Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ta Da!

Well I've finally finished something!  I finished my Butterick 5187 jacket. I bought this scrap of wool from the fabric sale for $5 I think and it was not enough to face the back panel so I used a fine fabric that I made a dress from (must show it one day).  It is an unlined jacket but the wool keeps you very warm and it is my replacement for a sweatshirt or fleece. It got very thick in some places but it is very soft fabric so wasn't a big problem. This is very easy pattern as it is an unlined jacket and really perfect for our cool but not cold winter days.
The black turtle neck is a sleeveless top out of merino wool that I also bought at the fabric sale and it was $20 but really warm.  I also bought a long sleeve top in this fabric but as it had a tiny (unseeable) hole it was only $5. 

The other top is one of the Vogues I bought  at the beginning of the year and I tested it out with this cotton knit I bought forever ago. I love the colours and I made the top a longer tunic length and wear it with footless tights to ride my bicycle... Perfect.  You can't really see it but it is pleated up the top and I sewed the size 10 widening it to a 14 around the hips.  The 10 though is still too big so I will cut the 8 out next time.  I will make some more as I need tops and this was pretty easy too. I've tried to upload the scans of the pattern envelopes but after 3 tries, it's not working and I am over it! Sorry about the quality of the photos too, as mentioned before my camera takes two photos before giving up. The one with the jacket, I am on my knees so that my son could take the photo front on not from under me. (and for a change I had just done my hair!) What do you think (of the sewing, not the hair!) When the camera comes good again I'll take photos of the New Look pattern that I have made 3 versions of and a skirt that I made and by coincidence had the same fabric as the pattern envelope!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Fabric delights.

My camera is three years old and now will only take 2 or 3 photos at a time, but I have finally had the time to upload them to show you my fabric purchases from two weeks ago. When you look at these fabrics the colours are a little more vibrant than you see here and keep in mind they were all $3 per metre!!! What a buy!

They also sell some made up things and I bought two wool jackets (unlined) and a black shiny plastic longer jacket (that I can't find at the moment) I will photograph these and show you soon.

Now onto the fabrics, firstly, L - R a cotton sateen with some stretch, a green wool felt and a silk organza with some nobbly bits on some of the dots. 

 Secondly, a cotton voile, a remnant of silk chiffon (I think) and the next two are fabrics with metal through them.  The first one is a white cotton and the second is the same as the pinky colour I made the pink burda coat from.  (I can't get it to link up but check the older posts).  It was a tricky fabric to sew with; well actually it was great to sew but because of the metal threads it won't stay (remember I was having trouble with the front of the coat curling).  I took it with me to the sale to check with the people there as they are commercial designers... they said they had the same problems with it and they topstitched it to keep it in place.  I haven't had time to get some matching cotton to do this and see if it helps. It doesn't show up well in this photo but it is a beautiful matte silver colour and is very beautiful.  I plan to make an Izzy Miyaki jacket out of it.
 This is my breaky this morning ... another heart coffee and sourdough toast with avocado and tomato... yum!

This is a polyester I bought too ... I don't ordinarily like synthetic fabrics but this is a very good quality (as are all the fabrics I bought) and for this Butterick 5320 dress I needed more than 3 metres so I thought I would try it. It is black shot with a midnight blue.  It isn't finished but I was making it for my graduation on 5 July, but I made a size 10 but no FBA which I really need so it really sits open on the front... I'll need to contact them to see it they will sell me a couple more metres so I can recut. (I haven't ever done a FBA but who am I kidding, I need it.)

This is a really quick pattern and as it is polyester I will probably line it in some cotton ... not sure yet.  Polyester and/or lining is very hot for summer here.  

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Sewing from the not too distant past...

Well, I had lots of things to show today but my camera doesn't want to play so I can't show you the fabrics and clothes I bought at the fabric sale I went to (see previous post).  I can tell you I bought felted wool, silk organza, Japanese cotton voile, wool knit, and 2 fabrics with woven metal threads all for $3 per metre!!!  There is nothing you get for $3 per metre let alone this quality.  (even the remnants at Spotlight are $2 per metre!) Anyway will show you when I get the camera happy again.

My sister is having her 40th birthday party tonight and it is an 80's themed party! Even though she was born in 1971 she thinks the music of the 80's was better! The reason for telling you this is because she wanted photos of her and the rest of us send to her and while I was looking I found photos of some things I had made many years ago.  So I scanned them and thought I would share them.  


I made my middle sister's wedding gown in 1989.  (I have 4 sisters - the one with the party tonight is the youngest!) It was a Marianna Hartwig copy. (She is a wedding dress designer in Melbourne, Australia, and has beautiful gowns) My sister loved the style but of course couldn't afford the $700 that it was back then.  I bought the fabric for her too - it was a crepe back satin and I bought it in Gardam's when it was in Queen Street.  What made me think I could do it, I'm not sure now but I obviously did!  I do remember that it when I attached the skirt to the bodice and flipped it to the right side, I had sewn the skirt inside out.  Of course I had also sewn it with triple straight stitch.... aarrrggghhh!!! It took me three hours locked in my room to unpick it - I didn't even cry I just said to everyone - "don't talk to me, I'm going in here to unpick it!"  I was so mad with myself I knew I would explode if I got even one drip of sympathy.  We had friends from Darwin staying so I think at the time there was about 15 people staying with us so there was plenty of distraction! 

Because my sister wanted this dress we went into the shop selling them under the pretext of buying it so that she could try it on and I could see how it was made.  The draping back piece under the huge bow I couldn't work out on my own and a lady at Gardam's told me how to do it... very easy when you know how! It was just a rectangle of fabric with a semi-circle cut from the top and then when it is straightened you get the nice drape ... of course now I know this but then...

The purple spot thing was a shorts jumpsuit made with rayon (one of my fave fabrics) I really loved that suit (look at my hair - I have hair that does what it likes regardless of what I'd like it to do). That was at the Woodford Festival in the early days.  

The photo of me and the cross looking bride was taken in Toowoomba. My friend, Angela also made her wedding dress and finished it the day before.   We were not cross actually but I think the timing of the photo was just before or after we smiled!  I made my dress in a size 10 (oh, memories) but my shoulders are so tiny that the top was bunching up and looks terrible.  I also remember that I had to buy really cheap flimsy satin because I couldn't get the right weight in the colour I wanted.  

The photo of 2007 is me with my 3 year old son and my neighbour's 2 month old son  It is a burda top I made that I loved and then made another really beautiful one in better fabric but can't wear as I forgot to add the seam allowance!  Not a good photo of the top as you can't see the details like the button loops made from satin cord (what a fraying drama) and the pin tucks under the bodice top.  A lovely pattern.  I love this photo as these two boys are still very good friends even though our friends moved away to Yeppoon a couple of years ago. I love the way they are so connected they don't even take any notice of the calls for a smile at the camera!

These friends I met the same week I separated with my partner and have been the greatest of support to me and my son.  The male party of the these friends made a covered maze for my son's 4th birthday party and it took up the whole back yard and many hours of work.  The kids loved it and it stayed up until it fell over, they loved it so much! We had many visitors that week.

What a blast to see all these things again! Do you get surprised at the things you made way before?