Sunday, 28 March 2010

charity sewing

The organisers of the Rhodes Sewing Guild group were given a donation by Canada Bay Council. The community hall that Rhodes uses is owned by the council so as a thank you, yesterday was a charity sewing day for the Canada Bay community.

Sharon and Kay bought some fleece stretch cotton for the caps and turbans. The patterns were courtesy of sewing.org. By the time I got to the group, everyone was already into making their article of choice. One of the ladies had already completed a very fetching purple cap with a SITC flower. The range of walker caddie bag ideas in the room with personal stash fabric were inspiring.
I didn't have much time to spend with the group so I picked up the pattern for the bags walker caddies.
The black floral version was my first attempt. Since I've been making so much dark clothing, I used bits and pieces to test out how this bag would work. There's plenty of large buttons in my stash, so that's became my closure choice.
A couple of years ago, I bought 6 metres of this quilt fabric for toiles, so I used it for a couple of bags. The buttons used were from an Events factory sale, possible 8 years ago or more. One of the bags is wider than the others, in case, some one has a wider bag need.
Each of these bags, has a small gusset at the base of each bag, to give the bag a bit more internal space. It's nice to know these charity sewing items, by the Rhode sewing group, could make a small contribution for someone's quality of life.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Reality adjustments

Last night I wore this wearable toile out to dinner Butterick 5046. We went to a local Nepalese place and had a good night out. So good, I forgot that I was meeting friends today. Doh.
Anyway, this top looked really good with jeans and the silver thread in the fabric, meant I didn't need to wear blingy earrings etc. What I did realise is there was a bit of billowing happening between my bust and the waist band.

As you can see below, I've taken some of the fullness out of the neck line, but there was still some fullness under the bust.
So I undid the waistband and tucked in the excess fabric. The buttons had a similar purple stripe in them. I found the buttons at the local thrift/tailor shop.

These changes are now going to be included in the pattern. I figure that the silver thread make this fabric sit up more that cotton/silk fabric would do. It's a really light piece of fabric, but I think the metallic thread makes any bulk stand up instead of fall gracefully. I've got a black piece of this fabric that I'll use for the dress with sleeves version.

I'm using the rest of this fabric for the top toile of Butterick 5333.
This top is fitted, and should work with this fabric. What I will do is use a stretch woven when I make this top properly because it will feel nicer if it becomes a work top.
BTW, I'm not going to do the mini wardrobe. I'm going to focus on working on new patterns for the next few months.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Mini wardrobe maze


These are the new patterns I'm thinking of making with this red/white stash. Last weekend, while DH read the paper, I played with paper and altered Butterick 5333

Here are the questions that I'm still grappling with. "Mini Wardrobe Contest" March 16 to April 15, 2010 This is a contest to create a 4-piece wardrobe in 4 weeks on PR Review.

Do I do work/weekend clothes? I've got enough pieces that I'll need to plan well for. Black is definitely not going to be considered this time.
Do I make 4 new untested pieces? This depends on how brave I intend to be in a 4 week period. DH should take note. The patterns I've been using are now not that exciting but they suit my shape.
Do I make 4 pieces for the gym? This would be quick to complete, but I'll have to get the fabric really fast. That can be a tough call in any large city so mail order is out of the question.
Would any of these options be voted as popular? My strength is being productive. My weakness is on creativeness and interesting design.
Can I do four dresses that look distinct from each other? Maybe. I can do four quick knit fabric dresses but the challenge is making plain fabric look interesting.

The basic red fabric might work with the Vogue skirt. The white print could be a sleeveless top, The red print with white roses is a silk that could work as a dress or a slim line skirt. The white cotton would be a second top. The knit dress is just one that I could work on in a dark wine knit to keep my motivation going.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Swap 2010

As you can see, I think my dark side swap is done.


As you can see, I kind of went all over the place. I've covered option 1. I've matched at least one print on these skirts and tops. I've used embroidered fabric from my stash and included some embroidery on the sleeves of my black wrap top (far right). This top also has a trim that I've used as the button enclosure.

The additional belt is used on the spot top. My aim was to get some work clothes that would be comfortable. I've worn most of these to work now.

The two garments above were ones that I made at the beginning of this SWAP but forgot about.


Technical stuff (or the changes I always make):

  • Sway back adjustment (2.5 cm)
  • roll shoulder adjustment (2 cm)
  • full bust adjustment (C)
  • full derrier adjustment (up to 3cm)
  • neckline gaposis (2cm)
  • armhole gaposis for sleeveless garments (2cm)
  • lowered waistline (2 cm)

Types of garments I wear to work:

  • a line skirt
  • knot tops
  • wrap tops
  • cross over tops
  • open neck polo tops
  • fitted dresses

I have one more item to make - something with an interesting closure - for closure on this SWAP. I'm so over black....

Sunday, 7 March 2010

I need buttons - Butterick 5046

Here's my toile and as you can tell, it needs a couple of buttons on the waistband as well as a hook at the cross over point.

Technical stuff:
  • Lowered the waist line by 5cm
  • Did a full bust adjustment and then dropped the bust point on the fabric by 2.5cm (gravity)
  • Took out 4cm from the centre back, as you can see below.
  • Slivered out 2cm from the back sleeve hem (gaposis). I'll use soft gathers next time.
  • I used used the foot D on my Janome to roll hem for quite a few finishes.

I added the purple bias to bring out the purple colour as the fabric is a big grey with the silver. The fabric is more suitable for a western hoe down outfit but I thought this top would work with dark skinny jeans, and it does. Once I get the buttons done, I'll post up a final pic.
I've already found another fabric in my stash to work this top into a dress - yeah!
This morning I did a very hilly training ride and covered 68km. The road surface and the traffic coming home were my biggest hurdles. I'd also forgotten how many hills were out at West Head. Maybe my body will forgive me by Tuesday.

Monday, 1 March 2010

Autumn change - Butterick 5046

Today is the first day of autumn and I can feel the need to add some colour to my sewing again. I also did a stock take of the common patterns that I make regularly and that's about to change again - pattern boredom.

Butterick 5046 is my first planned change. I'll still make this with a shiny purple cotton woven to check the fit. I bought this pattern sometime last year during an online so hopefully I'll have this ready to show and tell next week.
I'm working on view A so the pieces now have FBA, hip adjustment, sway back adjustment, neckline gaposis - but I'm still using size 12. As the fabric has a silver thread in it, it's definitely itchy, so it can't become a sleepwear...
PS: Yesterday I finally did some cycle training before the humidity kicked in. 50km of hill training. Call me a mountain goat, but it felt good. DH slept in and had just finished breakie when I came home, so we both had a good morning.

Duo skirt weekend


Here's the black skirt (Butterick 3597) with a border edge hem.

I think this does it for me with the dark coloured SWAP. The only piece that didn't really fit (wine coloured knot knit top)needed a partner. As you can see below it now has a dark cherry colour skirt to go with it.

I've already made a roll collar dress out of this fabric, so it's now another a-line skirt.

The fabric had a weird weave fault in it, so I've placed it smack dab on the lower front hem. It's my way of making something bad, good. This fabric is an upholstery rayon fabric that I bought for $2/mtr.

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