Merry Christmas 

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas time  .

 Here in Australia the weather is warm and we have been swimming in the pool to cool off. 

 
I am laying on the lounge watching Christmas TV and wanted to wish everyone the best for the festive season. 

I will be back in a few days when I can move again . Why do I always have to taste it all. Oh well.

 It is a wonderful time of year ,I love seeing the images around the world of winter a white Christmas in other places,  and the wonderful variety of celebrations.

Tomorrow is Boxing Day the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race , the cricket test match in Melbourne and we have 

Christmas with the other side of the family .

I am feeling blessed, 

Take care stay safe, enjoy the festive season,

Talk soon,

Sue 🙂 

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Wow how time flies

 

 

Hi there,

I have been so busy with all that  comes from our youngest child finishing high school. I have been sewing lots ,but have had no time to sit down and write about it. I am also trying to get into a course to do some study so preparing for that has taken a while. Anyway now I am back so I want to share with you a dress I made to wear to my daughters Valedictory dinner.

On our trip earlier this year to take our son back to college for Uni, I will do the blog soon, promise. I did some fabric shopping, surprised?(I think not).

In Melbourne, I found this amazing cashmere mink fabric in black,wow it is gorgeous. It is soft and drapes really well , it is also light and feels amazing. I am so in love with this fabric, it sews beautifully as well, although it does fray so I handled it carefully.

I bought it to make this V1312 Lynn Mizono dress.I wanted to use it as much as possible and I decided to make the long sleeve version as I want to be able to wear this dress all year , it is wonderful on.

I apologise in advance for the lack of construction photos but as I said before it was insane here at that time.

My only change to the pattern is I left out the zipper I don’t need it and as usual I reduced the length as I am vertically challenged and didn’t want to drown in it.

I am in love with this pattern you will see it used again soon.

Here we are at the dinner :Mizoni dressV1

A great night was had and we are incredibly proud of our daughter .All of her hard work has paid off , she has the marks for the courses she is interested in.Job well done !!

Now all I have to do is get into a course myself, fingers crossed.

Happy Sewing,

Sue 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Inspired

Hi there,

I recently visited the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences , The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. I love this museum but I came on this visit for just one collection the Collette Dinnigan exhibit titled “Unlaced”.The link to the website is here.

Here are my pictures an incredibly  wonderful experience :

If you ever get the chance I thoroughly recommend seeing this it is wonderful.

I have also been sewing up a storm but unfortunately not had time to blog.

I recently made a top that is a little transeasonal it is a Marcy Tilton again. I just love the shapes in her patterns. This V9057 has been on my UFO pile to make for a while and I love it .

V9057

V9057

Fabric for the body of the top was this patterned jersey.

Fabric for the body

Fabric for the body

The fabric for the sleeve and neck edge is this striped stretch slightly more of a cotton feel but works well.

V9057

V9057

Sleeve fabric

Sleeve fabric

The process of making this top is quite simple I made in this instance view D. However I didn’t follow the instructions in terms of fabric combinations I like to make my own choices part of the pleasure of making clothes for myself.

I found the most challenging aspect of this was matching stripes and zigzags. A lot of basting was used for accuracy and I am thrilled with the end result.

This will be a pattern I will use a lot it is not tricky has lots of scope for self expression and is easy to wear a definite winner in my opinion. I love wearing this garment.

Basting to ensure accuracyIt was a pleasure to make .MT top seam

View of basted seam

View of basted seam

Attaching the neck band.

Attaching the neck band.

Stitching the neckline

Stitching the neckline

MT top back

Mt top 3

This is really going to get loads of wear when it gets cooler but I will make some summer tops with this pattern soon.

Mt top frontMt top VMt top vest

These pictures feature the vest I made recently you can find it here

I hope you are having a great time with your sewing.

Talk soon,

Sue 🙂

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Skirt/Pants from Shape Shape 2

As featured in this post here, I love the patterns in these books and I finally have my own copies of most of them. I was looking through Shape Shape 2 and I love this skirt featured in the book.  It has been made in linen but as it was winter when I was looking shape,shape 2 Hip band fabricI decided to make a winter pair.I found this great crushed wool at spotlight and teamed it with this wool that I picked up from the Achieve Australia Fabric shop.

