Sunday, August 30, 2015

Vogue 8985 tunic

Happy Sunday to you. I thought I would squeeze in a post before the end of August. I can finally post this tunic  that I finished two weeks ago.  This is a tunic/dress from Vogue 8985 (out of print).
From the photo above you can see that it's intended to have an elastic waistband. However, when I tried on the garment initially to check for sizing, I decided to leave out the elastic for now. 


I kinda like this sack-dress look on me.  I would wear this with a tank top or tee shirt underneath though for everyday (I was just lazy for this photo session).  I actually haven't worn it but it will be great for Fall. The fabric is a yarn-dyed cotton from Miss Matatabi.

Our long, hot and dry summer seems to have come to an end. It started raining on Friday and a super-dooper storm came in yesterday, rattling windows, knocking down trees, taking power out in parts of the city. Thank goodness we were OK. But the air has suddenly cooled and it has definitely made me switch gears and think about sewing plans for Fall! I am really looking forward to seeing new releases coming out from Named on Tuesday - 10 patterns! 

What about you? Have you started planning your fall sewing? Any ideas you want to share?
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Local fabric shopping at Maiwa

As I had mentioned a couple of days ago, I was headed out to a local shop where I'd heard they started carrying some Merchant & Mills goodies! I'm talking about Maiwa which is located on Granville Island in Vancouver.  This area attracts tons of tourists which also deters me from heading out there as I always found it stressful to fight the traffic, find parking etc. This time my husband offered to take me down there so I could just focus on shopping! ha. I guess he's a keeper.

One thing I forgot to do was to take photos! I was too focused on shopping, plus the little shop was a bit tight to navigate when busy.  You can see a photo of the inside of the shop here. The table in front now has a display of sewing tools from Merchant & Mills, including patterns. Here's a photo of the fabrics.

Believe it or not, I didn't get any Merchant and Mills stuff. They didn't have the linens I was looking for so I will probably still buy them from the UK. It was exciting to see though!

I did end up buying some lovely organic cotton from India.
There were quite a few lovely Indigo prints but I told myself to try something new and ended up with more tone-on-tone, plus this neat pin tuck one on the bottom! The fabric is really narrow due to the pin tucks and I thought it would be interesting to make a little top from it. There was only one colourway of this and even if those colours aren't exactly my favourite, I am pushing myself a bit at a time to try new things.

You can see more of these Indian cottons here and here.  By the way, a lot of these prints were already gone when I visited this week.

I am sure I will be back at Maiwa a lot more now! If you have any questions, feel free to email me here. Have a lovely weekend!

From disaster to a save, thanks to a TNT pattern


I am a big fan of the Seamwork online magazine but I have never made any of the patterns yet. When the Mojave kaftan came out I knew I wanted to make it up right away. This was a time when I threw caution to the wind and went with a good fabric, much to my regret.

My other regret is that I forgot to take a photo of my Mojave before I took it apart! I thought I had but nope; you'll just have to take my word for it. It was too wide on top for me and the shoulders kept sliding off. I pondered modifying it by pulling the center seam in but somehow that didn't feel right neither. So I took the idea to sleep to maul over - bad idea too as I kept tossing and turning trying to figure out a solution. I woke up the next morning very sleepy eyed but with a solution - I will turn it into one of my TNT patterns: a Wiksten Tova!

Basically I cut off the length to make the tunic. With the fabric saved I cut new front bodice pieces plus collar. I had some fabric left over from my initial project, which I used for the sleeves. I managed to  fudge the style with the seams, ifyou can see what I mean.


All in all, I went from crying to smiling! I was so happy to be able to save this make as I love the fabric. It is an organic cotton lawn called Cherry Blossom from the Monaluna Haiku line

I would like to try the Mojave again but I would definitely play around with the bodice/neckline first.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Named Inari Tee in Japanese Enshuku cotton lawn

Good morning! I've seen the Inari Tee/Dress pattern from Named Clothing and was really curious to give it a try. I started off just making the crop tee and right away I realized it was too cropped for me!
I ended up added a peplum to it.

It wasn't until I took these photos that I noticed the slight difference in colour tone between the bodice and the peplum. I have no idea why, except that the peplum is cut along the selvedge so that when sewn, it's at cross grain. Perhaps the way the light hits?  It's odd because I can't really see any difference between the right side and the wrong side of the fabric!
I do like how this turned out on me with the peplum. The other change I made was to the neckline. I have a big head and although I could pull this over my head, I felt it would be less stress on the fabric if I just widened the neckline. I also used a bias binding to finish the neckline. I did the facing finish first and I pefer the bias binding.

Oh, the fabric. It's a Japanese textured Enshuku cotton lawn from Miss Matatabi. I noticed that Frances has restocked this and you can find it here.  The fabric is wonderfully light and airy!

Have a great day. I heard that a store locally is now selling Merchant & Mills stuff. I'm off to check it out this morning - so excited! I will report back!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Kika Tunic #2 in Nani Iro Freedom Garden

Surprise! I'm back so soon. Yes, I finally managed to take a whole bunch of photos of the garments, not least of which are the ones of me wearing them, thanks to a recently found tripod from my dad's! It's just made it a lot easier to get better photos instead of standing in front of the bathroom mirror! Anyway, see what you think.

I made another Kika tunic. This is the free pattern from Tina Givens. You can read about it in this post about my first tunic made.  I have worn it a lot during the hot weather, so much so that I knew I needed to make another one.

This second one is in Nani Iro's Freedom Garden, Greece.  On initial basting and trying on I found that the shoulders were all weird (sorry, no photos of that) in that they were too heavy and didn't "sit" properly with the double gauze fabric. So I took out my trusty Wiksten tank pattern and used it as a template to trim things down. That did the trick!
Kika tunic, front view

Kika tunic, back view

And lastly, yours truly. I'm still trying to figure out how to stand/pose for the camera so you can see a garment properly. Anyway that'll do for now! 

I'll be back tomorrow with another garment. (BTW, I've noticed a few people have started following this blog on Bloglovin' so thank you for that! I would love to hear from you.)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Wiksten Tank dress in Painting Check

Gosh, where is the time going? The summer is flying by! I have been bad at posting even though I have been doing some sewing - some wins, some not-so-much! Here's one that I made recently and which I love - the Wiksten Tank Dress!


It's made up in Nani Iro Painting Check in an orange-y red. It's wonderful to wear in this hot weather. The only thing I would add next time is maybe a couple of inches in the length.

I'll take photos and post the other makes during this week.