Monday, 18 April 2016

The Knitted Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns

Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns

Watch your step ... you don't want to trip on all these CABLES!

Today I'm sharing my latest KNITTED creation, a stunning sweater cape pattern by Cleckheaton Patterns.
I'm pretty sure if I was a super hero this is exactly the sort of cape I would wear. Who wouldn't appreciate a super hero that was both fashion forward, and warm?!!!

Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns

DETAILS
The pattern
When I first saw this pattern by Cleckheaton I gasped out loud. I had been looking for a sweater pattern that was a bit more modern and something that I would get a lot of wear out of. This design is the perfect combination of both fashionable and comfortable. 

Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns

I loved that the pattern was also interesting and challenging enough with all the cables down the front and back panels to stop you from getting bored, cause knitting takes a lot longer than sewing!

Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns

The Yarn
A stunning superfine merino also by Cleckheaton in the limited edition colour way 'blush'.

This 8ply/double knit yarn was so soft to the touch and has a beautiful tight twist to give the finished knit a beautiful defined and neat shape.

Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns

Features
Both the front and back of this cape have a cable panel feature which really adds such a lovely touch to the garment.

Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns

The pattern comes with two neck options, a simple round neckband or a roll collar. Both look lovely but I loved the drama of a big roll neck and it's super snuggly and soft.

Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns

Most of all I love the timeless cape silhouette which is both comfortable and warm

Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns

You could wear this top with a long sleeved top underneath, or just by itself like I have done. Because it is knitted in a wool yarn, it is breathable enough to wear on a cooler day, but warm enough to keep you toasty on a really cold day.

Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns
Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns

The sweater is made up of four panels; a front and back and two side pieces. These were then all sewn together once I wet blocked them to the appropriate size. Once pieced together you add the collar by knitting in the round. I used the magic loop method to add mine.

Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns

Conclusion
I am SO pleased with how this turned out! Not being an experienced knitter I always worry about how the piece is going to turn out, especially after putting so many hours into it!

I love the shape, the size and the colour of this and I've already worn it out a few times. My very first outing was to take photos in front of this amazing flower wall that just happened to be set up at a shopping centre in Melbourne. Now I only ever want to take photos in front of flower walls. HOW CAN I MAKE THIS HAPPEN?!!
Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns

To read more details you can head over to my Ravelry page and check out my other knitted garments.

I hope you all have a lovely week! xx

Julia Bobbin - Sweater Cape by Cleckheaton Patterns

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Lady Danger - Vogue 1426 and 2931 Mash Up!

Julia Bobbin - Lady Danger Dress - The Vogue Mashup

It happened to me; the moment every seamstress dreams of – I got invited to a wedding and the dress code? FORMAL!

Happiness levels to the MAX!!



After lying on the floor in a pleasure stupor, my brain short-circuiting with non-stop ideas of sequins, tulle, floor length gowns, diamonds and our Queen Beyonce, I slapped my self across the face and started to focus my ideas.

It was always going to be this; a floor length, fishtail, red strapless gown.

Please say hello to my little friend, lady danger.


Julia Bobbin - Vogue 1426 + Vogue 2931 Mash Up!
Julia Bobbin - Vogue 1426 + Vogue 2931 Mash Up!
Julia Bobbin - Vogue 1426 + Vogue 2931 Mash Up!

DETAILS

Pattern
This dress is the lovechild of two Vogue patterns. From waist up it is Vogue 1426 and from waist down it is Vogue 2931



Why? BECAUSE THESE TWO WERE MEANT TO GO TOGETHER!

Fabric
A wool/polyester blend that I purchased from the Fabric store. It is soft but with a medium weight and has a lovely matte finish which I think adds a sophistication to the look.


Julia Bobbin - Vogue 1426 + Vogue 2931 Mash Up!

The dress is lined with this stunning fabric that I bought from the Alannah Hill outlet in Brunswick Street for $5AU a metre. I basically want to line everything I ever make in this stuff because … ballerinas.


Julia Bobbin - Vogue 1426 + Vogue 2931 Mash Up

Construction
This bad boy is made up of an interfaced outer fabric + lining + foundation for the bodice with boning. I’m pretty sure you could throw a rock at my stomach and I WOULDN’T EVEN FEEL IT. #sewingarmour

There is an invisible zipper down the centre back and a hook and eye to close.


Julia Bobbin - Vogue 1426 + Vogue 2931 Mash Up

Changes
I had to move the princess seams slightly on the skirt front to match the bodice seams and luckily the back matched up perfectly!

I made this dress in a size 14 and didn’t make a muslin first. GASP!!! Scandalous I know! I don’t normally cheat on something like this, especially something so formal but having a 3 year old and a baby means all my good planning usually ends up in the ‘leave to the last minute’ pile.
PLUS I figured that regardless of the many layers to this dress, it was in essence a simple princess seamed dress and they have to be one of the easiest things to alter after it has been made.

