Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Haunts of a fabric addict

Here are a couple of fabric places I've found to be worthwhile visiting when you just want to see what's available.

Remnant Warehouse
This store had a good range of fabric for both the fashion sewer and quilters. Their classes seem to be quilting focussed.

Address: 494 botany rd Alexandria open m-f 9-4.30 sat 9-4pm 96987855. Their website is www.theremnantwarehouse.com.au There's also a large Lincraft nearby but it's mainly got prepackaged bulk things.

Curtain Studio
I visited this local favourite on the weekend and spent $10 on three pieces of fabric - a total of five metres. This unassuming place at Homebush sells discount curtain and upholstery fabrics. I've been able to find fabric you could use for more tailored clothing. The signage on the building states Curtain Factory outlet.
64 - 66 Parramatta Road (9763.7461) near North Strathfield Aldi on George St.

Pitt Trading
Thursday is the day when new fabric arrives here so you have to visit Pitt Trading regularly. The prices are always affordable and down right cheap when you rummage through the range of remnants. I always buy my swimwear fabric and notions because they have the best range and again, it's worth the time.
Address: 274 Rocky Point, San Souci - open Monday to Saturday.
http://sydney.citysearch.com.au/E/V/SYDNE/0014/49/18/1.html or http://www.pitt-trading.com.au/

Cabramatta and Canley Vale
Need I say more. Cabramatta has over six fabric haunts to visit and it's worth making a day of it. Canley Vale has the stores with the notions that you really need too. The food outlets are great.

Knitwit fabric showings
This is when Wendy Gager brings her fabrics to a capital city near you. The store is in Perth, WA and I visited it while on my honeymoon (that's another story). Wendy always brings a swag of one offs fabrics to these showings so when I get the chance, I like to see what she's "bought to town." Last week, there were a healthy range of knit fabrics is a range of colours. The fabric quality is always good so if I can't get to a showing, I know the mail order catalogue is reliable. Because the store is in WA it's simple to call and ask specific questions when placing an order.
Address: Shop 4/142 Stirling Highway (on the corner of Marita Rd, opposite Chelsea Pizza), Nedlands WA 6009.
http://www.knitwit.com.au/ or 1300 85 2122

Thursday, 9 October 2008

They match

Hong's alterations at Parramall had braid that matched the fabric colour, so you could say this outfit is complete. What I'm thinking is the top is needs more fitting and I've tried to angle the sleeves so I'll wear this outfit, when the weather warms up a bit after my Dad's 40-day memorial service.

Now I'm going to experiment with a simple sleeveless dress in a chiffon weight fabric and a fine knit lining. The fashion fabric as a large pink print on white background and the lining is flesh coloured pink so I'll try that this weekend - and try to find any other unfinished garments.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Tying up loose ends

Here's a variation I've tried with McCalls 8405. This pattern is a basic princess-line top with three neckline and two sleeve variations. The fabric is a linenlike fabric and it's a yellow bronze colour. I altered it and created an asymetrical neckline in a sewing class, cut out the top and it's been sitting in my stash for at least four years. With the long weekend, I decided to make this top up as part of my drive to tie up loose ends.
The sleeves will be finished at an angle and I'm on the hunt for some braid/trim or bronze coloured bling. If you can suggest anything else, feel free to drop me a line.

Zipper ripper - McCalls 8405

I wore this outfit for my husband's graduation and I can fit into it again but the zipper was in the back and I stuggled getting it on and off. It's not a snug fit, I just have a body with curves. The fabric is a slub silk and I used sheer weft to help keep it's shape, however, this makes it difficult to dress. So this weekend, I unpicked the zipper and place an invisible zipper in the left seam. For some reason, when I originally made this top I sewed the side seams last, so I wouldn't have to ease the sleeves as the shoulder seam so the invisible zip was easy to sew up. As you can see, I've placed a hook and eye in the back neckline, so I have and easier time dressing.

Pretty blouse - Butterick 4985

Spring is here so I thought I'd make a pretty blouse that would blend into my work clothes without screaming "florals". As always, I've had this fabric in my stash for a long time. It's a lightweight chiffon-like fabric that is slightly sheer and still had some body to it. The pattern view is B because I like the collar, as it creates a v-neckline. This didn't qualify for the pattern review pattern stash competition but I lost interest when within a week, someone had created over 15 garment before the end of September. Good on them.

The trim was leftover from I suit that I'd made up last year and it created definition under the bustline, at the sleeve at around the collar. I'm going to make use of my current waistline, while it continues to exist. The buttons were also from my sewing stash.

The adjustments were rolled shoulder adjustment at the sleeve and on the sleeve, of course. I added slivers of space in the back seams because I wanted more room in the back. I will do a more prominent sway back adjustment next time.

If I feel the fabric is too revealing for the office, I'll wear a white singlet top underneath it. Yes, I've made one from a piece of two-way stretch cotton fabric, using cotton stretch lace, earlier this year - under the influence of lemoncello.


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