Wednesday, 25 July 2012

screen printing evening

I had great fun last night at The Craft Lounge, learning how to screen print!

Oh look it's the omnipresent ooh-la-la bag making its way into another picture.... 

The Craft Lounge run lots of other workshops - sewing and other crafty fun things. They're in Dun Laoghaire but Ruth who runs it told me that they will probably have to move and become mobile because the council rates are too high. I get so annoyed when I hear about great businesses having to close down because of high rents and rates. Would it not be better to take a lower rent and not have an empty building???? Hmmmph... 

Anyway, back to the screen printing. It's really do-able and actually there is so much you could do with it. 

The other two people doing the workshop were final year Graphic Design students - they came up with very groovy designs. 

One of the guys did that green monster just from his own drawing - I think it's so cool! I used a stencil and did this fishy design as I am quite partial to fish. 

Now of course I want to rush out and buy a screen and fabric paint and start printing fabric, but I'm not exactly sure where I'm going to find the time to do all this! I already have an ever-growing list of Things To Sew! 

Thursday, 19 July 2012

violet in dots

I am very excited to have finished off my first Colette Violet blouse! 

Well, actually, I'm not sure if I am finished. I think it is lovely but, like some other folks out there, the fit is a bit loose for my liking. It looks pretty cool tucked in, but I'm not much of a tucker-in when it comes to my clothes. 

So I think I will definitely be inserting some darts and I am thinking of hacking a bit off the side seams. I'm just a bit nervous about wrecking it - I think it would break my heart! 

About the pattern - I love the Colette pattern. It is beautifully presented and the instructions are great and clear. However, I impulsively bought it online from America which means that it has turned into quite an expensive garment! I discovered I could have bought it online from Sewbox in the UK. And then yesterday a friend texted me to tell me about a new fabric shop in town - The Cloth Shop on South William Street. I looked at their website, and - Lo! They stock Colette patterns!!

I don't feel like the most original blogger to have made a Colette Violet blouse in a polka dot fabric, but I will definitely make another of these. I could also see me using the collar and sleeve parts for re-fashioning projects. How I love the Peter Pan collar!

things I learned: 
- when fusing interfacing, iron it from the fabric side to ensure it goes on smoothly. This is probably something that is obvious to the rest of the universe. It wasn't to me, hence wrinkles, but thankfully on the least visible part.
- maybe it's time to start making muslins or tracing patterns. I think maybe I could have made this in a size smaller but now it's too late because I cut the pattern directly.
- I need to learn more about how to do buttonholes - I really was making it up as I went along! 
- even if things turn out a little bit bockitty, I still love making things myself!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

bonjour paris

Oooh, Paris was fun! One of the highlights was definitely hopping on the Metro and going to the fabric district in Montmarte. 

We got out at Pigalle, but I think Anvers is a bit closer. We had done our reading about the various shops and it sounded like some of the shops lower down the hill were better value. We started there but they were pretty uninspiring - a lot of the fabric was quite tacky and it didn't seem particularly cheap either. 

Things started to look up when we went into Moline, and then to Marche Saint-Pierre which is where we had to control ourselves lest things get out of hand! 

Striding purposefully towards Marche St. Pierre!

I spent €20 and got myself three metres of cool stripey jersey (now have to learn how to use the overlocker), a metre of linen and two metres of a lovely white and blue striped cotton. It felt like a great haul for that price - can't wait to start sewing with it!

It was brilliant being with my mum because she knows her stuff when it comes to fabric and I would have the potential to get a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of material in front of me. 

So that was fun! 

And we also visited Le Drogerie on Rue du Jour in Les Halles. 

It's full of all sorts of buttons and beads and ribbons and feathers and wool and trimmings and everything you could ever want.

But apart from the fact that it looks like  a cute sweetie shop, to be honest, the service was a bit rubbish and I found myself standing dolefully in the middle of the shop practically pleading with the busy ladies to take my money. 

But I stuck at it because I had come across this oh-so-lovely Liberty bias binding: 

I can so imagine this on the neck and arms of a little shift dress! 

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