Thursday, September 29, 2016

Lekala 5088 in Wool Suiting



I picked up .7m of black wool suiting at the op shop that I had earmarked for a replacement skirt for this skirt that was worn to death, literally.  Since it's demise I have really missed it in the winter.  Lara of Thornberry had made a lovely version of Lekala 5088 which was the inspiration for mine.  A custom fit pencil skirt was very appealing despite my well documented love of Vogue 1247 and my many variations.


I printed out my pattern, a freebie of the Lekala site and taped it together.  It was during this process I found an image on a blog of a skirt with leather inserts.  For the life of me now, I can't remember where!  I had some scraps of faux leather in my scrap bin so I removed the darts from my pattern and inserted my contrast fabric from the dart to the ide seam.  It is a simple change but I feel elevates what would otherwise be a rather boring black wool pencil skirt.  I fully lined the skirt with op shop lining and found a rescue zip in my stash.


I am pretty happy with the resulting skirt.  The fit is spot on and I really like the ease across the front.  I will definitely be using this pattern again.


Just a side note, please don't look too hard at the creases in my photos.  These pictures were taken after a day at my desk at work hence the creases.


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.