Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Pattern Parcel #6 - The Julia Cardigan ... and a bump!

Julia Bobbin - Pattern Parcel #6: The Julia Cardigan
Julia Bobbin - Pattern Parcel #6: The Julia Cardigan

Ladies and Gents it's pattern parcel #6 time! This is my first use of 'Perfect Pattern Parcel' and once I heard what it was all about I HAD to get involved!

If you are like I was and are unfamiliar with what it's about, here's a run down:

"Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel it is our mission is to offer high-quality pdf sewing patterns written by independent designers while supporting charity. We go about this in a unique way, by allowing the customers to choose  their own price in supporting the designers included in the Parcel. In addition to determining the total sales price, each customer purchasing the  Parcel is able to allocate how much of their price goes to the designers, the company, and to the charity, DonorsChoose.org. As a company we cover the costs of web hosting, design and payment processing fees from our allocated position, then we donate our remaining earnings to the charity as well. "

So not only does this support independent pattern designers, it also raises money for a charity called Donor's Choose which helps students in need. So far Pattern Parcel has raised over $13,000! Amen to that!

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

Patterns:

Odette Dress by BlueGingerDoll BONUS PATTERN ONLY

There are five awesome PDF patterns in this parcel, and you get to choose how much you want to spend, including the portion that goes to the designers and the portion that goes to charity.

If you spend over $32USD you also unlock the sixth PDF pattern the 'Odette Dress'  with your parcel.

If you're excited about this you can click on the button below to make your purchase:

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

You'll need to be quick as the parcel is only available until October 31st, 2014.

Julia Bobbin - Pattern Parcel #6: The Julia Cardigan

The Pattern
Out of the pattern parcel I chose to make the Julia Cardigan, because HOW COULD I NOT MAKE SOMETHING THAT SHARES MY NAME!?!!!

Breathe.

This is a pattern made for knit fabrics and it is versatile with three different sleeve lengths.

Julia Bobbin - Pattern Parcel #6: The Julia Cardigan
Julia Bobbin - Pattern Parcel #6: The Julia Cardigan

Fabric
I chose to make this cardigan with stretch sequins because: sparkly.

This pattern looks fabulous in a regular knit fabric. But if I'm going to make my name sake, I need to OVER INDULGE the HECK out of it!

And sequins make me happy.
Actually no, WEARING sequins makes me happy, sewing with them makes me HOMICIDAL.

Oh and did I mention it was my first time sewing with these carpet leeches? Tip; don't sew them over carpet. Or inside the house for that matter.

Luckily I had a STUH-nning sequinned fabric to work with from Tessuti Fabrics. This fabric actually made the sewing process a zillion times easier because I didn't unpick any sequins from the seam allowance (gasp!) and just went nuts. That is the difference between good quality and bad quality fabrics (and a reckless seamstress).

Julia Bobbin - Pattern Parcel #6: The Julia Cardigan

Ooo sparkly!

Julia Bobbin - Pattern Parcel #6: The Julia Cardigan
Julia Bobbin - Pattern Parcel #6: The Julia Cardigan

I made it in a small size, as I like my cardigans to fit closer to the body, seeing as there are no closures down the front.

It was a quick and easy pattern to make, even with the sequins and a very satisfying result. The instructions are fantastic and I love how my sparkly cardigan turned out! Yay for Pattern Parcels!

Speaking of parcels ...

I got my own little human parcel in the works. Yes that's right, I'm pregnant with baby bobbin number TWO! 
Julia Bobbin - Pattern Parcel #6: The Julia Cardigan

I'm currently 14 weeks pregnant with this cutesy pop and the time is already flying! My husband and I are super excited to be expanding our family. Our 21 month old doesn't quite know what's going on, but he thinks he has a baby in his belly too. I love that kid :)

Yay for babies, pattern parcels and sequins. Life is good :)

Julia Bobbin - Pattern Parcel #6: The Julia Cardigan

Which pattern do you want to make out of the parcel?

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Cascade The Skirt

Julia Bobbin - Cascade Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Cascade Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

... Not the beer ...

Are you guys sick of me in skirts yet? Clearly I'm not!

This little beauty is the Cascade Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns and it's my new favourite skirt pattern.
Julia Bobbin - Cascade Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Cascade Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Megan Nielsen has carefully mastered the combination of easy sewing with a dramatic outcome. I mean this skirt demands to be worn on a Spring day skipping through a freaking meadow amiright!?!!

Julia Bobbin - Cascade Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Cascade Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

It's a floaty wrap-a-round skirt with a high-low hem and cut for maximum flowy-ness.

I used french seams to join the pieces together and hemmed the skirt with a narrow hem. Remember this Kimono I made a while ago? Well I loved the fabric so much that I bought some more and made this skirt out of it. It's a stunning silk from The Fabric Store.

Julia Bobbin - Cascade Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Cascade Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

This skirt can be made in all sorts of fabric, but I love the drape of it in a really fine silk such as the one I used.
Julia Bobbin - Cascade Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Cascade Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

And that's a 'wrap'! Get it!?
A super fast, no muslin required skirt that can be made in a number of hours and will make you feel like a lady. Yay for quick easy sewing!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Blog Anniversary And Another Gabriola

Julia Bobbin - Gabriola Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

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.

Julia Bobbin - Gabriola Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

Emotional!

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.

Julia Bobbin - Gabriola Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Gabriola Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

Thank you to everyone for following along with my blog over the years! You guys make sewing even more awesome :)

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Nettie Bodysuit by Closet Case Patterns

'Nettie' by Closet Case Patterns made my Julia Bobbin

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.

'Nettie' by Closet Case Patterns made my Julia Bobbin

The Pattern
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).

Fabric
The 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.

'Nettie' by Closet Case Patterns made my Julia Bobbin

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!

'Nettie' by Closet Case Patterns made my Julia Bobbin

Styled with
Skirt and belt from Alannah Hill
Personalised necklace from Strangely Yours

'Nettie' by Closet Case Patterns made my Julia Bobbin

I am loving this fabulous pattern and the fact that it's quick and easy means I can boost my wardrobe with many and without too much effort. LOVE!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns
Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

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!

Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

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!

Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

The Pattern
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!


Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

Fabric
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.

Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

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.

Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

Changes
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.

Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns


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!

Conclusion
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.

Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

Monday, 2 June 2014

Pro bono - Kimono

Julia Bobbin Silk Kimono

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?!!

Julia Bobbin Silk Kimono

Details

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.

Julia Bobbin Silk Kimono
Julia Bobbin Silk Kimono

Fabric
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!

Julia Bobbin Silk Kimono
Julia Bobbin Silk Kimono

Changes
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.

Julia Bobbin Silk Kimono
Julia Bobbin Silk Kimono

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.

Julia Bobbin Silk Kimono

Conclusion
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!

Julia Bobbin Silk Kimono
Julia Bobbin Silk Kimono