Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Raglan Sleeve top

Raglan Shift Dress as a top

 Pattern: Raglan shift dress (self-drafted)
Fabric: Cotton/silk by Anna & Boy - The Fabric Store
Worn with: Thurlow Trousers in white linen (here)

I realised this morning while ironing my clothes for work, that I never got around to blogging this top. Here I am wearing sunglasses to hide my early morning face and throwing back a quick coffee before I walk out the door. 

This top is a shortened version of the three raglan shifts I made late last year. I love the colours and it goes perfectly with the bangle I'm wearing. Not that you can tell. You'll just have to take my word for it.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Linen Thurlows

Thurlow Trousers
Sewaholic Patterns

Pattern: Thurlow Trousers by Sewaholic Patterns
Fabric: Linen - Iggy Denim from Tessuti
Worn with: Grainline tank (here)
Styled with: Country Road necklace
& Elk Orange Snakeskin Sandals

This linen was one of the pieces of fabric I picked up in Melbourne over the Christmas holidays. I was immediately drawn to it because of the dark denim-like colour. I'm a bit of a fan of denim, as I find that it goes with everything. The 'easy' factor makes it so appealing to me.

I've been wearing these trousers to work quite a bit over the last few weeks. They tick so many boxes - they're cool, comfortable, go with heaps,  and hide dirty marks quite nicely. I can sit on the carpet, run about the oval, demonstrate yoga poses, rip out art gear....hhmmmmm, the life of a Year 1 teacher. In summary, they're not restrictive!

One of the cool things I'd discovered previously, is if I cut my facings and pockets from my Liberty scraps, I can get a pair of Thurlow trousers and a pair of Thurlow shorts out of Tessuti's linen (135cm) when I buy double my trouser length. So, I also have a pair of shorts cut out and ready to go. I'm not really sure when these will get sewn together. Best not hold your breath!

This week I'm aiming to master sewing silk bias binding onto silk tops. I'm talking the thin, slippery, nightmare-to-manage type of silk. This is something I've always struggled to do well. I've struggled to get a neckline and armholes that sit flat and to keep the binding at a consistent width. So, in an attempt to overcome this hurdle, I've cut out three grainline tanks and matching binding, out of my leftover silk scraps. I'm going to be all grown-up and sensible and do some sample pieces first and then take it slow and steady. Fingers crossed!

Happy sewing everyone!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tessuti Pia Dress

Tessuti Pia Dress

Pattern: Tessuti Pia Dress
Fabric: 100% silk by Karen Walker
from The Fabric Store (many many moons ago!)

 close-up of fabric

- Fully lined in bemberg rayon rather than binding neckline/armholes with bias binding. The outer fabric is a tad sheer against the light and a tad scratchy.
- Added bust darts to create more shape.
- Re-drafted armholes and neckline. The original design did nothing for my broad shoulders.
- Slightly shaped at waist.
- Centre-back at neckline pinched in to accommodate square shoulders.
- Shortened by heaps and heaps!

I love it because:
- it has awesome floppy pockets.
- it's a fancy sack making it soooooooo comfy.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Katherine's Shirt Dress

Did you see the gorgeous Liberty shirt dress Katherine posted about today? I just found a lovely photo of her wearing it while I've been sifting through my holiday snaps. 

Bare-bones Blogging: Belladone Dress

Belladone Dress by Deer and Doe
(more wedding photos)

Fabric: silk twill from The Fabric Store
Alterations: The original pattern has an upper and lower bodice back piece. I merged the two pieces. 
Fully lined in lemon silk/cotton.

My sister Emily asked me to help her sew a dress for my youngest sister's wedding. To date, I'd have to say this dress is my proudest sewing achievement. I am fortunate enough to have a sewing teacher help me fit a toile on most of the garments I make for myself. I get to stand there, in front of a mirror, dressed in all my calico glory, while she tweaks away getting the perfect fit. She talks me through the process and I watch on. When it came to fitting this toile on my sister, my sewing teacher was 3000km away. It was all up to me. To my surprise and delight, I was able to draw on the skills I learned from all those years of watching and listening. Believe me, we had to make a lot of significant alterations. (There's some strange things going on with that pattern) I reckon I nailed it!

The best close-up I have of the bodice. 
My sister and my Mum - don't they look beautiful!

Bodice back - Cut out diamond

Katherine, Mum, Me and Emily 
(all in handmade garments)

Sarah, the beautiful bride.

I think she likes the dress (or maybe it's the champagne)