Saturday, 13 September 2014
Today is an extra special day for me as it's the 3rd year anniversary of my blog! For reals!
When I first start sewing I remember discovering the world of craft blogs online and my life changed! Suddenly there was this open, friendly community that was more than willing to share their knowledge and advice and it really fast-tracked my progress with sewing.
Three years ago I decided that I would start my own little sewing blog where I could document my own creations and interact with more likeminded people. I love this community and I've made many great friends through the blogosphere.
To celebrate my third year blogging I thought I'd share another project with you that I made a while ago. It's the Gabriola Skirt by Sewaholic Pattens and it's made using a ridiculously beautiful silk fabric that I bought from Tessuti Fabrics.
My full apologies for not ironing the skirt before I took the photos. I didn't notice until afterwards. My mother is going to KILL me.
For a full review of this skirt you can check out my other Gabriola skirt that I recently posted about. The only difference is that i fully lined this version.
Thank you to everyone for following along with my blog over the years! You guys make sewing even more awesome :)
Sunday, 31 August 2014
I'm not going to lie, I almost called this post Nettie Spaghetti. This top has nothing to do with pasta but I'm partial to a rhyming post title.
Though one thing spaghetti and the Nettie both have in common is that they are both simple and delicious. How's that for a segue? You're welcome.
A zillion years ago the incredibly talented and total MINX Heather Lou from Closet Case Files emailed me to see if I would be interested in testing her new pattern the Nettie bodysuit.
Recently I had found myself wishing for the perfect bodysuit that didn't make me look like I was sporting four bum cheeks. I had literally purchased two bodysuits the day before her email where I was forced once again to cut ugly slits in the bottoms. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the new sewing pattern. Clearly Heather Lou is a wizard (and possibly a mind reader).
FabricThe garment requires a four way stretch/knit fabric for movement and a nice close fit. I made my Nettie with Ponte which is only a two way stretch and quite thick. It's not the ideal fabric for this top and you don't get that really fitted second-skin look, but I still love how it turned out.
What I love
Firstly, there are two different neck versions depending on how much boobage you want to show. Then there are three different variations at the back from high to low. On top of that you also have the option to make this bad boy into a dress. So many possibilities. I made mine with the scoop neck and the medium scoop back.
The real genius of this design comes in the low cut bottom for extra comfort and the elimination of the dreaded pantyline. I can't tell you what a difference this makes! How has no one thought of this before?
The bodysuit also comes with a bust-shelf option for those wanting to go bra-less.
Oh and it takes only a few hours to put together! Emotional!
Skirt and belt from Alannah Hill
Personalised necklace from Strangely Yours
Lipstick - NARS Matte Multiple in 'Siam'
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Hello sewing world! I'm busy dusting off all the cobwebs in this ol' blog because it's been like THREE months since I last did a blog post. Whaaaaaa? Bad Julia!
Even though I've been absent on the posting front, I promise I have still been in a working relationship with Jan my Janome. In fact, I've got a whole bunch of outfits to share with you in the next few months to prove it!
And here is the first one, the Gabriola Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns. I made this skirt quite a while ago and I can tell you I have worn it a zillion times already!
The fabric is a stunning silk from Tessuti Fabrics. The moment I saw it on their website I knew I had to have it. It has such a beautiful drape and is so dramatic in this maxi skirt.
What I love
This has to be my favourite of the Sewaholic patterns that I have made so far. The full skirt is perfect for the wider hip, and the delicate yoke pieces at the waist make for a close fitting but comfortable mid section.
I shaved some of the flounce out of each skirt piece near the hem to narrow the circumference of the hem by about 20cm. It was an alteration out of necessity as I didn't have enough fabric for the wide pattern pieces and had to compromise. Thankfully the skirt still has lots of fullness.
Look out for
The waist/hip yolk pieces buckled slightly along the side seam. I think that next time I make this skirt (because I plan to make many more!) I might cut those pieces on the straight grain to see if that changes the issue. It's not very noticeable and a good press does help, but I'm always looking to avoid bumpiness on my hips!
I love this skirt! It is swooshy and feminine and I feel l'm the star in a romantic movie when I wear it. KnowwhatI'msaying? This pattern will definitely be making another appearance in my sewing room.
Monday, 2 June 2014
I don't know when - I don't know how - I don't know why, but I suddenly came over with the urge to own a silk kimono.
Then I stumbled across this online tutorial over at Elle Apparel and I fell in love. Basically you could say her awesome and free tutorial is a 'pro bono - kimono'. Yes I love it because it rhymes. Sorry not sorry.
I just feel like a lady wearing this thing youknowwhatI'msayin?!!
Using this tutorial I was able to create this little beauty in two hours, that inludes the time it took to cut it out. Whhhhaaaaat?!
It's a great pattern for the beginner seamstress and the perfect accessory to pretty up any outfit.
I used about 1.15 metres of a stunning designer silk that I purchased from The Fabric Store in Melbourne. Have you seen anything as beautiful as this? I mean come on, it has gold leaves through out the pattern! My heart!
Instead of cutting the measurements out directly onto the fabric, I made pattern pieces first on paper and then used those to cut out the fabric.
I also used french seams to piece the kimono together instead of just serging the edges. It takes longer, but it makes the delicate fabric look neater on the inside. This quick to make kimono would be even faster how ever if you just serged all the edges together.
I also attached the sleeves flat onto the bodice front and back before I joined the side seams together. I then sewed the side seams of the bodice and the sleeves all together in one go. This makes it easier to work out the positioning of the sleeves.
