Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SWAP so far

This is more for my benefit than anyone else. This is what I have sewn so far and I wanted to look at them all on one page to see how they looked.

I am rather pleased with this little collection so far. I have pants cut and ready to sew next then I think I will add a plain white blouse with long sleeves because that is one giant gap in my wardrobe.

Sunday, January 22, 2012


This is Go Patterns 4001 dress that was very popular several years ago. When I first got this pattern I made three versions in various fabrics, including one for the very first SWAP I ever entered. I liked the dress, but thought I needed to lengthen the bodice by a couple of centimetres. I avoided doing it because it meant lengthing six different pieces and I was too lazy and it's sat, untouched for years. With the theme of this SWAP being all about getting good basic patterns that fit, I decided to tackle this little task once and for all. As it turned out, I needn't have bothered. Long story short, I changed back to the original pattern and made this dress. You can't see it with this busy fabric, but the pocket detail is lovely.
There is a lovely dart in the pocket piece that matches up with the seam of the pocket so you never see it. For me and my shape, this is the perfect sheath dress. I like the waist definition and I like the way the princess seam curves down into the pocket. The neckline is flattering and the arm holes are cut away slightly to accentuate the shoulders. I am thrilled to rediscover such a great classic pattern in my collection and I'm even more excited to have sewn 6 or the 11 SWAP garments!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!!

I hadn't planned to make this skirt in this fabric but it just happened that way. The fabric is a wool/poly blend I bought at Lincraft in Brisbane some years ago on a closing down sale. It must have been cheap because I bought a lot of it. I've already made Grant two pairs of pants from this fabric and I still have enough left to make the dress I originally planned. You probably can't tell, but the pinstripe is lavender and matches the skirt and jacket I made last week.
This is BWOF 02-11-103 and the magic is in the back view. I like the darts and the godet. I really love this skirt, but only time will tell if it's a practical work skirt or if I end up walking like Mortisha Addams.
I tried it with the broderie anglaise blouse I made recently that I wasn't sure if I should include in my SWAP. I quite like the girliness of the blouse with the pinstripes.
As much as I'd like to get started on the dress, I really need to do some housework. There must be three dogs worth of hair on the living room floor and it's back to work tomorrow.