Monday, 5 February 2018

Out With the Old. In with the New (Look 6471).

Okay, so maybe it's a wee bit late for the end of November deadline for the Sewcialists' TNT Month  (only 3 months but hey, who's counting?) but I was almost finished at the time and considering my recent sewing output that was a major achievement. November I was up to my eyeballs in work as we were winding down towards year-end and it has not let up since, maybe even got worse, not ideal for sewing or for taking photos. This top has been finished since the start of December but unblogged as I never managed to get any dodgy phone pics until now so thanks to a grumbly Sprogzilla.


So this is my second version of the NL6471. This time with long sleeves and in some sort of crinkly poly fabric that I bought from Fenwick's in Newcastle a few years ago. They weren't obvious at the time but there are a few printing faults in this fabric so I am not best pleased. This is one of those rare occasions when I actually paid full-price for a fabric as it has a lovely vintage feel to the print. It is busy though, a bit like wearing your Nan's curtains. 


Currently, my wardrobe is desperately short of things that feel comfy and look smart-ish for work. This year I am going to try to live up to the "dress for the job you want" mantra. Being a bit of a bag lady most of the time I could do with scrubbing up a bit now that I am supposed to be a responsible adult. Still not really sure that the top lives up to its legend. After seeing photos of me in it, it is probably the least flattering thing that I own. The fabric hangs weirdly off my not inconsiderable bust and it just makes me look HUGE (not mentioning the 10lbs of Christmas-related chub at all). If I didn't love the sleeves and the fact that it goes so well with my necklace I might have consigned this to the charity shop pile but it has a reprieve for now.


Definitely something more drapey for version 3 (that is already cut out in something suitable that I have had in my deep stash for about 15 years!!). I have had this necklace for about a decade and think it was from Monsoon but can't remember exactly. It's only been worn it once since I bought it but it's quite a good match for the fabric and the style.


So to round up this top is a very simple sew although this fabric was a challenge. It was quite shifty when I was cutting out and I hand-basted everything before sewing it on the machine.  The neckline was a bit of a struggle this time around. I ended up ripping it out 3 times and finally lowered the neckline by about 1.5 inches on this version but this was the only additional change that I made (see this post for the others). Looking at the pics I could do with a slight sway-back adjustment but that would be easy with the centre back seam. It isn't rippled in real life.


If you are wondering why all the photos have my head cut off then behold the horror that is me after a 10-hour shift in the office. Half a head but that is all you are getting since I was a make-up free zone and looked like I was going to cry. It was bloody cold today so I layered it up with a black silk cami and a velvet swing jacket from Biba. Swing jackets and big boobs are not best friends I think but this jacket is nice and has a big bow detail on the back collar.

Anyway, to recap I really enjoyed taking part in the TNT Month Challenge and have something on the cards to use up some more stash for the current "Sew Stripes" one. Challenges are great as they make me do stuff. I might not be sewing fast but I have got my mojo back, which is fabulous. I am now even contemplating the Sticher's Guild SWAP 2018 after seeing the rules on a post by The Demented Fairy and have started embellishing my RTW item. Thanks to everyone at the Sewcialists for the MoR reboot!

So are you sewing any challenges or making anything? Or completely side-tracked by life or work? 
Do tell!
Take care until next time.
K xx

18 comments:

  1. Your top is beautifully made, I love it.
    I also think the necklace is fab.
    You may have chopped off your head but you have lovely hair, which is still visible! xxx

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    1. Thanks Sally. That is really kind of you. I do love that necklace.I honestly don't know why I have never really worn it. I do absolutely nothing with my hair at all except for wash it and fling the occasional box of henna at it. It was really thin from over during it black so the ginger is giving it a rest. :) Xx

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  2. Your top looks great! I love the colours, and the necklace goes so well. Yes I agree, your hair is lovely!

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    1. Thanks Linda. It felt nice on although there are a few changes that I will make in Number 3. I suppose that is the beauty of a TNT pattern. You get to refine it every time you remake it. Thank you. I cut and dye it myself as I have had too many horror cuts from the hairdresser. :) Xx

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  3. Hi Kelly!

    Lovely to see your post and the fabric is lovely! I love the print; it does look like vintage material and the necklace goes beautifully with it. I also loved your velvet Biba swing jacket.

    Sorry to hear how busy you've been at work but glad to hear you have got your sewing mojo back.

    Why do kids seem to resent being asked to take photos of other people? The only one of mine who doesn't seem to mind is the youngest grandchild...

