Monday, February 29, 2016

The Muse Melissa

I really loved this pattern when Kat asked around the WSBN for testers.  It was the first pattern I've ever tested and I was giddily excited to test it.  Its a great pattern and I'm keen to make it again - but if I want it to take a lot less time (and for it to fit better) I'll have to seriously learn from my mistakes.  

I needed to grade between sizes and unfortunately as I was so long between starting this pattern and finally finishing it up, I can't even vaguely remember what I did to the pattern pieces to get to this stage.  Must. Take, More. Notes. As. I. Sew.

The fabric was a relatively light weight cotton from Brazil.  The weight was great for the pattern but the design made it look - as one of the Fabric Hoarders suggested - like a paediatric nurse's uniform.

So what would I change next time?
1. Place button in a location better suited to my bust (reduce bra sightings) - photo above

2. Grade around the bust differently - there's too much weird bunching under the sleeve

3. And the bust shaping under the bust needs to come in more quickly.  

4.  The sleeves are little too tight so will need to come out a bit more.

5. I also want to make use of the really nice details, Kat has built into the pattern - much clearer on the pattern page than on my version. The pockets are a neat detail.  

The fit issues aren't surprising as I didn't have time to muslin first (and still didn't finish it in time - I got about 3/4s of the way through testing before running out of time - and motivation).  I had a clear out of clothes before I left NZ, so I can't remember if I held on to this to see what changes needed to be made to the pattern pieces (I hope so) but I was in major declutter mode!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Even more T Shirts

Ha ha - please forgive the seriously glowing photos.  Two quick T makes before my Melbourne trip (still catching up!).  This T is the blank canvas T pattern.  

Fabric from the Fabric Warehouse Pop up shop - not too long in the stash :)  The fabric has a nice texture and I've worn it once last week (on a quick visit back to NZ - a bit too heavy for summer in Melbourne).  The downside is that it might catch very easily, but we'll wait and see...

I added a bit of extra length to the sleeves (I think from memory I doubled them).  I also shaped the side seams to give it a bit more of a flattering shape and extended the length by a few inches.  This one is size 45.

Another blank canvas T.  

And the fabric wasn't long in the stash either - from Levana.  This is a size down from the previous version (40 rather than 45) and I extended the length by a few inches.

I didn't do too badly on the pattern matching and the fabric is nicely light so I've been wearing in Melbourne frequently over the last month.

The blank canvas T is definitely a tried and true pattern at this stage.  I want to make few more tees when I get back to NZ but I want them to fill specific holes in my wardrobe.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Jade Skirt

I fell in love with two of the Paprika patterns - the Jade skirt and the Jasper Sweater.  Nikki of Nikki's stitches made up a version and I had to pull the finger out and give it a go.

The pattern is relatively straight forward once you get your head around the front origami folding.  

Unlike Nikki, I decided to fully line the skirt.  I used a ponte from the Fabric Warehouse.

You stitch under each fold to keep the fold in place and stitch the top to the lining.  I really enjoyed doing this bit and took my time as I was under the weather and BM's parents were also staying with us.  So I would sleep for a few hours and if they were out when I woke up I would sew a fold or two down.

I'm not sure if it was my under the weatherness but it took a lot longer to sew up than it should.  I ended up having to redo the back zip 4 times and even I'm not especially happy with it. But its my first exposed zip and the skirt is wearable - just not in Melbourne :)  That full lining makes it a hefty item of clothing.

The skirt is a lot more flattering than in the photos.  A. the angle is crap and B. I was rather bloated the day that I photographed it.  Regardless though, its a comfy make and I hope to get a lot of wear out of it.  If I were to make it again, the zip is pretty but useless so its likely to be on the scrap heap.  

I graded the skirt to fit and took out the back darts (very small bum) and went down a size on the back piece.  The adjustments worked well - especially given my lack of brain power that week!

I especially like the zig zags on the lining and how the lining fits together - there's no exposed seams and it all folds inside itself.  Pretty swish for the pattern and makes me itch to sew up the Jasper.

Monday, February 22, 2016


A round up of my card makes before my trip to Melbourne.

Wrapping paper (recycled), sticker and tissue paper (recycled).  And by recycled, I mean given to me as gift wrap and repurposed.

Fabric scraps and card (used).

Stickers and papers.

Fimo pig (me made), foam background, paper.

Repurposed (used) greeting card.

Recycled greeting card.

Stickers and paper.

Pen (glitter and metallic), foam ink and plastic jewels.  Basically a doodle with 3D elements.

Stickers and scrapbook paper.

Stickers and scrapbook paper.

Fimo (me made) octopus, stickers and paper.

Recycled greeting card and fabric pin.

Recycled greeting card and gauze.

Stickers, 3D ink and paper.

Glitter and glue sticker.

Glitter and glue sticker.

Stickers and paper.

Stickers and scrapbook paper.

Embellishment and paper.

Recycled greeting card and paper.

Stickers, paper and printed paper.

Stickers, paper, card and 3D embellishment.

Purchased embellishments (from a second hand shop).  I have quite a few of these so getting back on top of Christmas cards already (I ran out this year!)

Kiwi scrap fabric leftovers and recycled card.

Sentiment, paper and fimo fish embellishment (repurposed earrings purchased on sale).

Stickers, printed paper, double sided tape, glitter.

Felt Christmas tree embellishment, paper, sticker.  I love that tree!  I should be able to make my own at some point.

Sentiment, paper, staple.

Me made foam feather, beads, ribbon, paper, sticker.

Recycled greeting card, ribbon, bead, foam.

Me made fimo sun, stickers, foam (grass).

Recycled greeting card (birds), paper and printed paper.

Metal embellishment, paper.

Recycled greeting card, glue sticker (love) and heart sticker.