Thursday, November 25, 2010

Muu muu averted

Thanks to Beangirl’s suggestion to take in the side seams, I think that I have managed to sidestep a muu muu disaster!

Here is the finished dress from last weeks post.

New Look 6698

I cut a size 14, and ended up taking in the side seams by about ½” .
The pattern is super easy with no shoulder seams, a centre back seam, skirt gathered onto the bodice, and machine stitched hems.

This is actually the first New Look pattern that I have ever made and it went together pretty well.

The main thing for me though is the *ahem* bust point. There is a big difference between a 20 year olds bust point and a nearly 40 year olds. As in mine is closer to my waist than my shoulder!

Evidence of 20 odd years of gravity on the human body.

So the empire line isn’t technically an empire line on me, and the seam actually sits over my bust rather than under.

So I chose not to put elastic all around the empire seam as the pattern does, and just stitched elastic on the back. Which makes the back fit quite nicely.

Proof that everything looks better with a denim jacket.

Makes me think now that I need to keep sewing dresses to find out what suits me.

And Alisa, I think that you will probably be seeing this little number quite a bit at the Kandos Pool over summer!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Muu muu anyone?

In my hasty desperation to sew something for myself after months of sewing kids clothes, I am afraid that I have made The Wrong Dress.

This is New Look 6698 in a cotton muslin with an embroidered border.

I think I was seduced by the *easy tag on the envelope, and the fact that we are starting to get hot days and the idea of jeans is no longer appealing.

But there are some things I know about clothing that should never be overlooked!

1. I am not blonde, tall or waif like.
2. Empire line styles make me look like a cartoon character from Ancient Greece (and not one of the pretty ones).
3. Dresses are not in my vocabulary. I have not worn a dress since I was pregnant with Miss C (like 4 years ago) and that was only because I couldn’t turn up to work in my pyjamas.

I only have the side seams and hem to do, so I may as well finish it and see if it can be saved with some suave maybe wearing a full length trench coat over the top!

Or if all else fails it might just suffice as a nightie. Which is something I haven’t worn since I was 7.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The bees knees

I was going to call these the Prison Break leggings, but considering the target market thought better of it!

These were a lot of fun to make and it was a great project for Miss C to get involved with.

The leggings are a basic elastic waist legging made up in a nice soft cotton elastane and we made the stripe using my favourite art material, masking tape!
We just placed strips of tape across the fabric (it helps if you stretch the fabric slightly before taping so that the print will stretch with the fabric on the body) and then used a cheap foam roller to roll the paint onto the fabric. No need to be precise as the tape acts as a mask, so when you rip it off you have nice clear stripes.

I like how the paint took to the fabric in a slightly random way, giving a textured effect.

These are in the shop now!

If you are interested, I used Permaset fabric paint for the stripe. I used to use this stuff all the time when I did a lot of screen printing and the formula now is fantastic, kid friendly, non toxic and once it has been heat set you can bung it in the wash without fear of it running or fading.

I know that you can get textile mediums that claim to make any paint suitable for fabric, but personally I don’t trust them. Permaset is definitely the best that I have tried. It is quite thick but you can water it down to create wash like effects which can be quite nice.

I am really keen to do more pieces like this, we had a great time!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

And the winner......

.... of a brand new handmade garment by moi is.......Melinda!

Congratulations Melinda! Just email me your details and which garment you would like to receive and it will be winging its way over to you in no time!

Thank you everyone who commented. It was so great to get some feedback on the things I have been making. I have already made a few sales so am feeling very chipper about the whole endeavour at the moment.

And here is a sneaky peek at our next project. Just don’t mention child labour laws.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The big reveal.....and a giveaway!

I am finally in business!!!!

Here are (most) of the pieces from my Spring/Summer 2010 range for girls.

The fabrics are all cotton; voiles and chambray, with some vintage trims thrown into the mix.

I still have some styles to update my Etsy shop but should have them all up in the next couple of days.

And to celebrate I am having a true blue giveaway!

The winner of the giveaway will be able to select their choice of any garment from the range in the size of their choice. And I am willing to post anywhere in the world! For nix!

So pop on over to my shop, have a goosey gander, come back and leave a comment to be in the running.

Followers will also get a bonus entry, but comments must be posted by midnight Sunday 7th November (my time, as in Eastern Standard Daylight Savings time in Australia, whatever that may be in your neck of the woods!).

And just for fun, here are some outtakes from the photo shoots (where Miss C had horror head colds both times!!!).

Knock Knock! Its Goldilocks, let me in! Darn those bears locking the door!

Tissue please!

Luckily Auntie Gail was on hand to be chief hand holder and nose wiper!

I thought I made myself clear last time, no cake = no posing!

Now I am going to make something for MYSELF!
For some strange reason I have a hankering for jersey pants.
Which may or may not be a good idea!