Skirt fabric shape,shape 2 pant

I also used more of the black PVC that I have in my stash pictured here

The contrast

The contrast

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This was an easy pattern to trace out and make . It goes together quickly.pantskirt pattern

This was an interesting skirt
design detailsto make.

Obviously with these pattern books you need to trace of the patterns and adjust them to your size. The skirt came together fairly well and was finished just in time for the change of weather so as yet I haven’t used it. It does however work really well with my vest that I wrote about here.

Lining

Lining

This is a versatile item you can wear it as a skirt or button it up for pants. I enjoyed it so much that I am going to make a pair in linen .Below you  can see the front and back views of the skirt here and then the buttoned pant style below .

I am happy with it and as we are at the moment having some lingering cooler weather I may just get to wear this outfit before it gets to warm.
Front SkirtBack of skirt

Skirt/ pant buttoned

Skirt/ pant buttoned

I hope you are getting some fun sewing done for whatever season you are in . I am working my way through my planned sewing for Spring, Summer, so I will get back to you with the details as soon as I am done.

Happy Sewing,

Sue 🙂

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Snoop September Sewing

Hi there,

For this month in The Make A Garment A  Month group I am a part of the theme is snoop sewing. Finding something somewhere and copying it for yourself. Great huh?

I have been looking for a while to make another fur vest my first one is here.

I do love my red one but as someone who is vertically challenged, I Vest inspirationfind I am easily overwhelmed with bulky garments. I thought I needed something not as bold a little bit fun but not to bulky for me.

So I saw this vest :

I decided that I wanted  it to button up in the front and also to be shorter like the one pictured. I played with options and looked at lots of online variations then went shopping for fake fur to use.I love the color grey so I started with this panel of Fur fabric from Spotlight . I love the look of the  fake fur the stripes and tones it feels wonderful.

shape,shape 2 pant.jpg vestThen I got some black PVC from my stash to use with it.

The contrast

The contrast

The pattern is a self drafted one .

Preliminary sketch idea

I made a sketch of the idea I had.

This was an interesting make sewing PVC is very like sewing leather so I needed to use a walking foot and a leather needle . What made it challenging was the fur  it is thick and tricky to sew as well. I took it slowly and carefully to make it well. For the inside, I have lined it with an acetate .Lining The buttonholes were done very carefully and I used tissue paper to help keep the PVC from sticking to the foot.

Fur vest Inside front

Coming together

Coming together

Fur Vest

Back View Vest

The vest is a great addition to wear with my culottes from this post . I really like these together both have PVC used in them and it links them they are both incredibly easy to wear. I had hoped to get this finished while it was still cool but the weather is warming here.  I hope to get a bit of wear from this fun addition to my wardrobe before spring really arrives.

Happy Sewing,

Sue 🙂

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Burda Style Winter Culottes

Burda Style pattern bookI picked up this 12/2014 edition of the Burda Style magazine a little while ago. As our Winter is upon us now, I felt I would do my take on the culottes featured. Here is how they suggested they be made ;Burda Style image of Culottes

Burda Style image of Culottes,

The suggested fabrics though beautiful didn’t work with the idea I had for my  Winter culottes. So instead of chiffon and a fabric with a soft drape characteristic I decided on these two.

Black Corduroy

Black Corduroy

Black PVC from Tessuti

Black PVC from Tessuti

I had his great black Corduroy from Spotlight in my stash and thought it would work well if I used PVC for a waist band to add interest. This is the pattern info,

Pattern and info

Pattern and info

The pattern allowed for pockets but for some reason I couldn’t work out how they went in the pattern so added them my way and I can’t show you as I haven’t blogged about that in this instance I really just made it up as I went along. They work so that’s all that matters.

Walking foot to sew PVC

Walking foot to sew PVC

The walking foot was needed to sew the PVC as it is like leather and sticks and it is hard to move through using a normal foot. The corduroy was easy to sew so I put it together first then added the waist band.

This is a very comfortable garment to wear and it works well with my Winter wardrobe.

Waist band

Waist band

Culottes side opening at hem

Culottes side opening at hem

This is a great pattern with lots of scope , it can be interpreted lots of ways and depending on the fabric used will determine where you wear it. I love these pants although I think I will be bringing in the waistband a bit as it is a little loose. I have worn them lots and will continue to do so , they are so comfortable.

