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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday - time to review my sewing progress.




Since I started my blog in early 2013, I have spent much time learning to sew garments that I have never sewn much before - namely trousers/pants and knit garment.

It's been quite a journey.  But I feel I now have some idea of the basics, and so I will now try and improve on these:)

I've also added a lot to my stash.  Which means, fellow stashbusters, that  I'll have more stash to bust.   And I've decided I actually like stashing, especially after seeing a book about YSL - he was surrounded by stash. So really, I think you need a large stash in order to facilitate creativity.     Never can I find the right fabric when I am looking for it, but with a decent stash, and a copy of Vogue Collections, I can start seeing how to use stash to create stylish clothes.  That will be my next goal. 

I'm also suppose to be on a RTW fast.  Well, that is quite easy, as nothing much fits me in RTW in any case. But I did buy two garments:   A Blazer (from www.ezibuy.com )


This is a wool poly jacket, which was only $79.99.  I purchased it as I do not have the time to make one for this winter, and my old blazer, which I really miss, died years ago (and I bought that second hand).  This is not a good quality fabric - there are some sort of striations through it.  (I had a poly wool years ago that I made into a little jacket - wool was from China - with guess what - striations through it - could I press them out with my big steam iron.  No. So I suspect this fabric comes from the same place!!).

It is not interlined through the front sections, and the roll line is not adequate.  I doubt there is much in the way of interfacing in the collar and lapel.  The fit is not good, the sleeves too long (and not worth the hassle of taking up).  But it will be fine for a toss on, who cares, take the treatment jacket.  Sometimes it is worth buying something that is quite cheap and functional if it is to be quite roughly treated!

Still, it goes to prove the point of the last two posts - sewing your own means you can make a quality garment that would be quite expensive to buy.

Now, so far I have only made things in this blog that have been outside my repertoire. In order to learn.  I have not yet sewn a jacket for the blog.  Jackets I can sew - very well.  I enjoy making them, but I don't really have the right sort of life to wear many.  I need to think about what sort of casual jackets I can make, so I can get back into jacket making.  And I need to make jackets that will take the wear and tear - not the sort that I would be scared to wear (and that has happened with a jacket I made many years ago - I never wore it for fear of ruining it!!).

I also purchased a pair of stretch cotton sateen pants. These were reduced to $35.00, down from $165.00.  They are an Australian brand (Meredith ). This is a nice label, quite good quality.  Again, comparing the cost of sewing with quality RTW, sewing is cheaper.


These are 7/8 pants.  As you can see, they are cut for a bottom and thighs.  I don't have much of a bottom, and very slim thighs, so these are a little baggy for me.  That is normal with any RTW as far as fitting my shape is concerned.

  They do fit around the middle, and the rise is just right. Which is why I bought these.  I can study the waistband, rise and crotch shaping. So these have been purchased with a sewing purpose - although of course I will wear them to places where fit does not matter (like the supermarket). 

I also found it interesting to look inside the garment as it is made locally - and the machinists probably do not have such large production runs with specialisation in only part of the garment.  I get annoyed with my slightly wobbly waistbands finishes sometimes, but look:

Wobbles!!!!  This reassures me that my sewing is quite adequate.

I sometimes think my overlocking technique is not as good as it could be, but again, I find that the loops sometimes are a bit past the edge of the seam in these too:

Just like some of mine (and probably yours too!).

So these trousers taught me to appreciate my efforts in learning and sewing :).

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Easter has been a very quiet time for me - I was not well yesterday, and today just pottered around sorting out the wardrobe.  I do this twice a year.  I have everything I need, except nighties. I have old nighties, sort of shabby chic style, without the chic.  I'm trying to work up the oomph to sew them.  I'm getting a little tired of utilitarian sewing, and want to move on to more interesting things.  Maybe some dye would solve the problem.

I also fixed a jacket that has not been worn - I've had it for years.  I won't wear it because I didn't like the buttons - they did not suit my cool colouring at  all and just looked cheap and nasty on me:


So, a strip of black faux snakeskin and some self cover buttons were purchased - and today I covered and changed the buttons:




A nice relaxing job, with a great result:



That now looks great:


And I am even thinking about  making  a matching faux snakeskin skirt.  Now, for me, that is almost a walk on the wild side!!

(Oh, and the buttons will go to the Op Shop (thrift shop).


I'm very glad I changed them - I don't even like them like this :)

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I also made a simple infinity scarf in a scrap of pink knit I had in the knit fabric scrap basket:


I must  make more pink things!  The colour suits me.  I'll need to add to the stash...

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Me Made May 14 starts soon.  I am still making up my mind whether to go into it or not.   I do have lots of clothes now,  so it might be an opportunity to actually style them a bit and take new improved photographs of them all.  I don't know that I could do every day though.  I'll let you know soon.

Who else is doing Me Made May 14?  I know Lisa is. It would be nice to know how many of my blogging friends are entering - we can all support each other.

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21 comments:

  1. I do like the pink colour and it would be great to have some versions in your stash as did YSL. I haven't been following your blog for very long and didn't actually understand, as described here, what your motive was. I look forward to seeing the new garments you will be creating this year. I've never made a jacket, and want to. This would be a casual or smart casual jacket as formal jackets don't fit into my retired lifestyle. I may be calling on you and others to get me out of sticky patches! I'm not taking part in Me Made May, you won't be surprised to learn! Maybe next year or the year after, when hopefully I'll have enough me made garments to think about it. Happy Easter

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    1. I think we all stash for different reasons - mine stashing is as much as anything about making sure I have anything I need to hand.

