Sunday, March 25, 2018

Filigree necklace

This is another workshop I did with Etelage,  it's called Earring Duo & Stylists Secrets and is it is the simplest set to make.


I just love the colours and the delicate nature of this necklace.

The main piece is a large diamond filigree brass stamping and then you can add the colour beads of your choice to the points of the diamond.


I then chose a round bead to mimic the centre of the diamond to make a pair of earrings.


The set is getting a lot of wear with my T-Shirt with a Twist and also my Navy Linen T-Shirt during summer and I expect it will work well with my Cream Top for winter.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Como Trunks

Still catching up with my sewing backlog, here is a gift I made for Mark back in September last year.

I have read a lot of reviews of the Thread Theory Como Trunks and purchaed a kit back in 2016 to check out the fabric quality as well as the elastic that they suggest you use.


These were made for our 16th Wedding Anniversary in 2017, and the gemstone colour is Peridot which by my thinking is green therefore this olive fabric in the Como Trunks kit was perfect and thankfully quite quick to make up.

For some reason last year Mark decided to wear trunks and went on a bit of a purchasing spree.  At this time he did make the comment that he didn't want any for his Birthday or Christmas so I felt that I could still give him a pair for our Wedding Anniversary.


As usual the Thread Theory instructions are very clear and you end up with a very professional looking pair of trunks.


The only change I made was the way I sewed on the elastic for the waist, I followed how Mark's RTW trunks were sewn which meant I had to trim the excess fabric away using my Duckbill scissors.

The Coverstitch was perfect for stitching the elastic in place as well as for the two leg hems.


There are no modeled photos but they are in high rotation which is great, but so far there hasn't been a request for any more so I will see if that changes as the year progresses.

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2017 Stash Out: 21.9
2017 Stash In: 14.6 m

Sunday, March 11, 2018

A striped top

This is the 3rd top that I made during our weekend away along with the skewed cowl and cream top back in May.


I originally purchased this fabric from The Remnant Warehouse for a shingle dress, Vogue 8904 and no matter how I tried I just couldn't get it to sit right at my swayback even taking notice of all the very helpful blog reviews.

So this fabric has been marinating in my stash since then, still in pieces, so after seeing so many striped tops this year I decided it was the year to finally do something with the fabric.


Once again I have used KS 3740 as my base.

Michelle showed me a great trip for matching the stripes, using Steam-A-Seam you finger press this onto the right side of your fabric at the seam line and then slowly remove the tape and finger press your stripes together,


it worked a treat



The back has a seam as this works better for my sway back


I also used my A Binder on the Coverstitch to finish the neckline


This top also got a lot of wear during Winter and I have found more striped fabric in my stash so there could be another one appearing at some time.


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2017 Stash Out: 21.9 m
2017 Stash In: 14.6 m

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Garnet Finlayson

I've been sewing for Mark again for our 15th Wedding Anniversary back in 2016 and it has taken me quite a while to get some photos of this garment even though it is worn quite a lot.

Some of the choices from Traditional and Modern Anniversary Gifts suggested Glass, Watches, Ruby, Alexandrite and Rhodite Garnet.

I then remembered I had been given some Sweater Knit from Knitwit by Alison's mother about 10 years ago that I had earmarked for a smarter sweatshirt style that Mark had been wearing for years that were starting to show their age.


So I headed to Thread Theory and purchased the Finlayson Sweater PDF as I planned to sew this during our Sewing Weekend in Brisbane as Mark was going to be away for our wedding anniversary. However his plans changed so I suddenly had to get this made.

Working from his much loved sweater I cut a large and added 7.5cm in length as I wasn't going to add the bands.

From my bag stash fabric I found some black twill that I used for the back neck facing.



and used my Duckbill scissors to trim the bulk from the collar which I also understitched.


This pattern went together very well and when I had the sleeves in I decided to compare it to his much loved sweater and realised it was going to be too large in the sleeves and also thought I'd take some extra width from the side seams as well.

The solid line is my stitching line and the dashed is the cutting line.

The final steps were to add some black twill tape to the neckline and to do the hems on my Coverstitch.


Mark has said that it is a different neckline but he seems to be quite comfortable with it as it got a lot of wear during Winter.



This is the only photo I have got of the back view, which shows how much fullness there is in the body,

mucking around with Roscoe
so I will compare this to the Medium to see how much difference there is for the next version.

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2017 Stash Out: 21.9 m
2017 Stash In:  14.6 m

Sunday, February 25, 2018

T-Shirt with a Twist

This is a top that I finished in October last year and it has been worn quite a lot during the warmer months.


This is the result of the sew-along with the Australian Sewing Guild, T-Shirt with a Twist which was for ASG Members only back in May last year, but as we were experiencing Winter at that time, I decided to make it a summer top and leave it for a few more months.

I used KS 3740 as my base pattern and followed the instructions, but this is where I ran into trouble, 45 degree angles can be found both on the short length and long length of the quilting ruler I used, and I managed to use the wrong one.

Thankfully I made this at my ASG Sewing Guild Group at The Remnant Warehouse and Alison was very helpful in setting me in the right direction and also guiding all of the overs/unders for the lattice stripes.

Here are the lattice pieces in place.


Now this then leaves you a gap in the back neckline, so I used some Solvy  to create a false back neckline so I could used the B Binder on my Coverstitch to finish the back neckline


and continue around the plain front neckline.



Then at another ASG meeting another sewing friend, Wendy, kindly pinned the back hem for me,



which I finished with my Coverstitch.

I like that this top is plain in the front so I can wear a number of different necklaces with it,


and then there is all the fun in the back.



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2017 Stash Out: 21.9
2017 Stash In: 14.6 m

Sunday, January 21, 2018

2017 in review



I am very late to the party, but what a year it has been and Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow has again asked us to share our thoughts.

Hits

All of what I have made this year has been has been worn continuously and I am very happy with it all.


Highlights
  • 3 classes with Susan Khalje in Sydney.
  • Trip to Melbourne to see the Dior Exhibition with sewing friends.
  • 3 long weekends away sewing with friends throughout the year.
  • Attending my first Australian Knitting Guild Camp.
  • Bus trip to the Bendigo Wool Show.
  • My Sewing Sister has arrived and I am thrilled with her.
Wearing my Couture Dress

Reflections

It has been an interesting year, sewing took a back seat as we renovated our home and even then the knitting didn't increase but I was surprised that I had completed 9 garments.  The Little French Jacket still has a lot of work to be done, but I plan on finishing it this year.

It also came as a surprise that I managed to curtail my fabric purchasing this year with 21.9 metres going out and only 14.6 metres being added to the collection, this hasn’t happened since 2014 and I would like to continue this way.  Instead I have increased my knitting collection but at this stage it is still contained in 2 small tubs.


Goals

I've realised over the years that I post goals here and then go about and forget about them until my next round up!  After listening to the Love to Sew podcast Episode 22 I realised that I am an "Obliger" and unless I share my goals elsewhere I'm not likely to do it.

I joined Instagram back in January last year and found the #2018makenine hosted by Rochelle from Lucky Lucille.  This is 3 less garments that A Garment a Month which I found difficult to achieve so I am hoping that this format keeps me motivated.  I have chosen my 9 pieces and have started work on the skirt from Vogue 1247.  The question mark will be a top of some sort I'm just trying to work out which pattern.



Thank you everyone who has visited my blog to follow my crafting journey, it is very much appreciated.

Now for the collage of my makes for 2017:



Now to catch up on some blogging.