#2018MakeNine and Olive Linen Skirt – Vogue 1247

Back in January I found Lucky Lucille and her great idea of 2018 Make Nine .

I’ve tried Make A Garment a month but that just doesn’t seem to work for me with with all the other commitments I have.

So this year I’ve decided to have a go at #2018MakeNine and have chosen a variety of sewn and knitted garments,

and they are:

  1. Vogue 1247 skirt
  2. Amy Herzog Verglass Jumper (knitted)
  3. Kwik.Sew 3740 top
  4. Amy Herzog scoop neck top (knitted)
  5. Jalie Jeans
  6. Tessuti Kate Top
  7. Susan Khalje Couture Skirt (yes I did the class this year, more to follow)
  8. Jalie 2566 Cardigan
  9. This will be a top/blouse I’m still working out which pattern

It has taken a few months but at last Vogue 1247 skirt has been finished and my first #2018Makenine garment is completed.

This skirt was started back in January and has been ready for the hem to be done for many months except life has got in the way (Susan Khalje courses and curtain making).

Back in April I attended a sewing weekend organised by the Bernina Chatswood Sewing Centre and by my very good friend Rhona at St Joseph’s Spiruality and Education Centre, Kincumber South.

So I took this opportunity to get this skirt and also a top which only needed hemming finally completed.

The linen for this skirt was purchased from Pitt Trading back in 2016 during their January Sale and I must admit 4 metres of it followed me home.  It is a funny colour as I originally thought it was taupe but it does have an olive tone to it.

I’ve ended up using the same quilting cotton for the pockets as I did for my Navy Linen skirt

One of the hardest things I found with this fabric was finding a lining to match.  Finally I gave up and used this pale coloured Sun Silky and added some cotton lace to the hem.

I wore it today to a knitting workshop to learn more about the KnitCompanion app that I use for my knitting on my iPhone and iPad and here is Tomba very happy to see me home determined to get my attention with “fox” his stuffed toy.

I still really like this pattern and can see more appearing in my wardrobe but first I need to get some other garments finished.

So my first garment for #2018MakeNine is completed.

2018 Stash Out: 3.1 m
2018 Stash In: 0 m

Navy linen skirt – Vogue 1247

As promised back here, here is the navy linen skirt that is part of my “Starting from Scratch Wardrobe”.

This skirt was cut out, along with the shirtmaker and cardigan for the sewing weekend I attended back in May.  Both the shirtmaker and the skirt are from a gorgeous slate blue linen purchased from Tessuti in 2013.

One of the things I like to look out for during craft shows are fat quarters that can be used for pockets and this one was perfect for this skirt.

I did manage to get the skirt sewn up to hemming during the sewing weekend, and it has been hanging around for a few months now waiting to be finished.

Oops I forgot to pull my top down!

The skirt is lined as well as using the twill tape for the waistband.

This is the third time I have used this pattern, the others are here and here and I imagine there will be a few more as it doesn’t take too much fabric and the pattern pieces easily fit on those odd scraps left over from other garments.

2014 Stash Out: 30.95 m
2014 Stash In: 48.75 m

Rachel Comey Top

This is the top from the Vogue 1247 Rachel Comey pattern that includes the skirt pattern that I made the burnt orange linen skirt from and thought that some navy chiffon with off white spots that was in the stash would work well with.

My very good friend Sandra (Dilliander on Pattern Review) had already made up this top twice and had taken a lot of excess fabric out of the pattern, and seeing we are similar in size (definitely not height)  I borrowed her adjustments and made them to my pattern as follows:

  • Square shoulder adjustment
  • Shortened front horizontal dart by 1.5cm
  • Reduced the circumference by 3cm
  • Added some gentle shaping to the side seams.
  • Raised the front neckline by 1cm taking it back to the original neckline by the shoulder seam.
  • and then my standard 1cm gaposis in the front neckline.

I then proceeded to suffer paralysis on cutting the fabric and remembered that Lena Merrin from The Sewing Space had posted on Pattern Review and also on her blog a tip about using Gelatin to tame the chiffon and luckily there was some in the pantry.

Once the fabric air dried it was like silk organza and was much nicer to handle.

I also remembered seeing a very detailed review by JenleeC on Pattern Review and followed her tips on stay stitching the various pieces to stop them from stretching out.

French seams are used throughout and one of my sewing buddies also suggested that I topstitch them down as she knew that they would annoy me otherwise.

Now for the finished top

I’ve still got 3.5 metres of this chiffon fabric left and last Saturday at The Remnant Warehouse I saw a very cute peplum top in very similar fabric, now that could be interesting!

Stash Out:  23.25 m
Stash In:     19.8 m

Summer sewing

I’ve really enjoyed wearing my Rachel Comey brown denim skirt during winter and thought this wonderful burnt orange linen, purchased from Tessuti, would make a perfect summer skirt.

This time I used the same fabric for the pockets as I was concerned about show through. 

I lined it with Sun Silky and this was the best colour match that I could find and also tried out my rolled hem foot for the lining hem. 

and the back view

and someone managed to be in most of my photos!

There is a new top to go with this skirt on the sewing table so fingers crossed I will be back soon.

Stash Out:  21.65 m
Stash In:     16.3 m

Rachel Comey Skirt – V1247

This is another pattern that has been extensively reviewed at Pattern Review for both the top and the skirt and I have fallen in love with the simplicity of the skirt with its interesting pockets.

I have used a chocolate brown denim that I purchased from Kerryn’s Fabric World in March 2012 and made the following changes to the pattern:

  • added 15 cm (6″) to the length as this skirt is very short
  • checked that the hip/waist shape was the same as my self drafted skirt
  • since this was stretch denim, I took 0.5cm (1/8″) extra in at the waist.
This skirt is very quick to make, well with my limited time anyway, it was less than a week from when I cut it out to when it was completed, although I didn’t add the bias binding to the seams as I was lining this skirt.
Lining and twill tape waistband.
Invisible zip and seam matching
Quilting cotton for the pocket lining.

The pockets are wonderful, they don’t gape and it is so easy to slide your hands into them.

This skirt is my for my Everyday Collection of my SWAP and is my 7th piece.

For those interested, I have added some additional photos for my lace top.
Stash Out:  7.45m
Stash In:  0