Monday, 15 January 2018

That 60s feel

This dress just had to happen again. New Look 6000 using a chambray flower print from Minerva Crafts. I've been working my way through some remnants, as you can see.

There are always parts of the construction process that spur me on, like getting the sleeves made.

Once I get to the invisible zipper stage, I know the dress is coming along nicely. Until I have to try the dress on. This is the perfect stage to adjust the fit.

Can you see the piping along the neckline. I still had enough piping for this dress.

The piping acts like a necklace. 
This is the same piping I used on the original Deer and Doe Belladone dress I made for September. The fabric colours of this fabric is the same on the Minerva Crafts website.
This version is work-worthy.
The sleeve length also help with battle with aircon that gets very cold during the day.
There's much less stress sewing a dress from a pretty remnant that you know works.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Wanda revisited

I always wonder if old patterns I made still work so when I was about to make this dress in silk, I thought I should make it in a fabric that was easier on my anxiety level.

Working with silk is always a raised anxiety level project so when I used this paisley damask fabric, the chill factor kicked in.
Piping worked again on the neckline at that the waistline too.
The bodice is fully lined for this version and I've hand sewn the hem.

This fabric didn't need to be matched but all the seams match.
The key adjustment was made along the bust pleats. They are too wide so I had to hand stitch the outer bust pleat. It just looked weird - out of place.
Another dress pattern that works!

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Sun-kissed Anneli

There's always that mad rush to dress after a day at the beach and inevitably there's a stop off for a quick bite to eat on the way home. This Named pattern Anneli double front dress is perfect for a quick dinner on the way home.
Ok so I don't wear 4inch heels at the beach but doesn't this double front dress look fab in heels?
This knit print has a great all-over print that works so well under the Australian sun.
It's one of the Art Gallery fabrics sold by Minerva Crafts. The name is Swifting floral boho stretch jersey. It feels so soft.
I also was impressed by the packaging Named patterns provides.

The fabric washes well, dries fast and holds it colour every time.
I've now worn this a few times with friends since I made it in November.
I did a test version of this pattern with a stripe jersey.
I didn't want to waste the boho print but I was curious to see how the double front would work on my bust. 
What you see above is my efforts to have similar prints on the shoulder finish and the front bodice. By the way, I'm enjoying using Prym's scissors.
Testing this pattern gave me a practice run at the construction.

As you can see below I've also added a snap along the opening so that the front layer doesn't open out too far as I'm walking or when there's a gust of wind.
As you can see, the finish along the front vertical edge is very simply done.
I used the jersey fabric for the belt again.

There's plenty of fabric at the back but not too much fabric so that it looks heavy.
This allows the dress to follow the shape of my sway back and I'm happy with this result.
The other thing I could do was use the width of the fabric to make this dress, so I have more jersey for another project adventure.
Now that I've made this a few times, it's so easy to wear and is great for Summer. 

Monday, 1 January 2018

Anneli test projects

Happy New Year everyone. I hope 2018 treats you well.

Below are two test Annelis for Summer. Anneli is a double front dress and tee pattern by Named Patterns.
Both fabrics are stash fabrics that had no project attached to them. Now I'm happy to have used them for this pattern.
The seams are 1cm wide.
The double front isn't too fussy after all. I wasn't sure if the double front would look too heavy but it actually drapes nicely.
This is now a Summer fav worn with Grainline Maritime shorts on weekends.

This dress version was perfect to use this big, flowing jersey print.
Cutting this out in 'dress length' wasn't the challenge.
The cutting challenge was the making sure the print design ran on the outer front dress piece and not be hidden on the under layer.
I cut the back dress piece out first and then I cut out the upper front dress layer.

This dress with its amazing print worked.
The arm finish and neckline finishes were also important during the cutting stage. Once I cut out the main dress pieces, I cut out the bindings so they matched the dress.
Sewing (cutting) is my super power, as you can see. All the colours lined up.

The back is basically black with a bit of colour.
So I think I'm set for the next Summer bbq that comes my way.

I'm still enjoying prosecco and a spot of sparkling rose to celebrate the New Year.

The next version will be an all over-print so you can judge for yourself if you're ready to make your own Anneli.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

My little red dress

While this year has flown by I still remember buying this butterfly silk print from Selective Fine Fabrics and thinking 'this would make a great blouse'. It's become my little red dress.
Running in style had some really good ideas to plan a little red dress.
I chose the Wanda dress by Eliza M that I made this time last year in a snake tencil print.

The bodice pieces were already adjusted and this time I fully lined the dress.
I still used the size 12 but I moved in the bust pleats as they were too close to the side seams and not under the bust. 

The aqua piping from earlier this month was used at the front waistline.

The centre back zipper seams all matched and if I'd bought enough fabric for the dress I would have matched the print too. Over buying fabric does make the difference if you want to match prints across every seam point.
The side hem hints at the piecing I did to get enough fabric from the silk I bought.
The piecing simply looks like a shadow.
Fully lining the dress makes it sit better while the hemline looks like it's dancing.
I wore this dress all day on Christmas Day and it felt like wearing a soft feather.
The colours in the print drew my eye so I'm pleased I was able to squeeze a 'Wanda dress' out of it.

Happy holidays everyone.
Loving prosecco this Summer.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Shoe gal

'Shoe gal' is the cotton drill fabric I bought at Spotlight and made this very basic dress using my block patterns I had developed a few years ago.
The fun was lining up the shoe print. The shoes are random and they're not random. 
The sleeve are 3/4 length, the seams were overlocked, I've used a metal exposed zipper and pink piping on the neckline.
Easy peasy.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Which way is up?

African wax prints are fun to work with especially if they're colours you love and prints you find interesting.
I think this might be the last of the prints I bought this year, but then a new print might pop up in a couple of months time.
I've used the Deer and Doe Belladone basic bodice and drafted a V neckline.
On closer view, you can see the waistband follows the eye print.
There's no matching at the back.
The back fit is however smooth and there's a small back hem split.
I've used my basic pencil skirt pattern and used the pockets from the Belladone.
The print is so bold, you can't really tell where the pockets are.
I bought this print from the LA fabric district two years ago so this is the best holiday souvenir.



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