Wednesday, 31 August 2016

August in Review...

Sewing:

Top L to R:  Gray top--OOP McCall's 7946, Baby onesies--OOP McCall's 7367, Gray boiled wool top--Vogue 1515, Mint green and cream pullover dress--McCall's 7402, Refashioned leather jacket--Burda 7183. 

I didn't manage to finish the Issey Miyake dress that I started earlier this summer. I was hoping to finish it this month but it didn't happen. Instead I was drawn to easy projects mostly because my sewing mojo has taken a hit with the sprained ankle. It didn't stop me from sewing though. My favourite make would be the ruffled collar top, Vogue 1515.

RTW Fast:

I'll admit it, I was tempted to break my RTW Fast again this month. Sometimes this is hard.  

The Stats:


Supplies
Quantity Used from the stash this Month 
Quantity Used this Year
Added to the Stash this year
Basting Tape
0
1.88 metres
0
Bias Tape
 2.0 metres
7.41 metres
2
Buttons
2
21
0
Chain
0
0
0
Cord Stopper
0
1
1
Elastic
1.2 metres
5.0 metres
3 metre
Fabric
 9.2 metres
58.35 metres
61.4 metres
Fusible Tape
 5.5 metres
16.20 metres
0
Hand needles
0
0
0
Hook and Eyes
0
0
0
Interfacing
0
3.0 metres
10 metres
Lace trim
0
0
0
Pattern (new)
3
13
18
Pattern (previously used)
2
16
0
Ribbon
1 metre
1.50 metres
2 metres
Serger needles
0
0
0
Serger thread
1
2
10
Sewing machine needles
3
13
4
Snaps
0
0
0
Thread
2
9
29
Trim
0
1.8 metres
1.8 metres
Velcro
0
0
0
Zipper
0
4
8


Happy Sewing!

Monday, 29 August 2016

Fall Sewing: The T-Shirt

Well, I can check off the first project off my fall sewing list.


Sometimes, you just need a basic t-shirt to pull an outfit together. This item will work with a few things in my wardrobe like this jumper and this top


It is my second version using OOP McCall's 7946, which is now my go-to TNT pullover top pattern. 


My favourite part of this top is the neckline. I like that it sits up at collarbone level. And it is really comfortable. 

The fabric is a light-weight polyester knit. It was pre-treated with a tumble in the washing machine and dryer and it handled the pre-treatment process well. The seams were all sewn using a walking foot and knit stitch. The shoulder seam and hems were treated with fusible interfacing tape before being machine-stitched.  


The Stats:  

Fabric:   1.4 metres 

Fusible Tape:  1.2 metres

Pattern:  McCall's 7946

Additional Tools & Supplies:  Sewing machine, serger, walking foot, tweezers, scissors, threads, thread clippers, pins, cutting table, iron, ironing board, coffee x 2, and some good tunes.  

Happy Sewing!  



Sunday, 28 August 2016

Fall Sewing Plans

I've been planning out what I need to sew for the upcoming fall season. There are ten items that have made it to the list.  


1.  A t-shirt in a light weight grey knit. This will go with some other items that I'm planning on sewing and with items already in my closet.  I'll be using OOP McCall's 7946.  


2.  And another version of this dress, a marriage between two of my favourite patterns Vogue 9060 and Vogue 1312. This time in a royal blue knit.  


3.  To be completely honest, I really don't need another skirt, it is more of a want. But ever since spraining my ankle this summer most of my skirts are fitting a little snug. It's a wrap skirt so I can just move the button over when I return to my normal activity level and weight. I'm kind of tossing between this silk and cotton blend plaid or the boiled wool that I used to make this top.  


4 and 5.  I have some British wool that would work well in another pair of pants, OOP Vogue 1325, and matching vest (minus the godets), OOP Vogue 1214.


6.  Another favourite pattern, Vogue 1410, is such a comfortable dress. I have some black silk dupioni in mind for the latest version.  


7.  This OOP pattern, Vogue 2680, is a recent addition to the collection and I have a paisley cotton sateen that just might work for this one.  


8 and 9.  This jumper and shirt have been on my want-to-make list for ages. It is OOP McCall's 7352 but it might take some time to get around to it because I really want to make a muslin first.  I'm thinking either a graffiti print denim or burgundy wool for the jumper and a white cotton for the shirt.  


10.  And I've been wanting to make this top, OOP Vogue 1417, for quite some time. I have a black wool knit to give this one a try. 

Well, I better get busy. 

How about you, what's on your cutting table.  

Happy Sewing!  


Saturday, 27 August 2016

Fall Fabrics

So it is that time of year when Fabricland is clearing out the old stock for new stock. And they are having their buy-1-get-2-metres-free sale. I typically live for these sales but I haven't really seen much that has rocked my creativity enough to buy. I was, however, all excited about some silks that are in the home decor department. Of course, I'm not thinking about decorating with these.  


It is the perfect weight to make a shirt, top, or dress. ~sigh~ It is beautiful.


And so not in my budget.  


And they even have it in my favourite colour.  


Could you imagine these fabrics together, maybe a reversible jacket? Or even better, a Marcy Tilton jacket?  


