Always a sucker for a quality hail spot, Georgia made up this sweet dress for her daughter Jess in our Clip Voile White 100% Cotton. The pattern used is Project Runway's Simplicity 2951 pattern.
There were a few adjustments made to the existing pattern,the most part was to the bodice pattern. The pattern asks that you attach the two bodice fronts together and then attach a fabric loop at the centre of the two bodices to help create the gathers in at the centre. For a much nicer finish, Georgia instead used the finished loop template (provided with the pattern pieces and adding seam allowances all round) to create the centre button tab and gathered the two bodices to this, making sure to cut the bodice lining (in a plain cotton voile) exactly the same. The whole dress in lined in a plain white cotton voile, except the sleeves.
Lastly the sleeves were shortened and gathered onto the self binding and lace edging was inserted at the bottom of the dress, just sitting above a double wide hem.
I have heard that most of the Project Runway patterns need a little tweeking here and there,though Georgia assures me that other than the bodice changes the rest of this dress was simple to put together. A perfect summer dress for this pretty hail spot cotton!
Online Tessuti customer Kylie (from Canberra) made this hat for her daughter in our Italian 100% cotton Rose Tabou from pattern Vogue 8060. Kylie says it made up beautifully, the cotton's medium weight was ideal to hold the hat's shape and that she'll make a bag next with the left overs.
Thanks Kylie for showing us this gorgeous and sunny hat for you're little one. It reminds me of ones my girl's used to wear when they were little...sniff!
Due to popular demand, we're pleased to announce the following 2011 Melbourne Sew Inn dates:
Sat 5th Mar Sat 9th April Sat 30th April Sat 28 May Sat 18 June
These dates and classes will be facilitated by a new teacher* - Vanessa Lucas. Vanessa began making clothes as a teenager and has been constantly involved with making clothes for herself and others ever since.
While working as an art and craft teacher, requests to make clothes gradually led Vanessa away from teaching.
The study of Clothing Manufacture along with working in bridal salons, small fashion houses and theatre wardrobes has afforded a wealth of knowledge about fabrics, patternmaking and the techniques of creating high quality garments.
For many years Vanessa has created handmade clothes for individuals who want to have significant input into the style and fit of their garments. Operating a Bespoke Clothing workroom has meant working with a wide variety of fabrics, styles and body shapes. A primary motivation has been to make well fitted garments from good quality fabric which compliment the wearer and can be worn with pleasure for many years.
Vanessa’s teaching skills enable her to impart the knowledge acquired over many years of involvement in the clothing trade.
All class bookings and payments are to be made through our online shop. Cancellations require minimum two weeks notice and full payment will be forfeited if we are unable to fill your place.
* Suzie is still running Sew Inn classes on March 26 and May 14 (both dates are booked out)
I received this little beauty for my birthday last year, a thoughtful and treasured gift from this lovely friend. I'd been on the look out for one ever since I saw this one in Bernadette's showroom, during a sewing lesson. So happy am I!!!
This Esyhem (circa 1950's-60's) vintage skirt marker helps to pin hemlines evenly every time. As far back as the 40's, dressmakers or seamstresses have been using a standing ruler (similar to this) with an adjustable arm to accurately measure and pin-set the hem by floor length....without chalky or uneven lines.
Simply a wooden ruler on a metal stand (mine measures from 11" to 24") with a metal sliding guide and pull out clamp arm. To use it: Firstly, using the sliding metal guide to find the desired length and securing it into place. Then whilst wearing the dress/skirt (or having it on a dress form) the fabric is meant to go inside the clamp, placing a pin in the groove catching the fabric and then pulling away the clamp arm and the pin is left in place!!! You, the seamstress ( or the hubby, in my case!) moves around the skirt clamping,pinning and releasing, allowing for a perfect all-over hemline. Just the thing one needs for those full circular hems or dresses cut on the bias!
Go on! Check out any vintage store, Ebay or Etsy (don't worry they pop up from time to time) and get yourself one too!
Here's another pattern review from one of our interstate customers from Adelaide. Lisa sent me through these images of her dress made up for a special birthday (don't worry Lisa won't give your age away!) made up in one of our jerseys in Guy Laroche pattern Vogue 2899.
I asked Lisa about whether any alterations were made to the pattern or if there were any fitting issues?
"Dress made per the pattern, no muslin. Alterations were to make size 12 top half and halfway between 12 and 14 bottom half - very easy to achieve straight from the pattern."
Fabric used? "Tall Eggplant - Viscose/Spandex jersey" ( indeed it is tall ...this fabric is 182cm wide!!!) Lisa was thrilled with our service and wanted to add: "I requested samples of fabric via phone, which I received within 2 or 3 days (and which included quite a variety of samples, much to my surprise and delight). I thought that was fabulous service – and then when I ordered the fabric itself via phone, I received it the very next day by express post!!"
