Sunday, 28 September 2014

Teeny Tiny Circles

Last weekend, one of my cousins had a baby! It's very exciting news for the family, as that part of it hadn't had a baby girl in generations. As soon as I heard the news, I decided that I should put my sewing skills to good use!

I thought patterns would be hard as she was only a little baby, and I live in a different state to them. So I tried to find a free pattern which could work and be flexible. Being a lover of the circle skirt myself, what better than to make some for my new baby cousin! I found a useful pattern piece and tutorial here.

The first I made using remnants from the dress for me I'm currently finishing off. I decided to use bias binding on the bottom (and although it was supposed to be a circle skirt in one piece, I had to cut 4 sections - and used my first French seams), and I think it makes a cute touch. Now, we can match!

Then, after seeing how little fabric you need (you can fit one onto a fat quarter!), I pulled a fat quarter I hadn't used yet out of my stash, and made another. This one has a baby double hem.

As soon as I had finished them, I realised I could use the leftovers to make a ribbon of the floral fabric. So I did, and I've packaged them up by using the ribbon to tie them in a bow. Here's the finished parcel!

I've already tucked this little parcel in the mailbox, and it's on its way! I hope the baby girl (and my cousins) like them as much as I liked making them. Now, I just need someone else to have a baby girl...

New skills: Printing and using PDF patterns, French seams

Does making gifts for others make you happy?

Monday, 22 September 2014

On Fit

Hey guys! So I had some posts queued up, but I was hoping that maybe someone out in the wilds of the internet would be able to help me with a few things.

So I've been having a few issues with fit, on the back specifically. I think I must have a small back or something, because I find that necklines are too wide, and they gape (at the front and back, but more at the back). I've tried taking it down a size just around the neckline and grading back to the regular size at the bust, but this doesn't seem to work.

Would it be better to just take a slice out of the back, or a wedge shaped section? Or (and I just thought of this so maybe it's totally crazy) could I go down a size, then do a FBA for my larger chest area?

I don't have any fitting books or resources at the moment, so I was hoping someone might see this and be able to help... Please?

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Animals - Tula Raccoon

Another backlog post. Hi there everyone! Hope you are all having wonderful days/evenings. This dress, I was dying to make. I bought the fabric in Melbourne when I was there back in April. I was shamelessly inspired into buying the fabric having seen it on Roisin and it getting stuck in my head. Actually, the pattern was also bought after having seen it on Roisin as well as many other bloggers.

The fabric, as you can see is Acacia by Tula Pink; Raccoon in Blueberry. The pattern, Simplicity 2444. I waited until this pattern went on sale, but I'm so so glad I did. I have so many plans with this pattern. I love the V-shaped darts so much. The skirt is just a gathered rectangle (well, 3) - I ran out of fabric for the skirt (I got the end of the roll).

The pattern features pockets, but is unlined, just faced. I think I will try and draft a lining for this as the facing doesn't want to behave half the time. I cut a 16, but ended up taking a 1.5 inch wedge out of the center back. I also later have had taken 2 inches out at the zip. I don't know whether it was that big to start with or I've lost weight, but it was too roomy. Now it's much better. I love the pockets in this one though - unlike the New Look 6223 pockets, things don't fall out of these ones!

Again, there were some similarities between this and New Look 6223. The neckline (on the front and the back) is too large. I'm not sure of the exact way to solve this issue, but I'm working on it. I think it also sits funny because of the facing.

This is another dress that has been in high rotation since it was made, and seems to get a few intested comments. It's usually along the lines of, "Are those... raccoons?" Why yes, yes they are. And they are awesome.