Double Bossy Twinsie Vote

You may have noticed that Kat and I have been doing a bit of regular Twinsie sewing. It’s a lot of fun sewing the same pattern and seeing how we each put our own twist on it.

We get the feeling you guys like seeing our Twinsie shoots too ;)

We have a list of patterns we both own and have been working through the ones we like but the list is so loooooong we need some help, and that’s where you guys come in!

Can you help us decide what our next Twinsie make should be?

We’ve narrowed it down to three options:

Papercut’s Midsummers’ Night Dream

Cake’s Cabarita Knit Top

and Colette’s Rooibos

So, do you feel like bossing us around? What do you want to see next?

Miss Bossy Patterns: The winner

Thank you to everyone who bossed me around :)

Vogue 1317 took a big lead early before the Lekala “Shake that Tail Feather” skirt caught up quickly.

Unfortunately it was never closer than 2 votes and the Vogue dress (which has been high on my list for ages) will finally be sewn in March.

Keep a look out for that skirt though, I still really want one and I’m sure it will pop up here sometime soon ;)

If you are instereted in trying a Lekala pattern I think there is still 1 or 2 days left of their sale, all patterns at $1.49 so get on over there.

Are you sewing along with us this month on The Monthly Stitch? It’s not too late to get a vote up on your own blog or ask us on the TMS Facebook page, we’d love to boss you around too!

Oh pants!

February’s challenge for The Monthly Stitch was Smarty Pants.

Pants shopping for me is pure torture.

Here is an old post where I vent after one particularly distressing pants shopping expedition, if you are interested.

In my filing cabinet I have a few pant/trouser patterns but I love a good bootleg/flared pant  – I don’t care what the “fashion” people say, bootleg/flare is always “in” in my books! Since Kat and I both have the Sewaholic Thurlow pattern we decided to make those up together for another Twinsies shoot.

Oh, yeah! We made Twinsies Pants!

We’ve both been super busy so we took these photos during lunchtime at Frank Kitts Park where we found one of Wellington’s many awesome sculptures. This one is Fruits of the Garden by Paul Dibble.

Pants are kind of hard to photograph…but it’s easier with a friend…and fun backdrop :)

Fun waistband lining? Check!

Back pockets? Check!

This was my first Sewaholic pattern from the envelope. Previously I have printed off PDFs for pattern testing only so I was really surprised at how thin the tissue paper was, probably the thinnest I have ever encountered. I am on Team: Trace All The patterns and it wasn’t the easiest to work with.

Since I had high hopes for this pattern I copied on to thicker tracing film for durability – I am hoping I can tweak this to become my “go to” solution to my pants shopping woes.

I selected some poly/viscose/spandex suiting out of my stash, bought with trousers in mind way back in March 2010. The pattern envelope stated 2.30m would be required for my width of fabric but I only had 1.60m, oops!

I am always up for a good pattern layout challenge so with Harriet’s help I did a test layout:

Harri’s face says it all, “2.30 meters? ‘sif! It totally fits!”

She loves hindering helping!

I cut all my the lining pieces from a cute quilting cotton that I picked up from one of my last trips to AT, it has teeny tiny fruits on it!

I really like the final result, they fit quite well (although a little tight at the moment since I’ve been slack in my gym attendance ;) ) and give me the professional look I was after. I can see myself making up a few more pairs and maybe even the shorts version.

The back waist band is in two pieces which lets you stitch a snugger fit, no gaping, yeah! I also like the generous back extension and the sewing order makes it easy to adjust the whole fit as you sew.

I do feel the rise is a little low so next pair I will try to correct this.

The instructions are good, I haven’t made pants in ages and I managed fine with them however I do wish the right and wrong sides of the lining pieces had been marked on the diagrams. This slowed me down a little because I wanted to make sure the printed side of my cotton ended up inside the pockets.

Imagine if I’d gotten it wrong? I wouldn’t be able to show others the awesome hiddeness of my pockets! But I worked it out eventually and marked my instructions for next time.

Welt pockets, so sexy!

The back welt pockets instructions and fly construction were really clear but I found some of the waistband diagrams a bit misleading, more notes added for next time :)

I chose not to “stitch in the ditch” to secure the inside of my waistband and hand stitched it down instead. I find that machine stitching can often look messy in this instance. It didn’t take me very long and between this and the hemming my hand stitching is really improving.

Make sure you check out Kat’s awesome denim Cat’s Meow Thurlows over on her blog too :)

THE DEETS:

Pattern – Sewaholic 1203 Thurlow trousers, straight size 8

Fabric -

  • 1.60m of 148cm wide Poly/viscose/spandex suiting from Fabulous Fabrics, Perth, purchased March 2010 for AUD$22.95
  • Quilting cotton from Arthur Toye, Wellington

Other notions – 1 button (from stash), metal pants slider thingee

Big thank you to Sandra for playing photographer, you rock :)

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014

I am pretty rubbish when it comes to wrapping up my sewing year on time and setting my re-sew-lutions. It’s already February – what the heck happened to January?! Oh well… :)

2013:

After a disasterous start to my sewing year I set some re-sew-lutions, how did I do?:

  1. No plan? No worries! <Yes, but I also discovered that I love participating in challenges and sewing along with others
  2. More Sewing Meetups…MOAR! < Thanks to the WSBN this was EASY!
  3. No more crying over stupid patterns < Done!
  4. No imagined pressure, no imagined guilt < Yep!
  5. Lots of pretty dresses please < Oh yeah!
  6. Re-learn to enjoy photographing my FOs, have fun doing it < Absolutely!
  7. Maybe a bit of stash busting but I kind of do that anyway < Yes, but the Arthur Toye closing down sale helped fill in what I used, no stash guilt here ;)

What else happened in 2013?

