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{ 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.

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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

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{ NEW LOOK 6148 } Version E

Hi again –NewLook_6148

Last week I told you about a new project I had cut out in Somethings Brewing. Do you remember ?

Well I finished that project, New Look 6148…and my something new totally worked! { YAY }. I made version E without the sleeves and instead of using a contrast fabric as such, I used a fine stretch tulle instead. I had never used stretch tulle before so this was completely new for me & Im so excited it worked. I had prepared myself for torture with this tulle in the form of puckering, pulling & whatever other nasty things one expects when trying something new but it behaved itself so well, I almost feel like it could become a friend. I made sure to always stitch with the tulle on the top so it was not able to snag on the feed dogs, & maybe this was my saving grace.tulle_on_top

The fushia pink is sari fabric { AGAIN } that I purchased in South Africa many years ago. The die-cut end with the crimped pattern was cut from the end of the sari & I was initially going to use this die cut panel for the entire front but then my inner voice pointed out it might be too much so I shifted it off to my left & Im pleased I listened to that inner voice. The back is plain, only following the gold border to tie it together.

I had planned to bias bind the tulle edges at the neck & arms with the fushia pink. I completed one arm & it looked dreadful so I pulled it out & left the tulle raw & simply folded over & stitched the fushia under. Since this made the tulle bigger at the arms, I worked two pleats into the tulle at the shoulders & neatened the raw edges.NL6148_tulle_edge

This top is by no means perfect.  I had already taken in the sides considerably when I fitted it the first time but it would seem I could have taken it in more. I also would have preferred if this sari was pure silk & not art silk but alas, the colour makes up for that! I also realised now that I could have tea-dyed the tulle slightly to make it match my skin colour more, something which Im sure I could still do now with care of course.NL6148_sari_pattern

Its a great pattern and really easy to construct. Had I had a full day to sew this, it would have been done in a few hours however I stole moments here & there { PLUS } the fiddling with bias tape & tulle resulted in it taking much longer than it should normally if stitched as is. Highly recommended with some adaptations. Im thinking a lovely lace contrast on the top or a bright colour block contrast may be on the cards for the next time I sew this.

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{ STASH SORTING }

Happy Friday to you all –

A few days ago I was sorting some of my fabric stash because since we moved into our new house, I pretty much transferred fabrics straight from boxes to their storage without giving it much thought – in other words – I simply needed to have the boxes out of the way so I could think.

I use the Ikea 4-drawer Malm chests for my fabric storage.

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I line the drawers with craft paper first and each drawer is dedicated to a specific type of fabric ie. on the bottom I have heavy winter fabrics (wools etc), next drawer up I store my cottons, then my lightweights ie chiffons, lace etc.  I do this because its easier for me to keep track  & I dont have to wade between heavy fabrics when Im looking for a silk…you get the idea right?! In the top drawers I keep my bits ‘n bobs for instance, buttons, ribbons, bindings, notions etc. As I mentioned in my NY resos post, I do plan on doing some shelves in the sewing room for books & I had thought of using the underside of the shelves for bottles of notions etc – we shall see.

Anyway, while I was sorting I realised that I have so much fabric that Ive bought on my travels and there are a few pieces I simply {CANNOT} even think of cutting. Its like Ive grown some attachment to them & its gotten all emotional & stuff…. {SERIOUSLY?} yes, seriously. Ive posted a few pics below so you can see which ones Im referring to :

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I’ll admit, the majority of these fabrics are found on my travels to Canada, South Africa, Holland & UK so they all kinda hold sentimental memories of these travels. I guess cutting into them would still mean I have memories albeit in the form of a garment…Im pathetic with this {CANT CUT} thing but I feel like they are all too sentimental…..what can I do ?? Ive thought of going shopping for new pieces which might help to cure me because as soon as you have a new favourite, the old favourites seem to be demoted {HOWEVER} looking at how old some of these favourites are – it would appear Im not demoting anything. ever!!

Do any of you suffer from the same syndrome ? & if so, how have you overcome it?

