Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The winner is..

A very Merry Christmas to ElleC. You have just won my Issey Miyake Vogue 1328 pattern give away. I put it through Random.Org and your number came up four times out of seven so you are really meant to have the pattern! I hope you enjoy it.

I too this shot of a christmassy frangipani while on my morning cycle ride. I am trying to burn calories in advance. I am going to three different family & friend's Christmas celebrations over three days.
Am I a lucky girl or what?

Anyway ElleC email me on valerie.lebedev@hotmail.com and I'll send you the pattern next week after all the public holidays.


Saturday, 20 December 2014

NL 6558 & V1349

This post is brought to you by DD and New Look 6558 and DKNY Vogue 1349 (again!)
A couple of months ago we went fabric buying together. DD bought several lovely pieces of silk from The Fabric Store and I bought some lovely fabrics from Tessuti, which I'll make up soon. Anyway,
I made her this little top from New Look 6558. She wanted a sleeveless v neck top and this was in my pattern stash. I enjoy it when things turn out this well. I mean look at that face!

NL 6558

New Look 6558  has been around for a long time and is still available. It includes a top, a jacket, a little camisole, long skirt and wide flowing pants. The sleeveless top is supposed to be lined but DD did not want lining so I bound the edges with self bias tape. I put in a side zip as instructed and added the little bow.  The neckline is just right for a deep v that does not show too much but if I had not bound it and used the full seam allowances it would have been too deep and the straps quite a bit narrower. The under bust seam sits a bit high, I used some of the seam allowance to make the centre of the bust curves sit a bit lower. The top is also very short. I had already added 3cm to the pieces but ended up using a doubled over bias strip to add a touch of length.

I did a sway back adjustment but because DD needed all the ease I could give her at the hips it rides up a tiny bit - in spite of all my pre-measuring of the flat pattern and of DD who said 'It's good for a wearable muslin Mum!' The cheek...

Her next piece of material was a nice beefy digital printed silk crepe and the pattern she requested was - you guessed it - V1349. That pattern keeps returning like a rash :) She wanted it short and 60's retro but in modern fabric. She got it!

Ready to party


I've done lots of things with this pattern but I have a feeling this is what it is supposed to look like. To quote DD "What makes the dress work is showing some leg Mum'. She may be right. Edited to add that on a figure that more or less follows the patterns dimensions the dress does hang loose and was taken in 1cm at the waist of the back princess seams.

Four sleeps till Christmas!
Happy sewing,


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,


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,