Avocado women’s hoodie

The cold hit last week and I had to wear my 70s/80s tracksuit top at the 6am outdoor class. The sleeves billow a bit so the women’s Avocado seemed like a good option to try next.  The sleeves got in the way of the car tyres we hold while running up the grass hill.

I made the 6 but I’ll make the 4 next and shorten the sleeves and body.

Mari gave me this pattern as a thank you for testing the mens hoodie. This all-over fabric was from the Remnant Warehouse and since it’s white on the wrong side, I’ve lined the hoodie with a Pitt Trading Remnant.

Renata, this remnant piece was from that elusive Pitt Trading remnant bin.

I’ve done a 2cm rolled shoulder adjustment and sway back adjustment.

This hoodie pattern has all 4 pockets so I kept them on this versioin to see how the pattern detailing worked for this women’s style. Clear elastic is used to keep the pockets from bagging out of shape. Clever.

Thumb opening on sleeve
I thought you might want a closer looks a the thumb opening feature of this hoodie. Now that we’ve got our cold weather, this is a very timely feature.

The thumb opening is placed 5cm or 6cm forward of the sleeve join. And the sleeve band is very wide so there’s no sleeve pulls. Clever little pattern piece.

This fabric is a synthetic masquarading as a wool and it has drape but no elasticity so the elastic used at the pocket will keep the shape of this hoodie for a few seasons.

I thought I’d add this photo taken when Sharon and I were at sewing.

This version has now been worn at the gym and was ideal in warmth and length. It didn’t get in the way of holding car tyres either. Gym cover up tops need to be long enough to cover the tushy and this hoodie fits the bill. Mission accomplished.

Beajay mentioned that I’m going to play with this pattern to make a smart casual version for end of the day drinkies. I’ll show you that next in size 4 using a stretch knit.

I have to say that working with Beajay to get her jacket pattern to fit was a good learning experience for both of us and a bit scary. I’ve read alot about making adjustments and Carolyn has got her TNT patterns sorted so the ‘rubber hits the road’ when making these adjustments for a real person and not just on paper.

Amanda’s FBA method for sizes above an E cup was a revelation to both of us. Thanks Amanda.

Then Rebecca and JudieL helped me sort out my own bra making test garment  I had another go at getting Kwik Sew 3300. I think I’m one step away from making my first bra. Yay. I’m not expecting much so I shouldn’t be disappointed with my first few makes. Yay.

Sydney sewer meet up

We had lots of familiar sewing bloggers meet together on Saturday. I think fabric shopping was like background entertainment for us because it was so much fun meeting and chatting too everyone in real life.

While we got a helpful discount from Tessutis, I weakened with The Fabric Store’s 50% off sale.

This picture is from Little Betty blog, courtesy of Wendy. PS Wendy was glowing.

So while I don’t need more fabric, I weakened and purchased some silk pieces.

Pic left to right: Janelle, Rebecca and moi hunting fabrics. I wore my jungle print Yalta top. We hunted Janelle to find her perfect couture dress fabrics – successfully.

And Gabrielle was able to make it this time. I’ve been wanting to meet Gabrielle since Made-Me-May 2012.

Pic left to right: Yana, Lena, moi and Janelle.
Lena Merrin was there and gave us her industry-based fabric buying advice. Did anyone notice Lena’s skirt? Yana has been making some great maternity wear, as you can plainly see. All the best Yana!

So silks were on my shopping list, especially for the price. Did I mention that I’m easily swayed by a bargain.

Thanks to Kristy for arranging our meet up. I like Kristy’s idea of having the next meet up at a cafe because I had no ‘beans left in the can’ by the time it was time to go for drinks. Keep and eye on her blog for the next meet up.

I missed seeing Kristy, Jodie and Anne:((

BTW: Here’s an interesting fact. The Fabric Store has just ordered in rolls of the jungle print I was wearing. Now I bought this fabric at Pitt Trading (a Charlie Brown remnant) early last year. You know, that remnant bin with my name on it – LOL. So if you like this print, keep an eye out for it next time you’re in the store.
Small world!

Spotted by Rebecca

Wandering into Metro Fabrics to contemplate making lingerie, Rebecca looked at me and said “I know you”. And she does – through these posts. Then it felt like I was meeting up with a long lost friend. She’s been very succesful in making bras through the bra sewalong via Amy’s Cloth Habit posts.

Notions available at Metro Fabrics

Ok. So our mutual excitment didn’t lead to an obligatory pic, but it did lead to some bra-making enabling and we then headed to The Remnant Warehouse so Rebecca met Anne, Rhona, Renata, Sharon and the rest of the Alexandria ASG sewers.

Notions at Metro Fabrics

So when Rebecca asked, where do you get a separating zip that’s long enough for a Minoru jacket, I took her the dance part of The Remnant Warehouse and we trekked through the dance fabrics, bolts of stretch fabrics, amazing notions and lastly into the room with the buckets of zippers and bolts of linings. I have to sit down.

Notions at Metro Fabrics

I didn’t take pics of the fabric at Metro Fabrics, just some of the lingerie notions for those of you want to find them in Sydney. This is just some of their stock. Go there with a project in mind or else you’ll have sensory overload with what Metro Fabrics has in stock. The owner said he used to supply to Berlie and he still supplies to Booby traps.

I’m not quiet ready to delve into making bras just yet…but soon.

Looking forward to meeting more sewers next week at Tessuti’s. The details are on Little Betty Sews blog.