Sunday, 4 March 2018

Ironing board cover

I've come across a couple of tutorials recently about making ironing board covers.  I've been in a mood to get stuck into some different sewing projects and today seemed a perfect time for a quick and easy project. 

I stopped in at Spotlight yesterday afternoon and bought this lovely cotton material for only $5 metre.  And the felt underlay was on sale for $7.  For some reason I'd left the original cover on the ironing board so I used that as a template to cut out my new cover.  I allowed a few extra centimetres either side, however, I should have added more width as the finsihed product is a smidge snug. 

Rather than using a bias binding to make a casing for the cord, I cut off this mesh which was used as the casing from my old K-mart cover. 

I also re-used the cord that was with my old cover. It was  a simple job threading it through the casing. Hard to see him in the background, but that is my kitten noir Salem.  He is always lying right next to my machine these days when I'm sewing. Not awkward at all. 

I am quite chuffed with my new ironing board cover.  The fit is a litte snug, but overall I think it will do the job for some time to come.  

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Tessuti Annie - The Sequel

This is my second version of the Annie Dress by Tessuti.  I had been meaning to make the pattern again, but couldn't find the right fabric.  This time I decided to make a shorter version.  While I love the maxi dress, I still feel hot in a longer dress during the steamy summer months.  

The fabric is a linen blend from Spotlight.  It's a nice fabric, but it is a little scratchy.  I didn't line the dress, but I may re-think that.  As with my original Annie I tried to make the underarm less low cut. For some reason the dress was still quite gapie under the arms. I maybe had too much of a seam allowance.  Anyway, I may have mentioned before I don't like showing off too much underarm.  No-one needs to see the soft flabby flesh that lurks below.

I've worn the dress a couple of times and it has got a lot of comments because of the lovely leaf pattern.  It's tropical, it's Queensland and it's just so darned comfy.

And on the leaf theme, here is a photo of a caterpillar which was on my lemon tree. He was half that size the first time I saw him 5 days before. He was obviously chowing down on the leaves readying him or herself to build its chrysalis.  Alas I shall never know what type of butterfly it was going to turn into. It was gone a few days later.  Should have kept itself better hidden out of site of the hungry birdlife.


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Summer creations for the little person

I've been doing a bit of sewing for my niece in recent weeks.  I missed out on having something ready for Christmas, but got cracking on a few items for the summer wardrobe. 

The first was actually part of her 2nd birthday present.  From Burda 9373, version A. 

Here's PJ being very helpful when I was trying to iron the fabric. It's a better quality photo of the fabric which was a craft fabric from Lincraft.  

Next is the Puff The Magic Dragon dress.  I made this from a pattern in the Japanese sewing book "Sewing for your Girls".

After a terrible few weeks of hot weather I decided to make some lightweight outfits.  The first is a shirred dress. No pattern required for that one. I got some lightweight cheesecloth from Lincraft.  I was concerned how my new machine would go with shirring, phew it worked.  Even tough it's a super simple dress to make, it does take awhile doing all those rows of shirring. I probably should have spaced them out more and then I would only have to do half.  

And finally I made this little ensemble using an old skirt that no longer fit.  The skirt was a button down the front number and I kept the facing and button holes so that the back buttons up.  Shorts were from a basic shorts pattern. 

I used a couple of cute cow buttons at the front for a bit of a feature.  

Monday, 15 January 2018

Vintage McCalls 5198

It's that time of year again when my mission statement in sewing projects is to make as many cool summer frocks as possible.  The weather in Brisbop has been quite hideous since before Christmas and motivation to sew on a hot day is always a struggle. 

I found this lovely little sewing pattern on ebay.  It fit all the criteria, easy to make, floaty and doesn't look like anything you can buy in a shop.  I managed to get this finished before the heat settled in for our always very long hot summer. 

I really like the square neckline you find in a lot of 70's dress patterns. But sometimes the facing doesn't end up matching the outer neck line. And add pleats to the recipe, you could end up having to make constant adjustments.  Fortunately it wasn't the case here, it all matched up perfectly.  The side ties are attached in the fold of the outer pleats.  I guess for a fuller looking dress you could just leave the ties off the dress.  

The front pleats are a littel lost on this fabric.  I originally thought of using a fabric with a dragon print for this. I bought both pieces of fabric at the same little Japanese gift and textile shop in West End. It has a linen blend quality, but I think it is just cotton. Whatever the fudge it is, it is nice and cool to wear.  

