Monday, February 28, 2011

Giveaway 1

To mark my first 3 months of this blog and to thank everyone who joined this blog, I'm doing my first giveaway. I hope you like it. Its a piece of Kashmir handmade embroidery crewel. It's has an off-white 100% cotton base and 100% wool coloured floral embroidery. The piece is about 140cm x 85cm.
It's a mid weight fabric and would be perfect as a cushion. Please note, this was fabric provided sourced from India and does have some slight marks on it which doesn't detract from the overall effect.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment and let me know what you enjoy most about reading other peoples sewing blogs. I'll close entries on 5 March 2011 EST (Australia) and randomly select the winner.

Good luck and I'll look forward to your entries. Bye for now.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Walk Away Dress - any ideas?

I purchased this pattern recently because I'd read so much about it and I thought it looked fantastic and would be a great summer dress to whip up.

However, I've seen a number of versions complete by people generous enough to post photos of their dress and I must say they don't look as expected. I can't quite work out why.....
- is the photos unrealistic with the tiny waist?
- are the shoulders too wide?
- is the neckline too high?
- does it need a petticoat?

Any ideas anyone?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Drape Drape 2 No. 4 top

My weekend project - the No.4 pattern from the Japanese pattern book Drape Drape 2. I made it from a poly/elastine remnant from Tessuti. The construction was very straight forward. The only problem I had was handling the fabric and the self-binding is something I need to improve on.

I love the asymmetry of this - it makes it a really interesting and flattering top. I'll definitely be making it again.
Front view

Back view

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Boat cushions project complete

From my earlier post, you would have seen I was starting to make cushions for the cockpit to make things more comfy at anchor. Well, I've finished the set of cushions for the seats. For the technically minded, they have been made from Sunbrella marine grade canvas with 'leatherette' piping and zips at the back of the cushions. The foam is mostly dry cell foam to allow water to drain away quickly with a layer of closed cell foam for comfort. There was some wrestling required to get the foam into the covers but this give the cushions a fuller look. 

All materials were sourced from Sailrite in the US, who have a amazing range of materials for canvas projects and sail work. Fulfilment and delivery is very speedy. The also have a great DVD which made this project much easier. 

Must say I'm happy with the result for a beginner cushion maker.

In response to  question about how I did this at home, I've added some further information that may help others. I used a domestic Husqvarna machine (surprisingly) which coped well. I bought a piping foot but it couldn't cope with the thickness of piping, so I ended up using a basic foot for straight sewing and a zipper foot for the piping. If I did it again, I would try using a welting foot and I think a walking foot would be helpful also.

The needles which did a great job were Schmetz 110/18. I also used a thread stand to manage the larger spools of speciality polyester thread for outdoor use.

I purchased very thick T pins and basting tape, both of which I ended up using occasionally only as the materials were reasonably easy to handle.

Finally, the zips were continuous zips (Sailrite #5) with locking zipper pulls. These were installed using the "invisible zip" technique.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Jacci Jaye's Corset Pattern – Sewing Projects |

Jacci Jaye's Corset Pattern – Sewing Projects |

I saw this today on Burdastyle and loved it. Very rock and roll!  If you follow the link, there's instructions on how to make it. I seems the fabric may be Alexander Henry, which is a fun new find for me. What do you think?


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ricefields - Colour and fabric

While slogging away at the outdoor boat cushions, I've have amused myself with some more "colour creativity" by creating a colour and fabric mood board from one of our photos from Bali and some gorgeous Tessuti fabric. I'm wondering whether I should include a suitable sewing pattern to complete the board?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Boat cushion project

Here's my latest project - cockpit cushions for our boat  - not too sexy but a challenging job none the less. It's taken a while to get to this stage and this is what I had to organise to get started....

1. Create a pattern for the cushions. Nothing sophisticated about this - just paper and tracing on the seats.
2. Identify the most suitable foam, locate a supplier and get the foam cut to shape. There's two type of foam by the way, a dry flow foam for any wet weather and closed cell foam for comfort. These two foam types had to be glued together.
3. Order the materials to make the covers. These were marine quality canvas, continuous zips, pre made piping, under cushion material (non-slip), #18 needles, thread stand for large thread comes and exterior grade, polyester thread. All these materials I sourced from Sailrite who are essential a one stop shop for exterior canvas type projects. They have a great range of exterior canvases should you be making outdoor cushions. Their delivery timeframe is fantastic (at a price). They even have tote bag packs.

So got everything cut yesterday and will start assembly later this week - wish me luck. It will be interesting on my home machine.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Back to colour - Bali sunset

Despite my best intentions, I've quickly realised that I can't sew speedily enough to provide you (who kindly follow) with regular posts. I'd like to post regularly to keep it interesting, so after getting inspiration from other very creative bloggers, I've decided to take some of my posts in a slightly different direction. Not too long ago, I ran a colour consulting business for homes and businesses. I love colour! So I'll combine my love and knowledge of colour with my love of sewing and fashion.

Hopefully, you'll find these inspiring and useful. I know I've had a lot of fun creating this palette and first mood board. In many cases, I'll try to use inspiration photos that are mine (or my husbands) - I feel this makes it more personal. In order to make this practical, I've selected some Tessuti fabrics that reflect the colour and feeling of the photo. Let me know what you think?

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