Hill End historic town was the perfect setting to test out my new Baroque print Jalie Jeans and ‘matching’ black knit top using Vogue 1378 Donna Karan. And I wore a pair of new boots. Well it was my birthday last month so I treated myself to some decent boots.
|I love the lattice work on this building.|
Let’s get back to these two great pieces courtesy of Minerva Crafts UK. When you see this stretch denim print close up, it’s stunning.
The front and back legs were cut out separately so I could line up the print. The notches on the Jalie pattern helped keep this print lined up.
|With silver rivets|
The front neckline has a built in facing so it’s easy to finish.
This knit is a good weight and has two-way stretch. It was easy to work with. I wish all knits were like this.
Ok, here’s a close up view. It’s form fitting.
Ok. I’ve taken my arms away so you can see the bodice fit.
This very first pair (Jalie 2908) were a test and they’re certainly a weekend staple. I made these in 2011.
|For a $4/roll of denim from The Remnant Warehouse, it’s kept it colour really well.|
I had to check twice that the welt was just shy of the zipper length before I sewed the zipper in.
The zipper pull will tap on my shoe heels as I walk, so you’ll know I’m approaching you when I wear these jeans.
|Baroque black and white stretch denim|
Now at 307 participants, #MMMay14 is certainly underway.
I used a panel print for the top but it looks kinda daggy and the fabric doesn’t feel nice. What in the ‘Phantom Menace’ was I thinking when I bought it. I was aiming for a Sci fi look but I came out grunge instead.
Would you believe I haven’t sewn for 2 days and you’re about to see why? Three days have flown by and the MMM12 challenge continues.
May 18 – Green photo challenge and Knitwit fabric showing.
Sharon and I caught up with Wendy Gager of Knitwit.com.au at her Sydney fabric showing. Wendy’s team puts together interesting clothing samples made up of their knit fabrics so even if you don’t buy, you’ll still get to see a different style point of view and another way of using the same pattern again. Kinda like the one pattern many looks contest that starts on PR from 1 June.
Dress: Vogue 8379 This was my first green piece for 2011 and I’ve been building green into my wardrobe ever since.
Wendy is wearing garments made from the Winter collection.
Sharon’s MMM clothes are: top – Vogue 8572; skirt – McCall’s 7244.
MMM12 Day 19 at Pitt Trading, San Souci
We aimed to have 5 MMM12 together in one shot and we managed 4 MMM12ers. Not bad.
We all met at Pitt Trading at high noon and earlier in the day, Sharon and Michelle (MyOwnInspiration) met there first and then ducked across to The Remnant Warehouse (TRW). Janelle (sewhopefull) headed over to TRW after our photo shoot. And we all bought fabric.
While we all sew and blog, it was easy to strike up a conversation and find we had really similar sewing experiences. We got spotted by a customer who has read our reviews on PR so all we really needed was a coffee table and we could have chatted together for the rest of the afternoon.
Three of us wore our trusty Jalie jeans (Michelle of myowninspiration, Sharon and I) and we all checked out each other’s Minoru jacket before we left for the afternoon.
Janelle’s Lilly Chin Lace crotchet dress is even more stunning in real life. Thanks for taking the pic Alison and thank you Pitt Trading for giving us permission too. You looked after us so well.
Jacket: Sewaholic Minoru jacket I had a comment that my Minoru jacket colour drains me so I’ve teamed this with a warm pink tee. There is another Minoru in the pipeline…
Jeans: Jalie 2908. I wore these two weeks ago.
May 19 30th Birthday dinner
Today I’m recovering from last night’s birthday dinner. We had a blast as did the restuarant patrons.
Dress: Simplicity 6870 1966 vintage green apple dress. I finally got to wear it and in a sea of black I was easy to spot.
Day 20 – Morning training ride
Here’s why my nickname is Velosewer. I’m surrounded by a folding bike, a road bike, a mountain bike and a folded bike stand. This MMM bright blue and pink fleece vest is an early attempt at making cycling gear. It was cold this morning so underneath this fleece vest are two layers. While the vest is long and shapeless, it’s so good on a cold winter morning. I might blog the vest for you. I’m wearing fingerless gloves so it’s not that cold yet.
Day 20 shopping
When we were riding I got a flat tyre so I changed it but had to take the bike to the shop because I had a fall last week and I thought it might be worthwhile getting the brakes adjusted. While the bike was being adjusted I walked down the road for a quick look at the shops, but didn’t buy anything. It was more to have a gander and what styles are selling and the colours that are available.
Top: Kwik Sew 3378. I’ve also made this in a green orchid print, a green and a grey version.
Topper: A quick topper from Sew Stylish. This took a couple of hours to make and I think I’ll make another one soon.
Jeans: Jalie 2908. Question. Has anyone made this style in a straight leg version yet? I’m seriously thinking about it.
Happy Mothers Day everyone. Here’s what I wore to a casual brunch with Mum.
Top: Butterick 5283 I’ve also made this in a red.
Jacket: Vogue 7610 I’ve made this in a blue cord and in red.
Jeans: Vogue 1204. These have a wool/poly mix and it’s windy and cold so I’ve rugged up.
Now for the mini collection. The jeans were featured yesterday. Today it’s the Jalie scarf top and Simplicity wrap. The version below is the toile.
And below is the wrap made from a dark brown net.
I really know a pair of jeans are finished when I hammer in the jeans button and rivets, as does my husband! This is my entry for the Best of Contest on PR.
These jeans are designed for stretch woven fabrics and I enjoy wearing the low rise version. This time I used a cream top stitching thread for a real contrast. I summonsed up the guts to use such a contrast because it really shows up. Leftover fabric is used for the pocket lining.
Sway back adjustment was made during the first version. This time I took out the below butt crease.
The result of this adjustment is there are less creases that the previous version.
In the picture below, you can’t see the centre back seam on the waistband because I’ve placed it behing the belt carrier.
Because this fabric had more stretch than the first version, I took more out of the side seams, before adding the waistband.
The lines in the front are because I tucked the top into the jeans so you could see the topstitching.
The picture above is how I’ll be wearing these jeans.
The jeans button and rivets were from an Ebay seller so once I’ve worn these jeans a few times, I’ll know if the jeans button is sturdy or if it pops off.