Sunday, September 28, 2014

Shetland Collection: Starting at the top...

Because I have no imagination and don't want to have to reinvent the wheel, I decided to start with a few TNT patterns.  I'm trying to wear more blouses as I'm getting tired of knit tops that look the same, so I've started with a blouse that already exists in my wardrobe in about seven different versions.  This is BWOF 01-2008-107 or 108 or something.  I like this without the collar (which I think is #107). 
It's been a little hard to photograph this because of the fabric.  I don't actually know what it is, but I suspect it may be a raw silk of some sort.  It feels like a light, soft taffeta but doesn't have any shimmer in it, although the last photo seems to look that way.  I acquired this fabric some years ago, along with several other colours, from a film shoot.  Back when I had an actual career (Production Manager - film and television) it was my job to dispose of all the left over stuff at the end of a shoot.  

I have always loved this fabric and never knew what to do with it.  None of these pictures give a true portrayal of the colour.  It's a soft dusty pink.  I had so little fabric that I had to cut the inside collar and the placket binding strips from this paisley, which you will see below.

It's not a very exciting shirt, but I like it and I had to start somewhere!
Next up is something new.  This is BWOF 05-2013-106 and while I could sew the previous blouse in my sleep, this one was a different story.  Burda's instructions are woeful, as usual, and the pictures don't give a clear enough look at it to figure out the neckline.  No one in the blogosphere seems to have made it so there was no help available.  Anyway, I forged ahead with the construction in the hope it would become clear.  It didn't, but I think I've fudged it well enough.
The collar doesn't actually attach, it wraps around your neck then snaps onto the collar on one side, then the end gets tucked under and snaps to itself.  The fabric is a cotton/silk paisley in lavenders, pinks and greys.  I apologise for the bad pictures but I think my camera is on its last legs.

Next up... a skirt...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Reintroducing myself...

It's been a while - remember me??  It's been a busy year and a bit since my last post.

I'd like to thank Sheila and Faye for checking in on me! All is well.  I've been busy renovating a house, building another and working.  On top of that I managed three overseas trips and am leaving on another this coming week.

I have been sewing, not much, but some.  I haven't blogged any of it, but there are a few things I will show off in time.

For now I would like to introduce a travel wardrobe I am working on for a month long trip to Shetland this Christmas.  So far I have only been there in summer and as I live in the subtropics my wardrobe isn't that well equipped.

The wardrobe was inspired by this cardigan, a gift sent to me from Nepal.  This picture doesn't do it justice.  It is the softest, lightest cashmere I have ever felt.

So I collected some paint charts and pulled a page from a magazine.

Then I pulled some fabric from my stash

And the Shetland Collection was born.
I have a fair idea of what I want to make, mainly skirts, tops and leggings.  I have jeans already, including a purple pair from a SWAP a few years ago.  There are other fabrics in my stash that co-ordinate and will take this in a different direction, but for the purposes of a travel wardrobe I will stick to the palette of dusty pink, dusty lavender, grey, black and cream.  Not included in this fabrics above is a charcoal wool that will become a new overcoat.
So in an attempt to kick start my collection, I made this. 

This is BWOF 03-10-126 that I last made in in 2010 here . It looks way better on a person than on Vera.  This is a slightly fuzzy knit somewhere between a jersey and a ponte weight with a soft underside.  I still wear the original red and white stripe, in fact it's been worn on about 10 international flights since I made it.  Perfect weight, looks good over leggings and holds up on even the longest of long haul flights.
More soon...