Wednesday, November 19

Miss Audrey Testing

Well what can I say - I love, love, love this dress.

It's fabulous.  Ann is amazing and is so very helpful when troubleshooting fit issues as well.   It's well designed, plenty of markings on the pattern, so you know what lines up to what.  It comes in a broad range of sizes and also allows for different cup sizes too.

So I was very lucky and happen to fit exactly the size 16 with a D cup - with no alterations - go me!  My measurements were pretty much bang on the sizing.  So although I'm a wee bit rounder than I would like, I have the perfect figure *wink* Though it varied bust size with the bra I was wearing a bit.

Whatever you do, please do take the time to make up the muslin, it doesn't take long and you'll get a much more accurate fit on the bodice, the skirt is more forgiving as it has plenty of room but the bodice must fit well.  Ann has several tutorials on her blog with different fit issues and most of the fit issues are addressed there

First up - I went with the basic version - facings and no pockets in a stretch sateen I bought from Spotlight - I actually bought the fabric for my DD but then though nah I'm going to use it - The dress turned out great, fitted well - it does have a wee bit of a curve on the necklines, which I'm putting down to the fabric being stretch.    I did add a belt loop for my keycard and also added thread belt loops for the belt, as I do feel the dress needs a belt on it.  It's amazingly hard to find nice belts too.

I also promised Ann I would make a lined version.  So I made it in the weekend of sweltering temperatures in Brisbane, ick.  So it's not 100% perfect cause well the heat makes your brain a bit crazy.

That said, it again turned out very well - I did add piping to the front princess seams and also dropped the necklines to a 1.5cm seam allowances rather than the 6mm that is on the pattern.  It's a Tilda print in a colour which is not really what I would normally wear, but I'm very pleased with how it turned out.  It's lined in a stash busting blue voile, that I had plenty of.

This version is the fulled lined one.  Again no issues putting it together - the zip isn't perfect, but my fault entirely - my invisible zipper foot seems to have found legs and run away, so I need to purchase another one - our household is just entirely too insanely busy and I just haven't gotten there.  I also had a different fabric in mind when I planned the lined version and so had a blue invisible zip.  So again not perfect, but my waist seam matches spot on, so that's an upside.  I also in the haze of heat put pockets in the lining - silly really I don't know what I was thinking, so they'll come out next weekend, cause I don't need the added poof to my hips that's for sure

Will I make this dress again - absolutely - I am waiting impatiently for Ann to perhaps add an extension pack like little cap sleeves and a straight skirt.  I've seen quite a few of the other tester dresses and its a dress you can definitely dress up or down.  Fits a wide range of body shapes and looks great on all of them.

And just because you needed to see the sweet blue voile lining

I intend to make some for my DD's and my mum wanted to steal mine, but it's a bit too broad for her -yah cause I'm pretty sure she'd steal them - I told her she needs to make her own now.

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Sunday, October 19

A blank slate

Well at least that is what i think of this pattern.

It's the Mem Rose Skirt Pattern from Ainslee Fox Handmade - and it was published in the last issue of One Thimble.

It's a lovely skirt, you would be able to keep it simple and classic like I have, or go to town and dress it up - I have a great idea for dressing it up, so stay tuned ……

The pattern is easy to follow, the instructions are fairly clear, though I'm not really known for following direction.  In fact I changed how I constructed mine a fair bit from the original, I chose to do a casing for the back elastic, using two back yoke pieces, instead of the bias elastic casing as per the original.

I've also added whipstitch piping on the front yoke, the back yoke is slightly deeper - a slight error in my attaching the piping with the 1cm seam allowance, but it's all good.  And I've done a bias trim hemline with rickrack.  I've used a 100% cotton print and no there is no pettiskirt underneath - it's just starched.

I'm completely pleased with how it turned out and I hope the new owner does too.

Saturday, October 18

Possibly sacrilege

To put Han Solo with Stormtroopers, but ah what the heck, the good guys win don't they.

So I quite love this pattern - I'd say you need to be a very confident beginner, or intermediate sewer.  The instructions are very clear and concise BUT you need to read them and follow them step by step and try not to get interrupted during the important bits as that leads to tears and frustration.

Anyways with only minimal unpicking on this one and a slightly different sleeve, it's all ready for a birthday party with nearly 5 hours to spare.  Impressed, so am I given it wasn't even traced or anything this morning.

So this pattern is the Marc Shirt from Filles a Maman - it comes in a good range of sizes and I think its great you can mix a print, especially their favourite ones as they seldom come in knits, with a basic knit fabric - this one is charcoal (it's actually quite a bit darker than the photo, not quite black) from Zebra Fabrics and it is stella which I adore, sews up so divinely.  I've teamed it with the dreaded empire from Minky Bear and Me both fabulous suppliers of quality fabrics, even if I am a tad biased.

So back to the shirt, clear instructions, and it makes a lovely shirt, I've found the sizing pretty much spot on, though as this one is a gift I'll wait and see.

Changes I've made - well none - though I do note that making the placket if you have a directional print, which I do - who wants stormtroopers upside down??  Okay well maybe Han would like them upside down.   Make sure you close the end with the heads up - I also cut the collar pieces different from the grain line again to make sure the stormtroopers were the correct way up.

I've also done the hem slightly differently, as I under stitch, see the photo, it makes it sit better imo and doesn't roll them hem to the wrong side.

Now I was distracted doing the sleeve so it doesn't have the double hem, but that's okay I think it looks fine the way it is.

Han Solo Lego embroidery, I can't remember where I got it - it does appear to be slightly out with the feet, but from memory last time I made it, it did that then too.