Update

Sorry for the silence folks. It is not because I haven’t been busy, it’s because I haven’t made anything relevant to this blog for some time.

I created this blog, and a lot of you I’m sure follow because of the clothing that I was making on a regular basis. Due to my work on my bags and amigurumi for my Etsy store, making clothing for myself has kind of gone on the back burner. I have been knitting, but no sewing of clothing of late. My time during the day is spent on orders and stock items for my store, and I didn’t create this blog to necessarily share those things, it was for the clothing and my handmade wardrobe. Of course I encourage you to follow on with my handmade bags and toys via my Facebook page, or my Etsy store (button in the sidebar or here) if you’re interested in those things but I want this blog to remain mostly what I’m making for my own wardrobe.

Having a completely handmade wardrobe is still something I aspire to, but due to other paid orders for my bags etc and also my not having an outside the home job, time and funds are scarce. I am also actively trying to lose weight (separate blog here if you’re interested) and as such, I am a bit loathe to spend time and fabric (especially some beautiful stuff I got with birthday money) on clothes that I may only get to wear for a short time.

And finally, having said all that, there are at least three to five items I have on my mind that I hope to be making shortly. I’ve decided that I miss creating my own clothes and that I want to carve out some time and use up some fabrics from my stash to do so. These are:

  • Colette Zinnia ver 1 skirt – I was able to buy some black rayon shirting to make this from with birthday money. I want to make one just like Sarai’s here. I have printed and assembled the pattern ready to cut the fabric.
  • Colette Ginger skirt, ver 3 waistband – I have some black and white fabric I bought op-shopping on my honeymoon that I want to make this from. I still have my pattern from my previous make so I’m ready to cut the fabric.
  • By Hand London Polly top (a free pattern, oh yeah!) – Just printed the pattern ready to assemble. I’m not sure which fabrics I’ll use for this one, it doesn’t use a lot so I guess I’ll just dig through and see what I can find.
  • 2 x Sewaholic Renfrew tops – I got some nice jersey in black and green with a Spotlight voucher I received for my birthday. I’ve decided I found the fit on ‘my size’ (based on my measurements) to have a little too much ease for my liking so I’m going to go down a couple of sizes for these two makes. This way I can wear them longer even if I lose weight. I will be making the short sleeve variant, with the scoop neck option. Oh yeah, my overlocker got serviced and they managed to get perfect tension! Yay! So we’ll see how I go on these items.

I also have a couple of knitted sweaters that I have yet to blog about so I just need to take photos and I can talk about those.ย There are some fun things on the horizon so stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚

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FO: L’s 1920’s Dress

So! I can finally blog about this one. I had a photo of L in the dress but I didn’t want to splash her all over the interwebs without first getting her permission to do so. Of course she said yes, and the pic I have of her is oh-so-cute so here’s the post with some juicy internal shots of the dress for good measure.

First up, my gorgeous sister in her dress (sorry for the quality, it’s off a phone – it’s the best we could get):

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So pretty right?!! And those legs, ugh I wish! ๐Ÿ˜€

Now that you’ve seen the outcome, here’s the blood, sweat and tears behind it (only half joking! ;)). As I’ve previously mentioned this is a pattern hack of the Colette Laurel. I basically cut it off at the same points on the back and the front pattern (after a bit of trial and error), created a waistband, then widened the skirt section to allow enough fabric to gather.

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As the lace was see-through (obviously!) I underlined it with a similar colour lining. Oh the hours of hand-basting those layers together. I did initially try to sew it by machine and that was an EPIC fail so out came the unpicker and some bright thread (for contrast so I could remove it all when finished) and needle. Once the two layers of each piece were joined as one, I then sewed everything together.

