Thursday, December 29, 2011
We are going in the last week of March, coming back in the third week of April - so the weather is a bit unpredictable. The travel wardrobe I took this March to Belgium / France / London worked really well, although I hardly wore my coat at all.
But... what's a holiday without themed sewing in the lead up?
So we are in the middle of working out where those points may be, researching fabric districts, and of course thinking of said tripfits! I'm contemplating a black / blue / green theme. So far I've made a dress / pinafore from Simplicity retro 3673 in self-striped bengaline
A day bag from Butterick 5273 with the leftover bengaline, with an embroidered motif of a sweet graveyard, tree and owl (from Emblibrary.com)
Oh, and did I mention that I caught the fever and got my own Singer Featherweight? It's a 221K rather than the 222K - the difference being that this one doesn't have the free arm.
It's so lovely to sew on!
Next things to attempt - shrugs, a cape, shirred or faux wrap skirt, and a couple of knit dresses...
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Style 2323, made from the same lace print knit fabric Moggy used to make this frock.
I made view 1. I didn't put in the pockets. The pattern is for wovens and knits, hence it is extremely tent like before the waist elastic goes in. I still might take the bodice area sides in, as it takes a bit of fiddling to get it to sit nicely up top due to the low armholes and extra fabric.
A very straightforward pattern.
Bit obsessed with elastic-waist knit frocks lately, in case you'd not noticed.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
This morning I made 2 reversible pursibles, for Christmas presents for work colleagues:
Excitingly made up on one of my new Featherweight 222Ks!
Umm, one of, yes. I recently developed a bit of an obsession with these tiny machines after seeing one in a pawn shop (not for sale sadly). I bought one on eBay and then two more came up at the auction house near where I live. I put in low absentee bids on both for a laugh, and was unexpectedly successful on one of them and now I have two almost identical machines. Oops.
They do sew beautifully. Such fun, and so little! Here's one next to my regular sized Singer 348:
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Yup, made another one.
Snake print ITY knit from fabric.com, bought when it was on clearance a few months back.
No pockets this time.
I forgot to mention, this dress is quite short as drafted, so if you don't want to show your knees, you will have to add length. I sewed the teensiest hem ever on this.
Here's a slightly clearer pic on Betty:
I made a narrow sash for this one as well, as you can see.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Latest sewing: A shirred cotton frock for a 4 year old friend and McCalls 6069, in a poly knit from Spotlight.
No pattern for the shirred frock, just a large rectangle with 12 lines of shirring and 4 straps, one seam down the back, hem top and bottom and done.
The fabric is a quilting cotton (the design is called floragraphix III.) I didn't notice I had shirred the wrong end until I had done all 12 rows, so the swallows are flying upside down. Sigh. I couldn't bring myself to waste all that shirring elastic by unpicking and starting again. I'm trying to decide if I point it out to the young one's mother or keep quiet and see if they notice. Maybe I can claim it is to make the design more abstract. We'll see.
The McCalls dress has several reviews on Patternreview.com.
Like some other sewists, I used the square neck front bodice for the back, because I didn't fancy a cowl back on this. I rounded off the back neckline as you can see in the photo.
Some reviewers also noted that the skirt seemed quite tight, which wasn't a look I wanted in an elastic waisted frock, so I added a few centimetres width to the skirt. I did the side seam pockets too, but I think I'd leave them out if I made this again, they don't sit neatly in this drapey fabric and give a bit of a harem skirt look around the hips. If I don't end up liking the pockets after wearing, I might sew up the sides and take the pockets off, easy enough to do. Shame, as I love pockets in a frock. I made a thin self-fabric tie belt too, although it's barely visible on the busy print.
Here are the pics:
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
We both bought some poly (I think) knit with a lace print from Spotlight ($5/m knits MUST be bought you know) and also McCall's 6308 - one of their Easy Stitch 'n Save patterns (Clegs was having a half price sale, so we got 'em for $4).
This looks a bit similar to the Out Of Print McCall's 6070, but with a different back and the midriff band doesn't go all the way around.
So, they seemed like a great match. Today is Melbourne Cup Day, so Melbourne gets a public holiday (for a horse race... hey, don't look a gift horse in the mouth!). So I sewed her up today.
I made a few minor changes - added 3cm to the front band to make it more like a midriff band (an added the same to the back of course) and 10cm to the bottom. It was a very quick - under two hours. It would have been even quicker, apart from having to rethread the overlocker from coverstitch to overlocking to rolled hem back to overlocking... phew! I coverstitched the neck instead of using the suggested neck binding.
