Saturday, October 29, 2016

Coming Up Roses

I made a new dress and I think I am in love!  

My new dress is McCall's 6886, a very popular pattern that has been around for a while now.  At the end of last summer I bought a lovely piece of textured medium weight knit in this gorgeous rose print from Backstreet Bargains.  I bought it with a plain knit dress in mind.  I love roses.  My garden is full of them and this fabric is very me.  I also liked the mid weight that I knew would hold its shape for a dress extremely well without the dreaded cling factor.

One thing I always do now, is get my tape measure out before I cut into any pattern.  I am pretty picky when it comes to fit for any pattern and anything to bodycon is quickly rejected.  A quick google search revealed that this dress had the potential to be just that and this is a look that I wanted to avoid at all costs.  I decided based on the ease in this dress that I needed to upsize from my usual 10 up top and 12 in the hips to 12 up top grading to 14 in the hips.  I am pleased I took the time to do this because the resulting dress is more shift dress than tee dress and I am really happy about that.

I chose to make view A with no real changes to the design.  The only thing I did change was to add two darts at the back to account for my sway back.  I used my usual woven shift dress pattern and laid it on my pattern pieces and used it as my guide.  I intend to use this pattern again so at some point I may redraw the back pattern piece with the darts added.

I love the resulting dress and it proved to be the perfect dress to pack for my Australian holiday for those, I really don't know whether I will need a nice dress occasions.  For an evening meal out I just needed to whip it out of the suitcase, no ironing required. It is also quick drying.  I had in mind that it would look equally good with a denim jacket and converse as a pair of dressy sandals.  Which all meant more room in my suitcase for fabric shopping!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Simplicity 1366

Simplicity 1366 is a pattern I have been keen to try since last summer. I had previously made Grainline Scout and had a lot of use from all 3 tops.  I only have one of those originals left so wanted a couple more tee type woven tops that are suitable for both weekend wear, or holiday wear as the case may be, but particularly to wear to work.  What I liked about Simplicity 1366 is the darts in the bust. 

 When Spotlight had a recent pattern sale, I hopped online and placed my order.  I can't be bothered with the queues at Spotlight at the best of times and usually find that the patterns I want aren't available when I get to the counter so this worked perfectly for me.
I cut the pattern to size 10 in the body and 12 over the hips.  The fabric I chose was a lovely crepe fabric from Fabric Vision that I bought in the winter.  I think the bright colours on a cold winters day are what sold it to me.  It is a little thick but perfect for transitional spring weather.

After I made the top up I realised that it would be a tad too short once hemmed so I dug through my stash and found a light weight fabric in black and created a false hem.  If I was to make more I would add a little more length to the top.

I am a little bit underwhelmed by the finished top.  I have worn it quite a bit, but I feel it is just too big.  It needs a much smaller neckline on me and the shoulders are also too wide.  If I made it again I would try to downsize it from my usual 10 to perhaps an 8.  This is definitely one of those times I wish I hadn't cut my pattern!

I have just noticed while editing the above pictures for uploading that in the photo at the top, one of the photo bombers in the picture was very much deliberate.  Can you spot that red shirt in the top photo?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Ginger Bermudas

Each spring I make myself a new pair of shorts.  For the last 4-5 years my pattern of choice has been Sewaholic Thurlow.  This year, I had in mind something different.  I really wanted a pair of bermuda shorts with longer legs which are more suitable for cool mornings and evenings in spring.  I find the Thurlow pattern while completely suitable for beach wear is not so suitable for wearing in the city, well not for a 40 something year old anyway! 

I bought a pair of rtw denim bermudas last year from Kmart but although they are practical, I am not entirely happy with the fit.  Now that I have perfected the fit of my own jeans and shorts., I am extra picky with anything ready to wear.  This is probably the reason I buy very little ready to wear these days.  I knew that based on Closet Case Files Ginger Jeans and my Kmart shorts, I could come up with something better.

