Monday, 31 August 2015

Finished - a 60's inspired mashup Audrey

My husband turned 40 in early July, and decided he wanted a party at home. Initially he wanted all guests to dress as Elvis - no exceptions. But eventually I was able to talk him into a slightly more flexible dress code - a 60's theme. For my outfit I had a slightly ulterior motive - I wanted to make a knit long sleeve funnel neck frock from a fabulous navy and black stable knit I'd been stashing since last year....

Friday, 21 August 2015

Hopefully helpful hints for rolled hems on knits

I emerge from a fug of winter illness to share some tips on doing a rolled hem finish on a knit fabric. There's plenty of resources out there on how to do a rolled hem on a woven using a serger/overlocker but not so many for knit fabrics. A rolled hem is a great way of finishing a raw edge where you want to spare length or if both sides of the hem might be seen, such as my recent twist top neckline/hem.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Finished - a surprisingly awesome Kwik Sew 3801 Twist Top in merino jersey

Like the cool new kid at school this garment has jumped to the front of the queue - I'm so delighted with it! I've had this one planned for a while, waiting for the perfect fabric. I can't remember where I first saw the pattern, but it reminded me of a cool twist front top I'd seen on Pinterest by Akira (not the Australian designer, but an American brand, I believe - correct me if I'm wrong!) and thought it very Drape Drape.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

From the ashes - A denim Beignet

We have inside photos today. I'm afraid I couldn't bear to be outside in this particularly cold week. I rather like this spot though, in front of our newly refurbed man nook.... 

Anyway here's my third version of the Colette Beignet (with a 'pard Dolores thrown in as an added bonus). This was made from some leftovers and the sad carcass that was my denim Alder dress. That sadly was a failed garment for me - completely my own fault. The fabric was too heavy for a sleeveless dress, and I stuffed up by using 5/8 inch seam allowances instead of 1/2 inch (the standard Grainline seam allowance). I considered just lopping it off at the waist and making it a standard a-line skirt, but really thought that 70's blue denim would make an awesome Beignet. 

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Finished - A Liberty shift, and a dipping of toes into a new world...

A little while ago Helene at Stitch 56 had some exciting news - she was going to be stocking Liberty fabric! And she was opening up a bricks and mortar outlet for all her amazing goodies. Clearly a party was required, and thus party dresses. After being able to choose our favourite fabrics from the new seasons prints Helene gave us free reign to make a frock for the launch of the Stockroom. Check out my post and Helene's lovely selection of Liberty lawn here.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Finished - Simplicity 2560. The cardigan quest continues.

Worst hair day ever. Thank goodness for hats is all I can say. Anyway here I am sharing one of my current favourite winter outfits, my ohmygoodnessI'minlovewiththisfabric striped wool merino Mandy top (unblogged) that basically gets washed and put right back on my body (fabric from the Cloth Shop in Ivanhoe), and my new cardigan, Simplicity 2560.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The I'm Not Sure I'm Cool Enough For This top

Last year my brother bought me Drape Drape 2 for my birthday, after a not-so-subtle link to the Book Depository magically winged its way across the internets to his inbox. I'd had the Asymmetrical Scoop top on my sewing list all summer, but as usual my list exceeded available time and I've only just made it up.