My other recent project was this bunting for celebrating 5 years of this sweet little fella. I got to use up loads of scraps from my clothing. Just had to avoid wearing clothes to the party that matched the bunting.
New frock had its first outing last night! This is another version of #stylearchattie but with kimono sleeves added to the bodice and with a simple rectangle gathered skirt instead. I don't like to say I 'hacked' this pattern, I don't like that word, but it might be appropriate in the sense of 'butchered', as a lot of changes were made be This will be my #sewfrosting entry, it's fun and has a lot of skirt and I feel like a ballerina. Also I want everything in my wardrobe to be in carnival colours from here on out.
One change planned - to add a waist stay of some sort as the weight of the skirt does pull the waistline down a bit.
Fabric: linen/rayon blend from @stylemakerfabrics
Bag: from a garage sale
New shoes are from @zompshoez , such a comfortable low heel @2baiavista
Possibly favourite haircut ever by the amazing @katieclyneshairdresser
#persephonepants !! With the brass buttons sewn on! I'm only about 1 year late to this party, but this pattern is still going strong. Fabric is a non-stretch denim I've had for a loong time, they were second-hand offcuts with just a couple pieces long enough for full length trousers. And I stored it for so long there was some sunfade happening and I nearly had a heart attack. But, happily, there was enough useable fabric for these.
Mods: scooped a bit out of rear crotch due to flattish butt, didn't sew the back darts at all, used 1 size larger waistband to account for the amount not taken in by the darts. Shortened plenty.
Mishaps: Initially sewed the topstitching too close together, so I added a third row of topstitching. Which looked bad. So I unpicked all of it. And, I accidentally sewed the 1/2inch seams with 5/8inch seams because I've never seen a 1/2 seam on anything and my brain did not compute. So that's like 4x3mm that is space my bum realllly could have used, but it seems ok in the end.
Thanks for the primo pattern @annaallenclothing
OK, so this will make no difference because they will be hidden under the flap...but I don't know which buttons. Both brass. Persephone pants are done apart from the buttons. Maybe the hammer-on jeans button will be quicker. But the sew-on ones will flatter. Indecision.
This was my haul from the Kate Sylvester fabric sale:
Rust brown cotton twill (for pants!)
Olive nubby silk
Olive waxed denim
Grey lightweight stretch denim
Black rayon grosgrain (silky!)
All good basics, I didn't get any of the pretty brocades or sequins, probably for the best.
I found this bag last weekend at a garage sale we unexpectedly walked past. I am crazy about all the colours and texture. The flowers are formed out of plastic straw rope. 🏵🌹⚘🌺💐🌸 Seems very old (70's?), made in the Philippines.
Another iteration of top from Kana's Standard 2, but this time upsized in a different way, widening the whole thing so it's more dropped-shoulder. Love the candy colours on this! The fabric was rescued from the floor of a junk/vintage shop, was covered in dirt and dust, faded or dirty along some folded edges, and had big huge faded patches. I had to cut around all the stained or faded bits. But I saw life in it. It's a loose weave and looks like a turkish bath towel! No, not doing the 10x10 mix-and-match thing, I am no closer to a minimalist capsule wardrobe 😹
It's a #kabukitee from @paper_theory . I like a quick and easy top! Made from a remnant of heavy linen (probably meant for upholstery). Now, I do an FBA to add a few inches in the bust on everything I make, and it's usually not good when I skip this. So, not sure it was necessary with this pattern, but I did one (by rotating the pattern piece from the shoulder to add some width, then rotating back from the armpit to bring the side seam back to the original width). It has worked, but I plan to make it again using the origiinal pattern for comparison.
Top from japanese sewing book Kana's Standard 2.
Fabric is a light linen from Draper's Fabrics.
Love a quick and easy sew, especially working with cotton or linen. I prefer sewing with wovens over knits anyday! The patterns in the book come in 4 sizes (better than some of the japanese books that come in one-size-fits-most) and I had to grade up a few sizes. The finished-garment measurements are given, but not the body measurements that are drafted for, which made it a bit challenging to know how big to make it. Also there was barely any increase in the armhole size from one size to the next so the combo of smallish armhole plus large bust wasn't ideal. So I added a 2"panel down each side all the way from sleeve hem to garment hem and now it fits loosely how I like!
Covered button using a japanese button-kit bought years back from that Japanese shop on Queen St near the Civic (for you Aucklanders). I NEED to see if they still sell them 'cos these are the quickest covered buttons to make.
#inaritee by @namedclothing in #libertyfabrics cotton knit. Purchased the pattern so so long ago and only just made for the first time. Lengthened 3" cos I chickened out of the crop length...BUT maybe I should crop it. I found these high-waisted men's jeans at my fleamarket, chopped to cropped length...and a cropped Inari would work...but not with much else. Also added darts and 3" bust space.
Getting used to the coverstitch machine, but it does put up a bit of a fight. (Also I wasn't sure about highwaisted jeans in rigid denim like the Persephone pants, and how it would work on curvy girl with tummy but I love these and might have to make the Persephones!) #imadethis#libertyartfabrics#seweditmyself#sewistsofinstagram#handmadewardrobe#imakemyownclothes#aucklandsews#cscsews
The dress I wore for #frocktailsauckland was not a new make -alas, the dress I'd planned to make for it hasn't been made (or even cut out!) yet. This was my first version of @burda_style bell sleeve mini dress 03/2016, made a couple years ago. It has raglan sleeves with a shoulder dart to curve over the shoulder.