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A fail and a success

Hello everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t blogged for a while. I actually have a bunch of finished projects to show you but I’ve been feeling in a bit of a slump lately and haven’t felt much like taking pics….plus I seem to have lost my camera! Anyway, I decided just to take a few snaps with my mac – hopefully they aren’t too dodgy (urgh they are so dodgy)!

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Let’s start with the fail and get that out of the way shall we? I was super excited to make the Madeleine skirt from Victory Patterns – and here is what it was supposed to look like:

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There’s pretty much no light in my apartment these days (the sun has disappeared – no! Come back Summer!) but here are a couple of close up shots to show you the details:

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I was really careful with this make – I made sure everything was cut out beautifully, I pressed all the seams properly, and I was really careful with my top stitching. Granted when you look at it this close it’s a bit wonky, but I’m really proud of it! I freaking love those pockets! I lined them with this awesome print and couldn’t wait to walk everywhere with my hands stuck in ’em.

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I’m really proud of the zipper too….look how close that is! Perfect! The button hole is less than perfect….I’m still struggling to master them. Let’s just look at the pretty zip and ignore it….ahhh that’s better.

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So, despite being really careful and focusng on getting all the details correct this turned into a fail. Why? Well, I learnt a big lesson in this – there is a difference between pressing and ironing. Oh yes. The fabric for this skirt is denim with a bit of stretch to it, and it creased a lot, which meant I was ironing it a fair bit between construction. Obviously my ironing enthusiasm did not go very well with the stretch in the fabric, because when I finally finished it and put it on – it was WAY too big.

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I’ve thought about taking it in, but the only place to do that really is at the back, which will pull the pockets around to the back and past the sides of my hips which I’m pretty sure will look ridiculous. I think I might have to chalk this up to “experience” and see if any friends want it. I could wear it in the hips instead of the waist but I really dislike wearing skirts on the hip (in fact I never do), it just doesn’t work for my figure.

Let’s move on to the success, just to make myself feel better. It’s another Plaintain tee! Hooray!

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I love this pattern so much! It’s getting cooler here (hence the dark pictures) so I made a long sleeved version in a heavier jersey that has some Lycra in it. It’s so comfy! I love it! My favourite part about is…….

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Elbow patch! This hand printed patch was given to me by an awesome band from Portland, Oregon called The Underskore Orchestra. They play fantastic gypsy swing and jazz, and they played at the swing dancing social I run here in Adelaide. I’ve been sitting on this patch for a while, waiting for the right place to put it. I decided this was the perfect way to jazz up (haha, see what I did there?) an otherwise plain black tee. I don’t even care that it’s assymetrical – I like it that way! This pattern is such a breeze to whip up. The only adjustment I need to make is to nip the waist in a bit as my waist is a couple of sizes smaller than my hips. The neckline is so flattering and it’s a very easy top to wear. I see many more Plaintain’s in my future. Thanks Deer and Doe!

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Stay tuned for my next make – a snuggly hoodie!

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What I’m working on right now…

Hello everybody! The Adelaide Fringe finishes tomorrow (holy moly!) and I survived! Hooray! 4 and a half solid weeks of teaching, performing, watching shows, partying, schmoozing, and generally living the dream has left me pretty stuffed! It’s been a great experience but I am looking forward to having some “me” time again at my sewing machine.

I have a couple of finished projects to share with you, including…

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Madeleine Skirt by Victory Patterns (which was a bit of a disaster) and

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The Miette Skirt by Tilly. However, I still need to take some shots so stay tuned for posts about those!

At the moment I have a couple of projects on the go, including a Violet Blouse (Colette Patterns) in this super cute scarab beetle fabricI got from Spotlight, some more adorable outfits for my baby niece Ava, and some burlesque costumes for my students. I’ve also just signed up for a Craftsy course – “Sew The Perfect Fit”, as it’s a skill I really need to learn! What are you working on at the moment? 🙂

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Geranium Dress for Ava

Sorry that it has been a while since I’ve posted everyone! The Adelaide Fringe Festival is happening at the moment so my entire life has turned into performing, watching shows, eating, (some) sleeping then rinse and repeat. I’ve had very little time for sewing! But my season finished on the weekend so hopefully time will be a little easier to come by. Here is a cheeky pic of me with some audience members in the costume I made for the show! If anyone is interested in more details about the costume I can do a post on it.

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But moving along to my latest completed project – a teensie weensie dress for my beautiful niece, Ava! I actually finished this a little while ago but I had to delay my post until my sister received the parcel in Townsville where she lives.

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Isn’t it adorable? I love little kids clothes – they make me all clucky 😉 I used the Geranium dress pattern by Made By Rae because I had read good things about it. This was the first time I have made a piece of clothing for someone else and it was a good motivator – I was very careful and patient with all the steps to get it just right! The fabric was actually used to decorate the tables at my sisters wedding last year when Ava was still a baby bump – so I kind of liked that!

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This was also the first time I had lined something – and it was really neat to practice on something miniature! I’m really pleased with how it turned out – I do wish it was a little bit neater around the armholes (there is a bit of puckering there) but on the whole I think it worked great. I finished the dress with French seams in the hopes that this would be nice on the skin rather than zig-zagged seams as I don’t have an over locker.

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There were a lot of firsts for me with this dress – it was also my first attempt at buttons and button holes. I’m sad to say that the button holes are not very neat – I just realised that I don’t have a picture of them, but they are not very straight or even! Fortunately the buttons themselves are really cute and they kind of hide the dodgy buttonholes. I used flat buttons so that it would be comfortable for Ava when she is lying down. You can see that the edge of the bodice doesn’t quite line-up. I adjusted the buttons a couple of times but unfortunately this was as close as I could get it because of the dodgy buttonholes I had sewn. Ah well – if my sis and Ava likes this dress I might make a couple more, so hopefully I’ll get it perfect next time!

Hopefully Ava likes it (and her mum too!). What are you all working on at the moment? I have a couple of things on the go, including Victory Pattern’s Madeleine skirt and Colette Patterns’ Violet blouse. More on those later! Bye for now!