Friday, 31 May 2013

MMM final post

Today's a glorious autumn day for the last day of Me-Made May 2013 (red theme).

These poles located outside the main stadium have all the names of the volunteers who made the 2000 Sydney Olympics possible. I'm standing near my name listing.

My three me-mades are:
Silk blouse: Vogue 8118
Skirt: McCalls 8972 This link takes you to the red slub version.
Jacket: Simplicity 4698 also worn on Day 22.
Here is my set of MMM13 and the photography goes from mediocre to not that bad.

So that's it for this year's Me-Made May collection. Over 400 people participated this time so keeping up with everyone was the toughest part. Zo has run this again and done so well. The Friday themes organised by Claudine have been fun.

Meeting everyone in person especially the Perth meetup with CarolynS, Penny and Jenny as well as everyone online has been the best part of this challenge.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Head to toe

Winter is coming... I love Game of Thrones! So to keep my little legs warm leggings using a pattern McCalls 6404 View D aimed at non-gym activities worked wonders. Then came the top Kwik Sew 3567.

Toe
The legging uses a stash of navy cotton/spandex from the Remnant Warehouse and 2 green zippers from zipper stop. 
After reading the reviews on PR, I cut the small size. So depending on the fabric, I'll make extra small next time. Flattering sizing for this shortie! I orginally took 2.5cm off the leg length at the ankle. After the initial fitting, I took off an additional 7cm off the length.
Now for the tushy adjustment...
I've deepened the back crotch curve and after the initial fitting, the centre back now has a very small yolk. The pattern now as a longer centre back seam (4cm) now and and a sway back adjustment (3cm). 
I've used a straight stitch for construction and cover stitched the seam stitching. Other reviewers said they should have used a wider elastic, so I used a 32mm wide elastic in the waistband. That worked a dream. As did marking the top of the leggings to the top of my unmentionables. That also worked well because it was just me and the mirror working on the fit of these leggings. Let's move on...

Head
Then I had to have a long sleeve top - didn't I?
Using Kwik Sew 3567 View B with a V-neckline and fabric from my favourite local fabric place MyHung, sold me the last of the purple roll to make this top (and more longs later). We haggled a bit - just for the fun of it.
I can safely say tracing out the small size and sewing this top took 3 hours. 6mm seam allowances are wonderful using a simple straight stitch for the seams and coverstitched hems. This little number was great the next morning at the gym.
At the end of the class, no glistening markings and fleshy bits showed and the class was hard but worthwhile.

Here's today's work wear outfit. Me made dress Simplicity 8914 and me made cardi. And the light fog lifted too.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Almost there


We have mild winters but it does get cold here. This is the Brickpit Ring Walk at Sydney Olympic Park.
I'm wearing Me-made knit top from my pre blogging days and mustard skinny jeans Vogue 2014.
Here's the archery area at Sydney Olympic Park and I'm channelling Wonder Woman.
Me-made navy wrap Simplicity 2603 and me-made knit dress Vogue 8379.

I made this little black dress Butterick 5314  when I was a larger size so I've used a belt.
The Jalie 2921 scarf top was made last year and I've crossed the scarf tie and knotted it behind my neck. I'm at Sydney Olympic Park again but it's foggy. Who said Winter is coming?

These dark brown boots are all of $20 and it's taken me a long time to wear them because they have lots of detailing but I'll be wearing them a lot this winter.
This was the first pic I took so you could see how thick the fog was. That's one of the light towers along the Olympic Boulevard (coming out of my head) and you can't see the row of light towers behind it. That's how foggy it was.

So the next day with lots more fog, I decided it was time to play with the exposure adjustments on my camera and this shows what I'm wearing better and you can still see how foggy it was.
This is a purple ponte dress Butterick 5676 I made last year and one of the first stretch woven shirts in taupe I made in my pre-blogging days. I love wearing my blue suede boots.
Two more MMM13 days to go...

Thank you for the comments on my hoodie. I'll show you the smart casual version next and I'm working on a pair of longs for the gym. They won't be as rad as Melissa's but they'll still fit well.

BTW, I only meant to tire myself out with the car tyre reference but I thought this did give you an idea of what we get up to at the gym in the morning. We're a tight-knit group of crazies.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Avocado women's hoodie

The cold hit last week and I had to wear my 70s/80s tracksuit top at the 6am outdoor class. The sleeves billow a bit so the women's Avocado seemed like a good option to try next.  The sleeves got in the way of the car tyres we hold while running up the grass hill.
I made the 6 but I'll make the 4 next and shorten the sleeves and body.
Mari gave me this pattern as a thank you for testing the mens hoodie. This all-over fabric was from the Remnant Warehouse and since it's white on the wrong side, I've lined the hoodie with a Pitt Trading Remnant.

Renata, this remnant piece was from that elusive Pitt Trading remnant bin.
I've done a 2cm rolled shoulder adjustment and sway back adjustment.
This hoodie pattern has all 4 pockets so I kept them on this versioin to see how the pattern detailing worked for this women's style. Clear elastic is used to keep the pockets from bagging out of shape. Clever.
Thumb opening on sleeve
I thought you might want a closer looks a the thumb opening feature of this hoodie. Now that we've got our cold weather, this is a very timely feature.

