Friday, September 19, 2014

More from the Sewing Factory

Hello on the start of what we hope will be a sunny weekend! Currently we are still having some drizzle and (brrrrr...) cold, but hopefully this will change soon as per forecast!

The Sewing Factory chez moi has churned out a few more creations. I've committed these to my "good" fabrics.

First, the Shearwater Kaftan in Nani Iro's "Dear Mother's Girlhood - Gratitude".

 I like this one a lot. It's very comfy.

Next up is really my first make on the Camber Top by Merchant & Mills.  The fabric I used was part of a couple of "end pieces" I purchased from Linnie Darling awhile ago.  This is called Field Star.
Not crazy about this on me. I've since taken in the sides a wee bit. I may shorten it too as it then may look better as a "short boxy top".

The third and last one is *sigh* a beauty!  Look at this fabric! It's another from the "end pieces" I got and it's a Nani Iro cotton (not gauze) called Little Letters in Wedgewood floral. It's the Wiksten Tova with a few inches added for tunic (I'm tall) and I'm looking forward to wearing this with leggings in the upcoming cooler weather!  The fabric is a light cotton, not quite like lawn, but close. I love this piece!

That's it for this week. Thank you so much for visiting. I really appreciate reading your comments, knowing that someone reads this new blog of mine!

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Roza blouse in which I keep trying & trying!

You'd have to have patience with me on this post as I share with you my attempt at getting a Roza blouse that'd fit me!

When I first saw the Roza blouse here, I just fell in love with the design by KateNRose. I had dreams of making a many versions of this top. I started off digging into my old quilting stash to start a wearable muslin which ended up as Version 1. I was really excited too as I managed to get a complimentary piece for the inset so off I speedily sewed.
Oh, I was so pleased with how it looked, then I tried it on. 
Hmmm. It may not look it in the photo above but it was very breezy and the neckline was very, very wide. 
I put on a tank then felt a bit better. My husband looked at it and said "why not put a piece of fabric in there instead of the tank?" OK. So off I went to try that. 
While it looks ok in the photo, it really doesn't work in real life. I was pretty discouraged at this point as I loved this pattern so much, but it was time to put the tools aside and "sleep on it"... (the problem not the tools!)

The next day I decided to try something which was to go back to the pattern pieces and grade any sizing to do with the neckline from Large to Small. Back to diving into my old quilting stash. Here is a first fitting of Version 2.
The fitting was encouraging enough that I took the time to make a better looking top. 
This does work a lot better but leads me to think I should maybe do one more try - make the body Medium and grade the neckline to X-small.  I'm going to put this aside for now though as I'm tired of it and this is more Summer wear than Fall wear.

All in all, it taught me to try new things in terms of altering a pattern.  I still love the pattern, just not sure it's for me though. Time will tell!

In case you are wondering how on earth I am going to wear all these things (ha ha) I am making these as wearable muslins rather than just muslins. Sometimes I do the latter.  There are pros and cons of each. Next year a lot of these will likely be donated to the Women's Shelter so I don't mind being "the crazy woman at her sewing machine"!

Have a lovely weekend!

Monday, September 8, 2014

First Try at the Cappucino Dress

Finally, I was able to make the Cappuccino Dress by Liesl & co.  This was the most complex of the projects I've tackled so far so I told myself to go slow.  The instructions around the attaching the front inset to the sides baffled me a bit but little by little, I got it!

I liked it but the fabric wasn't the best for it I think. I shall have to see what to use for my "good" version. My husband did comment that he thought the silhouette was very "elegant". ha.

Today Mr Mailman brought me some goodies purchased at the Labour Day sale at Warp & Weft.  The sale is still on till end of today so you still have time to hop on over there to get a deal! 

I feel like a proper sewist now!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are enjoying the posts. I know my (cross) stitching friends are popping by from my other blog which is great. If you are a new sewist visiting I would love to hear from you. BTW, if you have "no-reply" on your Blogger profile, I can't contact you to thank you for your comment. I also have a problem commenting on Blogger posts where comments are "below posts" (default). 

I have run out of projects to sew so the next few days will see me prepping the next set of projects. Enjoy your week!

Once Again - New Look 6185...altered

I posted about my New Look 6185 finish last week here. I wore it a couple of times and wasn't happy with the elastic/tunic thing happening so I decided to remove the elastic thing altogether and give this thing a haircut!

I also decided it needed pockets but not just any plain ole' patch pockets but something with a little extra zing! So I just drafted something and made it up as I went along.

You like? I like it a whole lot better now. The only thing I would change about the pockets next time is to make them Bigger!

Off to post about my next finish...

Friday, September 5, 2014

Shearwater Kaftan : "Shear" Delight!

A few weeks ago, when I first attempted the Shearwater Kaftan I had a near meltdown. You can read about it here. I did end up saving the garment but I knew I had to go back to the drawing board, so to speak.

