Sunday, November 27, 2016

LOUD!







Thanks ABC for playing Crowded House Live on the tv tonight. Hope the neighbours don't mind because it's LOUD! So neighbours this is for the dogs barking all night, air conditioners going for 14 hours a day and all your building noise! You're welcome.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Kwik Sew



So recently Spotlight had Kwik Sew patterns - 3 for the price of 1. I don't really need any patterns as I have plenty but some took my fancy and I'm keen to sew some up.


I have been really liking the waterfall jackets... I have a Butterick pattern (not mentioned yet but brought over from the US with a friend... that's another post though), a New Look cut out and I liked the length of this Kwik Sew one too. I was seduced by Kristy's beautiful version of the jacket on the right. Don't expect to see it fitting me so perfectly but it looks nice and easy and it's a bit different and a bit timeless too.


I was thinking of sailor type pants but when I saw this shorts pattern, I thought I could make them up and see if they suit and I may be able to lengthen the legs and not have to trace out a Burda one. Not sure how KS patterns fit me as I've only made a dress a while ago now. I have these cut out from a leftover piece that was not enough for anything else so I'm glad I could do that.  If nothing else I can use the shorts for the beach this summer.  The swimsuit and dress, I bought for my sister. She had some physical restrictions and needs some swimwear but I think it will be easier for her to get on and off.... these aren't urgent but needed in the future.


This jacket, is not really waterfall but I liked it as it was shorter. I have it cut out of some black wool crepey type knit that I bought in two pieces at Darn Cheap fabrics in Melbourne earlier in the year, but it was proving to be a waste because I couldn't get anything out of it, but I can get this pattern out of it so I'm so pleased... that'll be made up in the next few days I hope so I can get some use out of it. It's spring here which is normally hot; and it has been warm in the day but the morning is cool and the air con at work is a killer too, so this will be useful.


These are skort and skirt pattern... really just because it was cheap and my niece likes this style so she might get one! I liked the dress too but the only review I read didn't give it a good wrap, and I read it after I bought it... still think it will be a nice dress in linen and I bought some really cheap ($2 per metre) at Darn Cheap too.


These I bought to have on hand and to make some for my niece and sister when I get time. I'll try and get some supplex to make these up. No hurry there either. I just realised I have no new thing to wear to Frocktails this week either... I have a dress cut out so hopefully I'll get some time during the week and on Saturday morning... better get on with it then.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

New Look 6648 and Simplicity 2560




I made a New Look 6648 a couple of weeks ago. It's made from a white fairly stable and not very stretchy fabric I bought at Trad's Emporium last year. It's a pure synthetic  but I just wanted to try the pattern for size. 


Top looks quite nice and I need some white tops. I made the small but it is so big in the shoulders and neckline and with the limited stretch it is too small in the hips. I should have foreseen the hip issue. It's a quick make though but I'm not sure the big wide sleeves are good on me either. I gave it to a woman at work it would fit nicely.


Gathering at the sides. I really like this but probably not good for my shape. I'll try another one in a drapier and stretchier fabric though and resize it for shoulder and hips.

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Close up you can see there is a small square woven in. It's quite nice to not be plain white. I have  2 small remnants of some white rayon that I might get it out of so I'll try soon.


Next up was Simplicity 2560. I really like this style and have wanted to make this up for ages. The fabric is from Darn Cheap Fabrics $2 table from the recent trip to Melbourne. 


It is nice and cosy. The fabric is very pretty and I love the way the neck band really cosies up to the neck and keeps you warm. The pattern has you just add the band all way round and then turn a small hem around it. I turned it over double.... I like it better this way and think it makes a more tidy finish. Although with a drapier fabric it would work too. It's also a quick make.


Close up of the fabric. Very boucle like with a little gold thread through it.


That's where I turned it over .... my stitching was done on the inside but made the outside look crooked which annoys me... I should have hand stitched it. I should have had a longer stitch and then I may have been able to unpick it but it's nearly impossible so I'll just have to live with it.


This is the shoulder where I put in the little ribbons... I ran  out of the pink one and threaded through a gold one to finish.  It works really well and keeps the shoulder very stable.


