Saturday, August 19, 2017

Calvin Klein Shorts for Zara

More fabric from my Melbourne trip.
Super cute shorts for Zara.
~The Background~
My fashion conscious little possum has been obsessing over 'mom jeans'.
These are high waisted, rigid denim, firm in the waist/bottom but not in the thigh.
Zara has a teeny, teeny tiny waist and a gorgeous full derriere that puts her across several sizes but I was fairly confident that the generous ease in the above pattern would make it do-able.
I used the leftover black denim from Jed's Jedediah jeans. It is a heavy, rigid denim, good and wide, no flaws $4/m.
From 2m I cut both items #ninjacutting.
This fabric was hardcore!
It took some serious bashing with my hammer and I broke several size 16 needles on my Bernina Industrie.
I topstitched with heavy jeans thread and boy are these things topstitched.
I took inches and inches off the waist and recut the front pieces before inserting the zipper (to take off the sides would have spoiled the pockets).
We also moved the pockets up and inward to 'enhance' the bottom.
They are so worth all the fiddling, she looks great and I now have a go to pattern for her.
I think this is such a cute look and shows of her sporty figure well.
I was honoured when she wore them on our recent Melbourne trip, I don't think they look homemade at all!
~Zara's Verdict~
Black Shorts: These shorts are so perfect, I dont have the easiet body shape to sew for, expecially my bottom half. I have a smaller waist with a quite plump bottom and upper thighs. Somehow mum manged to fit these shorts perfectly. She is very talented. They are exactly what I had in mind. They almost seem like they are straight out a F.R.I.E.N.D`s episode, which I love. The main outfit I have in mind for them, is to pair them with my black suede heel boots and a long sleeved blouse that ties at the front (like the image below)

Love, love, love them.

Thanks for reading

xx N

Friday, August 18, 2017

Vintage Cape for Tildy (+friend)

How cute is this?
Another piece of material from my Melbourne trip...
A gorgeous piece of cashmere blend coating, $12/m.
I wanted 4 metres to make matching capes for the two little girls. There was only 2.3 on the roll, so I grabbed it all.
With some serious ninja cutting I got both capes cut.
Cape from Witchery, no longer available online.
The inspiration?
A gorgeous cape from Witchery
The pattern was purchased from eBay.
It was printed in 1967 in South Africa, only the one size, a six, which is pretty standard with vintage pattern.
Tildy measures a 5 in the chest so I was confident it would fit and with Trixie coming through, not that bothered if it didn't fit for long.

The fabric was very, very thick, even with grading the seams it gave my semi-industrial machine a real work out.
I added the epaulettes once finished. I sewed them by machine and then hand sewed them in place. I made to sure to work buttons holes, cut them and sew the buttons to the cape.
I read  *somewhere* that that is the secret to a well finished garment.
The buttons are a vintage filigree , it is hard to see but they are hollow and very pretty.  I did purchase some military style ones but Tildy liked these better and I think she was right!
The pattern instructed you to hand sew the lining to the facing edge (?) and let it hang loose but I channelled Nana Deb and bagged the lining.
There was a wee gap at the bottom of the facing once bagged but I turned and hand sewed that in place.
The cape has welt pockets to pop your hands through.
After finishing the garment you are instructed to slash the lining and hand sew it to the welt.
I did apply interfacing to the wrong side of the lining before sewing but I was still whooping myself.
Cutting into a finished garment was a bit scary.
I cut and pinned and hoped....
And it worked!
I lined the coat with some luscious, copper coloured, stretch satin (also from Eliza's $7/m) and I added a cm back vent for ease.
I much prefer stretch fabrics as a lining when using them with wool as wool has a nature 'give' and the lining can split.
I was pretty jolly pleased.
It styles really well as a smart, casual look which is what we were after.
Plenty long enough with out being costume like.
Tilly rocks it!
The hand holes are just the right height.
For play, Tilly undid all but the top buttons and let it fly behind her. She was able to tackle the play ground most satisfactorily in that fashion.
~Tildy's Verdict~
I  absolutely love the lining!
The hand-holes are perfect.
The pattern on the button is gorgeous.
It is amazing because it almost works with anything.
I gave it to my friend because I thought it would be nice and  knew mum would make me another one.
~In Conclusion~
I made this cape with an event in mind. We were travelling to Victoria to meet up with a dear friend from overseas. I originally planned to sew matching capes for Tilly and my friends daughter but I was ill and ran out of time.
The cape was a bit of a hit with my friend and her daughter and Tilly wondered if she could give it to her...
I promised her another and she happily handed it over.
Very proud of my sweet girl.
Interestingly enough, she has requested a grey one next with leather toggle buttons. Obviously not too distressed at handing hers on.

