Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Romancing the Stone Set

My Christmas tree is up, almost all my Christmas shopping is done, and I'm making plans for Christmas lunch. It is well and truly December, and I thought this festive green lingerie set would be appropriate to share, although I made it a few months back.

The details:
Fabric: Stretch mesh and lycra from Spotlight, dyed Forrest Green with Dharma acid dye
Notions: Elastics and hok and eye from Booby Traps, rings and sliders from sewingcraftnotions on Etsy
Pattern: Josephine bralette, view A and Nora briefs, view A,  both from Ohhh Lulu 
Size: S in the Josephine and M in the Nora 
Special touches and alterations:Took 0.5cm off the side seams of the Josephine
The bralette is the Josephine by Ohhh Lulu, and the briefs are the Nora, also by Ohhh Lulu. I made view A in the bra and view A in the briefs.
This was another experiment in dying. I dyed some stretch mesh, Lycra, elastics and the hook and eye using Forrest Green acid dye by Dharma. I was expecting a darker color, but was happy with the cooler, faded green that came out.
Construction was straightforward. I made my usual size for Ohhh Lulu, and the fit is ok, but the briefs do have a bit of saggy butt syndrome going on. This might partly be that the gusset of the briefs seems particularly wide, causing it to buckle and wrinkles to form in that area. I would narrow it next time. I took 0.5cm off the side seams of the Josephine prior to construction, as I felt like I wanted a tighter fit than some of my previous bralettes, but didn't want the shorted cup height that came with the XS size.
As with my Lady in Red set, the elastics on the side of the briefs are starting to fray slightly, and I'll probably need to zig zag over the edges to stop this. Not sure what's causing this, as I haven't had that issue with this elastic when I've used it elsewhere on lingerie. Maybe it is being rubbed more by my clothing during wear?
The fact it is fraying does show how much I wear this set though! It's one of my favorites. It's comfortable, and feels cool and sporty and has a slight 70's vibe. Fair to say I'm an Ohhh Lulu fan girl :)

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Something Old, Something New Dress

Over the weekend a beautiful friend of mine married her wonderful man, and of course I had decided I needed a new dress to wear to the wedding! I had earmarked this pattern when I received the June issue of Burda, and this seemed like the perfect time to pull it out, for an elegant and fun wedding ensemble. 

The details:
Fabric: Purple silk crepe de chine from 123Silk on Etsy
Pattern: The One Shoulder Dress  (#110) from the June 2017 issue of Burda 
Size: 38
Special touches and alterations: Ended up taking side seams out 0.5cm at hips. Omitted zipper. Added elastic to back neckline, not only front.
I ordered this beautiful silk crepe online from 123Silk on Etsy. Unfortunately at first I was sent the wrong colour! But the seller was very kind and sent me the correct colour free of charge. I had checked the reviews on the sellers page and noted at least one was alleging that the fabric they received was polyester, but I did a burn test on mine and it's definitely a natural fibre, and most likely is silk. Being a crepe, it wasn't too slippery or difficult to cut out or work with. My only complaint is that it really shows when the fabric is wet, so might be one to avoid if you intend to get sweaty ;)
My measurements put me in a 38 at the bust, 40 at the waist and 42 at the hips, but given it didn't look very fitted I thought I'd get away with just cutting a straight size 38. I was wrong and should have checked the finished garment measurements!! The dress just barely fit over my hips and looked ridiculous when first sewn up. I managed to take it out by 0.5cm on each side seam (which I had already overlocked by then!) which made the dress wearable, but I really wish I had cut a bigger size in the skirt. Live and learn!
I did manage to eliminate the zipper, as the wide elasticated neckline was big enough for me to get in the dress without one. It was so big at first that I panicked and may have sewn the required elastic in a little too tight. I didn't even realise there was elastic in the neckline until reading the instructions, but there you go. I ended up adding it to both the front and back of the neckline, as I was worried it would be too gapey, but the instructions have you add it to the front only.
After all my work I was... a bit meh about it. It felt a bit 70's? Like a 70's witchy character from a TV show? Also the fit wasn't flattering....I played around with a few things and decided a belt really helped the situation, even though it raised the short end of the skirt to an almost scandalous height :O
It did end up being really nice to wear and I got a few nice compliments :) We danced the night away and I even caught the bouquet!! Woohoo! I wish I had taken some full body shots on the night, but all I have are a few selfies :P And the memories of a magical night! Congratulations Steph and Sinth!!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Flower Power Blazer

I was visiting my mum a couple months ago when I first spotted this amazing floral fabric in Spotlight. As soon as I saw it I had the idea of making a jacket out of it, but I decided not to impulse buy, and left without it! However, as you may have guessed, I couldn't stop thinking about it, so when I got back home I went to my local Spotlight to pick up a few meters. 

Despite seeing some less than favourable reviews, I decided to try out the Delavan blazer from Seamwork, since I had plenty of Seamwork credits to spend, and it looked fairly straightforward for a blazer!
The details:
Fabric: Floral cotton sateen from Spotlight
Pattern: Delavan by Seamwork
Size: 6, graded to an 8 at the hips
Special touches and alterations: Added 3cm to sleeve length, 2cm to length at hem, and 2cm to width of collar
I bound all the seams in a self bias binding, which might not have been the best idea as the fabric is a bit bulky, so the bias binding is quite stiff! It does make a lovely neat finish though. When cutting out the fabric, I tried to avoid any repeats in the fabric being too close to one another. Of course I failed at first and had to re-cut a sleeve and collar piece, but I'm so glad I did, as I'm really happy with the print placement now!
Meg at Cookin' & Craftin' had written a post about her experience in making the Delavan blazer, which was helpful to refer to. However, I think I figured out the trick for how to deal with the seam allowance on the back vent when hemming. As noted on the Cookin' & Craftin' blog post, once you sew the back bodice pieces together, the seam allowance sticks out, making it difficult to bind the hem. The instructions simply tell you to press the seam allowance to the left. But I think what they mean is to press it to the left along the fabric, so that it gets tucked under the vent! I probably haven't explained it very well, but see my picture below, which should help. This leaves the hem free to turn up or bind in any usual manner, as the seam allowance sits against the fabric, rather than sticking out like a little fin :)
My measurements put me in a size 4/6 at the bust, and a 8/10 at the hips. I ended up going with a size 6, and grading to a 10 at the hips, but I wonder if it might be too large. I also had the same issue at the shoulders as Meg did, with some weird "collapsing" of the blazer happening and resulting in some wrinkles around the shoulders and upper chest. I tried adding some makeshift shoulder pads but it didn't seem to help. Maybe making the size smaller would have helped with this?
Given that this is my first blazer or structured jacket, I'm pretty happy overall. It is certainly wearable and I love the style - it is "neutral" enough to go with almost anything, but gives a pop of colour and interest to any outfit. Hooray!