Sunday, 21 November 2010

Some Sydney shots

Dear Reader
I know that some of you enjoy hearing about my home town and seeing photos so this is for you. On Saturday my DD and I went to the ballet at the Opera Hall of the Sydney Opera House. This is nothing new to me. I watched that building get built and have always loved it, inside and out.

Posing pre-ballet. Recognise the dress? I like it now.

Trying not to get blown away in the breeze

My beautiful harbour

Sydney ferries. Aren't they cute?

The atrium at the back of the building where we went for refreshments between acts

Outside shot


 The Rhapsody of the seas was docked at the Overseas Terminal


A bridal party heading for the Museum of Contemporary Art. This building is on the same side as the ship was docked. I'm not sure if they were tourists or locals but my they looked stunning.

Goodbye

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Georgette Fantasies V8182

Dear Reader
I am seriously considering making a New Year's resolution of not sewing for anybody else, as advocated by the selfish seamstress. She does have a valid point that your precious sewing time can get swallowed up by other people's requests. ... but how could I not make an exception for my DD? She's my biggest fan and  looks gorgeous in anything. (I can hear her saying 'no you're not biased at all are you Mum'). Anyway here is party dress number one



This is a wearable muslin of V8182. It's been modified and doesn't look much like the original but it is based on it

At first we tried the original bodice but with a narrowed band without the overlay.

Then the band was narrowed even more and the shoulder gathers converted into one 2cm deep pleat at the shoulders, both front and back. The bodice was then narrowed to the width of the lining, then the whole thing was taken in half a centimetre more along the neck and armhole seams. Oh and the outer points of the overlaps were brought in by 4 cm.



Wishing for longer arms when taking a one handed construction shot...

I made a georgette flower from leftover fabric that could be pinned on (or not!) I'll do a post on how to make it later on.


Ah I'm so happy that the dress fits and she likes it. I've undone the temporary seams and will finish it today.

Finished dress - front and back are identical except for some lower edge bust gathering

Now for the 'real' version. As usual I'll do a more nut-and-bolts review for PR when I've finished. In the meantime
Happy Sewing everyone.


Friday, 12 November 2010

It's a wrap

Well it's really a poncho dear readers. While I am in the process of busily making a georgette creation (or two) for DD I thought I'd share another garment on the cheap tip for those of you in the northern hemisphere  plunging into cooler weather. Here is my remnant table poncho/wrap/thingy:

It is ironic that here in Sydney as I am posting this we are having a hot beach-weather weekend, but just last week this garment was being used frequently (along with a grey knit cardi-wrap) for very changeable weather that could to go cool without warning.
Here is how to make it:
Buy a piece of knit that looks like a sweater knit, 150cm wide. Mine was an end of roll 70cm length. Most people not vertically challenged like me would need 80, 90cm or even a metre. Serge or zig-zag all the raw edges. Fold it over, leave a 30cm (12") opening for your head. Sew the rest of the seam closed. Voila!
A wrap you can scrunch into your bag. Here's a closeup of the knit.


Happy sewing. Georgette dress adventures to follow.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

The 'meh' dress

Dear Reader
I am about to embark on a dress of whimsy, a floaty, hopefully lovely creation for my daughter to wear to a formal Christmas party. This will invlove a full length muslin, lined, with invisible zip ectetera. If both dresses turn out she will have two party creations, one in block colours, one in a casual print. As my pragmatic darling puts it she will 'score well'.
In the meantime I made myself a quick knit dress from M 6069. I'd eagerly waited for a chance to make this pattern. There is a long list of sewers looking fabulous in their creations on Pattern Review. Well I made it and was disappointed.  The dress looks ok. Fine even. Just not the 'wow' effect it has had on so many others. It makes me look - well- ah- straight up and down. It seems to work better on hourglasses or pears - people with a well defined waist. Oh well.



The back is cute, I'd never made a dress with a cowl on the back before.
So even though it's 'yeah ok'.

I'm not complaining too loudly!
Off to sew the next project.
Happy sewing everyone.
ps. I came back to edit this and say it's growing on me.

Friday, 5 November 2010

A Mixed Bag

Dear Readers
Occasionally in my sewing life I let go of whimsy and succumb to practicality. When it comes to night attire I would love to say that I float around in something like this nightgown. I just loved Eva Gabor in Greenacres when I was a kid, I thought she was so glamorous.



Well, for me everyday reality is a little more practical. Here's some almost free nightwear.
Take some bargain table knit, a very basic sleeveless dress pattern and come up with this.




It's not a feathered pegnoir, but it'll do.
BTW remember the box of beaded goodies I ordered? Here it is:

and here's the beaded wrap bracelets I'm making for all the kids


Here's a link on the basic idea of how to do it bracelet
I hope they'll like them.
Happy beading, sewing or whatever you do.
val




Monday, 1 November 2010

What I've been up to

Dear fellow bloggers
I haven't disappeared. I've had a hectic few weeks and haven't posted. Also I've been sidetracked from my beloved sewing by a project I am undertaking of making all the girls in my extended family beaded bracelets or necklaces for Christmas. I saw some lovely pieces online made from semi-precious stones and went on to buy a box of supplies from fire mountain gems. Oh dear bloggers/sewers/craftists this site should come with a warning that it is too wonderful for words. I'm sure there are other beading supply websites but this one is delicious.
While I was waiting for my box of goodies to arrive I started practising with what I already had and came up with these


Chunky hippy style bracelets
and a delicate ncklace and bracelet


Made from an old black necklace and some inexpensive seed beads.
So that's what I'm doing. Some sewing will soon follow.
Happy blogging everyone.