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Tabatha’s April Challenge – Days 24 – 26

April 27, 2011

Sunday 24th April

The fact that I knew I could finish my New Look 6026 top today was key to keeping me motivated to dedicate two hours to sewing.  It actually took 2 hours 10 minutes to finish.  I like the top a lot – it’s good to have a nice vest top that isn’t made from clingy jersey fabric!  I’ll definitely be re-using this pattern.  It’s also ideal for using up small remnants for the contrast parts as I only needed 40cm in length – the red polka dot is left over from when I made Simplicity 2692 for Bo Peep (the same pattern Julia made for me for my birthday).

New Look 6026 - View B

I’m not sure what to start next – either the Colette Chantilly dress or some Simplicity 2317 pyjama bottoms.  I have the fabric and notions for both.  Decisions, decisions!

Monday 25th April

I worked for just over two hours today; I traced Simplicity 2317 pyjama bottoms in a large.  I already had traced the medium for my mother-in-law’s pyjamas, but they weren’t as roomy as I’d like.  I cut the fabric and sewed it all together, so I just have to make the casing at the top for the elastic and hem the bottoms.  I didn’t even use my sewing machine, I just serged it all together – so quick and easy!

Update:  Mr Tweedie had some things he wanted to do tonight, so I had an extra hour of sewing, during which time I finished the pyjama bottoms!  They are HUGE, because when I serged them together I ignored the seam allowance, so they’re even bigger than a large!  They are fine though and I will still wear them, but next time, I might try serging together a medium and I think that’ll be about right!

Tuesday 26th April

Today’s two sewing hours took place during Little T’s nap and after Mr T got home from work.  I traced out my next pattern – the lovely Colette Chantilly dress.  I got the main fabric cut.  It’s a vintage-style rose print cotton I picked up at the Sewing For Pleasure Show.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

I can’t believe I only have four sewing days left of my challenge!  I’m hoping to finish the Chantilly dress by the end of the month.

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