Thursday, May 31, 2012

MMM - The End

I missed last week's MMM post, so this one is long. While I have enjoyed wearing me-made clothes this month, and have thought at great length about my wardrobe needs and sewing direction, I am kinda glad it's over. It takes time in the morning that I consistently seem to lack.

This has been a mixed month for our home with horrible sickness, relatives almost dying and then being caught up in the Hastie Group collapse. Thankfully my husband has secured more work, but it has been a concerning week for money and work. Gosh it sucks being a grown up some times...

So the outfits.

Wednesday 16 May - Work
Belle Bow Blouse
Simplicity 2603 - I just realised I haven't blogged this. Details will follow shortly.

Thursday 17 May - Work
Colette Violet in Liberty - I think I may actually modify this blouse to get more wear from it. I adore the fabric, but I don't think I'm comfortable in a peter pan collar.
Modified Simplicity 3850 trousers

Friday 18 May - Play
Renfrew in merino knit
Me Made voile scarf
Adele wearing twisted bubble skirt

Saturday 19 May - Play
Simplicity 2599 with pleated collar
Voile chevron scarf

Sunday 20 May -  Play
 Jalie 2921 in merino knit

Monday 21 May - No Me Made photo.

Tuesday 22 May - Work
 Darling Ranges Dress in Liberty Lantana
Don't you love Adele's nasty day care clothes? I made that scarf for her too, but can't find the post.

Wednesday 23 May - Play. Ollie's sports carnival.
I was a time keeper and wore green to support Ollie's team. As I don't like green, I had to borrow a t-shirt from a friend. This is Ollie coming 8th (aka last!) in the 100m dash.

Thursday 24 May - Play
Renfrew in burnout jersey
Adele in cowl neck dress

Friday 25 May - Play
Self drafted jersey skirt.
Modified Renfrew in merino knit. This hasn't been blogged, but I don't know if I have much more to say about this pattern, except that I'm happy.

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May - Stress and play. Husband worked and I parented solo. Not sure what I wore.

Monday 28 May - work
Simplicity 2603

Tuesday 29 May - Work
Belle Bow Blouse
Modified Op Shop skirt

Wednesday 30 May - Work
Simplicity 2599 with pleated neck detail

Thursday 31 May - Work
Modified Simplicity 3850 trousers

So there it is. Almost a whole month of me made garments. Seriously though, I almost exclusively own self made garments these days. Maybe next year I'll try to only wear me made garments, rather than only one per day. he he - yeah right!

Looking forward to winter tomorrow!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Village Frock

The Village Frock has been on my 'to sew' list for over 12 months now. Finally, it is checked off!
The Village Frock pattern from the now closed Sugar City Shop was one of those patterns that I was just gagging to get my hands on. There were so many cute dresses on show in blog land, but no patterns available.

That is, until I headed to last year's Sew It Together catch up in Sydney. As I walked in the doors I saw Karen's precious pattern right in front of me being traced off! I couldn't believe it. My heart skipped a beat. The pattern that I had been scouring the internet to buy for some time was there in front of me.

Unfortunately I had not one suitable piece of paper for tracing. There wasn't paper on the tables, and the programs were a little too small to trace the whole pattern. Thankfully Belinda just happened to have tracing supplies on hand. I quickly snapped them up and traced a size 2 and 3. Belinda, let me know if you want the size three. I'm pretty sure that's why I traced it.
Anywho, more than 12 months later and the frock is made. Isn't it funny that even though I had an insane desire to have this pattern, it took over 12 months to make...

Adele's Village Frock is made with a super light weight denim from Kelani and Liberty for the trim.  I sewed the dress as per the pattern, except for the hem. Mine is scant and next time I'll lengthen it further. I also think the neck binding could be smaller and should be cut on the bias, but I am still happy and Adele is too.

Happy sewing!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Jalie 2921

Gosh I'm struggling on the blogging front at the moment. I am struggling to get my hands on the computer, for some reason my husband seems to think it's his too, and I've lost my blog-jo *sigh*.

