New post over at Stitch 56, check it out.
In other news, how tasty is my remote control:
New post over at Stitch 56, check it out.
In other news, how tasty is my remote control:
You may remember this wax print from my Port Douglas trip last year. I bought it from a craft market stall on the marina, proving I really can add to my fabric stash just about everywhere I go. I had been saving it up for something special and the Melbourne Frocktails was the perfect event, who better to appreciate it than other sewists.
I made quite a few changes to this pattern, some of them for fit and some a design choice. For fit, I made my usual changes to the shoulder area as well as a full bust adjustment. The back of this was the biggest fit challenge, but I got there eventually through a process of pinching out different wedges of fabric on my toile and eliminating them on the pattern pieces only to do it all over again. As for design changes: I narrowed the shoulders as I found that the original pattern extends out quite far off the shoulders for a sleeveless dress and I shortened the skirt to a mini length.
The printed cotton was an absolute dream to sew with and the print was big enough that I only needed to think a little bit about print placement when cutting. Facing the armholes with bias binding was a bit fiddly, but I think I did a passable job.
In the end the night was amazing. It was great to admire everyone looking smashing in their handmade frocks and to finally meet people I had been following on social media and blogs for a while now. I can’t wait for next years Frocktails event although I have no idea when I’ll get around to sewing something for it. My next few months are going to be busy making up my final college assignment and Frocktails will be mere days after getting back from overseas. Never mind, girl loves a challenge I guess!
How quickly should fabric enter your house and exit your stash before it isn’t counted as a stash enhancement anymore? If immediately is the answer than this ponte definitely doesn’t count as stash!
I bought it from Tessuti on a complete whim when I was already feeling pretty guilty about how much fabric I own. So the answer to my guilt was to not let it sit around reminding me about my complete lack of self control. A quick browse of the Burdastyle pattern store (so much faster than browsing my actual magazine collection with the added benefit of viewing what other sewers have done with the pattern) found this beauty: #121 from issue 9/2012 that I already own.
I’d thought that the contrast panel on this dress was attached with princess seams running down the front, however that panel is just sewn right on top of the dress like a giant appliqué and the shaping is achieved with a massive meandering dart down the front. I had a pretty clear idea from the start about where I wanted the print on this dress to fall and I didn’t have enough fabric (1.5 M) to make the panel work so I just left it off. I cut a size 19 (petite sizing! No having to take inches off the length because I’m a shorty) as this is equivalent to the 38 I normally make and made it up with no test fitting whatsoever. The only adjustments needed was to tune up the back darts around the shoulders (surprise surprise – Ms Wonky Shoulders) the rest fit really well.
I could probably make this dress a bit more fitted around the waist, but I don’t really mind leaving an extra inch for burgers – I may change my mind later, but for the moment I’m good. The collar also stands a bit proud despite reinforcing it with stay tape, any tips to avoid this again? The bit I’m really feeling smug with though is the pattern matching through the back:
Wah!! Pattern matching win!
How the hell has another six weeks passed me by? I made this jumpsuit for my birthday in March (that’s right, March!) and I’m now only just getting around to blogging about it. I have wanted to make the draped bodice variation of the Holly Jumpsuit for a while but was worried that it wouldn’t give me enough coverage up front to hide a strapless bra. I was surprised that there was JUST enough coverage for said bra and that the whole thing came together and wears out with very little hoo-haa.
Fit for this make was pleasantly easy. The cowl front definitely drapes a bit less if you are fuller busted, but there is plenty of drape left for it to look like a design feature rather than bad fit. It was so long ago that I made this that I honestly don’t remember if I made any changes to the pattern, other than fudging the side seams and dart position to fit with the Holly Pants I had already altered/made. The spaghetti straps at least make fitting my funny shoulders a non-issue.
It has come to my attention that I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to clothes. When I’m shopping and I see something shiny my eyes pop open and go ‘oooooh’. I love a bit of bling on a simple and non-fussy garment. It makes a statement without shouting LOOK AT ME! So when I wore this jumpsuit on my birthday, I styled this garment for maximum 70’s glam with a gold belt and gold accessories. I was just flares and a bucket load of hairspray away from the real thing and I was very satisfied with the result.
If you’d like to make a jumpsuit yourself and you are feeling a bit scared about the pants side of things, I have a new post over at Stitch 56 on the subject of fitting pants. I’m by no means an expert but it summarises my learnings from drafting pants at college and my experiences with fit. I hope you enjoy and I hope I speak with you all again sooner than in six weeks time. Until then however TTFN!
