Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Follow Me!

"Follow me 
And everything is alright 
I'll be the one to tuck you in at night 
And if you want to leave 
I can guarantee 
You won't find nobody else like me"

Bonus points if you know what song that is :)
So July 1st is fast approaching, meaning goodbye Google Reader! 
Your feeds have probably been flooded with "import and re-follow" posts, so what the heck, here's another one!

Follow my blog on: 
Or import your Google Reader subscriptions:
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  • Go to Feedly, log in with your Google Account and sync
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  • Pinterest
  • BurdaStyle
  • Pattern Review
  • Vine - now this is all new to me!! I only started playing around with Vine because Instagram added video function and it got me curious about Vine. Once I figure out Vine and decide which Twitter account (personal or sewing) to log in with, I'll tweet my Vine details! You can follow for random videos of me tossing paper into the bin, or useful videos on ironing. Hrm, okay maybe not so useful, haha.

Till next time, have a wonderful day filled with smiles and sunshine.

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Monday, 17 June 2013

Finished Project & Pattern Review: Butterick 6582 Retro 60s Dress.

Finished project, yay. 

The Butterick 6582 Retro 60s dress was conceived in my "sewing room" about 5 weeks ago and I put the finishing touches on it tonight.

I absolutely love my sewing room (though my gas bill won't!!) it gets cold in there so to heat the room up I crank the heater up high during the evening. During the day it gets awesome warm sunshine so it's a really nice space to kick back and sew!

Last weekend I finished the bodice. The bodice is fully lined - no facings. I didn't have time during the week to sew so I had to wait till the weekend.

On Saturday after a day of kettlebells, brunching and a four hour nap; I cut out my gathered skirt, gathered it and attached it to the bodice.

On Sunday morning I woke up early and hand picked the zipper. I used a black 18" dress zipper I found in my stash... you could say I was 'stash busting'! Haha, not really, I just didn't want to go all the way to the shops for a $2 zip.

I love the handpicked look. I still have to work on my 'zip positioning' technique - the zip is not dead centre so the pricks are not even on both sides.

Waist seam matches, clap clap!!

I love the faux wrap bodice and the gathered shoulders. Too cute!!

The one feature of this dress that I liked was the fact that the front bodice was one big pattern piece, and one small shoulder piece, which joins the main bodice piece to make the "faux wrap".

Because of the way the pattern pieces were designed, I had the option of laying the pieces out on the fabric to choose where the flowers would end up (like I did with my V8511 floral/collared dress and my M8545 floral dress) and the with the small shoulder pattern piece, I chose a big flower to sit in the centre, like a corsage! Ahh.

Gathered skirts rock but next time I want to make the wiggle skirt.

Butterick 6582
Faux wrap baby!
Faux corsage too, hehe!
Yes, my dress form is wearing a bra. Haha.
Gathered shoulders.
Nice, evenly gathered skirt.
I always sew three rows of gathering stitches.
Bodice lining - white sunsilky polyester.
You can see where the small shoulder piece joins the main bodice.
No waist stay this time.
Shell: Cotton Sateen
Lining: Sunsilky Polyester
I know I said I'd hand sew the hem... forgive me!!
The shoddy looking stitch above is enough to scare me back to handsewing my hem next time. 

I think my machine needs a service.
Or I need a new machine.... 
Can you believe that I still don't have my camera back??
#Dodgy iPhone mirror #selfie!!
I like the back. It's perfect. 

Pattern Review: Butterick 6582, View 3

Size: 6 all the way! Usually I have to grade out to an 8 waist, but not this time! Either the pattern has more ease... or my healthy lifestyle is paying off!
Fabric: 1.5m cotton sateen (Darn Cheap), 0.7m sunsilky lining (Spotlight)
Notions: Dress zipper 18" , Gutermann thread
Time:  Can't remember the hours, but it was 4 sessions over 5 weeks
Cost: Fabric $20, Lining $7, Zipper $2
Pattern Modification/Adjustments:
  • Fully lined the bodice instead of facings for the bodice
Techniques Used:
Retro 1960s dress with full gathered skirt <3

I love this print! I thinks it's "autumn-y" so I'm keen to experiment with stockings and boots and see if they will suit this dress. It's way to cold in Melbourne to get around bare-legged.

Has anyone else (besides Laika Doll and Dapper Duds) made this dress?? It is such a beautiful dress!

If I had one piece of advice, I would recommend making a muslin/toile because the finished measurements on the pattern seemed large for my bust, but when I tried on the muslin it fit perfectly.

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Monday, 10 June 2013

WIP Butterick 6582 Retro 60s Dress.

Hi all! 

How's it all going? Just a follow up from my old post about the death of Google Reader and the confusion about finding a replacement, has everyone made the switch to Feedly?? That's what the whole internet is doing, apparently!! 
I made a Feedly account, but haven't used it much. Even though I have dissed Bloglovin' in the past I've found that I'm still relying on Bloglovin' to follow all my blogs. 

Now on to sewing!! Three weeks ago (seems like forever-ago) I set up my sewing room and started a new project - B6582. I got as far as putting the shell together and cutting the lining out one Saturday afternoon after kettlebells - last time I will attempt to sew after strenuous exercise!! My hands were shaking so much that my cutting ended up being jagged and so off! Since then, Saturdays are my kettlebells, brunch & nap days. I haven't even been going out that much on Saturday nights cos I'm so wrecked from my work out. So. Un. Fit.

Today was a public holiday so I made the effort to do some sewing. I'm kind of embarrassed that every Monday when I come to work and my friends ask if I did any sewing, my reply has been "um, no.." and that new friends I have made in the last few months don't even know that I sew cos I haven't been doing much of it! 

This is what I managed to do today in 6 hours... (a lot of the 6 hours I was texting and tweeting, lol).

I sewed the darts on the lining, put the bodice lining together and sewed the lining and the shell together using the 'bagging' technique (tutorial here).

Bagging this bodice, finally.
The pattern actually has facings not lining, but of course I had to be a smart ass and go with lining and put myself through the torture of sewing a bunch of darts on stupid fraying polyester!!!! Grr!!!!

I spent the afternoon swearing my head off because there was shit fraying everywhere and thread flying all over the place. My sewing machine was making strange noises (turned out it needed a new needle). 

Bagged. Now to sew up the side seams.
The lining I bought was sunsilky polyester (the best kind of polyester lining - it's treated so it's breathable) but for some reason my sunsilky felt stiff, cheap and nasty. Who. Knows.

Here is the end product.

Faux wrap.
Cute gathered shoulders.
Butterick 6582 bodice.
I am so glad this step is over! Next up is the skirt. Full gathered skirt has not failed me so I'm going with that style again. Unlined, thank Christ.

I'm so keen to do a finished project post and have a new dress to wear!!!!! Hopefully finish it this month.

To be continued...
PS. Hope the Aussies had a good Queens Birthday :)

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