Friday, December 28, 2012

Before the end.

Before the end of the year I thought I'd better post some things I have made and just never got to photograph. Bear in mind these are probably of the worst photos on the blogoverse but the best I can manage before the end of the year.

This is the Simplicity 9083 from 1984. I bought this pattern from a church jumble sale and I didn't make it up before because I thought the straight skirt wouldn't suit me but I LOVE this dress! It looks great on, is so easy to wear and I have had many, many unsolicited compliments! I will adjust the pattern some more and make this again. The fabric was $4 per metre from Spotlight earlier in the year and is very light cotton jersey. The pattern is a size 14 and has only one clever piece cut twice (it is the same cross over on the back)so I need to work out how to adjust the top better yet again. I did finish it in time and wore it to Simple Minds playing at A Day on the Green with Devo, the church and the Models.

This is at the end of a big day with pool hair! Sorry, didn't realise it was so bad, LOL.

This top was made from some Missoni like fabric I bought at Spotlight I think at the beginning of the year. Didn't realise it was such a blurry photo - sorry! It was a McCall's pattern I think for cowl neck tops. It was super easy but unfortunately it is too wide on the shoulders (as is nearly everything) and so I have gifted it to my friend who LOVES it and the colours are more her. She and her husband manage a luxury boat and at the moment are based in the Pacific. She just had 18 months in Tahiti! Doesn't need ironing and looks quite smart - dressed up or down! I put the scrappy ends of the selvage  as a border for interest.

This fabric below I bought at the Fabric Store for $8 per metre and made the above dress. Same pattern as the black and white one I made earlier in the year (made this at the same time) I cut the whole dress on the bias and is blue and black cross stripes on a beige background... so not me but I loved it and I really like the dress and wear it a lot. It looks like there is a seam down the front but it is a crease line - I just got it out of the ironing basket to take a photo. The fabric is very light weight, but stable and firm (does that make sense?) and I thought it may not crease but it does... I should do a burn test to see what it's made of ... it wasn't marked when I bought it and I didn't think to ask at the time. With the scraps I'm going to make undies (underwear).

Close up of fabric - does it look blue and black?
So I think that is all I made this year that wasn't posted. Oh no it's not.... 
I've also made the Burda strapless jumpsuit in one of the 2012 BWOF magazines  (borrowed from the library). The fabric is a crisp floral silk with lots of orange and pink, and I finished it in one 4 hour block to wear that afternoon and evening for Christmas parties but when I put it on my son shook his head and said "Mum, you look like a clown!" I wasn't even offended because I was just thinking that myself and tried to improve it with a belt but no, still clown like. I've since taken the pants part off and will make it with a plain fabric for the pants and make the flowery pants with elastic or drawstring and a white blouse. Photos in the New Year I think.

Happy new year for 2013. I hope you get enough of everything you need in your life.


  1. These last minute dresses you posted look super - love the rope belt.
    Enjoy the New Year's Eve festivities - I'm planning on heading into Southbank to bring in the New Year. Looking forward to seeing your 2013 sewing...

    1. Thanks Judith. You know you can buy that rope stuff at Spotlight by the metre! Who knew... I bought the belt but saw it a few weeks later at Spotlight in many different colours.

      I'll be in the city for New Year's Eve so will also see the fireworks. Have fun!

  2. It's been a great year :) I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year too


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