Long time no post. That is because I’ve been doing the office job and finally finish up in 2 weeks! thats when the real fun starts, the designing, maybe even a bit of steam punk, with full time creative angles.
Actually most of my creations are posted on burdastyle.com as there is a huge group of sewists and creative designers all linked there.
The stash is outa hand SERIOUSLY now. How does anyone manage to duplicate such a stash in 2 countries? It occurred to me this doubles when I return to Australia in 6 months. Back home in Australia accumulation over 20 years, and here in Brunei over the last 2 years! Where am I going to put all this? I plan to run art side (opposite to ‘dark side’) sewing classes with some of my stash, canvas art with some unusual combos to boot..
Brunei is a lot tidier than my Australian creation-space, so lets hope I have learnt to stay tidy when I return.
the hidden stash
I’m also learning fashion in CS6 photoshop. It is totally new to me, but fabulous to create the design and apply the fabrics, and this one is still not complete!
Having fun as usual in that ‘space’.
Comfortable for Western Australian summer, these rayon jersey knit/Ity maxi dresses will be easy to wear. I made these three for my step daughter, who’s birthday is actually on 25th December!
fabrics from Gorgeous Fabrics, and Marcy Tilton
The floral one is an Ity. great to sew. The other two streeeeeeetchy rayon jersey knits had a huge stretch running vertical also, so I needed to make the dresses, then hang them on the mannequin. The next day the length had dropped about 6cm. Cut off to desired length and then hemmed. I used two different bias edging methods, all worked very well with these fabrics.
Made this jacket 6 months ago for the Tilton trip to Paris with the Tilton sisters. But I see Mood Fabrics still has the fabric available. Was awesome to work with this – stretch cotton http://www.moodfabrics.com/fashion-fabrics/cotton/stretch-cotton/shades-of-blue-lightweight-stretch-cotton-print-303347.html
If I could wear skinny jeans I would have made them too, just because I could. But I can’t, I have trunks not branches….
So here is my take on Marcy’s jacket, locally found satin for lining (difficult to find non-blingy fabrics in Brunei). Finished with a Riri zip. I left the sleeves without the cuff, but I like either way. Special attachment below on the zipper pull.
The body is in two pieces. This gives a very flattering shape to the jacket and the body that wears it!
The sleeves are in two pieces, this gives a truly shapely sleeve and wears like a tailored sleeve. Nice touch.
clever pocket, almost can’t see it
white animal print satin lining
Final touch, a starfish charm on the zipper pull.
Finally the Pur Jus Dress i have called this. Made from EmmaOneSock softest linen ever. Drafted a pattern to reflect tucks, darts and curves that go well with linen fabric. I loved the fabric so much that I bought the other colourway – grey shades.
Made a form of twisted neckline, i liked the way it turned out, the pressing makes it permanent. Armholes with facing.
Loads of darts for a bit of shape.
Darts made ‘inside out’ for some fun. I eventually placed some ‘floating’ pockets on the side where the side front panel sat. Haven’t taken that photo yet…
I made a coat with a soft woven denim fabric. Woven, not printed, Finished look of fabric made to look faded. Very nice stretch quality from Marcy Tilton.
This pattern originally came from Burda downloadable patterns. But I don’t see the pattern reviewed anywhere (Nancy #6036). Was relatively easy to make, i omitted the pleated shoulder attachment, but kept the theme with the pockets and back tab, pleated. I completely lined the coat with no seams showing, all machine stitched.
Leather tabs for closing
Shoulder set by tailoring methods
I love the collar, the cut was excellent, Burda did this well. The detail of the pocket here, where I used the tie-dye lining (satin poly) as the edging, and a black jacquard piece I had in my stash for the pleating.
The Back tab had to be re-sewn as the coat was too big and after taking in the side seams, mainly in the waist, the tab had to be re-sewn. Made a few adjustments with regards to attaching and finishing.
I decided to make a few linen garments back in March, since I’m living in Brunei, and linen is a wonderful option in tropical high humidity heat. I was heading off to Paris to meet with Marcy and katherine Tilton (and a good kiwi friend), for a week of fashion and fun. So I made Marcy’s vest pattern, very funky and quirky lines, deliberately falling in whimsy ways!
The pictures here show the vest straight out of my suitcase, and it stood up very well during packing. I love this vest!
I can wear ANY colour under this garment. Great with jeans, black pants or linen pants.
B5891 Side View after taking the side in HEAPS
…with my new Groom Bag I got from Marcy. WHAT a bag. love it
I did not line the collar band but certainly will the next time, because unless I have the buttons done up to the top, the band flops open and you can see the inside, not that it matters with linen, the print almost comes through .
Winter Tunic Front
I drafted a new tunic and started making it right away. Too impatient for a mock-up, I feel along the way to keep it flowing and it all matched up very well. Five different fabrics in total but equally as balanced right through. Black fabric is Marcy’s Black Parisian Microfiber Knit, with black eyelet pleather edging.
Side view with MacBeth Bamboo from Marcy
Side view with missoni-ish print
Back View with myfabrics.uk large spot
The pocket was machine stitched from the inside. I used lingerie FOE (fold over elastic) for the top edge.
Pocket in Marcy’s Volcano Knit
I finished the neck edge with the same fabric as one of the sleeves – completing in a fiddly ‘twisted band’ effect. First time i’ve managed to do this in a WIDE band.
Twisted Neck Band
I’m going to cut a length from the stripe for a scarf. Will wear this with black boots back in Perth – winter of course!