Sunday, 29 May 2016

Burda Style 101/10/2015 Jacket

Hello Readers,

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,

Monday, 4 April 2016

V9067 Pants

Hey It's Autumn!

Even though the days are still warm the morning air is cool and fresh. In my quest to sew what I need and use good fabric I bought some black pure linen from the Fabric Store and I've run up the wide pants from V9067 Vogue Five Easy Pieces link to pattern.

What about Vogue's beautiful new website? I like it!

I pre washed and ironed the linen and cut out the pants. I'd already adjusted the  pattern posted here   The leg looks very wide on the envelope photo but it is actually a true straight leg and the width is not overwhelming, even on my not very tall body. I added the pockets from View E and used strip of leftover lining material turned to the inside and stitched to make a casing for 1" wide elastic rather than a self waistband. The loose style in linen makes for a good between season garment, already a favourite to dress up or down.

One question though, I might take the pants legs up a bit more, maybe just a centimetre. What do you think? The casual top is another Simplicity Cynthia Rowley top 1366 posted here in a double weave sweatshirt material from Spotlight. Both patterns are earning their keep!

Happy to have cooler weather!