Wednesday, 8 June 2016

A little post about nothing

Hello everyone.

Winter has struck in not-so-sunny-at-the-moment Sydney and I am going out on Saturday night with some friends from America to show them the lights of my city and to dine by the harbour. Whee! What's this got to do with sewing you say? I am going to wear a black outfit with my hippy tie dye velvet jacket on top. See previous post.

Sometimes I get a bit bashful about my love of colour and my love of the off beat and wonder um should I be wearing that? At my age? I have long loved the way French women of a certain age dress but they veer towards the classic with a dash of I don't care what you think. But that is not quite what I am aiming at and I did not know how to put it into words until I saw this post from Advanced Style

Photo from Advanced Style. See link.

Though I am not about to don a tutu any time soon the message resonated. Wear what makes you happy. If the joy comes from the feeling that you love what you are wearing then the clothes are an extension of it and not a costume.

Also, this seems to be an appropriate time to say I am slowing down on my posts but I will keep on with this blog. I have noticed many bloggers, especially those like myself that are not cultivating a profile on multiple media or a fan base or turn blogging into a job, are experiencing a natural division from the generation of me-as-product. Indeed many branch into selling products and being a brand. Who knows if I was a young thing just emerging if I would get fired up and follow the same path? If they offer a product people want be it style commentary or a sewing related product good luck to them.

All I know is from my viewpoint while readership goes up, commentary has gone down. I have wondered why I bother. Ultimately I still do it because sewing and writing about it still gives me a glimmer of joy. Thanks for reading.


Sunday, 29 May 2016

Burda Style 101/10/2015 Jacket


Todays post is brought to you by the letter V and my neighbour's cat bowls. I've made up a Burda style shawl collar jacket from October 2015. I've been wanting a throw-on-and-go loose jacket for a while and had this wonderfully crazy tie tied velvet in the stash.

Here's the Burda Style link 101/10/2015 It's available as a download also in coat length.

Construction details:  Velvet cut in single layer with the nap. Interlined for stability and warmth with medium weight woven interfacing. All pieces were either interlined or interfaced, I did not double up.
I lined it with dark brown sunsilky from Spotlight. It's a slightly better quality poly than their basic stuff. Fitting issues, none. Gripes? The pockets are placed so low down that the bottom edge of them sits inside the hem if following their placement. They were wrecking the line of the jacket. I considered putting them higher but I would also have had to have made them from a material other than velvet which was too bulky. Couldn't be bothered, I left them out.
The sleeves are very long, so I made fold back cuffs even though that was not my original plan. Went with the flow. I did not do the loop and button closure as I wanted to be able to pin it anywhere. I have a co-ordinating flower brooch that I bought while cruising the Newtown Saturday markets with a friend. We bought a bunch of different brooches between us, they were a steal!

I finished off the edges with happily imperfect hand stitching with Gutterman top stitching thread. Good stuff that. Note to self:  Remember to arrange the collar properly before going out, the velvet likes to grab onto itself. Oh and the collar is huge, I am wearing it bunched up a bit.

The velvet was a (insert bad word of your choice) to sew and made this a slow and careful project. I'll be writing more about grappling with velvet  in a Pattern Review, but all I'll say for now is Bring on winter in Sydney!

Happy sewing,


Saturday, 30 April 2016

Mr Fox Scarf

Hi there!

I haven't posted in a while but I have been busy. Mainly I've been sewing basics, like another pair of Vogue 9067 pants, (see previous post) this time View E with a tapered leg that I will try to get around to photographing and posting .. not ground breaking territory! But this is. I am doing my first ever crochet project that I can't wait to finish and wear. I mucked about with crochet as a kid - my mother was speedy and prolific - but I found it confusing and never went on with it.  There is also the fact that the terms vary from country to country. I am going to stick to the UK ones and I'm learning to follow patterns properly but  I was determined to make the Mr Fox pattern designed by Bee's Knees Knitting

My beginner efforts are here..

I had help from a Learn to Crochet book I bought while buying the yarn but even so, for his nose and head I ended up making it up as I went along, following the general shape, working with two threads rather than the three like the pattern says. I'd never turned around before let alone joined sections  but I am learning more with every stitch, enough to tell you the pattern is good, all variations are due to my er..creative.. efforts. If I started again now he would look more like the author intended but I am not undoing him.

Yarn- I went to Lincraft and Spotlight looking for 'fox' coloured yarn and found this rust coloured 'Harley BBB' in Lincraft but there was no decent black or cream in that brand so I bought Cleckheaton California 8 ply in Black and Butter Cream for the accents. It's beautiful but a slightly looser twist and is and harder to undo, (there was a lot of undoing, especially starting off the legs) but I'm getting there.

I'll show you Mr fox when he is finished, draped around my neck. I'm sure he's got dozens of perfectly made cousins around the world but I love him anyway!

Happy creating,