Tuesday, April 21, 2009
My question is this: does anyone know how to get hold of old BWOF issues?
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I think this is cute and I look forward to the weather cooling enough for me to wear it. I forgot to take pictures of the hems, but my twin needling is perfect with no lumpy channel at all!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
This afternoon I started on a BWOF dress. I think it's 05-2007-117 but I can't remember for sure. You'll see it in a few days.
Thanks to everyone for the comments on my jacket and dress. I really love the dress and hope that the weather clears up soon so I can wear it. In the meantime, the rain keeps coming ...
Monday, April 13, 2009
The lining looks a little screwy in this shot, but it is flat in real life. I've also added a little white on white embroidery at the top of the pleat that you can't really see in this picture. If you can see it, you will notice that I sewed it crooked! This next shot is for Faye and shows how badly I inserted the pink satin piping between the facing and the lining.
In addition to finishing the jacket, I hemmed the jeans for my SWAP and made DH a pair of camouflage pants from his TNT pants pattern. I forgot to photograph them, so you'll have to take my word for it.
Today I made this dress for myself. It's the first item from my Vanilla Choc Orange autum into winter wardrobe. It's BWOF 09-2007-117. It's a stretch voile and I lined it with cotton poplin for body as it was a little flimsy on its own.
It's kind of cute on and I have a pair of dark brown pumps that match it perfectly. I've also tried it with a tan peep-toe pair and my favourite orange shoes. Soon as I figure out the self timer I'll show these garments on me instead of Vera. Here's a close up of the front neckline.
Monday, April 6, 2009
In the interest of not wasting anything, I lined it with leftover pink fabric from my McCalls top. It's also the first time I've used a self covered button. I'd bought a pack years ago and never used it, so I gave it a whirl and I quite like the results. I'll definitely use them again.
Because I couldn't get a decent shot of the hat on my head, here it is on Molly.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
These are Butterick 5250. I've never worn wide leg pants before and I'm still not sure about these pants, but I don't HATE them like I was so sure I would. They look shapeless on a hanger, but they are suprisingly flattering.
The picture isn't great, with the flash on the mirror and, as always, I got too excited about finishing a garment to actually bother to press them properly. I feel they make me look fat, but that could also be because I am not used to wearing light colours on my bottom half.
The more I sew Big 4 patterns, the more I realise how irrelevant their size charts are. According to my measurements I should make a size 14. According to the finished widths, I should make a 10. Which is what I did. I took it in by miles and probably could have cut the size 8 with no problems. I should have used a heavier fabric. This is a polycotton drill, but it has a sheen to it so I don't know if you'd still call it drill. It came from my stash; a whole roll that I acquired from the last film I worked on.
These pants are my last SWAP garment. Now all I have to do is put the lining in the jacket and sew on the buttons and I'm done. Next weekend I'll do all the pressing and styling and if I can get DH's attention, I'll get some photos.
Next up I have a small wardrobe planned that I was originally calling Chocolate Orange, but I've decided to add a little vanilla into it as well, so I guess it's Vanilla Chocolate Orange now. I might even add a little Caramel ...
Friday, April 3, 2009
As the rains don't show much sign of leaving, I may well be flooded in tomorrow as well. These are the joys of living on rural acreage in the subtropics! I am the second last property at the end of the valley. I have five creek crossings between me and the other end. Last night when I came home I could not get in, so I stopped at my friend Hunter's house in the village end of the valley and drank some nice Shiraz. The gauge showed the creek was over the causeway by 700mm. Way too much for my Subaru. I waited until low tide at 8.30pm and it had dropped to 400mm, which I know from experience I can cross. If I can get across the first crossing, the rest will be lower so by the time I get to the fifth crossing, near my property, the water usually isn't over the road at all. Hunter was chivalrous and told me he didn't want me to cross in my car in the dark, so he brought me home in his much larger and heavier Land Rover.
I thought I'd go down and get my car this morning and all would be well. No such luck. The crossing nearest my house was a raging torrent and was almost a metre underwater. I was going nowhere! It's been up and down all day, but not enough for me to cross. And the rains keep coming. I may well get my SWAP finishied this weekend ...