Monday, March 9, 2015

I may have a SWAP after all ....

Making this dress was a spur of the moment thing.  I had pulled this fabric out of stash late last year with a view to including it in my Shetland Collection, but I didn't know what to do with it.  It's a silver grey sateen I bought many years ago for a long forgotten SWAP.  Needless to say, it never got used. It's been sitting in a pile since then and last week I decided to make a dress out of it. To make things easy, I chose a pattern I've already fitted to me/
This is Vogue 8787 and I've made this once before a couple of years ago in black velvet.  I thought the grey looked a little bland on its own so I decided to pipe the waistband with black satin piping.

I trawled my stash and found this funky poly satin leftover from lining a red skirt and jacket made at about the same time as the original version of this dress.

So where's the SWAP, you may well ask?  I had so much of this fabric left that I cut out a pair of shorts and an a line skirt.  While I was working on the shorts today, I spied a length of leftover piping and realised I could pipe the pockets.  Then my brain starting ticking over...the skirt I've cut also has slant hip pockets...I could pipe those, too.  So the grey shorts and skirt, coupled with the black sateen skirt I made a couple of weeks ago are now the bottoms of my SWAP.  I have another skirt cut out that could possibly go in as a wild card, but we shall see.  In the meantime, I'm busy choosing patterns from which to make some tops that will go with these garments.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Going dotty...

I seem to have given up on my SWAP sewing because this weeks garments don't go with anything I've sewn so far.  In dredging through my sewing room the other day I came across an inspiration picture I ripped out of a magazine a couple of years ago.  The spots on the original dress were bigger but I had fabric in my stash and a pattern that approximated the one in the picture and I was in the mood for combining the two, so this jumped to the head of the queue.

The dress is M6699 which is apparently now OOP.  I made this dress the Christmas before last out of a retro Christmas print (and never blogged) and it just needed a little tuck taken in the neckline as the shoulders were a little wide for me and I left off the pockets and silly contrast on the vent, but otherwise I made it as per the pattern.  I cut a 10 on top graded to a 12 at the hips.  McCalls aren't a great fit for my shape, but this works out OK.

I lined this with whatever I could find in my stash and I kinda like the way the inside looks, so here is a gratuitous lining shot, just because it makes me smile.

I take great delight in getting extra garments out of my leftovers and I found I had enough to squeeze out a top made from V1100, which I think is still in print, which surprises me as it's been in my collection for at least 5 years.  I've made this as dress at least four times, but never as a top.  Vogue patterns fit me quite well, straight out of the pack and I always start with a 10 on top grading to a 12 at the hips.  I've lined it with some leftover white bemberg, but the inside looks terrible, so no pics of this one!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Clearing the backlog...

I cut this skirt out quite some time ago and lost it in the depths of my sewing room.  In need of a summer weight black skirt, I hunted it out and put it together over the weekend.  It's BWOF 03-11-103 that I've made at least 4 times before.  This is made in my favourite fabric, sateen.  It hasn't photographed very well, I'm afraid.

I love the darts at the back and the way it cups the derriere.  Sadly, as Vera has no buttocks, it just hangs on her. I, on the other hand, have Italian mama hips!
I've lined it with black silk (I was gifted a roll of it years ago and it just seems to never run out) and the inside waistband is cut from leftovers from a dress I made a few years ago.  Of course, I've added one of my labels.  This may be a SWAP addition.

Next up and also from the depths of my sewing room is a dress I cut out last summer.  The fabric came from a skirt I bought at an op shop maybe ten years ago.  I'm sure it was one of those primary school sewing projects that anyone who was at school in the 60's and 70's would remember.  A dirndl style skirt gathered onto a waistband.  This was ankle length which gave me acres of fabric.  In my mind, I remembered cutting an entirely different dress so was surprised to find I had cut out Vogue 1241.  Funny, as I have absolutely no recollection of even pulling the pattern out of the pack!

I can't express how much I love this dress.  I cut a 10 on top, grading to a 12 at the hips, as I usually do for Vogue patterns.

I lined it with a lemon bemberg leftover from a project many years ago and added another of my labels.  The busy pattern means you can't really see the gathers or the crossover at the front.  I paid no attention to pattern placement so I'm amused to see I have a fish on each nipple!  The reviews on Pattern Review all suggested this is low cut and it is (and some sewed the front closed). I don't mind a bit of cleavage and this isn't a work dress so I'm happy to wear it as is

This dress is really flattering and I will probably make one in a plain colour before the summer is out.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Shetland SWAP

As I never really finished sewing the Shetland Collection before I left, I have decided I can continue the theme and make a SWAP with the fabrics and patterns I have left.  I have no real plan as such, other than knowing I need at least three bottoms and five tops.

With that thought in mind, I present two garments which may or may not be part of my SWAP.

First up is a peplum top that is Burda but I can't remember the issue or the pattern number and can't be bothered to look for it.  If you have the magazine, it was on the cover and made in bright yellow.

