Tuesday, 31 January 2012

B5455, Bagging & Fitting.

B5455 bodice front.
Size 8 graded to 12 waist.
The bodice is complete! Today at sewing class I trimmed off the SA, clipped my seams, and turned my bodice out! Spent about half-an-hour pressing the edges so that there are no ditches in the seams, and so the lining will not show on the outside of the garment.

Edges all pressed out.
I knew that this dress would be big on me, so it was expected that I would have to take it in. We did a fitting today and took in the side seams by 2.5cm on each side! Under the arm was fine so the SA stayed as 1.5cm, but it tapered out to 2.5cm at the midriff. Size 12 waist... PFFT!

1.5cm SA at the armhole tapered down to a  2.5cm SA.

Now we have to do the same to the skirt, which is a 12 at the waist, graded to an 8 at the hips. What a bother. I'll probably end up taking more in at the back seams.

Here is the inside of the bodice. You can't see it in the photo, but the left back bodice piece is shorter... hate when these weird things happen! 

Sunsilky lining.
Tomorrow I have another sewing class, which is my actual class, the last two Tuesday classes we extra classes during the holiday break. Tomorrow I will start on the pockets and skirt.

In other news, I am getting rid of my iron. I've had it for for 2 or 3 years, but I never used it. I bought it just for emergencies. I used it about 3 times before I started sewing. So today I was telling my sewing teacher how good the iron at class was and how my iron at home leaks water when I'm ironing. At the risk of sounding like a fool, I didn't know that this was dangerous and could electrocute me. It tripped the circuit one time, but I thought that it was because I left the iron on too long. Lucky I wasn't hurt! So in the bin it goes. I'll be buying a new one this weekend.

Goodbye dangerous iron.

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Monday, 23 January 2012

B5455, Back to School!

B5455, Cotton/Lycra fabric from Vietnam.
Back to class tomorrow!!!
I've been procrastinating sooooo much with this dress!! I left the darts right till the last day.
I haven't sewed for 2 weeks, that's the longest I have gone without sewing since I started.

I'm not as excited about finishing this dress because I know it will be big on me. I cut a size 8-12-8. On top of that, the material has stretch. Sigh.

The fabric is quite nice, I think it's cotton/lycra. My dad brought it back from Vietnam for me. I love the print. It is so easy to sew with. Very crisp. But soft.

On to something exciting, the vintage Simplicity 3965 that I have been coveting has found it's way to me!! A lovely lady on Etsy found my blog when she was googling for the pattern information and she then emailed me to let me know she was selling it on Etsy. It will arrive in Australia in 2-3 weeks. Exciting!!!

Simplicity 3965

There was a huge fabric sale on at The Fabric Store (30%-60% off!!) but I didn't get a chance to stop by. I did visit GJ Fabrics last weekend though, I got some very beautiful hot pink poplin satin (?)!! And some stretch satin in ivory (same fabric as my sister's violet dress). I have over 2 meters of each fabric, so I am hoping to make my vintage dresses with these fabrics.

I am hoping to finish my B5455 in the next 4 classes... so I can get started on my vintage dresses. Yay!

So apart from sewing, I've been busy with work, gym, family birthdays, Lunar New Year - which was yesterday - and planning mini holidays! My boyfriend, his friend, his girlfriend and I are going to Phillip Island in February for the weekend. Phillip Island is 2.5 hours from my home. Praying for hot weather so we can laze on the beach. We will also visit the penguin parade and other nature parks. Summer has finally arrived in Melbourne.

Looking back at my Facebook photo album for this summer, I am so proud that I have worn heaps of my handmade dresses. I wore my V8469 at a museum event, my Red & Wine dress at my Christmas party, my Lacy LBD for dinner with friends, my cobalt mini skirt for NYE, M5845 burnt orange minidress for afternoon drinks, and last Friday my emerald cocktail dress to a wedding. 

Red & Wine dress at my work Xmas Party.
A Sunday in the sun.
Burnt orange dress and my free orange promotional sunnies :)
With my BF's father :) wearing my B5455 with half circle skirt.
Well, that's all I have to share tonight, I'll blog once I make more progress on my B5455 or once I start my reversible dress. for some reason, I am lacking motivation! Must be the 35°C (95°F) heat.


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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Finished Project & Pattern Review: McCall's 5845, Violets are Blue.

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2012!

I have been on holidays for 1 week and go back to work on the 9th. I thought I would spend my days off work sewing, and sewing, and sewing, but, in all honesty, I spent everyday sleeping till noon, watching Desperate Housewives and eating way too much carbs. I've never been happier :D

Yesterday I ventured outside, in the sunlight and took my sister to lunch. Before lunch, we did a little shop, to look for fabric for her dress. We hit Lincraft, didn't find anything stunning. I bought some royal blue home spun cotton though. I hate leaving empty handed. Then we went to GJ Fabrics, East Brunwick. I have been meaning to visit for a while now, and finally did yesterday. So happy that I did! The store is a wonderland! I restrained myself and only bought some stretch satin that my sister liked. It is a bluish purple - violet? It was the exact shade of blue that I have been hunting for! It was shiny, but no overly shiny. It was perfection. I also picked up a bunch of zippers. I found a long jacket zipper, and used that to fixed my Burnt Orange Mini Dress so now I can put it on and take it off comfortably.

I actually didn't end up wearing that dress for NYE, it was just too hot! The neck is too high, and I felt suffocated. I actually almost suffocated when I tried taking it off after deciding not to wear it. I was hot and clammy, and the dress was stuck to my body and would not go over my head. I was in a panic for 2 minutes, wondering who was going to find me stuck inside a dress, suffocated to death. Luckily I got it off, and luckily I have replaced the zip so that will never, ever happen. I wore my cobalt mini skirt instead.

Back to my pattern review.

For this version of the M5845, I cut a size 8 for my sister. I left the darts on the inside like the last time, but next time, I am making the darts on the outside. I was watching episode 11 of Revenge, and Victoria Grayson was wearing a dress with outside darts, and it looked great!

Victoria Grayson
Revenge, episode 11. 

I made the neck line lower. I used the bodice pattern from another dress, and used it to trace a curve to lower the neck line. I made a toile (muslin) to make sure the neck looked good. It is much more comfortable to wear now.

Alteration to the neck.

The dress fits like a dream on my sister, J.
J's measurements are: 86cm-75cm-90cm.
According to the sizing for BMV pattern measurements, she should be 12-16-12.
I cut her an 8. The fit is perfect. I didn't even have to adjust the back seam allowance!

McCall's M5845 Misses' Lined Dress with own belt.
McCall's M5845, size 8.
Bringing sexy back!

Pattern Review: M5845

Size: 8
Fabric:  0.90m stretch satin (poly/spandex) (violet), 0.90m sunsilky polyester, lining (royal)
Notions: Invisible zipper 14"/35cm (royal), Gutermann thread (310)
    • Lowered the neck
    • Darts on the inside, instead of outside
    • Shortened skirt pattern by 5"
    • Skirt hem 3cm
    • No skirt vent

PS!! I'm Pattern Review's featured member today! Yay! Not sure how significant this honour is, but I'm excited :D

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