The thumb opening is placed 5cm or 6cm forward of the sleeve join. And the sleeve band is very wide so there's no sleeve pulls. Clever little pattern piece.

Fabric
This fabric is a synthetic masquarading as a wool and it has drape but no elasticity so the elastic used at the pocket will keep the shape of this hoodie for a few seasons.
I thought I'd add this photo taken when Sharon and I were at sewing.
This version has now been worn at the gym and was ideal in warmth and length. It didn't get in the way of holding car tyres either. Gym cover up tops need to be long enough to cover the tushy and this hoodie fits the bill. Mission accomplished.

Beajay mentioned that I'm going to play with this pattern to make a smart casual version for end of the day drinkies. I'll show you that next in size 4 using a stretch knit.

I have to say that working with Beajay to get her jacket pattern to fit was a good learning experience for both of us and a bit scary. I've read alot about making adjustments and Carolyn has got her TNT patterns sorted so the 'rubber hits the road' when making these adjustments for a real person and not just on paper.

Amanda's FBA method for sizes above an E cup was a revelation to both of us. Thanks Amanda.

Then Rebecca and JudieL helped me sort out my own bra making test garment  I had another go at getting Kwik Sew 3300. I think I'm one step away from making my first bra. Yay. I'm not expecting much so I shouldn't be disappointed with my first few makes. Yay.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

MMM this week

Day 22: Here's a bit of purple and taupe. Purple is my favourite winter colour. It''s been cold outside and a bit wet so out come the boots!
Jacket - Simplicity 4698 jacket
Top - Purple winter top
Skirt -Straight skirt with split

Day 23: Moved into the brown/red combinations. Skirt -
Jacket - not blogged
Cardi - McCalls 5978 cardi
Top - self drafted bits and pieces top
Skirt - me made straight skirt not blogged
Day 24: At Sydney Olympic Park because I cycle train here. The rain eased up today but it was still cold this morning.
Jacket - Grey version of Vogue 7764. You've seen the pink version. This grey version was a test jacket.
Trousers - Made 2 years ago.
Top - Kwik Sew 3378 in red.
Day 25: With Sharon at sewing and we had a break from the wet weather too.
Hoodie: Avocado women's hoodie (to be blogged next). Size 6 is the test version. I'll make size 4 next. That's why I test patterns and road test them where I can. You've seen the mens hoodie before.
Skinny jeans: Vogue 1204

Sewing bloggers also there included Kristy, BeaJay, Rebecca Howard, Sandra (aka Dilliander) and JudieL from PR. That 'fractured cardi' Sharon's wearing is going to be the basis of a workshop a tutor will run for us later this year.

PS: Hi Penny

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

A little faux coat

My littlest niece (LN) had her birthday (see desserts) and she chose a white faux fur for her jacket. I know that white fur will get dirty but as I said to her Mum when she smiled at LN's fur choice, "We can always dye it later." 

I've been following 21 wale because she sews great gear for very young growing family so I thought that sewing for this 8 year old was doable.
Both LN and her Mum picked a princess-seamed, zip-front jacket with zipper welt pockets from Young Image Magazine Autumn/Winter 2012/2013. LN wanted it hip length. This jacket will be hip length within 12 months.
This test version is a floral denim that had been sitting in my stash. Why test the pattern? I wanted to check the construction before I cut into the fur.
Can you see the coat handle on the inside collar?
So I used a open-ended zipper on the fur version once I knew the denim test version worked.

I decided to sew the zipper in the front before sewing in the sleeves because I didn't want the front opening to be wonky or have to battle with the full coat when sewing in the front zip.

 Once the zipper was sewn in I attached the lining and then flat sewed in the sleeves, finished the side seams and hemmed the sleeves and jacket.
Both jackets have a coat handle to hang these coats anywhere.
I've used white satin binding for the welt pockets and at the edge of the collar.
The heart print lining shows when you roll up the sleeves. LN was quick to point out 'no one will see the lining' - observant.
I've whitened the pic below so you can see the true colours of the fur and how the fur lines up.
LN loves her fur version and she made taking these photos a challenge. LN-1: Aunty-0. 
She didn't like the denim jacket so it now belongs to one of her little friends.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Mmm...

Cinnamon Cream Oyster cakes

Tosca cake
I thought you might like the Me Made desserts first. I love to bake for special occasions and the recipes are on my food blog.

Here's my church outfit for a cool Sunday morning on Day 19.
Shirt - Butterick shirt with Pattern Magic double collar
Reversable jacket - Made in 2011

By the afternoon, I took the little ones to the park to kick around a ball. Thanks Amy for taking this pic.
Skinny jeans - Vogue 1204 This wool blend fabric is perfect for cooler weather.

