Saturday, December 4, 2010

Still sewing....

Well it has been a while since I blogged last, but I have been sewing a little. The renovation has started and it is difficult to sew but I have managed to find a temporary spot for my machine and I have been cutting out patterns at work on the conference table (amazing the solutions you can find when sewing is involved!)

Some of the reason I got so keen to sew is that the Endless Combinations contest started on Pattern Review and I love the idea behind this contest, so thought I might sew along and see if I can manage to get an entry together.

The inspiration for my entry is clothes for cruising as we are going on a cruise next year and it is nice to daydream about it (anticipation is half the fun I think!).

Drum roll please ... well maybe not, I have three pieces done so far but have not had a chance to do a photo shoot as we are experiencing the worst weather here (one way to break a drought - start a home renovation!) We have a sea of mud outside so the 'proper' photos will be put off until it is possible to step outside without sinking up to your ankles in red mud.

The first article I made is Jalie 3024 - dress:

I am sooo happy with how this has turned out. The fabrics are from Knitwit (for any Australians reading this) and are beautiful.

I will review this pattern properly once the photos happen - my opinion on this pattern - fabulous as all the Jalies I have tried.

The second item is the long version of Kwik Sew 3384. Made in black fabric from Knitwit also - no piccie as yet.

And the third item is McCalls 5802 which may be OOP.

I was concerned it would be too young for me but I decided to try it in a cheaper fabric. I made the top in a polyester I picked up on the sale table at our local Gardams. I love this top also...

I did have to pull the top up around the neckline, so that it pulls it high enough to conceal my bra strap at the back, but haven't tried it on properly since I sewed the hooks to the neck piece and I am a bit concerned it may be a little too tight, so may still need to alter that. (Diana looks a bit lopsided in this shot, but be assured I don't think Diana or the top have any problems).

My last piece planned is the Cardigan Jalie 2919.

This will be in black also. I wish I had more of the Knitwit fabric I made the pants in, but have a dry knit from Spotlight which will have to do.

And if I have time I will make another Kwiksew 3740 also...
Sleeveless in a pretty blue print.

A girl can dream...


  1. I love your dress, it was a nice selection for that print.

  2. I am really loving that Hilary Duff top - I don't think it is young so much as fresh and fun, and that's not an age thing.

  3. Great garments and I can see them all on the cruise, enjoy your planning.

  4. Terrific garments. I love the blue top.

  5. I love that dress. I need to get that pattern.

  6. Beautiful dress and cute top! This pattern is on top of my must-sew list :) You're making me even more impatient to dig into it!

  7. The dress turned out really well - love the binding.

  8. Where there is a will there is a way. You sew girl. Love the dress and the fabric and can picture it on you. Cruising sounds nice... Thanks for doing your reno, we needed the rain!

  9. I love the dress. Oh, and I love the top. You'll look great in all of these outfits Sue.

  10. That dress is fabulous - perfect for a holiday!

  11. I just love the zebra stripe dress! I have been happy with all the Jalie patterns I've tried. I don't have this one, but your version sure makes me want to get it. All the other patterns and the Hilary Duff top will make so many wonderful combinations.

  12. I'm enjoying the endless combination sewing as well--it's just a matter of photos and reviews! WANT a zebra striped dress now.

  13. You may still need photos and to do reviews, but you have made some great garments! Fabulous dress.


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