Sunday, October 14, 2018

Part 2 Catch Up - sorry another long one.

So, here's part 2 of the catch up of what I've made. Before I go on though, I just want to say I can't post any comments on most blogs! I don't know why so even though I want to most blogs are not showing my user name or whatever it is. Just so you know. If anyone knows why please let me know.

Now I made another of this Vena Cava dress, Vogue 1228 with polyester crepe like chiffon that I got from one of the Brisbane Spoolette meet ups a couple of years ago. It's got that great print and the big circles are flocked.  I really love the square neckline. I use the same slip that I wear with the other one I made.


This is the front. I took a deeper pleat at the front and back than I did on the last one and the fit is a little better. It's a bit shorter. As with both dresses I didn't add the sleeve extensions. My arms are way shorter than the model's and this is long enough for me. 


And side view. Sorry work bathroom pics.. it seems like it token pics from the lift or toilets lately... with walking shoes too!


 Next we move onto the annual Brisbane Spoolette's High Tea in April. As usual I was talking so much I only took a few photos. The event and group gets bigger every year. This and Frocktails are highlights of my year. It's incredible how much I enjoy meeting up with all the Spoolettes every event. We did out pattern and fabric swap. I was so good and took stuff and came home nearly empty. Such is my lack of need for anything more - I took no fabric but 3 patterns I think.


I wore my Simplicity 8296. It is lovely rayon, read about it here. This is with my friend Sarah. The fabric of her dress was so lovely. Lately it seems like we only get this annual outing to catch up!


This is a Burda 7517 dress I made. I don't have a photo of the pattern envelope but it has lots of reviews on Pattern Review. It's a pretty basic dress but I did remember that the neckline was very high, which really bothers me so I lowered it by about 3 cm. I made it from a lovely cotton fabric that my son picked out in Centrepoint Fabrics in Auckland a few years ago (maybe 7). It was $3 per metre and it is the loveliest cool cotton to wear and is soft but not wrinkly. . I put some grosgrain ribbon ties but I cut them much shorter than what they are here, as the length bothered me. It looks like a vague city scape and I cut it so the big yellow block wasn't near my face as my skin tone and yellow don't go well together. I would like to finesse the fit on this because it's a quick easy make, and would make a great go to for a work dress. Maybe with a FBA for this pattern and make a smaller size overall when I have time... ha ha ha.


So this dress pattern and dress below was started about 15 years ago when I bought the fabric. I had cut out view B and had made up the skirt with fabric and interlining, and the bodice lining was made and the  fashion fabric ruched and tacked on. It was cut out before I had my son and I've gained weight since then but I could still get the skirt part on but I unpicked it all and let out the 1.5cm seams to about .5cm so I'd have eating and drinking room. The eating and drinking room was needed for the Spoolettes Frocktails. It was such a great event. I had to miss last years so I was so pleased to go again this year.


This photo is in my bed room. I had no scraps of either the lining or the fashion fabric left or around ... it's just too long ago to remember. This meant I had to finish the top somehow and make straps. I used a very average quality satin bias binding that I had and finished the hem with a rolled hem on my overlocker in red.  The fabric is a mesh with the flowers like decoupage on it. I just love, love, love the fabric and although it's not perfect, made and worn is better that in a plastic bag tucked away.


This photo of of me and Alice in her AMAZING Nicola Finetti Vogue 1471 - photo screenshot from someone's instagram - as usual did not take enough photos. I was trying for weeks to choose a pattern and fabric from my embarrassing stash but nothing really grabbed me for some reason so also as usual, I found this in the old UFO box and though why not. I had the Friday off so finished it up then. I just really love that fabric so I'm glad I've got it to wear this summer. I'm also wearing my Burda coat I made in 2010 and still love. As luck (really not planned) would have it, I had a hairdresser appointment that day so my hair even looked ok!


There were so many really beautiful dresses there this year and many new people. Such a joy to connect with others who sew. Amy and Colette did a great job organising and the venue was terrific. Plus excellent food (really I'm fussy and it was really good) and the drinks were of good quality - none of that cheap stuff! Well done (again) ladies!


I've also delved into bras again. So far I've made the Shelly from the course I did.. I wasn't very pleased with the course but live and learn I guess. This is the Kwik Sew 3300 partial band bra. I prefer a partial band as I'm so short waisted I find these more comfortable. It's the size 10 DD. That's the largest size and it's a bit small. I made this out of scraps and harvested straps to test the fit and size and I can wear it all day and it's comfy to a point. I think the bad channelling and harvested wires are not good quality and so dig in, but it's a good start. I've got another Kwik Sew partial band pattern I'll try too.


