Tuesday, 27 May 2014

These are a few of my favorite things!

~~Bright copper kettles, and warm woolen mittens~~
The delightful Pip of Meet me at Mikes is doing a post and has invited her students to join the fun! Thanks Pip !
So here are a few of my favorite things at the moment!

Watching: An oldie but a goodie - CHEMISTRY DANCE PARTY - It totally counts as work ;)
Making: Pretty dresses - I just cut out a long sleeved version of the Colette Moneta dress in navy blue waffle fabric!

Cooking/EATING: another pastrami session happened at out  house over the last week- this one was better than the last! And had a coriander  pepper and Szechuan pepper crust! - Yummy lunches!

Wearing: Me-Made-May appropriate atire! The multitude of scout t-shirts are getting a work out! How about the colourful silk one in the pic below?
Drinking: Coffee! We just stocked up on Double Roasters beans- it was a good weekend!

Admiring: all the pretty lights at Vivid! Who doesn't get a bit too excited about giant inflatable glowing white rabbits?
Waiting: for my NEW bike! She's the most gorgeous creature in all the lands! Pick her up tomorrow!

So what are your favorite things at the moment?

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Marvellous Mabel from Colette patterns.

In light of my recent fabric haul from Tessuti's I was considering how to draft a pattern for a simple stretch skirt , panels or darts that was the question! - After lots of umms and ahhing and google searches I gave into the gorgeousness that is Colette patterns (again!).
The Mabel skirt pattern is horrendously easy - after buying the pattern (Love the electronic versions), printing it, sticking it together and cutting it out (30 mins).  It only took another hour to make a practice version- before I cut into my fabric of all loveliness. 

Pretty skirts!
The practice skirt came up really well - But i'm glad i practiced, I did most of the seams on my overlocker- except for joining the waistband facing to the waistband, I did on my machine, using the recommended settings in the Colette knit book.  The stitches broke when I put it on, so I top stitched with a wider zig-zag and it was much happier! So check your machines settings!
Practice skirt - A pretty thick 4-way stretch!
Then I just into this lovely fabric - Its an Italian print from tessuti (I loved loved loved it!), the fabric is only 2 way stretch (no idea what it is - probably a tencil/lyocell type of synthetic!).  So happy with how it turned out! Now I just need some beige shirts with floral collars and Ill be like a garden :) 
Yep - Blurry photo alert! Love this skirt though!
Eeeek! So much foliage!

The word on the blogosphere is that Colette patterns is doing a week long Mabel sewalong - I really like the look of the pencil skirt with the kick pleat - Would a red one be too bold?

Here is a lovely version from Giddy Davies as seen on Flickr - She has some beautiful Moneta versions too - Go and have a look a her stuff!

Monday, 5 May 2014

Tessuti - Jaywalk sewing competition 2014 - Planning!

A friend and I had a Saturday lovely morning with breakfast at the Paramount, a squiz at Tokyo Bikes and then a few hours at Tessuti!
Look at my goodies!
How gorgeous is the green leafy number? I'm thinking a mini skirt!

You may notice the stripey number in the background! 
It's one of the fabrics for the 2014 Jaywalk sewing competition, now I just have designs for pretty striped garments drifting through my mind! 
Here's some nice ones I found on Modcloth (click pics for links!) 

Inspirational hey! 

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Low waisted dresses from Drape Drape

Do you have a favourite dress to make? One that's quick to sew and fun to wear?
My boyfriend gave me the first two Drape Drape books by Hisako Sato for Christmas last year, straight away I loved this pattern - Isn't it pretty? Its definitely made it into my top 3 - possibly the top- dress patterns to sew!
Dress no. 3 from Drape Drape book 1. 
I love how interesting the Drape Drape patterns are! This dress is made all from a single piece of fabric- doesn't it look strange! 
I made a few variations to the original pattern - If the fabric is stretchy enough you won't need a zipper, whilst a bit of length is needed to be added to make it work appropriate :) 
I made a large (teeny tiny Japanese patterns) and it sits well (and is delightfully roomy around the tummy for dessert!) if being a tad short.
So far I've made two for me - and one for a friend!
Isn't it a crazy pattern?!

 What's your favourite pattern?

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Inspiration: House slippers

As the chill in the air becomes more pronounced in Sydney- our little tootsies need a bit of lovin.
I love some of the felted versions with their strong block colours.
How absolutely gorgeous are these? You can grab your own over  <here>
There are lots and lots of patterns and tutorials on the sew-o-sphere, however to be honest a lot of them are.... shall we say.... horrendously tacky?   Here's some of my favourite tutorials for sewn slippers:

Image Sources:
One: House Slippers tutorial from Megan Ta Da
Two: Felt Slippers tutorial from Martha Stewart
Three: Jingle Bell slippers tutorial also from Martha Stewart
Four: Simple Slipper pattern from Second Street 
Five: Cosy Slipper tutorial from Jojoebi designs
Six: Stephanie's sewn felt slippers again from Martha Stewart 

Whilst if your going to get your felt on - This one seems pretty robust.