On my sewing table this weekend

I can’t believe it’s another weekend & February is well on the move!  I have another blouse on the pattern table…  This Wardrobe Architect is already coming in really handy, my Pinterest board is pretty full of lovely goodies to copy inspire me & after last weeks post, I have now added Polyvore to my “this takes up all your time you should be spending sewing” problem that I only had with Pinterest up to now!  It’s such fun!

The blouse I’m working on is based on Deer & Doe’s Airelle.  No point in me buying the pattern, they don’t do my size & I really cannot be arsed to do all the adjustments that would be necessary to make it fit me.  I’m doing my own, but please, if you fit the sizing, go ahead & buy a copy, cause I think it’s rather cute.  There are loads of variations on tinternet.  I found this from Asos, & immediately thought of the Airelle.  So I am doing a combination pattern.

Asos blouse, has the bones of the Deer & Doe Airelle
Asos blouse, has the bones of the Deer & Doe Airelle

I love the tucks down the centre front, and also on the yoke.  I thought I’d use the tucked band as a concealed buttonband, rather than pull the thing over my head.  Here is what I was thinking during the week.

Sketch for my version of the Airelle & the Asos blouse
Sketch for my version of the Airelle & the Asos blouse

As you can see from the notes, I think I’ll be making this in a dark blue georgette from the stash.  The Sewcialists are sewing blue in February, a colour I adore so have no problem fullfilling this particular “challenge”.  I have been working on the pattern today & have only made one alteration.  I am not making the deep cuff, but sticking with the narrow sleeve band I’ve used for the previous two blouses.  All the pattern pieces are done, the pieces with the tucks gave me a small headache!

Working out the tucks for the button band
Working out the tucks for the button band

The toile is all cut out & ready, I’m going to get on with that on Monday.  I also have a “new” pattern for jeans/trousers to toile.  I say new in inverted commas because I have had it a while – 2 – maybe 3 years…  Not good.  It is the “Metropolitan Slouchy Trouser Jeans” from Hot Patterns, & I am really looking forward to how these turn out, because they are perfect according to my silhouette research on Polyvore & Pinterest!  🙂  If they are a success, that will be the Smarty Pants Challenge over at The Monthly Stitch sorted!

I just need to get them traced & toiled, I bought a new pair of curtains from the charity shop today for just that purpose!  Then I need fabric, I am on the hunt for a denim that’s more linen like, something that will enhance the floppy-ness of the style.  Happy Sunday sewing, I’m off to a gathering of my students (a full class this time!) in Alveston for our monthly class tomorrow.  So far I know there’ll be 2 pairs of guys trousers in the making, one wrap-over dress and a Renfrew.  Heaven knows what the others are going to spring on me, but I’m happy.  🙂

Plans for a Christmas Surprise

Vintage jacket from 1935
Vintage jacket from 1935

Hellooo everyone!  I have found something I cannot use a commercial pattern for, so am back to a bit of pattern cutting, even though it is not something modern.  I found this image on Pinterest originally, which then lead me to the New York Public Library Digital Gallery.  They have, quite literally, millions of images of the most amazing fashion sketches!

This jacket is beautiful!  The wide revers, short front waist & scoop tails at the back are just begging to be made up!  I have sort-of decided to get this made up for Daughter No2 for Christmas.   I will have to see how I manage the fittings so she doesn’t realise what I’m up to, but I really would like to give it a go.  I have a black & grey wool check that would work well, especially if I use a good, rich contrast colour for the lining.  Bound buttonholes on this garment will be a must, I think!

So I’d best be off then, still have three unfinished projects on my sewing table from vintage commercial patterns in my other venture….

I’m still here – somewhere…

Oh boy, I’ve not been good at updating, have I?  1 000 apologies.  I even missed a milestone!  This little blog was one whole year old on the 27th June!  I missed it.  😦

So here’s what I’m working on for Daughter No2 at the moment.  It’s not a pincushion, or a totebag.  It’s a dress!  YAY!  We’d seen this dress on Modcloth over a year ago, and liked the panels on the bodice, so we pinned it for future reference.  I managed finally to get the pattern cut last weekend, and got to make the toiles this weekend!

Here’s what the bodice section looks like in a plain fabric:

Second toile of the bodice, showing all the panel seams

And here’s the nice stuff all cut out and ready for tailor tacking!  I really hope to get it made up tomorrow, so fingers crossed there are no visitors!  😀  The fabric is a John Kaldor stretch cotton sateen print in red and white that I bought in Derby from Tatler Fabrics.  I only had 1.5m, so the skirt on this dress will just be a simple A-line, rather than anything fuller.  But I have a feeling I might be making more than one version of this, so stick around to see variations on the skirt.

All cut out and nowhere to go!

And a close-up of all those bodice panel pieces….

Five bodice panel pieces. On the front.

 

So I’ll see you tomorrow with the finished garment and someone with a biiig grin on her face!  Let’s just hope it isn’t raining for the photos..

One Cool Thing, One Strange Thing Swap

You know when you have a clearout, or a chance to re-organise your little stash of fabrics, there is aways something lurking that you just haven’t got round to using yet.  And propably won’t.  It’s not the colour you like anymore, not the right pattern, or often, not enough to really do something with.  The Perfect Nose has the answer, a swap.

But this is not just any swap.  The idea is to swap one cool thing from your stash, with a wierd thing.  I have found a couple of items I just know I am not going to use anymore.  I haven’t the occasion, or time for them anymore, so I have made a little pile.

These are the rules for the swap from the Perfect Nose:

  • Crappy things not allowed.
  • Entries will be accepted until March 31st, 2012 and a list of interested swap contributors drawn up.
  • Each swap contributor will send one cool thing and one strange thing to their nominated swap partner within a month.
  • I will send an extra cool/strange thing combo to three extra people (randomly drawn) from the list (pretty much immediately).
  • If you have more than one cool/strange thing you’d like to send let me know and I’ll see what I can do about pairing you with others interested in doing the same.
  • You’re free to add other (nice) things to your contribution if you like.

If you are interested, I suggest you get on over to her site pretty sharp, as the closing date is tomorrow!!  If you are in Oz, get cracking!!  US readers have a little breathing space…

So I have put together a little inspiration board, so as to make sure I get swapped the right sort of stuff.

One Cool thing, One Strange thing Swap inspiration board

I used Gimmebar to put this together.  If you have used Pinterest in the past, this is similar, but there is the option to have private boards – which is not currently in the pipeline for Pinterest.  Also, instead of pinning just images, you can “grab” whole pages, so this includes text.  Quite good for bookmarking pages on the internet, and of course, there is always a link to the original source.  Check it out.

So I hope the person who gets my contribution makes something really cool, and I hope I get something fab in return!

Have a great sewing weekend, I am not going to get any sewing done.  I have an 18th birthday for Daughter no 1 and a Sewing Sunday class.  But I have been stashbusting – if I am allowed to call it that if the fabric I’ve been using is what I bought last week at the NEC…