RNHS: Rugby Jersey Finished

Normal service resuming in 3…2…1…

The Requested Nerdy Husband Sewing: Rugby Jersey is done! 🙂

And I am happy to announce that NH is most pleased with it.

Inside out detail:

You’ll have to believe me when I say it looks 100 times better on my actual husband, rather than Scarlett!

Stripe matching? Check!

I reinforced the shoulder seams with twill tape to prevent any stretching.

And here is the magnificent button placket…which wasn’t actually that difficult in the end. I just needed instructions! 😉

You may notice the lack of rubber buttons because I haven’t sourced them yet, although I think I know a store that may have something but it was closed when I last drove past it…NH is happy with standard plastic buttons for now. The jersey will have it’s first official outing for New Year’s Lunch…which will actually be the 6th, a minor detail.

The deets:

Pattern: Burda Magazine 04/2007 #130 “Men’s t-shirt” heavily altered to match existing All Blacks polo shirt

Fabric: “Rugby Jersey” Knit selected by Nerdy Husband from Moorelands in Palmerston North and white drill from the stash

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Pattern Pyramid Update

I’ve sort of been voluntarily offline these Christmas holidays but just a quick post to update you on my contribution to the Wellington Pattern Pyramid.

Hannah from Made with Hugs & Kisses has received my parcel and she chose McCall’s 6037 and has added two more patterns to keep the pyramid trucking along, including a cute kiddies outfit:

Made with Hugs & Kisses Pattern Pyramid!

If you missed out on one of the other Wellington Pattern Pyramids you should pop on over to Hannah’s blog post here and get yourself in the draw 🙂 Good luck!

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas xx


Happy Christmas Eve Eve

I just thought I’d quickly share what my Christmas Eve Eve has consisted of…

Some of this…

…and this…

…which will become this!

And then some of this…

…to make Nerdy Husbands favourite!

A little bit of prep to make Christmas morning less about stress and more about fun and family 🙂

And you should see the size of the turkey currently defrosting in my fridge!

Now that is out of the way I am doing a wee bit of sewing, not the birthday dress, best intentions and all that, I’m not stressing myself out, it’s nice to slow down sometimes, to remember that I sew for fun and the mental challenge.

I had to re-make the collar for RNHS rugby jersey (after digging for more white drill in the stash) and here I am modelling it after joining the shoulders, I used twill tape in the seam to prevent any stretching.

Check out that beautiful button placket!

I have since pinned the side seams, very pleased with my stripe matching. No tricky stuff left now, I may even finish it today. I will give you the official Nerdy Husband verdict in the New Year.

So since this will probably be my last post for 2012 I’d just like to wish you all a happy & safe Christmas, see you on the other side in 2013 xx




#FMSphotoaday December – Week Two

December 8. Someone You Love: My hubby is a bit camera shy, but I love him xx

December 9. Out + About: At my favourite store that I love to hate but can’t stop visiting – buying some (discounted – yay!) Christmas fabric to make a table cloth

December 10. Under: Under my presser foot – some random Christmas sewing, a new table cloth for my dining table

December 11. Sweet: Some of the sweet sweets I have bought for Christmas Day

December 12. Hat: Hard hats & hi-vis safety vests for site visits

December 13. Lights: We have these really retro lights at work, but retro in a bad way, that I hate…but this photo makes them pretty

I am one image short because Pinterest has decided to delete my last photos info 😦 gah…and I left my flash drive at work 😉 I’ll get it next FMSPhotoaday post…

A little bit of Christmas Crafting/Sewing

WARNING: The following post is picture heavy! 😀

I am not a huge Christmas Crafter – probably because up until May this year I was a serial renter which seems to suck the joy out of pretty much everything.

Last year, our first back home in NZ, I participated in the 2011 New Zealand Handmade Christmas Ornament Swap and again this year because I LOVE handmade Christmas ornaments, as our Christmas tree, in all its artificial glory, clearly shows!

Ours is a higgledy piggledy tree with no clear theme, apart from the obvious one, Christmas!

I used to admire those pretty colour coded, themed trees you see in the shops but really I find no joy with them.

Perhaps our tree does have a theme, handmade, because apart from the tinsel (and next year I have an idea to begin replacing that!), the lights, one buzzy bee and a handful of small sparkly baubles, everything else is handmade.

