As a new user of Instagram I’ve found the immediacy of that platform really great. But I don’t want to stop having longer and hopefully more informative discussions on my blog. I’m going to trial a monthly post with recaps of what I’ve made and see how that goes. Let’s see, shall we? (The side effect is that this post is long… consider yourself warned.)
So far this month I have sewed/sewn (?) the following items:
I use McCalls 7542 which is a unisex scrubs pattern and make a few mods each time, like a zippered pocket for wallet and keys, pocket tabs for reinforcements, and little crotch seam adjustments over time to improve the fit. This year he *agreed* to do a couple shoot with his new shorts.
These ones have actually been a hit, and have already had more wear that the orange ones of last year.
2. A second Collins Top from In The Folds (the first one, for Christmas Day, is unblogged but can be seen below).
I made Version 2 out of some vintage cotton I purchased off TradeMe. It’s been in my stash for about 2 years and was spot on for this pattern. I feel like an ice-cream sundae in this top, which is just perfect for the very hot summer we are having in NZ this year. I french seamed the entire thing and bias faced the hem and neckline. It’s nice to take the time to do these things and have your insides feel as great as your outsides.
In The Folds is a Sydney based pattern company and she has a lot of free patterns so if you haven’t heard of her, then I suggest you hop over and check them out. I’d lusted after this pattern for about three months and am so glad I finally pulled the trigger. It’s such a cool pattern to feature a stripe or a fun print, and it’s also more and more where I feel my sense of style is heading: looser, more chill, comfort over glam.
The first iteration was the sleeveless view. This was old linen of my grandmothers that I made into a dress for my Hen’s Day. The dress never fit me properly and I was going to give it away, until Miriam – very smart and talented sister and sewing buddy – suggested that I harvest it for something else. Glad I did.
3. A pair of linen napkins which I gave away to a friend – no picture but a happy friend.
4. A pair of vintage Perry Ellis Vogue 1522 trousers from some fabric gifted to me by the ever inspiring and generous Siobhan
I am declaring 2018 to be The Perry Ellis Year. I am on the hunt for as many of his patterns as possible, and especially Vogue 1161 (below on right) which I purchased on EBay only to have the seller contact me and tell me they couldn’t find it 😦 So if anyone reading out there has this pattern or sees it, I will pay CASH MONEY for it’s delivery to NZ 😀
This pattern is Vogue 1522 (above on right) from 1985. Kate from Fabrikated wrote some great posts about Perry Ellis a couple of years ago which got me somewhat OBSESSED with the pants featured in this pattern. I also realised I had a pattern of his in my collection which I had already made up, and was incidentally the first ever post on this blog!
I can’t say enough about how chic and gorgeous these pants make me feel. This cotton sateen from Siobhan was a treat to sew. Perry Ellis does this great thing where the openings of his pants are via the side pocket opening which means no zip. It’s such a great feature. I think I may make a pair of these up in the shorts view. Generally I’m not a shorts person, but with these, um YES!
The only modifications I made to these pants (apart from my standard crotch alterations) was to replace the back pleats for darts. The pleats really did zero favours to my derrière and the darts were an easy fix.
5. Three pantyliners with fabrics all from stash. I have a number of these that I have purchased from other makers, but as a cyclist I find the snap/dome closures really mash my lady bits. I have some with velcro fastenings but they are not very well made, and often come apart and fall into the toilet which is really not something you want to have to deal with while you are already feeling emotionally compromised by hormones.
So yeah, I thought “I sew. Maybe I should just make some myself.” What a brainwave. I had a very small piece of this fabric in a bag of offcuts from a local fabric store that mainly stocks decorating and homeware fabrics and there wasn’t really enough to do much with it, but I do think it’s awesome. I’ve put a middle layer of sweatshirting and the bottom layer is a minky upholstery fabric that came to me in another bag of scraps. I’m actually quite looking forward to my period this month!
6. A second pair of shorts for Alex for tennis from the offcuts of my ill-fated Alpi Chinos. Not pictured, but he’s always very appreciative when I make him things and I love to make him happy.
In non-sewing creative endeavours, I’ve made a sourdough starter and a number of loaves using it, read three books, challenged myself to do some creative writing each week, started work on my major performance piece of the year, cooked a lot of really nice food, accompanied my talented husband as his orchestral work Barbour St. Late Evening was premiered and recorded by our national orchestra- the NZSO, and started doing some little bits of embroidery.
It’s been a nice start to the year and I’ve enjoyed seeing what everyone else has been up to, although haven’t found as much time to comment and interact on people’s blogs as I would like. I’m still reading though!
I’ve also given myself total license to not participate in competitions or sewalongs this year, although I will probably enter something in Indie Pattern Month. I want to be more mindful, slow and process oriented this year. Hopefully that works!
Thanks for reading, I will be here again at the end of February ❤