Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Comfy Sewing

You know, when you have to get dressed
But you really don't want to.
Hudson pants  but in a woven.
Sewn up in soft denim, my seemingly endless roll that I purchased five years ago (or so) from eBay.
As Hudson's are made for knit fabrics I knew I would have to size up.
I decided to wing it and use the same size I made here. These pants still fit but are very drape-y now. The Twins intimated they would wear them if they didn't suit me.
I am very pleased with the seat of these, they stay nice even after a day of wear.
Not too 'mum-bummy' and I have a flat arse.
As Elsa says 'You don't have a bottom, just a thigh with a crease in it'.
Rather the using ribbing for the pocket trim, I trimmed back a woven polo shirt collars (people hand them on to me in droves, it must have been the thing to buy and marinate in your stash in the 90's) and used that.
It worked really well. 
I was tempted to used the same for the cuff but had a very similar ribbing so went with that
I used cotton/modal for the pocket bags.
A trick I learnt sewing Zara's trousers.
The drawstring is completely faux but mandatory (according to the Twins).
So, will they score them?
Will they heck!

~My Verdict~
Love them, super quick to sew 2 1/2 hours and I am not a speedy sewer.
I think I may have sized up 3 sizes for my hips? They fit fine through the bum and thighs but almost  pull at the back of the calf.

I am right into capsule wardrobes at present and these fit in perfectly.

Also, being woven and not knit, I can get a second day from them if I air them in between wears

xx Nicole
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Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Big Reveal

Well, it was as stressful as sewing a wedding dress.
From Pinterest 
The inspiration...
The realisation...
Waistcoat has been cut out but didn't happen, not yet, it will but it is likely to be too jolly hot indoors anyway.
Just in case you are new to my waffling Beamish Boy knocked us all for six 18 months or so ago but declaring he wanted to do medicine and be a country GP.
He asked me to make he a special outfit to wear to his interview.
The jeans are a vintage KwikSew in denim/wool from Spotters.
The shirt the lovely Aime Comme Marie mens shirt in Liberty lawn.
The sports coat a Lekala custom fit jobbie in Herringbone wool.
He actually wore it today, to the practice session for the interview/exam.
He may have been a little over dressed.
He may have been dressed very similarly to the lecturer.
But he didn't care, he liked it and that is all that matters to me.
Hugo has been working, full time, in his gap year but has decided after today to spend a full day a week prepping for his UMAT.
He came out the of the full day session absolutely psyched, so excited and then promptly passed out for an hour.

Keep your fingers crossed for him, come August, won't you?

xx N

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

It is a good thing he is cute.

Hugo's sportscoat is finished, Baby!
(Quick recap, Beamish sits his UMAT in a few months time and asked me to recreate this)
Hugo's 'lucky' outfit.
We decided to leave the vest for now, I was worried it would be too warm and I am slightly over tailored sewing, just for now.
It was a lot of work and I am so glad to be done but it looks so nice on him.
Lekala #6017
I used this pattern from Lekala.
The fit was perfect, no alterations needed at all.
I sewed it up in a wool/poly herringbone cloth that I purchased in bulk from eBay.
The same stuff I made Liddy's coat from...
And Trixie's dungarees.

The lining is a satin backed crepe. It has a wee bit more body then regular satin.
I wished I had used a stretch satin although the lining does have good ease.
Hugo has a few stressed seams in the lining of his Thread Theory coat.

Please excuse the WIP photos, I am blogging them as a note-to-self. The pattern instructions are a bit on the light side.
I maxed out our internet data using youtube tutorials.
For the chest pocket I used this video
The pockets have lining one side and silky lining the other.
I interfaced the front jacket with sheer weft for stability as well as the facings and collar.
The flap edges are hand sewn in place.
It took me around an hour to sew the pocket.
For the welt pockets with the flap I used this video
My welts are a little wonky but my fabric was starting to deteriorate so I left it be.
For sewing the back vent (and again for the sleeves) I used this video

I tried to bag the lining but as I had already sewn the sleeve hems it didn't work.
So I pinned and sewed the sleeve lining to the body lining, in increments and then hand sewed the gap shut.
I didn't like any of the shoulder pads I had but it needed something. On a whim, I tried the swim suit pads I had purchased for the Twins bikini tops and they were perfect.
I hand sewed them to the main coat before finishing the lining.
I am really pleased with the lining. I added extra ease after making a mistake with Elsa's so I had very nice folded hems to allow good body movement.
The buttons are Hugo's choice.
I would have preferred a darker leather button but the light coloured stone look is very fresh and modern.

