Tuesday, April 7, 2015

kimono silk brooches

My latest project: kimono silk button brooches using a kit from kimoYES. The kit comes with 10 x 4.5 cm diameter button fronts and backs, brooch clasps and glue (for attaching the clasps). The fabric choice is up to you. I have slowly been accumulating a small stash of vintage kimono silks without any specific purpose in mind. And at last I have found a purpose!
Really, any lightweight fabric would be suitable for making these brooches. And it's a great way to use up those precious scraps of fabric that you just can't throw out. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Sharp corners for zipped pouches

I loved going through my stash of Japanese cottons and 'Ink and Spindle' screen printed fabrics to choose the ones made into these zipped pouches.
Why so many? They're an order for my friend who will sell them in her shop,  'Bay of Apostles'  in Apollo Bay, Victoria. Very exciting!
One of the techniques I've used for making the sharp corners is a method called 'wrapped corners' invented by the well known American sewing instructor, Nancy Zieman. This technique is explained in her book 'Sewing A to Z'.


There's no need for trimming and once turned right way out, just like magic, you have a sharp and square corner . Nancy Zieman also uses this method when making corners on collars. I can see it being used any time you would normally do the 'pivot and turn' method of sewing corners.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

When Tessuti's Pia met Eva

Front
Back
I wanted to make the Tessuti Pia dress but with sleeves. So I used my Eva pattern for the bodice from the armholes up and the Pia pattern from the armholes down. The neckline though is more Pia than Eva. It's turned out to be a great combination. I added a small dart in the front armhole to close the armhole gaposis before setting in the sleeve. It did mean a bit more easing was required for the sleeve.
I love the pocket detail of this dress although the busyness of the fabric doesn't highlight this feature as much as I would like. 

And I love the fabric which is Collette Dinnegan!!!! It's a cotton/silk that I bought at Rathdowne Fabrics at the beginning of last year. It was so easy to work with and it's just lovely to wear.
So with Collette, Pia and Eva combined, I have a very stylish and easy wearing dress.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Stylish Dress Book Dress E

This is my version of Dress E from Stylish Dress Book by Yoshiko Tsukriori, I made it tunic length to wear over pants. It is quite roomy and even though I made it using a fine lawn fabric it just doesn't look right on me.
It's very billowy (if there's such a word) so it won't make a public appearance but I will wear it at home. At least it gave me a chance to continue practising using binding on necklines and making pleats!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sashiko 'waves' cushion

Sewing unfortunately hasn't been high on the list of my 'things to do' of late. I am hoping the summer holidays will give me more time with my much neglected sewing machine.
However, there was some urgency in getting the sashiko stitching done for my pieces to be shown at Tactile Pleasure art exhibition. It will be held in Apollo Bay from 7-31 January, 2015. One item that I remembered to photograph before it was sent down to Apollo Bay was this cushion. The sashiko design is called 'waves' which is very appropriate for a summer event by the coast!
This will be the second year that Tactile Exhibition has run and it will be bigger and better than last year. So if you or your family and friends are holidaying around Apollo Bay in January, it is well worth having a look.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

zipped pouches

It has been quite a while since I last blogged as I haven't done any sewing until the last couple of days. I have made some zipped pouches using screen printed fabric from Ink and Spindle and Yardage Design as well as Japanese cottons. It was fun going through my stash to find these fabrics and to see them taking shape into pretty purses. They all have the same cotton lining, strong black ykk 18cm zips and a black textured cotton on the back. They are on their way to a friend who will use them as Christmas gifts. I have certainly got in early!!



Sunday, July 20, 2014

Vogue 8582

I really like the shape and cowl neckline of the Marcy Tilton Vogue Pattern 8582. I used a black wool knit that I bought from Tessuti to make this top. The pattern has the top as asymmetrical but I cut the back and front on the fold so that the drape was on both sides.
The twisted cowl neck gives the top a designer look. 

I used the walking foot on the machine to stitch the seams before overlocking. I picked up this sewing knits tip from watching a Craftsy class given by Katherine and Marcy Tilton. I found that it made sewing the seams so much smoother. I stitched the hems using a twin needle giving this top a 'ready to wear' look. It also has a bit of stretch to it too which helps with the knit fabric.