Monday, July 6, 2015

More Blankety Goodness

Moving on from the blankety goodness of my Tessuti Sydney jacket, I have made another blankety jacket that hits the winter warmer spot.  My inspiration for this jacket came from a couple of lovely lady's, the first being Nikki from Styling You and her lovely Blue Bungalow jacket/cape and the second a couple of days later came from Lara over at Thornberry.  Her Lekala 4114 was what pushed me over the line.

Lekala are patterns that appeal to me on price point and they are sized to my exact measurements.  The one thing that holds me back a bit is the lack of photographs.  I am a person that needs a good visual before taking a leap.  Their new upload your project feature, hopefully will take care of that and I will certainly be adding my latest project to their site.

The fabric I chose was a lovely wool blend from The Fabric Store that I picked up on sale a couple of weeks ago.  It was originally purchased for a Grainline Cascade but I changed my mind when I realised it may have been just a tad too busy.  I had 2.5 metres of it so actually cutting into it for a project that required much less than that was a big ask.  I do not like wastage in any form, so the fact I have a metre left over does bother me slightly.  Despite this, the resulting jacket is now one of my favourites.

I lined it with a piece of op shop pongee lining in light grey.  To finish it and to stop it falling off my shoulders, I added a hook and eye at the neck.

The actual pattern placement was the biggest part of this project and I am quite proud of how it worked out.  You can't really tell it has separate sleeves due to the expert pattern matching, if I do say so myself!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Grainline Cascade, Take One and Two

It is incredible how the onset of exams can motivate a sewing frenzy in my house.  Courteney while clearing her head between her Uni exams, decided that she would make not one but two Grainline Cascade coats.  The only problem was that not unlike a good book, once the project was started, it had to be completed and stat!  In all fairness, it was really only one coat that was an exam diversion, the second was a reward for exams well and truly done.

Coat one was made for her significant other.  He had been admiring them since last winter but being a penniless student, couldn't actually justify purchasing one.  Courteney hatched a plan to make him one with some heavily discounted Lincraft wool.  The wool she chose though, wasn't quite heavy enough to keep out the cold in a New Zealand winter so she dragged out our roll of flannel that my husband very proudly bought at an auction for mere penny's five or six years ago.  The flannel provided the extra warmth that the jacket would have lacked.  To add extra warmth, rather than line it with satin, Courteney chose a cotton shirting in a light grey and purchased a rtw flannel shirt which she cut up to line the hood and make the zip panel.  For some reason, flannel in decent prints proved elusive so this proved to be the best option.

Grainline Cascade is designed for women but this pattern is actually quite gender neutral and by straightening out the side seams proved to be a great fit.

Did I mention it was a bitterly cold week last week?  Yes, this is a lake "M" is standing on!  It isn't quite where I live but about an hours drive away, in the Southern Alps.  With all of this snow on our doorstep, it isn't really surprising, I have been feeling the cold!

Now, version two, was made for Courteney herself.  I could probably count on the fingers of one hand the number of things she has made for herself and I did point this out to her mid project.  Her reasoning is, she sees all of the flaws in the things she makes; don't we all!  On this occasion though, she was undeterred and the resulting coat I would proudly wear myself.

Once again she interlined the coat with flannel.  The length was cut somewhere between version one and version two.  She made the coat to a size 8, hoping to be able to fit layers underneath.  In these photos they are both wearing lots of layers underneath, it was so cold, although this actually wasn't the plan.

Courteney used some of the grey wool left over from "M's" coat for the yoke and hood.  For the lining she decided on black cotton with a small white spot from Lincraft.  The spots add a feminine touch to an otherwise gender neutral fabric choice.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

End Of June Wrap Up

Doesn't my month look productive?  Looks can be a little deceptive however!  Young J's jacket was made by his sister and the navy skirt and my leather jacket were both made in May.  I have been a little behind with my blogging.  It has been an extremely busy month.  Amongst other things that I won't bore you with, my husband spent two weeks working in USA.  While I ended up being everything to everybody for two weeks, it did mean that I could lose myself in a few projects during that time, namely my Sydney jacket and Tulip skirt!  I do have a couple more projects to write about and a couple of winter projects I still want to complete but then it will be on to summer items.  No, I am not being terribly organised, I just have a holiday in a warmer climate booked in for August.

End Of June Wrap Up

Black Ginger Jeans
Dye $9.00
Fabric $28.03
Pattern $16.00
Zip $0.00
Button $0.00
Total $53.03

Sydney Jacket
Pattern $11.38
Fabric $16.00
Total $27.38

Pinstripe Ponti Skirt
Pattern (free) $0.00
Fabric (remnant) $0.00
Elastic (from stash) $0.00
Total $0.00

Grey Ponti Skirt
Pattern (free) $0.00
Fabric $2.60
Black fabric (remnant) $0.00
Elastic (from stash) $0.00
Total $2.60

Navy McCall's Skirt
Pattern $9.42
Fabric $2.00
Zip $0.00
Lining $2.00
Total $13.42

My Leather Jacket
Leather $75.00
Pattern $30.00
Lining $15.54
Zips $29.50
Total $150.04

Total Me Made $246.47

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tennis Anyone?