I love this look, and I especially love how fast and easy it is to make! I already have ideas for more as they are the perfect way to glamorise any outfit.
Harry and I also had a great time taking photos in the park. This guy just loves being outside.
So anyone else have a craving for a kimono? You're not alone! Have a great week everyone!
Sunday, 18 May 2014
"You're not going to believe this, but Julia Bobbin has done something different and made a vintage dress!"
Said no one, ever.
Yes that's right, I make a lot of vintage. You're more likely to find a 50's ball gown in my closet than a pair of jeans (though I do love them!). And people, I don't think it's ever going to change. Wearing vintage for me is like putting on a pair of sweat pants at the end of a long day; it just makes me feel comfortable.
But don't freak out, I love my modern too, and my next few blog posts are a delicious mix of 'now' clothes.
But I digress ...
It's Butterick 5603 in it's original form. Does that pattern ring a bell? It might be because I've used this pattern FOUR times already to make a pencil skirt version.
Butterick 5603 Version B. I stitched this up in a size 14.
I used a quilting cotton that I purchased from Spotlight a while ago.
I used an invisible zipper and inserted it down the centre back instead of the side. I didn't see anything wrong with this until I realised half way through my cutting that the back of the skirt does not have a centre back seam. Oops. I ended up slashing it down the centre back with a tiny allowance and it worked ok. Phew!
I also did a FBA (Full Bust Adjustment) on the bodice which definitely helped.
Instead of making facings I used bias binding to edge the neck and sleeves as the dress isn't lined.
It's fair to say I like this pattern, seeing as I've borrowed from it five times. This however is sort of the first time I've really made the pattern, as I made it without styling alterations. I love how the gored skirt and fitted bodice give a flattering and feminine shape.
The little ties at the top of the shoulders add to the sweetness of this dress and the full skirt is fun and swirly.
The dress is teamed with a burgundy pair of heels, and a nice full petticoat, which makes such a difference when you're wearing a full skirt!
I finished off the look with my favourite lipstick at the moment 'Siam' by Nars. I was overcome with 'I have to have this colour' when I read the fabulous review by my girl over at Muskstick Mao who knocks this colour out of the park!
Hooray for another finished project!
Have a look at your me-mades. Do you have a pattern that keeps repeating itself? Your favourite go-to? I'd love to know!
Sunday, 4 May 2014
I might be now 100 years old, but I've finally finished my second knitted garment.
Let me introduce to you the 'It cannot fail to please' sweater/jumper by Susan Crawford. It's a reproduction of a stunning original knit pattern from 1938.
I'll always be a sewing girl at heart, but goodness gracious I am loving this knitting thing! There is something truly harmonious about wearing something where you have actually made the fabric, and it has taken you more than 80 hours!
It's not something that you just chuck on over your head when you want to wear it, you almost need a freaking ceremony. Or at least someone to throw rose petals at you while you get dressed.
My poor husband.
It cannot fail to please by Susan Crawford.
Originally from 1938.
This bad boy is sewn with with U.S. size 1 and 3 needles so it takes a loooooooong time, but small stitches just look so neat and pretty don't you think?
4 ply Rowan wool in Raspberry (8 skeins).
Size and Fit
I made this in the medium size and dang it, it's a little bit too big! Not noticeably, but enough to annoy me. Since knitting my first ever cardigan the Miette, I've come to realise that I'm a loose knitter. That and I really need to swatch better.
I used slightly more yarn than the pattern said I would need and after I wet blocked I realised that the sweater is just a bit too big. The shoulders are too long, and it's a little bit boxier than I would have liked around the midriff. This pattern would look better on a smaller bust (not much I can do there) but overall I still think it looks pretty great!
The only change I made was to make the sleeves in a small size as I have pretty thin arms and the sleeves are quite full.
This was my first time wet-blocking and I can now completely understand why people were harping on about it's merits! It completely relaxes the seams, sets the stitches and makes your knitting look so much better! Check out this before and after:
You can see this pic and more on my Instagram
See how much flatter and even the pattern is? Genius!
If you are on Ravelry, you can check out more details about my sweater here.
I am in love with the beautiful leaf pattern of this garment. I finished making this top a few months ago and at the time I was so glad to be done with it. Now I miss knitting the repetitive leaf pattern. It's just so pretty and classic looking don't you think? I'm also a lover of all things vintage so I was naturally drawn to this pattern from 1938.
I love the the puffy sleeves and the square shape of the neckline. Looks so pretty with a brooch or a flower!
StylingI teamed the sweater with my black pencil skirt, a gold brooch and raspberry heels. Oh and red lipstick too of course!
Even though the fit isn't 100% I'm really proud of how it turned out and I'm in love with the style! Susan Crawford has quite a few patterns from this era and I already have about ten that I want to make! Though it's from a different era, I feel like it's the type of sweater that Joan from Mad Men would appreciate, don't you think?
Thanks to everyone who commented on my Billie Jean Dress post. These three lucky winners were randomly selected and have each won a fabulous vintage brooch curtesy of Ruemiraldi!
SewDiane from Sew Far Sew Good
Nat from Sew Outnumbered
Debra from The Vintage Counterfeiter
Congratulations ladies! I'll be in touch with you shortly via email to organise delivery.
Here's a little cuteness for you on your weekend; a dress I made for a dear friend's beautiful 4year old daughter. A self drafted, fully lined dress with a tule underskirt for a perfect little Snow White. Is she not the loveliest thing you've ever seen?