Winter pieces

Today we spent the day in the heat with family and friends because it’s going to be my last summer blast for a while.
Our weather has been humid so these new pieces were made with the intention of having some warm layers for the US trip. I’m not wearing any of these pieces because we’ve just had  a hot/humid weekend (33C). These are my winter colour pieces that will be staples with dark jeans.
This green top is the merino wool knit. It’s bulky enough to be an outer layer.

What you’ll notice is the centre front gaps forward. My solution was to make this fit with gather stitches. Below is the effect the additional gathering stitches had on this top.  I used Kwik sew 3617 view A but then did the gathers because view B has ruching neckline. Now for the purple top story…

Because view B has ruching, I decided to make view A, but with the ruching on View B. I used the same fabric length but I had to leave one seam unfinished so I could get the elastic in the gathers to sit correctly on my shoulders.

The skirt is a leftover piece of cord that I bought from dotsnstripes.co.uk. The bias binding was store bought. The reason for the front split was because I didn’t have enough fabric to get the front and back cut from one piece but there was some fabric wide enough for part of the front. That’s why there’s a front leg split. Now to get boots to match. I hope there are some left in the stores when we get to the US.

ASG fabric colouring

At my first workshop at the ASG sewing convention (Ballarat) I did a stack of fabric colouring. The preparation was to bring a pair of socks and a top that was cut out but not made yet. Being an eager beaver type, I also prepared two tops in addition to the socks and pre-cut top.

Here are the two tops after Monday’s colour workshop with Michelle Barker. I chose strong cool colours.

Here are my newly coloured socks.

Here’s the pre-cut top, post colouring workshop. I finished the top in Nola’s class on Tuesday.

The other great things at Monday’s class were meeting Barbara and Pam. Barbara gave me the good oil on Puyallup. She went to the expo this year, so she gave me some advice for our trip in 2011.
Pam wrote a list of Melbourne fabric shops to visit on our ‘escape from school‘ trip last Wednesday so we were able to get fabric shopping out of our systems as well. Jimmy buttons was a cave of notions.
It was all worth it.

Tops for colouring workshop

As I mentioned last time, I have now made up two off-white tops for the Fabulous Fabrics Colouring workshop on Monday at convention. The requirement was to bring white socks, or white t-shirt or a garment cut out ready to colour. I jumped ahead and cut out 2 tops ready to colour.
This fabric was cheap $1/m, but it has no elastine or spandex. I doubt that it has much cotton in the fabric so fingers crossed, I learn the ins and outs of fabric colouring at Convention soon.