Anyway, there has been some sewing and some recording of MMM outfits - though I have missed a few days. :(

Today I have another merino knit tee, this time with Jalie 2910. Like Kirsty, I've always hesitated in buying Jalie patterns because of the price. This pattern cost me a premium $20 or so from a seller on ebay including fast shipping, so I'll have to make more than one top to get value from it.
I originally spied this pattern on Lauren's blog and immediately started searching for the pattern locally. I'm so 'in' to functional sewing at the moment, have you noticed all the Renfrews I've been making? This looked like an interesting alternative and it has a bow and that's soooo cool IMO.
I really quite like this top and it is finished and fitted really well. When I read Lauren's comment about the clever construction technique used with this top, I was a little sceptical. But, well, it's pretty darn clever and neat.
So another merino knit top and just in time for Sydney's cold snap.

Pattern: Jalie 2921 $20 inc shipping
Fabric: Merino knit from The Fabric Store approx 1m @ $28
Thread from stash.
Total $48

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Warped and the Weft

Did you know that Spotty has a blog??

Quite a nice read and they have great taste in blog recommendations :)

I don't know that my best items or photos have been shown (gah - I really need to get a better camera! and probably better photography skills), but I'm glad they like my little creations with Spotty fabric.

Happy sewing!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Belle Bow Blouse

It has been a little quiet around here this week, but this doesn't mean that there's been no action in the sewing department. In fact, even though I've squeezed in some real work, I've also finished a number of garments to show. This is the first. A super sweet, tie neck blouse based on the Belle Bow Blouse pattern from In House patterns.
I haven't heard much about this pattern company. I stumbled across this pattern via Pinterest (l-o-v-e pinterest!). The blouse came together quickly and easily. The pattern was professionally drafted and easy to follow. They only have a few patterns available, but perhaps more will come.

I really adore this blouse. I'm going through a bit of a pussy bow blouse phase at the moment and might have a second different one to show you tomorrow.
This is made with a silky cotton from Cottonholic. It drapes wonderfully and sews like a dream. The blouse was quick to pull together and is finished nicely. As I have no waist or bust :( I chose not to sew the fitted darts along the bottom of the blouse. I simply cut the sides straight and it works. Next time I will probably shape the back a little more with darts.
Super sweet, super easy and it has already passed the work test and received compliments. Yay!

Hope you had a great weekend. I'm looking forward to at least one free, sewing day this week.

Pattern: $10.00
Fabric: 2 yards = $17 inc shipping
Buttons: $1.50
Thread: $2.70
Total: $31.20

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

MMM Week 2

I have some more varied photos to share this week. None are terribly good, but I have been exploring new locations around the house. I'm terribly jealous of those bloggers who are able to venture out to cool locations for their photos. It's just not something I can do right now. One day...

Tuesday 8 May - Home with sick kids - still!
Tova dress in Japanese cotton. I adore this tunic. It is probably the most worn of all my Tovas.

Wednesday 9 May - Spotlight fun with one slightly sick kid.
I had to use my 'spend $100 pay $60 voucher', so headed to Spotty to pick up some quilting supplies including a new cutting mat and rotary blade. You just don't realise how blunt your rotary blade is until you get a new one.

Renfrew in interlock.
Thursday 10 May - Hanging with the kids and dinner with the girls
Wrap and Go skirt made with Tessuti denim. Definitely the most worn skirt this past summer.

Vintage Simplicity 3461 & 4841. I love this dress and wish I could wear it more.

Friday 11 May - kids day (again!)
It must sound like I just hang out with my kids all the time. I do work, but this household sickness really took us down. Thankfully we are mostly back to normal.

Sewaholic Crescent skirt

Saturday 12 May - Grocery day *yawn*
Renfrew in merino knit and a new, me-made chevron scarf.

This scarf was made with a yard of voile purchased from Spoonflower last year during a free shipping promotion. When it arrived, boy was I disappointed! The voile from Spoonflower is more like gauze. Something I would wrap a baby in, not what I would use to make a garment. I was waiting for a baby to be born, so that I could give someone a cool, orange chevron print wrap, but I'm glad a saved it. I have simply folded in half and sewn right sides together, then turned it back out. Easy peasy.