It is certainly not perfect but I am very happy with the results.

Modelled piccies soon!

xx N






Thursday, April 28, 2016

Zara~ Round Up

I finished Zara's turn on the #sewingrota.
Liesl+Co Bento tee and City Gym shorts combo.
Or two!
A Lekala hooded jacket
Another Lekala, this time a wrap skirt.
Yet another Lekala, a tee-shirt.
A pair of Vado slim fit jeans.
Named  Alexandria Peg trousers.
A gorgeous Cynthia Rowley dress.

Finally...
Another Burda camisole.

I think she made some lovely choices. 

What I have learnt.
Sewing four outfits, for each of the older girls, is too much. Patience is not a strong point for teenagers and they want what they want, straight away.
Patience is not a strong point for tired mothers of wakeful toddlers either.


I really wanted to deliver an armful of beautiful clothes (and I hope I did) but they were already planning the next item when I wanted them admiring the one I had just finished, dammit!

We had some pretty horrid unpleasantness this time round. Both of us reacted badly (at times) and as I am the grown up I have to put my hand up and take the blame and sort it better, next time.

~Zara's Verdict~
I felt a bit awful to find out that I was upsetting mum.
 I agree with what she said above. I absolutely understand and agree with the idea to have only two outfits at a time. It will mean less of a wait for all of us for our turns. 
I love all of my items that mum made me and am really looking forward  to my next turn as it will be the making of my formal dress! 


Although this was a pretty exhausting experience I think all three of us learned something.
For me, I need to accept a 'thanks' and move on. If I want a enthusiastic response, share it with my sewing friends.

For the Twins, Mum has feelings too and that they need to plan what they would like a little better and be better at communicating.

If you got through all that, well done!

xx Nicole.




Thursday, April 21, 2016

Jeans Baby

Do you remember the inspiration outfit pin?
Well, I have finished the shirt.
Now the jeans.
A vintage KwikSew 2123.
I made these a few years back, for Hugo.
I lowered the waist and added the groovy back pockets.
Check out the blog post above if you would like the details.
As he is still wearing them I didn't measure him up and just sewed the same size...
Um, yes, whoops. They were a bit 'toight'.
Thank you 5/8ths seam allowances. I just managed to salvage them.
The denim is a gorgeous denim/wool mix, available from Spotlight, it retails for around $17/m but frequently goes on sale.
To make them just a touch dressier I topstitched with blue topstitching thread I purchased here.
I used normal Rasant thread in the bobbin and a size 14 needle. The sewing was heavy going, a bit 'chuggy' but the results are were worth it.
The denim is quite thick so I utilised my clover clips, perfect for sewing the waist band.
worn with a Liesl+Co Metro tee
Argh, dark colours are hard to photograph.
They do look good, I promise!
~Hugo's Verdict~
I do have several pairs of these jeans but like my Liberty shirt they have become a wee bit faded and thread bare in places. So it was fantastic when my turn came around again to have some jeans made.
 I was quietly very excited. 
When I slipped into my jeans for the first time it appeared I had grown somewhat from last time and to quote Gold Member from Austin Powers I was "... very toight, toight like a toiger" After the seam allowances was adjusted the jeans fitted a lot better and after severals hours of wearing them I had ridden the jeans in so to speak. They are now a lovely pair of jeans which flatter me well and I am very fortunate to have.

I may have laughed far too hard reading that...

xx Nicole

Next up, his blazer