Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I do have pictures of the finished dress and the therapeutic sewing I've been doing, but right now I can't be arsed plugging the camera in and uploading. It's hot and humid and I'm too weary, so you'll have to wait until next year.
Happy New Year to anyone who might read this. I look forward to a bright and happy 2009 and wish you all the same.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
To go with the dress, I've almost finished a bag. I used the teardrop kit from Nicole Mallieu. I've made one of her bags before and will make them again because they are cute, easy to make and I get a real kick out it. This one is made from the same fabric as the dress and is finished with clear glass beads, which also don't photgraph well. I haven't decided what to make the strap out of yet, but I think I'll keep it simple, either self fabric or black cord.
I might make a cape/shrug sort of thing tomorrow because Sydney has been a bit cold lately. Up here, we're getting unbelievably hot and humid weather, so I know I will feel the cold in Sydney. I'm not sure what pattern I'll use yet, but as I only have a week I need to make a decision ...
Sunday, December 7, 2008
It's Vogue 7365. This is the shell so far, no pressing, no seam finishing, no lining and no straps. I've been investigating diamantes on a string for the straps and now I've got the dress this far, I'll take it with me to the store and see what I think. I particularly like the back view of this dress. Here's a shot of the ass ruching.
That 40kg I damn near broke my back squatting has all been worth it now I've tried this on. It will have a vintage marquisite leaf clipped onto the back. I'm making a matching bag, which I'll show in my next post but right now my mind is fixed on finding the right shoes. I happen to have a blingy pair that I love to death. Jock, what do you think???? They're not too much, are they??? I have about six other options (in black) in my wardrobe, but I like the silver and if these don't work I may be forced to buy a pair of ridiculously high silver heels.And just because I couldn't help myself, I made this dress. I think it's BWOF 5/2008 117. I never really liked the dress in the magazine, but I bought this fabric at the op shop for $2 this week and really wanted to make a dress with it. I just happened to have the BWOF magazine out to look at something else and I thought I'd give it a try. I haven't hemmed it or pressed it properly (seems to be a recurrent theme for me) but that's my plan for this evening so I can wear it to work tomorrow.
Let me know what you think about the shoes ...
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I love, love, love this blouse and will probably wear it tomorrow. After I've pressed it properly. You'll see this pattern a lot more.
The jacket I've started is Kwik Sew 3334. This has got to be the easiest jacket I've ever made. The pattern is unlined, but I'm lining it in a white matt satin that I found recently at a really cheap price. Can't remember how much, but I remember it was cheap so I bought a lot.
The pattern doesn't call for shoulder pads, but I've shoved a pair in and I think they help. These are a little too big, you can see them poking out at the neckline, but I will get a smaller pair tomorrow. The fabric is from Fashionista Fabrics and is called Spring Tweed. I've never sewed with a boucle like this, but I am very happy with the results so far. Although you can hardly see them, I even did bound buttonholes.
I'm really looking forward to finishing this one, even though I won't be able to wear it for six months!
The other thing I did this weekend was make a muslin for Vogue 7365. I'm making View C to wear to a 50th birthday party in Sydney in a few weeks. It's being held in an art deco building, so I decided to go with an art deco theme. This dress has all the classic art deco styling from the 30's, with the bias cut and lines. I've chosen black satin back crepe or crepe back satin and the straps will be a string of diamantes, with a diamante art deco leaf brooch (borrowed from a friend) at the back. I'm making a bag to go with it, but I'll post about that later in the week. That's all for now, I'm off to have a glass of red wine and cut out a skirt.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Apropos of nothing - here is the view from my sewing room. I took the picture from outside because the window is filthy and you wouldn't have seen past the cobwebs.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
That's all for now. I'm off to start on my SWAP ...
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
It looks a little like an apron in this picture as Vera is not the same shape as me. I have bigger hips and my boob area seems to be shaped differently. On me it actually looks a little 50's bombshell as it is rather ... fitted.
