Sew Colette: Meringue Muslin

Meringue Muslin frontThis weekend I managed to sew up part of my first Meringue skirt. I wasn’t too sure about the fabric at first, but to my surprise I am really liking the look of it so far. It’s a fairly heavy fabric, so it should hold the scallops nicely.

Anyway, let’s have a look at the fit. I’m quite happy with the overall fit, although I took a bit of a gamble by cutting a straight size 2 while my hips are actually a 6. The only adjustment I made to the pattern before even cutting the fabric is a swayback adjustment of 1cm, because I had to take out that length on my sloper at first too. To be sure I put my perfectly fitted skirt sloper on top of the pattern, and it promised to work out quite well. I am going to simply finish this one without any adjustments – I will get plenty of wear out of it anyway, but for the next version I will make the following changes:

Meringue Muslin side

  • Take out 2cm total at the waist. (0.5 cm on each of the darts).
  • Add a little bit of room between my waist and my hips. It has a tendency to pucker around my belly a bit because the skirt is a little tight there and  wants to creep up.
  • Have a good look at the darts. As you can see in this side view They don’t really lie nicely at the points. I don’t know if it’s a problem with the darts, the fabric, my stitching or my pressing, but I hope to remedy it on a next version.
  • Not fit related, but I’m planning to make pockets and a waistband on the next version as well. Any interest in a tutorial on adding pockets to a basic skirt?

Speaking of tutorials, stay tuned for a tutorial on adding a lining to the Meringue skirt. I have taken practically all the pictures, so I hope to find some time to write it up before I leave for Paris on Thursday!

Sunday Inspiration

Homework for next week’s sewing class was to decide on the type of dress we’d like to make. I haven’t made a choice yet, but figured I’d share some of my inspirational images with you:


Can’t find a store for this one, through Pinterest

Sweet on Stripes dress from Modcloth

Red like Me Dress from Modcloth

WIP Update

How can a month fly by so quickly? I’ve been sewing and knitting a lot, but somehow haven’t had a chance to take any pictures to show you. (I think that the fact that I can’t find my camera’s charger anywhere might have something to do with that. Anyway, back to business.

Speaking of businesses, I am very excited that “Roses on Toast” is now officially a business. I have registered with the Dutch chamber of commerce, so I can start selling knitting (and later sewing) patterns. Right now I have at least three patterns in the works, all in differing stages of completion. The first one to be release will be the Marjorie Shawl, which you might have seen my last post. It has been tested and tech-edited; all it needs is photography, which I hope to get done this week.

WIP front I’d also like to give you a little peek at the design that is still very much a work in progress. It is a simple, fingering weight cardigan that is mainly unique because of the top-down shaping. This version is knit in Cascade Heritage Sock in colour 5645, which is a beautiful golden yellow.

Don’t yet start holding your breath for this one to come out, because as you can see I have an awful lot of knitting left to do on this one!

On a different note, a few weeks ago I started my classes towards becoming a seamstress, so expect more sewing related posts in the near future as well. So far it has been challenging (we’re going very fast and the amount of pattern drafting we have to be able to do by heart is quite daunting), but so much fun.

Burda August 2011

This coming month’s Burda Magazine looks rather promising. I’m still debating whether or not to subscribe to Burda, but for now I will just stick with buying the ones that have at least two patterns in it that I’d like to make. Let’s see which ones fit the bill for this month. (Hint? Mainly dresses)

Unsurprisingly, most of the things I llike come from the item “50s revival”, which has quite a few cute dresses. I really like this one (dress 123). It is formfitting and sexy, but not too revealing. More importantly, it seems like it would work well in a slightly thicker fabric, making it perfect for wearing in fall. The technical drawing here reveals the shawl-part of the collar in the back, which is a lovely detail to an otherwise rather simple dress. I’m not sure if I’ll make this one immediately, but it is definitely going into the queue.

Dress 125 jumps straight to the top of the list. I love the silhouette and the collar detail. If I can find the right fabric on Saturday, it will be next week’s project. I don’t think I’ll use a houndstooth, because this version feels a little “Pierrot”-like. Perhaps a polkadot (Can one ever have to many polkadots?) or other small print.

I have a not-so-secret love for ruffles (Perhaps because a well-placed ruffle can make even me appear well-endowed?). This blouse (107) fits the bill. It would look lovely tucked into a pencil skirt, don’t you think? The concealed button placket is very nice, especially because I don’t always like buttons on everything.


To end on a different note, guess what I won’t be making? This. Trousers 115 are just, well…, Frisian horse inspired? I wonder what was going through the design team’s head. “Leggings might be fashionable, but they are just. so. boring. Let’s add some RUFFLES to the bottom and make it fabulous.”

Make me a bombshell

I’ve signed up for Gertie’s perfect bombshell dress course, and am really excited to get started! I  was planning to go the fabric market this morning to get my fashion fabric, but I couldn’t get out of bed this morning. I know, I don’t have my priorities straight at all…

Anyway, I did go to Ikea for a whole roll of muslin and a little bit of some heavier weight muslin to do a first fitting of the bodice. The pattern (which is included with the course) is printed, cut and ready to go, so let’s get to muslin making!