Tuesday, October 22, 2013

KCW 10/13 - Day 1 and 2: Angelina Ballerina Tiered Skirt

This Kids Clothes Week is going to be a super boring effort from me.  I am aiming to do mostly sewing for the school fair, so there will be many versions of the same few items...

Today and yesterday I started production lining some simple 3 tiered skirts from some Angelina Ballerina fabric I have had for yonks.

Tiers ready to rock

I have cut out enough for four skirts - sizes 2, 3, 4 and 5.  I nearly reconsidered the smaller sizes but I checked if Issy (aged a very grown up six) still liked Angelina and she said "yeah not really".  A little piece of me died inside :)

A larger piece of me nearly karked it when I experienced the ultimate panic of my 0 foot for my Bernina being missing.  MUCH frantic searching and swearing ensured.

0 foot trying to hide...
Where's Wally?

It had fallen kind of down the side of the foot case to make me look stupid for looking everywhere else.

These skirts are pretty simple.  I serged the strips together, plus top and bottom of the top and bottom tier.  Then gathered each layer to match the one above and serged them on.  The top is folded over at the line of overlocking / serging and then over enough to make the elastic casing.

Hemming AB Skirt

The bottom hem is turned up at the serging and then folded over again and topstitched down.

I worked out the most simple formula I could for cutting - with the top tier being fabric width (about 40"), the second tier being 1 1/2" inches and the bottom tier being two widths.  I think it could stand more, but they are just to sell at the fair, I have no idea if anyone will buy them so don't want to put heaps of effort in, and this made cutting easy.

I only finished the size 2 tonight, but have the other tiers serged and ready to gather and attach.  They are pretty cute for a quickie effort :)

KCW Oct 2013 - Tiered Angelina Ballerina Skirt

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Things I don't like but everyone else seems to...#1 Liberty

Welcome to my new series "Things I don't like but everyone else seems to...".  As a nice person (I believe), I wasn't sure if I should write this series.  Then I realised I was taking it all far too seriously and as long as I remember Wheaton's Law (Don't be a Dick) I will be fine :)

SO - on to the series.  Note there will likely be few or no pictures in these posts - they are just me wittering.

Things I don't like but everyone else seems to #1 is a biggie.  It's liberty fabric.

I can hear the collective in-drawing of breath and shaking of heads.  It's obviously a failing in my taste as everyone else raves about it, but I just don't get it.  I like some of the prints (mostly if they are small scale and colours I am drawn to) but mostly they seem outdated or too busy or just too floral.  Classic liberty for me is just meh. I don't hate it, but I don't understand the serious love there is out there for it.

Phew!  That wasn't so bad!  Anyone else out there not digging the Liberty?

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sew Sweetness Park West Bag - or my most growned up-ist bag ever!

I recently had the chance to pattern test the Park West bag from Sew Sweetness (coming soon!)

Like all of Sara's bag patterns this one is well designed and a great looking result.  Her bag patterns have been raising my standards and techniques with each one I get to test, and this one was no exception.

I decided to step it up a notch in this one and take the gamble on making it mostly (for the exterior) out of leather!  I have always wanted to work with leather and am well aware that two of my machines (1927 Singer and Bernina 1130) would have no issues sewing it.  I wanted to replace my main black "work handbag" as it is looking tired and the clasp doesn't shut anymore.  So naturally I went into Country Leather in Elizabeth street and found an amazing, soft, printed leather in brown tones...no black bag for me this time!

Beautiful Singer sews beautiful leather...

Both my machines did super well with the leather and other fabrics and here is the result.  I am in love :)


I used the leather for the main exterior panels, an upholstery remnant for the accent pieces, base and inside.  I went with the optional purse feet and did my own thing for the straps, which was a mistake as they ended up bulkier than they would have been otherwise which caused me problems all of my own making when attaching them (FFS..will I never learn!).


This was the first time I have done what I was told in the pattern and ordered By Annie's Soft and Stable to use as a stabiliser.  Previously I have used some fusible fleece or wadding - and I noticed a distinct floppiness in my Aragon bag which is annoying me.  I know why now!  I think for this leather one it would have held itself up fairly well anyhow, but even so I am glad I used it for this bag. It's such a great product (no I have not received any incentive to say this, though free Soft and Stable is now something I would sell myself for!! hahahaha) - I have used Peltex 70 a lot in bags and thought that was the schizzle, but this is better as it doesn't hold a crease like Peltex (which still has it's uses mind...).  As I live in Australia I ordered mine from here - it came pretty quickly (3-4 days) which is as good as it gets down to Tassie.


Overall this pattern is great.  The bag is a nice size and I love the recessed zipper


Now back to sewing stuff for the school fair...sigh!