Sew Over It Work to Weekend Camille Trousers: refashion

Sew Over It Camille Trousers

It was years ago that I made the Camille jumpsuit from the Sew Over It My Capsule Wardrobe Work to Weekend ebook. I posted about this in 2019 but had made it pretty much as soon as the book came out in 2018. I have never worn it though. This amount of navy crepe is too much all in one go on me at 5ft, the waist is too tight and I don't like how the bodice feels to wear - which is mainly down to my preference rather than the pattern. So, with my current aim of refashioning for better wear, I decided to sacrifice the top for a wearable pair of trousers.
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Vintage Fairy Lights Socks

When I bought the yarn for my Madewell cardigan, I slipped in a skein of Gingerbread Martini, just because it was pretty. It is a limited edition yarn, and sometimes makes an appearance at Christmastime in Birdstreet Yarns. I love the yarn, the colour, and these socks! I have made a pair of Vintage Fairy Lights socks before, but gifted them before taking photos. They have a nice combination of interesting pattern, and easy to remember/knit repetition....I have a feeling this won't be my last pair as they fit so well.

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Joji Locatelli Madewell cardigan

Really feeling the autumnal vibes! Like I said in my last post, I love a bit of layering and a hand knit cardigan was conspicuous in its absence, considering how much I love to knit! I had recently succumbed to a scant sweater quantity of yarn that was just right for autumn/winter wear, and eventually found the Madewell cardigan as my pattern - something with few details and built more for comfort than intricate details, and crucially, in 4ply/fingering weight!

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True Bias Rio T-Shirt dress

In the autumn and winter I live in layers and love a t-shirt dress over tights. One of my regular 'on repeat' makes is my Sew Over It Molly dress, (after I altered the sleeves), so having something similar to mix it up a bit would be nice. I thought the Rio Ringer pattern from True Bias might be a good bet, and would be interested in making more in the dress and t-shirt top version as well. It was and the fabric choice was a great match for having that comfy, cosy it was only a very little over a metre which is a win in my book!

True Bias Rio Ringer t-shirt dress

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Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater(s)

Sew House Seven Toaster sweater version 2 review

The Toaster sweater was incredibly popular a few years ago and it's always been on my radar for a long time, but I never ended up going for it until now, sneaking it in to my Lamazi Fabrics shopping basket along with these fabrics. There are two versions in the pattern; one with a turtleneck and the other more similar to a funnel neck. I had hoped to make one of each but ended up making version 2 both times because I didn't have enough of the fabric I intended for version 1, and really wanted the stripy fabric for version 2. A few small pattern adaptations later and I've got two brilliant sweaters for winter.

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Home furnishings: table runner and cushions from a duvet set

Home furnishings: make a table runner and cushions from a duvet set

Those of you who watch the Knitting and Sewing podcasts over on my YouTube channel will know that I bought a duvet set from B&M stores with the intention of using it for living room furnishings. I had a particular idea in my mind of a leaf printed table runner and sofa cushions which I couldn't find in the shops. What I did find instead was a double duvet set which did match my idea. Looking at it as a set of fabrics, I could see over 2m square of leaf print and co-ordinating plain, matching piping and two rectangular pillowcases which only needed a small amount of work to become squares. All for £18, so decided to use this instead.

Home furnishings: table runner and cushions from a duvet set

I started with turning the pillowcases into sofa cushions. I buy my cushion pads from amazon and found a pair that matched the width of the cases for about £11. I was aiming for a 18" square and used the pattern that I was given in my first ever dressmaking class to create an envelope cushion (there's a link to the pdf and some videos on her site here). It wasn't as simple as chopping off surplus length to go from rectangle to square because I wanted to use the piping. What I did instead was separate out all the layers - print, piping and plain. Then I used these as pattern pieces. Also, not simple. everything was overlocked together and stitched in multiple layers, so once I had made it through one set of stitches, I found more. I had to use a stitch ripper instead of simply cutting through because I was trying to preserve the piping which was sparsely applied. Some time later, longer than I anticipated, I did have the pieces I wanted and could whizz it all through the machine.

Home furnishings: make a table runner and cushions from a duvet set

Then I moved on to the runner. I braced myself for the stitch ripping and went about separating out the layers. In theory once this was achieved, all I was doing was stitching two long rectangles together with piping. In the store I had assumed 2m would be long enough. I had forgotten to account for the ends which hang down, so 2m was't enough. Instead of pattern matching pieces, I made the ends as contrast panels, reversible. It is accidental in design but I quite like the feature. It also means that I have 2 different looks available because I can just flip the runner over. I did also have to join together piping fabric so that would be long enough as well. Again, the final stages of sewing together should have been simple but the piping casing was meanly cut and I didn't always catch it in the seams despite the use of a million pins. It took a few times of turning through to the right side, seeing the piping was loose in parts, unpicking and restitching until it was presentable.

Home furnishings: make a table runner and cushions from a duvet set

I also have enough fabric left over to make a set of quilted placemats...but for those I think I'll miss out the piping!!!

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