Here's Mum in a Me-Made fleece fully lined Burda 7749 coat and Me-made lined self-drafted skirt, off to church. I think I should make another jacket for Mum this season. 
Then Day 20 at work I rugged up for work and Jeanne took this shot.
Top - Jalie 2921 scarf top
Navy wrap - Simplicity 2603 wrap
Jacket - McCalls 6292 snakeskin trimmed jacket
Trousers - Burda 7746 lined trousers
Day 21 is an after work pic. I made this wool skirt many years ago with a double-breasted jacket and a short skirt too. The fabric was given to me by an aunt from overseas so it took me some time to cut into it and I will always keep it as a memory of her and that visit.
Sandwich bolero from 2011. This is a good travel piece.
Top - Kwik Sew 3740
Skirt -  never blogged. That's how long ago I made it.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Fifth Avenue IRL

Here's what Sharon and I got up to on Saturday morning. You've seen the Fifth Avenue plan and the Fifth Avenue prep posts for this dress. I put on a bit of lippy, got dolled up in Fifth Avenue and we took these photos at the old GPO. 

We walked into the hotel in our normal weekend gear and I got changed quickly out of my me-mades and swung out in this little gorgeous number with heels. 
Passers-by had fun watching us taking pics on a cold autumn morning. Thankfully the city is very quiet on the weekend.
But it was so much warmer inside and only a couple of holiday makers from the hotel around.
The pic below is for the detailed sewer who wants a closer look at the fit and the flounce.
Enjoy. I think this dress will be great for next month's high tea.
Sew Chic patterns is where Fifth Avenue was designed.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Birthday fun

It's Sharon's birthday today and we did an early morning photo shoot in town to a few places Gabrielle has featured in the Me-Made May posts. Happy Birthday Sharon and Hi Gabrielle!
 
Jalie jeans on both days. Minoru on Day 17 and me-made tops on both days. The hat was bought in 2009 at Camden Markets, London after a wonderful canal ride. Day 18's top is a stripe top. The construction post is here because it's kinda Anthropologie-like. The corduroy jeans jacket Vogue 7610 was made a long time ago.
 
The city is so quiet on a Saturday morning. We didn't have too many people staring at us but it was fun. The construction workers played up to us too.

I'm wearing a lot more warm layers CarolynS, Jenny and Penny than I did in Perth last week. 

Thank you for the jacket compliments too. Now that I know I can make jackets after so many years of sewing them, taking the time to add detailing is very rewarding.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

At work

MMM13 days 14-16 were work days and it's cooler here so the jackets come out to play.
Jeanne and Megan took these photos for me.

Day 14:
Me-made Jacket made a long time ago and was too long so I cut it shorter.
Me-made Shirt: butterick 4985.
Me-made Skirt Aline skirt not blogged. The bias trim was added to hide the overlocking on the hem - doh.

Day 15 the head cold starts:
Me-made Jacket McCalls 4596.
Me-madeTop: Vogue 2980. I adjusted this top for fit last year.
Me-madeTrousers Burda 7746 lined trousers. They make me feel snuggly.

Day 16 persistant head cold:
Me-madeJacket Vogue 7764 This jacket had a lot of detailing.
Me-madeTop: Kwik Sew 2683 in grey not blogged.
Me-madeTrousers McCalls 2874 grey trousers.

Day 16 pic is my way of saying Bonjour to Vero. Vero launched her online bag patterns Sacotin today and I helped her with the English translations. She's based in a small village in France and we had fun liaising online and I learnt a funny lesson to not rely on online translations. I was the one 'Lost in translation'. Vero has a great sense of humour.

One more piece

When I bought this Sarong for $7 at Tie Rack on sale, I dreamed that one day it would become a cover-up top. So this morning after an hour of sewing 4 seams, it is.
This will be ideal to wear on the beach or by the pool with shorts and my cozzies. But for now I thought the best way to show this piece to you was wearing skinny jeans.
Can you see that the top has two layers but the there's only one layer at the hips? I didn't want to waste the fabric so I've folded the fabric over at the top. The shortest layer is on the outside of the top. I only cut the fabric for one of the armholes.

I've almost finished LN's test coat, in preparation for making the faux fur version.
Back to it tonight.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Flowers and flounce

Here are some more details about Fifth Avenue.

When I make up a project with lots of pieces, I use the sewing stand to see how it looks as I go. This keeps me motivated and I get a better idea of the proportions on new patterns and adjustments. The eyelet peplum is on the stand because I'd just made it so the proportions were correct.
The collar, skirt draped pieces and flounce are constructed before the dress is sewn together.

This earlier bodice version above shows the embroidered flower on the bust point. Below the collar hovers over the bust point so I could have left it there but I replaced this piece at the time.
The dress is fully lined the dress and used bias strips to cover the armhole seams. The pattern only suggests lining the bodice but I decided to line the skirt because it sits better.
The collar is understitched so it sits nicely.
And the hem is machine blind hemmed.

Flounce
Without a bit of hand sewing, the flounce sadly flops. A bit of hand sewing makes it more floral and soft. Below I've divided the flounce in 5 places.
Then I've handsewn the flattened flounce edge seams to the skirt
Below you can see the fabric is fairly stiff so the flounce has a bit of life to it.
On the weekend I'll take proper photos showing this dress worn.

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