Monday, January 21, 2013

Vogue DKNY and Sydney Sewers' Meet-Up

Hi! Thanks for all your lovely comments on my Valerie top - I hope you've started sewing yours!

This post is twofold - the first is to talk about Leith's and my upcoming trip to Sydney and the second is to show you my new Vogue 1027 - the DKNY faux-wrap dress (that I've made before).

Leith and I are going to Sydney for a sewing meet-up that Christy has organised. We arrive on Friday the 8th of February and the meet-up is scheduled for the next day. Here are the details:

When: Saturday 9th February
Time: 1pm
Where: Tessuti Fabrics Surry Hills, then to The Fabric Store.

There is some discussion regarding whether people want to go The Remnant Warehouse before 1pm -- I am VERY keen.

So - who can meet us? It is so exciting to be going to an interstate sewers' meet-up!

Next up I have my new Vogue 1027 DKNY dress to show you.

You'll probably remember that I've made this before. Well, I wore my other three versions to death during my pregnancy. They were very stretched out so I put them in the Vinnie's bin during a major clean-out I had over my holidays.

For this version, I used a cotton jesry (hehehe Leith!) by Liberty. It is 95% cotton and 5% elastane. The cotton jersey is a lot lighter than viscose jersey and perfect for this type of dress as it doesn't sag and stretch out as much.

My only alteration to the size 8 was to overlap the front bodice pieces more - if I don't do this I show a whole bunch of bony cleavage (the only bony part on me!), which just isn't attractive. Plus I want to be able to wear this to work.

I love this dress - check out the twirly skirt! Little M loved my twirling and joined in the fun.

I'm busy sewing the two frocks I want to take to Sydney -- hope some of you out there will be able to join us!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tessuti's Valerie Top

Did you see Tessuti released their new pattern today called the Valerie Top? Well, here is my version:

Before you go thinking I am an amazingly quick seamstress to have purchased the pattern, prewashed my fabric, cut the pattern out, cut the fabric out and sewed the whole thing in a couple of hours, I made this top last weekend - I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for Colette (note: sewing this top did take only a few hours - but I'd prepped my pattern and fabric beforehand).

I've never been a pattern tester before and I have to say I was lucky to cut my teeth on one of the Tessuti patterns. It came together like a dream. I swear that when Colette drafts those patterns she is thinking of me ;-)

I made a size small in a silk/cotton voile and didn't have to make any adjustments. Pretty cool. The instructions are very clear and make the slightly more advanced elements of this pattern extremely easy. For example, Colette outlines perhaps the easiest way I've ever seen to attach bias binding that has been cut on an angle. Whenever I've had to do that in the past I've always sat there staring at the two tails of binding for about three hours before yelling "Michael!!!!!!!!!!"

I really recommend this pattern. I'm going to make a plain black or navy in a silk crepe de chine -- this one goes perfectly with my Clovers and my Moss Mini skirt so I figure I should make another one!!

I've got a few projects to post soon - catching up from my sewing over the Christmas/New Year break. Currently I'm sewing Vintage Vogue 7164 in an Italian printed linen I picked up in Brisbane. What are you sewing?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Lovely Liberty Christmas Ladies!

Merry belated Christmas and New Year!

We have been in Brisbane visiting my family and arrived back on the 30th of December. It was a whirlwind week, filled with eating, playing, drinking, nursing my new little niece and swimming.

And getting dressed up in new Liberty frocks! Well, for me and Little M anyway. I sewed us both a party frock made from Liberty Tana Lawn. Such lovely fabric. First, my frock:

I made the Sewaholic Lonsdale dress in blue 'Mitsi' Liberty Lawn. I made a muslin of the bodice only - and I'm glad I did as I had to make the following alterations:

  • I started with a size 8 for the bodice but ended up using a size 6, grading to an 8 for the waistband (damn you stomach after childbirth!).
  • I pinched out about 2.5cm of fabric vertically from the front bodice. To do this I created a vertical dart, starting with the 2.5cm at the side, tapering to nothing at the CF. 
  • I used a size 8 skirt - and didn't have to lengthen it! 
  • I also used the largest size for the tie lengths. I'm tall and wanted plenty of tie to get a bow out of. 

I have to wear a strapless bra with this dress, which I'm not crazy about, but apart from that, I am in love with my Lonsdale. It is so comfy to wear and I feel very feminine in it. And it goes perfectly with my new green Funkis clogs:

Now for Little M's frock. I used the 'Poppy' Liberty lawn. Isn't it gorgeous? I sewed a size 2 of Simplicity 1890, a Project Runway pattern. I decided to go with sleeves as we were in sunny hot Queensland and I didn't want those beautiful arms to get burnt. The size 2 is a smidgeon big, but at least that means she'll get more wear out of it! This dress was simple to make - princess seams and very easy to set-in sleeves. Also quick as the pieces are so tiny! I'd recommend.

She's wearing little Saltwater sandals with it - isn't she gorgeous?

She has recently taken to wearing a bangle (bracelet) or two everywhere she goes .... so stylish!!

I had a good break from sewing, but am now champing to get started again on a few things, especially as Leith and I have now booked our flights for our Sydney sewing trip! We'll be there on the weekend of February 8th. Who will be around to join us for a spot of shopping and champers?