Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Australian Stitches - Volume 22

Here is the latest Index for Volume 22 for Dressmaking with Stitches.

You are more than welcome to download a copy.

I have emailed a copy to Cate Purcell, the editor of Australian Stitches.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Australian Stitches - Housekeeping

Again I have had to find another host for the Indexes and have chosen to use Open Drive.

All the Indexes are now updated if you would like to download a copy.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Reptilian Jeans

When my sister saw these on me today she complimented the jeans and then said it wasn't a garment she thought I would wear (patterned legs).

All photos taken by my Sister, thank you.
I had pinned this from Sportscraft as I had purchased a similar patterned Cotton Sateen from Spotlight back in 2013.

Cleo Twill Ankle Jeans

Why Reptilian jeans, well hubby thinks the fabrics looks like snake skin but as I am not fond of them at all, I have decided to call them my Reptilian Jeans!

These were cut out back in September and taken to a sewing day with some Sydney Spoolettes at their Sewing Social day at Bobbin and Ink.  I managed to get the front (except pockets) and the back with pockets sewn on the day.

Then they got put aside so I could make my bag.

Their next outing was at a Sewing Weekend with my sewing buddies at the Mercure Parramatta where the pockets were installed, the seams basted together for a fit to check if I needed the extra 2cm I had added to the seams as the Cotton Sateen didn't have the same amount of stretch that my denim usually has.

It worked out that not all of the extra fabric was needed so I ended up using 1.5cm seam allowances.

The jeans then were stitched, overlocked and topstitched ready for the waistband but this time the sewing mojo had disappeared and they sat in my sewing room waiting.

The other weekend the waistband was added, button hole stitched, button sewn on and hems done and they are finally finished.

The top I am wearing was gifted to me by my very good friend Dilliander who was not comfortable wearing this orange linen version of V1247 which is perfect for me.  The length of this top is perfect to wear with jeans and the only change I have made is to take off about 1.5cm at the centre back hem as I was getting a "duck's tail" after sitting, you can still see it still folds up a bit here.

I also used some quilting cotton for the front pockets.

Now I need to make some more plain tops so I can wear these jeans as they are the perfect weight for this time of year.

2016 Stash Out: 15.1 m
2016 Stash In: 18 m