I just love it when a plan comes together, don’t you?

It is really cold today so I am sitting under a blanket as I write this planning what will be finished next. I have heaps on the go at the moment and I still need to tell about our little holiday. I promise the holiday is next.

I love seeing all the summer creations on the blogs I follow ,
they inspire me .
But right now Winter warmth and fun are my focus so back to work.

Happy Sewing,

Sue 🙂

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Stash Busting Style Arc Top

As the challenge for this Months make a garment a month was stash busting I had intended making a number of things that I had cut out ready.

Life got in the way as it often does and we decided to take a week to drive our son back to University in Melbourne and travel around so I had to change my plans. First to jump the sewing queue.

I made this Style Arc top as I wanted it to take away with me.Stylr Arc topStyle Arc Top details

This is a great pattern a really nice shape and I found it fits well.The fabric I chose is this stripe stretch from Tessuti.Tessuti stripeIt is a lovely color mix with black ,ivory white and blue stripes. I plan to wear it with lots of the makes on the pile for this season and those to come . When I bought the fabric I did my usual and guessed what I would need for a top or dress. BUT I didn’t factor in matching the stripes. Silly I know but I just loved it and initially was going to make a dress so thought all would be fine. When I laid it out to make the top I discovered that I would need some tricky handling to match the stripes. Some seams were easy but the fabric was quite tricky and a lot of basting was done to ensure a match.

I ended up inserting some hat elastic through the neck edge to stabilize it as it kept stretching when I tried to add the neckband.

Matched well here

Matched well here

Basting to ensure accuracy

Basting to ensure accuracy

Front view

Front view

Back view

Back view

Style Arc top in Tessuti fabric

Style Arc top in Tessuti fabric

This is one of the ways I have been wearing this top the fabric is lovely and soft.

I will post about our trip next time.

Happy sewing,

Sue:)

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Freestyle Fun

Autumn Fun

In the Burda Style magazine I have , January 2015, this pattern grabbed my attention as soon as I saw it:Burda style 01/15
It is a fun style interesting and unusual. The search was on for the perfect fabric.

I found this great printed sheer the colors were almost textural, so I made a wearable muslin from it:

Autumn tones

Autumn tones

Surprisingly Sheer
The pattern pieces are a little interesting in shape and its really important to accurately mark the cutting lines for the front and back.

Pattern piece cutting muslin

Pattern piece cutting muslin

two sides variation

two sides variation

This is the toughest part , I don’t know about you but the thought of cutting slashes in the front and back of a garment gives me heart palpitations. Paranoia reigns but these slashes are what drew me to this pattern.

The seams on this top are finished as french seams, as after you slash they may be visible. I made a rookie mistake on the muslin.  I have been using Burda Style patterns for years and I KNOW that you MUST add seam allowance when you are drafting as they are not added in the pattern pieces but I was in such a hurry  to make this and I didn’t add them, so,  this is what happened when I tried on the muslin. I found that there was not enough width across the bust SO I had to add another piece to fill the gap. As such I made a flourish with some scrap fabric and added an interesting button. I like the end result I think it works well.

Added piece

Added piece

The fabric I found in my stash for my final garment is this :

 Fabric

Fabric

Pattern details

Pattern details

I love the color and texture of this my only dilemma was not quite enough fabric as I this came from my stash .As such I had to color match some jersey to make  the under layer. It works well I feel although I did try to find some of the original fabric but no luck.

This is a great top to wear not only comfortable but fun and a little bit wild and unrestrained. I am really pleased with it and will most certainly make more of this pattern. I have worn it quite a bit , its now a favorite both the muslin and the final garment.

Finished top

Finished top

Happy Sewing,

Sue 🙂

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Bali Fabric- Ball Dress

Hi ,

Early last year  I went to Bali and came home with a heap of fabric,here is a link to my tumblr blog  being very new at it all my son had set that up for me for my first RTW Fast.

One of the fabrics I purchased was this amazing silk backed with organza and stitched to form channels. It is a lovely taupe,mushroom color as I didn’t at the time know what I would make I only got 1.5m . When I was deliberating about what to make for my last school Ball. My youngest child finishes this year. I had contemplated making this.

