Tuesday, September 27, 2011

And The Winner Is

Little Betty. Congratulations!

Thank you so much to all the lovely ladies and your very interesting comments. It gave me a lot of thought as what to make, I think I have found a solution for the lace. Although I don't think I'll add it to the sewing queue until January. I'll try to make it in time for my overseas holiday in February. If you liked the lace then try the Clear It Outlet in Brunswick St Fitzroy, two stores down from The fabric store.

Thanks for reading.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Giveaway: if you want the notion, I've got the notions!

Its Give away time again, I have to say that I'm quite lucky to have a very nice erm full sewing stash, accumulated by me and given by others. I've been on the receiving end lately and would like to pass it on! This time I'm giving away some notions that will come in handy for any seamstress, beginner or experienced.

The giveaway contains; 2 x birch berry pin packets, 20 reel sew all thread 100m from gutermann (staple colours), 250m gutermann thread in colour 6745 and 2 x packets of Dylon Bahama Blue Dye & 10 cream/white buttons.

The Catch: I would like some advice with what to do with this Alannah Hill lace.  It's really pretty and I'd like to make an interesting feature of it.
1 metre.

For a bonus entry: recommend a pattern for this linen fabric. It has to be versatile, to be able to be worn at a wedding, work days (casual wear) and weekends.

3.5 metres (150cm w)

You must be a follower.
You must be contactable via a blog or an email address, if you don't leave one, you can't win, and I'll redraw 3 days later.

The give away will end next Tuesday. I will send anywhere in the world.

If you win and I don't contact you within 3 days please email me at allegravintage@gmail.com

Good luck!


You can't stop progress.

So my sisters wedding was a few weeks ago, it was a beautiful wedding, I don't believe I've seen a more happier bride then her, love and happiness were radiating from them both, I had to stop myself from crying like a baby, I get very red and it doesn't look good in photos I've been told! My sister also managed to keep it together, until her speech later that night. It was really beautiful and I wish that I wrote it down. Here is a photo of her, sadly we didn't get any photos together, which is a shame.

Here is a photo of my dress, it was lovely to wear, although a tad long. So I wore my highest wedges and thankfully didn't fall over from the steep hill we had to walk down.

I have made lots of progress on my other dresses, I have started and almost finished Vogue 8701, I have to bag out the top and attach the skirt, add the zipper and hem the skirt, so I think it will take about another week to complete. I'm taking it to the dry cleaners for a pressing when its done as my skills are limit and there is a lot of fabric. Pictures to come later.

For Vogue 2960,I have traced it out, added a FBA, done a calico version, which apart from my usual fitting issues went very smoothly, I have cut out the bodice and sewn it together completely, I've put this on the back burner as I don't need to wear this till febuary and I need to get Vogue 8701 finished.

back piece

Vogue 1174 is off the table completely, I'm not sure what to do, I want a fabulous dress to go with my beautiful fabric (see below) but I'm heading towards a more casual dress so I can wear it often rather than special occasions dress. I hope I make up my mind soon, as its driving me crazy!

New Look 6048 has been traced out, but yet to be cut. Progress will be made soon!

I know I'm making good progress but I feel that I might be running out of time. What do you think?

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Scrap Fabric

So I had a bit of fabric left over from a dress I made at christmas, I wanted to make something else, I couldn't squeeze a skirt of what I had left so I made an apron & cushion. It was my first time making a cushion, and I stuff it up, I put the zipper in last, which I found out later is a big no no. Oh well, lesson learnt. It's still pretty and I enjoy it. I just need to get a bigger cushion for it.

I love the apron, I copied the style from one of my mother in laws aprons as we have none. I ended up shortening the neck strap considerably, if I were to make the apron again, I would double the length of the back tie so I can wrap it around twice for extra support. The pocket just fits my phone as I was seriously running out of fabric at this stage, I really like that I put the pocket in, its handy and a nice touch. The ruffle at the bottom was cut upside down on the bias, If I had enough fabric it would of been done properly but no one has noticed and it worked.

I'm happy as I now have no extra fabric, when I always seem to have heaps at the end of a garmet. Do you have any special things you make with your left over fabric?

Thanks for reading.

Kat :)