Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tessuti Megan Longline Cardigan in Merino

The Fabric Store's end of season sales are a regular haunt of mine so it is perhaps no surprise that this winter is no exception.  What is a little unusual for me is the speed with which I made up my first piece of fabric.  I have wanted a couple of items of clothing in olive green for some time now so I was very excited to fine olive merino nylon amongst the sale fabrics.  I think I had this fabric in my washing machine within 10 minutes of walking in the door!

The pattern I chose is Tessuti Megan Longline cardigan.  I really liked the exagerated length and drape.  Despite the generous proportions of this cardigan, I had plenty of fabric to work with in my two metre purchase.  

Most of the construction was done on the overlocker.  I didn't put a centre back seam in my version which made the construction even quicker.  I finished both my hem and sleeve hem with a twin needle finish and added a single row of top stitching up the centre front band.

The cardigan went together really quickly and the fabric is lovely to work with.  I am really happy with how this turned out.  I am sure it will get lots of use as a layering piece as the weather warms up.  This will not be the last time I use this pattern!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Seemed like a good idea at the time!

I came across a piece of beige corduroy in the op shop that I bought to make a skirt.  I fancied a button front skirt but these are prone to gaping across my stomach so I decided to make mine a faux button front.

The pattern I used was my trusty Vogue 1247, adapted of course.  I put in a zip in the back and extended the front to include my faux placket.  I lengthened it to sit just below my knee.  The lining I used was a piece of pongee that also came from the op shop.

The skirt was a pretty simple make and nearly got finished in time for winter when doubts started to creep in.  You see, I don't wear skirts at home, instead preferring jeans and shorts depending on the season.

Because the skirt is made of corduroy it really isn't work appropriate except maybe on casual Friday.  Unusually for me this skirt became a ufo for well over a month.  Eventually though it had given me the stink eye long enough and I took it and my jeans buttons to the garage and took to it with a hammer.  Phew!  Job done!  I will hang it up now and see if it gets worn next winter.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

End of August Wrap Up

I am extremely late posting August's wrap up because I have been quite sick with the flu for the last couple of weeks.  During this time there hasn't been a lot of sewing happening either to be fair.  Add to this a late season cold snap and my mojo has been seriously affected.

My favourite make of August would have to be my Levis rub off jeans.  These did work out quite an expensive make but for the fit and comfort factor alone they were so worth it.  My second favourite would have to be the orange wool coat.  This will come in so handy next winter during those cold drab mid winter days.  The white wool jumper is one of those staple items that I always wanted so I am sure it will become a reached for item as well.

End of August Wrap Up

Orange Wool Coat
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Fabric $24.00
Fur $8.12
Buttons $4.50
Lining $2.00
Shoulder Pads $1.80
Total $40.42

White Wool Jumper
Pattern $4.00
Wool $23.95
Total $27.95

Levis Rub Off Jeans
Fabric $32.40
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Zip $3.00
Trim Fabric $0.00
Rivets $15.00
Button $3.60
Thread $3.30
Total $57.30

Brown Suedette Skirt
Fabric $2.00
Lining $2.00
Pattern $13.00
Zip $3.00
Total $20.00

Total Me Made $145.67

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Black Pleather/Ponti Skirt

I had a rather large piece of ponti pleather left over from my ponti/pleather pants.  After seeing Stylearc's Charlie Stretch Woven Skirt, I decided that this was what my leftovers would become.  I didn't have the patience to wait for delivery of the pattern though and am also feeling a little guilty about the volume of sewing patterns currently making their way into my stash.  It was time to put pen to paper, or in my case Sharpie to plastic.

I started with my tnt Lindy Petal Skirt pattern which is a free pattern by Itch to Stitch.  The back and waistband were both used in my new skirt pattern.  Because of fabric limitations with the pleather, I added a strip of remnant ponti at the side back.  The yoke and pocket pieces were both traced from my jeans pattern.  I added faux front pockets and a faux fly front.

I finished the waist with elastic encased inside the waist band as per the Lindy Petal Skirt instructions.