So, I revised my pattern pieces to a size up and cut out the pieces as per normal, or on the grainline, rather than across. I am so relieved now that it fits me wonderfully and I love how it turned out!  I will be making another one (or two) I am sure! 
The fabric is a batik and I love the pattern and the colour!  I did not make the tabs for the sleeves. Although I admire how the tabs look on others' versions, I knew I would not use it. This works for me.

I have been loving the colour orange in the last couple of years. Here it is in my pot of begonias in our garden.
I was out in the garden this morning, after having neglected it for at least a week. We had fall weather roll in over the Labour Day weekend and I can just see this reflected in the garden. Things are looking tired, like they've been partying and it's time to go to bed!  I guess I'd better psyche myself up for some fall garden clean-up this month!

Meanwhile, more sewing! Next up, the Cappucino dress/tunic!

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Two from Merchant & Mills

I have a couple of Merchant & Mills finishes. (Just in case you are wondering, I had cut out 5 projects by the end of August so now it's just the sewing and that's why I am whipping these things off quickly.)

First up, The Dress Shirt. I was really looking forward to seeing how this would sew up as I really like the look of it on the front of the pattern. 
My initial finish last evening was a disaster. The little pleat up front looked horrible on my version, like I had a weird new appendage growing out of my abdomen! Argh! I tried fixing it last night but it was not cooperating. Note to self - don't try to fix problems at night! Even the photo won't cooperate for this post!

Then today, after I stitched up the lovely Top64, I tried fixing it again by inverting the pleat so now it is looking better. I am still not loving this but at least I can wear it without someone thinking I have the Alien thing going on!  The Dress Shirt would really benefit from some pockets which I may still try to do!

Today I stitched up Top 64.  *sigh* Love it. It really is a lovely top and will be warm and cozy in the cooler months. I want to make more!

The pockets on this top are the coolest!

While I was really frustrated with my Dress shirt, including the instructions, what I can say about both pieces is that I love how the neckline and shoulders fit on me - absolutely wonderful!

I'm so focused on sewing that I almost missed my hair appointment today! If my hairdresser hadn't texted me that she'd me a bit late, I would've totally missed it!

What day is it?

It's sewing day, of course! ;-)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New Look 6185 in Grey Cotton

Hi again. Well, I've finished New Look 6185. I made a few changes.
This is how it looked, much like what was on the pattern. 
While I really liked the top portion, the shape didn't look great on me. It started to look like a mu-muu. Since I wanted to wear this over capris or leggings, it was too snug around the hips. So, first thing I did was to remove the in-seam pockets which gave me a bit more room. Still, I decided to open up the side seams from the bottom up about 9 inches.  Finally, to give this more shape, I added in a casing and inserted elastic around the waist. I am much happier with this shape on me. 
Would I make this again? Not likely though "never say never!" This would probably look better with something more drapey.

I've been really enjoying being creative with my sewing. While I am learning dressmaking again, I am benefiting from learning from many sewists online.

Here's some minor tweaking with my Schoolhouse Tunic which I had posted back here.  I found the  opening too low, even if it was intended to be worn with a tee or tank underneath.
I decided to try and close up the front a bit simply by hand stitching up about 3 inches. Then I just added a couple of buttons for embellishments. I can still pull this over my head!

For my next version, I will do that from the start. 
That's it for another day! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sweet September

Welcome, September! I really like this time of year when the weather starts to mellow out a bit, yet still peeks through every now and then with days of sunshine. The garden puts on that last hurrah. This year, with our hot summer, the tomatoes have been amazing so I look forward to enjoying them this month!

I have lots of plans for sewing now that I finally feel more organized with my sewing.  Here is what I am working on ...

This first one is New Look 6185 and I am doing the version with the rounded neckline. It reminds me a bit of the Portfolio tunic which I love but which I am way too late for since I just returned to sewing this summer.  I really love the combination of fabrics I picked out. This is another "wearable muslin" with quilting cotton. I had a small remnant of Nani Iro Sen Ritsu "Tour" and it's just perfect for the contrast piece. I will show more when I am finished with this one.
Another project cut out is the Dress Shirt by Merchant & Mills. Like the fabric? It's an Indigo shade and I had originally intended it for something else, then I realized the design perfectly echoes the bib on the Dress Shirt so I thought they would be an interesting combination! 
Here is another Merchant & Mills pattern - Top 64. I cut out this cute fabric for it. 
Have you noticed how much more subdued these fabrics are than my last two finishes? It must be my transition to Fall thing already creeping in!

I hope to be back soon with another finish!

Two more finishes for August

Although I finished these two in August I couldn't find the time to post about them. Instead I had to do more re-organizing of my sewing enterprise! I think I've finally "got it" now.

Here are the final two finishes in August:

The first one is the revised/resized Dress E from the Stylish Dress Book. What I am most pleased about it is the fabric, which is an out-of-print Nani Iro fabric called Fuccra (I think). I hunted down the fabric and bought 3 pieces from two different sellers! This dress makes me happy!
The second finish is another wonderful Scout tee using Nani Iro Freedom Garden - France. I love the neon colours!  (Sorry for the fuzzy photo.)
I can't wait to see what the Nani Iro fall releases might bring!