I used the band from the bra I made in the course made it about 3 sizes smaller and tried cups from Porcelyne patterns... both these did not fit although I measured twice and they are both too small and both a bit pointy. They had a sale and I think I got two bra patterns for US$6 pdf. The 4 piece red cup is one I bought and the other one is one of the free patterns she has. I also bought the Christine sports bra but I haven't tried it yet.


Sorry they aren't good photos but they were a quick way to check for fit. I'll persist here. I am determined to make a bra that fits eventually.


 Lastly I have made some new pyjamas from my trusty Burda 2711. This is a great pattern that I'm going to make in a linen for summer. I move the darts to fit better.. a bit lower and shorter and I extended the back crotch curve about 2 cm.


I used a cotton bought from Spotlight that I made a dress out of probably 6 years ago. I really liked that dress but not sure why I got rid of it?? These were made of the scraps. The top is cut on the cross to use up all the fabric and it was the only way to make it fit. I made self bias binding and actually measured the length of the straps so they don't fall off. The last ones I made I didn't think about it at all and use the length offered in the pattern. I am really short from shoulder to underarm and when I look I think they are too short but they fit perfectly. I'm really pleased to use this fabric and to have new pj's. The last ones were wearing through.

I'm working on some more UFO's and finished up some Burda "Hudson" pants in French terry from the fabric sale I go to. More on that later. 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

It's been a while.... it's a long one.

 Well hello! It's been a while hasn't it. Life is busy and I just haven't had time to blog. I have done some sewing so I'll catch you up.


This is a sweat shirt I made to  try the sizing of Kwik Sew 938 pattern below for my son. The fabric was cut offs of a super wide fleece blanket I bought and I could just fit it on this. So two things... one, it wasn't big enough and two, the fabric has some strengthening woven into it so it doesn't stretch. Normally it would fit me but with no stretch, I couldn't move.  I used the pattern and cut on the fold.


I think I used the 36. How old is this pattern too!


Next I made the jacket next size up with the pockets and only half the collar (as it's super wide and folded over) with some of that grey merino/nylon french terry backed stuff.


I even put some bias tape stuff to stop the stretch but I should have put it on both edges where the zip would sit as when I folded it over the top stretched out so much despite the stay sticking above. This was also too small... well the body fit but the arms were too short. Noted for next time. Ended up buying a merino jacket from Aldi for my son as I had no suitable fabric left. (ha ha in such a stash how could I run out!).

Next came jeans sewing. I haven't finished these yet as I got into a long period where I didn't have time to sew and now it will be too hot. However, I'm on a finish all the UFOs kick so they may get finished just to work out more fitting tweaks.  This is a super old pattern and I cut out the slim fit, but they are so wide next to my thrifted jeans, I'll probably take them in on the legs to match the bought ones.


The fabric is some mustard heavy cotton drill with no stretch that I got years ago at the 'fabric sale' I go to. It was $2 for about 3 metres. It had faded in some spots, but this isn't my best colour so not sure I'll wear these anyway unless it's doing garden work. The pockets made from some scraps of a dress made from some cotton bought at Spotlight years ago.


I tried the triple stitch on the Bernina but going around the corners was not so good so I'll try other things to get this better. Although if anyone gets that close they better buy me dinner!


Back isn't too bad.. and I've made some changes with the seam allowance but not yet sewn up. The front isn't so good so I'm still thinking about that.


Next is a knitted fabric, also bought at that sale years ago, made with McCall's 9080 a really basic but useful drop shoulder sweatshirt pattern. I really love the neckline. I thought this may be warm but it's not that warm, but it's good for the office. Sorry about the terrible lift pictures. I've got my headphones in and walking shoes one for my lunch break. The sleeves are really long and I've made little ties for them and I like the look but I don't like how bunched up the sleeves are either. I think this length is also not very flattering but it's good with pants.



Now this bra was something of a shock... I bought this bra as is at Kmart because it was a few $$ and I wanted to harvest the findings. I didn't have my glasses and the size didn't matter. Imagine my shock when I got it home to see someone had put their old bra on the hanger and I imagine stolen the same bra colour and size (as there was many there exactly the same). I mean come on, it was only $4 reduced and $12 at full price. I hope they really did not have any money and were desperate...and not just doing it because they could.


During the last few months, I sold a few machines.... two old Singers and an Elna Stella. I have 8 more sewing machines and some many of those will get sold too however when I saw this for sale for $80 I snapped it up. It was sold with two other machines... so how could I go wrong. It works and is an Elna Supermatic which is a knee control machine. Runs beautifully and had all these cute tricky things included. The case turns into a flat sewing bed. So clever.


