Thursday, November 27, 2014


Pyjamas are usually well down on my priority list when it comes to wardrobe planning.  Why, well, they are just plain booring right?
But with a regular houseguest and a summer of camping planned it was certainly time I upped my game.  My previous pair, made with a big 4 pattern had always seemed a little Nana like in their tiny floral print on a white background in a quality but matronly knit.  A fabric that was kindly donated by my mother, from her stash, I suspect because it was too Nana like even for a Nana.

Languishing in my ever increasing fabric stash, was a piece of crushed light weight knit from the op shop that I was struggling to actually find a purpose for.  Pyjamas were the obvious choice.  Teamed with a remnant of rayon knit for trim and using Papercut Anima and Tessuti Alexa patterns, I had a plan.

The only alteration I made to either piece was to reduce the leg band width by around half.

I now have a very much camping ground and lazy Sunday morning friendly pair of pyjamas.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Coral Archer

There is a theme beginning to emerge in my spring wardrobe in the form of this coral colour.

When I bought this rayon fabric from Cotura Fashions last year, I envisioned exactly Grainline Archer for it's use.  My vision hasn't altered in the last twelve months.

I noticed in the previous spotted version, that the yoke didn't sit quite as I would like it due to what I thought of, as my square shoulders, so for this version I raised them by 1cm.  It isn't a drastic change but does look better I feel. Other than that, the Archer was made as instructed.

I love this pattern, I have to say, despite my being a late comer to the party both with the pattern and button up shirts in general.  I am not really a fan of masculine silhouettes but have adapted to shirts due to practicality and good looks and have discovered that in the right fabric they don't have to look masculine at all!

Will there be more?  Definitely, in fact I have just purchased a piece of fabric to make one more!

Because of inclement weather mentioned in my last post, this is what I wore to my daughters graduation.  The lace Belcarra has also been worn out to dinner but I am yet to wear the two pieces together.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Two Piece Set


Two piece sets have been popping up everywhere lately in blog land.  In light of my wearability resolve, I have been quick to jump on the band wagon.

I have been coveting lace skirts for quite some time but what held me back was potential durability.  With the remainder of my black lace from my lace Belcarra, I have made a matching pencil skirt.  For the pattern, I used my pencil version of Vogue 1247.  As per my Sewaholic Belcarra, I have backed the chosen lace with coral coloured satin but this time I lined the entire skirt with heavy black party satin in an attempt to provide as much durability and structure as possible.

Because I wanted to wear the skirt with my matching Belcarra top to resemble a dress, I left off the waistband.  I created a vented split at the back and lined it using instructions from an online tutorial.  Lastly I added a hook and eye at the waist.

The verdict.....I love it!  I can use both the skirt and top in various combinations for various situations.  My initial plan was actually my daughter's high school graduation but because of inclement weather on the day, I revised my plan, but more about that later.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Lace Belcarra

Now that I had my sizing, I was keen to make up Sewaholic's
Belcarra in 
my 'real' fabric. I chose   piece of black  lace from Cotura Fashions which I intended to back in coloured satin.  The satin was to match the shoes I am wearing in the above picture.  I love these shoes but don't have much to wear with them unfortunately.  Matching the fabric to my shoes proved to be difficult to say the least but I feel my shopping frustrations are very much justified with the resulting match.

The neckline on my Citrus Belcarra was still a little wide so for this version, I added 1cm at the shoulders only.

The fit on this top, I have to say, is spot on and this will now become my template for further versions.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Zesty Belcarra and Woven Animas

Because my previous Sewaholic Belcarra is too big, well, everywhere, I went back to the beginning and copied a new one.  This time I cut my top to size 4, grading to size 2 in the hips.  I also narrowed the neck by 1cm all around.

The fabric I chose was an op shop piece of lemon/lime coloured textured mystery woven with nice drape.  I didn't have quite enough fabric so I had to add a piece to the back neck.  To add interest I cut this on the bias and top stitched it.  I also didn't have enough fabric for the sleeve bands so horror of horrors, I cut into a skirt that I didn't really wear but still love the fabric.  The rest of the skirt will be utilized in another project.  

I really like the fit of this Belcarra but feel the neck could be narrowed further in future versions.

Ever since making Papercut Anima pants, I was curious as to how this pattern would look made into a drapey woven fabric.  I had a piece of drapey synthetic woven fabric in my stash that had been recently bought at the op shop.  This fabric is similar to that which sports track pants are made of...the ones that are lined with zips at the ankles.  Because I had nothing to lose I ran a pair of Anima's up.  I am pleased I did!  I have to say, I love these pants!  They are both comfortable and work appropriate.   I am now on the lookout for some more suitable fabric. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Archer In Spots

I have made another Grainline Archer.  This time with long sleeves.  I have seen a lot of denim and navy blue appearing in the shops lately so this fabric could not be more perfect.  I picked it up at the op shop some time ago and the quality is lovely.  I suspect it may be some sort of rayon. 

I usually like spots on other people but this grown up spot is definitely more me.  It was a devil to match because they run on an angle.  

I didn't make any changes to the pattern and took my time.  I was also extremely efficient with my cutting to ensure leftovers.  The resulting shirt is my favourite so far and has been on regular rotation since it's completion way back in September!

Monday, November 3, 2014

End Of October Round Up

Looking at these photos now, our holiday seems like months ago even though it is only a few short weeks.  I still currently have a backlog of unpublished projects  for a whole lot of boring reasons that know one here wants to know about.  What I really need to do is schedule a day and just photograph the lot.  For now though, here is what I have to date for October.

End Of October Wrap Up

Navy Anima Pants
Pattern $17.00
Fabric $10.00
Elastic $2.10
Cording (remnant) $0.00
Total $29.10

Black/Gold Alexa
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Fabric (remnant) $0.00
Total $0.00

Blue Striped Alexa
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Fabric (remnant) $0.00
Total $0.00

Quilted Alexa
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Fabric  $6.00
Total $6.00

Faux Leather Skirt
Fabric $16.09
Zip (rescued) $0.00
Button (rescued) $0.00
Interfacing $3.00
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Total $19.09

Total Me Made  $54.19

Total RTW $258.89