I copied my Ginger pattern and straightened out the legs.  From memory I straightened them 3cm on both the inside and outside leg seams. I then went in search for a remnant in my stash to make them out of.  I found a piece of grey coated stretch denim that was left over from my Ginger jeans.  I had just enough with a bit of pattern tetris to cut them out.  I had absolutely nothing left over. 
 For the waistband and pocket linings I used a shirt my husband no longer wore.  The grey top stitching thread was left over from my original Gingers.

The rivets and button  I chose are antique bronze.  I went with this colour over antique silver because this is the colour of my zipper teeth.  These were bought to make my last pair of jeans.

I am really pleased with how these turned out.  They proved a great addition to my holiday wardrobe and will be on regular wardrobe rotation this spring.  My fitbit told me that while I was in Sydney I was walking around 25000 steps per day so comfort was essential.  These definitely ticked the comfort box. 

The above photos were taken at Darling Harbour, Sydney

Friday, October 14, 2016

Denim Moss Mini

I took my white denim Grainline Moss Mini to Las Vegas last year and it proved to be a very useful addition to my travel wardrobe.  I wore it with tops and sneakers for sightseeing or sandals for evening meals and shows.  It did last the summer but by the end, the zip gave out.  It had got a little tight so I wasn't too upset.  I certainly had my monies worth out of it.

After I booked my tickets to Sydney, a replacement top was top of my sewing queue.  This time I upsized it slightly and also lengthened it and left off the bottom band.

The fabric I used was blue stretch denim from The Fabric Store that was leftover from my recently made Levis rub off jeans.  I already had the topstitching thread and button so the only thing I bought was the zip.  Even the waistband and pocket lining were rescued from a shirt of my husbands.

Once again my moss mini proved invaluable for the Sydney part of my recent holiday.  The weather was pleasantly warm but quite blustery, perfect denim skirt weather!

If I was to make this again I would make the waistband slightly tighter.  It is still a very comfortable and wearable skirt that will be on regular rotation this summer.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Modified Merino Lindy Petal Skirt

After finishing Tessuti Megan Longline Cardigan I had a remnant of fabric left over that was just about bi enough for a skirt.  Rather than put the remnant in my cupboard, I chose to deal with it straight away.

The pattern I chose was Lindy Petal Skirt.  I used the back and waistband pattern pieces but cut two.  Because my merino was more drapey than the ponti I usually use for this pattern, I added 1cm to each side seam to avoid it clinging in all the wrong places.  I cut the back twice to get my standard pencil shaped skirt.

My piece of fabric was not quite long enough to cut it a decent length but by piecing an extension to the front and an extension with a centre back seam, I was able to eek it out of my remnant.  

My new skirt is super comfy to wear and will come in handy, until the weather gets too warm, for work.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

End of September Wrap Up

If you have been following me on Instagram you will know that I have just spent a lovely week and a half in Australia with my family.  Prior to my holiday I spent about a month making the necessary additions to my wardrobe that a week in the spring sun necessitated, well in my mind anyway!  During September I had rather a backlog of winter items that I tried to write about.  I almost got there.  All but one made it onto the blog.  I will remedy this quick smart because my brain is now very much entrenched in new seasons sewing.  On that note, a few pieces of fabric from both Tessuti Fabrics and Pitt Trading did make my way into my stash while I was on holiday so I better get my sewjo back quick smart!

End Of September Wrap Up

Wool Lekala Skirt
Fabric $2.00
Pleather $0.00
Zip (from stash) $0.00
Lining (remnant) $0.00
Pattern (free) $0.00
Total $2.00

Corduroy Faux Button Skirt
Fabric $2.00
Lining (remnant) $0.00
Pattern (used before)  $0.00
Buttons (accounted for) $0.00
Total $2.00

Tessuti Megan in Olive Wool
Fabric $24.00
Pattern $11.00
Total $35.00

Total $39.00