Sweet paisley aka Marrikesh

Paisley. Such a classic print. So why not make a classic knit dress?

Burda 7828 has a summer knit dress but a long sleeve top – switch the pieces and you get a knit dress that can be layered for Winter – fabric provided by Pitt Trading called Marrikesh.

Winter Burda 7828

With a set of boots, this becomes a bit 70s.

Love wearing this dress with my Quart coat: my Pitt Trading Winter look.

The colours are bold and the fabric is strong and opaque.  
Pitt Trading just happened to have a lovely red fold over elastic I used on the neckline of this dress to go with this Marrikesh print.

Sewing on the fold over elastic on the neckline

Pitt Trading has lots of these knits (from a designer in Sydney) in store now. The original idea for using swimwear fabric for non-swimwear clothes was the Jillian’s idea.

Sylvia did a good job tempting me with some lovely prints but I stuck to this Marrikesh print with a contrasting trim.

So no need to line this dress for everyday wear. I’ve worn this dress a few times now.

I originally thought to make this fabric into the same style top bu decided to make this into a winter workout top using Kwik Sew 3567

Kwik Sew 3567

All the seams are overlocked in white. I’ve machine sewed the v-neckline flat and twin needle stitched the hems. All in about 2 hours – a very quick sew!

It get a bit chilly in the weights room at the moment.

That’s a measly 10kg bar. You gotta start somewhere.

This top does the trick in keeping me warm in between sets. The girls at the gym love this top. Yes – they know I make most of my activewear.

I’m trying to choose a weight #newbie.

You might notice this is a really long top. That’s so I can hang on the bars (while trying to find my waist) and not show any skin to the general public.

I do prefer like wearing this top with jeans, so it’s very versatile. 

Jillian at Sew Unravelled also gave herself the challenge of working with the latest lycra prints from Pitt Trading this month. Jillian has stretched herself with sewing lycra but you’ll love what she’s created using Jalie’s latest legging pattern Cora. Jillian’s done an awesome job. You have to have a look at her latest post.

Thank you to Sylvia and Julia for providing me with these fabrics and Susan for her amazing sewing knowledge.

PS: I do have enough of this print and powermesh for a pair of bathers.

The Hunger Games

I love great activewear so this month I’ve made my version of the activewear worn in The Hunger Games for my Minerva Crafts project.

Here’s Katniss training for the Hunger Games. Judianna Makovsky was the designer for the first movie.  Lucas Hugh designed the training gear for the second movie which is on my future list of activewear but for now the picture above is what I’ve made.

Using great knits from Minerva Crafts, I used Kwik Sew 3567 for the top and Fehr Trade’s duathlons for the track pants.

The blue knit is soft and has good recovery, So does the red sparkly fabric. The cornflower colour knit is bonded so I originally wasn’t sure if this would work but having a bonded knit was an advantage to developing the sleeves and track pants.

I used the navy and cornflower fabrics for the track pants and added reflective tape. Here’s the flash view.

Here’s the no flash view.
The top base used the navy knit. It has a lovely feel to it.

However I changed the back bodice to use the red knit and some reflective tape.

Then I used my french curve ruler to mark out the sleeve design and you can see the pieces cut out with seam allowance and ready to sew.
Most of this outfit was sewn using the overlocker and I used the sewing machine to add the piping.

So here’s the front view using flash. I added reflective tape to the zipper.

And here’s how the back turned out. I don’t have a photo of the back view of the outfit Katniss wears so this is my interpretation… The red fabric has a shine to it so it made sense to put the reflective tape piping with this.

What’s great is I can use these pieces to train outside now that it’s Autumn in Australia.

These fabrics have such strength to them. I chose these fabric based on the colours on the Minerva Crafts website. They do a much better job of showing the colours on their website than I can.

I’ve still got fabric left to make a could more Autumn workout pieces. Now that it’s getting cooler in the mornings, I can use these pieces for outdoor training and still be seen. Thanks again Minerva Fabrics for letting me indulge a bit in films/books I love and my current pattern drafting binge.

MMM14 thanks

Minerva Crafts UK, Pitt Trading, Lolita patterns, Pattern Review and Fehr Trade have been very generous to me and I wanted to say thank you this week. There are more people I have to thank and I’ll do this next week too.
Day 12

I’m deliriously happy with my new working wardrobe supported by Minerva Crafts UK and this photo was taken on the way to buy a morning coffee. Why wouldn’t you be happy when you sew with lovely fabric and enjoy a good cuppa.

New Look 6214 dress
Vogue 8931 jacket

In the morning I wore PB Jam leggings and Kwik Sew 3567 top (not blogged yet).

Day 13
The day began with a visit to the dentist and then I spent the rest of the day recovering. If I was taller, I would have blended in with this painting.

This Minerva test top (with Pattern Magic collar) and self-drafted skirt made with leftover Minerva fabric felt a bit big on me. I probably made them too big in the summer because of the humidity. That night I took out this extra room from both pieces. My unpicker and I are great friends again.

These pieces now they fit better – hurrah!

