Monday, February 28, 2011

Vogue 8646 Navy dress

I have just finished Vogue 8646 Wrap dress. This dress appealed to me as the skirt did not seem as full as some other wrap dresses and I liked it's simplicity. It also can be made from woven (lightweight broadcloth, lightweight crepe) or stretch fabric (lightweight jersey).

I chose a navy jersey I had in my stash (bought from Gardams Fabrics) and this was mainly influenced by Kate Middleton's engagement announcement dress - mine is much simpler, has no silk content and is made for a day at work, *sigh*.

I traced this pattern ages ago in a size 12 with cup size A (It is a custom fit pattern with different cup sizes - bonus). I do think I could have gone down a size. I took it in at the bust and also ended up wrapping the wrap from side seam to side seam whereas the pattern does not wrap so far. However with doing this, it still gapes at the neckline. I thought I had the problem solved and it would be fine for work but took it to gym this morning, changed and went to work to find myself flashing everyone. I ended up putting a fold-back clip on the front to stop the flash! :)

Next time I wear it will be with a cami!

However all that said I still like this dress enough to persevere with it. A cami will be found and I have plans to make an obi belt to wear with it. The skirt swishes nicely when I walk and, apart from the flashing, it is highly suitable for work.

However I don't think I would bother making this again with other good wrap dress patterns around. I may put this skirt onto another pattern sometime though. The pattern review is here for those interested.

Next up - more fun sewing - Hot Patterns Weekender sunshine top with fun embellishment!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ottobre Katherine top

Happiness is my new favorite top!

Ottobre magazine 02/2010 Katherine top. I have seen a few others make this top and recently in a fit of shopping in my pj's I bought the back issue form Crafty Mama's.

This is what makes this pattern so great - the ruffle detail on the sleeve makes for a touch of funkiness I love.

The top also fits great straight from the pattern. This fabric is a lovely rayon knit from Gorgeous fabrics.

I loved it so much that I made another in a bright ditzy floral print also from Gorgeous fabrics.

This top is warmer than the rayon version so I haven't had a chance to wear it yet. Probably my only comment on this top is that it is not very long. I am average length in the body if you are long in the body or prefer a longer top you may want to lengthen it.

Pattern review link here!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Simplicity 2451 Skirts

Simplicity 2451 has been a very popular pattern on and with good reason. It is a lovely skirt to make - well drafted, better than usual instructions (as it is 'easy-to-sew') and a good variety in the one pattern envelope.

I have made two skirts which have taken me more time than usual, while trying to cope with the renovation as well.

The first is View C and is made in a french crepe (polyester) bought from Gardams. I bought this fabric specifically to make this skirt. As it is black it is of course, difficult to photograph but very useful in the wardrobe.

The second version I made was in a stretch woven like a RPL (also bought from Gardams but has been in the stash a while). The stretch in the fabric makes it very comfortable. It is an unusual blue colour which reminds me of a uniform a bit but it has worked out fine and I am hoping it will work well with my work shirt (light blue chambray with navy/black logo). This one was version B. I added the stitching detail to the yoke but not the tabs.

Close-up of the stitching detail on the yoke and pocket edges. (Colour not true in this photo - it is not this bright).

To do the stitching and keep the stitches even and straight I used some tape gifted to me in my quilting days. It is about 1/4" wide and has markings to follow to make your stitches even. I put the tape on the edges I wanted to stitch against. You only need one piece that you move on as you stitch. I chose to stitch it in the same colour thread as the fabric, as opposed to making it contrast as I had seen this on RTW clothing.

The only changes to the pattern was to edge the inside facing with rayon tape (instead of turning it up) and this makes it more like RTW plus means less bulk in this seam. I also added my usual tab at the top of the zip (invisible zip as usual) on the inside with a snap. It looks bulky here but doesn't sit bulky when worn the right way.

I am now onto swimwear sewing. I have bought three Kwik-sew patterns, swimwear fabric and notions. Hopefully something to post soon!

The reno is moving along. The extension is at lock-up so the nasty temporary tin wall is gone and new and old are open to each other. This is great for many reasons - we know have a back door, windows, etc, but the dust from the building work is getting overwhelming and I am now at the stage that I am getting used to chatting to builders as they work while I am still in my jammies preparing breakfast!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Renovations and sewing...

Well, renovations and sewing do not make a good mix. So very little sewing has been happening as you can probably tell from my non-existent posting rate.

The house was built originally in the early 50's and has had a few ordinary add-ons done to it. We have had the back of the house and carport demolished and are adding a new front deck, carport and extending waaa..aay out the back. I get a new bedroom and this means I get to have the old bedroom as my new sewing studio!! Much sewing will be happening soon as it is finished!!

Pictures of the reno as it is now...

Front deck...

Front deck showing new undercover link to carport...

The back half which has been added on...
The back deck...
View of the extension from the back.
A more complete set of photos of the house can be see here for anyone interested.

I did manage to make two new skirts for work from Simplicity
2451. Photos next post. I have also been reading up on sewing swimwear as there is a swim spa in the back deck so I am determined to add swimwear to my repertoire now!