When I think of autumn sewing, I think of practical and function pieces of clothing that I will wear throughout the cold season. These items range from tee shirts, pinafores, skirts, jumpers and other items I can layer up. I may not have sewed up a range of these items this month but I plan to do so in the subsequent months.
Here is a video from my youtube channel It is Josie where I documented what I sewed up in the month.
Itch to stitch Idyllwild top pattern
I made a t-shirt for myself using the Itch to Stich, Idyllwild top and dress pattern which I hacked into a boat neck one. I achieved this by raising the neckline which in turn reduced the curve. I also omitted the neckband and instead folded it over which I finished up with a coverstitch machine.
Jalie 3669 Nico Raglan Tee Pattern
The Jalie 3669 Nico Raglan Tee pattern was used to make four T-shirts for my family. This pattern comes in 27 sizes for both boys and men. However, I made one for my daughter using the curved hem variation. This pattern also has three sleeves variations: short, three quarter and long ones making it perfect for all year round sewing.
October has been a productive month in terms of sewing. And I am hoping to be more productive as we come to the end of the year. I am currently working on a coat this month which is a first for me but quite exciting too. I hope to share with you more of my Autumn sewing at the end of the month. Until next time…
Our 10th wedding anniversary was fast approaching and I thought of making a beautiful dress to wear to dinner at our anniversary mini-moon. I remember passing by my local fabric store and I had some time to spare which led me to the pattern books. I passed through quite many of them but the Burda 6829 stood out for me and I knew it was the one.
Burda 6829 is a multi-sized dress pattern that goes from size 8 up to size 18. And it comes in two options A and B of which the only difference between the two is the length from the waist to the hem. Option B is 3 inches or 8 cms longer than option A.
This Pattern is fitted dress with waist gathers on one side which makes it rather flattering. It is recommended for a 4-way stretch fabric which makes fitting it much easier compared to woven fabrics.
From the pattern sizing recommendations, I was meant to make
size 36 /10 whoever when I read recommendations from others who had sewed up
this dress, they all seemed to recommend sizing down to the next size. I cut up
the smallest size (size 34/8) and it was my perfect size. And I also went for option B which slightly
longer as I found it more appealing.
The instructions were easy to follow and It comes together
quite fast as it is with most knit fabrics if you are able to sew it up with an
overlocking machine /serger.
The interfacing used for the neckline seemed to have been of concern of most people who had sewed up this dress as it kept popping out since it was not anchored anywhere inside the dress. So I decided to omit it and instead folded the neckline over once and sewed it down using my coverstitch machine.
I used this gorgeous knit velvet fabric in wine from Minerva Crafts which sewed up really well. And it also washed very well, however, extra care was taken while ironing it (I guess it is the case with most velvets) as it almost melted on me before I had lowered heat of my iron.
I made a sway back adjustment on the pattern piece.
I omitted the neckline interfacing.
The dress came out really well and it honestly exceeded my
expectations and of course the hubby’s too.
I was really chuffed about it. I can confidently say that this is the
most fluttering and smartest dress I have ever made in my less than 2 years of
I Plan to sew up this pattern again and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a smart occasion dress to wear.
Josephine is an entrepreneur, blogger, public health professional who loves sewing, baking and is passionate about a healthy and natural lifestyle.