Day 14
Another Minerva trouser make and the new Lolita Olive top. I love wearing strong colours. I haven’t needed to wear the Minerva jacket because our beautiful Sydney weather is teasing us with some lovely warmth.

Before work I adjusted the front waistband so these trousers finally sat in the right spot. They were feeling baggy but they now sit nicely.

Day 15

Here’s Pattern Review’s Winter Street dress made with fabric and notions provided by Pitt Trading.

As a ‘run-of-the-mill-home-sewer’, all of this sewing assistance keeps me creative and out of my lovely husband’s hair.

Thank you.

MMMay Wk 2

A funny thing happened to me on the way to work last week. I kept stopping along the way to work to take pics – in safe places of course. “Sir Tripod” took these photos.

Day 5: Grey ponte knit dress using Butterick 5676
I love this jungle gym as do all the kids in the neighbourhood.

Day 6: Waratah print top using New Look 6808 (to be blogged) 

Burda 7746 lined wool pants that are so handy throughout the winter months.

The tree in the background is a brilliant colour right now and I had to take this shot because it won’t be like this for too much longer.

Day 7:

This small businesses I drive by each day fascinate me. There’s a drive in cafe on this particular block.

Vintage dress with Simplicity mesh wrap.

I have a new wool wrap coming up. The fabric is gorgeous.

Day 8:

Today I took a different route and found another urban gem.

Dandelion dress with lace sleeves. I bought a RTW cardi that matched last year. I know…

After seeing this photo I knew I was looking tired…so I went and had my ‘hair done‘. 

Day 9: Blue theme

I was feeling blue with Mothers Day approaching so the bluest I could manage was the blue flowers on this top. Jalie jeans and Kwik Sew top. Wearing me made clothes keeps me happy.

Day 10: Spotted with the lovely Susan lunching and talking all things fabric. Her knowledge of the garment industry is mind blowing. You’ve seen her knicker patterns right?

Vogue 8774 green jeans
Minoru jacket
New Look 6149 raglan top (to be blogged)
Picture taken by our trusty waiter at Toastcafe.

Day 11:

Vogue 1204 purple jeans
Minoru jacket
Kwik Sew 33787 knot top that I’m made lots and lots of times.
Presidio urban purse
Mr V took this pic.
#MMM14 mornings also included activewear. Fehr Trade’s Duathlons in two lengths and PB Jam leggings.

This week’s charity bag has 9 pieces including a top that was a good idea at that time but not anymore. 

Decisions:I’m going through a design idea frenzy and my head is spinning with ideas for Tessutis Jaywalk competition. My Pinterest stripe board is overflowing with ideas. This is a tempting challenge…

#MMMay wk1

Now at 307 participants, #MMMay14 is certainly underway.

This week I stuck to sorting out my ‘after work’ clothes. This week’s bag to charity has 5 pieces from my wardrobe included Day 4’s top.

Day 1: Kwik sew 2694 and eyelet pants similar to Simplicity 2503.

Day 2: Duathlon shorts for 6am bike class. The morning is now a bit chilly so I’ll be wearing my longs for outdoor sessions. That also includes cycling.

Day 3: Jalie jeans, Kwik Sew 3567 top, Minoru shower proof jacket and Presido purse. The weather got a lot cooler today and it was wet when I left in the morning.

Day 4: ‘May the force be with you’ because I’m pooped.
RTW jeans slimmed down by moi, Vogue 7610 jacket, Kwik Sew 3567 and my urban Presidio purse.

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.

Head to toe

Winter is coming… I love Game of Thrones! So to keep my little legs warm leggings using a pattern McCalls 6404 View D aimed at non-gym activities worked wonders. Then came the top Kwik Sew 3567.

The legging uses a stash of navy cotton/spandex from the Remnant Warehouse and 2 green zippers from zipper stop. 

After reading the reviews on PR, I cut the small size. So depending on the fabric, I’ll make extra small next time. Flattering sizing for this shortie! I orginally took 2.5cm off the leg length at the ankle. After the initial fitting, I took off an additional 7cm off the length.

Now for the tushy adjustment…
I’ve deepened the back crotch curve and after the initial fitting, the centre back now has a very small yolk. The pattern now as a longer centre back seam (4cm) now and and a sway back adjustment (3cm). 

I’ve used a straight stitch for construction and cover stitched the seam stitching. Other reviewers said they should have used a wider elastic, so I used a 32mm wide elastic in the waistband. That worked a dream. As did marking the top of the leggings to the top of my unmentionables. That also worked well because it was just me and the mirror working on the fit of these leggings. Let’s move on…

Then I had to have a long sleeve top – didn’t I?

Using Kwik Sew 3567 View B with a V-neckline and fabric from my favourite local fabric place MyHung, sold me the last of the purple roll to make this top (and more longs later). We haggled a bit – just for the fun of it.

I can safely say tracing out the small size and sewing this top took 3 hours. 6mm seam allowances are wonderful using a simple straight stitch for the seams and coverstitched hems. This little number was great the next morning at the gym.
At the end of the class, no glistening markings and fleshy bits showed and the class was hard but worthwhile.

Here’s today’s work wear outfit. Me made dress Simplicity 8914 and me made cardi. And the light fog lifted too.