I bought this little cutie, she’s still not running but that’s ok:

I pattern tested for Sewaholic, Lolita Patterns and Papercut Patterns:

Harry joined us in late April, an early birthday present from NH. Later the vet confirmed that He was actually a She and Harry became Harriet, or Harri for short:

Harri is always ready to lend a paw in the sewing room:

In winter I picked up cross-stitch again, with a nerdy twist:

Kat, Juliet and I launched The Monthly Stitch, come join us!:

I updated my blog theme:

I was the last person in the world to join Instagram:

Kat and I began our Twinsies series:

And finally I put together the Brasilia dress envelope for Rachel of House of Pinheiro:

Overall in 2013 I enjoyed my sewing much more than I ever have.

My favourite three projects were: Butterick 4790, Le Wise La Sylphide and my 1st BHL Anna…all dresses, funny that… ;)

How about 2014?

Firstly I should probably pledge to post by re-sew-lutions at the start of the new year…not one month into it ;)

  • More fun sewing
  • More Twisies (and Triplets and Quadruplets etc!)
  • Keep it awesome at The Monthly stitch
  • The WSBN are entering a team into the Wellington Colour Run!
  • More cross-stitch
  • MORE DRESSES because dresses are awesome.
  • Try to make a some underwear: Underpants, a bra, maybe try a corset?
  • RNHS (Requested Nerdy Husband Sewing)While cruising about my blog NH discovered my wardrobe page. After reading every RNHS post of 2012 he declared that he did not featured enough in 2013 – For 2014 he has requested more merinos, a hoodie and that I try making a business shirt based on his favourite French cuffed shirt. If the shirt is successful, trousers may be next on the cards.
  • Decorate my sewing room:

I have started already with my Fashionary postcards by Vita Yang

  • Continue to sew from the stash but I make no promides in regards to not buying more, I have no stash guilt ;)

On top of all that I have joined the RTW Fasters:

“In 2014 I pledge to refrain from buying ALL outerwear, dresses, tops, pants, shorts, sweaters, coats, exercise clothes, jeans and bathing suits. Shoes, socks and underwear are permitted.”

I’m really glad they included the bit about shoes not being included ;)

Happy New Year!

Saturday Afternoon Stash Sharing

I am waiting for Mr Mail Man to deliver a fun sewing parcel but I am rubbish at being patient

;)

Especially when it involves exciting things! So on the weekend I did a little bit of sewing planning and had a dig through my stash and I thought maybe it was time for another stash sharing post

First up, some knits:

I got this from the remnant bin at Arthur Toye for $7.50, it’s only 0.5m and I wish I had seen it on the bolt earlier. Aren’t the little birdies super sweet? I’ll combine this with something else as a contrast to make the item I have in mind.

You’re going to LOVE this next one, because cartoon sewing machines!

This satisfies my sewing nerdyness AND my obsession with vintage machines. A cute way to show off both, no?

It’s from Spoonflower and is an organic cotton knit. It was a ridiculous USD$27.00/yard plus postage so you bet I only bought 1 yard – that’s about 0.9 meters for us metrics. I think that’s plenty, an entire item out of this would be waaaay too much, so again, I have a contrast in mind to make up the difference.

Now let’s move on to a couple of sheers:

This is also from Arthur Toye – So sad that they are closing down throughout the whole country, boo :(

I bought it at one of their regular 50% off sales for $12/meter. I’ll admit right now it is 100% polyester but has a beautiful hand – I’m no content snob, I’ll happily add a good quality poly (yes, I believe that oxymoron is possible) to my stash, especially if it’s this cute!

This however is silk!

I bought this from Potters in Perth in February of 2011 for AUD$16.95/meter (wow that makes the sewing machine fabric look crazy expensive huh?!) I miss Potters, damn they had good fabric!

This is truly beautiful, it’s like holding fairy wings or something, seriously! I didn’t take a photo but it also has a line of gold thread the length of each selvedge, so even the selvedge is pretty!

Ok last piece for this round, it’s another piece of silk:

This piece I bought from The Fabric Warehouse in Wellington while back home before our wedding (December 2010). It had been a stressful day, it was almost Christmas, the wedding was in less than 1 month and my cake guy had just fallen through – so after a mad morning of phone calls I rewarded myself with some fabric shopping.

I think this was probably my first piece of silk I ever bought – it was expensive too (ok, NZD$24.00/meter, so still cheaper than the sewing machines, ahh perspective) but I fell in love with Japanese brush style painting. The grey background is silvery but warm – I really should make this up into something soon!

That’s it! hopefully you’ll see at least two of these pieces made up soon!

Where I admit I am a n00b or “So I discovered this thing called Instagram…”

Short post: So I made these new button things for my sidebar to tidy it up and I think they are ace…they link to my various profiles and other things, check them out >> :)

I also discovered this thing called Instagram, have you heard of it? ;) Haha, yeah I know, slow kiwi is slow.

I have one photo so far, I just added it from my phone so I don’t look like a complete n00b.

Spoiler alert: it’s a photo of Harriet sleeping on my Lady Grey WHILE I was trying to sew it! Hot damn she loves that wool! So feel free to follow me and then I can follow you. I’ll really only post sewing stuff, sneak peaks etc…

thecuriouskiwi on Instagram

And because I hate picture-less posts here’s some fabric I may have bought recently, maybe for a BHL Anna ;)

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