Thanks for reading 

xx N

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Simplicity 8105

A quick post about a quick tee I made for Liddy.
The Simplicity 8105 
I saw this pattern on Lara's instagram and thought it was perfect for my girls too.
I sewed up the largest size (a 14 I think) in a stretchy cotton/modal knit that I purchased from DK's Fabric in Adelaide. From memory it was $30/m and quite wide.
I made a Deer&Doe Plantain, this tee and a O+S Field Trip tee for Trixie from 1.5m.
Fabrics with modal have a lovely drape and great recovery but they can be a wee bit shifty to sew. I find notches are essential and pins very useful.
I wish I had cut the side panels so that the stripe was running in
the other direction.

I was a bit stressed about fitting all the pattern pieces, the top is very wide and swing-y. I am a bit cross I did not take more care, the  directional stripes would have been far more professional looking.
~My Verdict~
A nice pattern that sewed up well but it was a pain in the bum as PDF's go.
It made a huge sheet, didn't fit together nicely and I had to download software to print it.
I like PDF patterns, I will generally purchase them over paper but not with Big4, not again.
I am sure this pattern will be on the repeat list, now I have put the jolly thing together...

~Lidia's Verdict~
This Tee is so comfortable and I love the fabric. It is perfectly silky on my skin and so stretchy at the same time. I love the way it stands out with my gold leggings.
It is gorgeous and Mummy is amazing.  

Thank you for reading.

xx N

Monday, June 12, 2017

Loveralls~ Again.

So cute I had to sew them again ....
Tildy absolutely LOVES her Loveralls and wears them every weekend.
When she found the silver denim in my stash she almost hyperventilated 
I sort of wouldn't mind a pair myself.
Size 5 with the length of size 8.
Stretchy metallic denim from Spotlight.
 Sleek, shiny, stretchy goodness.
Copper hardware and black topstitching. 
~Tildy's Verdict~
I love my overalls. So when mum said something about overalls with shiny fabric I straight away said 'YES'! 
They are shiny and I like shiny. Shiny is my favourite colour, it reminds me of stars in the night sky with no clouds in it and it is SHINY!!!

I think she likes her shiny Loveralls...

Thanks for reading.
xx N

PS Last time I said not  to trim one front panel but this time I did have to trim it, not sure why.... I would leave it as is and trim at the last step, just to be safe.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Music Class Blouse and Skirt

A few years back my lovely sewing friend Ana Sofia sent me some gorgeous Winter weight cotton and I have finally got around to sewing it up.
And what did I sew?
An Oliver+S Music Class blouse
I have lost count of how many times I have sewn this pretty little blouse.
I went with the pin tucks and long sleeves (adding a few inches to the hem, the pattern runs a bit short on my girls)
Heart shaped MoP buttons finish the look.
Hugo is up in Adelaide during the week now but still heads home most weekends.
The last few times he has brought me home some treats from The Drapery
The above pretty blue denim was one of them.
So I made a Music Class skirt.
It looked a little prissy, such a firm fabric with the mermaid gathers, so I added a faux waist tie in cotton webbing.
I made Tildy the size 8 in both.
(With length to both pieces).
The blouse is a wee bit long in the sleeves  but she is growing like a weed.
~Tildy's Verdict~
The pattens on the shirt reminds me of fire works and balls of happiness jumping around everywhere. The colours on the shirt are my type of colours. 
I love the dots put together to make pattens. 
The whole thing is beautiful. I love the light blueish colour and  I love the big pockets on the skirt.

 ~My Verdict~
Another favourite from O+S.
I love the details on the blouse and was genuinely saddened as each of my older girls grew out of the sizing.
It doesn't tuck, it is a cropped style but as my girl wear singlets and I dislike them on show I always add a few inches length.
The skirt is also, very short. Adorable but too short for my girls. This is the size 12 length and Tilly is the shortest in her class.
It is a nice speedy sew though, one hour, start to finish and it sews up nicely in a 1/2 metre remnant.

xx N