Sunday 13 May - Mothers day.
Another new item made this week, which I have totally ripped off from this blogger. This time a simple, self drafted, knit skirt made with fabric from Tessuti. I lined the skirt in some spun polyester purchased from the Op Shop for a small $1 and the wide black elastic was also from purchased the Op Shop for just 50c. I wore the tee un tucked after this photo and it looks much more relaxed.

Total skirt cost:
Argo #4000 Jersey from Tessuti. 60cms = $22.80
Lining = $1
Elastic = 50c
Total = $24.30

Monday 14 May - Sewing day!
New loose fit knit top with cuff sleeves - a free pattern from Dixie DIY. This took just one short nap to cut and construct. I love a fast make. I'm quite happy with this, but think I might size down a little next time and probably make the tee a little longer. I sewed a scant 1/4 inch hem and I think it needs just over an inch more. Better yet, it was made with a remnant of fabric from one of my first Renfrews, so I believe this project has a $0 cost according to my accounting system :)

Me made Angel scarf

Tuesday 15 May - Work day.
This outfit is a bit of a cop-out. Only a me-made scarf. Even though I am wearing me-made jarmies, I think I might have to wear two items tomorrow.

I can't believe we are already half way through Me Made May. I just love seeing what other are sewers wearing. Are you following MMM on Flickr?

Monday, May 14, 2012


Boy quilts now finished, just in time for the winter chill here in Sydney.

I've been collecting fabric to make quilts for the boys for some time now. In the mix here is some Heather Ross, Saffron Craig, Umbrella Prints, Sevenberry, Sarah Jane, Denyse Schmidt and much more.
I'd love to take full credit for how awesome these two quilts are, but I really should acknowledge the help of my mother in sewing these babies. As she has a little more time than me and she's much, much, much better at quilting, she pieced the tops of both quilts.
She used this great pattern from Kate at One Flew Over. Each generously sized quilt is 2.5 times the size of this pattern. The are quite large, which I prefer.
I pieced the backing, quilted and bound them. I even hand stitched the binding. I love the quilting style I used, called 'organic lines'. I had never heard of this before, but it basically means not straight or wavy lines. Mine are 1-2 inches apart. I love the effect and really, who can't sew a crooked line??

The boys are extremely happy with them. They love searching for little pictures on the fabric - seahorses, cars, rockets, paper air planes, elephants, girraffes, bugs.
This is how they look in their bedroom.
And when I'm not sewing, I'm often fixing. This wardrobe was found on the side of the road. Hubby brought it home for me, where we noticed that it has once housed a colony of cockroaches. Eeew! Thankfully they had long gone, but the inside was terribly stained with poop. So not only did I paint the exterior with 4 coats or white paint, but I also fully painted the interior. Needless to say, I'm quite happy the process is over now.

So now the question - which quilt will come next? Do you have any quilty plans to supplement your garment sewing schedule?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

3 x Renfrew = Happy

I enjoyed a half day without the kids this week. They are on the mend at last! I used this time wisely, choosing to build my t-shirt wardrobe with some lovely new fabric.
Merino knit from The Fabric Store
Merino knit from The Fabric Store
Cotton double knit from Harts Fabric. I tried to modify this one to create more of a boat neck tee by raising the neckline 1.5 inches and widening the neck by 1 inch each side. It isn't perfect, but still wearable.

I think for my next Renfrew I might  size down to a 4, there is a little extra ease in these tees due to how stretchy the merino is.

Happy sewing!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Rainbow Beanie

I have so many finished projects with photos to blog, but am struggling to find quiet time in front of the computer. The kids are getting better though, so I'm sure it will come.
This beanie is adorable and the pattern was free. It came together very quickly and the little girl loves it.
Check out this smile. This is why I sometimes encourage my kids not to smile for the camera. Love the food filled mouth too.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Matchy Matchy

My third pair of PJs are now finished and there was just enough fabric to make Adele some too.
Clearly the kiddo was still sick when I took this photo *sigh*. The fabric is so thick and warm, which is surprising for Op Shop flannel.