Perhaps, colour blocked with the two colours and this hooded jacket pattern, Vogue 8752.  


Or this hooded jacket, Vogue 8752. Of course I'm dreaming.


Because it is not in my budget, and I don't need another jacket.  


Oh but wait, since there is no harm in dreaming.  There was another piece of silk that caught my eye. and would make a lovely silk jacket My cell phone photos doesn't do the fabrics justice. Think vibrant, popping with happiness colours. 

What about you, have you stumbled across any new autumn fabrics that have your creative juices flowing?  




Friday, 26 August 2016

Baby Long-Johns

I love these baby onesies in the red knit because they remind me of long-johns. Excuse my lack of modesty for a moment but I think they are too cute in these colours. 


They almost make me want to make a red onesie for myself, in a bigger size of course. The only thing stopping me is that there is no more of this knit left. This fabric was left-over from the Euro Cup dress that I found at Northwest Fabrics. And the last time I was there, I didn't see anymore of this cotton knit. I shouldn't be surprised that it is all gone, it is a beautiful weight knit. The white knit is another Northwest Fabric find and left over from this project. I'm quite thrilled that I was able to squeak out two of these onesies out of scraps.


The Stats:

Fabric:    1.8 metres 

Buttons:  2

Ribbon:  1 metre

Pattern:   OOP McCall's 7367

Additional Tools and Supplies:  Sewing machines (I used both machines to make these), serger, walking foot, thread, scissors, cutting table, thread clippers, tweezers, screw driver, sewing machine needle, hand needle, bandage, and coffee.  

Happy Sewing!



Thursday, 25 August 2016

Book Review: Mademoiselle Chanel

Mademoiselle Chanel:  A Novel

Author:  C. W. Gortner

Publisher:  Harper Collins

ISBN:  978-0-06-240346-9

Retail:  $21.99 (Cdn) paperback


In the historical fiction Mademoiselle Chanel, C. W. Gortner takes the reader on a romp through Coco Chanel's rise from a life of poverty to the toast of Parisian society. Gortner's admiration of his subject is evident as he paints a vivid picture of the famous designer unlocking the stories behind iconic Chanel symbols. He explores her motivation and desire to be the best, unafraid to be different, yet secretly yearning to be accepted.

Chanel is exposed as a ruthless businesswoman and mistress with a soft sensitive side that she fights in order to avoid being used and escape the life her mother lead. Although the question remains if Gortner has successfully solved the mystery that is Coco.  If anything, he has exposed Chanel as the original queen of reinvention.

The book did not satisfy my desire to learn more of Gabrielle Chanel, the designer. Instead it is a romp though her romanic episodes that aid in her rise in the fashion world. Well into reading, I really didn't care for the book as much as I thought that I would. I was hoping to unlock the sensual textures and descriptions of her workroom and fabrics, not her bedroom, which is what I felt I was left with, too many details of Chanel and her lovers, "God know, I want love. But the moment I must choose between a man and my dresses, I choose my dresses" (269-270). But there is little description to illustrate that this is her true passion. This book is not The Pink Suit. Sadly, there is not enough detail of her true love and in doing so, Gortner at times paints Chanel as a woman without passion.

It isn't until the dangers that Chanel faces in war ravaged Paris that the genius behind Gortner's novel is revealed. Just like a exquisite Chanel jacket, the foundation had to be painstaking built and that is what Gortner achieved, bringing everything together. Towards the final chapters, I couldn't put the book down and it was then that I truly appreciated his workmanship.

Bravo!

   

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Refashioned Leather Jacket

Sometimes I shop at the second hand store for clothes to harvest the fabric. This red leather shirt is the perfect example.  


I picked up this oversized shirt a couple of years ago thinking that I would use it in a bag but then I saw this jacket over at Communing with Fabric and my creative juices started thinking that I need to switch up my plans. The pattern I used for this project was the same that Shams used, Burda 7183, I just omitted the zipper.


Burda 7183 will go down as a TNT pattern. I cut a size 14 and there were no issues with fit. Although the pattern calls for knit fabrics, it worked out fine in the leather as well. My biggest challenge was how making the pattern pieces fit. 



I was working with a size XS leather shirt from Danier Leather which meant that I had to do a lot of seam ripping work in order to utilize all the fabric that I needed. And we're talking down to the millimetre!  


It was worth it, as I was able to squeak out just enough to create the jacket I wanted. Thank goodness for eighties oversized styles.



This is how it turned out. I love it. It would be a nice little topper for the late summer / early fall. Shams finished her jacket with fold over elastic and I did consider this option because it looked so good on her jacket. I changed my mind because I couldn't find a matching colour nor one that I thought looked suitable. So I decided to leave the edges raw.


Now the question remains, what to do with the left over pieces?  



The Stats:

Fabric:   1 - XS leather shirt

Pattern:  Burda 7183

Needle:  1 leather

Additional Tools & Supplies:  Sewing machine, thread, walking foot, seam ripper, scissors, threat clippers, tweezers, cutting table, paper clips, and some background noise from the television.

Happy Sewing!  



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