But I get ahead of myself because my 2012 NZ Handmade Ornament arrived late last week from my swap partner, Renee of KnittWhitt, and it is so very very cool.

Isn’t it amazing?! And sparkly! It fits our tree “theme” perfectly.

Basically it is pins stuck into a polystyrene ball with a sequin and bead under the head. Simple but so beautiful, and did I mention sparkly? I am really impressed at how neatly she spaced all the sequins, it took me a while to figure it out. During the day, when the sun hits the tree, it lights up and at night, with the tree lights on, it almost glows on it’s own.

I would love to have a go at making one next year!

For Renee’s ornament, I hummed and hawed and finally selected a little softie from How to Make Stuffed Animals by Jennifer Korff. When I saw her Deer Cake Topper I knew the stag would make a great Rudolf!

Deer Cake Topper – Jennifer Korff

They were a little bit fiddly to sew (only a little bit of hand sewing at the end) but quite satisfying and (believe it or not) relaxing to make, I am quite proud of them.

I was originally going to go very Christmas with my fabric selection but eventually changed my mind and went for a kind of vintagy feel instead, I’m glad I did. I also made two at the same time in the hopes that at least one would turn out nice enough to give to Renee.

They look very strange until stuffed

…and really creepy without any eyes!

In the end they were both a bit wonky, but in a super cute way so that made me smile.

For the nose I originally asked Nerdy Hubby what he thought of a big red button and he agreed it was a great idea. Later on, by myself, I overrode our collective decision and decided to go with a small red circle of felt instead.

I showed Nerdy Husband the final Rudolfs:

“What happened to the big red button noses?”

“I thought they looked too big so I changed them for a bit of felt instead”

“No, the buttons were perfect, they suit the wonkyness. Go get your unpicker…”

At least I can always rely on his honesty:

So finally I wrapped one of them up for posting:

And here is my Rudolf on my tree:

If you are interested here are a few of my other handmade ornaments (click an image for the gallery):

This year I also decided to make myself a Christmas table cloth so I bravely ventured into Spotlight where it was crazy busy but the “50% off all Christmas fabric” sign made queuing for a ridiculously long time while a single staff member served the entire store all worth it.

Our table expands to seat 8 in a square, it is high, like you find in a bar, and everyone who has sat at it LOVES it. I had to join two lengths of fabric together but the join is lost in the pattern…also I didn’t bother to iron it for this photo, sorries 😉 I will iron it before Christmas day!

I was aiming for Christmassy-but-not-tacky…

OK, last photo I promise, then all the Chrstmas craftyness is out of my system 😉 While I was sick at home I spent some quiet time making Christmas Crackers for everyone:

It was nice and relaxing and I am looking forward to giving them out on Christmas day.

I just want to finish this post by saying a (very late) thank you to Womaximum for nominating me for the Liebster blog award and Sewionista who awarded me the Very Inspiring Blogger award. I just recently posted about the One Lovely Blog Award so you can pop over and read that post for some new interesting facts about me. Thank you ladies, why don’t you go and check out their amazing blogs too?

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Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt

I haven’t been very well this last week. Nerdy Husband kindly shared some sort of cold/flu malady with me that knocked me out for a few days. I have made a bit of progress with the RNHS Rugby Jersey and it’s looking good. I’ll share that and a bit of Christmas Sewing with you soon.

But first!

Some Secret Sewing that I have been dying to share with you all!

I was really excited to be selected by Tasia to test her next Sewholic pattern, the Hollyburn Skirt, but I was also really nervous because I wanted to do a good job! No pressure or anything!

The Hollyburn skirt is designed for the beginner/novice and is a comfy a-line skirt in three lengths (and flare variation), with waistband options and pockets, it also receives a gold star for twirl-ability.

After I saw the line art I was a bit worried because I have never owned, let alone sewed, a skirt of this style before so I had no idea if I would like it or find it flattering for my body shape. I am a “pear” so I put my trust in Tasia’s hands and started sifting through my stash.

Actually that came after printing off the pattern – pattern testers received the pattern as a print-at-home style pdf that many of you will be familiar with from BurdaStyle…but I cheated and assembled my pattern pieces in Photoshop and printed them out on a large format printer that may or may not be conveniently located at my place of work 😉

I selected ‘view B’ and the button tabs option for the waist band.

