Saturday, July 30, 2016

End of July Wrap Up

Winter seems to be a non event this year and to date has been more like late autumn than winter.  We have had very little rain and lots of still, sunny cloudless days which are great for blog photographs but not so great for getting wear out of warm winter coats.  My merino cardigans and jumpers are being utilized as outwear and not layering pieces.  I have a few more winter makes to write about and a coat that is waiting on some hardware to arrive from China before I can finish it.  Judging by my weather app we are due to have winter from Wednesday through to the following Monday  so hopefully my buttons and shoulder pads will arrive on Monday or Tuesday, fingers crossed!

End of July Wrap Up

Stylearc Kendall Top
Pattern $13.75
Fabric (remnant) $0.00
Total $13.75

Bootstrap Blouse
Pattern $5.85
Fabric $16.00
Clasp $6.00
Total $27.85

Saturday Jumper
Fabric $23.92
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Total $23.92

Black Ponti/Pleather Pants
Pleather $17.95
Ponti (remnant) $0.00
Elastic (from stash) $0.00
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Zip $3.00
Button (from stash) $0.00
Total $20.95

Marc Jacobs Stylearc Harper
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Fabric $42.00
Total $42.00

Red and Black Jalie Top
Fabric (remnant) $0.00
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Total $0.00

Total Me Made July $128.47

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Jalie 3352 Version 12?

You may have seen a glimpse of my new tee in my last post.  I needed a new top to go with my now favourite Stylearc Harper Jacket.  It just so happened I had the perfect size remnant in my stash left over from this dress.  I rummaged around in my fabric stash and found a piece of black rayon lycra knit and this became the sleeves.  Fortunately this top has both navy and black in it so the black sleeves certainly didn't look out of place.

The pattern I chose is Jalie 3352.  I have made, at last count around 12 of these in various forms.  I really like this pattern so it will feature again.  The sleeves as drafted are 3/4 length so I always lengthen them and from memory slightly run them in as well.  The neckline is quite low, so I use the neckline from Tessuti Alexa which is my other favourite tee pattern.
It really is no surprise that I really like the resulting tee and it does go quite nicely with my new cardigan/jacket.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Stylearc Harper in Marc Jacobs Merino Knit

I was in The Fabric Store a few weeks back and spotted a piece of Marc Jacobs merino knit in this lovely plaid knit.  It came in two colour ways, the second being pink and orange.  I chose the red and navy blue.   I new immediately what I would be making with it.  I just didn't know quite how I would go about it.  

I bought my fabric home and immediately threw it in the washing machine on a warm wash.  Shock horror!  I washed the fabric!  Everything I wear needs to be washed.  I don't do dry cleaning if I can help it.  By washing it first, I was guaranteed to be able to always wash it.  It shrank a lot but I have been rewarded with a lovely thick finished product.

This particular fabric is not very stretchy so for this version  of Stylearc Harper, I stuck with the seam allowances as drafted.  I also added darts in the back to counteract my sway back, something I wouldn't normally do with a knit, especially a cardigan.  Once again I added 9cm to the length of the jacket both in the front and back.

The edges on the jacket are not supposed to be finished.  They are mean't to be left raw.  I just can't deal with that so for this cardigan because of the thickness of the fabric and practicalities of turning and topstitching, I finished my edges with a 3 thread overlocking stitch.  This gives the edges a nice finish without being overly visible.

I love the resulting cardigan and wear it a lot.  It is particularly handy for work where 2 walls of glass in my office mean mornings can be quite cold.

As tempting as it is to make another jacket/cardigan in black, I have now retired this pattern for this season for fear of too much of a good thing.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Black Pleather/Ponti Pants

I picked up a remnant of black pleather on Fabric Visions sale table and immediately had a vision of a ponti/pleather pair of pull on jeans.  I am loving all of the rtw pairs I have seen around but not being flamboyant in nature, I felt a toned down pair was more my 

I decided to splice my front and back leg pieces and insert the pleather.  I had leftover ponti in my stash from these pants which have since been passed on to my daughter.  The ponti is deliciously thick so I knew it would hold the style well.

For the pattern, I did consider buying Stylearc's Georgie Stretch
Woven Jean pattern, or Jalie's Eleonore Pull On Jeans pattern but decided to work with what I have.  Ginger Jeans as a pattern was a no brainer really because it is already in my stash and I have used it already.  To adapt the pattern to a pull on style was simply a mater of adding a mock fly and inserting elastic into the waistband.  I added belt tabs so I could wear a belt if necessary but actually I don't need to.  I left off the front pockets in favour of faux pockets because I didn't want the bags showing.

