Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Here it is in black and white.

With Joanne's encouragement I am going to join in the Fall Essentials Sew-Along over at Rhinestones and Telephones...

The idea behind it is to sew garments from different categories to build your A/W wardrobe. The time-scale pretty much sold it to me - I should be able to produce at least two items in that time!
Here are the categories: 

Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather (Skirts, trousers etc.)

Kelly Skirt - in black lightweight denim
Hummingbird Skirt - in what? I dunno.
Miette Skirt - Would like to find a really soft corduroy for this.

Chic Chemises for Cool Climates

I really need some layering tees so:
Maria Denmark Birgitte Basic Tee - 3/4 sleeve, in a heavier weight grey/black jersey
Day to Night Top with long sleeves
I would also like a Hummingbird Top and a Mathilde blouse if there is time.

Fabulous Frocks

Realistically I will only get one dress completed and it is likely to be the Red Velvet from Cake patterns as I have signed up for the sew-along. However, I am going to aim to do the Kitschy Coo Lady Skater as well, as I already have the fabric ready to go (aubergine crepe jersey).

In an ideal world I would also make a Colette Hawthorn flannel and a Maria Denmark Edith Shirtdress - to wear as a dress or over jeans/ leggings but you know I am dreaming.

Underneath It All

I don't have the pattern yet but I really like the look of this camisole by Disparate Disciplines. It would be perfect for layering.

Tender Tootsies

Hmm will probably give this category a miss.

Those Cozy Nights

PJ bottoms -  Simplicity, don't remember the number. I have made before but want to tweak the pattern.

Baby It's Cold Outside

Liesle and Co Woodland Stroll Cape. I have some wool boucle fabric that might do for this.

Not a sewing task but I would also like to finish my cowl before winter is over http://www.ravelry.com/projects/lulaboola/honey-cowl

Friday, 11 October 2013

Summer Concert Tee

This should have been a quick and simple make and would have been if I had not chosen the fabric from hell (FFH). This is a 100% viscose, very fine knit, chosen for its lovely drapey qualities. However, I hadn't bargained on how slippery it would be or how much my machine would want to chew it up!

The pattern itself was very easy to put together (I LOVE PDFs) and very easy to follow, so no quibbles there.

However, once I moved onto transferring pattern to FFH, then things started to take a turn for the worse.

 I could tell that what I really needed was:
a) a chalk tracing wheel (now purchased)
b) A rotary cutter (which I had but couldn't use as I don't have a mat large enough)
c) A walking foot (which I also have but I don't have a clue how to use it and mistakenly thought this fact would slow me down!)

To be honest I made this so long ago that I have forgotten most of the horrors. I do remember than on at least two occasions I sewed things with the wrong side facing out! This ended with me having to CUT it apart because it was impossible to unpick. I did manage to get the stripes to match up nicely though.

The neckline was rather shabby as by that point I was losing the will to live. I opted for a zigzig, but have no idea why now??

When I had finished it I wasn't that keen on the length. It is too short at the front for me to feel comfortable (i'm at risk of showing my belly) and due to the fabric, the mullet at the back kept getting all tucked up so I took a fair bit off, this makes it more wearable for me.
So all in all not a complete disaster, it is great as a yoga top! When I make it again I need to lengthen the front and stay away from fabric like this.

Pull your shoulders back woman, you're standing like a sack of spuds!