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I was originally going to sew it all with French seams but found it was just far to bulky so I reverted to normal seams and finished them on the overlocker. My overlocker was not playing Mr. Nice-guy so the finishing doesn’t look too nice unfortunately. I have since put the overlocker in for a service; hopefully that will help. But what did look nice was my hand-picked zipper and hand sewn bias edging! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now, be gentle on me. All these stitches were done by hand and I have never done this before! Having said that, I think I did an awesome job and was really pleased with how it turned out. Having never done a hand-picked zipper before, it took a little wrangling for me to get the hand positions and the garment laying the right way before I got the hang of it. After doing it once, I don’t think I ever want to install a zipper any other way! ๐Ÿ™‚ I used Tasia from Sewaholic’s wonderful tutorial, it can be found here. It’s just so much easier to make sure the zip is straight and in place when you are going slowly by hand. Obviously on the bags I make, I will still machine sew the zipper because you usually don’t have much fabric to deal with and it’s a straight line to sew but for clothing, I think hand-picked is the only way to go.

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I especially wanted to do all this sewing by hand so that I could attach the zipper and the bias edging only to the lining and the stitches wouldn’t be visible on the outside of the lace. The thread I chose was a perfect match for the lace colour so you can’t even see the little stitches on the lining through the lace unless you look really hard. It blends wonderfully.

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After all the stress, tears and long hours making this dress, I think it was all worth it as L was so happy with it and I think it’s the most adventurous thing I’ve made to date! Me? Doing a pattern hack?!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just to see how happy my sister was with this dress made it more than worth it and I think she looked AMAZING!

So, what do we think? ๐Ÿ™‚

WIP Wednesday

So, my WIPs this week have mainly consisted with working on my sister’s dress for her AGM on Saturday and some knitting and crochet.

Here’s L’s dress so far:

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You may remember that I was doing a pattern hack on the Colette Patterns Laurel. After being very despondent about this ever being finished and actually being good, I’m pretty happy with how it’s turning out. ๐Ÿ™‚ย All I need to do now is hem and apply bias binding to the neck and armholes. Unfortunately due to my overlocker being a douche, the outside looks WAAAAAYYY better than the inside. I think perhaps I need my overlocker serviced or maybe a new one as Mr. MyMuddlings suggested. Love him. โค

The lace on this dress is so pretty. Everyone who saw the lace when I was buying commented how lovely it was. We initially were going for a different lace that was a little more gypsy-esque but I saw this one and suggested it instead and I definitely think we made the right choice. ๐Ÿ™‚

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On top of working on this dress I have also been working on some crochet and knitting.

The crochet I’ve been working on is Freshstitches‘ Blair the Ghost Bunny amigurumi. She’s just adorable! You can find my project page on Ravelry here. All I have left is the little ghost costume to do. I’m about halfway through this.

In regards to knitting, I’ve mostly been working on my Ishbel shawl by Ysolda Teague (I think you’ll only be able to see this link if you’re a Ravelry member). I’m making it from some lovely soft and drapey viscose fingering weight yarn I picked up cheap at Spotlight. They’ve had tons of great yarns on special lately and I’ve been stocking up. I got a few different colours of the viscose yarn and also quite a few balls (one colour enough to make a sweater!) of some superwash wool from Panda. Love sales at Spotlight! ๐Ÿ™‚ You can see my Ravelry project page for Ishbel here.

Good news too that after having my birthday a couple weeks ago, I was given a Spotlight voucher and also some cash so these have been put towards purchasing fabric to make up some of the items I blogged about for my Summer Wardrobe a few weeks back. From what I have purchased I will be able to make two Renfrew tops (in black and green), Tania culottes, Cascade skirt and a bonus item of a Colette Patterns Zinnia skirt. I will be making version 1 of the Zinnia in a black rayon shirting. Can’t wait to get started on these items! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. I’ve finally put some of my handmade things up on Etsy. You can check them out here. I’ll have more up next week when I’ve finished the dress!

WIP Wednesday.

No pictures today unfortunately. I’ve been sewing all day and it’s 34*C here today and I just can’t be bothered fussing with pictures.

