Monday, April 26, 2010

Long weekend sewing

I've officially finished my SWAPs, save for one button and some pressing. The photos will have to wait until next weekend as I don't want to look at those garments any more.

This weekend I moved on to some other sewing. I spent a whole day tracing patterns and cutting out, so you'll see some of these fabrics a few more times.

First up is BWOF 05-2009-103 dress. I've made this before and it's a no brainer. This time, however, I self faced the bodice rather than just hem. it gives the neckline a much nicer shape. The fabric is a rayon jersey from Fabric.com that I got for $1.95 a yard. This is one of the cheapest dresses I've made in a while. The yellow in this dress matches exactly the yellow wool I used to knit this cardigan a while ago. Serendipitous, considering they were purchased 10 years apart!

Next up I made this skirt, which is BWOF 12-2009-112. I was on the lookout for a simple skirt that was a little more interesting than my usual pencil skirt and as I'd already cut out two high waisted skirts on the same day, I thought I'd try this. It's a really simple skirt to make and is way more flattering than I expected. I'll probably make it again in a better fabric. This is a remnant of a poly suiting I bought many years ago. It was expensive and wears well (I made pants from it years ago) but I don't like the way it feels. I didn't line this skirt because I was lazy, but I have a slip to go under it.

At the same time as I bought this grey suiting, I also bought 4meters of what I think is a wool/poly blend menswear suiting. These came from Fine Wools Direct when they were still in operation and are really love fabrics. I've cut quite a few garments from the wool blend. First of all us these pants, which are BWOF 05-2007-112. I think I may have struck gold! They fit straight up! I spent a lot of time looking at my rear end in the mirror and as far as I can tell, there are no weird wrinkles anywhere. Of course, I have yet to finish them; they aren't hemmed, there are no buttons and as you can tell, they aren't pressed. But I'm cautiously optimisitic. If they aren't a perfect fit, they're not too far off it. I've cut a high waisted skirt and a vest from this same fabric. You can't see it, but they fabric is largely black, with a bright blue thread through it. I'll try and get better photos next garment.




Last garment of the day is another Kwik Sew 3338. I bought two yards of this fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics and I've also cut a dress from an OOP DKNY Vogue pattern. I don't normally wear blue, but something about this fabric caught my eye. It's brighter than it appears here.




9 comments:

Vicki said...

Wow, you got a lot of sewing done! I managed to get 2 tops done. But I did go shopping with the daughters once or twice and have been watching Master Chef. For my next top I am going to pull out my old faithfull - KS3338! Love yours - very cheerful. And the dress is nice too. I want to make that one up as well.

Shannon said...

Holy cow! You've got some wonderful new garments there!! I especially love the dress fabric.

Sharon said...

You have been productive and they are all brilliant garments.

Gail said...

I can't believe how much you get done over a long weekend! All of it looks great.

Sue said...

Love all those pieces but especially the dress and the skirt!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

So productive! You've got a great wardrobe going on here.

Kristy said...

I miss Fine Wools Direct greatly, they sold some lovely fabrics. I have read that they have reopened as JB Fabric Room at 2 Lacey St in Surry Hills although I haven't been there to check it out myself. And in scary coincidences I traced that dress out on the weekend and am contemplating the skirt for my next sew!

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Kathi said...

Oh my goodness, you have a whole new wardrobe in one post!!!!!! I like everything!! I especially like that dress - need to go back and look at that issue of Burda again! It is interesting how I can overlook items in Burda and then see them made by real people and just love them. I think it is the pictures - the pictures in Burda just don't show the garments, but we want to show the garments on our blogs.
Great work!!