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Proving their worth...

Hi, Happy New Year! We've been back from our trip nearly 3 weeks and no sewing has been done. It rained a lot while we were away and the grass in our back yard went from brown and crunchy quite literally, to green and lush but long. The grass has been cut 3 times already and needs it again.

So, as I haven't any sewing to report, I thought I'd talk about how some things have proved their worth.

Firstly,  the couch covers I made last April for my old couch. I made these covers very cheaply. The fabric was $4 per metre and a very light colour. Before I made them I cut a test piece and marked 10x10cm to throw in the wash to see how it would wash and if it would shrink.

It washed well and didn't shrink at all... good old synthetic. I just took the cushion covers off to wash them this weekend and I'm happy to say they have washed up perfectly. They haven't faded over the last 9 months although I noticed a light stain that didn't wash out but when I do the again …
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Winter sewing part 2

So finally I finished my jeans. Not that it was hard, but I do have an aversion to sewing waistbands, don't ask me why, I don't know? It's not like I have failed waistbands lying around, I just always procrastinate about sewing them. 

That's the pattern and the full length jeans. They have a straight waistband which actually works ok for my waist. The denim was bought at Lincraft a number of years ago and is probably great for winter in Brisbane, not sure how great they'll be in Germany. Not to worry I'm making merino tights and/or long johns. 
This is the back of the jeans. The pocket is ridiculously small. I knew it but should have pulled them off and done them again. Of course proportion is everything and smaller pockets mean bigger looking back end so I want to avoid that. I probably won't get time before we go away but it won't matter as they will be covered anyway.  

These photos are all terrible and all been lightened to see any detail. I don…

Winter sewing.

Ok so a quick one with lots of photos. I made this Simplicity 8338 workout top out of some light weight active wear remnant from Lincraft. Cut out ages ago and finished it a few weeks ago. It's a nice fit and I like it. I will make some adjustments so that I can tie up the back when I do yoga as downward dog makes it go over my head unless I quickly tuck it into my pants... which I do.

Made the back panel with some white mesh I had on hand.


So winter sewing because at this stage we are going away to Europe and am busy making stuff to take. Jeans which I think will be too light weight but with tights and a long coat should be ok. I'll see. I started these a few weeks ago but I haven't finished them yet.




Didn't have a blue zip on hand but a green one.. no problem. Too long, also no problem; this is a stash pair of jeans. Yay!




Have used New Look 6979 for the pants in a heavy wool knit I bought a a fabric stash sale a few months ago. They are heavy but look smart for basi…

Vintage McCall's 9514 and a baby gift - Edited-photos wearing the dress

A number of years ago my sister gave me a little old style school port that was full of vintage patterns. A woman she knows had them and made most of them. She had similar/same styles in different big 4 brands. I really fell in love with this one. I love spots and found a navy and white spot synthetic crepe at East Coast Fabrics a couple of years ago when on holidays in Maroochydore.  I don't usually wear synthetics, but I do like a crepe and spots and it wasn't expensive. 

This is the finished dress. I did make some changes. The dress size is 18... I'm probably a 10 + FBA with 14-16 hips. I did try  to do an adjustment but it wasn't a great success but I really loved the potential look. It was so wide on the shoulders and back/bust area. I asked my niece to try it on but it fit better on the back and bust, but not really right. At one point it was going to become a skirt if I couldn't make it work.

It sat in the naughty corner for a long time. I got keen again ab…

Ottobre 5/2017 no 4 and some extra stuff

This is the Ottobre top no 4 from 5/2017 magazine. I have a lot of their magazines but although I like their basic styles I don't make much. I'm trying to get myself using them more. 

Sorry, such bad photos but I never remember when I'm out and about somewhere nice. I made it from some white cotton knit that I bought at a workroom sale locally. The woman was having a big sale and although there were some nice fabrics, it wasn't my style or not that great a bargain to justify stashing. (I've done too much of that already). There was a huge pile of large and smaller remnants and she wanted $20 bag (on of those ugly heavier supermarket bags) so my friend and I shared one bag full and boy did we manage to stuff a lot in that bag. It's a very nice fabric and all the fabrics were good quality. I've got a top cut out of another knit with roses (but I can't find the instruction sheet even though I've tidied everything up!). 

I made my top in a size 38 cutt…

Burda 6471 and sewing machine cover

So I finally finished something after the couch. I started making these in summer I think. I know; counterintuitive isn't it. I often think, I should start sewing for winter in summer so it's ready for winter. Two things wrong with this plan other than the obvious - I don't get that organised. One is that it is so hot in summer, it is just not bearable to have winter fabrics on you while sewing. Two, is that there is no motivation to get it done which also fits with it doesn't get that cold here either.  I just cannot imagine cold weather when I am hot either. Anyway, I really liked these track pants. Call them what you want or buy a fancy indie pattern, but the truth is, they are track pants.
I have a thing for grey too. Love grey trackies. (also commonly known as 'trackie dacks' here). Things I liked about this pattern.... flat front, slant pockets, eyelets and the unbound straight hems. I also love Burda pants fit on me... I like to say I have a "Europ…