    Stay warm it's bloody freezing out there!
    xxxxx

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    1. Thanks Veronica. I don't know why they do. Trying to get Sprogzilla away from her computer is like trying to get blood out of a stone. She is doing Photography A-level so you think that she would jump at the chance to take some pics. She is too old to bribe or cajole now. :)
      Isn't it baltic? The house I am renting is soon cold. I have the heating on 24/7 but it never warms up. I can't wait to move and/or for the better weather to come. Xx

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  4. I love those colours on you! I don't at all see what you mean about it being tent-like or unflattering... I think it looks great! Definitely keep wearing it! <3

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    1. Thanks Gillian, it is growing on me and at least I can eat all the biscuits at work in it. :) I do like the fabric and think that I have finally found a TNT pattern for work wear. Can't thank you enough for organising the challenge. Xx

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  5. That top is gorgeous, the fabric is beautiful, the back fastening is ace and the sleeves are to die for. You are so clever. The Biba cropped jacket is perfect over the top, too.
    As a big fan of voluminous 1970s blouses I don't think it looks unflattering at all. My trick to add a bit more definition is to wear a pendant that hangs to the waist, it miraculously lengthens the torso.
    Hope a 10 hour day isn't the norm for you, that's no fun at all. xxx

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    1. Thanks, Vix. I will take you up on the pendant thing. I have some fab, "bastard massive" 1970's ones at home somewhere. Next time I am up I will bring them down. Work would be fine with a bit of vintage. Sadly, I have to say that long days are the norm at the moment but I left at 5pm tonight so that I can put a zip in a new skirt so I am still managing to get some stuff sewn up. The light nights are making me feel less like hibernating when I get home. Xx

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  6. Dress for the job you want is fine, but I don't have nearly enough 60s supervillain clothing in my wardrobe...

    10-hour days sound truly sucky. I hope things ease up and you're aboe to have more time to yoursef soon. (Do you have much of a commute on top?)

    I'M GETTING A SEWING MACHINE! So I will probably bore the arse off you with projects at some point, but my first makes will probably be pyjama bottoms and cushions and boring things like that. Are there any sewing/vintage sewing blogs you'd recommend?

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    1. Hi Mim, that made me smile. I think that you would be fab as a super villain. Villains had all the best clothes. I only have a 10-15 minute drive now so it is great but work is quite full on at the moment. I do enjoy it but am wiped out by the weekends plus I take stuff home sometimes so am not getting as much done as I would like. I was so excited to see that you are getting a sewing machine. As for vintage sewing I think that "Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing" was great so check out the older posts. Since she has her own pattern line, etc. it has changed to more of a sales pitch (IMHO no flames please) which made me quite sad. I still bought two of her books though. "Lilacs and Lace" makes the most beautiful vintage clothes as does "Mrs Hughes". Great dresses, "Male Pattern Boldness" is one of my favourites. So much info on Peter's blog about sewing, especially shirts/vintage sewing. Dig deep into the oldest posts and read about his sewing journey. Fantastic and educational (and what he sews for his beautiful "cousin", Cathy!!). Curvy Sewing Collective does what it says on the tin. Lots of good reviews and tips for altering patterns. There is the Crafty Pin Up, who also has a vlog. I also really like "Did You Make That?" and you might like "Oobop". She also sews lovely things. Finally, you really need to join the Sewcialists. They have a blog accumulator and you can read TONS of great sewing blogs there. Plus they are on IG and Facebook. Really nice community. I have probably forgotten loads of great blogs but will keep you posted. If you need a hand with anything you can just drop me a line too. I will keep an eye out for vintage patterns for you now. Xx

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    2. I would add to keep a look out in charity shops for vintage patterns. I have a friend who is a demon charity shop shopper and she gets me some absolute wonders!

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    3. Got to agree. Charity shops are fantastic for patterns and fabric. :) Xx

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  7. I think you're being harsh on yourself and the top.
    My first thought was that it's really pretty fabric and that the style and colours really suit you. And, at the risk of being incredibly un PC, (but I think of us as friends), it's also very flattering. Us girls with b@@bs can risk looking incredibly blocky if we're not careful (this is the voice of experience) but I think this is super feminine, with a lovely drape, and smart for work.

    I'd make some more if I were you! xx

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    1. Hi Evie, thank you so much for the lovely comment. Do you know I was never brought up to think of flattering as"slimming", just a word that meant that you really suited something. I guess that I am in a minority these days. I know what you mean about blocky, I have some things that make me look like a weird tube with lumps. Not a good look. I will make some more as it is nice to have a pattern that is just ready to sew up when the mood takes you. I think of you as a friend too (that made my day) :) Xx

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  8. It looks very nice! I think that the fabric works very well for the style of garment, and its a lovely colour.

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  9. Thank you so much, LGS for your lovely comment. The fabric is nice but it was hard to cut and sew up as it shifted around. so much Lots of hand-basting required to tame it. Still it is non-iron so that is a bonus. :) Xx

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