Friday, November 21, 2014

From the sewing table - Four tops and a frock

Confession: I've been on a small sewing binge lately.

It all started when I was looking around my craft room and realised how much fabric I had sitting there, bought way back yonder when I had every good intention of making something straight away. Pfft! Since when does this ever happen?  A decision was made to dive into those piles of fabric and turn them into something wearable. The bonus being that they could serve as a kind of muslin or test run of different patterns that I had been eyeing off but wasn't feeling confident about making with exciting new fabric in case the patterns needed tweaking with the fit.

Proceed to blow the dust of the sewing machine, because that's what is what's called for when one forgets to replace the cover after the last bout of sewing, back from goodness knows when.

Top 1. Pretty yellow floral fabric that I had bought at the op shop several years ago (oh my word, it really has been a long time!). At last, a use for the material aside from the dainty little girls dress that had been floating around in my mind since acquiring it (unfortunately my little girls are not so little anymore and would definitely not indulge this mother's dainty dress fantasy!). Not to worry, because this mother was happy to sew some daisy trim around the neck opening, thus satisfying all original intentions for the the fabric.

Result: A lightweight top for the garden, hiking or wherever the wind may take me on a warm, sunny day where sun protection is needed. And because the cuffs fold back, I don't feel obliged to tell anyone that I never got around to sewing on buttons and making buttonholes, shh. ;)


Top 1: New Look - 6205

Top 2. Made using the same pattern as top 1, sans sleeves. What is it about navy blue and white polkadots that just screams vintage and calls for some kind of frilly action? Pleased that I seemed to have found a comfortable, blousy top pattern that fit well enough without any fiddly darts to navigate through, I went forward and sewed my way through those navy polkadots, adding the essential cream ruffle that I had floating around in my mind's eye. 

Result: A top to wear when you're riding in a car with friends, the roof down, hair contained in a bright headscarf and  great tunes blasting from the speakers. Oh, yes, the perfect top for that. 

Top 2: New Look - 6205 again!

Top 3: Very similar to previous two tops but actually from a separate pattern altogether. Made using some printed cotton purchased from the quilting shop eons ago that was intended for another purpose altogether of the non clothing kind.

Result: A really comfortable top that is great to wear in the garden and still looks presentable for doing the school pick up, mad dash errand run and any other general running around that is called for. Patchwork cotton is certainly very easy to wear! I'll definitely be more alert to the options it presents in future fabric scouting expeditions.

Top 3: Simplicity 7223
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The patterns!


Frock: A while back I was on an outing with my mum at a local quilt exhibition. Browsing through the stalls that were offering an array of quilting supplies, I spied a bundle of rolled up rayon begging to be bought. Needless to say, it came home with me and awaited it's fate in the fabric drawer. What to make, what to make? It flows kind of well, flowy like, so some kind of pattern was in order to accommodate it's flowiness. It's also a very nice thing when you can pick up a pattern from your local craft shop for a third of the price from time to time when their sales are timed just right!

Result: I call it the 'Sack & Belt' number. Simply because without some kind of waist fastening, the frock hangs wide in a potato sack like fashion. But, it was super fast to sew and so (sew?) simple too, being assembled completely in an afternoon, including the cutting out of the pattern! A good one to wear over leggings with boots, and again, really really comfy. I'm not completely sold on the fabric belt though..still thinking about that one...

Frock: Vogue V8915

Top 4: Quite possibly the first time I have worn a halter neck top in my life! The fabric was leftover from another top I had made when my girls were actually little. I just couldn't resist, just for fun and am glad to have made (and worn) at least one halter neck top in my life!

Result: Hmm, not something I would want to wear all the time, but for those hot, really really hot days in the height of summer when exposed skin is called for, I could certainly see myself pulling this one out to have it's turn in the sun. I also think it could be enormous fun to do a version in polkadots. Ahh, yes! Polkadots, my new favourite print! (I'm thinking olive green with white spots!! Oh, wait, maybe white with small navy dots, or even large white spots on tan..ahh, the possibilities!)

Top 4: Simplicity 5057

How about you? Have you been sewing lately? What kind of things have you been making? 

(Thanks to my 14yo for being so handy with a camera for this post)


23 comments:

  1. You have been very busy and productive. They all look great. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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    1. Saya IBU SALMAH ingin berbagi cerita kepada anda semua bahwa saya yg dulunya cuma seorang TKW di ARAB SAUDI jadi pembantu rumah tangga yg gajinya tidak mencukupi keluarga di kampun,jadi TKW itu sangat menderita dan di suatu hari saya duduk2 buka internet dan tidak di sengaja saya melihat komentar orang tentan AKI SOLEH dan katanya bisa membantu orang untuk memberikan nomor yg betul betul tembus dan kebetulan juga saya sering pasan nomor di ARAB SAUDI,akhirnya saya coba untuk menhubungi AKI SOLEH dan ALHAMDULILLAH beliau mau membantu saya untuk memberikan nomor,dan nomor yg di berikan AKI SOLEH meman betul2 terbukti tembus dan saya sangat bersyukur berkat bantuan AKI SOLEH kini saya bisa pulang ke INDONESIA untuk buka usaha sendiri,,munkin saya tidak bisa membalas budi baik AKI SOLEH sekali lagi makasih yaa AKI dan bagi teman2 yg menjadi TKW atau TKI seperti saya,bila butuh bantuan hubungi saja AKI SOLEH DI 082-313-336-747- insya ALLAH beliau akan membantu anda.Ini benar benar kisah nyata dari saya seorang TKW trimah kasih banyak AKI atas bantuang nomor togel nya wassalam.


