Sunday, 24 November 2013

About time I posted Something..

Hello Sewists,

How's the party season going? Anyone else setting out to sew something special to go out in? I am waiting for some patterns to arrive in the post from Butterick, a company I seemed to have forgotten existed until I recently saw B5850 so beautifully made up by Goodbye Valentino.

Friends I had to have it! Mine, all mine, for my recently purchased silk and silk lining.
While I was at it I ordered a jacket pattern I just love. B5958

All the biker jackets that have been in for a while now do not suit my body but this I can do. I also like all the variations. I have enough material in the stash for that one. I do not want to go too crazy buying fabric now that I have opened the purchasing floodgates. My aim for next year is to make sure I only buy what I need to fill gaps in my wardrobe. To sew with some sort of organization, if not gulp A Plan. I like sewing where the wind of whimsy takes me, so you know, baby steps..

In the meantime, what have I sewn?

This, the silk/cotton skirt from Vogue 1247. the muslin was reviewed here.

I made the skirt a bit straighter than the green one and a touch longer.
The top in both sets of photos is embroidered stash cotton and the pattern is Burdastyle 135-07-2013,
reviewed here. I made it up with darts on both sides rather than the eccentric gather one one side dart on the other combo and it is a handy top to wear loose or tucked in. I was on my way out to lunch with some old school friends. We meet about three times a year to catch up. Today was back to being warm and summery so it was just the thing.

Hope all is good where you are,
Happy Sewing,

Friday, 15 November 2013

Hello! We've been shopping

Dear Bloggers,

Yesterday was my meetup with Patricia of the Red Cardinal blog. I had the chance to show her my two favourite Sydney fabric stores in person and talk fabric and art and sewing and everything. Through the magic of blogging something strange but wonderful happens. If you like someone through their blog somehow when you meet the words and the camaraderie and the sheer connection with them just flows.

We went to The Fabric Store first. She liked it hehe.. and then on to Tessuti

I don't know why I expected someone tall. She is a shorty pants like me!

In front of the two sided great cube of buttons at Tessuti, and near their red lounge that is good for collapsing on while making up one's mind on the delicious dilemma on what to purchase. We leafed through the Vogue and found that between us we have what seemed like 80% of their featured dress patterns...

I wasn't letting go of my fabric.

My booty. At the centre is the lovely Red Bird brooch that Patricia gave me. Did I mention that she is lovely in person? Underneath it is some DKNY knit from The Fabric Store for a dress for my Mum. To the right is a colorful knit remnant and to the left is a piece of pure silk and silk lining, extravagantly expensive by my standards, for a pre-Christmas engagement party dress, all from Tessuti.

We were at the door of Tessuti when it started to rain and the good gentlemen of Tessuti had just unloaded their van and they offered to give us a lift around the corner to Crown Street, where we had lunch in a trendy cafe.

Thanks for a nice day Patricia. I enjoyed being your partner in crime fabric purchasing.


Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Impromptu Sydney Meetup Friday 15th November

A Meetup in Sydney, no word of a lie.

It is always a real treat to meet up with sewing blog friends. I have done this while overseas on two occasions and always had a great time. Usually months of planning and many emails go into these things. It is ironic that I have not been to any sewing meet ups here.

Well impulse and opportunity has led to one of my own! I am meeting up with Patricia of Red Cardinal
who will be visiting Sydney from Brisbane on that weekend. It will be so good to meet her! Any sewists who will be in Sydney, or can come to Sydney on Friday, November 15th are invited to come too. We will meet at the Elizabeth Street entrance to Central Station (around the corner from the Fabric Store) at 10 am for a morning's fabric shopping and then lunch.

This is the Plan:

On Friday, 15th November
Meet at Central Station, Elizabeth St entrance at 10 am
Walk to The Fabric Store, 21 Cooper St Sydney, then walk to
Tessuti, 110 commonwealth St, Surry Hills, then on to
Oxford Square for lunch

If you are interested email me so we know to look out for you.

After all, fabric is

xx Val.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Late for the train, but I finally got on .. V1247 Skirt

Dear Readers, You know the pattern. You've seen it before. Just about every person and their dog or cute photogenic cat has reviewed it in blog land, or the top that goes with it. It was a Pattern  of the Year over on Pattern Review. It is Vogue V1247 It has been sitting in my stash, in the queue, patiently waiting.

Last week, dear reader, I needed an art gallery/fabric shopping fix and went to my two fabric shops in Sydney, Tessuti and The Fabric Shop where I got my fabric fix. Two pieces of beautiful fabric. One of them was a remnant of silk/cotton in an ikat print just big enough for the skirt. The other is a piece of  abstract print linen. It felt so good to buy exquisite material!

Anyway, before cutting into the silk I needed to make a wearable muslin to make sure that a horizontal line around that part of my torso was a good idea. As most of us know, just because a pattern works for someone else..or a hundred someone else's does not mean it will work on our own bodies, Pattern of the Year on PR or not.

But it's a winner, almost to my consternation, the perfect A Line skirt.

Cute in seam pockets. Couture instructions. Silky, floaty top which I will try soon.
Needless to say I did not go couture on this piece of kid curtain material from Spotties..

I lengthened the skirt from 17". I have winter scarves wider than a respectable above knee but still ended up with only 1cm hem allowance.. added a centre front seam because I thought topstitching would add something to the skirt. Will backtrack on that one. I finished the seams with my serger and pressed them open. I wrestled with the pocket construction because I also had the bright idea of topstitching just the pocket part first. I won't do that again either. My zip was neither hidden nor couture.

What I will keep was the method of making a straight narrow self facing waistband instead of the strangulation waistband included for the wasp waisted.

What I did get was a skirt I liked, will make again in the silk.

It's a keeper, a good pattern for the summer season.

Happy Cup Day to my fellow Aussies.  Melbourne Cup Field for today's race


Sunday, 3 November 2013

Easy as can be Simplicity 2374

Dear Bloggers,

My DD came over yesterday and we had a very enjoyable morning together. I had made her some little boxer style shorts, which is what she likes to use for sleepwear. These are from Simplicity 2372 with no changes, just using the shorts pieces from View E. The material is a cute cotton from Spotlight with little white pigs.

I got a happy dance from her. I have used this pattern for her before dress with ruffle. It is an easy pattern with lots of good interchangeable elements.

DD was also happy to get some Cargo pocket shorts from New Look 6251, which I had previously made for myself.  Cargo Pants with custom made back  She liked mine so much she wanted some too!

I made a custom back piece for her. Genetics will rule. It is very similar to mine, sway back etc. she was very pleased with it. To quote my DD "There is nothing better than a custom made crotch".

BTW she is wearing high heels because she had brought over a bridesmaids dress for her BFF's wedding for me to shorten.  The wedding is in two weeks and the excitement is running high.. Everything at the moment is BW (before wedding) or AW (after wedding). Heaven help us all if it was DD's wedding..

Happy Sewing,