Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Easy, Simple, Quick New Look 6265

It is a fact that the simplest patterns become the workhorses of the sewist's life.

The dependable and almost automatic pilot sewing ease of such patterns is soothing to the soul after dealing with the Vogue Supermodels of the pattern world. They come out, strut their stuff, get all the attention then get back in their box. The *T-N-T's comes out for new pyjama bottoms for DD and a garment is made in a morning. I exhale. The tank top makes up well too.
The pattern is New Look 6265 which is unfortunately out of print. (I know for sure, Pattern Review says so!)
* Tried and True

My sewing mascot, Raymond the sheep, was a gift from a friend who holidayed in New Zealand. Australians tease New Zealanders over their preoccupation with sheep. I found out that the Scots are teased in the same way.. But back on topic, a pattern with similar yoga-type pants that is currently available is New Look 6977 link

Happy sewing. I leave you with a shot I took this morning of my winter orchids.

xx Val.

Friday, 12 July 2013

V1212 The Crazy Coat

Dear Readers,

Have you ever wanted to just whip something up and totally underestimated the scope of a project? Done alterations on the hop? Forgotten what a pain in the ass any velvety material can be? I have. Here is proof.

 This is the Vogue 1212 Sandra Betzina zip up coat/jacket pattern from a few years ago, made up in crazy material bought on impulse even more than a few years ago. I am looking silly-happy with it because I am happy with it. I'll do the usual grim and gory detailed Pattern review in a day or two but all I will say is that this coat was a slog to get finished. I omitted many of the details from the pattern to let the fabric speak - no folded overlay on the end of the sleeves, no darts in the collar, (Variation A) no pocket zips, no front placket. I did interline the whole coat to stabilize the thin material.

The pattern has sizing issues IMHO but I'll go into that more when I write up the review.

The back band gets swallowed up in my material but I can live with that. I love the coat and it feels lovely on. I'll be wearing it on Monday.
They'll see me coming and going.

Have a happy weekend,


Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Crazy Coat and another Giveaway

Dear Readers,

The Christine Jonson pattern is on it's way to Meggipeg and it was so much fun that I have decided on impulse to do it again. I'm giving another pattern away.

My current project is a little fun coat to use up some folkloric material that has marinated in the stash for a few years. Luckily, since I love the colors I don't care whether or not folkloric is in fashion at the moment.

Is it in, out, or somewhere in suspended animation? On second thoughts, don't tell me. As if the ladies of Advanced Style (see blog on my sidebar) would care. They would just accessorize it with chunky jewelery and a fox fur hat and go for it. I may as well tell you during my travels I nearly bought a fox fur hat from a Russian craft fair in northern Norway.  A few more Norwegian shots here I'd never seen any snow capped mountains before and there they were at the end my my street opposite my hostel.

Unfortunately I had run out of money for fox hats, needing to keep eating on my travels. I also missed out on buying a Norwegian hand knitted sweater  :((

Anyway ... here's the work in progress.

No It's Not a Matador Costume!

My quick (ha ha) project is turning out to be a little more time consuming than I expected. The material is a very fine lightweight corduroy. The design is printed on the fabric and is a mix of flowered borders and panels and has a one way nap. Lots of work with placement. It needed interlining. And the pattern is way more complex than first appears. I am simplifying it to let the material do the talking.

What's the pattern? You, dear reader, have to tell me. The first five people that comment correctly with the pattern number of the above project & who want the pattern below will go in the draw for this OOP beauty. It's late. I will try to post a clearer photo of this design ensemble tomorrow. Uncut, much admired but untouched. 12 -14-16. 

If no one guesses my coat pattern number I will give out more clues.

Happy Sleuthing,