Monday, 14 January 2019

FABRIC GIVE-AWAY!!!! COUTURE SEQUINNED FABRIC

Frocktails-103

Who likes sparkles?
Who likes give aways?

a) Everyone
b) All humans, or
c) All of us

Remember THIS dress I made for Melbourne Frocktails last year?

Well I've got TWO METRES left of this STUNNING stretch fabric.
I realised that as beautiful as it is, I'm not about to make another sequinned evening gown and it would be a TRAVESTY for this knockout fabric to just collect dust in my fabric collection

Frocktails Melbourne 2018

WANT IT?!!??

Head over to my instagram give-away post (see below) and leave a comment.

OPEN TO all my instagram followers around the WORLD.

I will be randomly selecting one person from the comments on Monday, January 21.



❌❌ FABRIC GIVEAWAY❌❌ . I know what you’re thinking - this must be a trick. Julia Bobbin doesn’t smile in photos. . Fair. . What IS REAL however, is that I have TWO METRES leftover of this STUNNING stretch-sequin fabric, just sitting in a corner. AND NO BODY PUTS SEQUINS IN A CORNER #popculturereference . πŸ–€And I thought, seeing as I’ve already made my sequinned dreams come true with this #eveninggown for #Frocktails why not share the love and let someone else have the opportunity to destroy their carpet with this beautiful, beautiful sequinned fabric?!!#worthit . πŸ–€ This sewing community is so generous with their knowledge and support, and I love the idea that someone else can use this fabric and feel a little JOY. . πŸ–€ SO ALL YOU HAVE TO DO is comment on this post and one person in the comments will be randomly chosen on Monday, January 21. . πŸ–€ Open to all my followers ANYWHERE the mailman can go . πŸ–€ Can we also just take a moment to acknowledge that I managed to go this far into a giveaway post without making reference to Oprah? Thank you. #yougetacar . SHINE ON sequinned friends. . . . πŸ“Έ by @samaracliffordphoto #juliabobbin #sew #sewing #giveaway #sewinggiveaway #fabric #fabricgiveaway #sequindress #sequin #dress #couture #melbournefrocktails #sewfrosting #sewersofinstagram #eveningdress
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You can see the fabric IN ACTION below:




It thrills me to think that someone else can use this fabric to create something that brings them joy, just like it did me.

SHINE ON, SEQUINNED FRIENDS!

Friday, 4 January 2019

The Rita Blouse(s) + Linen Flounce Skirts

Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin

Sometimes when you like a pattern, you just got to back up that make with another three (or four). Cause when I like something, I like it HARD.

Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin

The Pattern

Blouse
It's the Rita Blouse by Charm Patterns.
It's a vintage inspired, princess seamed top with an elasticised neckline, gathered bust, and two sleeve variations.

The sizes range from 2 - 16, with different pattern pieces for cup sizes B-DD.
I cut the size 6 with a D cup.

Skirt
The skirt is a self-drafted faux wrap, with a flounce on the hem, a waistband, and an invisible zip closure down the centre back.

Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin

The Fabric

I used a cotton seersucker from Spotlight for the blouse.
It has a slightly heavier weight than a cotton lawn or voile and the texture of this lovely fabric elevates the look of the blouse when using a solid colour.

The skirt is made with a heavy-weight linen from The Fabric Store in Vintage Blush, White, Paprika and blue (but not the duck-egg blue).

Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin
Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin

Loves

I love that the sleeves can be worn up or off the shoulders, depending on the look (or mood) you're going for.
There are also two different versions of sleeves, the flutter cap or the elasticised version that I went for.
The bodice has princess seams which ensures a close and flattering fit. Princess seams are also great for making fit adjustments after you've sewn the seam.

I recently used this pattern to draft a dress that I made for the festive season,  which you can see below:


Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin
Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin
Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin

Conclusion

It's pretty clear that I love these linen skirts. They are so crazy comfortable and keep you cool in summer. They're easy to wash, keep their shape well and just get better with age.

The Rita blouse is versatile with low-key glamour and easy to mix with other wardrobe staples. These two patterns pair so nicely together and are the perfect go-to for a quick sewing project that you know you can finish in one session. WIN!

Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin
Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin
Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Silk Organza Transparent Blouse - BurdaStyle 04/2018 #105B

Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt
Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt
Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt

One day I'll stop making transparent clothing, but it is not. this. day.

HELLO!
Just keeping it casual in this low-key look; my me-made silk organza blouse and me-made leather skirt. SO BASIC.

Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt
Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt

The Pattern

It's the Darted Sport Blouse by BurdaStyle, pattern #105B from their 04/2018 issue.

I cut a size 40 and it gave me just the right amount of ease to be fitted but not tight.  I find the BurdaStyle patterns run a bit on the smaller side, but the cut of their patterns always seems to work so well for me.

Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt
Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt

The Fabric

I made this blouse in a beautiful crisp black, silk organza from The Cloth Shop in Ivanhoe.
Silk organza is such a unique fabric with it's transparency and stiff texture. It is such a great fabric to play with volume.

I used a solid black cotton sateen from Spotlight for the button band, collar and cuffs, which added a nice contrast to the organza.

I'm loving the 'transparent fashion' look at the moment, recently using a purple silk organza to make this fancy trench coat below:



Changes

Full statement sleeves are all the rage at the moment and I'm a sucker for a fashion fad. The sleeves already had a bit of volume in the pattern, but I altered it to give even more volume. Because sometimes more is just MORE, OK?

FULLER SLEEVES - I drew three vertical lines through the pattern and cut from the bottom to the top, leaving a slight hinge in the paper at the top of the pattern. This ensured that the width of the pattern top remained the same.

I then spread out the pattern evenly and stuck it down to some paper. The bottom edge is gathered to fit the sleeve cuffs, so you can go as big as you want!


I FLAT FELLED my seams which kept the seams flat, and hid raw edges.
Overlocked seams would be more visible in this transparent shirt and I love how neat it made the shirt look on the inside.
The only exception was the armhole and sleeves seam, which I serged.

I decided to use a COTTON SATEEN FABRIC in a solid black for the collar, cuffs and centre-front closures in cotton sateen. I love how it contrasts with transparent organza, and gives it a bit of an edge.

I Finished the centre front with SNAP BUTTONS for a sleek look to the button band. The shirt already has so much detail and the hidden closures adds to the dressiness of the look.

I Used buttons and BUTTON HOLES on the cuffs (two each side) and for the collar. These areas receive the most tension so the buttons are appropriate, and it gives the shirt a little extra detail.

I didn't line the BACK YOKE.  The extra layer would have made that section darker, which I don't mind, but I didn't want to make the shirt too busy with the cotton sateen details already adding contrast. 

Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt
Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt
Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt

Love

I love the fullness of the lower half of the SLEEVES and how it contrasts with the slim upper sleeve.

The ANGLED DARTS on the bodice front are such a different and interesting way to add shape and design to this shirt.

I love the  CURVED HEM, which seems to be the perfect length on my frame.

The DOUBLE BUTTONS on the sleeve cuffs, adds that subtle bit of extra detail and is also very practical.

THAT FIT - I don't know what it is about BurdaStyle, but they just seem to suit my shape well. I rarely have to make major changes, and the fit seems to be well suited to my proportions. I don't claim to understand it but I love it

Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt
Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt
Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt


Tips

This sewing pattern is excellent and well drafted, but if you're looking for clear instructions on how to make it, you won't find it with this pattern.
I used the following online tutorials to make my sleeve plackets and collar, which I couldn't work out from the limited, unillustrated pattern instructions:

SLEEVE PLACKETS

COLLAR AND COLLAR STAND

Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt
Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Blouse
Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt
Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt
Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt


Conclusion

This pattern is such a lovely design, and could be easily adapted for a slimmer sleeve if big bouncy forearms aren't your thing.

I love it in the silk organza, which would pair well with a camisole for a less conspicuous look.
They say the Melbourne uniform is 'all-black', and so this usually colourful girl is feeling suitably city proud in this get up.

With Christmas just around the corner I wanted to thank all my lovely readers for all your support and encouragement this year, and to wish you and yours a very merry and very safe festive season!!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt
Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt
Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt
Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt
Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt


Thursday, 6 December 2018

The Little Red Dress Project - Rita Blouse By Charm Patterns DRESS HACK

The Rita Dress
The Rita Dress

The festive season is upon us again and for us seamstresses that is usually a trigger for LET'S MAKE EVERYTHING IN RED!

The wonderful and talented Renata from The Twilight Stitcher hosts an annual 'Little Red Dress Project' challenge, and this year I decided to take part!
Christmas in Australia is HOT, so it looks like I now have my Christmas day outfit sorted.

Patterns

I used the Rita Blouse by Charm Patterns and redrafted it into a dress (see below for more details).
The pattern comes in different cup sizes, from B to DD and I cut the size 6 with the D cup.

Fabric

This dress is made in a bright red, cotton seersucker from Spotlight.

Changes

I traced the pattern to the waistline markings on the blouse and then cut it out.
I used my own drafted skirt block and converted the darts on the skirt to princess seams, making sure to line up the princess seams with those of the bodice.  I then taped the bodice and skirt pattern pieces  together to make a dress pattern.

I added a flounce to the hem of the skirt for a little extra fun.

To maximise the ease of getting into the dress, I made the side zipper go all the way up to underarm seam, rather than 3-4cm below. Because this dress is quite fitted in the bodice, that little extra room helps bigger boobs squeeze into the dress.
I usually avoid side zippers for this reason, but the elastic casing along the front and back neckline meant no centre back zipper.