One of my all time favourite films is Chicago! That I’m saying ‘film’ rather than ‘show’ probably proves I’m the complete cultural black hole I suspect I am, but I was thoroughly underwhelmed by the show after seeing the film.
Oh the film!! The costumes, the dancing, the energy, the actors… and all that jazz. The whole thing is thrilling and to me it embodies all of the things that really make some of my other favourite films and TV shows. The mixture of strong, ruthless and ambitious female characters who display as much guts as they do vulnerability. Comedy and big musical numbers offset with darker more confronting scenes. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger and my all time favourite Queen Latifah. I could go on and on, but this is a sewing blog not a movie blog so I’ll perform a highly tenuous segue from in my little movie monologue to a more relevant topic, the Veronica Skirt.
Veronica (the sister and murder victim of Velma Kelly in Chicago… there you go, virtually seamless) is a free circle skirt pattern by Megan Nielsen that I pattern tested a while back. I knew exactly what fabrics I was going to use (get used to seeing them, I bought metres of the stuff at a warehouse sale) made it up, loved the result and then got perplexed about how I was going to wear the thing.
Don’t laugh, I know it’s a skirt and I know how to put one on, but how the hell do I style this thing with everything else in my wardrobe? Soon after getting into sewing I went through the apparently obligatory twee period that I see in a lot of other new sewing cadets. I get it, you are excited about your new found skills and some fabric and patterns are SO CUTE, but really before sewing I didn’t wear anything much like this. Ok, that’s probably because ‘before sewing’ I was a post-grad student who lived in jeans and T-shirts and anything else I didn’t mind getting melted in a chemistry lab – but I digress. Since then, I’ve found I’m feeling a little allergic to twee.
I know my last project was a pretty pink printed summer dress, but it actually felt quite modern and sleek for all the pattern’s lack of frippery. And that is what this skirt needs. It needs toughening up. It needs to grow a pair already, before it joins the pile destined for the charity shop. It needs a leather biker jacket!
See? Am I right?
Anyway, I don’t know how I got so ranty or talkative all of a sudden. Normally I lay out my making process for your pleasure and leave it at that. So to stop me before I really go full flow, I’ve leave you with this:
Obligatory twirly shot!!!!
I have a new post over at Stitch56 to check out. I also will have new ones coming here soon. So sorry for neglecting you, it’s been epic around here……
Wow, it’s been a long break since I’ve last posted here! That’s not because I haven’t been sewing, I have kept a good project a week pace on average in the last month, but between family visitors, an increasing workload and the start of a new college year I’ve been too busy to photograph any of my work, let alone post about it. I finished this skirt weeks ago now and I have only got around to photographing it now because the combination of the warm dusk light and autumnal leaves was too impossible to miss. So I grabbed my camera and tripod and set up in the middle of the pavement during rush hour and snapped away like a total narcissist before the sun set.
I’ve been meaning to make the Gabriola for ages now but I’ve been holding out for a rayon print that I actually like. Spotlight must have been listening to my many a comment about how rayon is drastically under represented in fabric shops I frequent and they have recently brought out a pretty good range of interesting and pretty modern rayon prints. I think I might have bought at least eight metres of rayon in Spotlight in the last month alone! Just imaging the damage I could do if Spoonflower started to offer it (wink wink).
Anyway, not bothering with a toile, I decided that despite my measurements making me a Sewaholic size 8, measuring the waistband pattern piece actually made me a size 4 instead as that came pretty close to my exact waist measurement. It fits like a charm so there you go! It was a real pleasure to sew. In fact the only real challenge was cutting it all out as this baby takes up a lot of fabric and if you want to get the most out of your fabric, you’ll need a large bit of floor to cut it out on.
I was so close to the amount of fabric I needed that I didn’t even bother pattern matching and I’m glad I didn’t. There is no way you could. The pattern on the fabric is so jaunty and the skirt panels are angled in such a way as to bring the pattern in and out of alignment naturally as it falls down each seam. Trying would have been a waste of effort and I actually like the mixture of print directions on the finished skirt anyway. I think it makes the panels stand out on the yoke.
So anyway, as the temperatures fall and the time turns back an hour what has become of those summer sewing plans? Well not much progress since last time, but I shan’t feel too bad. Much of my stash is made up of fabrics best suited to the warmer months so I imagine that I’ll keep churning out the summery dresses despite the temperature. And I really need to reduce the stash as I have a cunning plan for my sewing next year and I cannot justify fabric purchases for those plans until I have used up a little of what I already have. So, until next time (and I promise it won’t be so long until next time) wrap up warm and I’ll see you soon.