful and totally what I’d be drawn to in the shops. I love the floral illustration in the second New Look one (top right on envelope cover): the Summery, light-weight nature and flattering peplum style of this could be my version of all those lovely, floaty kimonos everyone was wearing last year (but far too loose a style for me in the original form, much though I admired them on everyone else). However both of these look a little more advanced for now, but maybe once I’ve got a couple of attempts at the second lot under my belt?

The images in the second group are all quite similar, although the Cynthia Rowley one possibly looks a little too boxy for my shape. So I’m thinking that it’s going to be either the New Look one, with flattering princess-style seams in the slightly longer version or Simple Sew’s Notch Collar Jacket which has flattering darts at the bust and pretty pockets. I have two lots of lovely tweed/ wool fabric (in navy blue of course) to use for these, but which one first?

If any of you have sewn up any of these styles, it would great if you could leave a link in the comments below to help me make my mind up. Any thoughts or suggestions from more seasoned jacket-makers?





Does sewing sometimes just leave you feeling plain stupid?

So, am I the only one who sometimes just feels plain stupid trying to learn a new skill?

This is my second attempt at Seamwork’s Akita top. I was really pleased that I had this much lighter fabric in my stash as much though I loved the colour and print of my previous one, it left me feeling a little bit ‘boxy’. I don’t have all that much experience of sewing with flimsier fabrics, but this was actually really straightforward right up until the bias binding… Armed with a book I received last October as a birthday present (but which mostly features Spring/Summer wear, hence I haven’t used it so far), I attempted this technique at preparing bias binding…

But dear God, this made no sense to me at all! I think the idea is that you do it in a square so that when you cut it, it forms a long, continuous strip as you snake your way down… But I’m using the word ‘think’, as I simply couldn’t do this at all! The first time, to be honest I didn’t measure my two squares exactly, so a little frustrated I discarded these pieces (luckily I had plenty of leftovers), and started again, this time measuring carefully. But I still couldn’t get my triangles to match up as in the illustration, grrr…. I even left it a couple of hours before returning with fresh eyes, but nope, this was totally beyond me!

Annoyed by now (and left just feeling plain stupid) I resorted back to cutting simple, long strips. Even this wasn’t easy though as the fabric was so flimsy, it proved really difficult and fiddly feeding it through my new bias binding gadget. I think possibly I need one in a wider width for this kind of fabric which doesn’t hold the creases as easily? I vowed I wouldn’t be doing this again with such fabric, but actually on reflection, the finish looks so neat that, much though I hate to say it, it was probably worth the pain…

For me, this style works much better in a lighter-weight fabric (and tucked in). I’m really pleased with this, as not only does it go perfectly with my old, faithful BHL Charlotte skirt, as seen in these images, it looks like it will need to go nowhere near an iron either πŸ™‚

Again, I failed miserably at completing this in the approximated time, but only because of the darn, bias binding! Grrr…

Pattern: Seamworks Akita Top


Adjustments: none

Soundtrack: Birdy Birdy