Sunday, May 19, 2013
Snippets from my weekend....
A surprise celebration with the birthday girl and indulging in an indoor picnic...
My ode to Bacon Week 2013
Sunday morning bike ride in the sunshine. Increased my distance to 6kms!
Basketball in the park with the little nephews..
Watch out for Michael Jordan!
Kings of the Castle
Starting on this weeks creative project - making over my old bedroom chest of drawers which haven't been touched since around 1998 (I've liked orange for a reeeeeeally long time). Watch this space...
Playing Sunday Snippets with Tinniegirl. Why not play along too?
Thursday, May 16, 2013
A little while I ago I received an email with a very interesting proposition.
I was asked whether I'd like to take up the creative challenge of re-fashioning any item of clothing from Boohoo.com
Now, I absolutely love a creative challenge, so of course I jumped at the chance. Anything that gets me thinking outside the creative box is fun!
I chose this Sandy Scoop Neck Maxi Dress as there was plenty of scope for refashioning, and I know that orange suits my skin tone.
Please excuse the photo quality - it's the only full length mirror in my house
The first step to shorten the dress using my totally not-technical method.
This is how I determine the hem length on all my dresses - I just put the dress on and then clip up the hem until it's sitting at a length that I think is flattering.
I'm a little bit obsessed with Peter Pan collars since making my Alma blouse, so I decided to add one to the dress.
I simply traced the curve of the neckline of the dress and created a little paper template using graph paper.
I cut two collar templates in fabric, interfaced one of them to add structure, placed them right sides together and sewed along the bottom curved edge. I then trimmed and cut into the curved seams before turning out.
It just so happened that my Linear Design fabric in tangerine colourway matched the dress perfectly!
I placed the collar onto the top of the dress and stitched it into place, before stitching binding over the top to cover the unfinished collar seam.
I simply made myself another paper template in a shape that I thought would be flattering for the style of dress. They're just two pieces of fabric placed right sides together, stitched, trimmed and turned out - easy peasy.
I matched up the straight edge of the pockets with the side seams of the dress, and then simply stitched around the curved section to attach them to the dress.
The final piece of the refashioing puzzle, was to create a pretty belt to cinch in the waist (or for me, to try to create the illusion of a waist)
Nikki's You Sew Girl book
I love the funky red belt buckle that I had in the stash.
I used my 25mm bias tape maker to make some very simple belt loops and hand stitched these to the side seams. I can't stand it when a belt slips around up and down - belt loops are a necessity!
This is just another random photo because I LOVE the collar.
......et voila - here's the finished dress.
It turned out so much better than I'd even hoped. Can't wait to give it a whirl!
Edited: Here's a little snapshot of what it looks like on.... I accidentally cut my head off - it's really hard to do a self-photo shoot!
Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post, but I was given the dress as a gift from Boohoo.com
Monday, May 13, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Hottie by My Poppet
Hotties have already started arriving on my doorstep which is absolutely wonderful!
Don't stress if you haven't signed up just yet, as there's still plenty of time. You have until June 21st to get them back to me in time for the exhibition.
Hottie by Niccnac76
More kits will be arriving this week, so I'll get them out ASAP to anyone who is still waiting.
Hottie by Niccnac76
We had 63 entries in our group submission in 2011, and we're already up to 79 this year which is super exciting! I wonder if we could maybe hit 100?
Saturday, May 11, 2013
I had it printed onto a lovely cotton sateen basecloth...
....and made it into this lovely dress.
Unfortunately, it doesn't fit me, and so this completely unique dress is now looking for a new home.
It's a Simplicity 2444 Project Runway Pattern. I made it in a Size 14 (according to the pattern).
The measurement from the pattern envelope - Bust 36 Waist 28 Hip 38
The only change that I made was to add side in-seam pockets on both sides.
If you're interested in buying, just send me an email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, May 10, 2013
Are you looking for something to do this weekend?
Then, why not come along and peruse the crafty goodness on offer at the Polly Pratt Fabric Sale!
It's in the studio out the back of Olive Grove - 159 Sydney Rd Brunswick on Saturday and Sunday.
Come and snap up a bargain!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Remember that vow that I made to sew more clothes for myself?
Well, it's been a while but I finally have something new to add to the wardrobe.
Now this is a great pattern - I'd totally recommend it. Unfortunately, I started it late on a Sunday afternoon and managed to make a bit of a mess of it.
It all began when I realised that I didn't actually have enough of this pretty floral voile.
I cut the front of the blouse on the fold, and then I was supposed to cut the back on the fold also. This is the point where I realised I'd have to make some changes, so I cut the back of the blouse in two pieces and joined them and topstitched to make it look like it was meant to be...
Once I'd cut the front, back, collar, and facings, I realised that there also wasn't enough fabric for sleeves. Whoops!
Please forgive the crappy night time iPhone photos
I decided to add four inches to the length as that's the style that I prefer to wear. I had to skip the vertical darts on the back to make it fit comfortably.
Once I'd made the collar in three separate sections, I realised that I hadn't read the instructions properly (it was supposed to just be in one piece). Again, not enough fabric to re-do, so I just went with the flow and attached the collar in three pieces!
Once I'd gotten to this unhemmed stage, I had to decide what to do about the missing sleeves. I have quite narrow shoulders, so I trimmed back the shoulder width at the top, and just bound the armholes with red binding.
It works perfectly with my little green op-shopped cardi. I've also worn it with a pink cardi this week.
So I'm calling this my Sort Of Alma Blouse in View B...
I think I'll try View A next!