Sunday, March 13, 2016

Latest makes from the sewing table

Happy Sleepy Sunday.  Time change always messes me up, especially losing the one hour today!

I've been happily sewing away these days. You may have seen some on my Instagram feed. Here are three of the latest.  All the fabrics are from Miss Matatabi.

1. Top 64 from Merchant & Mills, in Nani Iro double gauze, Birds Eye View. This is such a nice cozy number.
2. Blouse Marthe from Republique du Chiffon, in Nani Iro double gauze.  Look at the colours next to the Naomi Ito calendar - nice match!


3. My favourite dress pattern, based on hacking the Hemlock tee from Grainline Studio. The fabric is a beautiful linen from the Nani Iro Spring/Summer 2016 collection. 
I liked the selvedge and decided to use it to add a band around the bottom of the sleeves.
I figured if I got tired of the selvedge I can always roll up the sleeves, like so. 
What can I say? I love this dress. The linen is just amazing. It's light but not too light and it has a nice body to it. It will be interesting to see how it wears over time.

That's it for another update. I am happy to say I have a few more things cut out and ready for play! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

18 comments:

  1. Just fabulous fabrics! You've done wonders with the Hemlock Tee hack!

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    1. I know, wasn't I lucky to find that Hemlock Tee hack to work for me! ;-)

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  2. Everything looks great! You are really sewing so many great things!

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    1. Thanks Margaret. Back at 'cha for your many great sweaters of late!

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  3. You're really on a roll, Melissa! Each is so pretty, but the colors in the second one are especially nice--so calming. I am wondering how the price of sewing a shirt/dress compares to purchasing. Are the fabrics really expensive? It used to be much cheaper to make your own, but these look like pretty upscale fabrics :) Just curious! Enjoy your week, my friend...

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    1. Thanks Carol. That topic could be a whole topic for a forum! I would say that if I was to buy something using the fabrics that I like they would be a lot more expensive (which makes sense when you think about it).

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  4. Beautiful! I love all three but my favourite is the lovely linen Hemlock dress. That colour looks wonderful on you and as you might have guessed I am a big fan of the silhouette!

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    1. Thanks Bella. I know you like that silhouette as I have your dresses. I am tempted to make a similar dress as your "billowy" one in Nani Iro as I have the same fabric!

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  6. I love all three pieces beautiful shapes, colors and fabrics.
    Regarding the cost of sewing clothes- sewing is a creative hobby for me with the added bonus of getting to wear what I make. I love looking in my closet and seeing the handmade items. So, its hard to place an exact cost on sewing.

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    1. Janie, I agree with you about sewing as a creative hobby. I've been thinking about it a lot since my friend's question and it may become a blog post soon! Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Wow - these garments/fabrics are gorgeous! I have the top no.64 pattern but have not made it yet. Your top looks fabulous.

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    1. Thanks Caroline. Top 64 is really a cozy top and it happens to fit me really well. I think their models must be huge though (and I'm nearly 6 ft)! I think most people will probably need to shorten the length of the sleeves, for example.

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  8. I love the pieces you make, Melissa! The fabrics are always so pretty and everything looks so comfortable.

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  9. I love all three, what great matches of fabric to pattern. But the linen dress is fabulous. The idea to add the selvedge at the hem is inspired.

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  10. Three great new garments. And what a clever use of the selvedges on the linen dress. But my favorite would be the green-yellow-turquoise striped one. Wonderful colors and an interesting sewing line.

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  11. Lovely work again Melissa, you have been vert productive! Like them all, so cute! I agree with the cost of sewing. There are surely less expensive fabrics, but if you want something beautiful and you want it to be good quality, it will surely cost more. But still it is less expensive than if you bought a ready made garment with the same fabric. AND indeed, it gives so much, sewing, and seeing your own work. I like Marimekko fabrics cause I kind of grew with them in Finland, but the garments are way off my budget, and even the fabrics are expensive. But it certainly would give me much more to make something myself of the fabrics than buy ready made. I also want to learn more of pattern making, and would like the garments to fit even better myself. Bought my first pattern making course at craftsy and intending to do my own bodice sloper in the near future. The course seems very interesting!

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  12. Those are all so beautiful! I just love nani Iro fabrics, they have the most gorgeous colours and prints. The idea to use the selvedge on the sleeve edges is inspired. :)

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