Monday, 27 September 2010

ASG fabric colouring

At my first workshop at the ASG sewing convention (Ballarat) I did a stack of fabric colouring. The preparation was to bring a pair of socks and a top that was cut out but not made yet. Being an eager beaver type, I also prepared two tops in addition to the socks and pre-cut top.

Here are the two tops after Monday's colour workshop with Michelle Barker. I chose strong cool colours.


Here are my newly coloured socks.

Here's the pre-cut top, post colouring workshop. I finished the top in Nola's class on Tuesday.

The other great things at Monday's class were meeting Barbara and Pam. Barbara gave me the good oil on Puyallup. She went to the expo this year, so she gave me some advice for our trip in 2011.
Pam wrote a list of Melbourne fabric shops to visit on our 'escape from school' trip last Wednesday so we were able to get fabric shopping out of our systems as well. Jimmy buttons was a cave of notions.
It was all worth it.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

NY fashion online

I'm just loving watching the new collections on NY Times website.

Project Runway starts for us this week, and it's so neat that I can see the final collections that were on the NY runway last week and read the Threads review of each episode showing in the states.

Just love it.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Jacket 4 - finished while waiting in emergency

A funny thing happened to me on the way to the hospital... That's how some classic jokes start.
In my case a funny thing happened on the way home from Canley Vale yesterday. While I was thread and zipper shopping with my two sewing buddies, DH took himself to the optometrist because his eye had been irritating him last week. That's a good thing because the last time he was sick, I have to make to appointment and force him to go see a doctor.
Anyway, the advice he got was to go emergency to get the back of his eye checked.
I was given a lift to meet DH by my generous sewing buddy and DH and I headed off to the local hospital where we weren't given the right information so today we ended up at the eye hospital emergency room after a late breakfast.
As most emergency areas can take hours for non-emergency patients, I decided to use the time to finish the hand sewing on jacket 4. I waxed up a stack of threads and packed the shoulder pads, buttons, scissors, tape measure and extra needles. Although I could have borrowed a needle from the doctor - not.
Once I got home I rechecked the hem, made an adjustment and then machine sewed the buttonholes and now the jacket is finished.

DH got some eye cream and he will go back to the eye hospital on Wednesday to check on how his eye is healing. That was the most important part of today's event.

Tops for colouring workshop


As I mentioned last time, I have now made up two off-white tops for the Fabulous Fabrics Colouring workshop on Monday at convention. The requirement was to bring white socks, or white t-shirt or a garment cut out ready to colour. I jumped ahead and cut out 2 tops ready to colour.
This fabric was cheap $1/m, but it has no elastine or spandex. I doubt that it has much cotton in the fabric so fingers crossed, I learn the ins and outs of fabric colouring at Convention soon.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Jacket pieces - vogue 7764

The current jacket has a few more details than I've attempted in the past. This will be the last warm jacket for the year because the weather is getting a bit warmer although I think it's fake warmth. This jacket is Vogue 7764. The pattern is unlined and I've made it up twice before with snaps.

This time around,
- I've lined the jacket,
- placed zippers in the sleeves
- added pink detail to the collar edge and shoulder tabs
- added pink braid detail on the sleeve cuffs

The whole jacket is interfaced because the fabric is soft. I still need to add in the shoulder pads so the sleeves don't sag.

The fabric has cream and brown in the weave so I've used pink detailing to lift it a bit. The buttons are 4mms but they are shiny.

I like the structure of the jacket and the colour tones down the military look, I think.

This jacket will have buttons and light pink buttons, but for now, it's being put aside.

I need to make up a couple of white tops for a fabric colouring class I'm doing a convention in two weeks time. I bought a piece of cream knit fabric ($1/m) and white knit fabric ($1/m). How the colour will take is another issue. I have a feeling these may not work, so I may end up with tops that will be excellent 'distress' couture.

My plan is to make up Kwik Sew 2694, a v-neck cross over top; Kwik Sew 3378, a twist front top; and Kwik Sew 3617, a neat gathered v-neck top.

My convention sewing plan is focusing on pieces that I can finish and add to my wardrobe. Ink and navy are the colours that I'll be focusing on. This is my first sewing convention and I've been advised that most people never finish their convention projects.

That's the plan. 

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