Sunday, April 29, 2012

More free skirts

These two skirts come from my TNT pencil skirt pattern, which started life as a Burda but I can't remember the number.  It has a knit coat that goes with it and dates from the early 90's.  I've lost count of the number of times I've made this pattern now.
The first one is a made from a piece of wide wale corduroy that was leftover from an op shop 60's armchair I recovered about 14 years ago.  The chair is long gone, but this fabric hung around and is finally converted into something useful.  It's lined with a leftover bit of gold satin that I think was used to line a jacket a long time ago.

The second is another piece of wide wale corduroy that I bought at the op shop for 50c.  It's lined with a piece of leftover black bemberg.  Both skirts use zips that came from the op shop, too.  I would say, by the  packaging, that they date to the 70's and they cost 20c each.  I didn't have enough fabric to cut the waistband, so I taped the top and sewed the lining as a facing.

This afternoon I decided to start work on a gift I'm making for a friend and I got the fabric out to make sure I have enough to make what I want to make.  When I turned around to get the pattern, Molly decided to help.

SWAP finishes officially tomorrow, so my task this week is to photograph my entry.  That's harder than the sewing!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

From the bottom ...

After Faye's wonderful Starting at the Top Challenge, I realised that I was sadly lacking in the bottoms department.

I cut out four skirts on Saturday, complete with linings and interfacing.  All of them are completely from stash and therefore are 'free' garments!

This first one is BWOF 02-10-104 skirt, slightly A-line with cute hip pockets.  I made this once before in black as part of a travel wardrobe when I went to the US in 2010 and I wear it at least once a week.  I don't know why it's taken me so long to make another.

This one is made from leftover fabric from an outfit I made for a friend many years ago, long before blogging days.  It's an olive green mystery fabric that is somewhere between a faux suede and a velvet.  It's on a knit backing but has very little stretch and no recovery.  I had loads of it in black and green and this is the last of it.  The pockets and band facing are leftover hideous fabric from my ghastly-but-fun christmas dress

It is lined in a caramel coloured bemsilk, again leftover from some long forgotten project.  The zip is vintage and cost 50c at the op shop, still in its original wrapping.  The very slight stretch has given it a little flutter at the hem, which I find I rather like.  It goes perfectly with the top I made a couple of weeks ago.

Watch out for the others in the coming week.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I managed a 7 and an 8 ...

When your dog wakes you at 6am on a Sunday what else is there to do but sew? I was hoping to get another top in this weekend, but I surprised myself with two. Considering I didn't start until 9.30 and I was done by 2pm, I'm pretty pleased with myself. The fabric is a deliciously soft poly/rayon (I think) that I bought at Gorgeous Fabrics last year. I bought it at a time when I was obsessed with black and brown together, so it slots right into my wardrobe.
The first is the wonderful BWOF 08-08-118 tunic. I made one of these a few years ago and I wear it all the time, so I don't know why I haven't made another. I wear it with footless tights and sandals in warmer weather and over a long sleeve tshirt with leggings, over-knee boots and a long cardigan in winter. It's a really versatile style.
Somehow I managed to cut two garments from two yards of fabric. I had enough to squeeze out another TNT from KS3338.
So, now I've Started at the Top, I guess I need to make some bottoms ...

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Two more ...


In between looking at houses today I managed to sneak in two more tops for the Starting at the Top Challenge.
B5247
M5241
Both made from a 3m length of a pretty nasty poly knit I bought at the opshop. It's out of my stash now and I will actually wear these garments.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My nemesis ...


Kwik Sew 3378 - so far I have cut this top out four times and this is the first time I've made it past sewing the front seam. It's all about the fabric. I realise now that every other time I've attempted to make this, it was in a beefier knit and it just wasn't going to work. This time I've cut it in a slinky knit and I rather like it.
The fabric came from Clegs in Melbourne. Every month I go to Melnourne for a managers' meeting and last week our meeting closed early. I made the mistake of asking my boss's EA if there was a fabric store nearby. He gave me detailed directions on how to get to Clegs (and I've discovered a fellow fabricaholic). The sad thing is, now that I know how close it is to our office, I will be heading down there every time I'm in Melbourne! As I was on a day trip and only a small backpack with me, I could only purchase two small pieces. I bought the slinky in black, too, for a cardigan. I was inspired by someone (and I can't remember whose blog I saw it on now) who recently made a Jalie cardigan in black slinky that was really lovely. That will make an appearance soon.
Because I had so much fabric leftover, I knocked out a quick TNT tshirt (KS3338) with the additional self drafted cowl from an old Australian Stitches. Their version also had a gathered front which, in hindsight, I should have added, too. Compared to yesterday, with two garments from $3 worth of fabric, these are relatively expensive at two garments for $18, but I'm not complaining!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Stick a fork in me ...

My SWAP is done! Here are two quick pics taken before I put the button on.
After much trial, I kept the topstitching to a minimum. I decided the colour alone is enough, I didn't need extra embellishment. I used top stitching thread in the closest colour I could find (it matches better than these pictures show).
I used leftover sateen from one of my SWAP dresses for the pocket bags, fly facing and the waistband facing. I like the way this helps tie everything together, even if I'm the only one who sees it.
With SWAP done and a weekend of television to watch, I got started on my Start at the Top garments. I made the cardigan first, then severely cocked up cutting out the tunic, so I salvaged what I could and made a TNT long sleeve t-shirt.
Now it's back to the sewing machine for the next one ...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Start at the top ...

The lovely and talented Faye is hosting a sewalong called Start at the Top where the idea is to pull out all the top/tunic/blouse patterns you've never sewn and actually use them. As luck would have it, I had already started this process inspired by Rhinestones and Telephones Franken Pattern Pledge.
The two patterns I had pulled from my stash are M5241 and B5247. The fabric is a heavy cotton interlock that I bought at an op shop in Mullumbimby for the bargain price of $3 for 3 metres. I really like this fabric and never quite knew what to do with it. It is more colourful than this bad picture shows and I can see myself getting a lot of use out of these garments.
I'm making the shortest version of the cardigan and the short tunic with long sleeves. Two garments for three dollars! This is what I love about sewing.
Easter is 5 days long in Hobart so as well as these two garments, I think I may also make a long version of the cardigan out of some purple slinky that didn't photograph very well. I have a few other things in mind but I need to spend a bit of time staring into the stash cupboard before I decide.
As for my jeans, I just need to put the waistband on and hem them and my SWAP is done!! I'm really looking forward to a productive sewing weekend.