Saturday, November 27, 2010

Vogue 1172 - out and about

Poor me, I was so over this dress by the time the party arrived.  But I frocked up and had a great night and EVERYONE loved my dress.   It did look beautiful.  And who cared if the bottom was a bit wonky?

Preserving the anonymity of my beautiful colleague (whose dress is SOO pretty), giving you the full look here.
I knew I couldnt be bothering with hairdos on the night, so I bought a cheap wig.  Accessorised.  And voila!

Thanks everyone for your assistance with my hemming issues.  I thought the string and chalk method wouldnt work for such a full skirt and I just did as an anonymous poster suggested and hung it on a hanger and measured down from there.  The dress had been hanging for a few days so it was well and truly dropped.

It still wasnt perfect but at that stage I just wanted to finish and forget about it.

I feel so liberated now that its finally done !


In summary this dress was easy to make, is very figure flattering and comfortable.
Negatives were definitely hemming.  And the fabric component.  Even cutting off 15cms from the bottom of the pattern pieces didnt save me much.  It took 4.5 metres with a bit left over.
10/10 Vogue 1172 !

If you plan on making it and want to see my progress posts they are here for the toile, here for a progress update, and here for hemming problems with great solutions.

And Sewing Pattern review  here

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vogue 1172 - at the hate stage ... must push through

At the finishing off stage and in this dress that's no frigging party.

The bias on the godets hangs longer and every time I try and straighten it up its still super wonky.  I need a dress form or a twin.

I thought I had it pretty right so I overlocked it.  But is this ready to hem?

Frigging stupid frigging hate frigging bloody (@*#$

But in other news.

I made a silk petticoat to go under the tulle so its not all scratchy.   
And that's Thai silk that was purchased for $2 at the Salvos.  Score! 

Party this Friday. 


I think hubby's gonna find himself standing on a chair this evening, don't you ?   And if he complains I'm gonna go all Mugatu on him "oh, I'm sorry, did my pin get in the way of your ass ??".


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Vogue 1172 - I'd better get moving

The party is next Friday 26 Nov.  I've been sailing along doing other things and suddenly I realised I havent even touched it for ages!   Oops.

Today I completed the bodice and took some woeful pix

So now I have to :
Make the skirt
attach the skirt
put in the zip
fit the waist stay
Then I get to stress again and make the petticoat.

I can definitely finish it this weekend if I totally neglect my family.  Easy.


But that was all at lunch time and look at where I'm at now !
I'm pinching it together because the zip's not in yet.  And I'm headless because I think this dress deserves a decent face and hair.

I'm so thrilled.  Its looking unreal.


Pfaff 260 perserverence pays off

When I bought my Pfaff 260 a year ago it only came with two feet.  The standard foot and what I thought was the zipper foot. 
I've had a search on ebay for pfaff 260 since then and just was usually bombarded with listings that never came up with the goods.  Coincidence listings, you know?

Anyway after one whole year a listing came up with feet, an instruction manual and the wheel for decorative stitches.  I nabbed them for $40.

It turns out my zipper foot was actually an edge stitch foot so now I have a real zip foot.

How fabulous is that haul?   I already had a manual but looking through the one from ebay, it was from an earlier machine and made interesting reading.   I loved this bit:

I know I'll never use all these feet, but I feel good that they've got together with my machine.  I'm sure they're very happy to be living together.

Even though it looks like the ones I got came from 1958 and my machine is (I'm pretty sure) 1965.  Its like the older sister coming back home!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Napkin with mitred border frame tutorial

I am in the process of making 12 napkins as a gift to my generous work colleague who's hosting Christmas lunch for our team at her house.  There are 12 of us in the team so its a big ask from anyone.  I had the perfect napkin in mind, one with a mitred border on one side only.  But how to make?   This is the story of my journey to turn the vision into a reality.

Cue: One length of off white linen purchased at an op shop for $4 aeons ago.
When I purchase fabric I overlock the edges, wash and mark with the price I paid so I can get all smug later when I sew it up.   But back on track.