Evening Bali fabric0

I got a little too busy with various things to take the time to develop the pattern for the grey silk so I sketched up an this idea instead to make use of the fabric from Bali.
I wanted to make a dress that had no zipper and as the width of the fabric was exactly the length I needed giving me a small frill at the top and a larger ruffle at the bottom.

While I was planning  I found this sequinned fabric,  I knew it would make a great little evening jacket. The pattern I have decided to use for the jacket is a tried and true Marcy Tilton blogged about here

Sequinned sheer

Sequinned sheer

My dress idea

My dress idea

 jkt MT.patternjkt pattern image

I didn’t really make a pattern for the dress I just cut two strips and added darts at the bust line for a little shaping. I really wanted it to be comfortable and easy.

I used some silk satin that I had in my “started to make something else out of a long time ago but lacked the skill at that time”stash.Do you have one of those?

Lining Fabric

Lining Fabric

I have always had a love affair with silk, leather, wool so over the years I have collected a bit of all three, some successful, some not, but I keep it all just in case it can be transformed. I found the hardest thing about this dress was that with the onset of cold weather my hands are really dry and kept catching on the silk so I had to get cotton gloves to do all the hand sewing . I used French seams and the jacket was lined in the same silk satin as the dress. I only had lining in the dress to the knee and added a split for movement.

Bali Fabric Dress Front

Bali Fabric Dress Front

Bali Fabric Evening Dress Back

Bali Fabric Evening Dress Back

Straps and Top

Straps and Top

The Organza lining the dress, to give the ruching, was just folded and hand stitched to allow the selvage to form the bottom so no hem Yay!!!

Hem Inside

Hem Inside

Button Close Up

Button Close Up

Marcy Tilton Jacket

Marcy Tilton Jacket

Hand made button Loop

Hand made button Loop

Jacket Lining

Jacket Lining

The Jacket Pattern doesn’t call for lining but the sequinned fabric was really scratching me so I felt it would be more comfortable lined. Here is the finished garment.

Finished

Finished

Evening Bali fabric4

Evening Bali fabric3

Evening Bali fabric1

Evening Bali fabric2

This is a great outfit!It really worked well and was exactly what I wanted comfort and fun.

I danced my feet off at the ball (so much so I hobbled the next day).
It is very easy to wear and so comfortable, the split meant I got to try all the moves on the dance floor, really fun but now I remember why I wear flats most of the time, dancing in heels leaves a special kind of pain.

The jacket I love just the right amount of sass but with the lining feels very lush. The Marcy Tilton jacket pattern I am sure will be made again it is an easy make with an interesting shape and I love the fact that it is not uniform, a little free flowing, I like to think that is a part of my style. Special occasion outfits can be a fun challenge when you can make the time.

Happy Sewing,

Sue 🙂

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Style Arc Tammy Dress

In Summer while looking at the great  range  at Style Arc for a dress that was easy cool and comfortable,I found and ordered this pattern:Style Arc dress patternI wanted to  make myself some easy wear knit dresses and tops for summer. I love the style with the little over top.

I also ordered this fabric with it.I love the color and print.

style arc dress jersey fabricstyle arc dress jerseylabelThis is the care label that came with the fabric and here is the Style Arc label for in the garment that comes with the pattern.

Garment label

Garment label

I also made it in this knit fabric,Fabric style Arc 2 dress

I decided after I had cut out the dresses that I wanted to have the over top as a separate piece. I didn’t want to just have it to wear with the dresses. I like little jackets so I felt I would get more wear out of the garments if I did this so I changed the pattern a little. Here are the two over top fabrics I used for the paisley dress.

ribbon sheer fabric

ribbon sheer fabric

Vinyl cutout fabric

Vinyl cutout fabric

The two tops made were slightly differently.  For the vinyl one I followed the pattern fairly well , but for the ribbon sheer fabric I lengthened the sleeves and added a button at the neck opening and a frill down one side of the opening .

Style Arc

Style Arc

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May9-00019These pics were taken in the autumn afternoon sun by my son on his tablet, just gorgeous weather at the moment . I as yet haven’t finished a top for the floral dress its on the pile to be made. This dress is my go to knit pattern now, the fit is terrific, very easy to make and wear. Love and recommend it, these dresses are a great addition to the wardrobe. Great for warm weather.

Happy sewing ,

Sue 🙂

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