My WIPs are doing pretty well. As you saw last Friday, I got my Lickety Split bag done so tick that one off the list! ๐Ÿ™‚ This is what I’ve been working on this week:

  • My Brise cardigan – still plugging away on the stockinette stitch. I’ve done about 2 inches of the body, just another 12 inches to go…
  • L’s 1920s dress – this is what I’ve been working on today. I’ve created my pattern for a drop waisted dress from the Laurel pattern. I have cut the pieces and sewn the darts on the front and back. I have also made an extra little surprise for her with the leftover fabric too. Shhh… it’s a secret! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I need to get this mock up dress to her by Friday so I’ll likely finish most of it tomorrow.
  • An amigurumi Roose the Monster – Spent some time on this yesterday and am halfway up the body with the nose and ears complete. Just need to make the eyes and do some more work on the body before assembling and completing. Should be finished well before next Friday’s ย FO Friday post. ๐Ÿ™‚

So that’s what I’ve been working on this week? What’s on everyone’s cutting table/needles/hook?

FO Friday

Hello and welcome to my first FO Friday!

I have two items for you, one of them being a WIP from Wednesday!

First up, my ‘A Loved Thing’ by Caitlin ffrench. I found this pattern free on Ravelry.

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IMG_0590The colour is coming out pretty true in the pictures. Probably more so in the first picture. It didn’t take much time at all to knit up and is a lovely lace pattern. I particularly like the way the two horizontal and vertical lines veer off into a triangle on each side. ๐Ÿ™‚

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It’s a little small for me to wear sadly. The 12 ply bulky yarn makes it too stiff to drape easily too so I’m a little bummed about that. I do have some yarn left so I’m thinking of unpicking the bind off and continue the ribbed pattern to use up the yarn and make it a bit bigger. See my Ravelry notes here.

Next up is my Made-by-Rae Lickety Split bag I blogged in my WIP post on Wednesday.

Photo 4-10-2013 3 12 17 pmI love this outside fabric so much! This is the second Lickety Split bag I’ve made so the construction was fairly straight forward. It takes a lot of edge stitching around the handles and top of the bag and I ran out of the nice silver thread I had for it so I had to do it in a darker contrast thread. Oh well, luckily my edge stitching is pretty good so its not such a big deal.

