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 :)

A bit of Sewing Room progress

I didn’t achieve everything I wanted this weekend but I did un-bury both my machines!

…and powercords, which are also very important!

It doesn’t look like much but it made me feel MUCH better about pretty much EVERYTHING.

Hrmm…we appear to be lacking quite a lot of fabric…

Nerdy husband and I have decided we have to prioritise getting new carpet for all the bedrooms, the current carpet is very old, full of 24 years worth of pet fur and goodness knows what else (despite numerous cleans) and it’s just not healthy for us. We were prepared for this, we knew when we bought the house that the carpet was bad. The exciting pay-off is that the carpet sits on top of beautiful New Zealand Rimu floor boards so the rest of the house will be taken back to this and polished up. Oh my, it’s going to be gorgeous!

This will happen very soon, I just have to organise myself, but until that time I am reluctant to load my room with too many items as I’ll just have to empty it again when the new carpet goes in. I do intend to have enough in there so that I can sew ;) This weekend made me realise that my mood has been slowly descending into gloomy territory. We’ve only been in the house 1 week and I’ve felt a bit lost in general.  I’m just impatient. On Saturday I cooked our first “proper” meal, in my kitchen, roast chicken with all the trimmings, it felt so good. I want my sewing room back the same way and I know it’ll feel just as good when I sit down at my table and push the pedal on my Elna for the first time in aaages.

I have a quick project already lined up to get me back in the swing. It doesn’t sound super exciting because it’s home-dec but I’m excited about it. Here’s the background: Nerdy Husband’s interests also include goldfish and he has a nice large tank that has been in storage for 6 years. We have dusted everything off and bought additional supplies and are now looking forward to getting it all set up in our lounge. The tank also has a pretty naff looking pine table that Nerdy Husband made for it to sit on. It’s OK, even Nerdy Husband concedes the naff-ness of this table and has asked me to make a cover for it. I have left over fabric from this ikea-hack-esque project which will go nicely with the couches and ottoman. I’ve already planned how I’m going to tackle it so I just have to do some measuring (and dig out said fabric) and then I’ll get at it later this week…I may also need a couple of zippers…

Now for something completely different: Would you guys pretty-please-with-sugar-on-top vote for my entry in the Bernina Craftsy DIY Weddings Contest? You just have to click on THIS LINK or on the image below and then click on the heart to “heart” me :)

If you missed my wedding dress journey you can see all the posts HERE

Thanks everyone, you guys are awesome xx

Fabric shopping > cleaning

Just a quick post to say I’m still here, I’ve just been recovering because last weekend was MOVE DAY! Yay! Finally!

Originally it took just the two of us 5 truck loads and two days to move everything into storage but with the help of some awesome family members (Mechanical Bother-in-Law and Father-Who-Didn’t-Lift-Anything-Heavy-If-His-Wife-Asks) we managed to move everything out on Saturday in just 3 truck loads, phew!

Nerdy Husband and Mechanical Brother-in-Law seemed dismayed at the number of boxes labelled “Mel’s Room (Sewing)” or “Fabric” but Father-Who-Didn’t-Lift-Anything-Heavy-If-His-Wife-Asks knows his daughter well and just smiled.

I know you guys will understand ;)

I love our new house but unfortunately I haven’t had much time to enjoy it yet. Despite the previous owners paying a cleaner for the morning I still ended up spending most of the weekend cleaning the kitchen before I ran out of energy. So I have no future-sewing-room photos for you just yet. The problem is that my room is currently serving as wardrobe, dressing room and linen cupboard until I get a chance to thoroughly clean them too. There is only one word to describe their current state: feral.

The plan this weekend is more cleaning (sarcastic yay) so that I can get our clothing, linen and towels out of future-sewing-room. Then I can re-assemble my sewing table and shelves, which all had to be pulled apart to get them down the tiny hallway of our rental house, and then the fun really begins!

I better hurry up because my fabric shelves just got some new additions…

Excuse the wobbly cell phone photo – hands were full of fabric

50% off at Arthur Toye? Well if you insist… ;)

Green & white cotton/spandex for an experiment to recreate my favourite (and almost falling apart) workout top and 2 x 100% viscose prints

Some sort of knit with sparkly stripe, some suiting and a lace – because I really want to make a lace overlay dress! Possibly to combine with the suiting fabric beside it as a more work-appropriate version (?)

Lace detail

I am looking forward to sharing photos of my room with you as I set it up so watch this space next week when, hopefully, normal service resumes…