The Rita Dress
The Rita Dress
The Rita Dress

Loves

I love the shoulder/sleaves style of this pattern, which can be worn up on the shoulders, or off the shoulders.

I have been looking for an off-the-shoulder dress pattern for a while, but most of them are free-flowing and loose under the bust and I wanted a more fitted look. I'm bigger on the hips and bust and when the curve of my waist is hidden in loose clothing it can make me look a little frumpy.

I love that this pattern comes with different cup sizes from B - DD. I have made this in both the C and the D cup size. To be honest, the DD would also be a good fit, but I liked how the D cup made the neckline a little lower.

Conclusion

I love how fun this blouse is as a dress! The cotton is cool and comfortable and perfect for summer, so I predict a few more versions of this dress in other colours for this warmer season.

I fell in love with this blouse pattern recently when I made it in THREE different colours! I knew it would make a lovely, fun dress with a little bit of tweaking and I'm happy with how it turned out!

Thank you Renata for hosting another wonderful challenge; I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else has made!

Check out my instagram below to see this as a BLOUSE and with movement! Blog post coming soon.

The Rita Dress
The Rita Dress
The Rita Dress
The Rita Dress
The Rita Dress



Friday, 30 November 2018

The Transparent Organza Trench Coat - Simplicity 8554

Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat

The last few weeks I've been suffering from 'dress-traction'. You know what I'm talking about; that mania you feel when you become obsessed with a design (dress) in your head and then the inability to concentrate on anything else (distraction) until you've made it - DRESS-TRACTION.
You're welcome.

My latest creation, a classic trench coat with a twist, is my latest dress-traction and it's all my transparent clothing dreams come true.

Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat

The Pattern

I used Simplicity 8554 in a size 14 to bring this organza trench coat to life.  I made version C with the pockets and flaps, but cut version A for the length and sleeves.

The Fabric

I used a beautiful (!!) silk organza from The Cloth Shop in a striking purple.
When I went into the store I had my mind set on a baby blue trench coat. Then I saw this purple (the last on the bolt!) and everything changed.

Watch the coat in action below:

Changes

The organza is fine and transparent, and I wanted the coat to look as beautiful on the inside as it did on the outside. So I took the time to FLAT-FELL the seams with the exception of the sleeve seams, which I finished on the overlocker.

The BODICE-FLAPS on my trench aren't lined.  This organza was only 115cm wide and I had just over 3 metres. I had just enough fabric for two pieces instead of four, so I finished them both with a narrow hem instead.

No matter how much I played tetris with the fabric pieces, I didn't have enough fabric for both SIDE POCKETS AND PATCH POCKETS. I thought the patch pockets added to the design of the trench and are also very practical, so I sacrificed the side pockets in favour of the patch pockets.

Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat

Loves

I'm a little obsessed with the TRANSPARENT look at the moment, and after successfully making my first sheer garment recently (a black shirt and soon to be blogged) I started planning a trench coat.

I love how LAYERING THE ORGANZA adds multiple shades of purple on different sections of the trench-coat.

The SIDE SLITS are flattering and a modern take on a trench.

I Love the MIDI LENGTH with the oversized square patch POCKETS.

The pattern for this jacket is unlined which results in a faster make. I did a NARROW HEM for the inside facings and the bodice flaps which gives such a clean, finished look.

I omitted the INTERFACING for the facing, collar and belt so that it wouldn't be visible through the organza. This fabric has such a natural 'stiffness' already that it handles perfectly without it.


Look Out For

Step No 27!!  It instructs you to fold the belt in half lengthways which is INCORRECT.

The front facings for the size 14 appeared to be about 1.5cm longer than the actual centre front of the jacket.

Apart from the minor errors in the pattern instructions, I found the steps surprisingly easy to follow and the pattern very well drafted proportionately.

Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat

Conclusion

This is one of those makes that I can't stop staring at and touching.
The trench coat is so pretty in the unexpected fabric of silk organza, and I get an immense feeling of satisfaction when I look at all the extra details I employed to make the coat neat and clean.

It's an excellent addition to my ever growing 'sew-frosting' collection, which is currently threatening to overwhelm the rest of my closet. I'm not mad at it.
You can read about the 'Sew Frosting' challenge hosted by True Bias and Closet Case Patterns, here and here.

The colour is so vibrant and saturated, and I feel a little 'fashionista' when I wear this.
I'm so happy with how it turned out and I highly recommend this pattern! What do you think? Are you currently 'dress-tracted'? Thinking of giving the transparent look a try? I'd love to hear your plans!

Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat


Purple Organza Trench Coat
Purple Organza Trench Coat

Purple Organza Trench Coat