What’s everyone else making? I’d love to hear. ๐Ÿ™‚

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WIP Wednesday

After seeing this done by the lovely Stacey on the Freshstitches blog, I am hoping to be committed enough to do WIP (Work in Progress) Wednesday and FO (Finished Object) Friday posts. I have lots on the go at the moment and realised I really should be blogging them. ๐Ÿ™‚ I will be sharing projects across my home sewn wardrobe to my knitting and finally the items I’m making to sell under the MyMuddlings brand.
So without further ado, I will now share my WIPs for my very first WIP Wednesday! Let’s start with the oldest WIP in my enormous pile!
IMG_0594This is the Sulkaย Cardigan by Jane Ellison. I found 5 skeins of a Thorobred Kashmir Mohair Pearl Grey in my stash and as I hadn’t yet knit a garment, I gave this a go. However I think I’m going to run out of yarn. I’m up to the last ball and halfway through the first sleeve. I weighed my yarn prior to starting the sleeve so I’ll weigh again when the first sleeve is done and see if I have enough to make another. Hopefully I will so I can just do a contrast button and neck band. Wish me luck! Ravelry page with notes here.
Also, please note with the knitting patterns, I am linking through to Ravelry so you will need to sign in or join Ravelry to see them. My page links should work. Also, while you’re there, add me as a friend! My username is ‘anneofjulie‘.
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This is my favourite thing I’m making at the moment, the Brise cardigan by Hahhah Fettig from her book Knitbot Linen. I purchased some lovely cotton yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills in 4 ply, colourway ‘Sky’. I chose to use cotton rather than the linen that the patten calls for because linen is a little hard to find and not very affordable.
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The yarn is knitting up really nicely and I’m quite impressed with my even, consistent knitting seeing as I’ve only been knitting a few months. Ravelry page and notes here.
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Next up, I cut out ten (ten!) Buttercup bags to sew for the MyMuddlings brand shop. I’ve made about half I think so far. I’ve cut five large size with straps and five small clutch style. Here’s my final fabrics and interfacings just waiting for me to get back to them!
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If you’ve liked my page on Facebook, you might have seen a picture I posted a little while back of my first self-drafted bag pattern. It’s designed to be a utilitarian bag with lots of storage so it can have many uses such as a baby bag or gym bag or even a shopping bag! I’ve cut the pieces from calico and have begun the assembly, just the outside at this stage. I have used patch pockets inside and out. I think it’s a bit on the small size at the moment though so I think I’ll make the final product bigger.
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As another item to be sold in my store, I have drafted vintage pin-up style headscarves. I’ve already completed one (cherries!), one needs to be unpicked (damn bobbin thread ran out 80% the way ’round, grrr…) and then another 9 need to be sewn. All the pretty colours! ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, there’s buttons, owls and swallows in that mix. ๐Ÿ™‚
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My sister has asked me to make her a 1920s dress but I’ve been having a lot of problems finding patterns for what she wants. We’ve finally settled on doing a pattern hack on the Colette Patterns Laurel, with a drop waisted band added in and a self drafted gored skirt. That is, if I can figure out how to draft a gored skirt! Help anyone??? The picture is her muslin fabric (cotton/poly at $4/m, can’t go wrong really) and the printed pattern ready to go. Better get a move on with this one, she needs it in three weeks…
And now for some selfish sewing. ๐Ÿ™‚
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I fell in love with the top fabric, Free Spirit’s Silent Cinema Zoetrope Pink twill and just knew it would be used to make me something! ๐Ÿ˜‰ This will be a Made-by-Rae Lickety Split bag. The lining is also a twill as I wanted a fairly sturdy bag. I’m looking forward to having this one done! I can’t wait to use it! ๐Ÿ™‚
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And finally, this is my second favourite thing out of my WIPs, a cheetah print cardigan! I’ve developed a bit of a thing for animal print lately. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is a Sewaholic Renfrew mod that I saw on Four Square Walls, post here. Going well so far. I’ve made it from a cheap remnant that I found at Lincraft on my last visit. It was only $12 for like, ~2m of this knit fabric. However, it did have a whopping great hole cut out of it and another sections of slightly defective fabric (missing thread). I managed to cut all the pieces out of what I had but the defective fabric ended up on the waist band. I’m going to put that bit on the inside so hopefully it won’t cause me any problems. The only issue I’ve had is trying to sew through the slightly bulkier sections with my machine, not quite sure what I can do there though, any ideas? On the thick bits the feed dogs get stuck and can’t pull the fabric through so the needle just goes up and down on the spot. Damn frustrating I must say. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
So, looks like I’d better get on with some sewing! I need something for my FO Friday! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ideas for my Summer Wardrobe.

Now, before I start this post, let me say that it’s unlikely that I will make all of the clothes I am discussing today. I am currently not working so my fabric budget is virtually non-existant. That being said, lets move on to the patterns I would like to sew (that are already in my pattern stash) and then a couple of extras that I would like to purchase and sew.

