Saturday, December 22, 2007
Sigh. I've sewn 3/4 of a dress and one small curtain so far, and it is ace! Now contemplating options for storage, and amazing myself at just how much fabric I have (it's been hiding in the front room for years, naughty fabric!).
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I made a start on my tripfits already, and made the maggy london twist dress out of some cotton jersey. If it washes well, it may make it to the coveted status of tripfit. It is big enough to wear layers underneath if it gets cold. Not the most flattering photo of it, it looks kinda baggy and daggy. I think (hope) it looks better in person!?
My current thinking is:
*foldover waistband knit pencil skirt inspired by Mela Purdie (who rudely no longer have it on their site).
* doubleknit jacket from stretch & sew blazer 1025 or 1050 set in sleeve jacket
* maggie london twist dress
*shirtdress from some kinda thick knit
...and that's all at the moment.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
3. Some of the blossoms are green, to acknowledge the work the Greens' preferences did in changing the gubbermint, especially in the seat of Bennelong.
...with an unrelated fabric update. Thanks to Kitty EE (Evil Enabler) I picked this up from the post office this morning:
It's a sort of mid-weight canvassy fabric. How fab would it look on a wing chair? However I still love the leopard fur my wingish chair is covered in, so that won't happen.
An ottoman? A jacket? Cushions? I have 5 yards... Hand included for scale.
Here's a gratuitous shot of one of my new chandeliers:
Friday, December 07, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I admit I debated with myself whether to add the rick rack. Then I came to my senses. There is no frock which is not enhanced by rick rack. Even wedding dresses. Just you wait, next year rick rack will be all over the bridal magazines.
(The rick rack also goes around the outside edge of the halter, however the halter's fatness makes it bunch up so it's not visible in the photo)
Thursday, November 22, 2007
OK, so I actually made this frock weeks ago (just before Pavilion) and didn't post it. Hopefully I shall now redeem myself.
It's made with some fabric from the Fifties Fair (I thought it was Rayon, but the chap who I am currently learning pattern cutting from says polyester /ramie). It has a nice swoosh anyway. I adapted good old sweetie to get a more forties look (inspired by the Ashley dress from Trashy Diva). I ended up having to put some elastic at the shoulders or else they dropped.
It's super comfy - I shall make more!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
I have picked up a lot of sewing tips from in-progress photos on other people's sewing blogs, even if they weren't intended to be educational. Just seeing how someone pins a pattern piece can be enlightening. I very rarely post 'in progress' shots myself, mainly because I am an impatient sew-er, and I don't want to stop until the frock is finished.
So tonight I have started my next frock, and while tracing the pattern I thought to myself: "I have a sewing tip people may be interested in!"
I use my extensive snow dome collection for weighting my patterns when I trace them out.
Snow domes! Is there anything they can't do?
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Well, Moggy, it's been one year and many frocks, even more patterns and quite a bit of fabric!
I shall celebrate with a Greek salad! Party on!
(I believe this Frida Kahlo fabric was the first fabric that to me opened up the wonders of online fabric shopping and ebay. London, 2004, remember? I still haven't bought any)
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
A new favourite frock! This is simplicity 2959, in vintage fabric from the fifties fair. It's an easy pattern, and I am very pleased with her. It took about an hour of folding, refolding and gritting of teeth to fit the pattern pieces on 2 metres of fabric, but by shortening the skirt I got there. It has a quarter inch hem as a result, with the help of some bias binding.
Moggy's suggestion of a self fabric belt was a winner, to stop the skirt pleats poufing too much. Luckily I just happened to have a green belt buckle lying about the place.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Roses arrived today.
Rest easy, Kitty, the roses are only about 6cm wide. Mother pronounced it suitable evocative of the era, although not quite muted enough - give it time, I say.
Now to think about what to make!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Pavilion and Touched By The Sun from Over The Rainbow:
And new curtains. Hoorah!
PS if you want to know, the rose fabric in the previous post (which hasn't arrived yet) is from On The QT online quilting shop.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Dear goddesses of fabric:
please don't let anything untoward happen regarding this fabric we just ordered (ie floods, pestilance, running out of yardage in the online shop, shipping that turns out to be twice the cost of the fabric).
Because we love it. Yes we do. I think Miss Kitty and I will both be dreaming of what frocks we can make from this tonight.
This year's picnic theme just keeps manifesting itself...
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Blue is before, white is after, which I hope is obvious, but maybe not!
I still have to get the shelvedge in - nowhere to put food IN the kitchen at the mo, so it is all on the loungeroom shelves.
When all the canisters and mixmasters and stuff gets in it will look less stark too.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
(Edited the next day to add a photo of the back straps, and to say: I was a bit grumpy after my darting marathon yesterday, and I can see today how this frock looks almost exactly as it does on the pattern envelope. That's pretty rare, so I am happy)
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Anyway, I brought it home and didn't know what to do with it. Then I went looking in my pattern drawer and found this, dig? Well, OK, so it is a size too small, but I thought, man, ain't that what stretch wovens are like MADE for? So I did it. And I'm not sorry I did, in fact I am PROUD. So there. I wore it to the art gallery and out to dinner and everything and I DON'T CARE WHO SAW ME.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Now, these haven't arrived yet, and who knows when I'll get around to making them, weighed down with the never ending 'to sew' list as I am, but indulge me.
I'm thinking pink tattoo for the halter.
Any fabric suggestions for the puff sleeved cutie?
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
More silk. Here are my purchases from Trashy Diva. Two Betty blouses, one bustle skirt. I am very pleased, they fit perfectly.
Long weekend this week! What to sew? Pink gingham Laverne blouse? Or seventies western shirt for Mr M? It might be time for another snaps order, hey Mogg?
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Rathdowne Remnants is having a 30% off sale, so I went to look (thanks to Livebird for the giant rick rack alert, although I seem to have escaped without any now I think about it...). I rifled through the remants and found this lovely silk satin - which, of course, makes the most delicious slips, nighties, half slips, camisoles, etc etc.
The dark red stuff is 3m long so I was contemplating outer wear for it, but I'd get much more wear from the underwear. The eau de nil and grey-blue should look nicely vintage when paired with some lace (cue another visit to the lovely vietnamese lady in Smith St) and should also be good to wear under lighter coloured things. I'd usually go for black lace, but I will see what else there is for something a bit different. I might use the dark red for the slip pattern that Kitty obtained for me earlier.
Oh, and I accidently bought this pattern on eBay last night as well, when Kitty and I were doing some VSAM (Virtual Shopping After Midnight) and looking at sewing machine feet that make attaching bias binding easier (and what person in their right mind wouldn't want that?). Oh, and there was that piping foot too...
I'm thinking she's a good prospect for the building blocks tape measure fabric I bought a while ago. I'm still about the chevrons.