Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wearing the skirt... and a bra.

This is a bad elevator photo of one of the Halle skirts. It's worn with he rayon top and a long cardi bought at Kmart. I'm going to copy this cardi as I like it. I didn't think I would hence buying a cheap one but having said that, I've used it heaps and it hasn't pilled. I've got a lovely floral knit I bought from the fabric sale last year (earlier this year??) but as it's going to be 37 degrees tomorrow, don't know if it's worth investing the time. 

Also I made a bra. I went to a bra making workshop last Saturday. It's not finished and it doesn't fit hence the not finished. I'm leaving you with some photos and when I have the energy on the weekend I'll review the course and the pattern as I see it. Maybe it'll be finished by then too... I have it half pulled apart now to redo and I also have a Kwik Sew pattern I have had cut out for a couple of months and maybe I'll get that made too. Not bad for a first go and really it isn't hard... as per usual it's the fitting and adjusting that's the issue.





Friday, September 22, 2017

And the rest..including Style Arc Halle Skirt

This should be called the *rapiest photos ever.. anyway, this is from probably two months ago. I have just had no time to get good photos or me wearing them even though I wore them a lot during winter. Of course winter here is about 5 minutes long. 


I scored the Style Arc Halle Stretch Skirt from the Spooleetes High Tea in April. I love the asymmetric front. The skirts below are not in the order I made them.  It's a great pattern. Three pieces and I can cut one out and sew it up in 30 minutes. Perfect work skirt. 



This piece of fabric was from New Zealand when I was living there in 2003. It was just a small piece and just enough for a front/back straight piece using the back pattern piece only, with splits on the side. It is excellent fabric and a very plain but useful skirt.


The  second made was the very spongy black patterned knit stuff. I bought this at Darn Cheap in Melbourne last year. It's soft and warm and very easy to sew. It was the full size and is nice and comfy. I needed to shorten it through the middle for the next iteration as it at a daggy length on me. With boots and tights it's great though. The plan was to make a raglan top in same fabric but that never got made. Further down I'll show you the raglan top I made to wear with it. 



This one is made from a ponte from Spotlight a couple of years ago. The purple stripe actually meets in a right angle and it looks really nice on.


First made was the red one, made from a scrap of scuba from Spotlight. Not my red (I like the more blue based and this is more orange based) but it's not next to my face so it doesn't matter. It was just a metre so the skirt is shorter than the pattern but it was a small investment in time and fabric to see if the skirt suited me.


Making these skirts prompted me to start using my coverstitch machine. I really wanted to get some good practise in and did. It is really easy to use and even changing colours is a breeze. I'm not afraid of it anymore. 


This is the top I made to go with the  black skirt. It's a scrap from the fabric sale. It was $1. It was to try Burda 6846 out. I made an 8 in the neck and shoulders and graded out to a 10 under the arms and to a 12 from there. It fits perfectly.  It's a great colour but the fabric has pilled a bit. I thought it was the fabric at first but worked out it's my work lanyard.


The other top I made (I wear with the striped skirt) is another Simplicity 9437. This is a great simple pattern that fits really well.


I made it from some off white rayon from East Coast Fabrics.  It's really comfortable and perfect for work.


I had started this green merino fleece sweatshirt for my son last year. I just needed to put some binding and hem the sleeves and waist. I used some stripe for the neck and sleeves and used the reverse coverstitch for the hem. I really like it but Alex hasn't worn it much. It won't fit him next year but it fits me so I may wear it, I really like the green with the stripes. The stripes is a double sided one that I got at Clear It in Melbourne. It's got wider stripes on the reverse. I really want to make a waterfall cardi with it.


This top was my first try at a boys t-shirt pattern to see the fit. It was a good fit and so I made another merino/nylon sweatshirt for my son. It's dark grey with a smooth outer which is nylon and the terry inside is merino. I've made some tights with it a couple of years ago and a sports jacket and it's so warm, comfy and wears so well.