Isn't this a fabulous dress pattern for evening wear or a special occassion? Lisa, you created a stunning dress and look absolutely gorgeous in this ...happy belated birthday!
I made some alterations to the pattern to suit my body shape. Firstly omitting the gathered waist, instead I added the middle tier panel to the bottom of the top pattern and taking it in a bit at the bottom sides. The top half of the dress is lined with a silk/cotton voile. Then I lengthened the bottom tier panel and gathered this to the top half of dress... always a sucker for a drop waisted dress! The bottom panel has a 2.5 inch hem and I made a self fabric tie belt to gather the dress in at the hips.
It's a great pattern, in particular the cut away armholes and gathered neckline details. I'll definitely have to try this pattern as a top next.
Yvette emailed us last month looking for a ponti knit fabric to make up dress pattern Butterick 5559. This pattern is only suitable for † Moderate Stretch Knits Only and ponti knit was suggested on the pattern envelope.
What is a Ponti? Ponti is a quality double knit fabric, very popular for making pants, skirts, dress and jackets. It is thicker than your usual knit and has a great firmness and hold. The composition is usually Rayon/Nylon and Elastane, sometimes it can contain Polyester in the mix and is also lovely in the woollen variety.
Yvette settled on this lovely Red Ponti from our Tessuti Chatswood store and kindly emailed me these images (thanks Yvette!). See Yvette's pattern review and post on how she transferred all the tucks and darts onto her fabric pieces, to get this wonderful end result!
We recently farewelled Hannah - a.k.a The Remnant Queen - a casual Melbourne staff member who's been with us virtually from the start. She finished her studies last year and is heading out into the big wide world that is full time employment. In her final pattern review, she's in Simplicity 2360 (View A) made up in our 100% cotton poplin Emperor's Garden.
By Hannah's account, it was a fairly straightforward pattern to follow and no alterations were made. Super cute, which is this lady all over.
Ever wondered about Donna Karan pattern, Vogue 1088? It's a rather stylish button-through halter dress with collar and drapey pockets. I hadn't seen this pattern made up till Belinda sent me these images recently, I knew instantly that it was Vogue 1088! The dress is ideally suited to this Italian 100% linen Khaki.
Belinda ordered this fabric over the phone, having previously requested samples be sent to her WA home. Her aim was to find a khaki fabric to make up a dress reminiscent of a uniform dress worn by her Grandmother in a much treasured photograph.
About the pattern, Belinda says:
"I found it quite difficult to fit as each panel is topstitched along the way and the bodice isn’t able to be properly fitted until the collar goes on. I cut an 8 and had to take it in quite a bit around the back and sides. The bust darts just didn’t sit right (I looked like I had a Madonna corset on) so I cut the dart upward curving it all the way to the side of the bodice, it was great then. With the skirt I made small adjustments with the panels to align the seams with the bodice, length etc was as per the pattern. The last adjustment was a piece of 6mm elastic run through the back top seam on the inside, it just made the whole bodice sit better I felt."
Only suggestion from Margaret would be, not to believe that this dress is 'slightly flared' as stated on the back of the pattern envelope. This simple dress is indeed quite flared, so taper down sides according to your taste and fabric choice, but I rather think it suits the style. After all the 60's were... swinging!
Mrs. T's daughter - let's call her Miss T - is following in her Mum's footsteps and embarking on her first year as a primary school teacher. During the school holidays, Mrs. T made her this gorgeous dress, Simplicity 2579 (View D).
The fabric is our deliciously vibrant 100% cotton lawn Paisley Waterfall (sold out in blue but still available in this colourway). Mrs. T says she "made up size 10 but I had to take it in. Fabric was beautiful to sew and I lined it in a fine silk/cotton fabric".
I'm thrilled to be posting this pattern review on Anna Sui pattern Vogue 1153. Suzie's version of this pattern made up in Liberty Cotton Tana Lawn Mitsi Grey is a real winner for me!
Suzie omitted the tie belt casing around the waist, instead adding a narrow elastic on the inside waist, preferring to accessorise the dress with a belt. The fussy ruffle trim around the tiered skirt was also left out. Regarding other alterations made to this pattern, Suzie says:
"I added 1cm to the bodice front and back, I lowered the armholes 1cm, then I added 1.5 inches to the front & back (the upper part of the skirt), and 3 inches to the lower front and back (the bottom of the skirt), so overall 4.5 inches to the skirt.
I did a rolled hem on the skirt lower front and back and on the neckline. This was a surprisingly easy pattern to sew and I'll definitely use it again (I think it would be very nice in a silk voile no?)"
Suzie, a silk/cotton voile would be perfect for this style, perhaps even in one of the new Liberty Of London printed silk/cotton voile's coming in the next week or so.