Friday, March 28, 2014

Pattern swap anyone?

In a few months, I'm going to start sewing a dress for a friend to wear to her sister's wedding. We've sourced the loveliest fabric from Emma One Sock - a silk taffeta by Oscar de la Renta. Even though I've yet to see it in real life, I've already fallen in love with it. Over the last week or so, I've been playing around with designs in my head. I think I've come up with something I think will look great on her.

The bodice of Vogue 1221 merged with the skirt of Vogue 1174.

Sadly, these two patterns are OOP. They're still available (at $30 a pop) but with added postage costs from the USA, they're going to end up costing a small fortune.

So.....I was wondering if any of you lovely ladies own either of them, and if so, would be interested in trading them for any of the patterns shown below (all unused). I'm most desperate for the DKNY pattern, as my sister owns a copy of the floral one, but as she lives interstate, I'd still be happen to acquire my own copy. If no one has a copy to swap, I can always draft it up myself, starting with some TNT patterns, but I thought I may as well give this a go first. After all, who doesn't have a bunch of patterns in their collection that they bought and never got around to sewing up? I'm guessing next to no one!

If you're able to assist, please leave a comment or email me at pbgubbyatbigponddotcom

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend overflowing with sewn creations.


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.