18.8.14

A few last things.

The removalists arrive tomorrow, and I am guessing that I will be offline for quite a while.  Before I go, here are two underwear sets I made quickly to test some patterns.

The first bra is Jalie 3131.  It does not have underwires.  Some notes
- it is more supportive than I was expecting
- I added underwire casing, even though I did not use underwires, to provide a little more structure and support, and to keep all those seam allowances neat
-  I would like to modify this to use as a sports bra.  To do this, I would make the back band shorter and I would change the shape of the back band so that the straps cross over in the back.
- I think gingham underwear is cute!
- the knickers are my self drafted pattern with CB seam.  I need to go down a size, so for this version, I pulled the elastic tighter than I normally do.




The second bra is Elan #540.  I have made this pattern before when I was a smaller size. Some notes
- I modified the back to have a racer back style.  This is really comfy and something I need in my underwear drawer.
- I need to take more care next time when attaching the bridge pieces, so that the cups sit evenly when I am wearing it.
- the bust point is in the wrong spot for me.  Next time, I will try moving the BP to the "A" position, even though I will stay with the "B" size.
- the knickers are self drafted, from  "Patternmaking for Underwear Design" by Kristina Shin.  I pulled the elastic tighter than normal on these, thinking it was a weak ealstic, but the elastic is not so stretchy, so this did not work out well.  I need to remember this, as I have quite a lot of this elastic.
- I was all out of findings, so I ducked down to the op shop, when they had tubs of bras for $50c a bra.  I took a handful of coloured bras home with me and cut off all the coloured findings.  Economical and no shipping to pay!




So farewell for now.  I will keep reading your blogs via my phone, but I find it too tedious to comment on the phone, so you won't hear from me for a while.  xx

Crushed cotton cami

So nice to hear that you all enjoy t-shirt sewing as well!

This is a camisole that I made whilst visiting family in Brisbane, without a pattern.  I should have made a blog label for that sort of sewing, because, over the years, quite a few garments have been made that way.

 I bought the fabric on sale from The Fabric Store in Brisbane.

 Smiling or in focus?  Can't have both.

 I utilised the selvedge for the hem.

 I cut strips along the fabric's tatting (correct word??) and used these strips for the straps and to make a frill along the neckline.

The camisole sits perfectly and covers my bra when I am standing still, but on a crying, walking, sleeping, talking, living doll, it is a bit revealing, so I have to double it up with another cotton cami

17.8.14

T-shirts

I made a coupla t-shirts this week.  T-shirts are a funny thing.  I like sewing them, but sometimes, when I've finished, I kinda wondered why I bothered.  My daughter even questioned why I wanted to photograph them for my blog, when they are such an ordinary item.  On the other hand, when I go shopping for t-shirts, it takes me a long time to find ones that I like that don't cost more than un-ironed clothes should.  What do you think - worth sewing or not?







I sewed the apricot one first, so it is pretty plain.  Then the blue one.  The blue fabric does not have as much stretch as the other fabrics, so it is a smidge small.  In spite of this, it is my favourite.  I added pleats to the maroon one (inspired by the Named Laurie striped tee).  Rather than create a new pattern, I pleated the fabric before cutting out the front.

I started with the StyleArc Lisa t-shirt pattern, but then I altered the shoulder length, the armhole, the neckline and the sleeves, so it does not look a lot like the original.  Each of the shirts has a different sleeve, as I was playing around with the fit.

16.8.14

Scraps

I'm moving house.  This has forced me to clean up my sewing space and address my growing stash.  Scraps stash as well as fabric stash.  As I was cleaning up, I considered each scrap to decide if it was worth adding to the bursting scraps box.  Too good to throw, too small keep...such a dilemma.  Sometimes, it seemed the only way forward was to sew those scraps into garments RIGHT AWAY!  (Lucky I put quite a few hours aside to clean up the sewing stuff).  Here are the results.

First up, metallic jersey that had fallen behind my cutting bench almost a year ago.  These were scraps from a Donna Karan dress, so as you can imagine, they were all odd triangular shapes.




I just draped them, first on my body, then on my body double and basted bits together and pulled them apart and back together again until I was happy with the result.



Afterwards, I realised that I had basically sewn a tube...maybe if I had realised that earlier the whole thing would have been a bit easier and I might have got a closer fit (my body double is bigger than me these days).  Then again, maybe not.

I wore this top to farewell sundowners on the beach.

Next up, a floaty, bohemian sort of top, made by stitching various scraps together.  Funnily enough, none of these fabric has appeared on my blog earlier.  Some scraps are from my sister.  Others are from unblogged dresses for my daughter.  The lace is left from a bag I made a friend out of a dress that belonged to her grandmother.  One piece of silk is from a top I made before I started blogging.  The last bit is from an unblogged dress that I made 2 years ago and have never worn.



I didn't worry about grainlines, so the hang is all a bit wonky, which only adds to the floatiness of it all.  I didn't have access to my tank patterns (I have sent a few sewing supplies on ahead, as I don't know how long our stuff will be in storage), so this was a bit fit-as-you-go and some last minute tucks were added.  I love the result.

Lastly & least, knickers made from supplex scraps.  I used a self drafted pattern, which I printed out several years ago and is a bit big for me now, so I pulled in the elastic tighter than normal.







So, I found the fun in this chore.  It might be harder to find the fun in some of the other rooms :)
(image from http://littlehouseonthecircle.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/in-every-job-that-must-be-done-there-is-an-element-of-fun/)

8.8.14

Printed Linen

I wasn't tempted to buy any fabric on a recent trip to Vietnam (polyester everywhere!), but as I was checking back in with the world at the airport on the way home, I saw this post by The Fabric Store and snaffled the fabric up as soon as I got home.

It was quickly made into my 4th version of Vogue 8552.


For this dress, the neck facing is applied before the front is pleated.  In this photo, the pleats have been ironed flat, but when the fabric relaxes, it creates a frilly effect around the neck.


I modified the sleeves so that they had a scallop hem, following the print of the fabric.


I also changed the hem to curve at the side seams.  I like this look at the moment, and it will also help reduce the walking stress on the hem that I get with other versions of this dress (the hem is pegged).