This was an easy dress to make. Always a joy to make something without zips and buttons. I'll definitely give the pattern another go. Maybe even making the top.  

Friday, 29 December 2017

Festive frock 2017

Yikes another year is almost over. It has been a year of ups and downs. But mostly the upside thankfully.  Family wedding and travel being the major ups.  I've definitely enjoyed making my place very festive this year.  A new tree and some fresh new decorations.  I shall be sad to put it all away next week.  Shall also be sad to have to go back to work next week, but that's not until thursday so plenty of days of recreational activities and some lazing about.  This years party frock come courtesty of vintage Simplicity pattern 7332.  

This is my second outing with Simplicity 7332. I decided to use just plain shoulder straps, rather than use the frill and, even though I liked the v-shape I decided to do something different from the previous dress.  

The material is a cotton sateen from Lincraft. When I first made it I thought maybe I would also wear it on Christmas day as well as the work Christmas party.  However, it was a sorching 36 degrees on the day so glad I made a few other options.  I did wear this a second time for a friends birthday last Saturday.  It's a good special occasion dress for the summer, as long as I'm in air-con.  Damn summer!!!!

I also made a second wreath this Christmas.  This time it's an equine theme.  My sister-in-law's family run a saddlery, and even though she never had a pony herself (outrageous I know) she does appreciate things with a horse theme.  

And finally, I got some lovely presents from friends this year.  And not suprisingly quite a few were cat themed.  I received a beautiful Oxfam cat mat from my dear chum Anna, also a cat book and a green bag from some other friends, and these fabulous Cat Bowie earrings from my friend Steph. They come from the home of accessory whimsy, Erstwilder. Funnily enough I'd bought myself a Cat Elvis brooch a few weeks before Christmas. But I love cats and I love love loved David Bowie so totally pawsome.  

Signing off from 2017.  Hope 2018 is a brilliant one, fingers crossed. 


Friday, 8 December 2017

Frock from Christmas past

It's hot, it's summer in Brislandia so it must be almost Christmas.  To be fair we've had a fairly mild start to summer this year, but that has changed and it will no doubt remain steamy from here on in. Ah, I could whinge about the heat endlessly, but I digress.  This post is for last year's Christmas day frock. I only wore it the one day and then put it away in the cupboard. With festive celebrations starting, I decided to dust it off and start giving it a showing this year.  I bought this fabric on Etsy from Hearts and Found after seeing a green version on the By Gum By Golly blog.  The fabric is just lovely, but being 100% cotton it loves a good crinkle.  

I used McCalls 2444.  With such a lovely feature fabric you don't need anything fussy with the design of the dress.  I also chose to do gathers rather than pleats.  I bought another fabric from Hearts and Found which features a tiki theme.  I'm still on the fence about what to do with it because the fabric will probably be a crush fest like this one.  Still you can't have too many lightweight summer frocks here in the southern hemisphere. Add that to the list of summer sewing projects.  

The only slightly annoying thing with this dress is that no matter how much I iron the neck section, it still has that slightly bubbly appearance.  Everything else about the dress was a breeze to sew because it's a very simple pattern.  

Amongst the many sewing projects I need to get started for the festive season and the summer I've been really getting my craft on this year.  I decided to finally make a Christmas wreath. I was initially inspired by all the lovely decorative pieces you could buy for wreaths. However, it occurred to me that I didn't want just some ordinary looking wreath and my love for all things whimsical led me to create the Jurassic/Fantasy wreath. Sure maybe I should have just picked a theme, like the fantasy one or the one with the dinosaurs, but I'm pretty chuffed with my creation.   

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Cherry Ripe Up in Arms

This was the second top I made from the Up in Arms pattern. I actually just wore it this morning for a trip to Aldi to buy a new Christmas tree. It was time to upgrade from my smaller tree to something that can fit all of my wonderful ornaments that I've bought over the years.  And I've got more to add this year from my trip to the Christmas shop in Banff.  

Unlike my original kitty version of this top, I didn't line the capped sleeves.  The fabric is from Spotlight. Another soft furnishing fabric. I imagine I got it on sale, so it was probably only around $5 per metre.  It is a bit of a crusher fabric being 100% cotton.   

I still highly recommend this pattern. It's very fast and easy to make. Good style to wear with either jeans or shorts.  And if you added some length, I'm sure it would make a cute little dress.