Saturday, 6 February 2016

M7093 with eyelet lace overlay

Hello readers. I'm back! I've been in a place of reinvention and of choosing the direction in which I want to go in my personal and working life. Actually my creative life as well. Everything. Stressed out. I've applied for a new job. I've set some ground rules with a few people. I've disassociated myself from someone who was trying to rip me off financially. I've come up with a life plan. I'm even going to sew with a plan and fill some wardrobe holes.

In the middle of all this I died my hair orange. I was going to let it go grey but I saw enough of what it'd look like to tell you it ain't gonna happen. Not this year anyway.

So what have I been sewing..well after basics and a number of wadders I managed to take inspiration from something I saw at Veronica Maine and set to work on making something beautiful. Finally.
The top in the link isn't the exact top that I saw which did have a lace overlay and raglan sleeves but it gives off much the same vibe.

I modified M7093 by rejoining the side panels and drew a curve up one side for the overlay. The raglan cap sleeves were a bit tight on me in previous versions so I added a bit of width. At the centre back I added a seam and sway back adjustment. I made a regular hem instead of the hi-lo.

I used lightweight pure linen for the body and some eyelet lace material from The Fabric Store for the sleeves and overlay. The lace was bought last year because I could not resist it. It's beautiful quality. Now I had a project for it.

I photographed the top with black jeans for contrast but it goes well with all my little colourful skirts too. Goes with anything really. I did flat felled seams as I'm not a fan of French seams.  Also the good thing is I've got some eyelet left over. I'm sure when the time is right I'll use it to accent something else. I was wary using eyelet lace would turn out too bridal/girly but to my relief it didn't.

During my blog hiatus I ordered six (yes six) patterns online and I bought some beefy silk/cotton  for this beauty:   

V1493  This pattern is my current kimono crush. I saw it on the McCalls blog. Isn't it gorgeous?

Keeping on sewing while watching the mail box,

Friday, 15 January 2016

Taking a Break

I'm taking a breakfrom blogging. I'll be back at a later date.  Val.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Burda 7659 Pleated Dress

Animal prints are a favourite of mine, along with stripes and florals and plains and...ah you get my drift. Anyway there's always an animal print  in the stash and this ocelot print cotton was waiting for the right pattern.

I first saw burda 7659 on coco's loft in 2012 and it's taken me too long to make up this pattern because it's a good one for tropical heat. It is a swingy a-line dress with three front box bleats, back zipper and a self lined curved yoke. The box seats are sewn closed for 4" which gives the dress a bit of shaping. There are inseam pockets. The yoke is supposed to be interfaced. My material was firm enough, I didn't do this. The armholes are finished off with bias strips. By the way the pattenr's instructions for constructing the pockets are clumsy. I find that attaching the pocket pieces, pressing them outwards then doing them in one go along with the side seams works better than the three step fiddle that they recommend.

Burda 7659, brought to you by my new favourite piece of jungle
and a giant Moreton Bay Fig.

Would I sew it again. Yes. The dress has shape without needing a belt but is loose enough for hot days.

I've been on a buying blitz. I bought two patterns yesterday for $5 each that I'd had my eye on for a while at the Spotlight sale (all patterns but Vogue). I've just received a box from EOS which made me very happy! I've bought material for a quilted jacket. I also bought a gorgeous winter weight jersey at Spotlight two days ago, so that's it!

I feel satisfied that I have everything I need to sew the next six months of projects at least.

Have a happy jungle trek,