Here we are, the last item from my day in the sun camera in hand. We are now officially up to date with sewing projects.
This is another opshop-found fabric, but this one was long enough to make the below-the-knee length skirt I like. I love the satin stitch diamond pattern!
This fabric has been in my stash for nearly two years – when I started sewing I didn’t imagine I’d be the kind to have a sewing stash with fabric that old in it! Somehow when buying the little roll at the thrift store, I thought this skirt might never be made. I must have been having a bad day as I do believe in unicorns and dreams do come true.
I wanted to try something different with the waistband fastening here, a pretty lone button from my collection was perfect! Please disregard the pink chalk lines… I promise I washed it off before wearing
‘What, another stole?’ I hear you exclaim! It could be said that all otherstoles were the precursor for this one.
As it got closer to Shandii of ShandiiCrafts‘ wedding, we organised our outfits and it became apparent we needed something if it was a bit cool. I showed her my stole and she was sold! We chose the satin in a colour to match her dress and I got sewing.
I made three matching stoles, one for me, the other bridesmaid and Shandii the Bride. I put the finishing touches on them in Hokkaido, Japan and they got their final press in Okayama.
For most of the day it was lovely and we almost didn’t need them, but the wind picked up and it was a little chilly in the shade.
The ceremony was beautiful and six months on the happy couple are still happy
In all honesty I don’t like this fabric. I got 2.5m of it from an opshop one day as I thought it would be good practice sewing with knits. I thought of making a wrap dress with it but the idea of being wrapped in this pattern was sort of off-putting so the sewing of the wrap dress kept being put off.
Here is the wind demonstrating the drape.
That aside, check out those seams! Pretty happy with it
I’m more likely to wear this now it only covers the lower half of me, but I don’t think it will be one of my favourite skirts. The sewing pattern however, I hope to make many more of these in other fabrics!
Let the filters on my photos take you back to a time when fringing was all the rage!
Years ago I bought a bag of ribbon and trimming scraps from a fabric department store. In it was a 1.2m length of 20cm fringing. Score! I thought. I’ll have to do something with that.
Recently I was in a slap-dash let’s make something mode and decided I had to have a Trashy Lampshade Skirt.
Don’t over-analyse it, as I’m not sure what is going on here:
In a way it’s my first attempt at lining a skirt, as I wanted the fringing to be independent to the outer-velvet layer. So I made two skirts, one velvet and one black satin, made the black satin one 1 inch shorter than the velvet, attached them at the waistband and sewed the fringing on the inner black satin skirt’s hem.
Not bad. Now if I ever need a Halloween costume I just need to wire in some lighting up there.
Another Portrait Blouse! I’m getting closer. So close I may be starting again soon.
After a proper muslin from an old bedsheet, some suggestions from Sweetheart and an SMS consultation with Nana, we are getting very close. This blue version is the best yet, but it has some gaping issues around the arms above the bust.
Everything else is fine. Only the future can tell what the next version will be like!
More opshop fabric goodness! I couldn’t believe my luck when I found this awesome wool and a whole lot more at one the opshops I frequent. It ended up being one of my biggest spends ever in a opshop.
I believe this rectangle of wool was intended to be a blanket. It still had a loose thread and needle in one side and the hem was incomplete. I finished the hem, and in winter I needed a warm jacket to wear out and about and thought a super simple cloak design would be great for this blanket.
It’s almost a crime how easy this was. After checking the measurements against my body, all I did was cut a slit to the centre and hem it. To wear, put the end of the slit behind your neck and throw one side over your shoulder…
Remember the Starry Nights Dress? It didn’t survive my creative clutches. A few months back it got the chop and the bottom half went into my scrap pile, side seams in tact. The top is in my regular cycle of comfy homey tops.
While sorting through my stash for good bits of fabric I thought this would be good to have as a skirt, so I made a casing for some elastic and threaded it in. In true homemade style I’ve left the bottom raw.
This should add some glamour to those summer supermarket trips