Wednesday, September 16, 2020

OOP McCall's 3871 Posh Frocks for Lidia

I finished it!
Lidia's posh frock (for all the details, click the link)
And it is so beautiful!
But all those shifty fabrics *shudder*
I am so glad we decided to underline with the skin tone rather that black.
It is a fun and fresh look and stops the dress looking too heavy.
I am also glad I made the sash in just the black. It would have been too bulky underlined and the black detail pops!
The dress looks see-through but it isn't see-through.
That said, I am going to make a slinky skin tone petticoat for Liddy to wear under it, if she wishes.
But look at this gorgeous girl!
Just look!
Personally, I think it is a smidch too short but it has a very deep hem.
As I said to Liddy 'Just make good (knicker) choices'!
Side by side, Lidia's dress and the inspiration 
I think ours is nicer.
~Lidia's Verdict~
This dress is one of many, I hope, to come. It is really pretty and makes me feel very happy when I’m wearing it.  My favourite feature is the puffy detailing in the sleeves. I love how it elevates the dress and makes it something really special. The fabric layering with the nude underneath is also something I really like. The fabric is light and floaty meaning that although I’m wearing a beautifully tailored dress it doesn’t feel constricting.  It is a little on the short side when I raise my arms so I am going to get some nude under shorts. I really really love it though and it is definitely one of my favourite pieces.
~My Verdict~
I love, love, love this dress!
It was such fun to make, sewing posh frocks is my thing.
It's such a shame we are in semi lockdown and really are not going out to wear fancy things.
Lidia really wants the same dress but in white hail-spot but she doesn't need it....
But I am so tempted....
Thank you for reading.... xx Nicole 
Special thanks to my assistant Tildy. 






Saturday, September 12, 2020

Vogue 9076 V9076 Posh Frock for Elsa

So, Elsa needed a new posh frock. She loved the look of V9076
Her inspiration was a beautiful dress she found on Asos and asked if we could make something similar.
The fabric is a beautiful rayon crepe I purchased on sale from Spotlight.
Elsa measured a size 10 in the bust and waist and a 12 in the hip but I figured as the skirt was so full I could cut a straight size 10. To make sure the dress would fit (and to work out how to sew the fiddly front and back panels) I made a wearable muslin blouse from some nude coloured crepe from my stash.
The fabric is surprisingly lovely to sew. I have a 20+ metre roll that I picked up from a boutique on Chapel Street in Melbourne, when it closed. It is sort of a nondescript type of fabric that looks a bit 'blah' on the roll but make a lovely garment. I think there will be many, many wearable muslins from this cloth.
The fit was perfect so I dove in with dress!
The dress design is not lined but Elsa requested the bodice and skirt of her dress to be. I lined the bodice panels with the same crepe I used for the muslin blouse as I was concerned if I self lined, the print may show through. I basted the panels together and then treated both fabrics as one. For the skirt lining I used a Bemsilk as I felt the crepe was too 'grippy' and Elsa wanted swish!.
The bodice and sleeves fasten with elastic roulette that is stitched into the seam allowance. It is more flexible than self fabric loops. The buttons are dove grey satin covered shank buttons I purchased from Eliza Fabrics.
There were a lot of buttons, Elsa needed some help getting them all down up.
The finished dress is so beautiful on her.
I was concerned it may look a little 'Nana' but absolutely not!
It is swishy...
Pretty...
And so elegant.
~My Verdict~ I sewed this dress for Elsa to wear to her boyfriend's sister's wedding. It was touch and go whether they would make it as many borders are closed in Australia due to Covid, South Australia is currently Covid free, but if they quarantine for two weeks when they return, they can go. Elsa and Zara turn 21 this week, so the fabric, pattern and sewing was also part of my gift to her (along with some g o r g e o u s boots) I am so glad I muslined the blouse. It wasn't just for fit, it was a chance to work out out to insert the gathered bodice panels. It was not a difficult sew, per-say but it was a comprehensive sew. The instructions were very, very good, not wordy but everything was there. It just required reading a few times. Definitely not a rush sew. There were not directions to line the skirt so I simply made a second skirt from Bemsilk, trimmed the plackets back and hemmed them, put the skirts right sides together and gathered and sewed them as one.
The lining placket hangs free. I made the cuffs twice as deep as the pattern piece required but didn't need to shorten the sleeves. Elsa requested the cuffs to be quite loose so they would fall down over her hands (you could sew the buttons further into the cuff and that would tighten them or you could narrow the cuff) I would love to sew this again. I think it would be lovely in a very sheer fabric (similar to the inspiration picture) with a lined bodice and skirt.
Thank you for reading xx Nicole PS Please excuse the clunky blogpost, Blogger has changed its interface to a crap load of code and to say I am struggling is an understatement.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Oliver+S Little Things To Sew Messenger Bag for Lidia, Matilda and Beatrix

