Monday, 20 October 2014

Finished - Art Deco Hudson Pants!

As mentioned in my last post I've made myself a pair of fancy stretchy-wear pants - after my beloved declared them to be a little man-repelling he softened his stance and allowed that they 'weren't as terrible' as expected. Praise indeed! It's funny how there's certain types of garments that women love and men don't. I love these, my mum loves these, and my 84 year old great aunt thought they were fab. Yet the husband and brother - decided ambivalence there....

Monday, 13 October 2014

The Gin Kimono and a fashionably late bloghop

Rather embarrassingly it has now been about 3 weeks since the delightful Morgan of Crab and Bee nominated me in the little blog hop that has been whizzing around the sewing blogosphere in the last couple of months. Firstly I stalled because I wanted to do the answers justice, then I injured my arm and found it a bit hard to do anything and lost my mojo. Then I worked what seems like 75 weekends in a row (but it might have just been 2......). First world dramas aside, all is good now, and after a massive sewing binge this week my mojo is restored and hopefully I can give you some vaguely interesting (but unlikely to be profound) answers.

In case you have no interest in what motivates me to blog, I shall first placate you with my latest make, a highly unnecessary but very fun kimono. I call this my Gin Kimono, as I intend to wear it on cooler summer evenings drinking gin. I feel rather Phryne Fisher in it (although of course Phryne's would be silk, and not a rayon snapped up off the Darn Cheap $2/m table). The print is the most marvellous explosion of ikat roses, splattered with neon pink, tomato red and the slightest spatter of chartreuse. I know you'll all be thrilled to learn that I do still have the ability to sew a woven fabric.....

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Tracing patterns - yes, no, maybe?

Hello lovelies. I do hope you've had or are having a lovely weekend. I'm coming to the end of a sewing drought and hope to have some pretties to share with you in the next week or so. But in the meantime if you're interested in reading my manifesto thoughts on tracing off paper patterns and PDF's pop on over the the Stitch 56 blog and let me know what you think....... Can I convince you? Any suggestions on improving efficiency and technique?

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

My stunt double - a tragic victim of spam

I'm a pretty lo-fi person when it comes to this blog - I make my stuff, I post, I enjoy reading the comments, and thats about it - there's little in the way of stat analysis because yawn.  This is all just for fun for me. Blogger is really good at filtering out spam but every now and then I go in and clear out all the crap-filled garbage that piles up in there, and I started to notice that I had one particular post that was spammed constantly. So I checked out my stats, and noticed that this particular post, written about 18 months ago now had clocked up 24000+ views. Being an old post I was tempted just to delete it because the global care factor would have been well into the negative, but it's actually a really useful one - my DIY paper tape dress form post. So I've deleted the old one, and reposted the content here. Back when I wrote it I don't think even my mum could be bothered reading my blog, so it might be of some interest to newer readers. I use my little papery friend ALL THE TIME, and she has helped me with some many fitting issues. She's also awesome to just dump crap on when I'm too lazy to clean up. So enjoy!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

One week, one pattern - my bread and butter Style Arc Elle trousers

The challenge - to wear a version of the Style Arc Elle pants every day for a week. Lets be real here. With 9 pairs floating around Chez Tragic this was never going to be hard.


Sunday, 7 September 2014

A cool weather wardrobe retrospective.....

Spring has arrived in Melbourne like a lovely warm smoochy cuddle and I couldn't be more delighted. I thought I'd share a mini mid-year roundup of my Autumn/Winter sewing achievements and analyse how successfully these garments have been in my cold-weather wardrobe. I've been rather prolific with my cold weather sewing, and am finding my wardrobe is getting rather full, BUT I have worn a lot of what I have made, and have few regrets with my choices. Sometimes I do question myself on how much I really NEED these clothes and the pace with which I seemed to have churned them out. I certainly would never have purchased this many garments with this much regularity before I discovered my love of garment sewing. But I justify it with the knowledge that many of my earlier makes haven't been super wearable or have been questionable in fabric quality or fit or construction. This year I've been a lot more mindful with my fabric choices, and I figure it's a hobby, and my creative outlet and gives me enormous pleasure. So with those thoughts my choices for Spring and Summer sewing will continue to be mindful and hopefully I will be continue to make things that I love wearing. I've been trying ever so hard to buy fewer print fabrics (well actually trying to buy less fabric altogether), sticking more to solids and basics and it's no surprise that many of these less fancy makes have been the winter workhorses.

So looking back to my cold weather sewing goals/plans here, I've been successful in ticking many off the list, missing out on a few and adding in a few non-scheduled makes.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Finished - Vintage Vogue 8922 wrap dress.

I'm so excited to share my latest make with you. It's the last on my official winter make list, and already it's one of my favourite makes ever. You know how sometimes you make something and as soon as you put it on you feel a bit transformed and special. Thats how this dress makes me feel (my other fave is of course my denim shift).