Right, back to the fabric: I knew I would find a fabric in my stash because I find it easy to spot fabrics that I think would be great for skirt and stashing it. This made it a hard decision because I own a lot of great prints with good weight/drape for this style skirt.

Lightweight Cotton (Potters), Vintage Lace (new to the stash, Fabrics Direct) Cotton Sateen (Spotlight), Japanese Cotton (Tesutti), Japanese Cotton/Linen (Tessuti), Heavy Japanese Cotton (Tessuti)

I loved all the possible skirt images I made up to help me choose…so that wasn’t very helpful in the end 😉

Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt Fabric Options

Photoshop instructions here, Gimp instructions here.

So I went for the fabric with the best drape which was a Japanese cotton/linen that I bought from Tesutti in Melbourne in August 2010 – It has matured well in the stash.

My next decision was to cut the skirt front on-the-fold to eliminate the centre front seam and avert any potentially regrettable pattern twinning…large circular flowers have a bad habit of joining at the seam in the most embarrassing of ways!

In general I am not a huge fan of centre front seams on skirts and dresses but I can understand the reasoning that they save you lots of fabric but in this case removing that seam was critical. I have learnt that when it comes to pairing fabric selection with sewing pattern the scale of your fabrics print and the number/placement of seams in your pattern is really important.

It is not a difficult thing to do at all, just fold over (or cut off) the edge that is marked “centre front seam” the width of the seam allowance, in this case, 1.5cm then place that edge on the fold. For future reference I suggest you re-label that piece so you don’t forget when you next pull out this pattern!

My fabric was only 110cm wide and I had 2.0 meters of it – cutting the front on the fold meant I had just enough for the rest of the skirt!

I didn’t take any WIP photos because I wanted to just get this skirt sewn up and my photos back to Tasia asap, it’s not like I could share them with you anyway 😉

I did stumble a little during the construction – doubt set in when I first tried it on, un-hemmed, about how flattering this style of skirt was for me. This then dominoed into my doubting my birthday dress selection because that is also a flared skirt.

I pushed on though, inserted the zipper (I went for an invisible one), and started playing with the hem length and in the end I hemmed my skirt shorter than ‘view B’ but not as short as ‘view C’, if that makes any sense! 🙂

The key with this skirt, I think, is to find the hem length that flatters you the most and the basic overall shape makes this an easy customisation to play with.

Ok, you guys want to see some pics?

I wore my skirt just like this to work the next day and received two unsolicited complements so I took that as a good sign.

These are the photos I sent to Tasia. I wish I wasn’t feeling so crappy otherwise I would have taken some new photos outside in the garden…but also our grass looks terrible while we painstakingly kill off of all the clover and broad-leaf weeds that have been left to takeover the lawn for far too long… yucky dead brown circles everywhere = not so photogenic!

There was some twinning at the CB seam but is not that bad at all.

I went with a simple black button on the tabs because I think the fabric does enough work for this skirt.

I think this pattern would look great in most fabrics and amazing in a solid colour too, see Tasia’s photos on the pattern shop page here.  You could also choose a contrast for the pockets and/or waist band and even widen the waist band and add some boning for a more dramatic waistline.

This pattern is great for the new seamstress as the instructions are extra thorough with lots of clear diagrams.

Ok, last photo, promise:

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#FMSphotoaday December – Week One

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December 1. 8 o’ clock: Food shopping bright and early at 8am before the crowds, bliss!

December 2. Peace: A moment of peace and reflection – enjoying lighting up the tree for our first Christmas in our own home

December 3. Something You Held: Just picked up the mail for work from our PO Box

December 4. Black + White: Arriving extra early for work so I can get some drawings finished – using the stairs because it’s faster than the lifts

December 5. Looking Up: Funky feature lights in the lobby of PWC Tower

December 6. From Where You Live/Your Country: My first Christmas card at work – a tree of native NZ birds (Fanitail, Kererū, Pukeko, Little Blue Penguin, Kea, Kiwi, Tui, Black Robin and a Ponga Tree!

December 7. Stars: In a shop window – Star Xmas Tree Cookie Cutter Set, yummy!