I am really happy with the resulting skirt.  It was intended as a winter skirt but will also transition nicely into spring.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Winter White Cozy Wool Alta

I am never going to win any prizes in speed knitting because my latest project has taken all year in the making.  In fact sometimes there can be such large gaps between my knitting sessions I have completely forgotten how to create the stitches and have to go back to the instructions all over again.  This is very frustrating and how mistakes happen not that I have had any biggies happen yet!

The wool was bought at an end of season Lincraft sale.  It is double knitting 100% wool and Lincraft Cozy Wool.  I really like this stuff.  It is durable but soft and best of all inexpensive.  I find jerseys that rub very annoying and fortunately this stuff doesn't.

The pattern is Amy Herzog Alta made using my customfit sizing.  I didn't do any front shaping on this jumper though.  The panel on the front made it difficult and I felt it really didn't need it.  Because I have a sway back, I did include the back shaping.  I found some of the instructions for the cables confusing so ended up using a little poetic licence so there are probably subtle differences between my version and the original design.

I wore my new jumper today for the second time this winter.  It was lovely and sunny but typical of this time of the year, a quite biting breeze in the open.  I spent the day watching my son playing football (soccer) in a centrals primary school tournament in Hagley Park.  I left my hat on for the photo, because when I took it off, well hat hair just about says it all!

I really like Amy Herzog custom fit jumpers, especially this one, so there will be more, just not anytime soon!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Simplicity 2508 in Orange Wool

Two years ago, I picked up a significant quantity of orange wool coating for $6 per metre at Fabric Vision.  It was such a a bargain, I bought about six metres from memory.  Courteney made a bomber jacket for her brother out of it but there was still a ton of it left for my planned project.  It took a mere two years for my plans to come to fruition.

My black coat made using Simplicity 2508   is starting to look a little tired.  It is my favourite because it is nice and roomy for layering.  The raglan sleeves mean it is not too snug so perfect for wearing jumpers underneath, a necessity first thing in the morning when temperatures are frequently below freezing.  To make sure though, that I stayed warm I added an additional layer of flannel interlining.  After basting in said interlining it quickly became apparent that my choice of green plaid from my stash was visible from the outside, darn it!  An evening in front of the tv with my seam ripper and a dig around in my linen cupboard later, and my interlinings were replaced with an old flannelette sheet, in a more practical shade of cream.  It isn't glamorous but it is practical.  I did have doubts about interlining at all as the coat came together because this puppy weight a to!  Don't even get me started on the difficulties maneuvering it to sew buttonholes and top stitching!

Given the weight of the outer part of the coat, lining it in satin was a good decision.  Last years make, Grainline Cascade is lined in cotton and I do find it grabs my clothes and isn't at all easy to put on.  I still love it but wouldn't line in cotton again for this reason.  The satin is an op shop purchase so was a no brainer for lining anyway.

I bought the fur for the hood from The Fabric Store and initially was intending to button it to the hood so I could remove it but decided that actually, I probably wouldn't bother removing it anyway so just hand stitched it on after the fact.

My coat has been sitting on my mannequin for several weeks, ironically in the coldest days of winter, waiting on the arrival of buttons and shoulder pads from Aliexpress.  Considering the number of buttons on this coat, I wasn't willing to pay big money for the buttons.

The verdict;  despite being a seemingly endless project, and taking up many evenings, I am happy with the results.  Who wouldn't be happy wearing such a cheerful coat!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Working With What I Have

I have been spending a bit of time emptying my overflowing scrap bin by way of making up the contents  where possible.  

The orange wool is leftover from my recent McCall's jumper and the piece I had left was too big to throw out.  I only had enough for the front and neckband using McCalls 6992.  For the back sleeves and cuffs, I used what I could salvage from this jacket which had been in my recycle bag for a while now.   It didn't have much warmth in it and I found I just didn't wear it.  The fabric is however perfect for a jumper.  I had to extend the sleeves by using a bit of creative licence in the form of an extension which I topstitched.

Now, as much as I love my version of this jumper, I really had no use for a second one, so this version was always going to be donated and Courteney who is flatting was certainly not going to turn down a warm jumper in the middle of winter.

So, how much do you like your new jumper Courteney?  Oh, this much!