Tour down under 2013

This week I’ve spent quality time getting my cycling fix..

I managed to watch the pre Tour down under stage race on the east side on the Sunday night.

The weather was warm and dry and I checked out the tour support teams too.

I got very close to the packs.

This is the behind the scenes ‘nosy’ around the support crews.

For the Twi-hards, ‘Edward’ is in town too.

I was able to visit DK Fabrics during the week. DK’s an absolutely huge shop for a sane sewer to endure without help from a friend. There were more jungle prints than you could point your bow and arrow at.
But I did take a sewing friend and now she has the matching zipper and fold over binding for her crotchet fabric to make a casual jacket. I have enabled a fellow sewer. My job here is done 🙂

Oh, and another friend asked me to toile check a pattern (New Look 6457) for her DD while I was here and I did. Her Mum now has a basic dress bodice that fits her DD and can sew up a dress for without needing to test fit her DD in person.
Now that does make this telecommuting or virtual sewing or enabling a family?

Jalie skort 2796

I owe you a pic of this skort in action. Well, taking a break on the beach is where it came in very handy.

Henley Beach, Adelaide on Australia Day.

We hired some bikes and cycled from town to the beach on the road and then cycled back along the Torrens river. The return trip was 22kms so it wasn’t a hard ride. The bag that I’m holding had my cycling gear in it plus a standard issue hotel towel. It was a 38C day but because Adelaide has dry heat it was bearable and great to get away from our rainy summer.

At West Beach a few days later.

This time we took a Go-Get car to hang out at the beach for the afternoon. This skort is now my favourite beach skirt. I really love Jalie patterns.

Adelaide fabric stores

Here are a Adelaide few sewing places you might want to check out if you are in town:

Catwalk Fabrics 72 Colin street Brompton Adelaide:
Lis was very helpful and chatty. She has a history of teaching sewing and drafting and she wants younger sewers to learn as much as they can. Lis stocks designer fabrics that the bigger stores don’t stock. She said she bought fabrics via Tessutis. She also had some japanese books on draping etc, so she does have some unique pieces.
DK Fabrics 105 Port st Hindmarsh Adelaide:
This store is huge and it contains lots of fabric, notions and stored items. I bought apple green denim and a cream knit. I was overwhelmed with the selection. They cut fabric straight off the bolt where you stand so I couldn’t choose more than two pieces without losing my place in the store.
The staff were helpful and they had stacks of notions in loads of colours. It’s 4kms from the city and you can get there via tram to the entertainment centre.
Button Bar Shop 13, Adelaide Arcade, Adelaide CBD between Grenfell st and Rundall Mall:
The amount of buttons and notions in this store is overwhelming. Sylvia Collins is one of the owners and she took my query for rivets. This is a great store for locals and They have every sort of button and closure.
Ferrier Fashion Fabrics 380 Fullarton Road Fullarton, Adelaide:
This is a large store that has good quality fabrics and a great range of notions. I found the jacket zippers I needed for the Minoru jacket and rivets for my jeans. This store is easy to find and is 10 minutes from the CBD. The sales people are know their products and are very helpful when you’re trying to resolve a project. There were some lovely luxurious fabrics that I was tempted to buy. Next time.
From the fabrics I bought in Adelaide, I’ve made up the green jeans and the Minoru jacket.

Fitting fatigue – Minoru jacket

There’s no way I’ll let this jacket beat me. We spent the weekend with Angie’s getting the fit sorted. Those sleeve lines don’t happen with a standard fitted sleeve but because there isn’t the same sleeve head room built into a raglan sleeve, a couple of us had to build in the sleeve head room that was missing. Then I was able to take the 2″ out of the collar that I had added previously. Phew. Collars are not the sort of adjustment I’m comfortable making so returning the collar to its original length was a relief. As you can also see below, this raglan pattern is all in one. There isn’t a separate front and back raglan sleeve pattern piece so the changes in the Big Red book Fitting and Pattern Alteration: A Multi-Method Approach to the Art of Style Selection, Fitting, and Alteration (2nd Edition) didn’t help.

So the sleeve has been cut and spread 2″/5cm to add in the additional sleeve head room. I’ve also readjusted the length so it’s only 3/4″ longer at the top of the arm. Now that I’ve had a fitting expert check the raglan twist (Angie), the solution was to add more space at the shoulder head. So we cut and spread the pattern open and added at least 2″/5cm at the shoulder head and graduated it back to the original size at the wrist.


The front and back pieces have been adjusted based on the increased sleeve head length (3/4″) and all pieces have been shortened to suit my body length (or lack of length).
To come…the trial garment is mushroom colour in a stretch woven shower proof fabric. The lining is a polyester chiffon (lots of movement) that I bought for nix and there’s plenty more of it in the stash. The zippers were bought at Ferriers in Fullarton, Adelaide. I’m building in zippered pockets on the front with a single welt and zippered pockets inside the jacket, replacing the velcro opening. I know, who else would be silly enough to ask for more hoops to jump through with this jacket?
February 2013 edit: If you add the wrist band with elastic, there won’t be a twisting on the sleeve. The gathers at the top of the sleeve and at the wrist will overcome this fitting issue.