Saturday, 2 February 2019

A Year Of Julia Bobbin Makes - 2018

2018 was a big year for sewing.

It saw the return the return of my sew-jo and had me thinking more about what I wear on a daily basis vs what I actually sew.

I owe a lot of my mojo and my foray into more everyday clothing to Me Made May.
Previously, I only wore my makes to fancy occasions and evening events, thanks to my obsession with sewing evening wear.

Me Made May made me look at what I actually wear on a daily basis and reinvent items that I'd previously made but hardly wore. It gave me a new appreciation for my hard work, a new zest for wearing more of my own creations, and exposed what me-made items were lacking from my wardrobe.

I played with transparent silk organza clothing, lots of separates, a full length evening gown for Melbourne Frocktails (because I'm a 'sew frosting' girl at heart) and I even made my first ever pair of pants!

Below are the garments that I made in 2018.
You can click on the images to visit the original blog posts :)

Thanks for all your encouragement in 2018!

Purple Organza Trench Coat
Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin
Frocktails Melbourne 2018

Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin
Julia Bobbin - Silk Organza Shirt
The Rita Dress

Julia Bobbin Makes 2018
Julia Bobbin Makes 2018

Julia Bobbin Makes 2018
Julia Bobbin Makes 2018
Julia Bobbin Makes 2018
Julia Bobbin Makes 2018
Julia Bobbin Makes 2018
Julia Bobbin Makes 2018
Julia Bobbin Makes 2018


P.s. Below is a look at my first make for the new year ... and it's a PRINT!

Sunday, 27 January 2019

The Sequinned Mini Skirt

Sequinned Mini

Ok, so if you've come across my blog or my instagram you'll know that I have a penchant for all things bright and shiny.

So I couldn't resist this quick easy make; a sequinned mini from just over half a metre of fabric that I had left over in my stash.

This fabric from Tessuti is a woven textile which I lined below the waistband and closed with a centre back zipper.

The waistband is made out of a wide piece of black elastic which I zig-zag stitched sequin fabric onto.

I used a stretch needle which penetrated the spangles without snapping once.

It's self-drafted, it's comfy and it satisfies my shiny needs. WIN!

Sequinned Mini
Sequinned Mini
Sequinned Mini
Sequinned Mini

Sequinned Mini


Monday, 14 January 2019

FABRIC GIVE-AWAY!!!! COUTURE SEQUINNED FABRIC

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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 . ๐Ÿ–คAnd 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 . ๐Ÿ–ค 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. . ๐Ÿ–ค 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. . ๐Ÿ–ค Open to all my followers ANYWHERE the mailman can go . ๐Ÿ–ค 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. . . . ๐Ÿ“ธ 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