Monday, March 31, 2014

Brisbane Meet Up

Yum, yum!

The Marriott looking grand and the swap spoils in front.
 The Brisbane Meet Up was celebrated yesterday at the Marriott Hotel. It was a rainy day and normally I suspect most sewists would have been sewing in this weather but instead we were adding to or subtracting from our stashes and enjoying cake, coffee and great company. I didn't get to speak to everyone (where did the time go?) but I really enjoyed the conversations with those I did catch up with. I'm glad it is agreed that more meet ups should happen and a lot more regularly.  A bit thank you to Lizzie at for organising this great fun day.
Lana, Angela and Marjorie. Angela's dress was a huge hit with many people!
Thanks for a great day everyone... see you at the next meet up!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Style Arc Alishia slip, Brisbane meet up and Strawberry dress.

I have made the Alishia dress slip from Style Arc. This is for a wedding that I am going to early May. First up is the rouleau straps. I partly remembered a tutorial about turning these thin straps but having a long length of thread and then pulling it through itself. Not a good explanation - I had a long length of thread (the machine thread) before I started sewing the strap. I then tied the thread onto a needle and threaded the needle through the strap then I gently teased the end into itself - this was the tricky part and where I thought it would go pear shaped - but it didn't and once the end turned into the tube, the heavy satin just glided through and a great strap emerged. I thought for sure it would turn to the proverbial for the second strap, but it did not. 
Two perfect straps! Ta da!

I then put the straps onto the bust cups and gathered the bust cups and put them onto the front bottom of the slip. It was a little touch and go as I cut this from a remnant piece of satin I've had for ever and even though it's a little short, it is the perfect colour to match the sequinned lace I have. However because it was a remnant, I had to cut the bottom of the cups a little inside where it should have been because that was the edge of the fabric. I think it worked out ok as it still looks like a nice curve and the cups fit. Just a side note here, there are two sizes of cups for the slip and I cut the bigger one - I'm between a DD and E cup and they fit ok...  not perfectly under the bust but I did have to cut them shallower by about 1cm so I think they are pretty good.

Today I finished the slip save for hemming and joining the straps at the back. It isn't ironed obviously and not sitting well on the hanger but you get the picture. I am really happy with it. It would be better 5 cm longer but it isn't indecent just shorter than I'd like but it is a slip. I'm hoping I can use this slip under a number of different dresses as I don't have another. It's quite a heavy synthetic satin and I LOVE the gunmetal grey colour.

I tried putting the elastic on with the overlocker and then to turn it over but the overlocker ate it up first then I just couldn't keep it all together well enough without that third hand we could all use in sewing, so I just triple zig zag stitched and turned it over and stitched it again. I wish I thought to put the straps under the zig zag but I didn't.  I just found a little flower I will put in the middle of the bust there ... or do you think it would look too 'nightie' then. I'm thinking to do a double turned hem (don't know if that is what it is called... ). I'd turn over a tiny hem and then turn it again. I've had a little practice run before I do it on the slip.. worked out ok. I'd like to roll hem on the overlocker but can't trust the black thread and the machine. What do you think so far? Onto the dress next.

The Brisbane meet up arranged by Busy Lizzie in Brizzy is on this Sunday and there are 28 people coming. It's very exciting. I'm getting some patterns and fabrics to swap ready today too.

On another note, I haven't given up on the strawberry dress. I had some issues that have been resolved and I will put the snaps or buttons on and post. Hopefully in the next few days. There isn't much to say about Melbourne sewing wise but there is some .. I'll leave that for the next post too.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Style Arc, stash busting and Melbourne.

I made the Style Arc Kerry Cargo Pants this afternoon. I cut them out and then I called back Telstra to fix my Dad's Foxtel account. In the time it took me to sort the problem out, I had nearly finished them by the time I spoke to the tele sales person... notice I didn't say by the time I fixed the problem!