I also changed the back neckline from a v back to a shallow scoop - it ended up a bit raised, which is a nice effect:
It ended up a little low in the neckline, so I've tacked it closed so it's decent for work...
Monday, October 24, 2011
I made it out of some lovely shot orange/red bengaline I bought at Remnant Warehouse last time I was in Sydney with Kitty. It's the same fabric as New Look 6000 in pink (which I now realise I didn't blog - here she is:
I've also got some in sky blue - I still need to decide what dress to make out of it.
One thing I keep trying to get to stick in my head is that Bengaline stretches across the grain (almost 50% I reckon) and not at all down the length - so it's important to remember to check the stretch.
Anyway, back to 6067...
For some reason in the first picture she looks like she has Tyrannosaurus Rex arms - she doesn't really, honest!
Here's the detail of the bodice.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
I found this splodgy voile at Spotlight, and decided it wanted to be a peasant blouse. The pattern is a frock with a midriff, but I just traced the top and extended it straight down. No need for a zip. I cut self fabric bias to make casings for the sleeves and neckline. I'm a convert to cutting my own bias, when I have enough fabric.
I shirred the waist for a bit of shape.
I recently made 2 skirts out of frock remnants. Both are double- knittish fabrics. The slimmer skirt is the Burda wool skirt pattern again, with heaps cut off the pattern because the pattern runs big. The flared skirt is New Look 6977, view C, but I added side seam pockets. I managed to sew a twist in the waistband of the flared skirt, which you may be able to see in the (blurry, sorry!) photo. Rather than unpick overlocking, I'm calling it a design feature, as you do.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
A fairly literal interpretation, I admit. I doubt the original was meant to be made in comfy cotton elastane though (think thick leggings or yoga pants material). The ribbon ripples like that when I move, but looks worse in the photos than in real life I think (hope).
Saturday, October 08, 2011
I've had this Alexander Henry Midnight Pastoral toile sitting in the sewing room for a few months and had always thought that something sweet and feminine would be a lovely contrast with the print (which, until you look at it closely, is also sweet. I just can't resist skeletons it seems). I've got some of the blue as well, but for this one I was all for the etchiness.
I made one small change - I decided to put some pintucks in the front. Unsurprisingly, I did this the easy way - pintuck the fabric, then cut the pattern. I measure the first one and did the rest by eye.
I might add some buttons (sans buttonholes) - I've sewn the placket down for now, and will wear it with a brooch like I do with Francoise.
As you can see, Spring is springing all over...
Monday, October 03, 2011
I also recently finished knitting another moderne baby blanket, with an i-cord border this time, and less wonkiness!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I'm pleased with the result:
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
I wanted to make some trousers for work, out of some inky blue bengaline I recently bought. I'd heard good things about Style Arc's Linda pant, so I ordered the pattern. It was a nice surprise to find out that you get a free pattern with your order, and August's free pattern was the Ollie Tunic.
This stripey knit is from Pitt Trading (not sure of the fibre content, but feels like a cotton/poly blend maybe?) and I thought it would work nicely for the Ollie Tunic as there are no darts to interrupt the stripes.
I lengthened it to dress length, shaped the waist a little more and widened the neckline a smidge, although I was hoping for more of a boat neck effect.
Still, a very quick and easy sew!
I will eventually get to the Linda pants, but frocks are so much more fun.
Sunday, September 04, 2011
I am wearing this sparkly frock a lot, so I made another version, in a teal coloured wool-blend jersey I bought while I was in Melbourne. Moggy bought some of this fabric too.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
From GJ Fabrics in Lygon St, from left to right is green wool jersey (actually like a light doubleknit), emerald-y ponti, and lovely teal wool blend.
While she was here, Kitty also helped me to make Jane more... Moggy. Her proportions were never quite mine, so while she was fine for hanging hems and taking (inaccurate) photos, she wasn't doing what a dressmaker's dummy should do.
Now she does, as you can see on the left.
First we put a suitable sized bra on her, then used wadding to pad her out. Once her proportions resembled mine, I used New Look 6968 to make a tight fitting cover out of some stretch purple denim.
Hands up all who share the stretch cotton sateen love.
Another reason to appreciate said fabric is that with a frock like this - no need for a zip. Yay!