Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fabric Friday

Note: due to Blogger scheduling error, this is getting published today, not yesterday.
I am very proud of my fabric collection, I don't think it's massive but I've been told it is, I love all the fabric that I have. I'd like to share with you some of my new fabric.

Last Tuesday I was in the city area for my job interview, I had a lot of time to kill before I had to catch the train home, so I reluctantly wandered down to Tessuti's, they have a lot more of fabric than the last time I visited!
I found some swimwear fabric which I couldn't live without, and a remnant piece called Tamarillo Wash Finish, its a beautiful colour and so soft to touch, I'd love to make a blouse for my new job. The Tessuti ladies are so friendly and I love chatting about sewing with like minded people.

swim wear left, tamarillo right.

After leaving Tessuti's I walked down Flinders lane to the Nicholas Building, I've been determined to go to Buttonmania for a while, as I was walking up the stairs I got distracted by all the other stores that I didn't go in. I'll have to return and when I do I'll get a covered belt done for my Ava dress. I then continued down Finders lane, I took a detour to Lincraft, I was so uninspired, I quickly left.

I then made my way to Cleg's, ah how I enjoy "visiting" cleg's, I do wish I wore McCall's 6350 dress to show them. I spent ages looking at everything, nothing really took my fancy until I saw this slinky poly/spandex knit, I thought it would be suitable for a knit dress, so I got 3 metres. I hate not having enough fabric when I go to make something so I try to buy a little extra.

So that's all my new fabric, while I haven't imposed a ban on myself, I have to love a fabric before I take it home, which is pretty reasonable. My sewing teacher, class mate Sally and myself are going on a fabric shopping trip in two weeks time, who knows what will come home with me. Have you bought anything lately?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

On the sewing table....

I should really say whats on the cutting table as that's what I'm up to at the moment, its Ava by Victory Patterns, this dress is so me, when I saw it, just a few days before this post, I thought yes I'll go back and buy that, then I forgot what site it was on, so I was thrilled when saw Alana's post.

I've got another wedding coming up in early May, this one was a surprise, as the couple didn't intend on marrying for a few years, but the groom's mother is very sick, hence the wedding. I'm sad for the couple & his family, but I'm also happy for them. The wedding is in the Dandenong ranges, which will be beautiful but freezing.

Alfred Nichols garden in the dandies.
 I plan on wearing the Ava dress, with a really warm coat! I have 2.6 metres of highly textured dark blue dupioni, this photo is a pretty accurate colour wise.  I plan to buy some black lace tomorrow, which is my last day of holidays.

 I've really enjoyed my time off, I'm so much more relaxed now. I think I will be in the future as well, as I now have a new job!! I'm transferring to our head office, so no more selling, working weekends, or working during the crazy season. Wwwwwwwwwoooooooooohhhhhhhhhoooooooooooo
I gave them my resume on Monday, had an interview on Tuesday, got the job Wednesday. I have to say I'm pretty pleased with myself, this is the 8th job I've applied for and gotten! I will be commuting by train so I'm looking forward to reading etc for 2 hours everyday.
I now have to make some work appropriate clothes, any thoughts?

Thanks for reading,


Sunday, March 25, 2012

I bow down to McCall's 6350.

Well hello there,
I am so pleased with this dress, I think its my best work to date. It is also the quickest dress I've made. I was on a tight schedule to get this beauty done before our road trip to Adelaide. It was completely finished by 3.30pm on Saturday the 10th, which left some time in my sewing class to work on my vintage simplicity dress, which is coming along nicely.

I have to say how much I love this pattern, after many hours of searching for a suitable pattern I'm so glad I picked McCall's 6350, it's a modern pattern with a vintage twist. I added a pocket on the right side, I left it off the left side due to the zip being there.
I have a plan to make one more with stripes, although the fabric may go to the Parfait.

The fabric from Cleg's, which has now sold out, was beautiful to work with, it cut like butter, it was so smooth, it didn't fray very much, the print was positioned well on fabric, it has multiple shades of red, which I liked as it help match with my accessories.

I top stitched the bodice to help it stay down, as it kept riding up even after I under stitched it.
I lined the dress with white sun silky, boy I do not want to work with that fabric anytime soon.
The midriff piece looks wrinkled in every photo and I don't know why. Any ideas?
I left off the boning, as I didn't buy the right type, if I make this pattern again I would add it in, as its something I'm interested in learning.

The only things I didn't like about the patten was:
1. The bust darts, I tried and tried but I couldn't get them away from Madonna pointy boobs, thankfully the busy print helped hide it, although whenever I look down I can tell.
2. I hacked off a minimum of 6 cm of the back piece while making a toile and then had to take more off during the last fitting.
3. One of the skirt patterns was shorter than the other one, I noticed this after I cut the fabric.

Now on to the photos, please forgive the expressions, I was bossing Ben around, lol.....................

Dress McCall's 6530 (Argh I hate my hair being down.)

6 gored skirt, McCall's 6350

I added a pocket!

bust detail

twirly factor, check

I could give little kids a run for their money.
At Mt.Lofty summit.

There's not much else to say except I got compliments from strangers which was very rewarding. I've worn this dress about 3 times and I have plans to wear it during winter with tights, boots and cardigans etc.

Thanks for reading.