I did end up taking in all the seams a LOT and really should have cut a 12 or even a 10 (hello weird post baby body shape) which is why muslin's are important but hey, who doesn’t like to learn a life lesson when they sew? I also removed a lot of excess fabric in the bust area which has to be the first time I've ever done a small bust adjustment on these girls.

I then took in the skirt at the knees to exaggerate the fish tail shape, but still giving myself enough room to be able to move.


Julia Bobbin - Vogue 1426 + Vogue 2931 Mash Up


Here are some movement shots to show you just how awesome this skirt is. You're welcome.

Julia Bobbin - Vogue 1426 + Vogue 2931 Mash Up





Lastly I added horsehair braid to the hem of the dress, which I blind stitched in place. This just gave the hem a bit more form and helped it to fan out more once again emphasising the fish tail shape.


Julia Bobbin - Vogue 1426 + Vogue 2931 Mash Up
Julia Bobbin - Vogue 1426 + Vogue 2931 Mash Up!

Features
When I first saw Vogue 1426 I was instantly drawn to the shape of the bodice because what I liked about the neckline was that it was sweetheart shaped, without being too sweetheart shaped, youknowwhatimean? But I wasn’t the biggest fan on the skirt. Then I saw Vogue 2931 and I loved the skirt but wasn’t in love with the bow halterneck bodice. Then the idea to merge the two hit me and I couldn’t get it out of my head.

Julia Bobbin - Vogue 1426 + Vogue 2931 Mash Up
Julia Bobbin - Vogue 1426 + Vogue 2931 Mash Up!

I love how the shape emphasises the female form and does it with flattering princess seams. The foundation with boning gives great support and helps maintain the shape.

Problems
If I was ever to make this bodice again I would make it slightly tighter on top as the ever so slight looseness meant that the bodice slid down a little during the night and I felt like I was forever readjusting so I didn’t keep exposing my bra.
I would then close the dress with hook and eye tape to relieve pressure on the zipper.
With a more fitted bodice I would also be able to add bra cups so that I could avoid a bra all together.

Conclusion
I finished the dress the day before the wedding and luckily I love how it turned out!
A dress like this is a statement dress and I definitely felt like a bit of a rock star wearing it that night.


Julia Bobbin - Vogue 1426 + Vogue 2931 Mash Up
Julia Bobbin - Vogue 1426 + Vogue 2931 Mash Up!

And so another me-made dress now hangs proudly in the closet.

Until next time folks! xx

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Marimekko Dress - The Vintage Edition

Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress
Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress

Vintage dresses; no matter how much I love my modern fashion, sewing classic styles feels like home to me.

Here's one of my latest dresses that takes me back to my roots. The pencil shaped skirt and fitted bodice makes me think 'Mad Men' and answers my daily inner questions of WWJW? (What Would Joan Wear?)

Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress
Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress

The Pattern
I pulled out one of my all time favourites and most used patterns; Butterick 5603. I used the bodice of this pattern in version B, and added a pencil skirt instead of the full skirt like I have done many times in the past.

How many times have I used this pattern now? Oh, just a lazy SIX times. No biggie.

 the first step is admitting you have a problem

 Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress
Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress

Fabric
Oh. Em. Gee. This. Fabric.
This gorgeous fabric is by the designer Marimekko and printed onto a heavy weight cotton.

It's from Yulki's Home Decor which is a beautiful site dedicated to designer fabrics and they have a wide range of Marimekko fabrics. Sadly the site will be closing down soon but a lot of fabrics will still be available in their etsy store.

Julie from Yulki's Home Decor has offered my readers an 18% discount store wide on all available fabrics before the website closes down. Just enter the code "special" at checkout.

Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress
Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress
Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress

Details
I love the little ties on this bodice. It adds such a sweetness to the dress, and the heavy cotton fabric gives shape to the ties without the need to interface.

Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress
Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress
So BOW-tiful

I highlighted the beautiful panelled design of branches and magenta berries by placing the pattern in the centre, with the top and bottom of the dress being white. This meant I had to cut my pattern pieces across the grain line, rather than along the grain line.

Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress
Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress

The bodice has a V shaped front and back and an invisible zipper down the centre back.h

Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress

Thanks to the sturdiness of this heavy cotton fabric, I went the easy option and didn't line it. It breathes easy and feels very structured so is very comfortable to wear!

Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress
Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress


The dress has an empire bodice cut just under the bust, and the skirt has four darts at the front, and two at the back, all perfectly hidden amongst the beautiful fabric design.

Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress
Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress


Conclusion
Here in the Southern Hemisphere us gals are packing up our summer gear and pulling out the knitting needles as we say goodbye to Summer *sniff* and hello to Autumn.
This cheery spring dress seems like a poetic goodbye to our warm weather as we hold onto these last few warm weeks.

I love how this dress turned out and feel happy to have finally made my very own Marimekko dress! Don't forget about the 18% discount code 'special' at Yulki's Home Decor if you are wanting to get your hands on your own Marimekko.

Hope you all have a fabric filled week! xx

Julia Bobbin - Marimekko Dress