Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Merry Christmas



Dear Bloggers,

As the year draws to a close I want to thank everyone who has dropped by, read posts, sent emails, visited, turned into friends!

It has been an eventful year for me, for the world and for my city, Sydney.

I hope the rest of the year unfolds peacefully no matter where you are with good times and celebrations with those you love... I am looking forward to 2015. I have some exciting things planned.

Earlier in the year I was giving away a pattern or book a month from my stash. That fell into hiatus in August but I want to give away a December gift from the stash as a Christmas thank you.

It's a Issey Miyake pattern give away. I know there are die-hard fans of any Issey Miyake patterns out there! This is unused, uncut. Size Medium but very roomy.



If you want to be in the draw let me know in the comments. Entry will be finalized and drawn on the morning of Dec 24, local time.

Thanks for reading,

 Val.




Monday, 1 December 2014

Burda style 7062 slim pants


Readers, my daughter wanted slim tapered almost 50's style pants in a woven. She'd bought some bamboo linen - gorgeous, breathable - and asked me to make her some summer work pants.

Edit/correction:  I found out it is actually hemp/linen. The e-tailer my daughter found is http://www.bamboofabricstore.com.au/ No affiliation but hey they should sponsor me as I have also purchased from them three times and found good service, excellent product and extremely good shipping rates (within Australia).

I trawled my pattern stash and pulled out Burda 7062, did a quick wearable muslin from some Spotlight heavy rayon. They were good , in fact she wore them the next day, but needed a bit of tweaking. The centre front seam dipped and pulled ever so slightly so I added 5'8" tapering to nothing at the sides. I also scooped out the bottom of the crotch curve by 1/2". She did not need the front darts, effectively widening the front waist a little. I redid the facings to match. I did a back zip instead of a side zip and added a fly guard like when making jeans.


At the moment we are both busy with pre Christmas things, so when I finished the two bamboo pairs I asked if I could model them for this blog and she was Ok with that so here they are on my much shorter body that is not as hour-glass as hers, but they fit well enough to give you a better idea than photographing them on a hanger would.



They would hang better if they were not pooling around my ankles :)


One gripe - The legs of this pattern do not taper as much as the pattern photos suggest. I know the models are probably wearing a 10 and this is a 12 but I still had to narrow the legs pretty much from the hips to smaller than the smallest size at the ankle so I don't know whats going on. They wouldn't use pins and grips in photos would they? I hope not..for accuracy. 

The pants are also lengthened a bit to be shoe skimming on DD.

All in all this is a good pattern for a slim fit pant for  'Linen blends, gabardine, cotton fabrics and also fabrics with stretch' as the pattern says. There are no pockets and the instructions are straightforward.

I hope she likes them as much as I hope she will!

Have a good week, 

Val.



Friday, 28 November 2014

V1247 Top


Hi all,

On December 1st it is officially the start of summer here in the land down under. We've already had a taste of real heat and on a day of extreme heat last weekend I got to thinking about a top I made last summer which I had rolled in a ball and put in the back of the wardrobe. Not because I didn't like it, not because it didn't suit me or didn't fit but because the fine white cotton that I had made up so carefully was just a bit too sheer.

Or is it? Am I being too - I can't find a word - bashful -  here? In any case it seems a shame not to use it or possibly salvage it in some way.





The skirt is also from V1247 and has become my go-to pattern for a subtle A line. I reviewed it here

But the top..thoughts? Dye? Crop top bra? My aim is to wear it on hot days so I don't want to layer it with a camisole.

Have a good day,

Val.