Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sewing Retreat (I surrender)

BURDA   2569   (OOP)

I have just experienced my first sewing retreat.   I am not to sure if I was welcomed,  but now know that sewers do not like music or perfume.  You must be careful to keep all of your stuff on your table and never leave anything in the common area.   When you are told not to bring power boards etc. don't believe that - always trust your instincts.  Always take alcohol,  you may need medication.

 It is always best to take simple pre cut projects,  as  access to space/ironing boards is limited.   As most retired  early to their rooms I was able to use the cutting tables at night and we were naughty as we listened to Penny's music.  We did have some fun trying to find Rhona's invisible zipper  (no luck) and I was amazed at the size of the rats  that we do not talk about feasting in the bins.
 The weather was far too good to spend inside.

I was able to sew:    Pure and Simple Jacket  Cutting Line Design blogged about previously
                                Burda Knit Cardigan (above) and pull on pants. (oop)
                                Of The Moment Jacket  Cutting Line Design for my daughter
                                Anns Cardigan Sewing Workshop

Wardrobe coordinates  BURDA2569 pattern has been in my collection for a while.  I made it from a  heavy navy knit.

Fabric:  stash 4m x 140cms  (both cardigan and pants)

Need to finish The Of The Moment jacket and add the elastic to the pants.

BY Popular Demand

By Popular Demand  jacket pattern Cutting Line Designs

I have been working on a purple/white theme.  This is another BPD jacket made in a cotton jacquard to go with the purple/grey linen Easy Ageless and Cool pants.  In this photo I am wearing it with slim stretch satin Burda pants from 12/2012  number 148.

Lucy the Labradoodle 

Anything But Ordinary by Cutting Line Designs

 Worn with the Easy Ageless and Cool pants  (another Cutting Line Design)  and a RTW knit skirt.

JacketFabric:  stash 2m x140

Pant Fabric:  I have had this fabric forever,  maybe 10years?
I used about 2.5m x140cm

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pure and Simple coat.Pure

"Pure and Simple Coat"   Cutting Line Designs

 I have wanted to make this unlined casual jacket for a while, but to find three linens that "worked" has taken time.   I played with so  many different colour and weight combo ,   before deciding on the blues.   I was unsure how to run the colours and posted a photo on  the Louise Cutting thread at Artisan Square     Louise  responded in about 2 minutes  (she must have busy)  to go from light to dark.   It was cut out and  completed it at  my first sewing retreat.  Constantly changing the thread was a bit of a nightmare,  but I  managed and only unpicked a little.

As with all her patterns the instructions were detailed,  which makes sewing so much more enjoyable.  I love the designer tips and how to avoid "the loving hands at home look".   Cutting Line Design patterns have become a favourite.

The slim blue pants are  Burda148  from 12/2012 magazine.   Straight leg with vents and side zip.

Easy fitting casual coloured blocked coat  from three shades of blue linen,  worn with slim Burda pants.

Pattern:  Pure and Simple Coat and Shell  Cutting Line Designs

Pattern:  Burda Magazine  12/2012  no.  14

 Fabric:   stash......Coat  3.5m  140cm blue inen
                 stash .... Pants 1.5m  140cm stretch satin

Sunday, April 21, 2013


                            STASH Fabrics for BUSTING

I am participating in a  Stash Busting Challenge at my local ASG group  'frocks'.  So here is pic of my stash.....without the silks,  rolls of wool gab,   the big pieces of knit,  etc etc etc.