June/July Stash Competition

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Since travelling overseas, I realised that having stacks of fabric in your wardrobe is not good. It’s simply excessive. I chose to enter a stash competition. Well it’s winter and it’s perfect sewing weather. Sewing for this competition (June – July) plus watching the Tour de France each night took its toll on my energy levels.
The competition ended on Thursday 31/7/08 so here are some of the items I made. The dress is fabric from Tessutis. It’s not easy to sew with and I chose a pattern that needs a firmer fabric to really make the A-line show better. The brown tie back top was sewn under the influence of Lemoncello. It does wonders for your creativity. The grey short sleeved t-shirt in jersey was also Lemoncello influenced and I’ve worn it to work with over a white shirt and black pants. I saw this look in a mag and loved it. So now it’s my look. Fierce.

Below are the other items I made as part of the stash competition:
– two tops in “McCalls 8777”
– two tops in “A match”
– the first top in “Vintage fabric from the 70’s”
– the jacket in “Short & sweet”
– two skirts to match the “Short and sweet” jacket

McCalls 8777 – a pattern for all occasions

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} catch(err) {} This pattern has been a favourite of mine, especially for making heaps of winter work tops. I’ve altered it for rolled shoulder adjustment and for sway back. I’ve since lowered the hemline by 5cm for the winter.
The dark red/black top is a favourite work top that I wear lots in the winter. I’ve made this fabric into a cross over top Kwik Sew 2694.

The striped fabric had been sitting at the bottom of my wardrobe, lining it. I didn’t consider it worthwhile however, I found some cherry fold over elastic and it’s now a casual top that I wear on weekends.
The grey blue fabric has a band of elastic lace over the chest. Not for emphasis but to conceal. They’re both comfortable to wear.

Vietnam – outsourcing your stash

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} catch(err) {}Hoi An is a great place to get clothes and shoes made to measure. I did just that earlier this year. As a sewer, I was able to figure out whether the tailor shop we used was worthwhile. At the resort end of Hoi An there are some smaller tailor shops. I tried one and it wasn’t worth the fabric I paid for.
The better tailor I used was Yaly in Nguyen st. Here’s the level of detail they go to:
– I was measured in over 10 areas.
– My photo was taken against a wall chart – left side, back view and front view.
– I have two fittings .
When you get fitted, you’re give a card with the name of the sales person and date when you’re measurements were taken. KEEP THIS CARD. Why? Because that’s the person who takes responsibility for your garments. Better still, if you want more tailoring done with you get home, use this as reference in your email. Seriously. It’s a great way to outsource your sewing stash, once you get home.

Dare to bare – Kwik Sew 3378

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} catch(err) {}Sharon, the phantom and I all bought KwikSew 3378. It’s a knot fronted knit top. The fabric is from Tessuti’s, http://www.tessuti.com.au/ bought on sale of course. I loved the print and it looks silky. It’s also the beginning of a casual green capsule I’m developing.

Today I wore it, on a cool winter Sunday, with a white tshirt underneath. I felt very loud but today was a grey day, so I felt good wearing it. The sleeves weren’t long enough so I added 10cm at the bottom, and it still worked.
I’ll make this again and possibly raise the front knot.

A history with Knitwit

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Knitwit has been a great supplier of knit fabrics.
Wendy Gager is proactive by bringing her wares across Australia twice a year. I’ve found the fabric quality is dependable and I’ve been picky about the fabrics that I’ve invested in. Here are a couple of examples of how I’ve been able to create some basic wardrobe favourites that have lasted. The brown paisley basic v-neckline is created using McCalls 8777. The other brown round neck top also uses McCalls 8777. I’ve made the neckline smaller because it seemed plunging. Not that I’m a prude, I’m just short, so the puppies are higher.
The blue paisley and brown italian zigzag knit cross-over top is Kwik Sew 2694 View A. After initially wearing these, I’ve trimmed the side seams to ensure they fit better. In the winter they look great with a contrasting top underneath. What keeps these knit in good shape is a product called “Seams Great”. Punch with Judy keeps this on hand http://pupu1281.staging-zeus.netregistry.net/shop/home.php
Here’s how you find Knitwit http://www.knitwit.com.au/

Even the earrings match

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} catch(err) {}This year, a friend who used to sew and now makes jewellery, joined us at our sewing weekend. She was great in making jewellery to match our outfits.
The earrings here, were my first attempt at making my own earrings. It was simple and I’ve got a few magazines that demonstrate the ‘how to” but I always need to try a new skill with someone who knows.

Since then, I’ve made a couple more earrings and a cute bracelet. The matching jewellery will be the final step to all of my outfits in future.

A match – Kwik Sew 2683

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} catch(err) {} Here’s my 2008 attempt to arrange a new basic knit top. I wanted something that could be comtemporary and classic. It’s Kwik Sew 2683 and I found it easy to sew and fitted nicely. I used the petite length and I’ve since sewn the side seams in a bit to make the fit better – and not showy. Both of these fabrics were on sale at Tessuti’s http://www.tessuti.com.au/?gclid=CLHWvrrTvJQCFRIuagodrHHySg