All in all I am really happy with the resulting pants.  My only disappointment is I used the last of the ponti!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Saturday Jumper

I was in Fabric Vision a couple of weeks ago buying a zip or some such trivia when a stand of gorgeous wool blend sweater knit beckoned me over.  It was the $15.95 per metre sign that lured me in.  I had visions of a lovely winter wrap, but of course, I didn't actually end up using my fabric for a wrap.

Once I had it home and washed it, I realised I wouldn't really wear a wrap very often so I changed tack at my daughter's suggestion and dug through my patterns to find my tnt McCall's 6992. Courteney  also suggested a high low hem.  This is version five of this pattern so I was quite happy to mix it up a bit!

Although I do knit, my knitting is quite slow so the occasional sewn jumper certainly doesn't go astray!  This was an extremely quick and satisfying project despite hand sewing the hem.

I wore it to watch my oldest son play rugby on Saturday in a bitterly cold wind and am happy to report, not only is it cozy to wear, with all of those colours, it is cheerful as well!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Leko 4420 Blouse

Lekala Patterns and now Bootstrap Fashions Patterns are extremely appealing to me from a price point alone but they also have some very nice patterns.  Added to this the ability to customize these patterns to my measurements and I am sold.  

I was particularly drawn to Leko 4420.  It has the peasant vibe that I am currently loving but is quite classic in design at the same time. I paid the extra 50c to get seam allowances because at 50c I would be mad not to!  

I had been looking for a piece of white fabric to make a long sleeved top for a while and Spotlight had just the piece on their clearance table.  It is a synthetic composition in a crepe, a washing machine friendly type of fabric that doesn't crease easily so it fit my brief perfectly.    I picked up a blingy bra catch at Lincraft to finish the blouse off.

I love the resulting blouse although if I was to make it again, I would probably recut the back hem slightly because it is just a little too exagerated for my liking.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Stylearc Kendall Knit Top

To trial a new pattern I try to find either remnants or op shop fabrics in my collection because there is no guarantee the pattern is going to be a keeper and Stylearc Kendall is no exception.
I ordered a size 8 pattern and found a piece of purple merino and red synthetic knit in my remnant stash to trial the pattern out.

This top is actually a mixed bag.  I love the collar and the fit of the sleeves but find the body is a bit big.  The yoke also pulls upwards and I think this has something to do with the way the collar sits.  I love this collar and would like to use this part of the pattern again but probably wouldn't make the top again in it's present form.  I would need to think about how I make the collar work without the dragging but if I could get it to work, it would make a lovely collar for a winter knit dress.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

End of June Wrap Up

I am well behind in my blogging which is something I have been trying to remedy this month but I have also been sewing flat out in an attempt to make up the fabric that followed me home during the course of the month as well.  I have to say, my stash busting efforts have been pretty much a failure but in saying that I have managed to make up some fabric that has been taking up valuable space for too long.  The above is not the complete picture because I also made 4 pairs of Stylearc Elle pants for my Mum that have not been photographed.

End of June Wrap Up

Navy Undercover Hoodie
Fabric $12.00
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Ribbing (remnant) $0.00
Trim (remnant) $0.00
Cording (from stash) $0.00
Cord Stoppers $1.50
Total $13.50

Brown McCall's Jumper
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Fabric $4.00
Total $4.00

Grey Coated Ginger Jeans
Pattern (used before) $0.00$
Denim $31.92
Zip $3.00
Topstitch Thread $8.95
Grey Overlocker Thread $2.00
Buttons  $59.45
Total $105.32

Beige Stylearc Harper
Pattern $9.48
Fabric (remnant) $0.00
Total $9.48

Checked Coatigan
Fabric $40.50
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Total $40.50

White Merino Tessuti Alexa
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Fabric $16.00
Total $16.00

Blue Spot Jalie Top
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Fabric $21.00
Total $21.00

Grey Stylearc Harper
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Fabric $5.00
Thread $20.00
Total $25.00

Blue Stylearc Harper
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Fabric $1.99
Total $1.99

Total Me Made $236.79

While I bought the navy sweatshirting to make up my hoodie, most of what I made this month was from my stash.  Just about all of it was bought in end of winter sales last year.  The beige rugby knit, I trialed my Harper Jacket with has been in my stash for several years.  It feels good to use a piece of fabric that has been around for so long.  

The coated Ginger Jeans were my most expensive make because I had to import 100 buttons from overseas.  The buttons that the fabric shops sell are next to useless so at the time it seemed like a good idea.  That was until I found I could buy exactly the same thing from China for $15.00 and they work just as well.  I have now bought tarnished brass buttons as well.  

Another relatively expensive make was the grey merino Stylearc Harper.  I like to use textured polyester thread in the loopers of my overlocker and I had never bought grey before.  These are massive reels and last forever but do work out quite expensive to purchase. This grey thread will be used for many different items but as I like to document the cost, I have included them here.