Saturday, November 17, 2018

Vogue 9253


I was coveting this pattern for a while and waited for the pattern sales...once, twice ... it was never available but on the third sale, I got it. Amy very kindly and generously (she's like that) did offer her copy should I never get one.  Love my Spoolette sewing sisters!


My (blood, non sewing) sister does lots of great op shopping and bought this dress ... adult version of the pillowcase dress. It was huge and very long for me so I picked it apart one tv night and it was enough fabric to make this dress if I slimmed down the skirt and make shorter sleeves. Both modifications were fine with me because a) too hot to have the long sleeves now, b) not sure the full skirt wouldn't make me look huge and c) I was testing this pattern out for a beautiful silk my friend brought back from Vietnam for me a few years ago (and keeps asking if I've made anything yet). It is white with flowers and very beautiful but only 2 metres from memory and I wanted to see if it would fit. I immediately bought some nude colour silk lining from The Fabric Store .... also waiting patiently.


 I unpicked and used the bias strip on the back neckline as the pattern has you do. That was convenient and so easy when it was permanently 'pressed'. Oh another thing, with large lengths of rayon instead of ironing it, I usually wet it and hang it and it kind of irons itself. In our warm weather it only takes about 30 minutes to dry and took out all the folds and sewing marks.


I used the neck/shoulder tie for the belt but I sewed it into the side seams.... for some reason the pattern tells you to sew it on the outside... not sure why you would do that... if you sew it in the seam allowance you can use the tie on the back or the front. If you sew it on the outside you could only tie it one way. 


The front is very low and I love the look on a smaller busted woman, but for me that is a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen so I sewed it up about 10 cm but think I'll close it up a bit more to make it more respectable. The back also needs about 8cm taken out of the shoulder area, even though I made the size 6 top. I have VERY narrow back and shoulders and this is a very loose dress.


I haven't had much time lately. My Mum has been unwell again and doing some housekeeping stuff  takes up my meagre weekend. I also had a week off sick... I did manage to sew a few seams here and there between lying on the bed listening to true crime podcasts and coughing my guts up.

Oh, today a lovely friend (sewing friend) and I went out on an impromptu coffee then talked ourselves into going to The Fabric Store.. we couldn't get a park so popped into some op shops around there and I got a few great things. Then I went and picked up another Bernina Active 240 that was a bargain on Gumtree again. I guess I could keep it as a back up but I'll sell it along with many other machines I have to get myself a new lounge I think.

Thanks for the nice comments re my linen cardi. Till next time.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

UFO finished - New Look 6315


So another UFO finished. I made the cardigan. At first look, it's very similar to most waterfall cardigans (I've made 2 different Kwik Sew ones) but this one differs because it has a band  around the waterfall and hem. I cut this out 18 months ago and even though I really wanted to make it, it frightened me for some reason. It was that band and I'd read a review on Pattern Review and the person said it wasn't a good pattern and she wouldn't recommend it. Anyway, I loved the colour and fabric and thought get it done and donate it.

 
Plus I made a mistake cutting it out... at the collar part I cut into a smaller size, realised and stopped but then I had this slash. So I zig zagged a little  grosgrain ribbon on it and put a little fray check and the result is not invisible but I don't notice it at all. In fact I had forgotten all about it until I saw the photos again.


The fabric is some linen knit I bought at Darn Cheap Fabric $2 per metre table. Such a bargain and it is amazing fabric. It is a fabulous colour and the slightly brighter blue you see is little sparkly specks.


Sorry, really bad photos again. I wore it today and meant to take a photo of it with a nice white cotton top under it and some cargo pants. It looked much better that over this dress.  The fabric has a nice weight but the band really adds to this and really finishes it off very nicely - it rolls over to the front which I like. Considering this was the part I was avoiding and even considered leaving it off, it's my favourite  part. It really finishes it off very professionally.


Back view...with a dress it's very unbalanced but with pants it looks so nice. The one thing I have to fix is the length of the sleeves. I have to cut off about 8 cm. Shame as the coverstitching finish was perfect. I even washed it in hot water as I thought it would shrink for sure so I didn't cut it before then, but nope, it's kept it's size which is a good thing. I love this cardigan. It's perfect for air conditioned office or movies etc. I thought I took a video of how I slip some little ribbons through the slot in the foot of the overlocker to give the shoulders stability, but I can't find it. I cut the hanger ribbons off everything but keep them as it's useful for this job.

So I recommend this pattern - I'm so glad I bit the bullet and made it up. It was a pretty quick sew up too. I love the fabric too... one of my favourite things I've made. (and practical for a change!)


So I have loads still to show you. Thanks for all your comments... apparently I can't even reply to your comments on my own blog! So till next time.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Candy stripes - FO - finished object

 I cut this top out probably 2 years ago out of a remnant of cotton knit I bought at Spotlight. It has a little yoke at the back, bands on the wrists and a neck binding with pleated bodice. I bought a knit top that was a sample from a pop up shop more than 10 years ago for $5 and it fit so perfectly around the neck, shoulders, arms and length I unpicked it and used it as a pattern for this top. The original was black and the bands on that top was woven. (I don't like to wear black on the top but I did wear the original top out).


You can just see the yoke above. I love how the neck binding is on the bias. The cotton knit was so easy to sew and it is a pleasure to wear.



 Do you see the error? (other than my irregular coverstitching - the thread was catching on something) I put two pleats on one side and three on the other - the original had 3 I think. I used the actual fabric pattern but I think I'll transfer it to paper and tidy it up so I don't do this again. Also look how wonky those pleats are.  I'm not too fussed as this was really to see if the pattern would work (does) and heck I won't be wearing it for ages as it's so hot already and it was a test. Another thing out of the UFO pile. (I look at these photos and I think I might pull the pleats apart and fix that up - it just bugs me). When I bought that bargain Bernina it didn't only come with an overlocker but it came with a walking foot and I used it last night to sew up 2 more leather purses and it was so good. More on that later.

Just off the top of my head, I have 2 dresses (1 UFO), 2 skirts (remnants) , a linen knit waterfall cardi (UFO) (gorgeous) and another top (remnant) to show you. Plus I made another 2 leather purses and I have another one cut out but I can't find the leather pieces (am tidying up my sewing room as we speak). That's the end of the leather I bought a little under 12 months ago. I've also made an effort to put all the random pattern pieces away in their envelopes (no mean feat with so many patterns).

Oh and I still can't comment on most blogs??? A few I can however, and I'm just not sure why so while I may have some comments I can't post them.



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...