Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The endless summer

Summer keeps on going on in Sydney which is lovely in some respects but I do struggle with humidity and temps over 30c in April. Anyway I wanted a loose summer dress just like the dresses on Lazybones site which is where I bought the fabric from.
Terrible photo. I still have plenty to learn when using a tripod.
The pattern is McCall's 6923. I did a full bust adjustment which made the pattern looser anyway and  I did a bicep adjustment. I didn't add a zipper, I just did a loop opening. I didn't realise the front was crooked till the photos but I wasn't going to unpick the bodice.

I have my grumpy, serious face on here. I lined the bodice but didn't line the skirt. It is lovely and cool but I'm not particularly happy with the dress. It's lovely material and cool so I will wear it around but probably not that much to work. I don't think I will make this pattern again.

                                           Happy Sewing and Creating!

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Style Arc Harlow top

I started making Style Arc Harlow Top  last year and then I finished it in January but the weather was too humid to wear it. The top will be a great trans seasonal piece. My main problem is taking the photos anyway here it is
 I love this fabric. I bought it from Tessuti's a few years ago. I'm not sure of the composition, but it was a cotton mix I think, I'm not sure. It was a little odd to sew and probably to stiff for my idea. However I was quite happy how the top turned out.
I did make a few adjustments . I decided I wanted a bit more swing to the top so I added 1 1/2 inches to the top and 2 inches to the length. I generally add to the middle to fit across my tummy.
I didn't make any adjustments on the sleeve width but had I did shorten the sleeves quite a bit.
Next time I make this I need to narrow the shoulders and bring in the neckline slightly. I didn't do a FBA because of the width I added.
Next time I may take the swing out and use a fabric with more drape. I will definitely add the to the length though. I will make this again.

One more picture. A new edition to our family my beautiful granddaughter.
                                 Enjoy your creating!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Birthday Top Simplicity 8124

Hello greetings from humidity central. This summer has been so humid and uncomfortable. Although we just had a week of cooler weather.
Personally I have not had a great start to the year, first my knee and then a flu/virus that knocked me for 6. I was in bed for a week. I missed the first week of school, which is unheard of. Anyway I am starting to feel better. Sewing has not been happening, my plans flew out the window. However I did make a top before I got sick.
It was birthday a week ago so I made a top to go to lunch Simplicity 8124 Cynthia Rowley
I needed a top that was loose and comfortable. I can't stand anything tight fitting at the moment.

A super easy and quick top. I made a XL because I wanted it very full and flowing. You could definitely go down a few sizes if you don't like that. I cut quite a few inches off the hem but I am a shorty, next time I will leave it a bit longer . I cut off about 3 inches off the sleeves. The sleeves are exceptionally long.
The fabric was from my stash. I love this blue and I love polka dots. A great success.

This is where we had lunch. The Manly Pavilion at Manly. If ever your in Sydney it's a lovely place with great food.

                                              Happy Creating !

Sunday, 14 January 2018

New Year and new ideas

I don't know about any one else but I find it difficult to rein in my ideas. I have too many ideas and then have trouble starting any, certainly a weakness however not a total disaster, too many ideas is a better option than none at all.

This January I have time . I'm on holidays and I'm not going away.  Potentially a great start, and then a tear  in my meniscus puts me out of action. Now I'm on the mend and I can walk, sewing can begin or continue.

I have a dress underway but for my MAGM project  I want to copy this T-shirt.
I saw this a few years ago and love the trim around the neck. I am going to copy this idea with these trims. The grey fabric I had in my stash and I bought it from the The Fabric Store.

So for the pattern for the T shirt  will be Ebony T shirt from Closet case patterns.

To try and keep the idea of sewing outfits  rather than just pieces I am going to make pants, Style Arc Luna Stretch Pant
 I am using one of these fabrics . One is a cotton stretch and the other is fabric from Style Arc 

They are quite close in colour.  They are more orange than the image indicates. 
I am looking forward to sewing time.

Happy Creating!

Monday, 1 January 2018

Just Do it!

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Can't wait to start. I need to work out a plan for my summer wardrobe. The weather has been hot and humid and I seem to be lacking cool comfortable dresses and tops.
 A bit scary a whole year without purchasing clothes but if you don't try you will never succeed.

                                           Happy Creating!

Saturday, 30 December 2017

A new start

Can hardly believe it is so long since my last post. I didn't sew much this year and photographed even less. I had a temporary promotion and was head of our faculty, which was a great experience but longer hours and more work so sewing suffered, I did love the job though.

A new start for 2018. I've cut my work week back to 3 days which I am really looking forward to. I'm going to be a grandmother in February, all going well and I've joined the RTW fast over at Goodbye Valentino,   Goobye Valentino RTW fast.

I am quite excited about this. I have so much fabric and so many patterns that I would like to use and I thought this may be a great challenge. I just need to get my sewing mojo back. My greatest issue is adjusting patterns. I used to sew straight out of the packet but not these days, everything needs adjusting and I procrastinate about this constantly. This is a challenge but one I am hoping to overcome.  Hopefully with more time in 2018 thiswon't be an issue anymore.

In 2017 I made a couple of Ebony T shirt . Super simple and love them, I have worn these constantly. I will definitely be making more of these in 2018. I did sew this without any adjustments

I also made a knit tube skirt, copied from a RTW skirt which was about $160.00 AU.  The skirt cost me about $ 40.00 to make. The hardest part was finding the striped red and white fabric. Eventually I found it at The Drapery.
This is a fabric store in Adelaide, they have lovely fabrics worth looking at.

I also made another  skirt McCall 6931
The fabric was from Tessuti fabrics a few years ago. I love the fabric but maybe not the best for this pattern, it is a bit stiff. I haven't worn this yet because I don't have a top that goes with it but I will get to it.

Looking forward to 2018 more sewing and painting. Happy New Year to everyone. All the best with your sewing.

                                           Happy Creating!


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Stripes and sleeves

Sewing has been slow but I have sewn a few items, yet to be blogged and photographed. I thought I would try with a new top. My inspiration has come from RTW striped tops.

I really like these striped tops. I love the loose shape and the loose sleeves.
When I was folding and tidying my stash in the last holiday I rediscovered this lovely striped fabric that I bought from Tessuti's a couple of years ago and I thought it would make a lovely top using Harlow Top Style Arc

So that's my plan. The fabric is so pretty with the floral and stripe. I just have to make time, a commodity that is running short in my life

                                       Enjoy your sewing !