Probably the last time it was serviced!


The following photos are of the two Empisal machines that came with the Elna. I couldn't find any information on them but they are like little sewing stations and really large machines. Their cases, both different machines, are little storage units and were so interesting.








Although a bit discoloured and well used, they were not in bad condition and ran. I love how the cases have all these nooks and crannies to store things. I thought about selling them but I saw an ad on Gumtree for donations of sewing machines for a lady who teaches disadvantaged kids how to sew and decided to donate them and extend the sewing love around. I cleaned them up but they still needed a tune up and the lady said her son who is autistic loved pulling them down and working them out and he will get them purring. That made me very happy.


This is me at Parliament House for a morning tea won through the ABC radio Brisbane. Scones and coffee on the balcony... this is the Butterick Lisette waterfall jacket out in the wilds. I'm thinking it's a bit long for me so may cut off about 10 cms and get some shoulder pads as the shoulders don't sit well. Ha, that'd be next winter as no need for a coat here now.


I'm going to leave you with this shirt.... other than the ugly colour combo (sorry I don't do brown), look at the front... ha, as if you could miss that!  Next check out the price below.....


"Marnie checked cotton shirt $461"... what a joke. Firstly that must be that gold thread cotton and $461 and they can't even bother to match it. Who would buy this...someone must I guess. What do you think?

More soon. I've got more to show that I've made in the preceding months and this weekend I've had a UFO clearing time so a few things finished up which I'm enormously pleased about. I am not cutting anything out until these are finished...repeat...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

This and that and getting something I've wanted.


There was a little op shop having a sewing stuff sale and I went to it. Really, I do not need anything sewing, but I did buy a few things. A few patterns... why, oh  why.. I have hundreds I want to sell off. I did buy this elastic above for $1. It has a little sticker saying it's old and to be used for bunting but I used it for undies anyway. It's still in excellent condition. There was a red and a another colour too and I wish now I had bought all three.



 I made two pairs. One from a scrap of stretchy satin and the checked one was leftovers from a dress I made a few years ago and it's nice and fine but has a great stretch. It's from The Fabric Store (and I still have some left maybe enough for a top). I used some teal merino scraps for the gusset.



I used the undies from the Noelle set by Madalynne. I used the top for this pattern for some togs for my sister  for Christmas but I didn't use the undies pattern (I used a McCalls one). This is a high waisted panty b


This is a high waisted panty pattern but to fit my shortish body, I had to shorten from the top about 5 cms. This has resulted in a great pattern for me. I will change it to make it the gusset concealed seams but for these two I just wanted to test the fit.




These two $2 things above I bought at Big W. I pulled that too big bra apart for the nice coloured elastics and finding and I think I can cut the cup down to fit too. I will use the silver pleather for trim. Can't buy that much for $2... shame though as it was a cute skirt... I don't know any girls this would fit.

Other thing I've been obsessing about is making my own sourdough bread. I usually buy a great spelt sourdough bread but it's $8 and I'm sick of paying that much. It's a bit of work making the starter.. .well it's not hard but you need to 'feed' it twice a day for 10 days. I wasn't terribly diligent about it and I made 2 at the same time.  Then I mixed it up last night and left it overnight to prove - result above. Pretty good. Then you turn it over a couple of times and let it sit for 30 minutes. When that's done you turn the over on to really hot and put in your bread making vessel.


When the vessel has been in the over for 30 min, take it out and put the bread dough in, slash the top and pop the lid on and put into the hot oven for 30 min, take the lid off and cook another 15 min.


Ta da!

And cut open... nice crumb and lots of holes. It's not very sour but I think that builds up with the starter getting more mature. It is yum. What I love is no knead. You kind of turn it over a few times but it's not kneading. I'm really pleased and the flour only cost me $3 so it's a win. Onto my next win.


I bought a new to me machine. It was a bargain at $250. It looks brand new and has no fluff inside and looks like it has done minimal work. As I was happily walking out to the car, the lady selling it said "do you want an overlocker too?".  Of course I did. It's an old Janome Diff feed model and now I'm going to give my sister's to her daughter. Now I have so many machines I'm going to sell all the surplus ones. Just have two (or three maybe) and then use the funds to get a service and parts for the Bernina overlocker/coverstich I got a while ago for a better bargain even. (Elna cam sewing machine and Bernina overlocker/coverstitch for $100 - I just played with the Elna today ...sews like a dream).

What about you, get any great bargains?