Archive for July 2012
What’s missing from my wardrobe? My hubby would scream SPACE! Whoops. That’s the question asked over at Sew Weekly. What’s actually missing from my wardrobe is a new swimming costume. I have lived in my vintage 50′s swimmers so much that the last few times I’ve entered the ocean in the classy one piece I said to myself this could well be our last dance my dear. I could either surface stark naked or with a baggy sand filled crotch. It’s time to say goodbye but not without taking a copy, why part with a silhouette that works.
I kinda freaked a bit thinking about the construction of this challenge. Can I do it? You see, the entire back piece of the original swimsuit is shirred with elastic which I have happily done before on a dress, but for some reason— possibly me pulling too hard on the elastic sent me off on a whirl of confusion, cussing and frustration it just wasn’t working out, I almost threw in the towel I had already built the front— lining and all and felt I had come this far just work out another way to make the back work.
I cut the centre back panels inserted darts and a zip, I then cut side back panels which of course joins to the front panel. I dug through my sewing bin and save the shirred panel I so tirelessly worked on and cut it to fit into the bottom of the back side panels which worked out to be a blessing in disguise, this allows flexibility to the swimsuit, I can sit comfortably because of the ease these shirred panels give. Phew! The fit of this suit is perfect for me, there is no elastic needed around the crotch and rear she just sits excellently this could be due to the low cut. The bra section consists of a centre bottom panel, side panels to the centre bottom and a top panel that I have inserted thrifted, mustard coloured piping along. I then placed 1inch wide elastic down the centre to create the gathering mirroring this process for the lining and then took to inserting boning that sits at the either sides of the bra cups so she sits pretty. The back straps cross over and button up at the front. I’m quite chuffed with how this turned out. It was a long process but got there in the end with a smile on my face.
I enjoyed the moment of sunshine Melbourne had on offer soaking up some inspiration, but before I knew it the sun was lost behind a cloud and it became slightly chilly quickly, it is Winter after all. Melbourne and her four seasons in one day!
I knew I wanted to make a sun top to shield my lily white skin from the sun and found this reverse printed [silly] chiffon at a half price fabric sale. I self drafted this kimono type top which was a right royal pain in the arse, nightmarish, I cut the front panels on a curve and placed the reverse side of the fabric to it turning it under as I sewed, it didn’t matter how many pins I poked her with or how many times I pressed it into place the chiffon had a mind of its own. I know there have been numerous blog posts and tutorials on handling this stuff so please, excuse my ignorance I just thought I could handle her. The top has imperfections that only you and I would notice, I will wear it because I adore the drape, cut and reverse print and it strangely complements the swimsuit. Let’s just say, lesson learned.
Above is a shot of the back, I’m just not up to showing you and the internets my derrière not because I have body issues, not at all I’m quite happy for the most part I mean, we all have parts of our bodies that we’re not too fond of that’s just the way it is the photo’s just looked awkward besides, it’s not really about my body it’s about my sewing skills and showing how these skills can most certainly flatter the body. Being blessed with these handy skills can make us look classy and well dressed don’t you agree? Because it fits. Huzzah to that I say.
I’ve named this one after one of my favourite Bat for Lashes songs- What’s A Girl To Do (appropriately titled I think) and can’t wait for her new album to come out, she’s such an amazing storyteller and singer.
Also if, you like to show off what you’re working on over Instagram I’d love to join in on the fun. If you don’t have the fancy phone why not use Webstagram. My UN is Kazzthespazz I look forward to seeing your posts.
Ooh I have named this handmade outfit after one of Alabama Shakes songs, have you heard the album yet? Please say you like it. I’ve been going on and on about it so this is the last you’ll hear about it here, obsessive huh? This weeks theme over at Sew weekly was based around nature [spotlight position too].
My outfit for this week kinda went pear shaped I was so unhappy with the jacket I was making, I got all the way to inserting the sleeves took a step back, and declared it hideous. The construction was working out fine I took it slow being satin and all but that’s where the problem lay, it was satin, and it shone like a beacon; I swear the fabric looked different when I purchased it, anyway it just wasn’t working out so onto step 2 getting the pants finished, Vogue 8738 the same pattern I used for the On-Trend challenge and to start thinking about replacing the top half. Back to Spotlight I go. Not all hope was lost.
I purchased some more of this low-sheen animal print satin and whipped up a kimono, I love the proportions of this outfit, the drape and the tapering around the ankles. I was going for something like this.
I also had big plans to take you to my favourite sanctuary but Hubby (Mr Snaparazzi) was called out to work so these photos were shot in my overgrown fernery running down the side of our house. Just me and my tripod smiling at!? god knows what. Ha! the things you do huh?. I love how it turned out, love the print and as I said the proportions.
So what are you working on at the moment? Do you post it to Instagram too? What’s your username? Mines Kazzthespazz shall we follow one another? I think that would be super fun. Happy Sewing and I hope to have your gorgeous face here next week. In the meantime take a wee look at this super lovely little Sydney band-Ginger and the Ghost, I think I’ve contributed big time to the view count on YouTube. LOVE this song and video.
I’m rather proud of this garment, she was built for the Embellish Challenge over at Sew Weekly, you can read about the construction over there as a featured spotlight for this week; I’m seriously overwhelmed with all of the wonderful, positive comments posted. I’d like to keep this post light on the old text and just let the pictures do the talking. Oh! and did you see my Boots of Awesome DIY post?.
thanks for looking.