Friday, August 21, 2015

Ginger Jeans Take Two

After making my first successful pair of Ginger Jeans, there was always going to be a subsequent versions and due to jeans being my go to weekend and at home uniform of choice at this time of the year, I felt the need for more in my wardrobe.  I wasn't entirely happy with my fabric choice last time so this time I made it with some stretch denim with 30% polyester content from  I was a little disappointed with the weight of this stuff when I got it here but it has since surprised me. 

I downloaded the updated low rise version of the pattern and again taped it all together and increased the rise by 1.5cm in both the front and back.  I made the stove pipe version narrow like the skinny version.  Despite the measurements indicating a size 10, I cut the pattern to a size 6 and pretty much made it exactly to the pattern.

I top stitched using a jeans twin needle and upholstery thread left over from my Jalie Jeans.  The pockets are made of Italian cotton shirting which was rescued from a discarded business shirt of my husbands. 

My only disappointment is with the zip which doesn't slide easily but it seems to be wearing in gradually.


I love this fabric so much now that I tried to order more.  Sadly it is now out of stock.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tessuti Alexa Tees

The lure of The Fabric Store's winter sale was too much for Courteney and I, one miserable Sunday afternoon.  We pulled on coats and boots and drove across town in snow in pursuit of merino.  We had master 11 in tow, who was most unimpressed by the idea of fabric shopping especially when he realised the only fabric he was even remotely interested in, swimwear in lurid colours, was not even in stock. Our efforts were not in vain and we arrived home looking like very cliched shoppers.  The score of the day was my find but Courteney's purchase, some beautiful double faced plaid wool coating by Marc Jacobs.  This will become a coat for next winter.  In the meantime though, there were two pieces of merino knit that were earmarked for immediate attention.

After I had completed my holiday sewing, I offered to make both pieces up.  Courteney doesn't have a lot of experience sewing knits and didn't want to risk ruining her lovely merino fabrics.

We opted again to make up Tessuti Alexa, a short sleeved version for the lightest weight piece and the long sleeve version for heaviest.  I lowered the neckline 3cm on both tops.  I almost came to grief on the first top, melting the shoulder seam but fortunately there was enough length to recify it.  For the second top I made sure to use a pressing cloth.  Both tops were hemmed and the neck topstitched with a twin needle.

Courteney is pretty happy with both tops.  The long sleeve one will make a lovely layering jumper for spring and notoriously cold lecture theatres.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lindy Petal Skirt

Given I have used the back and waist pieces of Lindy Petal Skirt, twice already, I thought it was about time I made it up as intended.  I bought a piece of lovely quality ponti at Fabric Vision for this exact pattern which is an unusual process for me.  Usually I do, fabric first, pattern second.

This was a really quick make and the resulting skirt is a really good work staple.  In ponti, it has enough elastic that I can tuck in tops if required.  I will certainly make another at some point in a lighter colour.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

It's A Keeper

I made a new dress.  The first version of New Look 6145, I was not 100% happy with and in hindsight I think fabric choice may have had a lot to do with it.  Last time I made the dress out of stretch cotton sateen and I felt it was just to big and the neckline too wide. This time I chose wool silk from The Fabric Store. For this version, I narrowed the neckline by 1.5cm on each side.

I did manage to make a rather large mistake.  The dress was coming together nicely when I realised that the grey squares were not symmetrical and my pattern matching at the side seams was off by one square.  Oh No!  I did not have enough fabric left to cut a new front and love the fabric so wasn't willing to scrap the project.  Fortunately in this instance anyway, I am a vertically challenged person and there was enough length to just recut the front one square shorter.  I actually really like the shorter length at this time of the year with tights and boots.

My original vision for this dress had an exposed zip at the back but in the end I discovered the perfect length regular zip in my stash so couldn't justify the extra expense of an exposed zip. I had also planned to include bias cut patch pockets but this was abandoned for fear of appearing too busy.  I like the simpler silhouette much better.

I am really thrilled with how this worked out.  I love this dress and the pattern really works in a non stretch fabric.  I have decided this pattern is a keeper after all.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

End Of July Wrap Up

End Of July Wrap Up

Grainline Cascade
Fabric $20.38
Pattern $29.00
Lining $18.00
Toggles $5.00
Cord $5.00
Total $118.76

Sparkly McCalls 6992
Pattern (used before) $0.00
Fabric $10.00
Zips $5.00
Total $15.00

Lekala Blanket Jacket
Pattern $4.00
Fabric $25.00
Lining $2.00
Total $31.00

My Image Cowl Top
Pattern $10.75
Fabric $0.00
Total $10.75

White Plantain
Fabric $9.00
Pattern $0.00
Total $9.00

Stripe Plantain
Fabric $7.50
Pattern $0.00
Total $7.50

Pink Plantain
Fabric $12.00
Pattern $0.00
Total $12.00

Red Morris
Fabric $2.00
Pattern $0.00
Interfacing $0.00
Total $2.00

Total Me Made $206.01

Total RTW $0.00

Friday, July 31, 2015

Stash Busting Morris Number Two

Meet my second Grainline Morris Blazer.  Once again, I shopped my stash and came up with another piece of ponti sourced at the op shop.  This piece has been gathering dust for several years so it is nice to finally find a use for it. It was a really small piece at around one metre which necessitated some planning.

Once again I omitted the centre back seam but this time I took the actual seam into account when cutting it.  Due to my sway back I cut the jacket slightly offsquare making it narrower at the centre back hip.  I interfaced the front facings with stretch iron on interfacing and carefully slip stitched the facings to the front.  I say carefully because unlike my last jacket which was a marl, this fabric showed every stitch if I wasn't careful.  

I didn't bother with the sleeve facings, instead just turning and hemming.  I added extra length to the sleeves to enable me to do this.  Because of my lack of fabric, I had to cut the sleeves in two pieces.  I added a seam to my sleeve about 15cm from the cuff and top stitched it to look like a design feature.

 I love this jacket and it has seamlessly fitted into my wardrobe.  It will be just as useful as an extra layer for the spring.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Better By 3

You may have seen on Instagram a few weeks back, my frustrations with Deer & Doe's Plantain tee.  I made the pink on up first only to find out that my cozy merino poly prop had a massive neck and was anything but cozy even with a scarf.  I thought about leaving it as it was but fortuitously I purchased way more of the fabric at The Fabric Store than I actually needed so was able to cut a new front and neckband.  This did make my size 6 version a smidge tighter but I was lucky enough ease as to not make it too tight.  For the new neckline I used Tessuti Alexa, a favourite of mine which is the perfect depth for the depths of winter.

Being of the 'one is never enough' opinion, I then set too and made two more in cotton lycra.  The first in practical white and the second in classic navy and white stripes.  Both are made from a lovely heavy weight cotton lycra from Fabric Vision.

Some might say a tee shirt is a tee shirt, and there is certainly a lot of Indie tee patterns to choose from but what I particularly like about this one is the fitting bodice and gentle flare at the hips.  It doesn't cling and ride up like some are prone to do and on a 8 shaped body it gently skims the hips.

All three tops are now in regular rotation and could well be my new favourites.