Can you see the phone.. it was 32 minutes by then but I had about another 20 minutes left to do. These are quick and easy.  I didn't look at the instructions at all. I nearly didn't make the side cargo pockets as I was making these just to see the sizing. When I made the McCalls jumpsuit (not finished, not blogged yet), it didn't fit around the bum and I checked the pattern pieces against the Style Arc one and they were very similar - so i added 1cm to the side seam and they fit fine - glad I added it though! No pictures on yet. These are a wearable muslin made from my stash. This fabric is some from my Mum's stash that she gave me years ago. I made them to just below my knee as that is all the fabric I had but I like them. I think this fabric is a cotton/linen - it is pretty fine.
The pockets worked out perfectly. This is a super easy pattern that fits well and can be used for a number of things-PJ's with elastic or track pants.

Now... I'm going to Melbourne tomorrow!! I'm going to see my niece - I was going next Monday for a couple of days but then my friend wanted to come along so I changed flights so I could spend the weekend with her and then the next two days with my niece. I DON'T NEED FABRIC! but I am still going to some fabric shops.. I do need some striped knit... if anyone wants to meet up let me know when you could and I will fit it in. The bonus is that we are staying in a friend's apartment in Richmond and The Australian Grand Prix is on... how did I miss this? I only realised last night so we are going to the race track on Saturday afternoon to see Megan Washington and then Bernard Fanning play, then off to see Empire the show my niece is stage manager for! Busy!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Kwik Sew K4026 and McCalls M6359

Do you ever plan to sew something, prepare and cut out and then just completely ignore that and do something else entirely? That is what happened with Kwik Sew K4026. I had cut out the slip for my Style Arc Alisha Dress muslin and needed thread so I went to Spotlight (where I don't buy thread - I buy it at Trad's Emporium at Cannon Hill) and bought a Kwik Sew Pattern and some sewing needles. If you didn't know they have (had?) the patterns on sale for $3 and the Schmetz needles as a 2 for 1 deal.

I made this out of some $2 per metre knit I bought at East Coast Fabrics. I just made the top to see the fit. I didn't adjust the cowl well I see, sorry, but it does sit better than appears in the photo. The skirt part would need to be lined (I'm wearing a hot pink bra under there but with a flesh coloured bra it would be fine) and I didn't want to go to that trouble if the top wasn't good. As it happens the top is ok. I cut a size small but I think I could do the XS at the shoulders and above bust and there is a 3cm wedge I need to take out of the neckline and now I also think that I need to take a couple of cm at least between the shoulders and upper bust (armholes are too big). Not sure how to do that on a cowl neckline - sure there'll be something on the net. This is the only cowl neck pattern I have (I have about 4) that is cut on the fold. All the others I have are cut in one whole piece. Using the stripes

 I made sure that it was on grain and the stripes match up. I also put a 3cm band on the bottom and one of my sisters may want this top as it is a bit big for me but has potential.

Before making the Kwik Sew pattern I made McCalls M6359 view C.

I made it from some scraps from a top I made for my friend (a cowl neck top on the bias) and a remnant from The Fabric Store in Auckland last September. It was just this length so just enough for my short frame. I had to take out about 3 cm from the front shoulder seam as it was just too long (that is my tiny and short part) but now it fits really well. It has darts on the view and that helps for my large bust but I think that it would be very roomy for slimmer people. 

Hmmm... sorry, same pink bra. Not sure this is a good look with that excess skin. Obviously I didn't do a sway back adjustment but this is only a house top as I don't really like blue (it's a nice blue and not so purple as it looks on my monitor but not my colour). I plan to make view A from some lovely cotton voile (?) I bought at the fabric sale last year. Anyone tried either of these patterns?

I did get the thread for the slip and I will try and make that up today and finish an Ottobre top started ages ago. Did twin stitch the edges yesterday on the armholes, neckline and hem but the the pleating at the side seams don't seem to match up so I need to look with fresh eyes today. I also got the latest Ottobre in the mail yesterday and it has some nice basics but nothing new so I'm thinking about cancelling that subscription although it's only about $24 for two issues and I do look forward to it.