This make is still very much in the theme of ‘Summer Sewing’ as I made them to take on our family holiday. Even in the heat, I don’t want to wear dresses or shorts everyday. I wanted lightweight breathable casual trousers with pockets and preferably cuffed ankles, along the lines of the SOI Carrie Trousers but without needing to buy their online trouser course just to get that pattern. After some searching, I found Simplicity 1887.
These trousers have some nice features – whilst the waistband is elasticated, they have a flat central panel which is way more flattering. Plus there are several variations in terms of length – including the option to make shorts – a pretty waist tie and a very simple skirt pattern all in the same envelope.
Be warned : there is a spectacular amount of ease in this pattern! When I’m reunited with my sewing machine I may yet alter these again but for now they’re still getting plenty of wear. I made View A, with the elasticated cuffs in a lovely soft and reasonably opaque viscose.
Hello! Well, #sewtogetherforsummer has ended for this year; the winners notified and the prizes distributed but, curiously, I still wanted to make another Shirtdress! This time for my Pixie Princess – let’s face it, she’d heard me harp on enough about shirtdresses over the last few months she was bound to want one too!
So I made her New Look 6884 in a ‘Cherry Crimson’ Art Gallery Fabrics chambray (which comes in a gorgeous palette of colourways) as part of this months’ Minerva Crafts Blogger Network (see HERE). This is a great girl’s Shirtdress pattern with lots of options including a soft collar, a ruffle hem band and several sleeves. Whilst I like doing buttonholes, I decided to use the Prym range of plastic ‘Love’ snaps, which I thought added a fun and practical touch instead of the traditional button down front. You can read my post for Minerva which gives links to all the products and tools I used, from the pattern and fabric to the pliers and snaps HERE.
// How to Insert Prym ‘Love’ Snaps //
But I thought I’d talk about how to insert the snaps themselves in more detail here – aSnapChat if you will ;-) as I’d been a little unsure how to use them at first but, like most things, they’re incredibly simply once you know how! This little tutorial is a collaborative effort – I’ll supply the ‘how’ – you get to insert the smutty jokes and euphemisms! Ok?!
I’ve had my Prym Pliers set (above) in my sewing kit for an age. Although it comes with a gazillion gadgets it doesn’t actually come with the specific ‘heads’ you need to use for the plastic snaps, so I bought the extra kit for a few quid (left pic). However, you can now get just a set of the pliers with the right heads in a special ‘Love’ kit (right pic):
The snaps themselves come in a range of colours and a variety of shapes; I used the red assortment ‘circle’ pack.
I definitely recommend practicing on a scrap piece of fabric first! Preferably the same thickness of fabric you’ll be using in your project.
There’s a ‘female’ and ‘male’ under segment to each snap, which the fabric gets sandwiched between. They look like the pic below when they’re paired with the top shape (the bit with the long prong):
So, firstly, put your attachments into your plier; the top is a clear silicone piece with a small hole running through its centre. The bottom is a white plate that holds the snap head.
Next put one of the top snaps (the one with the prong) onto the white plate…
…and put it through your marked hole (I describe how I lined up and marked the snap holes on the dress itself on the dress blog post HERE).
Then place the ‘female’ part of the snap over the protruding prong (insert your own smutty joke here ;-))
Then the fun bit … SQUEEZE!!! What the plier effectively does is squeeze the two components parts of the snap together, securely sandwiching the fabric between. What it also does, essentially, is squish down and flatten that now defunct extra prong length. The snaps won’t, err, snap closed together without this.
Repeat the whole process for the corresponding underside snap. Remember, if you’ve used the ‘female’ snaps on top, you’ll need the ‘male’ ones underneath. Use your own euphemism here to help you remember!
Really simple huh?! I hope I’ve explained it clearly enough; let me know! (If you’re tempted to have a go, as I say, links for everything can be found here). I now want to add snaps to allthethings! If you see me with a pair of pliers in my hand, unless you want to be snapped, probably better to keep your distance for a while!
Until next time, I’ll be sewing up a pile of viscose for my holiday suitcase!
My second make for the Minerva Craft Blogger Network is now up! You can read about my adventure sewing up Simplicity 8213, the ‘Project Runway’ dress (a pattern specifically designed for scuba) here. I’d love to know what you think; it was my second time sewing with scuba but the first time ever to attempt putting an invisible zip into a lined bodice!
(You can read about my first make with Scuba here).
And now I’m off to pre-wash some lovely new fabrics that have just arrived. I’ve got two very different projects coming up here soon…but perhaps I’ll just sneak in another cup of coffee ☕️ first!