      It will be lovely to share a jacket making journey with you Anne - and I agree about Me Made May - it does take a lot of garments, and photo patience.

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  2. I can't do Me Made May this year either. Not enough clothes made my me as yet but I'm hoping next year will be possible.

    I think a dress from snakeskin would be great. Something form fitting, possibly boned. Something to wear to a very special occasion... does snakeskin come in that sensational pink?

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    1. Now I just have to find a special occasion!!

      I agree about Me Made - I do think it takes quite a visually co-ordinated wardrobe to make it work with photos.

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  3. I saw a saying on another blog recently that summed it up perfectly:

    She who dies with the most fabric WINS :-)

    There is a fine line between a good 'inspiring' stash and a bad 'overwhelming' stash I think. The thing is that when I do want to sew something it's not actually that I have many options for sourcing fabric, so if I see something I like in Spotlight I kinda need to pick it up then and there, because there is no guarantee that it'll still be there next time. I mean we do have a couple of expensive fabric stores here in Brisbane, so I suppose I could find something, but I really don't want to pay 20-30 per m regardless of the supposed quality.

    Another issue is that ideally I want my stash out so that I am looking at it and it'll inspire me, but realistically that is just not practical. It'll get dusty and mouldy pretty quickly here. It's less inspiring all packed away, because I can't remembering what I have.

    I am still debating MMM, because although I wear something I have made almost every day in the summer, May is really the start of the winter and I don't have a lot of me made clothes for winter and since it is really only 4 months of the year in Brisbane I struggle motivating myself for that sort of sewing. I do plan on making a few long sleeved shirts for this winter and maybe a Grainline Moss skirt, but I don't think that'll happen in time for May.

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    1. I quite agree with the saying - and lets just hope the inheritors of the stash feel the same way :). I agree, most fabrics are too expensive for everyday wear, especially when you are also bringing up a family.

      Me Made is a bit tricky with the timing downunder - I tend to wear the same old things in winter - and much the same cut and colour. So I can understand your problem quite well.

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  4. The pink IS very flattering. J also like the jacket change. That reminded me, about 7 years ago, long before I began sewing, I bought a boucle jacket but it had the most awful buttons. I replaced those buttons and loved that jacket after! :)

    I'm considering MMM. I certainly have enough garments to do it. We will see :)

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    1. Thank you Nakisha - and I agree, you have so many garments - lots of tops as well, which I think you need for Me Made May.

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  5. I love the new buttons on your jacket. I can't do MMM 14 either because I don't have enough clothing to wear. I definitely want to participate next year though.

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    1. Thank you - and yes, planning for next year is a good idea :)

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  6. "So really, I think you need a large stash in order to facilitate creativity" - Love it. I am going to use this great excuse. I just purchased 2 more plastic crates as my stash was flowing out of cardboard boxes on my dressing table. I now have 8 crates full and still cant find the perfect piece for an item......

    You certainly have done some nice items this year. Great that replacing buttons can give an item such a different look.

    Haven't decided about MMM yet. I don't know if my photographer is up to taking a picture per day. I do love looking at other's contributions though.

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    1. Please feel free to use the phrase, BeaJay :) As often as you like.

      Photography is the hardest part of Me Made May I think - especially on working days.

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  7. Yes, you must make more pink things as it flatters you well. Those faux snakeskin buttons make your jacket so unique! A matching skirt would look great. I'm participating in mmm14 to simply challenge myself to wear 'something' me made each day... Not everything, and there will be lots of repeats because I definitely do not have enough me made clothes.... Yet. Because there will be so many repeats, not sure i will take daily photos, unless its simply to show how the me made clothes work in my lifestyle. I understand the challenge is what each individual makes it, so that's my plan. Hope you are feeling better Sarah Liz.

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    1. Thank you Lisa - and I think the idea of a personal challenge within mmm14 is a good idea - and as real life consists of lots of repeats of clothes, I don't think that is a problem.

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  8. I could probably squeeze in one me made garment every day in May especially if they were mostly pants, but like BeaJay I don't think my photographer would be up to daily photos and I know I definitely am not.

    More pink Sarah Liz! It looks beautiful on you.

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    1. Thank you Kathy - I'm on the hunt for pink, in the right shade. I agree, the daily photos would be difficult to do.

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  9. It's amazing how such a small thing like changing buttons can make a huge difference. Pink is fabulous on you!

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  10. Your jacket is looking great now and the new buttons are much better than the original jacket has.
    I agree with you and everyone, pink suit you perfectly. So, please make more pink garment :)
    Also, I am joining MMM'14 - it's going to be very difficult to photograph my everyday wear but I'll try my best :)

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  11. Vast improvement. I cannot tolerate gold buttons on my clothing, or gold fittings on my handbags. I am cool toned too (soft summer).

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  12. I totally agree about the stash thing! As we are moving I have been trying to get through mine so there's less to move. Now I regret it. I have hardly any left and inspiration falls a bit flat. Oh well just have to re-stock after the house move! :)x

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    1. Yes, you will - a very big restock will be in order :) x

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