The dinosaur print was a cotton knit remnant from Spotlight that I bought to use for practise. I wore it for winter pj's. 



I made some New Look 6459 culottes from this rayon spot fabric and they fit perfectly. I wore them once and the second time I wore them they spit at the top of my thigh right in the middle length ways. I bought this fabric from an online shop and it was a nice heavy weight, but there was a couple of holes in it and I think it was old and hence it split. I was so disappointed. I made the white rayon top to wear together and it split under the arms but I fixed that up and it's fine. Funnily I read an article about reinforcing the underarm seams on those types of sleeves, so I did that.


I finished this dress ages ago but I think I stretched the facing around the front/neck and the shoulders are still too big for my niece. It looked so good on her but I'm not sure if I should invest the time to fit it properly or cut my losses and make it a skirt??? Any thoughts?


Thanks for reading this far. I have just finished a Butterick Lisette Waterfall coat so I'll post that next. Of cause just in time for it to be 37 degrees on the weekend. Oh and speaking of the weekend, on Saturday I'm doing a bra making workshop. So excited for a proper fitting bra.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Kinky Orange


This is my beautiful friend who lives in the States and is right in the thick of the storms at the moment, but a two weeks ago she was here and for a big birthday (hers) we went to see Kinky Boots.
It is a terrific show... plus shoes!! This was outside in the walkway from the Lyric Theatre. Maree's favourite colour (well one of them) is orange.  She got her great boots at a sale in the States .. fantastic leather suede over knee boots... so envious!! And very fitting.


More orange. This is my new rashie outfit for aqua aerobic. Even though I hate the bands that come from wearing a rashie, I'd hate skin cancer just so much more, so rashie it is. Just for some perspective, this winter the average daily temperature was 26 degrees, with no rain and the clearest, most beautiful blue skies ever. Perfect for cultivating opportunity for skin trouble.


Back to the suit. It's made up from scraps left over from other togs I made about 18 months ago. I would have liked to have the little pictures/printed lycra on the outside on the bottoms as well, but I really didn't have enough. If you do go on the link about the other togs I made with this lycra, it tells the story of the lycra ... quite interesting, designed by a Brisbane designer (with whose husband I was in high school with). The fit is great. The pants fit really great. The legs are a great shape. I'm short waisted and the length of them is a big high for me, but I didn't shorten them because I didn't want the rashie to ride up and expose white flesh to the sun (let alone the people). I also lined the pants with plain orange lycra, but cut it in one piece by sewing up each front and back and just cutting around that.

The top is also a pretty good fit. As the depth between my shoulder and underarm (is that making sense?) is short, I will shorten the rashie there for next time. It is also quite short. I half made this up at a Brisbane Spoolette's sewing day and Amy made a suggestion to put elastic around the waist if it rides up. I thought it was a great idea, but because it was short (and check out the photo in the pattern below) I put a band around it. I tested this rashie out one session and it was really good. It folds out in that tricky spot mentioned above but doesn't really ride up so I'm happy with that.  The short sleeves were long.. I hate long short sleeves and instead of cutting the excess off, I folded it up like you do with a blind hem and overlocked around it, turing it into a band without the fuss of cutting out the bands, the excess length, pinning it up etc etc. It's such a bright set but works so I'm happy. I wear it with a sports bra and I'm going to try the Simplicity sports bra pattern soon too. So I would recommend this pattern, but it is short (for the crop top) but the pants are a great fit.


 Both these patterns ( and the others in the photo above) are patterns that Maree chased around at Joanne's around  the States like a personal challenge and left saying not to forget to send her a list of patterns I want... she found a great challenge to look for the patterns for $1 or $2 ... works for me!

I'm so looking forward to making that Rachel Comey top.. actually making all these. Goodness knows it's going to be warm enough. I also need to make my son some more shorts. His cloud shorts are his favourite. Plus there's holidays coming :)