Another Maxi and Simplicity 1366

The blog-a-thon continues tonight with a couple of items.

First a maxi skirt.

I’ve only recently become a maxi skirt lover and now have three on rotation in my work wardrobe. They are just so easy to wear. Feminine, but completely practical for school. This one also requires no ironing as it’s made with ITY knit.

The fabric is absolutely stunning! I purchased it during the school holidays from Pitt Trading. It was one of those shopping trips with all three kids where I bribe them to sit in the corner for 15 minutes while I race around the shop to gather together anything that catches my eye, then stop at the golden arches on the way home as a reward for being compliant and kind to me! It was one many awesome remnants available on the day and was only $10 for about 1.2m. Bargain!

To make the skirt I guessed the shaping, keeping it narrower at the waist and flaring out through the back seam (the only seam) to the skirt hem, all while trying to keep the print aligned. I’m pretty happy with my pattern matching. When wearing the skirt you can hardly tell that the back motif is much larger than the front one as the fabric folds in on itself making it appear almost identical to the front.

To wear with this skirt, I made another Simplicity 1366 in burnt orange double knit which was also from Pitt Trading. I really like this top, but prefer this skirt with my black version of this pattern.

I think I’ve now caught up on my blogging of finished items. I still have at least one more for Adele, but it requires further photography which may take time 🙂

I’m out most of the weekend for girly catch ups and weddings, so probably won’t get to my sewing machine. But I hope you all have a cozy weekend in your sewing cave creating a masterpiece!!

Till next week!

Black slim trousers

One of my work colleagues has the most amazing pair of white, textured, slim 7/8 trousers with a small split hem. I have coveted them for a while. When I stumbled upon this black textured, pant weight poly at Pitt Trading, I knew I could try to replicate my friend’s pants.

Well – I tried my hardest, but hers still look must more stylish than mine. Perhaps it’s the fact that she is taller and much younger (read: more fashionable) than I am.

Regardless these are good, simple work pants. To achieve this look, I mashed the rise of my Burda jeans with the leg of Jacques and the front of my Thurlows. In my typical gung-ho fashion, I simply laid all three patterns over each other and cut the seam line that I wanted to replicate. For the most part this worked, though I did try on and fit them throughout construction.

To achieve a streamlined fit, like my colleague’s trousers, I eliminated all pockets. I also tried to iron a fold into the leg, but this is not holding very well. Any tips for helping this fold line stay would be greatly appreciated!

I am relatively pleased with these. After wearing them today, they have bagged out a little, so I think I’ll add belt loops and possibly slim the leg a little.

More sewing should hopefully follow tomorrow. I’m now catching up on my term 1 holiday projects.

Happy hump day!

Julia Cardigan

With cooler weather approaching, I’m sure I’m not the only one who needs to stock up with simple cardigans to wear each day.

I was drawn to the Julia cardigan pattern after receiving one of those marketing emails from Sussan or Witchery or something. It described the ‘must have’ item for the season as the curved hem cardigan. Naturally, I can no longer find this item as it was a few months ago, but I was drawn to the aesthetic.

As you can see the Julia cardigan has that curved look.  It has simple lines, with no closures (read: fast to make) and fits fantastically. If my memory serves me correctly, I think I only used the overlocker to make this, which makes it even more fun to make.

This Julia cardigan is made up of a silk/merino remnant from The Fabric Store. I think I purchased it a couple of years ago from their Melbourne store. I have also made a black double knit version, but am currently unable to locate it in my heaped laundry pile, so you’ll just have to imagine this in black too 🙂

My only words of advice when sewing this pattern is that this pattern is a fabric eater! The body and sleeves are no problem, but the large rounded band eats fabric. There are two options for the pattern, one to run this band with a single layer of fabric and hem it, the other – which I chose – was to cut the band twice and sew them right sides together before attaching to prevent hemming and create a cleaner finish.

Unfortunately, as I was working with a scant cut – due to this being a remnant, not me being a fabric tightwad – I had to reduce the width of this band by a couple of inches. As I have also made this cardigan in black as drafted, I must add that I prefer the band on this version. It sits nicer around the neck and the cardigan is the perfect length. With my black one it is a smidge too long.

While I’m writing about finished projects – I also made myself another simple knit tank. This pattern was free cut and fits surprisingly well. In contrast to my recent tanks, I actually added bands/binding to the neck and arms with my regular machine on lightning bolt stitch and cover stitched them down. This has got to be one of my best finished knit tanks/tees to date.

More sewing news to follow tomorrow!

Butterflies Away! New Look 6145

As I mentioned in my last post, I have a significant backlog of finished garments to blog. I do feel the pressure to post my finished items here, not to keep anyone in particular happy, but so that I have a record of my sewing. To ensure I sort my backlog, I am now publicly committing to blogging once a day each day this week to catch up. Now I’ve said it, I will make myself do it 🙂

Now back to my regular programming. The week before last I headed to Spotty with a friend and purchased two pieces of stretch sateen that were not on sale. Can you imagine?? As you can now guess, I received Spotty’s latest catalog today and stretch sateen will be on sale this week and there is a coupon for a further discount.  I’m not too bummed about this as I know that I have what I wanted and I’ve also sewn up both pieces relatively quickly into things that I love.

My butterflies sateen has been transformed into a simple, short shift dress. Perfect for wearing with tights in winter.

Once again I used New Look 6145, which I have used numerous times before to make ponte tops and knit dresses (with a few modifications). As I was using a woven this time, a first with this pattern, I went back to the original pattern and fitted throughout construction. The key modifications were deepening the back darts, shaping the back along the zipper and taking in the sides a little. I also sewed up a size 8, which is smaller than my usual Big 4 size. This is largely due to reviewing the finished garment measurements and basing my choice on those.

I really like this dress. It’s not the most suitable for all teaching days – kindy might be hard – but I do plan to wear it to work tomorrow.

I have so much more to show you. I hope you have a great week!