Sunday, February 19, 2017

Going Green

 This month I have been feeling a little on the wan side, so I decided to take a break from blogging and concentrate on doing jobs that needed doing - accounts, tax, all sorts of boring things. And I took a few days off to concentrate on sewing, which did me some good.  I thought I would quickly show you what I have made.

Last year I purchased about 3 metres of backing cotton for quilts.  It's quite a low grade cotton, and I normally wouldn't buy it, but at $3.00 per metre for a 260 wide fabric, I thought it would be ideal for wearable muslins and pattern testing.  And I knew the colour was coming into fashion.

Now, I know quilters must buy large quantities of this sort of fabric all the time, but I found it rather daunting looking at a cumbersome block of fabric - and it was block like, this cheap grade cotton was very fibrous and cardboard like in texture.  So, I decided to sew it up all at once.  And I love the results - a few much needed bits of colour to pep up my bland wardrobe.

The jacket I love.  I have had the following pattern for an unlined cotton or linen jacket  in my stash for some years, and thought it would work for this fabric:

And it did!

I also made a pair of pants:

Using a Lisette pattern, again from Butterick:

I know a few of you are interested in my thoughts on this pants pattern, and I will enjoy sharing them with you in March.  I will tell you though, that I like this pattern.  I did have to alter it to suit my shape, but it was a nice pant to make and looks nice on.

A skirt - I used an old McCall's pattern which has a front fold and split, which you can't see clearly on this photo. You can see the wrinkles, because I haven't ironed it yet!  I adapted the pattern and added slanted pockets.

And, last but not least, a princess seamed dress, which looks absolutely awful on a hanger, but absolutely fantastic on.  I guess that is better than fantastic on the hanger, but awful on.  And, many fitted dresses do look awful on hangers - they are made to be worn and filled out by the contours of the body. That's why I take photos of the garment I make being worn by me - because it shows what the garment really looks like on somebody.  

And the pattern used was another McCall's pattern:

Again, fitted and modified a little, but this was a really nice dress to make up and is on the list for remaking one day...

As for the comment situation, I tried installing Disquis, but there is some sort of incompatibility with Blogger and Disquis, and I think I have to recode bits of the Disquis installation in order to make things work.  Now, sometimes I am in the mood for that sort of headache, but more often not.  I have headaches enough with problems to solve in my everyday life, and I don't need more!  So for the time being I will stick with good old Blogger comments.

That's it for now, be back blogging soon.

Take care, 

Sarah Liz

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January Review and February Plans

Hello everyone, the first month of 2017 has already gone.  So quickly. And I really don't feel I got into a sewing rhythm at all.  Yes, I got things made, but the month was sort of higgly piggly, so sewing was fitted in higgly piggly as well. Which I don't like.  I often have to fit it in, but in a more orderly fashion, which I do like!  Hopefully over the next month or so I will get more structure and order back into my sewing life.

As for the green fabric above, I will tell you about that later in the post. First I will recap January's makes.

First make of the month was a little cotton shirt, which I didn't like to start with as the fabric was a cheap, stiff, cotton and it didn't drape nicely. But after about 8 washes (I just kept throwing it back in the machine when other blues and whites were being washed) it has softened and I quite like it now. for a casual weekend sort of top.

I was also working on a promised Xmas gift for my DH.  A casual cotton/linen shirt and pants. This was a mammoth job, because I had to work out what size and shape and had to then do 2 muslins for the shirt and two for the pants!  Anyway, I got there in the end:

And, I am pleased to report, he likes wearing it on hot, humid weekends.  The pockets are a great hit - he says they are just right.  And the air conditioner has not been run on high, and is often off!  The thermal properties of cotton/linen made up in loose garments beats a t shirt and drill pants!

I felt a little jaded after two shirt muslins, 2 pant muslins, and then the sewing of black shirt and pants.  I don't like sewing black, and there was just miles and miles of the stuff...

So after that I made something simple and cheerful for me.  A little cotton top to wear with a previously me-made skirt:

As for my stashing habits, I am afraid they are still with me:

 After all, when Spotlight is still selling clearance fabrics at a good price, what do you do, especially when you have a gift card you have been instructed to use?  Lots of future plans for this lot...

And in the green baskets underneath the stash additions (which are waiting to be catalogued and housed) are my new threads:

I am gradually building up a collection of larger reels of thread. 5000 metres for about $3.9, purchased from MRecht.. Beats Gutermann 100 metres for $3.49 or whatever it currently is.  I can use this on my industrial machine, and for the domestic machines I have purchased a spool holder and feeder:

I got this from Sewing Machine Warehouse for about $9.99 plus postage.  I have tested the set up on my domestic Janome, and it worked well, and the machine didn't mind sewing with the thread.  This does not mean I am recommending this thread and spool set up, just letting you know what I have done and that it worked for me!

As for the green fabric:

It's a cheap quilting cotton.  I have metres of the stuff, purchased when it was $3.00 per metre - and it is 260 wide!  I knew green was about to become the next big colour in fashion, so planned to make some things with it to pep up my basic wardrobe.

First I am going to make these trousers by Lisette:

What I like about them is the classic trouser style combined with a hint of jean style:

The picture is a bit blurry, but gives you an idea at least.

I also thought the fabric would be wonderful for this dress:

That's the plans so far.  I will probably be able to get something else out of the remains of the fabric but the what is yet to be decided.

Can't wait to share both these makes with you, I think they will look quite stunning.

Bye for now,

Sarah Liz