Sunday, January 9, 2011

I'm flooded in again ...

But unlike kbenco, I have ample tea making supplies. I have sufficient food (human and dog) and my house is high and dry. Then there's the sewing. I had the good sense to stock up on all the threads and zips I might need for the SWAP garments I have cut out.

First up is BWOF 04-10-105 blouse (I think). I bought this cute chiffon at Fantazia Fabricland in Tweed Heads and I think it was a whole $5.99 a metre. I love the print and I love the colours, but I'm not in love with chiffon (you'll see more of this fabric). Suprisingly, however, I love this blouse.

The rules of SWAP say that each garment must have a new or unmastered skill. This blouse has several. First of all there is sewing with chiffon, then there is the rolled hem on the ruffles. Now I know how to use my overlocker properly, I had to find an excuse to roll a hem. I also underlined with butter coloured batiste (a piece I bought at op shop and it had the price $1 written on the corner in permanent marker) and I interfaced the collar with organza. Four new and unmastered things in one garment! Oh and I forgot the french seams!


This blouse is KS 3668, again with rolled hems on the ruffles. I didn't really want another ruffled blouse, but this fabric is so sheer and the ruffles make it acceptable in public. This fabric I think is voile, but feels a little coarser than some voiles I've used. I got it at the op shop for $1.50 and there was just enough to cut this blouse from. I used organza as interfacing on the collar and front plackets. I would have used french seams, but I forgot when I cut it out that this KS pattern only allows 1/4" seams. If I'd remembered that when I cut it out, I would have cut them wider.



As I don't know how long I will be flooded in, I may well get a whole SWAP sewn before I can get out again!

14 comments:

Sharon said...

Great blouses and excellent new techniques. I dug out that Burda pattern on the weekend :)

So glad you are high and dry and have the house stocked up with food and sewing supplies.

Shannon said...

Oh wow! Those blouses are gorgeous! Nice job on the new techniques too.

Rose said...

I love the blouses! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that you will have an uneventful time while you are flooded.

Rose in SV

sewing spots said...

Those blouses are just stunning! I love them!

I'm sorry about the flooding. I hope everyone stays safe and dry.

Mary Nanna said...

They look fabulous - you're making excellent use of your flooding opportunities.

Very envious of your op shop finds...

Sue said...

Your tops are beautiful, the fabrics suit the pattern so beautifully.
It's amazing isn't it how much rain is in your area and then down in Adelaide we're not getting much at all ... but more than last year! It's devastating for those people who have had to leave their homes or had their crops destroyed.

Gail said...

Hope you don't run out of cotton! I like both blouses, but particularly the voile one.

Faye Lewis said...

Really cute, and I love the colors.

moggy said...

Lovely blouses! The super wet weather sounds like a great reason to stay at home and sew.

kbenco said...

Oh, the Burda blouse. I have Burda 4-10 open to this blouse and am thinking lustful thoughts about making it whilst tailor basting my coat. Please show it on you, and I will be eternally grateful.
You will be pleased to hear that there was 3liters of milk in the fridge at work. It is now in my fridge at home for essential tea making. Work is only 700m away, but I had to walk 3km to get home today (around the flooding). I wish it was cut off properly.....

Vicki said...

Carol, they are both so gorgeous! I am glad to hear you have provisions :) We are set for a week of rain down here in Melbourne too. Well I think the drought has definately broken!!

Sheila said...

Both blouses are gorgeous and love the print of the first one.

MAD14kt said...

I LiKE!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

You have a great start on a SWAP here! Good luck with the flooding, it just won't stop!