Saturday, November 17, 2018

Vogue 9253


I was coveting this pattern for a while and waited for the pattern sales...once, twice ... it was never available but on the third sale, I got it. Amy very kindly and generously (she's like that) did offer her copy should I never get one.  Love my Spoolette sewing sisters!


My (blood, non sewing) sister does lots of great op shopping and bought this dress ... adult version of the pillowcase dress. It was huge and very long for me so I picked it apart one tv night and it was enough fabric to make this dress if I slimmed down the skirt and make shorter sleeves. Both modifications were fine with me because a) too hot to have the long sleeves now, b) not sure the full skirt wouldn't make me look huge and c) I was testing this pattern out for a beautiful silk my friend brought back from Vietnam for me a few years ago (and keeps asking if I've made anything yet). It is white with flowers and very beautiful but only 2 metres from memory and I wanted to see if it would fit. I immediately bought some nude colour silk lining from The Fabric Store .... also waiting patiently.


 I unpicked and used the bias strip on the back neckline as the pattern has you do. That was convenient and so easy when it was permanently 'pressed'. Oh another thing, with large lengths of rayon instead of ironing it, I usually wet it and hang it and it kind of irons itself. In our warm weather it only takes about 30 minutes to dry and took out all the folds and sewing marks.


I used the neck/shoulder tie for the belt but I sewed it into the side seams.... for some reason the pattern tells you to sew it on the outside... not sure why you would do that... if you sew it in the seam allowance you can use the tie on the back or the front. If you sew it on the outside you could only tie it one way. 


The front is very low and I love the look on a smaller busted woman, but for me that is a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen so I sewed it up about 10 cm but think I'll close it up a bit more to make it more respectable. The back also needs about 8cm taken out of the shoulder area, even though I made the size 6 top. I have VERY narrow back and shoulders and this is a very loose dress.


I haven't had much time lately. My Mum has been unwell again and doing some housekeeping stuff  takes up my meagre weekend. I also had a week off sick... I did manage to sew a few seams here and there between lying on the bed listening to true crime podcasts and coughing my guts up.

Oh, today a lovely friend (sewing friend) and I went out on an impromptu coffee then talked ourselves into going to The Fabric Store.. we couldn't get a park so popped into some op shops around there and I got a few great things. Then I went and picked up another Bernina Active 240 that was a bargain on Gumtree again. I guess I could keep it as a back up but I'll sell it along with many other machines I have to get myself a new lounge I think.

Thanks for the nice comments re my linen cardi. Till next time.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

UFO finished - New Look 6315


So another UFO finished. I made the cardigan. At first look, it's very similar to most waterfall cardigans (I've made 2 different Kwik Sew ones) but this one differs because it has a band  around the waterfall and hem. I cut this out 18 months ago and even though I really wanted to make it, it frightened me for some reason. It was that band and I'd read a review on Pattern Review and the person said it wasn't a good pattern and she wouldn't recommend it. Anyway, I loved the colour and fabric and thought get it done and donate it.

 
Plus I made a mistake cutting it out... at the collar part I cut into a smaller size, realised and stopped but then I had this slash. So I zig zagged a little  grosgrain ribbon on it and put a little fray check and the result is not invisible but I don't notice it at all. In fact I had forgotten all about it until I saw the photos again.


The fabric is some linen knit I bought at Darn Cheap Fabric $2 per metre table. Such a bargain and it is amazing fabric. It is a fabulous colour and the slightly brighter blue you see is little sparkly specks.


Sorry, really bad photos again. I wore it today and meant to take a photo of it with a nice white cotton top under it and some cargo pants. It looked much better that over this dress.  The fabric has a nice weight but the band really adds to this and really finishes it off very nicely - it rolls over to the front which I like. Considering this was the part I was avoiding and even considered leaving it off, it's my favourite  part. It really finishes it off very professionally.


Back view...with a dress it's very unbalanced but with pants it looks so nice. The one thing I have to fix is the length of the sleeves. I have to cut off about 8 cm. Shame as the coverstitching finish was perfect. I even washed it in hot water as I thought it would shrink for sure so I didn't cut it before then, but nope, it's kept it's size which is a good thing. I love this cardigan. It's perfect for air conditioned office or movies etc. I thought I took a video of how I slip some little ribbons through the slot in the foot of the overlocker to give the shoulders stability, but I can't find it. I cut the hanger ribbons off everything but keep them as it's useful for this job.

So I recommend this pattern - I'm so glad I bit the bullet and made it up. It was a pretty quick sew up too. I love the fabric too... one of my favourite things I've made. (and practical for a change!)


So I have loads still to show you. Thanks for all your comments... apparently I can't even reply to your comments on my own blog! So till next time.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Candy stripes - FO - finished object

 I cut this top out probably 2 years ago out of a remnant of cotton knit I bought at Spotlight. It has a little yoke at the back, bands on the wrists and a neck binding with pleated bodice. I bought a knit top that was a sample from a pop up shop more than 10 years ago for $5 and it fit so perfectly around the neck, shoulders, arms and length I unpicked it and used it as a pattern for this top. The original was black and the bands on that top was woven. (I don't like to wear black on the top but I did wear the original top out).


You can just see the yoke above. I love how the neck binding is on the bias. The cotton knit was so easy to sew and it is a pleasure to wear.



 Do you see the error? (other than my irregular coverstitching - the thread was catching on something) I put two pleats on one side and three on the other - the original had 3 I think. I used the actual fabric pattern but I think I'll transfer it to paper and tidy it up so I don't do this again. Also look how wonky those pleats are.  I'm not too fussed as this was really to see if the pattern would work (does) and heck I won't be wearing it for ages as it's so hot already and it was a test. Another thing out of the UFO pile. (I look at these photos and I think I might pull the pleats apart and fix that up - it just bugs me). When I bought that bargain Bernina it didn't only come with an overlocker but it came with a walking foot and I used it last night to sew up 2 more leather purses and it was so good. More on that later.

Just off the top of my head, I have 2 dresses (1 UFO), 2 skirts (remnants) , a linen knit waterfall cardi (UFO) (gorgeous) and another top (remnant) to show you. Plus I made another 2 leather purses and I have another one cut out but I can't find the leather pieces (am tidying up my sewing room as we speak). That's the end of the leather I bought a little under 12 months ago. I've also made an effort to put all the random pattern pieces away in their envelopes (no mean feat with so many patterns).

Oh and I still can't comment on most blogs??? A few I can however, and I'm just not sure why so while I may have some comments I can't post them.