Project #8

There’s going to be a bombardment of posts from me this week as I’m running a couple of weeks behind.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this top/tunic and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Unfortunately it’s too cold at the moment to wear without a jacket – disappointing because the back is my favourite part (I love the gathers and yoke). I plan to use the pattern again to make something more appropriate for winter.IMG_8117 editIMG_8145 editIMG_8130 editIMG_8156 edit     IMG_8174 editIMG_8168 editIMG_8135 editIMG_8172 edit

Project #7

IN LOVE. That’s how I feel about this fabric. It’s a fine silk that is so soft and delicate. I’m getting married early next year and am planning to make the dresses for my bridesmaids – I have a feeling this will be the fabric I’ll use! It’s hard to get a good idea of the colour, because it looks so different depending on the light.The closest match is probably the colour of the final photo. 

I plan to make a cami to go underneath…I’ll keep you posted 🙂 Also, I haven’t hemmed it yet – the pattern suggested ‘leaving overnight to hang’ first. Which I’ve never heard of before! Can anyone shed some light on why this helps? IMG_8093 editIMG_8028 editIMG_8078 editIMG_8102 edit

Project #6

Project 6! The weeks are going so quickly. So far this blogging business is definitely working at keeping my sewing motivation high (you might even say I’ve become a bit obsessed…oops).

This dress feels a little more dull than most things I make for myself, but it’s also very practical and versatile (admittedly not usually the things I look for in clothing!) so I’ll be able to wear it to work. I’ve already worn it (of course) and found it comfortable and surprisingly warm. There are a number of imperfections so please don’t look too closely! I find I’m still learning how to work effectively with stretch – I’d never realised how challenging it can be!IMG_8045 editIMG_8036 editIMG_8050 edit

      

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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Cushions

My fiance’s brother and his wife were married on a small island in Thailand. Everything was beautiful – the views, the weather and especially the bride!

There was a store on the island that sold beautiful sarongs made from printed Indonesian batik designs. After a very long time browsing (I am a painfully slow decision maker) I decided on this bright pink and purple one. I wasn’t sure at the time whether I’d keep it to wear as a sarong or use the fabric to make something else.

That afternoon my fiance and I went to a fantastic little cafe that made the most delicious coconut and lime smoothies you could imagine! We ended up spending the next three afternoons here, escaping the heat by drinking smoothies and playing boardgames. One afternoon, mid-smoothie, I decided what to do with my new fabric. All the napkins and cushions in the cafe were made from fabric similar to that I had just bought. I loved how the bright colours stood out against the wooden furniture and decided I had to have some cushions just like this in my own home.

So here they are – my Thailand-cafe-inspired-outdoor-furniture cushions!

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Project #2

I love billowing skirts like this because they make you feel comfortable no matter how chubby you’re feeling – somehow they manage to hide everything! I made this particular skirt using Butterick pattern 5285 that I’ve used once before. The original skirt I made from this pattern has been much loved and is now looking very worn and faded.

As is common practice for me when I buy or make new clothes, I wore this skirt the day I finished it, this time to a Japanese restaurant in the city.

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