Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I've also taken this picture with the jacket, but you can't tell how it looks in this picture. The jacket is still too big and needs adjusting.
Tonight I just need to put the collar on the green paisley and do the buttonholes. The cap needs a lining. I will be down to the wire tonight, but I will make it!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
The don't photograph well and the light is too poor today to do outside shots on me (it's raining again). This is a lovely wool blend suiting from Gorgeous Farbics, but because wool and I don't get on very well, I lined them with charmeuse, which feels delightful on my skin and gives these pants a lovely drape and flow.
I had a little fabric left over, so I made a skirt from my TNT pattern, also lined with charmeuse.As well as working for my JCC2, these garments also fit my vanilla choc orange wardrobe.
I've also included a shot of the skirt modelled by Vera, with some fabric that I will use to make a blouse. Although it's hard to tell from this shot, the fabric has purpley brown leaves and a limey greenish flower in it and it ties the jacket and skirt together really well. I just need one more top after that, so the June 30 deadline shouldn't be a problem!
It's pouring rain again, so I'm off to have a glass of Shiraz in the bath and then peruse some patterns for my blouse.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Not sure about this one yet, but as Carolyn mentions in her post, you should have something snakeskin this season. I knowthe list says accessory, but this will do for me.The rest look pretty boring after the first two, but these three pieces are all planned purchases, with patterns traced and ready to go.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
After my wasted day yesterday, I am pleased to say that I have made something I am very happy with. It's Kwik Sew 3658 made from the steam heat jersey I fell in love with on Friday night. I love this dress and plan to wear it tomorrow. I also dug from the deepest depths of my wardrobe, a cardigan dress thing I made last year from a vintage pattern and have never actually worn. The colours match perfectly. I'm undecided about whether I will wear them together or not. Together they look a little sack like on Vera, but the cardigan dress thing has more shape than this picture suggests.
I've had a productive day, even though I've only sewn one thing. I have pants and a skirt cut out for my JCC2 wardrobe and a top for my vanilla choc orange thing as well. I've retraced three patterns that I thought I needed to make in a smaller size and I've bought more fabric and washed it. I realise, with some horror, that I have bought 28 metres of fabric in the last week!!
Even though it's winter here, the sun is still very harsh in this part of the world, so I choose to dry my fabrics (particularly the quilting cottons I've bought so much of lately) in the shade on the verandah. The shots of the fabric I posted yesterday where all draped over various bits of furniture. I found Molly asleep on one of them.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
After being forced to put the jacket aside, I moved on to a pair of Alice and Olivia pants in a striped twill. The result was so disgusting I did not even bother to photograph it. This is my second attempt at this pattern, made so beautifully by Erica twice so far and the second time this pattern has not lived up to my expectations.
This one makes me think of flying saucers and crop circles and feels a little retro to me. I have a few dresses in mind.
This hasn't photographed very well. The background is chocolate brown and the circles are a salmon pink. I definitely see a dress in this one, but I don't know which one yet.
More tomorrow ...
Friday, June 12, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Tonight I am making him a pair of corduroy jeans in black. I made him a pair of light cord pants in brown a couple of weeks ago to go with a cord jacket I made him last year, so that gives him two outfits to wear.
Parting shot - here are my scissors. On the left is a brand new pair of Mundial Cushion Soft, This is my second pair - the first are still going strong after 12 years but are currently out being sharpened. The purple pair I bought a few weeks ago while I was waiting on the new Mundial scissors. They are titanium, I've forgotten what brand. I've decided to use these for microfibres and things that blunt scissors quickly. The next ones are my pattern cutting scissors and have served me well over the years. The final pair is my snips. I buy these six a time and chuck them when they start to blunt. I used to have them on a lenght of elastic I wore around my neck, but I kept cutting it, so I don't do that anymore. The ribbon is there because I always bury them under crap on the table.At least with DH away for a while, I'll have time to sew without anyone hassling me ...
Monday, June 1, 2009
Next is my sofa, which is covered in Works In Progress, including 20m of burgundy and gold satin with which I intend to recover the Jacobean sofa in my living room. Note the orange UFO on the corner. Can you tell I don't like that dress??
Here is the bed, also covered in WIPs. These ones are in nice plastic containers. The dresser at the end of the bed is covered in patterns that don't fit in the drawers. Yes, there is a drum kit in there as well. I've had to move it while the carpentry work goes on, so there are drums stashed in corners all over the room. You will see that I can't make it to the fireplace on the left side of the picture because of my drums, which has been annoying as I've wanted to light the fire while it's been raining.
Moving around we come to the ugly pink mirror on a stand which I bought recently with a view to repainting (and obviously haven't done), my ironing board which is abandoned in the middle of the floor and a few more drums tucked into a corner.
In behind the mirror we come to the Cupboard that Bruce Built.
These three show the appalling state of my fabric stash at present, jammed into plastic tubs and stacked on top of each other. But that's still not enough mess for me - here is my solarium, also covered in a pile of fabric.
To show you that I can be neat, here is my collection of pin holders. Each colour is a different kind of pin for a different use. I colour code when I work with knits, heavy fabrics and lighter fabrics. Needless to say, this disorder in my sewing room is driving me nuts and now that the floods are over, I hope Bruce will be back to finish my cupboards this week so I can get back to normal!!!But it hasn't stopped me sewing. Here is BWOF 09-2007-111 that a made from a heavy piece of caramel coloured stretch sateen that I bought at the op shop for $3. It's much heavier than other sateens and I suspect it may be home dec fabric. It hasn't photographed very well, so you can't see the seaming details. The original pattern has a self fabric belt, but for some reason I don't like self fabric belts, so I tried this with a selection of wide belts and found that the colour I liked best was a dark purple patent leather one, about 10cm wide.Seeing how well purple goes with this dress sent me diving into the stash for this fabric ...It's a matte jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics that I bought a year or so ago. I think I'll make a top to go under this dress for winter wear. I have the purple belt and coincidentally a pair of purple patent leather boots to match ... looks like the vanilla chocolate orange wardrobe is on hold for a few days ...