Blue silk dress (Project #5)

So I was finally able to wear the dress I made for Project #5 (okay I only had to wait about a week – but I love to wear things when I first make them so it was tough!!).

I’m currently in the process of finishing off my next project, but right now I’m going on an online hunt for new patterns/fabrics. I’ve recently become addicted to Sewbox after discovering it on this very helpful post by eclecticthreads. I still prefer the experience of going into a fabric store and playing with all the fabrics before deciding what to buy, but shopping online means I can indulge my fabric-buying urge at any time of the day! And there are few nicer ways to be welcomed home from work than with a fat package of fabric waiting in the letterbox…bliss.

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Project #5

This silk cotton fabric is so divine – I love how soft it feels! I wanted a dress that used as much of the fabric as possible – this one fit the bill fairly well. It was easy to make – four panels sewn together, with facing (hand sewn in place) at the neck and arm holes and a sash to pull in the waist. I haven’t had an occasion to wear it yet but I’ll keep you posted 😉

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Knitting bag

This bag was made with much love as it was a Mother’s Day gift for my mum. I love making things for people – the process is so enjoyable as you’re always imagining that special moment of handing it over.

The pattern I used was McCall’s M5722. There are two outside pockets (one on each side) and two large, stiff pockets on the inside. The pattern suggested using buckram and fusible fleece to give the bag more shape, but I was unable to find either of these materials and used a thick interfacing instead. Must say, I had no idea what buckram was until I came across this pattern! If anyone else is thinking the same, I can now tell you that it’s a stiff cotton-type fabric commonly used in millinery. Imagine a hat you might wear to the races – apparently buckram is that stiff fabric part that is often moulded to fit your head. Who knew!

Mum loved her gift and has already chosen a project to fill her new bag over the next few weeks 🙂

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Project #3

This material is by one of my favourite fabric designers, Liberty of London. It was given to me as a gift and for ages I couldn’t decide what to make with it, I just pulled it out every now and then to admire! Since it has a slight stretch, I finally chose to make a close-fitting, zipper-less pencil skirt. I decided on a facing instead of waistband and added a kick pleat to allow some movement. It was super easy to make and I love the result – the fabric’s so gorgeous that it stands alone. I wore this skirt (the day I finished it? Of course!) when out shopping for wedding dresses. I don’t know if I can wait until next summer to wear it again!

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