Friday, May 30, 2014

Donna Karan Vogue 1250 Gift Dress



This is the Donna Karan Vogue 1250 I made for my friend. I'd had this fabric for a while but knew it was never for me. It's pretty accurate in the colour on my screen. I remember it was a remnant fabric at Spotlight years ago and I figure I wouldn't have paid too much for it because I probably thought I would make a costume or something from it. When I was doing my stash stocktake (of which this fabric wasn't counted) I saw it and knew it was for my friend. It is so her!

Sorry these are really bad photos she just sent me from her phone that was new to her and so they are blurry but they are in the process of moving so the best we will get for a while. When I made her dress I adjusted the cowl to be longer and more curved; the draft for this is a very square and I felt it wouldn't  sit well so I changed it. I did the same for the sausage dress. I don't think this photo needs to be increased in size!

When I made Maree's dress, I realised that I had made this version about 2 sizes smaller... not that I think it would look much better but I did cut it small. Didn't give this one away however, as I really love the fabric and I'm working on getting me to fit into in - in a way that I would wear it in public!
I've been busy around here doing job applications, doing some small computer courses and clearing my house of stuff I don't want or need. I also got some labels and made an Ottobre t-shirt but that's for next post. 


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fabric Sale - On again


Fabric sale is on again. I just got the notice - don't miss out!
Yes, the ants have taken over the photocopier! Help..anyone know how to get rid of them?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Old Burda makes and daleks

 I made this dress a few years ago. It's a Burda magazine one - sorry haven't got the details handy - and I really loved it. From memory I only wore it once, then I put on weight. I can't do the back zip up at the bodice (but you can't really tell in the photo...I am spilling out of it though - thanks menopause). The skirt part was a piece a friend gave me from her stash, just a polyester satin (thanks Marian) and the bodice part was a remnant of duchess satin from Gardams for $3 from memory. The hem is rolled on the overlocker. I really love the colours and feel of this dress and I'm aiming to get back into this. It's a great summer dress that looks smart but doesn't need a lot of care.
 This top is also a Burda magazine make from about the same time ago. This is the second iteration of this top. I loved the first one so much and wore it to death but it faded and pilled. I made it out of this lovely polished cotton from Spotlight a few years ago - it was last of the roll and only $5 per metre.

This top has some lovely details - the bottom part of the top has 3 pin tucks on  each side and is supposed to have a casing for a tie under the bust, but I didn't put this in as I don't need it. I love the cute little buttons.
I made the little button loops from some cord - it was so fidgety but worth the effort for the nice finish, it's also faced with some 1" satin bias. You don't have to undo the buttons to get into it. Well that would be if I could get into it - when I made this one I forgot to add the seam allowances so it doesn't fit - don't you hate that!

Yes, that bad looking cake is supposed to be a dalek (thanks Karen for the comment that made me realise I spelt this incorrectly). My son turned 10 recently and we had a little party at a great skate park nearby. He wanted a dalek cake - it's not my best make but the kids recognised it. The cake stood about 30cm high so there was a lot of cake.

 That my hand to show scale. The computer in the background trying to get ideas.
One part of the skate park. There was a whole huge ramp built as well just behind here. There were about 20 late teenage boys there and our boys felt a little intimidated at first, but they all took their turns and there were not problems or falls. When we cut the cake, I took over about half of it to the teenagers and they were ecstatic - seems like you can never be too old for cake!

I've traced and half cut out a Ottobre raglan t-shirt. I need some basics for winter and I have nothing casual for school drop off and around the house. I want to make up some jeans or trousers but I'm feeling really low and flat - that's how the cold makes me feel and it's not even that cold yet.

Happy Mother's Day tomorrow for all the Mums to there. Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Style Arc Alisha dress finished


The dress is finished and I wore it to the wedding on Saturday. I started Thursday. There was a few hiccups but not unmanageable. I made the slip but in the end I made a full lining. This is my first fully lined dress and I had to work out the best way. I did this because the pattern calls for the lace to be a scalloped edge and I couldn't work out a nice finish to just make the lace dress so I decided it would be best for a full lining.
Close up of fabric

I ended up bagging out the top and if you notice, I attempted to give it some turn of cloth so the lining wouldn't show at all. It wasn't a well thought out plan as I added a couple of millimetres all around but I don't think that is the ideal but it worked out ok. Then I had to work out how to make the dress part so I just made a lining and attached the skirt part (lining and dress) to the bagged out top and then to finish made a nice bias strip and finished it like this. I put a hook and eye on the back but I left out the zip as it slips on easily. I ended up adding a bout 3 cm each side for extra comfort and although it isn't perfect on, it is pretty good and is very comfortable to wear. 



One of the issued I had was the lining - I had made the slip out of the most perfectly matched heavy satin I just happened to have in the stash, but now I had no use for the slip with the dress and no lining fabric. I went to Trad's Emporium at Cannon Hill and they had a perfectly matching high quality lining fabric for $3.50 per metre. I must go and get more. As you can see it is a Daniel Lightfoot. He's a fantastic Brisbane designer and Trad's has has some of his unused fabrics. I bought some beautiful silks for $8 many months ago from the same stock. He now makes a lot of uniforms I think.  I kept the lighter side to be the side that the dress would back against as it was the side that the writing was less obvious (it isn't very obvious at all), and the darker side as the inside of the dress. I must stay a full lining makes it look very professional!


I finished the hem of the lining with a rolled hem on the overlocker and I just left the sequinned fabric unfinished. I can't do it with the overlocker and I don't really know if it needs a hem. The fabric part tends to catch a bit so I may just run a flame around it to 'finish' it but it could all go up in flames so maybe I won't! Of course, although I had my camera with me, I did not remember to take a photo of me wearing the dress (shame as hair and make up was done too and that doesn't happen often enough!). I'll try and get dressed up again soon.

While making this dress I also made a dress, the Vogue 1250 DKNY cowl dress, for my friend's birthday. She lives and works on a luxury private boat and I had some fabric I wouldn't wear but was PERFECT for her. I'm waiting for a photo and I'll post it but it looks great on.