pattern review · sewing

{ COLETTE } Purple Peony…

HAPPY NEW YEAR FOLKS !!!

I told you a few posts back that I had made the Colette Peony some time ago – so here are the deets. Thanks for your patience.

Inspiration was not hard to come by. Just google “Colette Peony” & a flurry of pretty Peonies start to load your screen. Abbey from Sew Charleston made the most beautiful floral Peony in 2013. I mean honestly….{ BA BOING } !!! & this perfect polka Peony made by Amy, just gorgeous.

Being a newbie to Colette patterns I decided to err on the side of caution & investigate every possible person that had anything to say about her patterns, good or bad. What I discovered quite quickly was many of you talking about how difficult Ms Peony was to fit!!! { EEEECK }. I instantly panicked. I haven’t told you guys what a hard time Ive had with fitting the BHL Anna have I?? Oooh, can I rant quick??.. Anna has probably been the biggest nightmare Ive ever had in my journey of sewing. Now I know many of you will disagree saying how fucking easy she is to make & just so you know, it irks me when I see how some of you have sewed multiples of Anna in various fabrics (yes, Im looking at you Ms Oona) but come hell or high water, I just cant get that biaatch to fit me! Ive muslined her bodice too many times to even count & while she appears to be the easiest bodice, believe me, my bewbs disagree! Strongly. Rant over (rolling eyes)…until another day!

So approaching the Peony with possible similar problems was not an experience I particularly wanted for myself. Regret management is evil evil shit so instead of cutting into that tissue, I decided to adopt the tracing way of life like a grown up. I traced a size bigger than the finished measurement suggested & then got to making a muslin of the bodice. The first muslin was too big so I retraced in a size smaller & re-muslined.

Perfect fit…. Well kinda.

Honestly.

I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasnt dreaming.

So I proceeded to cutting  & she was stitched up rather quickly. colette_peony_front1

I left out the pockets of course. Coz really. I always do. And even when I do have a brain wave & think pockets might be a change from the norm…I end up taking them out anyway. You’ll notice I also left off the sleeves which may not have been the best decision since I do think the sleeves would stretch out the neckline & keep it from gaping in front which it does at the moment…ever so slightly.

And because I left off the sleeves, I needed to finish the edges here & without facings I decided to improvise with bias tape. Now you’ll know why I remembered the dyeing trick. I had no purple bias tape so out came the dye. { ABRACADABRA } white became purple bias tape in a matter of minutes! Your’e welcome. Purples dont match 100% but its good enough no?! I sewed the bias tape in by hand to avoid any machine stitching on the end & although it took some time, it was well worth the effort. biased_edges

I played with the idea of finishing the hem with a spanish stitch but ultimately, I decided to keep her plain. Of course as ‘ol murphy would have it, now that she’s all finished I think the spanish stitch might have been the better way to go! { DOH }. So I may go back & do that. Also, if the gaping neckline continues to irritate me, I may just pull out the bias tape I lovingly matched & insert sleeves too.colette_peony_front2

I used an invisible zip for the back which was a bit of a pain to sew for some reason. I think it had to do with the fact that I couldnt find an exact match to the fabric. On the hanger you cant see the zip, on the body there are parts that show unfortunately. Only after did I think why on earth didnt I bomb the zip in with the purple dye?? { WHY OH WHY }

My favourite details of the dress are the pretty little gathers at the front waist. Love those. They hide all kinds of crazy.  The fabric is 100% linen I found for €8/m which in my neck of the woods is a bloody bargain so naturally I purchased more than I needed because thats what one does when they find a bargain….in a colour that suits them! ( Or is that just me).

Im happy with Ms Peony but there are some issues that need sorting as mentioned. But overall, she’s comfortable and I definitely know that she fits well.

I like her, I like her alot.

Hope you’ve all had a good start to the New Year. All the best for 2015.

xxAnge

 

 

 

chit-chat · sewing

{ FRIDAY FAVOURITE } Journey of a Dress…

DVF_Journey_of_a_dress

{ source : DVF }

If ever there was an exhibition Id love to attend, then this would be it…The DVF “Journey of a Dress” which started in January would absolutely have been on my { MUST-DO } list.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Diane von Furstenberg’s feminine & timeless  creation of the iconic wrap dress. 200 mannequins showcasing 4 decades of genius in various styles that Im sure would knock anyone’s socks off.

Pity I dont live in LA or have travel plans to be in LA before the exhibition closes on April 1st.

 

sewing

{ SHUCKS } & bugger ups…

I spent all day sewing last Sunday.

Only to be left disappointed when I sewed this dress together & hated it. { PLUS }  it doesn’t fit either!!