 That's the back. The sleeves are supposed to have a flat inside facing and then the top part is gathered or this size and the sleeve folded, but my fabric is too thick for this so just left the sleeve bells longer and just folded over to hem it. I do love it ... it's warm and pretty but it goes with nothing. I thought it may go with a black skirt but it only looks good with jeans. Maybe it's the proportions? but when I wear it I feel like I'm wearing a dressing gown.  I will try and get a photo of it on me.



What do you think?

Friday, October 14, 2016

A small but useful modification.


That's a velcro strip from Daiso (Japanese $2.80 shop - incidentally full of all the little useful things you didn't know you needed or that would be made) that I cut lengthwise - with a little rotary cutter also bought from Daiso (good to not make your good one blunt - also $2.80).

My Dad is in a nursing home with dementia :( and it is getting more difficult to get him dressed.
I think this is a huge problem for a lot of less abled people.. getting in and out of some clothing can be frustrating for the person who may not have the patience, strength or agility to get clothes on.  He is losing weight and he gets cold in the air-conditioning so he wears long pants year round. He likes to wear track pants in the winter but when we take him out it's too hot now here. Putting some elastic waisted chino type pants on him last week it was difficult (and he was impatient) to get the pants up over the under things he needs with this elastic waist. I thought I would put a strip of velcro along the side and let him get the comfort and ease of the elastic waist but with quick access. It is surprisingly strong and it was available in the right colour... bonus.


Firstly I sewed the elastic in the waistband through the whole waistband about 3 cm either side of the side seam, unpicked the waistband then I cut the elastic. Then I unpicked the flat felled seam to the pocket opening end.  The velcro had adhesive, which was very strong actually and this made it useful to hold in place and not have to pin. The only problem I struck was that the adhesive stuck itself to the needle then the needle couldn't go through the fabric and velcro.. it even pulled the thread out. However, tea tree oil to the rescue... I dipped a cotton tip in the oil and rubbed the needle clean with it which did two things. One; it  cleaned the needle and two, with the needle lubricated, it made the needle able to really slide in and out easier and less of the adhesive would stick. I had to clean/lubricate the needle a few times but it worked a treat. So that's my small but useful modification. I'll test it on Sunday when I go get Dad for our weekly family lunch and report back.

It's been a busy, busy time lately what with working full time and two lots of overseas friends here. Friends have gone and my job officially ended today... it was a short contract of 4 months... however, although that contract is over, a new opportunity starts on Monday with the same department for an unknown length of time. It's been a huge learning curve and there was many changes throughout this time. It's great to be part of a team that literally is like turning a ship around quickly....being responsive and adaptable. So not much in the sewing for me but hopefully I'll get something made up this weekend. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

What to do with those tiny ribbons.

I finished a little cardi... just in time for the warmer weather to start. I feel better that it's raining and a bit cooler today. I have yet to photograph it but thought you might like to see a little thing I tried. I don't actually know what this little slot in the overlocker foot is for but I figure elastic maybe? I have never tried this before but I thought I would put this tiny ribbon (the ones you get on clothing for hanging - I hate wasting them) on the shoulders of my new cardi. It is nearly impossible to hold that tiny sucker on to sew it so thought I'd slip it in here.  It worked! It was so easy once you got the ribbon in and my tip would be to have a length threaded through further past the fabric start. I found it made it easy. 

I actually ran out of that pink that was a perfect match but had a skinny gold one and finished off with that. Notice my nice fabric (of course that's the wrong side) but it's very pretty - a remnant from Darn Cheap Fabrics from our recent Melbourne trip. It was only a few dollars and has made a lovely cardi.

I haven't really had time to sew, but yesterday finished this little cardi and a top (that was a trial and doesn't fit unfortunately) and went to Spotlight and bought 9 Kwik Sew patterns that were on sale - 3 for $12. I got some great ones and one cut out already. The reviews of a couple of them are really good so I have high hopes. In those are some active wear and swimming togs - just for "stock" - you know stuff that's good to have on hand - staples if you will.


Anyone do this and please pass on any tips... does this work for elastic for swimwear for example? I have some swimwear on the list so I'll have a go in any case. Look out for finished items soon.