Tuesday, December 6, 2016

I Made a Pouch

It is a such a weird word when you say it a few times. Lots of words are.

As is tradition now at our Monday Modern Quilt group, our December gathering has a Christmas theme. We each make a Secret Santa gift which is then pulled from the Santa sack by a random member of the group.

This year I made the Sweet Child Pouch from the Sewing Loft. It was fairly painless. Although, there's a bit of an angle where the zip sits at one end. I do not like zips. I also put the hair ribbon up too high on the first pouch. I will gift that one to Lucy the niece for Christmas. She is four and won't notice.

I wrapped it up before I remembered to photograph it.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

I Made Two [Mila] Dresses

I have had the Mila dress pattern from Style Arc for a while. I even have material stashed away I bought for it. After the relative success of the Adeline dresses, I felt like trying something new and pulled this pattern from the shelf.

I hadn't been to The Fabric Shop in Otara for months. My last fabric purchases have been at Drapers in Newmarket and The Fabric Store in Newton Road. I was pleasantly surprised when I visited the Fabric Shop on Saturday morning. They have 12 - 15 new season's rayons in stock. I restrained myself and bought only two lots, but am sure to go back for more! They are only $14m which makes a less than $40 dress. Can't complain about that. And that doesn't compare to the other two fabric shops.

I started with the pink as I love the navy and gold fabric more, so if I screwed it up I would not be too upset. However, it turned out ok. The skirt is a bit skew whiff (which I had to google to spell) though which you can see in the long shot. It's not so noticeable when it's on.

I tried it on when finished and decided to wear it to watch the horse race. She was not supposed to win - the race was only 1000m and she is better suited to longer distances and it was her first race of the summer season - but she did by a neck from a more favoured horse. So a finished dress and a horse win made for a good day.

Today, I made a second one. I lengthened the top of the sleeve by 1.25" for a little more coverage and I paid more attention to matching the notches between the bodice (weird word) and skirt. It is ironed and ready for a sunny day so I can wear it to school this week. It is a lovely fitting dress that feels nice to wear.

I have the Toni dress pattern on the shelf. I might try that next in black and white rayon.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

I [finally] finished the Garden Party quilt top

A mere 14 months after starting this quilt, I finished the top yesterday. It didn't take long which made me wonder why I it had been sitting like this since May.

As I drew circles, cut, ironed, pinned and sewed I felt better than I have in a long time. This made me question the recent University study I have taken on. I have thought about and talked about starting doctoral study for the last few years and finally this year committed to it. It is interesting and I enjoy the reading, but it takes up all my non-school time and given my school days are 10 - 14 hours I have done a 50 - 60 hour week by Friday night, so it's taking up my weekends and holidays. I now always feel like I should be doing University work. Sewing and yoga have gone out the window and they are the things that I find joy in and so are probably psychologically good for me. I came to the conclusion yesterday that I might quit my University study. I have never quit anything in my life, but I don't want to live like this for the five plus years it will take me to complete the qualification. I want to spend my Christmas holidays hanging out with my niece and nephew and not working on the next draft of my lit review. I will sit on that decision for a week or two, but I am pretty sure my mind is made up. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

I made an 'Adeline Dress'

I have been looking forward to Labour Weekend since the holidays! My holidays were spent working on a university assignment and then attending and presenting at a conference. When I was slogging through the same university assignment last weekend, the only upside was knowing that when it was finished I would have Labour Weekend free for sewing.

I ordered the Adeline Dress pattern from Style Arc before the hols. And I ordered a linen twill from the Fabric Store online.

You will have to trust me that it looks better on that hanging on a coat hanger on a tree!

It is a really good fit and a nice shape. I do think I would like it about 10 cm longer in the front though to get full knee coverage.

Since the hem facing was visible, I had the brainwave last night to make it a feature. Who can go past orange and brown - particularly if you were born in the 70s like I was (-: I had some Carolyn Friedlander leftover from my still partially quilted Botanics quilt so used that for the hem and back neck facings. I didn't have quite enough, so used a different fabric for the front neck facing.

The back hem facing doesn't sit super well. I unpicked the machine stitching and hand-sewed it. It still doesn't sit flat. I wonder if I cut it on the bias, it would sit better?

When I was searching for some interfacing, I found in the stash a navy and white linen mix, so will have another go ... maybe next Sunday as I have university on Saturday. Yeah, further study seemed like a good idea at the time.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I Made Some Trees

To go with the house blocks for our Monday Modern challenge/project.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

I Made Two [More] Houses

These are further modifications on Carolyn Friedlander's outhouse pattern - such an unfortunate name - for our current Monday Modern challenge/project.

Don't think I have a favourite from the three houses I have made. I like them all for different reasons. Now for some trees.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

I Made a House

Our current Monday Modern challenge is house blocks. 

Being on a bit of a Carolyn Friedlander roll at the moment, I purchased her 'outhouse' pattern. I tried to upsize it, but my home printer has limited functions so it ended up a bit stretched and that's it.

Clearly I made up bits of it as I went to get it to 12.5 x 12.5 - the lawn being in five pieces is the best example of that! I know what I would do differently next time.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

I Made a Top

Just before the hols, I bought the Stylearc Daphne Duo Tunic pattern.

I bought a size smaller than usual, as the finished ones I had seen on Instagram were quite roomy. I find Stylearc patterns short in the body and I am not tall, so this finished top is shorter than I would like. I also found the neck and bottom binding too short - and I thought my seams were pretty accurate. So it wasn't a totally enjoyable making experience but it will be a top I wear as I love the fabric! The fabric from Draper's Fabrics in Newmarket. Who knew that shop even existed!