Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Autumn Sewing: Pauline Alice Quart Coat

This is the coat dreams are made of. 
It's all in the details. Pleats, lining, epaulets, zips, hanging loop!
I heart Pauline Alice patterns!

I seem to have added all bar two of her patterns to my collection. Whoops.
I'll be making her overalls next. (much to my husbands dismay, sorry not sorry)

I wanted this pattern as soon as I saw it.
It didn't matter that it was still summer here and coats were at the back of the sewing queue.
You know what its like when you get a new pattern and you want to sew it RIGHT NOW!
So thats what happened...

The Quart Coat comes in a lovely envelope with cute illustrations and the instructions are excellent, and in 3 languages no less!  
After sewing some very colourful coats last year (Bright Orange!) it was about time to make a staple coat that would go with everything. Basic black.
I took a trip to The Fabric Store and scooped up some melton wool.
I absolutely love sewing this stuff!

I won't go too much into the construction because it will probably bore you to death...
I made some shoulder pads and a back stay and interfaced the hell outta this sucker with a nice tailors interfering from work. I'm starting to run out of good interfacing. Anybody have any good suggestions/suppliers?

I used a poly charmeuse for the lining because its a nice weight and seemed to go with the wool.
Sewing it was a complete nightmare though. So slippery and fray city!

I sewed slowly (for me) and completed little bits of the coat here and there. It took about a week on and off to finish it up. There was a fair bit of hand sewing and lots of buttons to sew on. 
All in all a very satisfying make!

 Here is a couple of shots of it on its maiden voyage to the Queen Vic Market and surrounds.

Side note: 
I was heavily hung over after going to see Russell Kane at the comedy fest and visiting many bars. 
So many bars. I. was. very. sick.
(So sick that I got an amazing plate of muesli and bagel that cost a million dollars and ate about one spoonful of it. No good).

Twas a nice day for a prance though!

The verdict is that I love this coat. It it SO warm, a nice mid length and comfy as hell.
This will get a lot of wear. In fact it already is the daily chuck on!

Yep. Was having a moment here...
Please stop taking my photo. In fact don't even look in my direction. Don't even breathe near me.

Anybody else sewing any Pauline Alice patterns???
Its a true romance happening over here...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Papercut Patterns Rigel Bomber - Everyday Digs #1

So far this year has been all about trying different things. Sewing things that is.
I want to try ALL the patterns. 
I'm doing my best to buy up ALL the patterns and so far its been not only exhausting but also bankrupting! But all jokes aside...

Not usually one to go for casual styles, I'm all about the fancy pants.
Every time a new evening gown pattern comes out it seems to snail mail it's way to my letterbox.
I just want to sew gowns alright! Give me boning, lining, hand stitching!

I can relate... but lately there has been strange happenings in the sewing dungeon.
Everyday wear has been making its way into my self sewn wardrobe!
I am Renay and I'm currently in the mood for addicted to cake.
First case in point. The Papercut Rigel Bomber.

I was never interested in this pattern. 
Too masculine for me I said, too boxy. Just not quite right. 
Until I saw this one and this one!

THEN this cool autumny coloured wool arrived at work and there was a matching ribbing and all the stars aligned! I saw the sign people.
Add Rigel Bomber to cart.

I cut this out in February and it sat there until this month because... harsh Australian summer!
There was also the problem of the non lining with the pattern. 
My overlocker is having a sad moment. As I'm not a fan of looking at the ugly insides of my seams and pockets and since this fabric was fray central, this baby needed a lining.
A gold lining, BLING BLING!

How I hate thee stray thread!
I used the Threads method for lining this one. 
Just bagged it right on in there, with only 2 inches of hand sewing. 
I love this method and will be using it on EVERYTHING from this day forth.
It looks totes profesh.

The only other change made was to shorten the bodice by approx 2 inches. 
I took out some length from the bottom of the pockets so there was no fussing with replacing them.
I am short waisted and make this adjustment on pretty much all patterns. 
This may surprise you (not) but I am short. Just over 5 foot.
Thanks a lot genetics...

The only problem encountered during this make was finding a zip. Argh!
Firstly, there was NO colour that looked good, I settled with this beige kinda colour.
And of course there wasn't one short enough in that colour. I had to shorten it. 
Has anyone shortened a metal zipper? I had to Youtube that biz. And now I have no fingernails...
It ended up working really well (thumbs up) but the colour still bothers me.
I hate you zip.

So thats that. 
Turns out I like the bomber.
I shall leave you with a few parting shots of me channelling my inner male suit model.

how i hate thee stray thread #2 on left chest

thanks ya'll
I'll be back shortly with some more every day digs and also some more jackety goodness.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Named Inari Tee

Howdy ya'll, I trust you are well?

