Tuesday, 30 December 2014

New Years Sew-lutions

Hey guys! So many awesome people are doing round up posts, Top 5 stuff. I love reading them, but I don't feel like I really made enough things to count! (I mean, I made more than 5, but haven't blogged quite a few of them...)

So I thought I'd briefly mention a few of my sewing goals for the next year:

  1. Sew more wearable things. Don't get me wrong, I wear my dresses heaps. But I need more tops, and I feel like I should make a few plainer things so that I can mix and match properly.
  2. Sew with velvet. Slightly cheating, but I bought a 3m length of crushed panne velvet in the post-Christmas sales, which will be my test run.
  3. Make some PJs! This is something I need to do! I am so fussy and am running out of them. Simple as that.
  4. Sew a coat. I am hoping to move countries (Australia to the UK) next year, and I would love to have a handmade piece of outerwear to take and wear with me.
  5. Find something to do with my scraps... They are going to take over my life otherwise!
A few of these are actually similar, in that they involve using fabrics other than cotton, which is something I need to do anyway. I think these are all very achievable, I just need to focus and not let the squirrels distract me too much (which has already started, based on my sales purchases. Oops).

And on a knitting note... Knit a well-fitting cropped cardigan.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, enjoy your New Year, and I shall return with more garments in 2015!

Friday, 12 December 2014

Sixties Awesomeness

Hi guys, long time no post! Sorry about that, I won't go into too much detail, but lately has been  busy and the weather has been less than excellent. But I had to come back now...

When Tilly and the Button's newest pattern, Francoise, was released, I did a little happy dance. You can see from my other posts that I mostly make one kind of style - fitted bodice with a bigger skirt. But after I made my 3-quarter circle skirt (found here), I had some fabric left over. In fact I thought I had just enough to make... A 60s a-line dress. (Anyone else a big fan of the children's book Something From Nothing? I loved it as a kid.) And just as I was about to go buy Simplicity 1609, Tilly announced her new pattern, the Francoise!! It was a match made in heaven. My first one (which I actually have no photos of, yet) was made using the leftover fabric. The pattern is gorgeous and I actually love it on me. I can cut a size 4 and it's a perfect fit too, which is excellent. But there wasn't quite enough plaid, and it's not quite matching. It's good enough for me to wear, but not to enter in a competition!

So I went looking for some fabric for another one. And I found a duck. A cotton duck, that is. From Spotlight. I love the finished dress, and FINALLY got a photo of it last night in the park near our place. Here is my Francoise photo for the #sewingFrancoise contest:

I spent a long time working on pattern matching this, and it is by far the best I've ever done! I love the fabric and how striking it is. The pattern is really simple and easy to put together, but is a really striking silhouette. I really love it!

I hope to take more photos soon of my other makes (although at the moment, very few are for me between Christmas presents and commissions for a friend!), and I shall try and make sure I'm back soon! Hope you're having a lovely day, and if you stuck with me through the whole post, congratulations!!!