I will admit though, this project was doomed from the start. I had the feeling this fabric would not work  but I fought my feelings.

I spoke myself into using a fabric I knew { INSTINCTIVELY } was all wrong. { STUPID STUPID STUPID }.

So friends, here is my disaster project.

IMG_1670

So much of a disaster, I couldn’t have even been bothered to photograph it by day, let alone take out the nice camera 🙂

The fabric is an offcut from a previous project years ago. You know how I love me some indian sari right.  It just doesn’t work though & I knew it. Only God knows why I went ahead & cut it anyway. Lesson learned I say.

The pattern is the Liesl & Co Weekend Getaway. I had such great results from the blouse version, I was dying to try the dress. There is absolutely nothing wrong with either the pattern or the fabric, but together, they just didn’t work unfortunately.

Anyway, I may still try & fix it, remove the { Y } trim down the middle & perhaps cut it into the blouse version. Im not holding my breath though…

So Happy Weekend to you all. x

sewing

{ 2013 } in review…

I think I did pretty good this year, certainly managed to make the most Ive ever made in 12 months…. { EVER }. 28 or so garments (including my 3 knitting projects) but excluding some little kiddie crafts and one or two projects from yesteryear that I had to go back to for whatever reason.

My favourite me-mades were these…

NewLook6191_side2

These are the NL6191 pants which I {ADORE}. So comfortable & effortless, easy to dress up or stay casual. I’m pretty sure I’ll be making more of these soon.

mmmay2013_day21This lovely V1027 dress is a super huge hit. I love the fit, the monochrome fabric choice allows it to be paired with absolutely any colour. Its such a fantastic pattern that comes together in no time, with very little hassle. I know some of you have had fitting issues with this pattern & Im so sad for you, honestly. Ive worn this to death & I’ll be making more!

NewLook_6150_proteaNewLook_6150_frontYou can read all about my love affair with this NL6150 pattern here & here. I cant count how many ways I love this pattern. The autumnal colours came first followed very shortly by the white version with the protea applique. I wear these both regularly, in fact, Im wearing the floral one today!! I will be making more of these in 2014 for sure.

Simplicity_1642_front

This little red number was a happy accident really. Its made using the S1642 pattern which had to be adjusted but Im loving it & its always in the wash when I look for it so that means Im wearing it too much 🙂

sizzle

Last but not least, my Sizzle knit which I haven’t had the opportunity to wear that much but when I have, Ive just wallowed in it. Alot of work, but fun to knit. Im obsessed with the white & get a real kick out of wearing a knitted garment in summer-ish…ok, perhaps not on those strip-down-and-sew-in-undies days in august,but youknowwhatimean.

Ive already got some plans for my 2014 sewing schedule, some challenges indeed. The crazydontgiveafuck ange decided to order 3 wishlist patterns recently before the sensiblegivesafuck ange could kick in. All 3 are big hits in the sewcialist world & I would not be at all surprised if I am the last to join the rodeo. Let’s see shall we 2014.

On that note, {HAPPY HAPPY}. Stay safe wherever, whatever or however you celebrate the New Year.

Thank you all for sharing your 2013 with me x

 

sewing

{ PATTERNS } Free downloads…

Unless I manage to stumble on a real deal sale in a fabric store, decent quality fabric costs big bucks – especially here in Europe. Add to that the cost of notions plus pattern & its easy to see why home sewing has dwindled over the years. Gone are the days of sewing me-mades because its cheaper like our grandmama’s used to.  The ‘fast fashion’ era arrived & crapped all over the reality of home sewing being cheaper…now its sometimes hard to find a decent fabric/sewing store in your ‘hood because they’ve all been driven into the ground & out popped a darn H&M or similar…

When I buy a pattern I try to think about how much that pattern can work for me & how many times I can use it & get my money’s worth out but the reality is, its very seldom that I use the same pattern more than once or twice. They can also be prohibitively expensive so I always wait for the sales and then get screwed with postage but thats a different issue all together. So when I come across a good { FREE } pattern, then Im all over it because it means that producing a garment will cost substantially less.

Luckily, with the technology era, locating free patterns online is not such a difficult task & over the years I have come across some really stunning patterns that are free & ready to be loved, over & over again.