Sorry for being away for so long! I have missed this little blog. But let's not get boring with real life details. Here is a simple top to get back into the blogging spirit!

Fabric: A floral scuba knit with a mesh overlay (SO cool!). From work.
Time: This bad boy only took about 1.5 hrs from cutting to trying

When Named brought out their new 'Ticket' collection I was possessed and accidentally went over to Stitch 56 and ordered up a few. Amongst my stash are the peg trousers, the Asaka kimono, the tulip dress and the lourdes jacket... yup...that was a two minute noodle week. Still coveting the pencil skirt and the bikini... but it is heading into winter over here so that might have to wait!

This pattern comes with two options, a crop tee and a longer tee dress. The crop tee is so tiny that I managed to scrape by with a 70cm remnant of this fun fabric. 
It is hard to show the texture of this one in photographs...when will they invent feelovision?

In my excitement to wear this little tee I chucked it on over a me made dress (an old but a goody), sorry about the lumpy space princess look (adventure time rules).

I managed to score the day off today so thought I would tidy up the sewing room and finish up a couple of odd projects such as boring curtains and a couple of bits to display in the shop. 
Like this...

I am a sucker for cotton and steel's awesome fabric and my purse shakes with fear every time the boss orders some in. Stop it Joy!!!

After finishing up the odd bits there was still plenty of time to bust out something else. Enter the Inari.

Anyways, not much more to say about this little crop tee. It was a quick make and the pattern is lovely, as I'm finding all the Named patterns are. Next up will be that kimono... I'm imagining a silk version to swan around the house in, yesssssss!

A couple of detail shots to feast your eyes upon.

Over and out. 
I'm back baby!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Nautical number: Hello Sailor!

Ahoy there mateys!

What a week it has been...
Amongst working full time, being unwell, sewing 2 bridesmaids dresses, going to a poetry reading, eating dumplings,  and meeting up with some lovely lady bloggers (Rachael #1, Rachael #2 get a blog already! and Anna) I managed to finish a little something for myself. 

This McCalls pattern (M6752) has been living in the stash for some time now. It was purchased during one of those awesome 99c sales on the McCalls website. I think it has been mentioned that I enjoy stocking up during these sales...cough hoarder cough!

Not sure what I'm doing in this picture, sozza!
This number was sewn mostly on the overlocker with only the shoulder darts (they are so clever!) and the neckline/sleeve hems using my sewing machine. It was a VERY quick make. I think it was about 37 minutes of sewing all up...who's counting?

I only had about 90cm of this striped jersey in the stash but managed to get all the pieces out without too much "creative" cutting. I chose the smallest size as I am usually swimming in the big 4 and it turned out to be a perfect fit! win.

All the pieces matched up and I quite enjoy all the chevron-y goodness.
This was also my first time using a double needle... umm where have you been all my life!!!???
Now I want to double needle everything. Everything.
I can be slightly obsessive... So my mum says.

Pattern: McCalls 6754
Fabric: Striped poly/cotton jersey (with great recovery!)
Time: approx 37 mins + 15 mins cutting
Make again: 100 more please

And that's all she wrote.
Talk soon!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Swimming Pool Skirt: Sewaholic Hollyburn

This is a short and simple post.
I made a skirt, hooray.
Hollyburn skirt to be exact.

This fabric came from my work (I know, like a broken record right...).
It's a rayon/viscose/nylon blend which I have never come across before. It feels like a dream! 
It also reminds me of the reflections in a swimming pool. 
Boo Dogg also bagged herself some of this stuff! I cannot wait to see what she makes...

I actually made a frock for frocktails from this very same fabric (A Sewaholic Lonsdale, fancy that!) which I haven't blogged about, you can read about the awesome night here thanks to the lovely Poppykettle. 

Oh wait, a gust of wind!

This is a great pattern to breeze through in a couple of hours. 
Well drafted with straight forward instructions. Too easy.
And the pockets! so good.

I chose view B with the waist tabs in the mid length.
You can hardly see them in these pictures, but I found the perfect buttons in the stash to go with this fabric. I have a whole drawer of buttons and rarely have the opportunity to bust them out. It was nice to be able to sift through and pick a couple out!
Use your zoom peoples! They are green 1940's numbers with a pretty star-like imprint.

Fabric: Rayon/viscose/nylon blend
Time: approx 3 Hours and then some hand finishing of the waistband on the couch :-)

That's all folks.
What's everyone sewing?

Thanks to the wonderful hubby for playing photographer yet again :-)