Sunday, April 26, 2015

Orange Swirls

I've got a new top!

This fabric was purchased from Cabramatta in May last year and has been tempting me every since to make it up.

I have again made another version of KS 3740, and this time I have used the base I adjusted back here.

One thing I forget to check with was the amount of stretch this fabric had and it just felt a bit snug when I first made it a week ago.

So during the week, I unpicked the 4 thread overlock on the side seams and added a 4cm tapered gusset to the side seam.

Thankfully with the busy print it is hard to see.

I can see this top getting quite a bit of wear during winter!

2015 Stash Out: 5.85 m
2015 Stash In:13.5 m

Monday, April 6, 2015

Oh Watson, what have I done

but succumbed to the purchase of the Watson Bra and Bikini pattern by Cloth Habit.

The pattern is for a bra with no underwires, has a long line or regular band and also a bikini brief and is for knit fabrics.

The pattern instructions do clearly show you how to take your measurements and Amy does provide a bit more information about breathing when taking your Band measurement as well as holding a Sew Along to help us new to bra sewing.

I normally wear an underwire bra but thought this pattern could be useful for those days that I didn't want to wear an underwire and also this is the style of bra my sister likes.

Taking my measurements I have a Band size of 30 and a C cup.

Sue, from fadanista pointed out that you don't have to print all of the pattern out which can save you a quite a bit of paper.

I found some suitable sized pieces of the Cream Mercury Jersey left over from this top in my scrap bag for the cup, cradle and band.

The Straps are the first thing you finish and luckily I had purchased a few metres of Bra strap from Metro Fabrics at Tempe.  As I was making the long line bra I needed a 3-row hook & eye which I purchased from Booby Traps along with some 12mm and 6mm plush back elastic.

The cradle is interfaced or lined and I used some Lisa Ho Power Net for this.

As I wasn't sure how this would wear I didn't try and line the bra cups but Carolyn from Handmade by Carolyn has very kindly set out the steps to do this.

I will be trying this out for the next version as their will be a next time as I found this bra very comfortable and supportive to wear.

The only change I will make is reduce the width of the long line band by no more than the width of the elastic as it is just a tad too long for me and keeps folding up.

I will be trying the Bikini brief soon, however elastic and I haven't had a good experience to date.

2015 Stash Out: 4.45 m
2015 Stash In: 13,5 m

Friday, April 3, 2015

Giveaway Winners!

For us in Australia I hope you are enjoying the start of our 4 day break for Easter and for everyone else the weekend is near.

I have picked 2 winners of the Giveaway at Random.Org by generating a set of 2 numbers between 1 to 17.  The number are 7 and 17.

and the winners are Carol G and Melwyk who have left comments in the respective order.

Please contact me at sharonspils at gmail dot com with your postal address so I can get the prizes in the mail to you.

Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to those who entered the giveaway.


For me, I plan on spending some quality time in my sewing room as well as with my sewing buddies at The Remnant Warehouse on Saturday with plans to make this into something wearable.