Hey that looks familiar!

I love spotting fabric I have purchased made up as RTW clothing!

First, let’s have a reminder of the fabric. It’s the slightly-psychedelic-is-that-photo-even-in-focus? ikat style print.

On Friday I spotted this little baby in the Wellington Women magazine (Winter 2012):

This dress is from Madame Fancy Pants and is called the Leah Dress. MFP is in Cuba Street right here in Wellington so it’s not such a huge surprise to see a fabric I bought in Wellington made up as a dress by an independent clothing store.

It’s not the style I envisioned for this fabric and I would definitely have centred the print (of course I don’t have to worry about wastage over multiple dresses!) but it’s fun to see someone elses take on using a fabric.

Have you ever spotted a fabric you’ve purchased in a magazine or in a shop already made up as a RTW item?

Did it change how you were going to use the fabric?

BMVK Christmas in July SALE! + Sewing Room Planning

Wow, Vogue patterns for under $3.00?! That is seriously cheap! I’ll share my splurge with you guys a bit later but for now here is one pattern that went into my basket:

It is McCall’s 2718 Misses’ Fitting Shell by Palmer/Pletsch. I may not be sewing at the moment but I have been doing quite a bit of reading and I have decided it’s time I made myself a fitting shell. I’ve been meaning to for a while after reading the section in my Reader’s Digest Complete Guide Sewing (of which I now have two copies, the “new” one and an older one which I am looking forward to comparing when I unpack that particular box). I couldn’t decide what pattern to use as my base so at just $1.26 I figured I’d grab this one – apparently it also includes different bust sizes.

If you are not sure what I am on about: basically you make up a basic pattern, adjusting it to your perfect fit following diagrams that help you correct any problems. This shell then converts back to become your master pattern that you can then compare to any pattern you make in the future and helps you see where fitting issues may arise. You can then alter the tissue pattern to more closely resemble your master pattern and eliminate those problems immediately. It’s good for someone like me who doesn’t make a muslin for every project.

I have sort of relied on a tissue fit up until now and I do make a few standard pattern alterations to most of my patterns before I sew (FBA, lengthen the bodice, adjust for assumed slight sway back, waist comes in) but if I am completely honest my method is more “fly by the seat of my pants” than anything else! Luck has been on my side for quite a while but it would be nice to have a really good fitting shell to compare so that I can understand more technically what I am doing and achieve an even better fit every time. It shouldn’t take long to whip up but will be worth the effort so I am actually quite looking forward to this little project. Has anyone else tried to make a fitting shell or do you use one regularly in your sewing?

Now, lacking the ability to sew (because my sewing room now also contains our bed, don’t ask…!) doesn’t mean I can’t fantasise about sewing (as per above) or the set up of my new room.

I don’t want to sound like a skite* but this is the biggest room I’ve ever had for sewing so I can have a bit more fun with the set up. Here is a sneak peak at my first cut:

It is mostly to correct scale, although I did over-estimate my cutting table. I will have to trim my board down to remove a bit of damage to the short edge after being in storage under the house for 1 year, eck. This is not entirely a bad  thing, it’s still a pretty big surface and it means I can walk around three sides of it, something I’ve wished I could do ever since I got it. Other items have been dictated by power point locations and I may tweak this a bit more when I actually start placing items in the room. I can’t wait to give you guys a real life tour!

Ok, that’s it from me :) Happy Monday! xx

*I had to look this up because I wasn’t sure of the spelling for a colloquial term I’ve grown up with but never had to write down before and since this blog is read by lots of international readers I thought I should also clarify: Skite is used in Australian and New Zealand slang and means to boast. Unlike the Scottish/Irish use which, according to the internet, means to have a heavy drinking session! Perhaps when I am drowning in fitting shell confusion I’ll have to look into the Irish use of the word ;)

Manequim 637 (June 2012)

This is going to be a quick post – more pictures than words because that is how my day has been ;)

Manequim 637 – June 2012:

Convertible jacket to blazer, nice idea and a pretty plus sized dress:

Nice lines on these dresses:

Do you like those green trousers and the purple top? You can’t have them, no pattern is provided. The keyhole dress is nice though, you can also make the black pencil skirt and shiny coat:

Simple skirt pattern to make the most of a pretty print on lightweight fabric and I LOVE these trousers (multi-sized) because I am one of those girls that refuse to let go of the boot cut/bell shape. I believe it will never go out of fashion and is perfect for balancing my hips out:

Huge plus sized section, love the lace on the bodice of the white dress (look at the line drawing, it’s more flattering proportions than the image which shows the dress they are copying):

Big coat section too. I was hoping for some great men’s patterns for my hubby but it’s just the ladies coats:

Next month looks like a great issue:

That’s all for now :)