pleats on pleats

On a quiet Sunday morning, Bobbin and Ink hosted a swap in Sydney. Laura of Bobbin and Ink is such a great host and on the day, it was really fun to see her pick up at least one pattern on the day.

Susan from measuretwicecutonce handed me the fabric above and said, ‘I saw this fabric and thought this would suit you.’ I said thank you and decided to work this fabric into a skirt I could wear casually. What you see here is the wip skirt.

The front has diagonal and vertical pleats. I also sewed in pockets within the side seams.

I was able to use this lace invisible zipper that the lovely people from Prym gave me. 
The back of the skirt doesn’t have pleats so what you see here is the uninterrupted print.

As Summer is still sticking around, this is how I’ll be wearing this skirt on weekends.

It’s just way to hot to wear anything that is too fitting.

So let’s say for example, I have to wear it less casually, I think this could work.

Based on the back view, I’ll stick with leaving the blouse untucked. It’s still too hot and humid to be neat. 

I’m also still working with my physio to get my feet to walk properly hence no shoes worn in this blog post. The plan is I should be walking normally by the end of this month. Running will take a few more months to achieve.

What you see here are the fabrics I brought home from the swap.

This was just one table of sewing patterns at the swap.
The fabric table you see here was topped up with fabric throughout the morning.

I think you had to be a very strong person to only drop off fabric. I was not one of them.

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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 zipperstop.com 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.

Duo skirt weekend


Here’s the black skirt (Butterick 3597) with a border edge hem.

I think this does it for me with the dark coloured SWAP. The only piece that didn’t really fit (wine coloured knot knit top)needed a partner. As you can see below it now has a dark cherry colour skirt to go with it.

I’ve already made a roll collar dress out of this fabric, so it’s now another a-line skirt.

The fabric had a weird weave fault in it, so I’ve placed it smack dab on the lower front hem. It’s my way of making something bad, good. This fabric is an upholstery rayon fabric that I bought for $2/mtr.

Swap #1 and #2

I’ve finished my first two SWAP items.
Option #1 has:
– 6 tops
– 4 bottoms
– 1 of your choice.
2 garments may be purchased or previously sewn.

1 will be a matched print or stripe.
1 will feature embroidery, beads or sashiko
1 will have buttons as the star feature.

#1
My first swap was lining my
purple haze skirt with a blue georgette. I’ve been wearing this skirt to work but it really needed lining so I’ve added it in. The fabric has a check in the weave and I’ve matched this at the side seams.

#2
My second item is a black skirt with an embroidered hem edge.

I bought this fabric from Pitt Trading at least 2 years ago. The fabric was a remnant and I have been wanting to make this up for a while but I was stuck on how to get the edging around the whole skirt hem.

I recently brought a skirt that was very girlie and when I wore it, I realised that the feature was only on the front piece. The back was plain. This was a really simple idea so I’ve used it on this simple a-line skirt

I’ve tried to match the pattern. The plain embroidered part is used on the back, so it blends in. I’ve also tried to match the front hemline with the back hemline too.
I’ve used an invisible zip. The centre back hem is lower than the front hem, to cover my tush.
I’ve overlocked the edges and used interfacing on the waistline, to give it stability.
The good thing is I can slim this skirt down when I lose my 5kg.
I’m hoping to use as much of my dark fabrics as part of my SWAP.