Almost there

We have mild winters but it does get cold here. This is the Brickpit Ring Walk at Sydney Olympic Park.
I’m wearing Me-made knit top from my pre blogging days and mustard skinny jeans Vogue 2014.
Here’s the archery area at Sydney Olympic Park and I’m channelling Wonder Woman.
Me-made navy wrap Simplicity 2603 and me-made knit dress Vogue 8379.

I made this little black dress Butterick 5314  when I was a larger size so I’ve used a belt.
The Jalie 2921 scarf top was made last year and I’ve crossed the scarf tie and knotted it behind my neck. I’m at Sydney Olympic Park again but it’s foggy. Who said Winter is coming?
These dark brown boots are all of $20 and it’s taken me a long time to wear them because they have lots of detailing but I’ll be wearing them a lot this winter.
This was the first pic I took so you could see how thick the fog was. That’s one of the light towers along the Olympic Boulevard (coming out of my head) and you can’t see the row of light towers behind it. That’s how foggy it was.

So the next day with lots more fog, I decided it was time to play with the exposure adjustments on my camera and this shows what I’m wearing better and you can still see how foggy it was.
This is a purple ponte dress Butterick 5676 I made last year and one of the first stretch woven shirts in taupe I made in my pre-blogging days. I love wearing my blue suede boots.
Two more MMM13 days to go…

Thank you for the comments on my hoodie. I’ll show you the smart casual version next and I’m working on a pair of longs for the gym. They won’t be as rad as Melissa’s but they’ll still fit well.

BTW, I only meant to tire myself out with the car tyre reference but I thought this did give you an idea of what we get up to at the gym in the morning. We’re a tight-knit group of crazies.

Catch up

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 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.

Cowl neckline – Kwik Sew 3740

This top is as simple as it gets but it’s fabulous for mid-season layering.

I trialled this top last week in a yellow/white rib knit so the top was easy to make up again. Rib knits are a challenge if you’re making a full garment, because they continue to streeeetch…

I’ve done a bit of ‘extreme sewing’.

 This fabric is like ruffle fabric, except the pieces are not quiet ruffle.

What you can see is the base fabric is fairly see through, so I’ve lined this top with cream coloured tricot knit. I actually applied the lining layer after making the top but before finishing the hems. The tricot is sewn into the hem edge and because the additional layer makes this fabric heavier, the hem can be a smaller width. I’ve used the selvage as the sleeve finish.

I’ve chosen this as a mid-season top because I’m trying to avoid black, if I have the option. Now I do.

 This pattern is now a TNT pattern. 
Here is the brown spot print knit version.

 This is the purple print knit and that’s it for my mini-collection. Time for a break.
And below is today’s MMM12 outfit.

Cardi – Simplicity 2603 burgundy rayon knitDress – Vogue 8379. I’ve used the burgundy rayon as a sleeve cuff on the striped dress.
It was too cold to take this pic outside this morning.

Just pics

This morning was much cooler and not as sticky, so I’ve taken these reality shots of the striped dress so you can see the fit. I will readjust the bodice back because of the fullness at the waist.

Here’s the top, not as wide as originally made. I look 2cm out of the sleeve width and graduated it to the hipline. More soon…

Faux wrap – Vogue 8379

This is my favourite faux wrap dress that I’ve made before. At our last sewing session, my sewing buddies were all making something in green so this is my first green piece of 2011. Yes – green with envy

I added a grey/green piece of lace on the neckline and then added some beading to lift the neckline. The girls at work commented on it. They’re so used to seeing my wardrobe change that it’s only when I do something different that they comment. I bought the fabric from The Fabric Store early last year.
This has my normal adjustments: sway back adjustment, roll shoulder adjustment, shortened hem line and I use the sleeve size without the cuff.

This week I saw a couple of episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, so I used the striped knit burgundy and gave it a bit of 70’s treatment on the neckline and cuffs.

The nice thing is I orginally used the 14 size pattern and now I’m using the 12 size. You can see how I’ve had to take out fabric from the back bodice. The skirt wasn’t working so I made the side seams straight.

The front is easier to retro fit because I’ve just readjusted the existing wrapped front to fit.
The cuffs don’t close together. Faux cuffs.
I think this fabric was also bought from The Fabric Store at the same time.

I’m also fish-sitting a friend’s pets and they’re keeping me company in my sewing room. They’re not too fussy. They just enjoy being fed and swimming around while listening to my sewing machine hum. I’ve even put the aircon on so they don’t get too hot:)