A diary of all my mad projects.

I am glad that you stopped by - welcome to my world. Its a little mad and hectic as I sew, knit, embroider and generally craft my way through life. My newest resolution is to spend more time sewing - less time dreaming about it. I love to read comments so I am looking forward to hearing from you all.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A completed plan!

Here we are on the South East Coast, Victoria, Australia.

Miracles will never cease... I have for the first time ever completed a plan.  A notorious joiner I struggle to complete plans, and as such I have a strict policy of cut out and make up.  If not for this policy I would have many unfinished items (UFO's) or as Elizabeth from Stitchers Guild calls them - kits.  I am like a magpie collecting this idea and that, my mind full of creative possiblities but moving from this to completion can be a drag to my creative brain!!!

I have often declared my interest in the SWAP on Stitcher's Guild and have made elaborate boards complete with patterns, fabric and inspirations.  But that is the fun part; knuckling down to see the plan to the end has been a problem.  So I moved onto the 6pac and I have finally completed one - and before the time.  Not only completed but worn continuously, first as a travel wardrobe and now back at home over our hot summer. I cannot downplay the sense of accomplishment I feel - dancing around the room!!! 

The Details

Originally the intention was to create a complete wardrobe but time constraints meant that I decided to use the bottoms I had and add some T-shirts and dresses. For the T-shirts I used Style Arc Ann, this is an old favourite (a TNT) that I can now whip up in about an hour.  This pattern fits and flatters my figure well.  

I then made up Style Arc Cruise Club Kim in a beautiful cotton lycra knit print from Designer Textiles Otara, Auckland (this shop has the best selection of knits in New Zealand).  The first muslin I made did not go so well - the extra I added  produced a sack like garment and problems were encountered with the sleeve and neck holes.  I took out the extra and finished the neck and sleeve as it a T-shirt neck with much more satisfying results.  I tried to follow Style Arc instructions but all it produces is a misshappened loose edge - does anyone else have this problem?

Careful planning of the pattern gives the illusion of a waist!!!.

The final dress is Simplicity 2938

I have made this up previously and knew it fit well.  The material I used is one of the first pieces of fabric I bought when I left home - it is over 30 years old!!
I have carted it with me looking for the perfect pattern in which to make it up.  It is a heavy viscose linen and is cool to wear and feels smooth against the skin.   
I had limited yardage and had to piece the bottom of the skirt edge - luckily the placement of flowers was ok as there was only one way to layout.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A little break...

Image from http://www.palmprints.co.nz/gallery/Symmetrees/tui-in-pohutukawa-2/203414
Back to blogging after a longer than anticipated break.  I am now trying to catch up with everyone's blog entries as well as update mine.  A very busy season this year, I hope everyone had lots of time with their families and relaxed, recharged ready for 2013!

I have been busy sewing a dress for a wedding and a travel wardrobe for our trip to Australia. 

First up was the dress from a fabric featured at the beginning of the year

This beautiful rayon became Vogue 8486

Pattern Sizing.
I made up a size 20 with no alterations – I need to rewrite this!! I needed no alterations.
Did it look like the pattern photo /drawing envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, yes, yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, followed most of them but changed the facings.
What do you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the pleats and the way the dress falls about my body – it is a very cool dress on a hot summer day.
Fabric used?
Although this pattern calls for the use of a stretch fabric I used rayon with little stretch and it is a perfect fit.  The fabric like most rayon is very slippery and drapey which works well with the pattern style.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made?
On the sample pattern I added extra to the seams as insurance, which was not required.
Would you sew it again or recommend it to others?
Yes, I would like to try this again as a top and can see me making the long sleeve version for winter in a merino knit for the classroom.
Laying out the pattern on the fabric was a challenge as the skirt is pegged – I worked hard to match the stripes and they mostly work.  I love the star effect of the bodice and am very proud of the placket at the back as the stripes match across the centre back seam.  I loved the final dress and felt like a million dollars wearing it.

I made a silk chiffon overtop from McCalls 6210 using some fabric from the auction which worked great. I also finally used the overlocker to make a rolled hem on the overtop. Too easy and I am don't know why I took so long to try using this stitch!!!