Thursday, September 30, 2010

I've been on holiday

Enjoying the first week of the school holidays in a quiet coastal surf spot called Bendalong.
Its one of my favourite places in the world.  And its our little secret.

Of course one can't take a sewing machine away, but I do have another portable hobby.  What have we here?  Cold nude beer bottle?
 Hey presto:

Now I'm back and refreshed and ready to go through the backlog of my favourite blogs to see what's been happening while I've been away.  And to make the final tilt at my pink flowery dress.  But first, 40 loads of washing...


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Self covered buttons for vogue 2960

For any 'easy' dress, this pattern is taken so much time!

This took an hour last night.  And boy did my hand hurt after the end of it.  These were crappy plastic buttons where you push a plug over the shank.  You have to push REALLY HARD.

All nine button holes are done now too, as is the waist grosgrain stay.  The lining is tacked over the stay and now needs to be hand stitched into place.

Then I just have to sew the buttons on and hem it.

The light at the end of the tunnel at last!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

vogue 2960 progress- almost there !

Front skirt seam needs to come in about an inch.

Waist stay and buttons still to go, not to mention hemming.

But coming along nicely.

And a lesson learned when you mark the pleats on this dress, do it on the right side of the fabric.   I marked on the wrong side and sewed them in place and when it came to sew it together, I realised I had the pleats going in the wrong direction.  It wouldnt matter on a fabric that has no 'right side'.  Spewing.

How's that set of vintage 50s beads.  Do they work or what ?!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Vogue 2960 - 2nd toile with the skirt attached.

Thanks to all those fantastic people that left messages and drawings.  I knew you'd be able to help me!

I shortened the waist by half an inch and put a dart in the back piece like so (I traced my pattern piece onto thick interfacing - its so easy to make alterations to!)

and then I sewed it up and put the skirt on this time.   Ran out of bedspread material so hacked into some poly cotton from my stash.

I love the lay of the skirt.  The pleats are too perfect for words!

So unless anyone has any further comments - I think its time to get cutting on my fashion fabric!

Thanks again, you were awesome.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Vogue 2960 fitting issues - your assistance would be helpful

Hi all

I'm currently working on the gorgeous vogue 2960.

and I wonder if I could have your valuable assistance with bodice fitting issues.

The front is nice although the shoulders slip off - wondering if probably just some bra-keeping device will solve this issue.   So not too concerned here.  Do you think it could come up just a smidge higher though ?

But the back is where it all goes horribly wrong.

You can see if I stretch out it all sits flat so I'm presuming I need that ease?  But when its relaxed is super baggy.

I tried taking in the upper bodice back by a couple of centimetres:
but it didnt help, it just ends up gaping elsewhere.

And just to add another issue into the mix, I'm thinking of raising the back by a few centimetres as I don't want to be running around buying new bras so that the strap doesnt show.  Obviously this will impact any fitting adjustments I make now.   I'd be grateful if you could consider this for me?

And PS my body doesnt look this bad in real life.  Its some sort of fisheye perspective problem with the camera!  The freckles I can't do anything about though.  And the muffin top is being addressed by twice weekly zumba.

Thanks very much for looking and for any help you can give me.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Snoopy laptop bag

This was a request by my daughter who has just discovered Snoopy and loves him big time!

I wanted to make the Nicole Mallalieu laptop bag after I won the pattern so I was happy to oblige.

The pattern is easy, well drafted and comprehensively explained, as her patterns always are.

I found preparing the denim the longest part of the whole job.  Lots of interfacing and pellon involved.  You don't be wanting a floppy laptop bag though, do you ?   The strap was easy as I scavenged it off an op shop laptop bag (one of those promotional ones we all get from work and then throw in to the charity bin without even taking them out of the plastic wrapper) - well thanks to us I scored all the fittings and they've been put to a much nicer purpose.

The laptop pattern proper closes with velcro but I used the clip from the salvaged bag, and I alsodispensed with the bias trim on the flap.  I just couldnt be bothered!   I turned it inside out, sewed around the edges and the understitched and it looks perfect to me.   Maybe the bias makes it stronger or last longer or something.  Hey, this is a snoopy bag for a 12 year old who will move on to the next character in the blink of an eye!

Anyway, here are some inside shots and a gratuitous macro

Not bad attention to detail if I do say so myself !


ps - not that it'll be used for it but yes, it does hold a laptop !

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Homage to Homage to the Square by Josef Albers

I don't know how I've managed to get this far in life and managed to miss the fantastic work of Josef Albers.

I'm in love with his Study for the Homage to the Square

So I managed to buy some similar colours from a quilt shop, but unfortunately the flat colours were TOO flat, so ended up with some with tone on tone style fabrics, but hey, I'm bringing 1965 to 2010.   So here are the fabrics:

And although Josef (a bit familiar, I know, but we're buds now me and J) did these Homages in all sorts of conceiveable colour combinations, the reason I love the orange and yellow is that its so sunny and happy.  And whilst doing a little google research I discovered the SillyBooDilly has a great post on this called the Orange Effect.

She says this:   Psychological Effect: Orange has been shown to have only positive affects on your emotional state. The color orange relieves negative feelings such as self-pity, lack of self-worth and unwillingness to forgive. Orange uplifts your emotions and is a terrific antidepressant.

I don't know if its true, but it feels right !

I measured the dimensions off my monitor from Josef's painting and now I'm ready to 'duplicate'.

Well - I came back to my fabric and what do I find ?

I kicked off Miss Slinky Malinki of course.  Cats can't keep you from creativity.

Deciding on how to bind, wondering do I go for a purist view or chuck in a random border:

Final choice was yellow thanks to a snap poll from my nearest and dearest.  A little mishap whilst mitring the join ensured that perfection was not going to be the theme for the day, and so rather than have all these joins, I threw in a bit of orange on the border after all. 
And so here's the finished item.  Its not as fabulous as Josef Albers, the colours are a bit wrong, but still cute.

And I gave it to someone to cheer them up and made them cry.  That's got to be a good sign, huh ?