Monday, 4 March 2019

Another Megan Neilsen #VeronikaSkirt

I first made this pattern (Megan Nielsen's Veronika Skirt) back in September 2017. Not sure why I waited so long to make another as it's a simple make, it fits and is a useful piece to have in the wardrobe??

You may recongise this fabric - I made a Simplicy 1366 dress-hack out of it back in August 2017. I LOVED the fabric so much but actually never ever wore the dress as it just to me. I think it was the fabric - it works well as a skirt, but a 95% polyester dress #abortmission! I had also made that dress a fraction too long and just could not be bothered to rehem it.

Anyhoo - I wore this to work the day after I made it. I LOVED it and felt really great in it but a few colleagues didn't think so highly of now I'm doubting it; and feel a bit too self-conscious about it to wear it to work again. I don't understand the problem as the fabric is so cool; and the shape is great. Does it look overly home-eccy because I didn't hem it? I guess that's a lesson that if you don't want to know the answer (do you like my skirt?) don't ask the question. 


PatternMegan Nielsen's Veronika Skirt 
Size: size XL
Modifications: added 1" to the length
Fabric: Printed Mercury Jersey Fabric from Lincraft (95% Polyester, 5% Spandex)

Changes for next time: none

Monday, 25 February 2019

Clutch Class at Sew Make Create

Not much (or any) sewing has taken place this year, but I did attend a Clutch Class at Sew Make Create towards the end of 2018. In the class we made two clutches and it was a good chance to use some small pieces of fabric that had been languishing in the stash for a little too long.

The first clutch was a simple little lined purse. There was an option to add in box corners to make it more of a make-up bag, but I wanted to use my for work. I added in a fabric loop, d-ring, and strap to make it functional for running around at work when I need to have my hands free. I've used it quite a lot at work and it's really useful. It's starting to wear now so I might make another one day as I have quiet a bit of the outer fabric left (if I remember how to do the dreaded zipper - honestly, I've done SO many classes with zippers and still can manage it well on my {especially when there's lining to test my spatial abilities too}).

The outer fabric is from Spotlight, and the lining is the chambray that I bought from The Fabric Store to toile my Dress #1 (I hated it so chopped it up to use for other things). Pretty sure the zippers came from Lincraft?

The second clutch is a little fold-over number. I wanted the option to use it as a clutch, or a bag, so I added two fabric tabs and d-rings and bought a cooper handbag chain from Voodoo Rabbit. I also couldn't resist buying the twee little handmade tab so that everyone knows that yes, I made this myself (and NO I won't make one for you)!

The outer fabric is a remnant that I bought from Marimekko about 18 months ago. Their fabric is SO expensive that even this tiny sliver of fabric cost about $20! The lining fabric was bought from Tomato in Tokyo back when I thought I'd be sewing lots of tops and dresses out of woven fabric - ah, how clueless I was back then. I have quiet a bit of both fabrics left over so can repeat this purse at any time. The leather is a nice suede bought from The Fabric Store which is where I also bought the zipper from.

I'm not 100% happy with this bag as one of the fabric tabs is longer than the other and it kills my brain to look at it. I've also not yet used the bag as I'm not sure the depth of it is very practical. BUT I do have it hanging on a hook on the wall at the end of my bed so I can look at it constantly.

I really enjoyed this two day workshop and I especially loved walking away at the end of each class with a finished clutch...very satisfying!

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Dress No. 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing

Here's something you probalby weren't expecting from me! A WOVEN dress! And, I had to trace the pattern! I don't even know who I am anymore.

I got it into my head that I wanted to make the Dress No. 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing but I kept putting it off as the pattern was only availble as a paper copy that I had to order from the USA. Eventually I caved and forked out A LOT of money to have it shipped here. And then I had to trace it TWICE as my muslin was too small across the bust.

For the price I paid I have to say I was expecting...more. The pattern is just a single sheet with the same piece for the front and back (good if you have no boobs, or boobs on your back to even things up). In order to lower the neckline the instructions have you cut into the front of your dress to get your desired neck depth. Hmm....I'd rather do this via the pattern than cutting into the actual, partially-made, dress.

The second muslin turned out OK...but I hate the fabric (it's stiff and crunchy and feels yuck) and the addtion of the fox patch is so twee that it feels like I made a dress for a very large two year old (ie me). The Liberty bias binding is pretty, but the extra folds it has made it hard to handle. And...after I attached the binding under the arms I decided the underarms were too gaping so some surgery happened. I'm going to cut this up to use for bag lining so all is not lost.

Third times the charm as they say. Well, sort of. 

This dress looks pretty (made in fabric from Tomato in Japan) but I didn't find it very comfortable wearing. I'm used to s-t-r-e-t-c-h in my clothes and wearing this dress made me feel like I was in a straight jacket even though it's basically a roomy sack. I think some of the issues may be attributed to the fact that the fabric is very would probably be nicer to wear in a soft fabric with lots of drape.

After sewing the chambray version I decided that I really dislike patch pockets. I feel like there's no way for me to attach them without them looking like a craft project. I added pockets into the side seam and I really like them. I stitched the down to the front of the dress to stop them flapping about and getting bunched up.

I wore this dress out last Sunday to the Sydney Spoolettes inagrual Croqs and Frocks event. I won my first game so thought that was a good time to retire from my Croquete career and sit in the club house keeping cool and eating snacks.