Pattern stash challenge – one pattern complete

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} catch(err) {}The plan for September and October is to see how many unopened patterns I can open and make an item in eight weeks. Why? Patternreview.com is running a pattern stash competition and I’ve got a few/many unopened patterns that I’d just love to make up. http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/contestreport.pl?ContestID=75

My rose coloured glasses list is:
McCalls 5007 – short boxy jacket with princess line (that I might need to add more fitting depending on the fabric)
McCalls 4783 – half circle skirt with yoke, now completed in black voile with redish flower print
McCalls 5408 – loose fitting pullover top
Vogue 8480 – unlined jacket (that I might be tempted to line)
Vogue 8426 – yoke skirt with interesting pleats etc
Vogue 8420 – loose knit tunic top.

I’m a bit wary of loose fitting garments because I can’t successfully wear loose clothing that’s designed for an average sized person and not look like a grey-haired school child.

Ribbon can be useful – Simplicty 4698 and Vogue 7971

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} catch(err) {} I’ve used ribbons on this suit to bring the pink out on this suit. I bought the fabric from Fine Wools Direct before it closed down. It’s a stretch woven so it’s comfortable to wear. The jacket is Simplicity 4698 view c so I could make it up quickly and just experiment with the ribbon. The ribbon has a slight water mark on it so it’s a slightly shiny and matt at the same time.
The skirt is Vogue 7971 view c however, I’ve ignored the uneven hem, because I’m short and I don’t think I could really pull this off somehow.
The day/night I wore this suit was a high profile pseudo society do, and Megan Gale’s managing agent was at the function, as were a few high profile David Jones representatives. Not bad for a home sewer and longtime wall flower.
So far I’ve experimented wearing a silver jersey top underneath the jacket so this spring I’ll experiement with a silver/grey silk shirt that I have hiding in the closet somewhere.

Akira relocation sale in Sydney

In case you’re in Sydney this weekend, Akira is having a relocation sale on Saturday 23/8 and Sunday 24/8.
PS: I was disappointed when I visited the sale today (23/8). I had to wait in line to get in and there were stacks of people on the premises – which was to be expected. The fabric range was limited and still very pricey however, of limited use (or for a special occassion, depending on your POV) so I know there will be some very thrilled sewers out there who did bag something for their stash. Yours truly consider the lunacy of it all and walked away, to let others get swept up in the novelty of the experience.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good sale and when I’m in a weaker frame of mind I’ll buy up big. Note to self: I need a fabric therapist….
Each piece of fabric was special but I just can’t justify rebuilding a fabric stash that may never be touched until it’s way passed its use by date/season.

Sewing history in sleepy Wollombi

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} catch(err) {} In sleepy Wollombi, is a small museum with a great sewing display. I’m not a history buff but these machines are over 150 years old. To think that we’re still dealing with unpicking and readjusting seams and hemline – just like many sewers before us.

Wrap trench – New Look 6423

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} catch(err) {} This isn’t new and I’ve made this jacket twice. The first one was for my sister. I loved it so I made one for myself. The fabric is a medium weight poly wool that I bought from Home Yardage. The first jacket had lots of detailing and both versions have welt pockets. This is also fully lined so it keeps the cold wind out. It’s great to wear with basic black in the winter.
It took longer that 5 hours but it wasn’t complicated so I would make it again if required.

Nuts for knits

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} catch(err) {} This is my trusty vneck knit – McCalls 8777. When I bought it from Knitwit I was revved up to make it up but then, life took over. Last week I went to cut it out, and found that it wasn’t long enough. So I added a gathered piece on the back with some slight gathering where I usually do a sway back adjustment.
The front and back are lined with a beige lingere knit. I’ve used seams great on the shoulder seams for stability.
The neckline had cherry fold over elastic as the finish.
Surprise, surprise, the hems are not finshed and I used the overlocker for the seams.
Talk about easy to make up. How does 2 hours sound?
This is a good in-between project when making up more tailored garments.

Great jeans jacket – Vogue 7610

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} catch(err) {} Here’s my trusty jeans jacket. The red one was a trial, to test the sizing. I decided to make this after one of my sewing buddies found this pattern and then we all exclaimed “ooohh – noice.” The blue and brown versions are size 10 in the shoulders, slightly shorter in the waist, using good quality stretch woven cord from Knitwit.

When it’s really cold, this isn’t a warm jacket but it’s “weekend worthy” in my books. The snaps are the long prong version and Mick from Mick’s buttonhole service in Redfern (previously at Surry Hills) applied them for me. He’s now at 22 Botany St, Redfern.
The instructions for the back yoke and hem band are not easy, so I did this my way. That being, I applied the facing once the jacket fashion fabric was done. I applied the hem band front side first, for a cleaner edge.
Now that shirt dresses are back in, I’m going to try view B. Wish me luck.