Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The Lady in Red Set

Another lingerie set this week, this time round the Scarlett bra and Ivy briefs by Ohhh Lulu. Perhaps unoriginal, making the Scarlett bra in scarlet? But as soon as this set was released I knew I wanted to make it in bright red.

The details
Fabric: White lycra from Spotlight dyed red, and this lace from MintFrog on Etsy
Notions: Elastics from Booby Traps, rings from sewingcraftnotions on Etsy
Pattern: Ohhh Lulu Scarlett and Ivy
Size: S in the bra, M in the briefs
Special touches and alterations: Added rings to front of straps of the bra, took in sides of briefs by several cm (didn't measure!)
The lace is another beauty from Mint Frog on Etsy, and I dyed the other fabrics and elastics with Fire Engine Red (No. 402) acid reactive dye from Dharma. I was lucky that the color matched the lace so well, I hadn't used this dye before and wasn't sure what it would come out like!
 I love the pretty back detail on this bra. It's so nice for wearing under summery tops with low backs.
I'm not sure why I added rings to the front straps of the bra. They aren't included on the pattern, don't match anything, and don't serve any purpose :P But they are there now and don't bother me that much.
The briefs came out quite large at first, so I took them in by shortening the elastic on the sides. They still have a bit of a droopy bottom, but other than that the fit is good now. If I were to make them again I would probably size down.
The only other issue I had was that after a couple washes, the elastic on the sides started to fray!! I ran over it a couple times with a zig-zag stitch and it seems to be ok for now. I have some of the elastic left over, so I could replace it later down the track if I wanted to.
For now I will enjoy wearing another comfortable and pretty set of lingerie!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Tea Dance Dress

It's well and truly into the warmth of spring now here in Melbourne, and with that seems to come an abundance of picnics, weddings, hen's parties and other parties, many of which are held outdoors to make the most of the beautiful weather.  It's times like these that I want to have a wardrobe full of light floral dresses that sit somewhere in between "casual" and "dressy". This Sewaholic Lonsdale dress perfectly fits the bill! I first wore it to a tea dance, hence the title :)

This fabric was something I had had sitting around for a while (common story with me!). I'm not sure exactly what the content of it is, but it is lovely and soft and floaty. Purple is my favourite color, and I liked the botanical pattern, so I was really crossing my fingers and hoping I would like the dress... and I did!I love the simple shape of this dress, and the interest that the neckline adds. Feminine and flattering!
The details:
Fabric: Purple botanical print cotton blend from Spotlight
Pattern: Sewaholic Lonsdale
Size: Size 6 
Special touches and alterations: I made view A, but skipped the pockets, stitched the straps directly to the bodice instead of making the loops
I decided to simplify the straps and stitched them straight to the bodice, rather than creating the tie-strap system the pattern is designed to have. This involved sewing the straps and front of the bodice, then turning it right-side out, tying the knot at the front of the straps, and pinning the straps to the back between the outside fabric and lining, before turning it inside out again to sew the lining to the back of the bodice (less complicated than I probably made it sound!).
I accidentally sewed the zip in too low when I was inserting it, and I was too lazy to rip it out and redo it, so I simply turned the bodice in at the back above the zip to make a small V and handstitched to the inside of the dress. The hem was just turned up twice and machine stitched in place.I made this before I got my overlocker and the insides were finished with a combination of pinking, and zig-zag stitching. Not the prettiest, but it has held up over several washes now!
I know a lot of people are crazy for pockets, and they may hate me for this but.... I'm not super into pockets and didn't add any in this dress! My phone and wallet are both too big to put into a pocket with out creating a weird bulge or dragging the garment down with the weight, so I always carry a handbag.  And I'll tell you a little secret - I'm pretty lazy. One less pattern piece to trace is always good, even if it's a small one, right?!

So that's my Lonsdale dress! I really love it and always get compliments on it when I wear it. If only the weather was warm enough to wear it all year round :)

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The Drape of My Heart Top

This top is another attempt to bulk up my wardrobe of work appropriate tops. It is the "Long blouse" from the June issue of Burda, altered to remove the sleeves and shorten the length.

I used a slippery, silky polyester from Lincraft. I love the colors in this print! The olive and orange/yellow tones aren't colors I wear often, but I would like to add more items in these colours to my wardrobe.
The details:
Fabric: Silky polyester from Lincraft
Pattern: #101 (Long blouse) from the June issue of Burda
Size: 38
Special touches and alterations: Removed sleeves, shortened length
The fabric was a bit of a pain to work with. It likes to shift and slip, so cutting took longer than usual. And despite me using fine silk pins and a new fine microtex needle, I still managed to put some tiny pulls in the fabric! Luckily they aren't very noticeable. I finished the seams on my overlocker in black thread. The neckline and armholes are finished with bias tape made from the fabric. 
I made a size 38, which is my usual for Burda. It came out quite wide and drapey, which is to be expected for the shape they were going for for this top, but wasn't ideal for the sleeveless variation. Even though I used the arm hole from another pattern for a sleeveless top, the armholes are quite gapey due to the width of the top in that area. I could probably have sized down. 
Even with the gaping, it is completely wearable, even for work, and I especially love the pleated back, which has almost a cape-like feel. I'm glad I tried this one out!