Friday, March 30, 2007
1. Remnant Warehouse. I have heard of this shop but had never been.....and I won't be going again....it is closing down TOMORROW! So that is the bad news. The good news is that all their Vogue patterns were in bins and were only 50c each! Here is what I got.
I also got some viscose lining in dark grey/black for $3 a metre. There was only 3 metres left so I bought it all. There was not a lot left in the shop.
2. Dancing Queen. This shop is in Lennox St Richmond (Melbourne). It is a very small shop and has unusual fabrics. Some of them are vintage. I purchase 3 pieces back on the Pattern Review Down Under weekend last year. But today nothing much inspired me, but I started talking to the owner about how I was looking for a lining to match my silk linen rose fabric. And voila - there it was.....a beautiful Italian acetate. The colours matched perfectly and it has two sides that can be used to advantage. It was a bit pricey at $16 a metre....but it was 20% off (they have a sale on at the moment). I bought 3 metres. Enough hopefully for a dress, jacket and skirt. Don't you just love their bags? - plastic with fabric plaits for handles.
Below is my suit fabric on the left with the new lining on the right - showing both sides.
3. Next was Artextile, just down the road - literally less than 500 metres. This just has to be the shop for the most beautiful fabrics in the whole wide world - if you are looking mainly for suitings. Ahhhhhh...........but at $85 + a metre, I declined. I have so much already, but I promise myself that if I make up a large portion of the stash this winter, then I can buy myself some luxury designer wool. There was this lamb and cashmere...............sigh! Burberry wool......sigh again! And the most softest red wool at $220 for the piece (1.9 metres).
Friday, March 23, 2007
1. sewing the invisible zip in the wrong way
2. deciding to shorten the zip by zigzagging about 3 inches from the bottom. Oops, I did it from the top!
3. broking needle - where did it go? Down the bottom of the machine!
I think I will go to Eastland, where they have air conditioning!
Thursday, March 22, 2007
I took the old pc to the shop and yah! it now works, it even connects onto the internet....yippee. I changed the port that the non accessing internet pc was plugged into on the router and shock and amazement, that one now connects. So when the girls came home from school, we had 4 working computers and they all access to the internet. So no more fighting for a computer!!!
Next job will be to look for faster access to the internet. .......
Also yesterday, I bought myself a piping foot! I didn't know they existed. When making Ellen's formal dress I had trouble keeping close to the piping, and I thought I must get an edging foot (or something). Well now I have a piping foot, so the next project should be something with piping.
I am tempted to make something to wear this weekend - going to visit parents in the country with my sister. It is always nice to have something to show off! But I will have only one day to make it.....so a skirt, or a dress? I could make a final summer garment, but I think the weather is going to turn cold........ah, indecision is my middle name.....
And my sewing machine is sounding like it needs a service.....
Monday, March 19, 2007
Yesterday, Sofie decided she was going to make a bag. She had been making a pencil case at school and felt quite confident she could make the bag.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Now to my question .....the lining. I do have a silk animal print I could use (sorry no photo - camera still at school) but the poly on the bottom of the stack on left is such a good match. It is a rose jacquard print that I originally bought to make lingerie. I could use one side for the lining and use the other side as piping around the edge of the facing. But would it be sacrilege to use poly to line a silk suit? Happy to hear all thoughts. None of the fabric was expensive.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
"oh, no! I took it to school for an assignment and is it still in my locker!" OK stay calm......AHHHH!!!
What to do? Fire up the video camera and take a video. Now Ellen's assignment today is to edit the very small film, upload it onto YouTube and somehow attach it to this blog. As for me, I am off the the Stitches and Craft show at Caufield racecourse with my sister.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
The skirt is sort of done but I need to redo the waist band. I used a silver bias strip to finish off the waist but the netting is poking through and is spiky. I would have preferred to use some of the bodice satin, however there wasn't any left over. So I need to unpick and rethink.
We didn't have any luck with the shoe shopping. Nothing Ellen liked. We did find a nice (but rather pricy) pair of red ribbon shoes. They only had one pair left in her size but they did not match - one had a satin sole and the other leather??? We took that as an omen and did not get any shoes. So back to the silver "mum" shoes. We will try and tart them up with a bow or something.
And thanks for the thoughts on the purple. We thought that would be over the top too and will stick to silver ribbon to tie up at the back.
Monday, March 12, 2007
A self portrait by Ellen on her phone camera - I think she is happy so far!
The bodice is finished except for deciding on what colour ribbon (and then buying) to use for the back and closing the opening at the bottom left open for bagging the lining.
We tried it on with the "draft skirt". Decision time... we will try removing the lower layer and using it to make a shorter layer. Then one more fuller layer at the top. We quite liked the purple ribbon (purple was all we had on hand) -maybe if we add purple crystals to the bodice....any thoughts?
Ellen doesn't like my silver shoes, so off to the shops this afternoon...(it is Monday and a public holiday today in Melbourne).
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Today we worked on the middle layer - we boned at all the seams. I just sewed it directly to the seams. I kept the area over the bust loose (unstitched). We sacrificed a bra to give the bust some shape. While we were at it, we decided to add a bit extra padding to the right side. No need to tell you why we did that...what can you say, mother nature is not perfect!
We stitched the decorative stitches we trialed yesterday. To make the sewing of the diamond pattern easier, I used a fading marker to draw lines to stitch on. The rotary cutter mat certainly came in useful for that!
We used a tear away stabliser to reduce puckering. Now that was lots of fun ripping off after the stitching (not!). Thanks Sofie for the help..
The outer layer was then constructed. We used the diamond stitched section in the front, and piped all the seams, except the side seams. Front and middle layers were then joined along with piping around the edges.
Ok, I'm all done for today. Time to go and watch two taped episodes of Biggest Loser (Aussie version) while I have an icecream..hehe
Friday, March 9, 2007
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Well the netting was very easy to sew. Nice change from the lame. However we don't quite have the look we are after. Next plan of action will be to take off about 15cm from the waist so we can gather to get more fullness. Ellen also would like it shorter. Then we will decide if we do more layers or not. Unfortunately I won't be able to get back onto it until Wednesday
I am not feeling too good about this...........maybe I will try the skirt instead.