Do you want to feel like a sewing Rock Star?
Then make one (or three) of these bags.
The Messenger Bag from the Little things to Sew Book
sewed one for Tildy in 2017 and apart from the vinyl lifting a wee bit on the front flap it held up well!
I suspect washing the bag at the end of each term contributed to its deterioration but, needs must!
I told Tildy she could have whatever fabric she could find in the canvas tub and she chose this very cute canvas duck from Spotlight (purchased a few years back) and some brown heavy drill.
From one metre of the duck I could cut the bag outer and a few zippered pouches.
I went a bit nuts with interfacing making this one.
I used it on every single piece, including the strap, using heavy weight iron on.
I have several large rolls Jed picked up at a clearing sale, I just have to trim off the bits that were nibbled by rodents.
It did make it thicker to sew but this bag has held up best.
I used a magnetic clasp to hold the flap but it is really not necessary, it stays shut anyway.
The bag hardware was salvaged from an old school bag.
~Tilly's Verdict~
I love all the purses and pouches.
I like the size of it, its not too big so I can't fit too much stuff in it.
I like the clasp as it stays shut.
I can keep a pencil in the pocket (internal pocket NMK)
Also, I LOVE that the strap is adjustable
It has lots of pockets and storage.
I made Trixie's next.
This one is my favourite.
The fox duck canvas is from Spotlight, the red canvas was from my stash.
I remember I sewed Hugo some very cute little TopKids trousers when he was a little fella, from it.
The strap adjusters are the metal ones that I use on my dungarees.
They are okay but definitely not as good as the plastic ones.
I didn't have quite enough of the red to make the strap so I used some cream coloured canvas.
As it was so thick I didn't interface it.
This was a mistake as it has softened a lot with use and 'rolls up' a bit at the point where the shoulder sits.
The front pocket holds Trixie's water bottle perfectly.
The inner front pocket is useful for bits and bobs.
~Trixie's Verdict~
I love how it has foxes on it and I like the pockets in there.
My water bottle goes in the front.
I don't like the red stuff, I mean I do sometimes, I mean there is nothing I don't like.
My favourite thing is the whole bag.
I made Lidia's last.
The outer fabric and lining were both cotton duck, purchased from Spotlight.
From a metre of each I could construct the messenger bag and a few zippered pouches.
A dark fabric works best for lining as it helps hide grot.
I didn't interface the strap and this was a big mistake.
It  is really, really, really floppy and the strap adjuster doesn't hold.
(Maybe plastic ones would be better but I think the interfacing (or lack of it) is the problem)
It is so bad that I have ordered new fabric to make Liddy another one and will wash this up and give it to my Aunty to use as a knitting storage bag.
~Lidia's Verdict~
This bag is so fun!
 I think the colours are so cool and not what I would have thought of at first, but I really like them. 
 The pattern is really nice and makes a lovely satchel up.
 Mum interfaced the bag so that it could stand up by itself.  It holds all my things and is just small enough that I can’t let bits and bobs pile up in the bottom of it.  Because of all the school work I bring to and from school the strap has taken a bit of a beating and sometimes folds over (mum noticed this more then I did). This bag is really cool and once I finished with school I use it as a wool bag. Thank you Mumma x



~My Verdict~
This is a really useful bag.
It fits a laptop and several textbooks and a lunch box (if you jiggle it a bit)
I like the fact it is not too large as it makes the children empty and not carry around a lot of stuff they don't need.

The Twin's purchased very fancy back packs when they went to Uni but have since asked me to make them one of these, for just that reason, it holds enough but you can't over fill it and hurt your back carting stuff you don't need.

Interfacing is the key here!
Tilly's bag is still like new and very sturdy. The strap has not folded or twisted at all!

I am not a person that routinely enjoys 'craft' sewing but I do like making these bags.
I am looking forward to making Elsa's....
Zara's....
and Lidia's replacement.
All with a black lining and binding.
I have going to hunt for some more plastic strap adjusters too.

(And you can bet I am going to interface E V E R Y T H I N G within an inch of its life)


Thank you for reading... xxx Nicole 

PS, Are you wondering what I did with Tilly's old bag?
It has a second life as a tagging bag.