Outback Wife

Having made a Deer and Doe Belladone for each of H and S, I have finally made one for myself.  I thought this pattern would be a great match with the vintage vibe of “Kristiane” – one of the Outback Wife bark cloth designs – from The Drapery.  I love the fabric so much I have been loath to cut it, but made the plunge.  As expected, the fabric is a joy to sew with.

This pattern is a slight departure for me as I tend to favour the sack silhouette over anything with a waistband.  However, the fitting issue was with the lower back bodice, where there was considerable gaping.

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Enter H, with a suggestion “just put a couple of pleats in it Mum”.  Turns out I did exactly that, but was able to hide the pleats (?tucks) under the upper bodice pieces and it worked out perfectly.  Mr Bingley didn’t seem to care.

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Ombre Oslo

Herewith my new favourite coat.  It is of course, the Oslo coat from Tessuti.  I made it up in gorgeous fabric bought at Tessuti in Melbourne.  It is a wool/cashmere mix and feels like a hug.  It also has the added bonus of being the same colouring as Mr Bingley, so if he should deign to hug me, his fur won’t show.

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As with all Tessuti patterns, this went together like a dream.  It was also my first time ‘bagging’ a coat – what excellent fun that is!  The only real problem I had was that once assembled, the collar ‘rolled’ at the back, showing the seam.  I ended up hand-stitching underneath the collar to pull it in under more, if you get what I mean.  I am very happy with the way the fabric worked on the centre back collar seam.

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I used a cornflower blue satin lining – fabric from Ferriers.  Thank you to the lovely lady there who patiently waited for me to choose between cornflower blue, sky blue and petrol-y blue – and also, hot pink, but then there was ballet pink, and so on it went.  Such an important decision could/should not be rushed.

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Knitting interlude

I knit only the most basic of things as I do not enjoy knitting.  I do however, enjoy hand knitted garments.  Here’s something I made quite quickly – with fat wool and fatter needles…  Pattern and yarn from Spotlight.  Photos taken at two of my favourite craft locations – Chez Waters and my Mum’s house.

 

Bella in St Kilda

Here’s Bella on a sunny winter’s day in St Kilda.  I made this version in stretch crushed velour from Spotlight.  I omitted the pockets and shortened the sleeves.  It’s brilliant for travelling!st k 1

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M sewing BurdaStyle #103 12/2011

I really dislike sewing plain work clothes.  I thought this jacket might cure that – with its horizontal seams.  I don’t know what it is, but I feel a bit blehrg about this one.  Here it is, made up in a textured, mixed fibre fabric from Ferriers.  Perhaps there is too much synthetic in it – it didn’t press very well.  Anyway, here it is, with a matching Rachel Comey skirt.

I accept that the T-shirt may not display the jacket to best advantage… I felt sufficiently blehrg about the jacket to not bother putting something more appropriate on.

My favourite thing about the jacket are the snaps – purchased from the Button Bar.

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Yukii

Pretty sure Yukii is the plural of Yuki – one of the new patterns from Tessuti.  This is a great pattern and quite straightforward despite the warning on the pattern that it is for advanced sewists.

I love the unusual collar and the in-seam pockets.  I have made three versions:

Yuki 1 – in tie dye linen from Tessuti.  I had a lot of trouble turning out the drawstring, even with a specially purchased implement – perhaps that’s where the “advanced” part comes in.

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Yuki 2 with bonus Nettie – in lovely quality cotton velvet from The Drapery and lace remnant from Tessuti for the collar.  I cheated and used some satin cord for the drawstring.  This caused a temporary disaster, as I used Fray-Stopper on the ends.  Unbeknownst to me, a drop landed on the front of the dress.  Athough the stuff is meant to dry clear, of course it dries white on black velvet!  The discovery was made at craft night when I turned the dress out and went “tah daaa!” to the craft ladies – to be met with horrified looks – erk.  Fortunately, those same craft ladies went into disaster recovery mode and discovered that pure alcohol will dissolve the glue.  Sure enough, it worked perfectly.  Not for the first time, I wondered what I would do without the lovely craft ladies in my life!

I made the Nettie top underneath from a fine mesh purchased from Ferrier Fashion Fabrics.  I made it a size or two too big, considering the amount of negative ease in the fabric, so spent the day pushing the sleeves up.

Yuki 3 – Double Denim for S.  Soft tencel denim from Spotlight.  Getting the hang of the drawstring now…

Bella for my bella

S saw me sewing Tessuti’s new pattern “Bella” in a wool-mix crepe and asked if it was for her.  It was really for me and a size or two too big for S, but because I am a great mum(!), I said yes, of course.

Like all Tessuti patterns, this is easy to follow and went together like a dream.  The only thing I wish Tessuti would do, is give instructions for optional lining (not smart enough to figure out on my own).

The pockets are 1/3rd top-stitched and look great

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S is v happy with her new dress – twirl factor 6.

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