Total cost for both pairs $1 + plus some ends of elastic. Makes me happy :)

Monday, May 7, 2012

MMM Week 1

No fancy photos here. I fear all of my MMM photos will be crappy indoor ones, but that's what happens when you need to take photos quickly as you rush out the door.

Tuesday, 1 May - Home day with sick child No. 1
Me Made Refrew, originally blogged here.

Wednesday 2nd May - Fabric shopping day with semi-sick child No.2
Darling Ranges dress made in Liberty Lantana, blogged here

Thursday 3rd May - Work day. Teaching year 3 at a new school.
Vintage Simplicity 3523 - love this dress!

Friday 4th May - home again with sick, sick child no.2.
New look 6775 blogged here. Despite the fact that this blouse isn't finished very well, I still wear it quite a lot. I really must make another...

Saturday, 5th May - home again with sick children!!!
Refrew, originally blogged here.
Scarf, blogged here

Sunday, 6th May - day 8 with sick kids.
No MMM photo today. I caved after a shocking night up with two sick kids. When will it end??

Monday, 7th May - home again (missed a day of work!) with sick child no. 2 and 3
As I didn't wear a me made item yesterday, today I wore three.
Jeans originally blogged here.
Renfrew, originally blogged here.
Scarf blogged here

We've now endured well over a week of sickness in this house and I'm dying of cabin fever! It's just unfair when sickness travels through the family one child after the other. Why can't they all get sick together? I'd much rather 3 days of hell over 15 days of equally difficult hell. Fingers crossed we turn a corner tonight.

Gosh I'm looking forward to leaving the house again and feeling the need to dress up!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The fabric diet ends.

Well there have been a few slip ups on the self imposed fabric diet recently, and this one is a biggie. Despite the fog of family illness this week, I did manage to slip away to some lurvely fabric shops with my mum to spend my birthday money. It was supposed to be a kid free day, but one kid was slightly too unwell to attend daycare but still OK to go shopping, so he came too.

We spent most of our time at The Fabric Store and Tessuti and this is the loot..
The three pieces on the left are merino knit from The Fabric Store. Hopefully this week they will become Renfrews. The two right pieces are from Tessuti, the coloured cotton knit is destined to become a midi skirt and viscose black/white knit for another Renfrew.
Tessuti conveniently announced their $10 roll sale just in time for our visit - yay! These are my two $10 purchases, both destined to become trousers. The top fabric is a black and grey check of mystery content, which is just long enough for one pair of trousers. The roll of fabric, yes a roll of fabric, has the tag pictured. It says it's a Fendi fabric!! which is viscose acetate blend. It is a dark charcoal with thin stripe. It has a lovely hand and some stretch, which I think is mechanical. The awesome thing about this roll is there is over 7 meters of this stuff! I might have to give some away.

The roll sale was funny to watch. There was only one other shopper looking when we were, early on Wednesday morning, but by later in the morning, the small roll area was packed. I saw one woman walking out with a massive, full roll of thin, white, sew-in interfacing and I was kicking myself for not grabbing it myself. Just imagine all the pattern tracing she could do with that?? Or interfacing?
From Tessuti also, a blouse length piece of this white printed check voile which isn't awesome, but it was 50% off. I'll save it for summer. Lastly, this super light weight denim from Kelani fabric that I ordered online (via post) last week. I have big plans for this denim.

Just a note: This fabric at Tessuti is just divine!
I really wanted to buy some. Really, really. It feels lovely and the spots are spot on. The only problem is that placement of the spots is right through the middle of each panel, running selvage to selvage, rather than along the selvage. I would love to make a dress from this, but couldn't figure out how, so let it go. I'd love to see someone do it though and then I will definitely race back in a snap some up.
We also had a quick browse around the Remnant Warehouse, but didn't get the time to buy any goodies as time was running out to do the school run. I'll definitely head back to the Remnant Warehouse though, there were some gems that caught my eye as we were racing out the door.

So the best bit about this big fabric binge is that it didn't cost me a cent! I love birthday money!! Woot woo!