Friday, 15 August 2014

Winner August give Away



Beat the drums and shake the maracas. Get out the silk shirt with the biggest sleeves ever!




Thornberry, You have won the August give away. Email me!

Valerie.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Jalie 3132


I made my first Jalie!

I resisted this Canadian Company because of postage and exchange rates, but you know what, they are no more expensive than ordering from some of the independent pattern companies right here in Oz, so it was time I gave them a go.

Here is 3132 Nursing Tees. I made the regular variation *cough*
I traced off the size that corresponds to my Burdastyle size and it was spot on. The pieces are nicely drafted and fit together so well. The instructions come in written and diagram form. I love diagrams, being a visualizer I don't need much else.

I used some grey knit from my stash and a long shoe lace for the hoodie tie. I kept the tunic length but future garments will be a bit shorter. I like the hoodie on a V neck and the just right sleeves.



I haven't moved to acreage. I wish. I took the photos in the Plough and Harrow East Regional Park, which is ten minutes drive away and used to be a horse riding ranch when I was a kid.

I have ordered some lovely bamboo knit fabric to do this hoodie top again, but more on that later. For now I may just do another make over, an outdated coat to jacket.

Happy weekend and happy sewing,

Val.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Dress to tunic Merino Make over

Hi everyone,

Have you ever made a garment that sits in the closet? There's nothing wrong with it. You invested all that time and care but something makes you bypass it for other things. It's a pity, especially if the material is something special like this navy and teal striped merino knit gifted to me ages ago by Mary Nanna, who doesn't blog anymore.

I'll go about things backwards by showing you the 'After'..





A practical, simple top. I am sitting here typing wearing it. I already know it will get high rotation for the rest of winter.

The 'Before' is here..link to post The dress was made using New Look 6071


I unpicked the side bodices and tried to bring the ties up along the neck but that just accentuated the boobiness of this pattern. My main mistake was using a winter fabric for a summer pattern.

I unpicked the sleeves and used them unchanged and re cut the lower back skirt for the back and the lower front of the dress for the front. I incorporated the hems and used the front pattern piece as a guide to doing the boat neck top, straightening and folding and redrawing the front neck curve to be 2" deep.

You know, at this stage in my sewing career I am  sewing less and less with the cheaper fabrics, except for wearable muslins. The nice stuff takes a bit more courage but works so well for straightforward patterns, the tried and true that become mainstays in the wardrobe because they work both as patterns and as garments.

Simple is good especially when done in quality material.

I am sure I will do experiments in the future and have what-was-I-thinking disasters hehe.. They are fun too.

On my sewing table right now is Jalie 3122 Nursing tees  link  and no! there are no reproductive miracles happening in my neck of the woods. It is a fitted T that has a nursing variation. I am making it full length version with the hood to try it out. I really like the cute sailor top version.

What are you sewing?

Val.