Wednesday, December 30, 2015

End Of December Wrap Up


Like so many others, December was more about the functions and shopping associated with the end of another year, than actual sewing.  I did manage to make a few things to take away on my summer camping trip which will be blogged in January.  For now though, here is what I managed to photograph for December. 

Usually I can pick a favourite make for each month but unusually for December I really like all three.  The trouser suit while a favourite of mine, actually had mixed reactions at home.  My youngest son thought I looked really cool but my daughter still can't understand the whole trouser suit trend. 

The blue dress is actually made from a tencil type fabric and not sueded silk like some of my readers thought.  I wouldn't mind making it with sueded silk though.  This dress has become a favourite work dress and I am really pleased with my sleeve alterations.

The pink dress, is also a favourite.  I love this fabric and have had it stored for a year with no idea what to make out of it.  I am really pleased with my fake wrap dress and this pattern will be used again in some form.

December Wrap Up

Navy Trouser Suit
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Fabric $9.00
Zip $5.00
Elastic (from stash) $0.00
Total $14.00

Pink Wrap Dress
Pattern $10.00
Fabric $12.00
Elastic from stash $0.00
Total $22.00

Blue Shift  Dress
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Fabric $2.00
Zip $1.69
Total $2.69

Total Me Made $38.69

Total RTW $175.00


Thursday, December 24, 2015

That's A Wrap Folks!

I have been coveting wrap dresses for months now but struggling to make up my mind which pattern to make up.  I knew I needed to pick carefully as not all wrap dresses would be suitable for my shape.  My list of requirements was quite large.  The bodice needed to sit nicely and not droop or expose anything I did not want exposed, aka it had to be work friendly, it also needed to sit nicely in the skirt and I wasn't convinced a traditional wrap would do that on me, oh and it had to skim my hips and not cling.  Enter New Look 6301.  I chose this pattern because all of the versions I have seen have looked really good.  I like New Look patterns, because they are affordable.  Patterns in New Zealand are really expensive and sales are few and far between.

The fabric I chose is a rayon knit that I picked up on the sale table at Fabric Vision last summer with no particular project in mind.  I cut the pattern to size 10 and lengthened the ties slightly.  Other than that it was made exactly to the pattern.

This dress is a really quick make using mainly the overlocker.  I used a twin needle for both the hem and sleeve hem.  I am really happy with the way it turned out and there will definitely be more.

That is it for me for 2015.  I have my sister and her family staying with me at the moment and will be offline for a few days after that! 

Merry Christmas and  Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Moody Blues

I can't believe it is nearly two months since I made my M'Call's flutter top.  This dress actually was quickly on the heels of that top but it has taken me this long to write about it.  Rest assured it has been in regular rotation since I made it but photographing it didn't come quite as easy as making it unfortunately.  For some reason this fabric is quite difficult to photograph.  Today I whipped outside between thunder storms and hail and dodged raindrops to get these photographs.  Maybe I should take all of my photos in the rain because I am actually quite happy with the way they turned out!   Although, since it has only rained here a couple of times in the last month, probably not a good idea!

There really isn't a lot to say about this that I didn't say about the top.  I lengthened the sleeves, full stop!  That just about confirms that my wearable muslin was indeed wearable.

Will I make this again?  Well that really is a dilemma!  While I love this dress there actually is a small part of me that is quite keen to try Papercut Patterns Flutter dress but the jury is still out on that one!  

Monday, December 7, 2015

Embracing A New Trend

I was told when I was considering my latest project that the only people that should be wearing a jumpsuit are babies that are still in nappies.  Not one to be deterred, I waited until the said naysayer was away on holiday to put my plan into action.  I did have a venue in mind to wear my planned jumpsuit and that was a work Christmas function.  I could never be accused of being too flamboyant in my choice of dress as the venue was a drag queen cabaret show.  In fact I may have been a little under dressed in a navy pants suit!

The fabric I had in mind is a lovely drapey crepe that I had found in the op shop.  Yes, I know, this is starting to get a little boring and I really need to find some new fabric buying outlets!  But, if it aint broke don't fix it I say!  Also, I wasn't 100% convinced I could pull off a jumpsuit so given I hadn't invested great amounts of money in the fabric I was of the opinion, nothing ventured, nothing gained!

I had the choice of two My Image Patterns and my Insta friends chose Spring/Summer 2013 M1311.  I drew up the pattern to size 38.  I was not all that sure of the sizing because the patterns I have made so far have been a bit of a mixed bag size wise.  I chose the 38 because I figured I could always make it smaller if required.  

I didn't really follow the instructions which is a good thing because like Burdastyle there really aren't many.  In fact, I even chose to line the front of the bodice because one thing I can't stand with a cowl neck is when the facing flips out.  The lining I chose was a Bemburg satin lining so it is nice and light and while it holds the facing in position, it doesn't add to the weight or bulk of the bodice.  I cut a facing for the back neck and made bias tape in the outer fabric to bind the armholes.

Before I attached the top to the pants, I tried it on.  After inserting the most perfect invisible zip ever, I found I needed to unpick it and run in the back seam because the neckline was falling off my shoulders.  Oh well,  I just had to insert the second most perfect invisible zip ever after that!

My biggest challenge came when I wanted to hem the pants. Because Courteney was busy swanning around Australia at the time, I had to enlist my husband to pin the hem.  With a million instructions I entrusted him my pin cushion and he set to work.  I don't think he did too bad!

As far as the pants go, this is the first pair of wide leg pants I have made since the early 1990's and although I briefly considered narrowing them, I am pleased I chose to leave them in their drafted state.  Yes, this does mean I need to wear heels, but I think I may be a convert.  I am a little late to the wide leg pants party but good things take time.  I finished the entire outfit of with a wide elastic belt.  I don't think I have been out for dinner and felt this comfortable in a long time.  They really are secret pyjamas! 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

End of November Wrap Up

End of November Wrap Up

Black and White Twist Top
Fabric $2.00
Pattern $7.50
Total $9.50

Denim Jacket
Pattern $12.97
Fabric $6.00
Buttons $6.50
Total $25.97

Poppy Belcarra Mash Up
Fabric $1.99
Pattern $0.00
Total $1.99

Blue 3/4 Anima Pants
Fabric $43.05
Pattern $0.00
Elastic $3.00
Total $46.05

Chambray Dress
Fabric $2.00
Pattern $0.00
Buttons $0.00
Total $2.00

Total Me Made $85.51

Total RTW $40.00