Bits and Bobs

Wow this year is flying.  Since I haven’t blogged in ages I thought I would update on some of the sewing and textile work I have done in recent weeks.  I haven’t really had much time so have had to do things in “bits and bobs”

I made a dress to wear to a family wedding. Actually I made 2 ½ dresses – the first one I decided was not “wedding-y enough” so I made another one which I hated well before it was finished, and the third one was the goldilocks one. Just right!

The first one was the lady skater pattern, with some scuba knit purchased from Spotlight.  I really like this one, but as a more casual dress.

1.LadySkater

The second one was not the fault of the pattern, but my choice of fabric.  I didn’t finish it (it’s in the “what will I do with this?”pile) because it looked way too dowdy – not the look I was going for.  I always count the time spent on these things as “entertainment” as well as learning, so the time is never wasted.  I don’t even have a photo – but this shows the fabric. A bit stretchy and not suitable for the pattern.

2.Stretch lace

The third dress I made (finished the morning of the wedding) was inspired when I saw the fabric (after going to buy a zip!) I knew I had a pattern with an A-Line skirt (New Look 6184) which I had made once before so I searched for it and used that one.

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Cora and I had a day of stencilling/painting/colouring fabric a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately it was about a million degrees outside and quite windy so I only did a few pieces as we only stayed outside in the heat for about an hour.

I have made a couple of submissions for my Made on Monday (MoM) challenge out of one of these pieces, a larger piece is already stitched over and will become the front of a cushion cover and the other pieces I will use for some more MoM pieces.

Here are my latest 2 pieces which I just uploaded to the gallery.

While I was looking through my “What I made” book, I realised that I had made an A line dress in October as well – another New Look, pattern 6210.  I loved this fabric the first time I set eyes on it so I wanted to make as simple a dress as possible.

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One thing that I have done for the whole of this year is to keep a record of my dressmaking projects.  It is a small spiral notebook in which I write the date, the pattern number and any comments like “took in at shoulder blades in centre back seam”, which helps me if I decide to make the same pattern again.  I stick a swatch of the fabric on the page as well.  It’s also a reminder that I do actually achieve a fair bit, even though sometimes it doesn’t seem like it.

Next on the list – I have nearly finished a summer dress which only needs elastic in the waist band and I have cut out another dress with a high-low hem. Both of these were inspired by the hot weather which suddenly appeared in Melbourne for over a week but has since disappeared! I will post pictures of the dresses when they are done.  I will also continue working on my Made on Monday challenge pieces.

What have you been working on? Clothes or textile art? Or both?

Until next time

Lyn

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Silhouette Patterns – Jorja’s wrap

I have talked before about how I love Silhouette Patterns and how inspiring the webcasts and YouTube videos that Peggy (the pattern company owner and designer) produces. In a recent YouTube video, Peggy talked about how she had gone to a workshop and one of the ladies had sewn a wrap based on one that Peggy had demonstrated in one of her earlier videos. The lady who had sewn the wrap had done something different to the original instructions. Since Peggy didn’t recognise it, she and the ladies in the workshop worked out how to reproduce it. Peggy then explained it on the video. I think she called it Jorja’s wrap, after the innovative lady who had sewn it. The instructions start at around the 40 minute mark.

Since I am on a quest to use up more of my stash than I purchase, I immediately thought of a piece of lightweight knit fabric that I only had half a metre of. It was 150 cm wide (~ 60 inches) so perfect for this project since I had yet to find a better use for it.

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As Peggy mentioned in the video, it was difficult to picture how it was going to work, but I simply followed the instructions and it worked perfectly.  I won’t explain it here, because it is far better for you to view the video yourself. You will see Peggy wearing her version but the sewing instructions are towards the end at about 40 minutes into the video.

Here are some work in progress shots.  It is basically sewing one seam, once the edges of the fabric are finished to your liking.  So I straightened the edges, then overlocked them, fiddled around with the seam as demonstrated by Peggy with her piece of paper, sewed it and voila!

2 overlocked edges3 folded and pinned

It is the middle of winter here in Melbourne, and I was surprised how warm the wrap is even though it is only lightweight fabric. So I now have a use for any more random half metre fabric pieces I find in my stash.  I highly recommend you give it a go, let me know if you do.

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Until next time, Lyn

Out and About Purse

Sorry it’s been a while since I blogged, but happily that means I have been spending spare time sewing a few things that I can blog in the future.

I have made up another pattern from Studio Mio that I bought at the Stitches and Craft show in April. I bought the mini shoulder pouch and the “Out and About Purse” which I loved even though it is probably impractical as I doubt I would fit my glasses in it once my phone is inside. Never to be put off by impracticalities, I made this cute purse up anyway.1 PurseKit

I followed the instructions which were quite easy as I have made purses before. With only 2 pieces, the outside and the lining, it is quick to make too.  The fabric I used came with the kit.3 fabric

After fusing some thin wadding to the main fabric, sewing the side seams then the bottom corners, it’s nearly done.

I then sewed the lining to the main fabric. As instructed I sewed some twine around the top of the purse to help it stay in the purse frame but in later steps found that the twine was too thick and I couldn’t get the fabric into the frame. So I unpicked it and inserted a slightly thinner braid (but forgot to take photos of it).

Once it was turned through to the right side and pressed I was able to get the fabric into the frame, so I got out the glue and carefully glued the purse body to the frame.  Once it was dry I added the strap to the frame and all done!  Love it! Might have to go places where I don’t need to see anything too closely though, so I can leave my specs at home!

Until next time, Lyn

Mini shoulder pouch

I love making bags and have made a few over the years. My recent purchases at the Stitches and Craft show in April included a pattern for this mini shoulder pouch.

Unfortunately I am not yet used to taking photos of each step to use on the blog, but I thought I would share these photos of the finished product.

This is the pattern from Studio Mio.

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It was very easy to follow and I had purchased the closure and strap as well.  There are 2 pockets on each side of the bag, so it will be perfect for when I just need to carry my phone and a few dollars with me.

Here are some finished shots.  The fabric was purchased last year from Kimono house in Melbourne. I wasn’t sure which way was up for the text so I think it’s going sideways, but I only had a small piece of this fabric left from other projects. I loved the way the corners were done, I’ve never tried this method before but it was easy by just following the instructions.

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I hand stitched on the closure, and because the strap was too long I simply knotted it to make it shorter.

Here it is with my new coat!

Until next time, Lyn