29 October 2013
Another deviation from the dreaded "to sew" list, but I've learnt (the hard way) that sometimes when you see a fabric and know what you'd like to make with it, you should just buy it and make it.
So I did. (Although I was very nearly stopped by the cat, who decided it made a nice pillow. Along with the sewing scissors).
It's been in regular rotation ever since, and probably deserves a better photo to show it off.
Pattern: Tessuti Valerie top
Fabric: 80cm of digitally printed sequins, cotton silk blend with a satin finish.
Comments: For my third Valerie (when you're on a good thing, stick to it) I added an extra 5cm length, and pieced the binding strips from shorter lengths in lieu of longer single strips (because I had economised on the quantity of fabric I bought). With this one I found that the tear-away Vilene, used to stabilise the neck and armhole openings, really came into it's own, as the fabric was so supple and slippery. The Vilene really helped to keep the shape while the bindings were attached.
Week 39 was a pretty productive week.
But then, these little girl leggings are so quick and easy to make.
A couple of hems, a few seams, and elastic waist.
And of course a ribbon bow handstitched on the front to pretty it up.
And to help a little girl who is dead keen to dress herself, dress herself the right way around.
Pattern: Pattern S from Lovely and Innocent Girlswear size 100cm (again)
Fabric: Viscose Elastine and Cotton Elastine knit fabric remnants from the stash. These are great for using up scraps or old/op shop T-shirts.
28 October 2013
I started this project back in June (only a few months ago, but it seems like years), cutting and assembling the top at Craft Camp.
A lot of purpose bought Liberty (including Hello Kitty Liberty), but also a lot of special pieces from the scrap basket- pyjama pants that C wore as a baby, scraps from a dress mum made for me when I was a baby, other clothes that I've made for A or myself (20 years ago. Gulp!), a purple hanky from a matching shirt, tie and hanky ensemble mum made for Dad in the 70s, and off cuts from a soft toy a friend made for A, some fish and the last of my Kristen Doran ladybirds in there too. Lots of pink, but lots of other colours too. Greens, reds, yellows and purples.
In September I finally summoned the courage to baste and machine quilt it (keeping it simple with diagonals again), with a modern spotty backing and red linen binding finished by hand (I didn't have the courage to attempt Rita's machine finished binding method on something this large, although her tutorial and links were still very helpful).
And pleasingly, A loves it. So many things to find, although no Penguins (but perhaps being mostly pink makes up for that).
The sewing "to do" list needed a review.
Too many things lingering on it for way too long.
So I had a coffee and stared at it.
And then made something that wasn't even on the list.
A little black skirt.
Very quick, satisfying and cheap.
Fabric: a 70cm remnant of Black "Streaks of Thunder" Ponti from Tessuti.
Pattern: Based a trusted old straight skirt pattern (#1600 Jennifer George for Vogue Patterns), but using some of the techniques from the Tessuti Anita Ponti Pants- Top stitched side seams, twin needle hem and elastic waistband. I kept the original pattern waist darts but omitted the zip and back kick opening, and increased the taper to the hem. With the stretch in the fabric there's enough give that it's super comfortable as well as being super quick to sew.
Now back to the list...
11 October 2013
I cut this out for A in June, when she needed some winter pants, but ended up buying her some pants as I couldn't find the time to make these until September. Shown here in progress (just without the waistband elastic) but as she's only worn them for half a day that will have to do. It seems that pink top stitching wasn't enough to get over the fact that they're not entirely black, grey or pink, which is her current colour preference... But I cut them with some extra length, and perhaps her style choices will change before they're too small? In any case, they are cute, and I do intend to make another pair for summer in some pink linen I'm re-purposing from the Op Shop.
Pattern: Style U from the Japanese book I refer to as "Apron Girl", by Akiko Mano.
Size and modifications: size 100 but with some extra length than the 3/4 pattern length.
With spring weather arriving, school holidays fast approaching, and knowing that C had grown out of last year's clothes, it was time to sew C some new shorts.
Fabric: some sketchy woven linen I picked up at Darn Cheap a few years ago with the intention of making C some pants. Didn't expect it to take years...
Pattern: O&S Sketchbook Shorts, with some modifications, Size 7.
Modifications: These shorts have (in my opinion) a slightly odd cut- the grainline isn't perpendicular to the hem. Which presented a bit of a quandry as I wanted to line up the pieces with the very distinct (and on grain) pattern. So I ignored the grainline, placed the hem on grain and cut the legs with straight (not tapered) side seams. I also had to tweak the front pleats to get the waistband to fit, and discovered that some of the pattern notches didn't line up with anything. I have the feeling that the Sketchbook pattern has some issues (in addition to those mentioned in the errata)- I previously found that the shirt pocket didn't work (it has a different shape from the schematic), although O&S have a great reputation (and I haven't had issues with other patterns, and the instructions are well written...).
After a few months with not much sewing to show for it, this simple (free to download) pattern from Tessuti came along at the right time, and helped to get me back into the sewing groove.
Me: itching to sew something, needing some new T-shirts, having some knit fabrics ready and waiting in the stash.
Mandy: Free, quick and an easy style to wear.
Like Lisa, when I discover a pattern I like, I make more than one. So I made three over three weeks, and have been contemplating some variations on the simple shape and style using some non knit fabrics...