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      Saya IBU SALMAH ingin berbagi cerita kepada anda semua bahwa saya yg dulunya cuma seorang TKW di ARAB SAUDI jadi pembantu rumah tangga yg gajinya tidak mencukupi keluarga di kampun,jadi TKW itu sangat menderita dan di suatu hari saya duduk2 buka internet dan tidak di sengaja saya melihat komentar orang tentan AKI SOLEH dan katanya bisa membantu orang untuk memberikan nomor yg betul betul tembus dan kebetulan juga saya sering pasan nomor di ARAB SAUDI,akhirnya saya coba untuk menhubungi AKI SOLEH dan ALHAMDULILLAH beliau mau membantu saya untuk memberikan nomor,dan nomor yg diberikan AKI SOLEH meman betul2 terbukti tembus dan saya sangat bersyukur berkat bantuan AKI SOLEH kini saya bisa pulang ke INDONESIA untuk buka usaha sendiri,,munkin saya tidak bisa membalas budi baik AKI SOLEH sekali lagi makasih yaa AKI dan bagi teman2 yg menjadi TKW atau TKI seperti saya,bila butuh bantuan hubungi saja AKI SOLEH DI 082-313-336-747- insya ALLAH beliau akan membantu anda.Ini benar benar kisah nyata dari saya seorang TKW
      trimah kasih banyak AKI atas bantuang nomor togel nya wassalam.


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  2. I have been sewing for my new grandson due in two weeks. I haven't sewn clothes for myself for many years but used to when I was your age. Good on you for dusting off the sewing machine.

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    1. How exciting Nanna Chel. Best wishes for the arrival of your new grandson.x

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  3. beautiful projects... one thing on my Santa Claus list is a sewing machine! Have been without one for way too long!! Seeing your work has stirred my passion :)
    ~Tess

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  4. My goodness you are a competent sewer and bloody gorgeous to boot (so unfair). God has given you a fair share of creative gifts and better still, you use them. Im not wrapped in the fabric belts either and would go for a leather one, usually a natural tone will go with anything. I think you should also wear more halter necks while you still have great arms. You wont always so do it now!!!!

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    1. You are beyond kind, Lynda. Thanks for the tips, am on an ongoing belt now!

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  5. Awesome tops! I'm sewing for Christmas this year so am keeping my machine busy. FYI after my machine had been in storage when we moved I took it to a shop and had them do a 'tune up', if your machine sets out a lot it's a great thing to do for it. Mine was like new!

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  6. Everything looks so good! Well done!! Great tip about using quilting fabric for clothes, they have such awesome prints don't they!

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    1. Yes, completely underrated, Cheryl! ;-)

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  7. They all look wonderful! I hope you get lots of wear out of them :)

    I am coveting your crafting room, I have to make do with the dining room table when I want to sew!

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  8. Just gorgeous! Well done for finding the time! It's such a great feeling wearing home made.

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    1. It sure is, Linda, the more homemade the better!

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  9. Wow! I can knit and crochet but I'd love to be able to sew like this. Will have to learn I suppose.
    The prints are just gorgeous. What a gift you have.
    kate

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    1. Thanks Kate. They're simple patterns and suitable for beginners.

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  10. Like Rapunzel I can knit like the wind but sewing is something else. They look great Chris. Have a look in the op shop for a really soft leather belt instead of the fabric one for your dress.

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  11. oh i am in loooove with the frock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    nice job!

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  12. Clever girl. They all look wonderful. Do your girls sew, I can't remember...
    I actually did some sewing today, a patchworky business kinda thing that has been on my to do list for...sheesh about 4 months. Not finished but a big chunk done. No capabilities of sewing clothing for me though. Sad face indeed!

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    1. Nahh, not so much girly sewing, just the 13yo- although she actually sewed herself a little 'dead' riding hood cloak for Halloween, which turned out quite well. Nothing sad faced about patchworky sewing, it's such a great feeling to assemble pieces of fabric to form something useful! :-)

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  13. Looks amazing , Christine. As usual you are making me wish my mum taught me to sew!

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  14. Lovely lot of sewing there. .....have you thought of an Obi belt for your "sack" dress. It's easy to make. I think I have a link to one in a blog post of mine when I made one.
    Alexa blogging from a soggy at the moment Sydney, Australia

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  15. Blogging is the new poetry. I find it wonderful and amazing in many ways.

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Hi there, so nice of you to stop by! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I love hearing what you are up to. Christine x

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