I made a new skirt using M'Calls 6842.  Actually I made this skirt early in May.  You may have seen it appear in my Me Made May photos.  I am a little behind in some areas of my blogging.

My original plan was to make Sewaholic Hollyburn which had been sitting in my stash for a while.  After partially completing it, I realised it was the most unflattering of styles on me, so I did something I haven't done in a very long time and scrapped the entire thing. It was a little sad given the cost of Sewaholic patterns and my aversion to waste but the only saving grace was using op shop fabric.  It was one of those, thank goodness for wearable, or in this case, unwearable muslin, moments!  I whipped out the zip and started again with this pattern, which I have been keen to try for quite some time.  Both the fabric and the lining were op shop acquisitions and the zip was rescued from an old clothing item.

The skirt is quite the fabric hog given it is basically a circle skirt.
I cut the skirt to a size 10, grading to a size 12 at the hips and added length to the mini version to end up with a just above the knee hem. My daughter has labelled this skirt a tennis skirt but I am unfazed, so much so, that I will be making another.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Skirt That $2.60 Bought

Before I made my midi skirt, I trialed the Lyndy Petal Skirt on a remnant off the sale table at Fabric Vision.  I had around 40cm of ponti and envisioned a black panel running around the bottom of the skirt.  I knew that lurking in my own remnant stash, I was bound to find a piece of suitable trim.  The skirt as drafted was just about the perfect length for a knee skimming little black/grey skirt.

The resulting black mini has been in regular rotation during the recent cold snap, worn with tights and boots as shown.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My Itch To Stitch

With the weather being so bitterly cold at the moment, think single digit daytime temperatures, I find myself being drawn to easy projects.  My overlocker is in my garage which for obvious reasons isn't heated.  I haven't quite resorted to wearing my puffer jacket out there but I do avoid it if at all possible.  A knit skirt was the perfect project for such inclement weather and as an extra bonus is so warm to wear as well.

I stumbled across Itch To Stitch Lyndy Petal Skirt which was quite timely because I had been seriously considering buying the Colette Mabel pattern.  What had been holding me back was past experience had me convinced that  Colette patterns are not designed for my shape. Given this pattern is free, trying it out was really a no brainer.  I also had the perfect remnant of ponti sitting in my stash.  

Although the pattern was designed with a wrap style front, my vision was for a midi length pencil skirt.  To create this effect, I simply made two backs instead of a front and a back and lengthened the entire pattern by 10cm.  I ran the entire thing up in under an hour.  It was so easy and this skirt is so warm and practical I can see more in my future.  A little side note though, please excuse the static cling in these photos.  I really need to find a slip.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Tessuti Sydney

The Tessuti Sydney Jacket seams to be doing the rounds of the Southern Hemisphere bloggers at the moment.  While I loved the look of it on everyone I had seen, I wasn't sure whether I could actually pull it off.  I did however, want to make something blanket like.  I had seen a lot of blanket like wraps and ponchos popping up in rtw stores and Fabric Vision are even selling a pattern for one. The last time ponchos were fashionable I bought a lovely pink one but found it to be really impractical.  Lifting my arms for driving etc. was near impossible   Tessuti's pattern, however, had sleeves and is a jacket with a cape type vibe so I was drawn to it straight away.  

The Fabric I wanted to make it out of was not a knit like the recommended fabric so I wasn't sure how I would go about the construction.  I bought it at Lincraft a couple of weeks ago when they had their 40% off fabric sale.  It was labeled as a wool blend and was discounted to only $8 per metre.  When I went back later in the day it had been removed from the stand altogether so I suspect it had been incorrectly labelled.  My suspisions were further aroused when a couple of days later I found what looked like identical fabric at Fabric Vision for $60 per metre.  It is a lovely weight and drapey and has a cut pile with a velvety feel on the outside.  It had a very nice fringe on the selvedge so I decided this could become my front edge and sleeve finish.  The sleeves themselves, I added 10cm in length to, making them 3/4 length which is warmer for these frigid days we have been having since I made it (today we reached a lofty 4 degrees celcius).  Today I wore it as a cardigan but on warmer days it will be worn as a jacket.

To make the pockets, I cut four of the larger pocket pieces, two in self fabric and two in satin.  I then laid the satin piece and front right sides together and stitched round the pocket opening before turning through and topstitching.  I then top stitched the self fabric and satin pocket pieces to my front....simple!  The seams themselves I stitched and overlocked and pressed flat, remembering that my collar seam needed stitching wrong sides together.  To keep my collar seam further from showing, I topstitched it as well. The shoulder darts, I chose to expose for interest but only folded them instead of cutting them.

Lastly I had to find a way of neatening the hem and collar.  I did consider leaving them to fray, but the neat freak side of me wouldn't allow it, so I did a three thread narrow overlock finish.

As I mentioned before, this jacket was quite timely with an unseasonal cold snap hitting the region over the last week.  We have been forecase snow twice in the past week but as yet there has been none.  It is as they say 'cold enough to freeze the b---s off a brass monkey!'