Monday, 11 August 2014

spotlight dress

This jersey fabric came from my last trip to New Zealand from a Spotlight store and it was mega-cheap. And the pattern - Vogue 8663 - was a couple of euro at the Knitting and Stitching Show - it's quite the little bargainlicious number, this. 

It's Very Easy, Very Vogue and it is pretty simple. However, this dress has taken FOR. EVER. Not because it's difficult or anything, just because of a series of unfortunate incidents. 

After I cut it out my sewing machine broke. (It's still broken...) But I actually invested in a new (old) refurbished 30 year old Brother machine - which I now kind of love for it's basic mechanics. Then I didn't have the right thread, then I didn't have the right bias binding, then I didn't have the right zip etc etc. 

But it made it's debut today with a special commendation of being best thing I have made so far from my friend at work. 

I like the pleat details in the neckline. I went on a futile hunt for an orange bias binding before realising that I was never going to get a match but I think the white binding works pretty well. 

It remains to be seen how well this fabric washes but I was very lucky/ flukey that this fit me so well. I would so make this dress again. It also has a version with sleeves which would be nice for winter. 

Pattern: Very Easy, Very Vogue V8663
Fabric: Medium weight jersey from Spotlight, New Zealand
Size: 10 with no alterations

Sunday, 10 August 2014

things i liked in july 2014

...the things that I've been liking lately: 

1. Handmade Jane's takeover of OWOP.This coincides nicely with the fact that a) I've been wanting to see what else I could do with Burda 7051 and b) our Dublin sewing meet-up group have decided to use this pattern for our own sew along 

2. Geometric stamping idea and how-to on Papercut Collective I wonder could I even incorporate this into my OWOP pattern? Now there's a thought... hmmm... 

3. I definitely definitely want to do this! Guthrie and Ghani's guide to making your own espadrilles sell the kits and for Irish readers, I spotted them in Hickeys. 

4. A Handmade Wardrobe made this gorgeous travel set using the Grainline Studio's Portside Travel Set pattern. 

5. I couldn't help but notice a few resemblences in the latest BurdaStyle's to a couple of things I had pinned lately. This gold dress is from Saint Laurent. 

6. Pretty simliar to BurdaStyle's wrap dress.

7. And perhaps this flowing Dior top... 

8. Could be copy-catted from BurdaStyle's long sleeve top

9. Since rhubarb is in season, I made this very simple but completely delicious rhubarb fizz. I recommend! 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

sewing and listening

I know lots of knitters like knitting because it's something you can do in front of the telly. It's portable and you can curl up on the sofa with a ball of wool and a box set. You can bring it along to knitting meetings, sit with pals shooting the breeze, drinking tea and eating jammy dodgers. 

But sewing - not so much. We've had a few lovely sewing meet ups in Dublin. We chat about sewing in a nerdy fashion, we've been fabric shopping and we've chosen a pattern to sew for our next meet up. 

It's great to do this but sewing is so un-portable and hence can be a little solitary. 

I like to listen to radio or podcasts while I'm sewing and I thought I would share some of my favourite things things I have come across. 

I heard a really great edition of This American Life called Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Short Cuts - lovely little pieces that have been put to animation for the BBC. This is The Tale of the Sickly Whale and it's really sweet! 

The Big Picture by Siobhan Mannion is a drama that features a costume designer - perfect for sewing along to!

Radio listening is  also my job because I make radio documentaries - our most popular radio documentary is a really charming story:  Don't Go Far

Do you listen to anything while sewing? Hit me with your recommendations! 

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