Friday, 2 September 2016

Trying keep on trying

I can't believe it's September. Time flies. I have done some sewing but I need to get some pictures. I also want to follow Star threads to sew or do something related to seeing for thirty minutes. Well it's the 2nd and I spent at least, if not more and bought fabric on line. I

hope that counts.

Also I wrote a blog post. At least my mind is on sewing I just have to get my body to follow.
                            Happy seeing!

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Winter is here !

Compared to other parts of the world we don't have a cold winter in Sydney but at the moment winter has come. I know it will only last for a short time but every year I struggle. I have some lovely winter fabrics that I bought years and years ago. I always have ideas but never get around to sewing this fabric into winter garments.
This year I am going to sew some of this fabric and if I don't sew it up this year I'm going to take it to the Fabric Cave or give it away.
So its winter holidays now. I have 3 weeks off. I do have marking and some preparation for a presentation but I'm exhausted, it has been a difficult 2 terms with very challenging students so I decided I needed to rest, stay home and hopefully sew some of my winter fabrics. I am really looking forward to this break.
That's my pledge to myself. Wish me luck!

                                                Happy Sewing!

Sunday, 29 May 2016

An almost finished jacket

This jacket, which for some reason took me forever is finally (well almost) done.
The Jacket is OOP  Vogue 8623 which has been sitting in my sewing room at various stages for years. I'm not quite sure why, because I really like this pattern and I love the fabric.

I love the collar in this jacket and I love the pleat at the back.  I even lined the jacket which is something I avoid constantly. Even that turned out to be quite simple.

 As far as sewing the jacket I had no problems at all. The collar went on well and the whole jacket  came together really well, in fact it was quite easy.
The fabric is a textured thick cotton, I'm not sure what the name of it is, but it is quite stiff, which I think suits the style of the jacket. 
The only part of the construction I haven't done is the buttonholes. My sewing machine is not sewing buttonholes well and I didn't want to wreck the front, so I will leave that till I have the machine serviced.
Overall I am very happy with this addition to my wardrobe.
                                    Happy Sewing!

Sunday, 17 April 2016

A finished dress in Autumn tones.

I started this dress as a wearable muslin for my son's wedding last year. I abandoned the dress after I decided it would look like a sack in the fabric that I originally chose. However I have finished the muslin now and I'm pretty happy .
The pattern is Vogue 8786. The fabric was from Spotlight a few years ago. The fabric is stretch woven but it is quite thick but I loved the colours. The black fabric was a stretch cotton I had. As usual I am a bit nervous about sizing and I err on the side of too large but that's ok. If I make this again I would make a size smaller.
You can see here it is quite loose.

I like the front and back seams. It is a little difficult to see in this fabric but I think they give definition and interest but not much shaping. As others have found this pattern is on the generous side.
 For the top closure I made a self covered button . I haven't made one of these in years. Possibly the dress is a bit long so I may take it up.

This was very quick to sew up. I think it would be really nice in a ponti type fabric, that has substance to it. The dress would be nice with boots and a cardigan for  Autumn. I will try this pattern again.

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Moreish March been and gone.

Hello, I know most people say it but I can't believe how time goes. I haven't blogged for nearly a month. It is such a pain how work gets in the way of doing the things I love but I guess I need to be able to pay for my addictions.
My garment of the month in March was going to be T-Shirts, within the theme of moreish March. Previously I made New Look 6323 here and really liked how it fitted. So I decided I would make a short sleeve version for summer.
I especially love the back in this T-Shirt.
The fabric is a lovely stretch from Tessuti. I bought the fabric at the end of last year. It's beautiful to wear. I have worn this many times . It is like wearing times pj's to work. It is very pretty fabric, so soft to touch and easy to sew.

My idea for Moreish March was to make a pile of T shirts that will work for work and play but alas
work has been difficult  and all consuming. I have had some very difficult students and classes and this makes me exhausted, so sewing and blogging have definitely taken a back seat.. Luckily though I now have a 2 week break and not too much school work to do these holidays.
Here in Sydney the weather is still really warm so these holidays I am going to try and catch up with my sewing and T-shirts will definitely be a priority.
 Also I have gone back to painting this term, which I must admit, has been keeping me sane.

                                         Happy Sewing !

Thursday, 17 March 2016

White out !

I have a lovely white summer top that has definitely seen better days so I decided to make a new top using View C from Vogue 9067.

V9067, Misses' Top and Pants

This looks like a lovely top. I created mine , not so great.
I made the Xl and I think I could have made at least 2or 3 sizes smaller. This top is enormous and I like loose clothes.
In this picture you can see how large it is.
I could fit a whole family in this top, this top is huge.
 In the pattern you add this flounce on the sleeves so it is difficult to take in once they are on. I also had a bit of trouble adding the flounce on the sleeve.
I like the pom poms on the bottom though. Admittedly the pattern is designed for a woven fabric and I used a knit so maybe that was a contributing factor.

This top will probably never be worn but I hung it up and we'll see. I was a bit disappointed not to have a new white top. Oh well.
                                         Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Finally pants

I had finished these pants quite a while ago but had no photos. In fact these were planned at the end of 2014. I'll admit it, I'm slow but they are done.

Pants number 1.  Black and White polka dots
These are  Style Arc Flat Bottom Flo pants.   
I quite like these and I thought they fitted quite well till I looked at the photos.
There are still some lines underneath my backside so I think that means I need to widen the leg.  They are very comfortable and I hate pants that are too large on my thighs, so they will do at the moment. They fit my flatbackside really well. The pattern was very easy to make and I really like how the front seam sits forward.
It's a little difficult to see in the photos. These are really comfortable. I will definitely make these pants again.

The fabric is a stretch cotton from Tessuti's and is quite stiff, so maybe that causes some of the fit issues. I like these pants and have worn them several times already.

Pants number 2  Floral Summer pants
These are Style Arc Tori Crop pants.
I am not a huge fan of these pants. I love the fabric though. I bought this at Tessuti's in 2014. It's a lovely stretch cotton and feels lovely to wear. I shortened these about 2 inches, I'm only 5'3" but I would have preferred them slightly longer. I also had trouble with the split at the side.
I really messed it up. The instructions were difficult to follow but they're fine for a casual summer pant. I probably won't make this pattern again.
 It's good to finally finish these and be wearing them.
                                                      Happy Sewing!