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{ SOMETHINGS BREWING }

Hi Lovelies –

Thus far,the week has been both exciting & tiring! Monday I had the ankle shackle aka yellow submarine cut off. I was quite intrigued as to how exactly they would do this but it seems there is a unique tool (similar to a grinder) that cuts through the cast but { MIRACULOUSLY } does not cut into the skin! I know, right! Anyway, it felt like freedom to finally have the anchor removed. I was then scheduled in yesterday to have the big screw { LITERALLY A FUCKING BIG SCREW} removed. I was told it would be pain-free and while the actual procedure was only mildly irritating, the after effects were horrific so much so that I had to dose it down with some painkillers. Today the dressing was changed & Im doing much better – read only ONE CRUTCH 🙂 I can only hope Ive lived this whole thing in full colour so I remember {NEVER EVER} to toboggan again. EVER!

Anyway, back to the reason I have this blog before I bore you all to death with my handicap –

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Ive cut out a new project & its ready for sewing. Im just preparing the bias tape first & then I”ll get going on the construction. Im trying something new – jeez I hope it works.

Fushia bright & screamin’ summer. Should be finished in a day or two…promise to review & post pics.

Hope you are all well. x

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{ New Look 6190 (E) }

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Hello again –

Im not sure about all of you, but in the summer when Im lounging around in the sun & then I have to get  up & walk around for longer than 2 minutes, I never want to wrap my towel around me but I do like to have something that I can put on just so I dont feel so exposed – especially if you on the beach & have to head over to a little store to buy water etc. I thought I would make a “skirt” that I could slip on quickly but still looked like it was beachwear & fun.

I settled on version E of the New Look 6190 & what a gem it turned out to be… I love pleats { LOVE.LOVE.LOVE } so this skirt ticked all the boxes.

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I used a piece of the same purple sari I used for the V8241, only difference was it had a few more bling bits on which will sparkle in the sun & therefore suits me just fine. I didnt want the skirt to be heavy or even very skirt-like so I left it unlined to appear more “sarong-style” & slightly transparent. I also left it without a zip & put 2 purple bows in its place instead. {  VOILA }. I think I might just make one or two more of these..Whatcha think ?

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Click here for the review on PR.

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{Vogue 8241 – Pompeii Purple}

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This pattern is another {EXTREMELY} simple pattern requiring minimal time scanning the instructions & even less time constructing it. Yes, that easy.

I used a beautiful lavender coloured sari with gold trimmed border & used the same fabric to line as well. The skirt part I wanted to have more of the border so I cut the top layer shorter. What really appeals to me about this pattern is you can use the most detailed & exquisitely beaded fabric for this & it would be {KNOCK OUT}. Since there is no fussiness with the pattern, the fabric needs to do all the talking…if you know whatimean.

{CONSIDER} : Before you cut, measure where your bra strap sits on your back because the keyhole sits quite low. If you are going to make the keyhole a little shorter, check that you can still get this dress over your head. Also, a strapless bra is necessary if your straps sit low on your shoulders as they will be seen.

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Recommended as a basic beginner pattern but like I said, I would love to see this made up in a heavily beaded fabric. It would look stunning. My casual version I typically pair with a belt…& pressed but for some reason I rushed to post the original review without pressing. unheardof!!

Original pattern review here.

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{Wrap skirt – self drafted}

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I made this wrap skirt some time ago but unpacking boxes {JUST MOVED}, i rediscovered it & realised I should post this for any beginners looking for an easy skirt to start with.

It has to be the simplest skirt I have {EVER} made. no.word.of.a.lie…& I didnt even use a pattern. I simply cut a whack of triangular shaped panels, stitched them together until it wrapped around my hips (I cut 5 panels), cut some strips, sewed them together & then onto the skirt, cut a trim & sewed that on. {FINISHED}. I left the skirt unlined because I wear this on summer days over my cozzie or layered over another skirt. The fabric is not transparent or sheer so I dont have issues with wearing this as soft as possible, without lining.

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The fabric I used was part of an Indian Sari. Since a sari can measure anything from 6-9yards, there was {PLENTY} fabric left over for some more creativity later on.

The lime green was cut from the centre of the sari, the shocking pink ties were cut from the top end of the sari which would usually be used to make the accompanying under-blouse and the pink & gold trim at the bottom was cut from the side trim on the sari. very easy, very simple!

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This is an image of the panels. If anyone would like the dims I used, please feel free to ask. You can of course adjust the quantity of panels, length & fullness according to your requirements.

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All that is left to say is may 2013 hit you with more sewing inspiration than ever before. May you all be blessed & {HAPPY NEW YEAR}

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