Accessory wardrobe challenge pieces

While ‘winter is coming’ I’ve made a couple of pieces for the Accessory Wardrobe Challenge on Pattern Review.

These sandals are the inspiration.
You’ve seen this peplum in a blue Cue version and a purple eyelet version.

The fabric is rust bling georgette and I’ve used ties on the sleeve to reflect the straps on the sandals and kept the peplum to it’s original length using Vogue 8815.

This reddish top has a red gold tinge to it and I will pair this with my Lily skirt or jeans.

That’s my sewing room. Happy Mothers Day.
This top is paired with my pleather jacket
McCalls 6292 and Jalie jeans 2908.
The next top has lots of colours so I can see myself wearing this top in summer with dark shorts. New Look 6977 now out of print, has a simple knit top with small sleeve that takes a couple of hours to complete.
The print version below is the test top.

The instructions are handy and I’ve cover locked the hems with red thread.

The centre back seam makes this top easy to shape when you have to do a sway back. I’ve used leftover fabric and tried to keep the swirls and colours in the right order and balanced.

I’ve paired this top with Vogue 8774 jeans. This top works great with Jalie jeans 2908.

The last version using New Look 6977 is blinge-full using a remnant $10 of what was $50/m.

The beauty of this fabric is the bling is sewn on mesh backing in swirls. This meant I could cut into the fabric with paper scissors (and not blunting my fabric scissors) and use a simple straight stitch to construct this top. No hand stitching took place.

There were lots of bling bits on the carpet and they were easy to vacuum. The sewing machine needles didn’t break and I’ve cleaned the sewing machine and it’s humming along nicely.
This top is a feature piece so I can dress it up or down. No ironing needed and paired with jeans again. Jeans are my go-to staple on weekends.

Either way, these three pieces were inspired by the shoes and didn’t break my budget.
Catch up posts:
I owe you:
– another Avocado hoodie post;
– more on the Fifth Avenue dress and
– MMM13 posts to finish.

I’ll be sewing LN’s white faux fur coat for her birthday while I get these post to you.

I told Mr V how much you all enjoyed his hoodie and he blushed in appreciation. TJ, he is very professor-like with a rugby edge. Your cookie-fest meet up sounds like fun.
The family loved the Easter baking (flaounes) a lot.
Thanks BeaJay for the nomination.
Hope to see some of you on 18th May in Sydney too.

Not a bag lady

I had all good intentions of making a bag this year. I only made a hacker job doggie bag for the littlest niece.

You see I had really good intentions as I attended a zipper workshop in October and I learnt lots this year about sewing leather through the Leather workers guild association and at the Powerhouse Musuem and I even bought bag patterns and bag notions. On the weekend I joined the free Craftsy bag class. There’s also my Zipperstop haul of zips that I bought last year that I can use for bags.

Each bag pattern, as lovely as they are, have become UFOs.

1: Spice of life bag
I have the pattern and have cut out leather pieces and snakeskin look lining. I even have the handbag frames that I bought from Ghees’ online store. The yellow clips are holding the leather pieces together and now that I’ve actually sewn leather, this could be next on my sewing table. That was my intention.
The belt in the background was from a bag I had but gave away. As a sewing hoarder, I found the belt in the back of a wardrobe.

I also have the Moonshine Bella bag pattern too.

2: Computer satchel
There’s the green denim leftover from my green jeans just waiting for the McCalls to be cut out and fused. There’s unbleached bag tape and green pre-made binding to add. The bag feet were bought online from Ghee’s. I even intended to use matching binding and lining.

3: Large satchel
This bag uses green leftover drill fabric from my skinny leg jeans. The lining zipper pocket is done as is the outside covered zipper pocket. I sewed in these 2 zippers at a workshop but I haven’t wanted to revisit this piece of work while working on the trench coat.

4: Accessory pattern
Another gunna project. There are plenty of zippers from and fabric in the stash to get a bunch of these bags made. That was my intention.

Maybe next year.

I think the trenches took it out of me, although I do love making clothes that fit well and bags – I just don’t know.

I’m still pondering a SWAP collection of gymwear to street wear and I’d love to do Marina’s pencil skirt sewalong. My fear is the SWAP collection will also become more UFOs.

But I think it’s back to sewing a knit dress for SIL either McCalls 5752 or McCalls 5974.

She has a holiday booked (a looming self imposed deadline) so I’d like to give her a dress for travellingl. I think McCalls 5752 might be first cab off the rank, with a possible waist tie, a v-neckline and no back zipper ’cause it’s a knit fabric.