Have you picked out your Designer Original and the fabric you need to make your Designer me-made COPY? Or are you just in the planning stages – don’t worry … there’s lots of time to sew before DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018!
Ever since the first DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER (2015) I’ve seen many fabulous garments in stores, magazines, online, on social media, on runways … so many beautiful garments! And I say,
“Why buy when you can make it yourself – better and for less money?”
I’ve seen plenty of fabulous Designer Originals, like this dress from Oscar de la Renta Fall 2018.
Which led me to this tunic and trousers, again Oscar de la Renta Fall 2018 … which I want so bad! Perhaps not in pink (I’m not a pink type of girl!) and perhaps with a tunic that is a bit shorter (so I don’t look stumpy!) and perhaps with sleeves a bit shorter too (so they don’t get caught in the filing cabinets at work). Where AM I going with this?
This is the last of my lovely denim border print fabric. 😦 I’ve already made a pair of summer cropped pants with it, details here. I had just enough left to squeeze a top out of it!
I decided to use this pattern, McCall’s M7324, view A. I definitely won’t be using the curved hi/lo hem. I want my border to be even and uninterrupted!
I cut out my usual size and was shocked at the amount of ease in this one. Perhaps with a softer, flowing fabric this 8.5″ ease might be nice, but although my denim is lightweight, it doesn’t drape well. I did a bit of trimming on the cut pieces – there would be more work ahead fitting this top though.
I used my Janome 3160QDC (my baby) during my last bag making session. It worked well with a Jeans needle, but there was an “oh oh” moment when my machine was going through a few particularly thick layers of fabric and fleece and it made a strange “whirring” noise. I backed off, stopped pushing it so much, took it easy and never heard the noise again. Just to be safe I dropped it off today with the sewing machine repair mechanic for a cleaning and a check up. I have in the past opened up machines to see how they work (or clean and fix them) but I don’t feel comfortable opening up a computerized machine.
For about a month now, I have been hunting for a mechanical sewing machine that was not fancy and could take all the layers I could throw at it. Something reliable. I asked on a few Facebook bag making sites and was told the Juki TL series was a good choice. Unfortunately, they are ridiculously priced for my budget! Someone else suggested industrial machines. Those in my price range lacked features.
Another recommendation was the Janome HD5000 or HD3000. More in my budget!
I found some short reviews of these machines on line, but nothing detailed enough to convince me! I did find this chart though that showed me that, although there is a $40.00 price difference, the only difference in features between an HD3000 and an HD5000 is a .5 mm stitch width!
I’ve always got an eye out for border print fabric and when I saw this 100% cotton denim – EMBROIDERED – I could not resist! I bought enough for a pair of casual summer pants and a summer top. It has been quite hot here lately (but unfortunately smokey from forest fires) so I am craving new summer clothes. I figure by the time I finish these two garments it will be raining?
I thought I would try McCall’s M7364, view D without the ties at the bottom – a “Learn to Sew for Fun” pattern. Last time I tried a “Learn to Sew for Fun” pattern it was a cardigan and I didn’t like it. You can take a look at it here.
Last week I showed you my Rosie© bag … I’m going to call it “Portrait style”. This week I’m going to show you my Rosie© bag “Landscape style”. But I have a simple question … Do you prefer your cross body bags long and skinny (Portrait style) or do you prefer your cross body bags short and wide (Landscape style)? Let me know in the comments at the end of this post. What do you think?
My summer cross body bag (a RTW purchase from years ago) is falling apart. It made perfect sense to just whip up another Rosie© bag for myself. To stretch my abilities I decided to make it Landscape style this time!
I also decided to use some Pellon 71 Peltex. This is a firm fusible woven interfacing. It’s quite thick and quite firm. My daughter had a bit of a challenge trying to twist and bend it! See how it hardens this 100% cotton.
I’ve always got my eye out for “the perfect bag”. Even when I bought RTW I stuck to the same couple of perfectly functional bags – wrapped in different materials and styles to change things up.
Now that I am making my own, I am attempting to find the perfect bags for myself. I am completely satisfied with my tote bag but I am still searching for the perfect medium sized handbag.
I think though I may have found the perfect mini cross-body bag – give or take a small change here and there.
I am so certain that this is the perfect mini cross-body bag that I have named her “The Rosie © bag”! Continue reading
Last post I mentioned that I had finished my “May Flower” dress, a theme provided way back in May by the #magamsewalong on Instagram. I had a wonderful floral 100% rayon fabric and one of my favourite patterns, McCall’s M6503. I wasn’t too pleased with the dress when finished though. I don’t know how I managed it but the whole dress seemed a bit too large and the bodice seemed to be a whole size too large! I don’t know what happened. Perhaps I traced out the wrong size bodice pieces or I cut out my fabric incorrectly?
I preferred to gather my bodice and skirt pieces, instead of using darts, but I don’t think that would have made that much difference. Continue reading
It’s a strange thing when you have lost interest in something that you usually love to do.
There was an odd dullness in my life these past few weeks because of the passing of our Wonderful Mother – my Biggest and Most Loving Supporter. She was someone who constantly asked what was new in my world, someone who listened, cheered me on and encouraged me in every stitch of my life.
I certainly haven’t felt like planing or sewing any new projects – that dullness invaded my thoughts.
I took a stab at my UFO pile, mending and hemming a few items. Sort of a sewing therapy. Turns out, now I’ve got a couple of new tops to wear.
Scrolling through Designer Fashions on-line, I found my Designin’ December Designer Original. How are you doing with your search? Continue reading
My sister has always been better with words than me. (I’m better with a needle and thread!)
I am sharing her post here and taking a couple of weeks off social media to spend with my family.
I’ve always had a tough time remembering my mom’s birthday. Mom was born a couple of days after Canada Day and I was usually off in La La Land celebrating the end of school, moving, or doing lord knows what before I remembered that her birthday was just around the corner. All that changed this […]
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