Here are a few of my favourites :

{ PLEATED SKIRT } from BurdaStyle – is so fun and versatile & you know me and pleatspleated_skirt_burdastyle

{ KASIA SKIRT } from BurdaStyle is a great pattern. I love how this skirt works for all seasons & I love that there is so much opportunity to play with exciting trims like lace or piping or buttons, topstitching, colour blocking…the possibilities are endless.

kasia_skirt_burdastyle

{ LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON DRESS } by Twinkle Sews, available from Threads. This is the cutest pattern which can also be shortened to make a tunic but again, I adore the little details that allow for so much creativity. If you google this pattern/book, you will see how many lovely versions of this have been made, all bright & cheerful with some beautiful fabric choices.
TwinkleDress_lg

{ SORBETTO TANK TOP } from Colette Patterns is awesome, again with opportunity to really have fun & play with fabrics, pattern, trim & colour.  A basic top that can be used over and over again. sorbetto_tank_colette

{ CELEBRATE SUMMER DRESS } from Your Style Rocks is one of my favourite dresses to look at..of all time. I haven’t had a chance to make this yet, but I am really hoping the right fabric will come soon… celebrate_summer_yourstylerockscelebrate_summer2_yourstylerocks

Another more recent gratis pattern is the { POLLY } from the girls at By Hand London. I made one recently for the #RedOctober challenge in October. You can read about it here, where will find links to their website for your own free download.

Have you sewed any of these patterns? Which others free patterns have you tried & tested ? Do share…

{ You’ll notice WordPress have enabled the “snow screen” again since its the 1st Dec. Enjoy }

chit-chat · sewing

{ AUTUMN / WINTER } Sewing queue…

Make_beautiful_things

My Autumn/Winter sewing began quite a few weeks ago. I had made the NL 6150 ruched tee in the autumnal print because I wanted to try the pattern out & this fabric seemed perfect at the time, but then I went on to make another NL 6150 in the plain white with Protea applique. One can never have enough simple basics (with a twist) for the colder months.

I then moved onto the Vogue 8827 dress which I made in a berry viscose jersey, followed by the NL 6003 skirt and then the McCalls 6173 leggings which I absolutely love.

I mentioned the September issue of La Mia Boutique of which a few things caught my eye, one of which should be finished tonight!

So, what else you ask??

Well, I also want to make something for #RedOctober but we’re already half way through October & Im stumped. I found fabric in a really lovely shade of red, I just need to pull finger & decide on what!

Ive also been wanting to make a pair of loose pants so I think Ive decided on the NL 6191 pattern!  All the times Ive tried to make pants in the past Ive failed miserably so these looked like they could be easy enough to make, but still want to wear….if you knowwhatimeanNL6191_pants

The top featured in NL 6142 is another pattern Id like to make use of soon. I kinda love the peek-a-boo slot that shows off the bewbs.

NL1642_top

So those are a few things on my “have to make” list, but, I do have a few things that Id like to make but just not sure if Im going to have the time…for instance, the V1324 blouse.  V1324_blouse

and the Vogue 1259. I’ve been keen to make this top for some time….{ YES } this is not a dress, its a top & skirt! V1259_top

I know my time schedule is tight with full-time school until end February so Im trying not to put too much on my plate & feel like I have to rush through it because its “planned”. Id much rather take things at pace & do a good job than rush & regret it.

Apart from these garments on the lists, I still have to adjust my Wildest Dreams dress & re-install a new zip. So far Ive unpicked the back, tidied up the innards & now I just need to re-fit & sew it all back up. Sounds simple non ? Then why am Im not loving the thought of it?! Im also making some alphabet pillows for my twin nieces & a tutu for a friends kid.

Do you have anything you just { MUST } sew this autumn/winter season?

sewing

{ TICKING OVER } New projects…

I fell instantly in love with a few of the garments featured in the La Mia Boutique magazine in September. Anna of Paunnet showcased a few on her blog & I knew right there I would have to find that magazine. I was unsuccessful in locating a newsagent in my neck of the woods who stock this mag but after much searching, I found two suppliers online in Europe who could send the magazine on so I quickly ordered this issue before it sold out. I could have driven all the way into Vienna to the bigger newsagents but then again, I might well have just driven to Italy to pick one up myself too. Isnt Europe amazing like that 🙂

So, first up I traced this blouse : La_Mia_Boutique_09/2013/06

Then I traced this blouse :

La_mia_boutique_09/2013/08

which looks boring from the front, but the back is gorgeous so you’ll have to wait until I make this to see… :

& then I traced off this dress : La_mia_boutique_09/2013/11

those pleats!!! I mean, what is is about a pleat that gets me so excited? Anyone else suffer from the same wonderful addiction to pleats ?

So these 3 patterns should keep me busy for, oh lets call it a month or so. Did any of you purchase the September issue of LMB? & if so, which garment/s do you plan on making? Oh, & since October is now here, what are your plans for #RedOctober? I found some knit fabric in a lovely red yesterday but Im still not sure it will become.

I guess I also need to start thinking about what to knit since it would seem we just missed Autumn completely & nosedived straight into Winter.

Trust you are all having fab weekends so far…