I made this from leftover knit and the pattern was for a woven, so I had to take it in quite a bit to make it fit.  It looks pretty ordinary on Vera but it looks good on a human.  You may recognise the fabric from a pair of leggings I made last year.

Second up is BWOF 08-11-121.  I really like this skirt.  I've made patterns with a gathered insert in the middle before and was always disappointed that the middle bit hung down in drapes.  This pattern, very sensibly, has the knit part about 1cm narrower than the section underneath, so it stretches and stays taut when you wear it.  You may recognise the fabrics from my jeans and a top from the Shetland Collection. Of course, I have added my labels and it still gives me a little thrill to put these in.

The best thing about both of these garments is that they were made from leftovers, including the skirt lining, so they are essentially free garments and that makes me very happy.

I have no idea what is up next on my sewing calendar.  I might just have to lay out some fabric and stare at it for a while tonight.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Shetland Collection: Nearing the End

Although I have so many more garments I want to make for this collection, I have more than enough to travel with.  I just looked at the rules for this years SWAP and I realise that a lot of the things I had planned for the Shetland Collection, along with things that match but wouldn't work for this trip, will form the basis of a SWAP, so I will leave them for that.

I had a short break in New Zealand last week, so some of the garments shown have been finished for a while now.

This coat is BWOF 10-07-119 and is shown here sans buttons, which have since been added.  I've had this fabric in my stash for a few years now and in my mind it was charcoal, but when I pulled it out it was more brownish than I recalled.  C'est la vie.  I love this coat and although it's out of the colour range of the Shetland Collection I don't think anyone will notice!

It looks a little shapeless on a naked Vera.  When I wear this it will have several layers underneath (and I have more padding than Vera to start with) so it won't look so shapeless.
The buttons don't show so well here but they are black and brown and work perfectly with this fabric.  I didn't have anything in my stash so I visited the local store not expecting to find anything but there they were ... and only 60c each!
The lining is an animal print I've had in my stash for some years and it is perfect with the fabric.  Overall, I would go so far as to say this coat is one of the best things I've ever made.
Next up is my version of the Cake Patterns Espresso leggings.  I love, love, love this pattern! No side seam and custom drafted to cover my rear end!  The fabric came from Spotlight off the $3 per metre sale about a year or so ago.  Wish I'd bought more!  I only bought 2 metres but managed to get these leggings and another top I have yet to photograph.

Apologies for the bad mirror shot in my bathroom but as Molly as no opposable thumbs, she can't quite manage the camera. Perhaps I should have taken my socks off.  They look a little grubby.

More soon!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Shetland Collection: Crimson Overload

Somehow 3m of this crimson knit appeared in my stash.  I have a really vague memory of buying in the Lismore Spotlight this time last year, but I can't be certain.  It must have been cheap because I bought 3m of it!

I made View C of M5975.  I've made several versions of this over the years, but I love it.  It's a great pattern and works really well for me. 

As I was taking this photograph, I remembered a slim fitting wool crepe dress in this exact colour that me and a friend bought in a op shop in about 1975 and shared until it fell apart.  That op shop, in the suburb I grew up in, was in the electorate of Gough Whitlam.  Ironic that I should be remembering those happy days of my childhood in the week of his passing.

I had plenty of leftover fabric and so while I was threaded up I made another version of KS3888.   I love the simplicity of the binding on the neckline.

I have more fabric left so I will probably drag it out for a summer top!

I was going to start cutting out my overcoat tonight but as it's still about 24 degrees at 8.30pm, I don't think I will. It's hard to sew for a northern winter when it's so hot!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shetland Collection: More ambivalence and some boring sewing.

In a ridiculous moment of self-deception, I managed to convince myself that this was the right skirt to make.  It fails on two levels.  Winter white?? On me??  Then there is the style.  I have a waist and hips, wrap ANYTHING does NOT work for me.

For those less curvy, this pattern is BWOF 09-2011-110 and it's a lovely little skirt made from a piece of lovely winter white wool.  The pattern calls for a facing but given the coarse nature of this wool, I knew it would be irritating so I lined it edge to edge with some leftover white bemberg.  I'm happy with the skirt but it just doesn't work on my curvy body.

Feeling slightly disillusioned, I went on to make some palate cleansing knit tops, which aren't very exciting at all, but will be useful.
This first one is BWOF 02-2013-127 which I've previously made as a dress (I think that was style 128 but with long sleeves??)
I like the gathers on the sleeve seam.  It's a nice little difference on a basic long sleeve tshirt.

This one is BWOF 09-2012-130 and whilst it's not my favourite knit top, come winter I will be glad of something a little different to my usual plain long sleeve t!
This shows the gathers on the side, which I rather like.  The fabric is kinda cute.  I've yet to read it to see what it actually says! It's a really soft and drapey rayon knit and will be lovely to wear.