  1. Sewaholic Renfrewย –ย This pattern remains a favourite with sewers around the globe due to it’s easy wear and built-in customisations. I’m thinking I’d like to make at least two of these for summer; both with short sleeves but with two different neck finishes: the scoop and the v neck. Fabric choice would be a nice light-ish weight, natural fibre jersey knit likely in plain neutral colours for versatility. I would make these in zero ease as I found the previous ones I’ve made (yes! I have to blog them!) were a little big for my liking. I made straight size 16s with no adjustments except to length on my second make.
  2. Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity 2443ย View A – Cute little knit dress for getting around on warm days. It has just enough interest to make it a little more dressy depending on how it’s styled. Again, I’d make in a lighter jersey knit. Not sure on colour but I do like the navy on the model. ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. Lisette for Simplicity 2246 View B – This is almost (to me) a tunic length shirt that would be wonderful and breezy over some capri’s or cropped leggings. Definitely would make it in light shirting fabric made from natural fibres to keep it breathable and comfortable. Likely in a block colour as I’m not quite brave enough to try ginghams yet. Too much pattern matching required! I think I’m far too lazy to ever try ginghams! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  4. Colette Patterns Hawthornย Version 1 & 3 – I haven’t yet got around to making my Hawthorn. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I bought the pattern on launch day and it’s just sat languishing on my sewing table. It’s too sad to comprehend. I have some lovely floral voile in my stash for making version 1. I haven’t decided on sleeveless or short sleeves yet on this one. Most likely short sleeves. Version 3 I have yet to figure out a fabric choice. Natural fibres of course, likely some kind of print. I saw Katy of Sleek Silhouettes version in a tie dye print and I really like it. Maybe if I could source some similar fabric… ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe lighter colours for summer though.
  5. Megan Nielsen Cascade Skirt – There has been some awesome versions of this floating around the inter-webs. I’m just itching to make it. As it’s been winter, the pattern has just been patiently waiting in my stash for the first signs of warmer weather. I do not have fabric for this yet, but I’m thinking some lovely light floral rayon challis. The only thing that’s making me a little undecided about the rayon is that it’s apparently a bit see through so I’ll likely need to underline the pieces. This isn’t a big deal in and of itself, it’s just double the fabric to be purchased and when fabric budget is zero, well… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Same goes for number 6…
  6. Megan Nielsen Tania Culottes – ย If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know that I learned to sew just so I could sew myself culottes. ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to do these in a nice rayon challis too but of course I’ll have the same issue with underlining as for number 5. Maybe the fabric fairy will bless me. My birthday’s next month… hint, hint Mum! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  7. Kimono Sleeve Dress by Charise Randell – I purchased the digital copy of Interweave’s Stitch with Style magazine especially for this pattern! It’s a knit dress, with a lovely swingy feel and an empire-type yoke above a gathered skirt. I love the fabric used on the sample too although I’m unsure as to where I would source this in Oz.
  8. Colette Patterns Ginger – I have already made one of these and I love it so I want to make another. I have some black and white floral poplin (I think!) that I got on honeymoon that I have ear-marked for this make. It’s all washed and ready to go, I just need to cut and sew as I’ll use the pattern I printed for last time. I’ll make it with the straight waistband again, it crumples enough without having it shaped and then crumpling! ๐Ÿ™‚
  9. Colette Patterns Laurelย Version 1 – I have some lovely voile I’ve had in my stash FOREVER that I’ve earmarked for this make. However, as it’s a light colour it’s a bit see through so I’ll need to underline it so I can’t make it yet! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m hoping it will be made for late spring and through summer. As it has the elbow length sleeves, it could probably work for early autumn too meaning I’ll get lots of use out of this one. Just need the underlining fabric.

Looking through this list it’s a bit top/skirt/dress-heavy… I really like wearing shorts or cropped leggings/pants in summer so I’m thinking I may get a couple of other patterns to balance out the tops. For shorts I’m thinking either Colette’s Iris or Sewaholic’s Thurlows. They both appear quite short however, so either I’ll need to lengthen them or find other patterns. The Thurlows may be the way to go though, as they’re drafted for pear shapes (me!) and also are a trouser pattern too so a bit more versatile. I was thinking perhaps the Colette Clover Pants for the cropped option. However, I have seen around the blogosphere that lots of people have had issues fitting the Clovers. I’m very inexperienced with pants (I’ve only ever made the Tessuti Anita Pants and they’re a forgiving ponte knit!) so I’m a little daunted by the idea of fitting pants. I may just end up resorting to RTW in this case.

What’s on your list for summer (or winter!) sewing? Any advice or suggestions for underlining rayon challis or voile?