Thursday, May 5

Captain American

I've had a few rough weeks and I needed a pick me up, so Captain America to the rescue, along with some glitter vinyl (on sale at Spotlight $12 pm) and some fabric.  Hardware from Handbag Hardware.

Of course pattern is Pearl from Swoon Patterns.  I've only used one of the Swoon Patterns before the Camille Camerabag.   But as with all her patterns, the instructions/illustrations are great.   Its set out very carefully.

I did make an oops when I was sewing as I wasn't reading/looking right and had some wee unpicking.  You do need to read and I'm more a visual learner, so I've made some notes on the pattern.  

There is a video available here - and its probably not a bad think to watch if you are a visual learner.  

I used 100% cotton that I've had for awhile, pretty sure it came from Spotlight too.   I did interface all the pieces and I used quite stiff peltex which did make it a bit of a bear to turn through, but I think in the end it gave it a nice crisp look, which is what I wanted, I don't like floppy wallets.  I ended up not using the stabiliser all the way for the tab, cause well trying to turn it through was pretty much impossible, but my first experience with glitter vinyl was pretty okay, my machine stitched it well, I did use a teflon foot. 

Its not an onerous sew at all, and at the end I thought I had a lot father to go than I did and it was quick lickedly split to finish it.   So I'm pretty chuffed with the end result.

Monday, March 28

Many year ago

Well actually only 4, but still ….  I wandered into my local quilt store - the Quilter's Corner and they had the most beautiful quilt hanging up.  Bargello in shades of purple, blue, green and my it was just divine.   

My eldest daughter had recently been married and I thought wow that would make a wonderful 1st Anniversary wedding gift.   So Liisa kindly put together a kit for me including the book - Twist and Turn Bargello Quilts by Eileen Wright, together with batik prints to make the Cosmic Quilt.

Fast forward 2 years and well I was going on a retreat for 4 days on the June long weekend, what to take, what to take??  I decided I would take the quilt, which was just as I had bought it packed in a zip lock bag with the book, I'd done nothing on it. 

So I trundled off the wilds of Victoria with a bunch of gorgeous mama's and through the kindness of one - who lives in Victoria and kindly bought her lovely Bernina, I cut and trimmed, unpicked and sewed and sewed some more.  

I thought there was no way in heck I was going to get the top of this quilt finished in 4 days - though really only 2 with arrival times, sharing time, shopping time etc etc.   But anyways on day two, I cut and stacked and measured and stacked and stack and cut and I finished one quarter section.   

And then on day three, the same continued and well I'm like no way and very late at night, I stopped before I made any more mistakes, I was tired and whilst warm and cosy the lighting for this old girl was a bit dim.  I'd finished just half the quilt top.  

But the next morning revived and refreshed and whilst other lovely ladies snoozed in bed, I kept at it an by about 11 on day 3, I had miraculously finished the entire top and oh my gosh did she look just lovely.

Lovingly packing her into my carry on - no way was I trusted checked luggage back to Brisbane.   I arrived home with hubby saying gorgeous and me vowing to finish it up in quick order.

…. Fast forward nearly a year later and guess what I still wasn't finished, I'd bought the backing and the wadding and I'd dithered for ages about adding a border, i wanted it to be queen size for their bed.  But after discussing it with two lovely quilting friends, both of them said don't, just bind it.  So that's what I ended up doing.

Mr Cherub and the small cherubs helped with the basting and I was hoping that it wouldn't take forever to quit it tougher, I had asked the quilt shop for advice on where to quilt and I tried that and then decided that it wasn't working, and unpicked that bit.  I just ended up quilting in the ditch every third row or so and I'm glad I did, the design is fussy and I wanted clean.

So I've quilted and bound it by machine and whilst I did need to use my deck and our mega table to spread out it wasn't as bad as I thought.  And by lunchtime on Easter Monday she's all done and ready for delivery when we see our eldest next weekend.  I wasn't again trusting the quilt to Australia Post … not that I've ever lost anything with them, but well I wasn't chancing it. 

Now to make sure my DD knows its not for her cats but just for her and her Mr Cherub. 

Sunday, February 28

Miss Fox by One Puddle Lane

I again had the pleasure of testing a pattern from Ann at One Puddle Lane.  I probably am totally biased when it comes to Ann's patterns, as I love all of them.   The best bit - Ann has awesome after sales service and a FB group - so if you are stuck and need help with your toile, Ann or a plethora of other helpful ladies, can assist with getting your toile, just spot on and made to measure just for you.

The Miss Fox dress, comes with several different necklines, v-neck (my neckline of choice), scoop and boat neck.  The back is the same.  It comes with several different sleeves - sleeveless, cap (extended) or short.   The skirt is a 1/2 circle skirt and you can choose pockets or not.  Or you can purchase the add on Miss Fox Skirt which you can use by itself or use the pleated version on the Miss Skirt bodice.  (I've made the skirt up before see this post ) 

I am luckily blessed with nearly the perfect size for Ann's patterns it seems (though I'd like a smaller size lol) and therefore I had very little in the way of adjustments I had to make for the bodice.   Just a wee bit of a raise on the shoulders to make the cap/extended sleeve sit better and just a slight adjustment to the side seam, which was easier than the very tiny FBA I would have had to make.  

If you do alter the bodice, remember that you'll have to alter the skirt to fit.   I very nearly forgot and that would have been a disaster lol … okay not quite but it would have been a bit of a pita.

Now I purchased my fabric from Spotlight as I didn't have any that was wide in stash … I know who have thunk.  I wasn't quite sure what I'd need so I bought 3m for just in case.  As it turned out, I can fit the size 16 skirt on the 127cm wide stretch sateen, so I have enough fabric left over for a skirt by itself I think.  So if you are a standard 16 or under, you might just want to check on how much you'll need in the 127cm wide, if you don't want spare fabric - okay who am I kidding, spare fabric is always a good thing!

I fully lined my bodice, because to my mind, it's much easier to fully line a bodice.   

The instructions to put the dress together are good, there are notes on what to interface, where to overlock, how to put in an invisible zip - I promise they aren't that scary - in fact probably easier to put in than a standard zip.

What would I change for next time.  I'd probably like the skirt a smidge longer, I'd ditch the pockets, but then I'm not a pocket fan - unlike my sister and daughters, who adore them, but they all work with children, so it's probably easier to stuff your pockets.   I'd also probably bring the shoulders in a bit for me. 

Other than that, I've worn it, I was happy with how it wore for the day and it was a stinking hot day and its a pretty dress, to dress up or down.   

I have another slated to be made, but with a sleeve, so I need to do my toile first.  And this is VERY IMPORTANT - please, please, please make sure you do a toile of the bodice at the very least.  To get a good fitting ladies garment in a woven, you really need to do one.

As you know I'm not really the best at the photos of me, but anyways I do try.   I'm going to try harder, but it's not really something that I enjoy lol!   Back in a week or so, with pics of  the sleeved version.