Here's my daughter Gabby's latest creation made at Bernadette's sewing class last week. She decided on a shorter version of Burdastyle's Linda for a cute circular skirt in Tessuti's Italian 100% Wool 'Dash Check Brown'. She's absolutely chuffed to have sewn a skirt with zipper and hand sewn blind hem! But most importantly is that this new skirt goes back with her absolute favourite accessory for this coming winter... the Chuck Taylor All Star Converse sneakers...which we trekked all over Sydney, just to get our hands on a pair!
For those that missed out on this.....the girls will be back to hold their $10 remnant sale again this Sunday at Tessuti Chatswood only. We've restocked the tables with more designer fabric remnant ends....you won't be disappointed.
Tessuti Chatswood 20/369 Victoria Ave. Chatswood Ph | 9415 3357
This time Bernadette got the girls to sew up a simple gathered skirt. No pattern used, the girls cut their chosen fabrics into two rectangles - approx 50cm long and 110cm wide. The waist casing has a frill edge and the skirt hem is wide and trimmed with ric -rac.
Here are the girls modelling their own creations, straight after class (top to bottom) in Liberty of London Tatum Navy, Japanese cotton Hokko Bowtie Red and Liberty Of London Blue Poppy. How cute are they? ...even accessorised for me in advance!
This beautiful old swatch book (circa late forties) found on display in the shop window at Paper 2 in Crown St Surry Hills....apparently bought at an auction house! Wish we had done the same with all the fabrics that we have purchased over the years.
Here finally are the details on Georgia's dress in Osaka Sand Bloom. The pattern used was McCalls 5094 which she altered quite a bit. Here are the alterations:
Georgia cut out the size 10 in View E, but eliminated the gathers under the bust by darting them out of the tissue pattern. To create this mini dart/tuck effect on the bodice - Georgia cut out a rectangular piece of fabric large enough to fit the bodice piece in - then basted and steamed 8 tucks/darts - which are 1/4" deep at the top 2 1/2" long x 1" apart - across the top of the piece of fabric. Georgia then placed the bodice pattern piece onto the tucked fabric, making sure to centre the pattern in between the two middle darts, and cut out the new bodice. To keep the bodice secure Georgia self lined the bodice piece with the self fabric - cutting out the original bodice pattern piece for the facing.
For the bodice back, Georgia pieced the centre back and side back pieces together (overlapping the seam allowances) to eliminate the bodice seam in the back, she also wanted the back to sit lower, so folded the back bodice piece at the underarm level (added seam allowance at top) and what she took off the bodice back she added to the straps. Georgia wanted narrower straps , so graded out 3/4" to outer edge of strap ( to finish 4cm at the widest point). The waist panel is self lined and interfaced, and the edges are trimmed with Tessuti's Orange Twill Mokuba piping and Lavender Ric-Rac (which were added one at a time!)
The length of the skirt is as the pattern but 5" was taken off at the hem and blended back to hip, to take out fullness. Phew!.....Hope I haven't confused anyone with the details! But it just goes to show what can be achieved with a little tweeking and adjusting of commercial patterns.
Don't forget Georgia will be taking sewing classes at The Sew Inn , starting with beginners classes next month. To book and secure your spot call Tessuti Surry Hills 02 92113356 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll also be compiling an email list of anyone interested in future classes/workshops with Georgia.
Here's the second runner-up at last months Myer's Ladies Day at The Golden Slipper Festival 2010 at Rosehill Gardens. 20-year-old University student Kellie Odell – who won the same event last Spring - was chosen by the panel of judges in this eye catching Anaessia dress and large detailed Neil Grigg black hat. Recognise the fabric anyone?
Here is my latest finished project, this time Burdastyle's pattern Kasia skirt made up in our Japanese cotton Imazu Spotted Night. The pattern is fabulous and quick to sew - with very clear instructions. I've made this up for a friends daughter who's been wanting a high waisted skirt. I made no alterations to the pattern except cutting out the 38 for the bottom half of the pattern and the 36 for the top, as the pattern measures very snug at the hip. I really love the button and gathered yoke detailing on this skirt. The only decision now is long or short for the length...what do you think?