The linen was 150cm wide x 2m so I calculated that the fabric I had could make 3 x 50cm (19 inch) napkins along the width, and 4 x 50cm (19 inch) along the selvage.  That is 12 napkins all up at 50cm square.   The actual measurements in real life were a bit looser than this, after trying to true them up, they came in about 48cms square-ish.   The size of the napkin is generous and you can go with whatever works for you, but I prefer one that sits over my whole lap.

I had to buy the contrast border fabric, and got far too much because I wasn't thinking.  I got 1.5 metres at $9.95per metre.  Next time I'll figure out the measurements before I buy.   If you are doing a 5cm (2 inch) border then you need this times the four sides.  If the fabric is 112cms wide, then you need 10cms to do one napkin, and you'll have a bit left over.   So I had 12 napkins x 10 cms = 1.2 metres.   So I got 1.5 in case something went horribly wrong.  Or if my maths on the fly was completely out.   As it happened I was right in the first place.

So now onto the construction. 

As my napkins weren't square, I cut 4 strips x 2" wide for each side of the fabric and then sewed them together mitreing the corners.   I made myself up a little template to make life easier, as I didnt want to sew it completely to the inside edge - preferring to fold that inside to finish it off.  I made this little 45 degree triangle and marked it at half inch.  I created this with the help of my quilters ruler which has a 45 degree angle marked on it.  You dont need to create this template of course but its a lot easier to lay this little card on the fabric, rather than getting out your chunky ruler each time.

Then I put it on the fabric where 2 strips are butted up against each other and mark the angle line.
Then marked the 1/2 inch point where I should stop stitching
Sew the 4 corners.
Cut the ends off
Press the seams open and press down the inside excess towards the inside.
I marked the top edge with an 'x' and did the same on the fabric to avoid having a 'which way does this go?' moment.
Pin it on all the way around and sew with a quarter inch seam.
Clip the corners
Turn it to the inside and press into place.   Sew close to the inside edge.  Make sure you have one colour for the top fabric and one colour for the plain napkin.  I had red in the top and beige in the bobbin.
 Like thus:
Give it a final press and marvel at the front:
and the back
Especially your neat mitred corners.
And now, as a bonus for you sticking with me this far, I'm going to show you how I streamlined the process and went hard at it Production Line style.
Just one extra long 2" strip this time.   Butt against one edge - make a marking on the trim and the napkin so you know which is the top edge (not necessary if you have a true square).   Mark a dot at at each of the next three corners, and cut the trim to be equal with the final edge.

Take it to the machine and every time you come to a dot do this:
  Take it under your presser foot and sew just alongside your template and stop at the 1/2" line.  I found it easier to do it this way rather than start at this bit and go to the corner.  You can do either way, but you must securely back stitch at the inside edge where you stop.
I punched some holes in my template to allow for easier pinning after I had a couple of slippage issues.
Then proceed to the ironing board and continue as with original method.

Bon appetit !


Three down. 9 to go.

(and the final tally $4 napkin fabric, $15 trim fabric.  Total $19 for 12 napkins, or $1.58 each.  Smug.  Well and truly)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Vogue 1172 - the toile


Here I am 'fresh' from work and I thought what a great opportunity to try on my toile.
And I'm so bored with taking snaps in the kitchen or the backyard, so tonight I bring you into the entrance into my sitting room.    Four things to discuss here before I get going:

1. Happy Fiesta Rosie - This is for Rosie's 11th birthday in December.   She's prepping the decorations early.   We are having a fiesta theme because I said wouldnt it be easy to serve tacos for lunch!

2. New cordless phone !   Bought on the weekend after our old one died. 

3. Airplane ashtray on map of Australia.  Circa mid '40s.

5. The carpet.   Yes, I believe it was laid in the '40s.  Its a pure wool axminster and we really did intend to recarpet one day but we've lived here *cough* 13 years now and it still hasnt happened.  They really built carpets to last back in those days!

Closeup of The Ashtray.   and a note to self: dust more frequently please.
But back to the dress.  Focus.

I put it on but, oh god, what's going wrong - it won't sit right.  I'm sure the zip side was to the left.  How come I've got back boobs?
No, apparently I've done the zip on the right hand side.  ahem.  Lets just swap it over.
That's a bit better.  And the front?