It's completely lined and I used a method for the skirt that means there is no hem - I guess it's a bagged lining for a dress. First time I've done it and it seems to work very well. I am planning a little bolero/jacket thing to wear as halterneck dresses are great outdoors, but a little cool in airconditioning.
I have made other things recently, but they've all been crappy so I am not bothering with showing them to anyone. I should have more sewing complete this coming weekend ... at least that's the plan ...
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I was a little suprised to find that there is a complete dearth of sewing patterns for men. I can find voluminous business shirts and basic pants, but what about funky, modern wear for modern men who don't want to dress like they're off to the RSL or Bowls Club. BWOF has the odd shirt and jacket, but even they are not too exciting.
Where are the panelled, fitted shirts for men, the knit shirts and tops? I couldn't even find a vintage body shirt pattern for jersey. Are the only people who sew for men making clothes for middle aged men with beer guts and no arse and no interest in how they dress?
My muscle man has chosen this fabric for his shirt. It's a little more loud in the flesh. There is quite a bit of glittery gold in it. The ladies in the quilting shop (it's a quilting cotton) where he bought it were quite excited and he's promised to model it for them when it's done.
The shirt is part of an outfit that DH has wanted for some time. It is to go with a buttercup yellow safari suit that I am in the middle of making. It's from a vintage pattern Simplicity 7647 which I forgot to photograph to include here.
I was relieved and pleased to find that the pants fit straight from the pattern, with the exception of the six inches I had to chop off the length. (DH is a little height challenged). You'll see a picture of his perfect little behind in buttercup yellow suiting very soon. The jacket had to be widened about 50cm, but it's been a relatively simple alteration after the shirt. Two days worth of top stitching has paid off and tonight I will put in the sleeves and lining.
It's been fun and the results are worth the effort, not to mention the fact that DH is thrilled. The ladies in the shop where he bought the yellow fabric are convinced this outfit is for a fancy dress party, but no, he just wants a yellow 70's safari suit and I didn't have the heart to refuse.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I hope to have a pair of hotpants made soon to go with this, although I don't have a pattern in mind.
I'll be cutting this out and have some progress shots in the next day or two.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Here's my official notification of what I intend to sew;
The Vogue dress shown in my previous post
A gold knit/chenille long cardigan/dress thing from a 70's vintage pattern. I aim to wear it over the dress or it can stand alone as a dress (I think - it may be frumpy - we will see)
A pair of pants of perhaps winter shorts - think hotpants and boots with the long 70's cardigan
The BWOF wrap top from the JCC that I rather foolishly decided not to make at the time
I will post some sort of story board tomorrow.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Here is Vera's latest dress without the sleeves. I love this fabric. Just yesterday, after sewing the bulk of the dress, I got a copy of Claire Schaeffer's book, Sew Any Fabric and in that book she talks about how hard it is to sew microfibre. I did not find that at all, in fact before I read the book I was trawling the internet looking for more microfibre because it was such a dream to work with. Here's a close up of the bodice, although my shitty photography makes it hard to see how nicely the folds sit.
I hope to add the sleeves tonight and finish the handstitching. It should look pretty good with the jacket from the JCC and new (from the opshop) pair of tan boots I bought today.
Monday, July 7, 2008
This is my skirt. It looks pretty crappy hanging on a hanger against my crappy curtains (which only go up in winter). It's Vogue 8426, which Karen made so much better than I did. It fits really nicely on me, not so on Vera. She's not made for wearing skirts, hence the picture on a hanger. I'll never sew this skirt in corduroy again, however. I think I'll try denim like Karen's.
Now, whilst my skirt goes really well with the jacket shown here in all it's completed glory, except for the thread trimming that happened after the pic
Wardrobe planning is about more than artfully draping pieces of fabric across furniture to see if they 'go together'. You also need to consider your choice of styles and make sure they go together as well.