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( Sep. 6th, 2016 03:45 pm)
I have a new green cardi


from what? )

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( May. 8th, 2016 01:08 pm)
Right. I've added ties from the side seam to the side of the front panel. Hair up, long beads, slightly darker stockings, heeled shoes*, lipstick.

It's still not the most wonderfully flattering frock ever and I'm not sure yet if I'll wear it to the folk's shindig, but I'd be perfectly happy to be seen in it.


more.... )
This was an opshop find that I pounced on to replace my old favourite gardening jumper*. Same colour, a little larger, far fewer moth holes, but with a stiff scratchy zip. I cut the zip out, stitched up the resulting two layer edge and put two buttons with loops as the new closure. I'm so pleased with the transformation. From a harsh, cold, modern look to a soft, warm, old fashioned one. Much more appealing to me anyway.

The end result:

reconstructed "before shot with the zip just placed in position.

*a lovely soft Burberry one found in a charity shop in Edinburgh, dahlink.
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( Aug. 15th, 2015 11:55 am)
11th day of lurgy and it's eaten my design brain for the moment. I covered the cutting table with fabric but I can't quite get a plan together. I can manage the beginning of an idea but I'm not up for assembling and weighing all the options. So I'm mending and altering things instead.

Yesterday I shortened two new pairs of jeans (bought at less than half price of course) and applied my fit fix to three pairs. It's not a quick fix, took me all morning to do these but it turns jeans that sort of fit into ones that fit really quite well. On me anyway.


Today I'm being even braver. This is a linen jumper I bought heavily reduced a couple of years ago. It's lovely but I haven't been wearing it because the sleeves were way too long, and because the fabric is so slithery, they wouldn't stay either rolled or pushed up. So I've hacked off the ends, opened the seam, unravelled a bit and I'm reknitting a new cuff. A longer rib to match the original would look better but I was afraid of irretreivably tangling the unravelled ends, hence the short cuff. I've still got one cuff to knit and the seams to sew up, then I will finally have a wearable thing.

I have a niceish feather sleeping bag. I've always been annoyed by the hood, which meant the bag could only be used one way up. I've also disliked the secondary zippers intended to close down the foot end for extra warmth. They just get in the way and make the bag harder to roll. So I got rid of both these annoyances and refinished the cut edge section.

I've also put it in a slightly smaller bag and used the compression straps from my self inflating mattresses. A proper compression sack would be better but I don't feel like either buying or making one.

Now I have a feather sleeping bag that:
-can be used either way up
-will work unzipped as a doona
-has been squished down to about 1/3 of it's more usual storage volume.
-for reference, weighs 2kg.




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( Aug. 13th, 2014 10:12 am)
Yay, it's finished! Madly bright and a fairly mad amount of work. I love it.


a picture story )
Once apon a time. Maybe 10-12yrs ago? I made a frock that never ended up working.  Then last year I added bling and called it a kaftan for a 70's party. A few months ago it got evicted from the wardrobe into the "think about it" pile. I nearly threw it out, then realised there was a goodly quantity of velveteen there, and I have been wanting a warm, washable winter skirt.  I cut the basque on Tuesday evening, but ran out of energy to do the sewing- not helped by the house being way to cold and wrong lighted for trying things on of an evening.


So today, nice and warm post shower, and in daylight; I managed to get this draped and fitted, then sewn. Took about 3hrs? It's turned out, semi deliberately, rather Edwardian. Flat front and slightly longer, gathered back. Minimal construction required. That is the original hem. I added a seam/dart to cater for the zipper. I think I like it :-)

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( Jul. 7th, 2013 07:31 pm)
Back in early December last year, I went to a sale at a Costume company. Did I post about that here? maybe only FB. Much of what they had was made for stage. The few things I came home with were all ready to wear street clothes- all shown below. The white hat was washed and messily reblocked. It was my favourite hat last summer and may well be for some years yet. It is wonderfully soft straw.

The jacket has been literally hanging about the dining room since, and today got it's minor remodel. It's German made wool*, fits astonishly well in the front and arms, just rather baggy in the back. All I have done is change out the buttons and shorten the back belt. It took me a while to decide just how to shorten that belt. I'm somewhat delighted with the eventual inspiration to echo the shaping of the pocket decoration.

Now I have a wearable thing! I just have to work out what to wear it with :-)


front and back, not exciting )


*Someone today, Villana? came up with the theory that this could well have been used in, or at least bought for, a production of "The Sound of Music". Pretty good theory I think. There were several of these jackets at the sale, similar but slightly different styles. It seems unworn though.
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( Feb. 11th, 2013 09:59 pm)

New shirt from the house of Montjoye. First 'proper' or 'business' shirt I've made in years. Good to see I still remember all the construction steps without reference to instructions, including the sleeve plackets which I used to find rather confusing.

The main shirt fabric went through the same dye remover bath as the tumeric dress. Those stripes were dark chocolate. This golden colour is better on me. The patterned undercollar etc is cut from a favourite old too-small garment. Buttons are vintage shell.

This is the latest version of my old favourite shirt pattern that I orginally copied from a Country Road shirt. It's been tweaked many times since. This time I added bust and back darts, widened by 1cm across all back pieces and made the collar narrower.

I've just cut another in a fine blue check linen/cotton. That has reshaped side seams, narrow cuffs and is 1.5cm shorter. Note to self that I haven't preserved the back widening in the pattern.

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( Apr. 21st, 2012 04:04 pm)
I've had this jacket for two winters at least. But I had always meant to fiddle with it to better suit me. I forgot to take before pics, oops. So what have I done?
-add a second buttonhole- it only had one just below bust level and was crying out for a waist button
-change the buttons out- they were big flat dark green things that I never liked
-drop the back belt  to further shift the impression away from the original high waistedness
-open the centre back seam and refinish to stop it binding

It was a useful jacket before but now I actively like it. It's still too big in the waist really but it looks fine. (and no, I haven't resized the dummy yet)

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So I had this jacket that I rarely wore. It was comfy and a good colour but boooorrrrring.
boring jacket )

I thought to ditch it. Buuutt, it had good bones. I thought I could "do something" with it. I was at a loose end today. Soooo, after a fun and rather iterative design process, this is what I came up with:

New jacket. Bounce! )

I'm rather chuffed with the new version. It's interesting and fun whilst still being wearable. Win!

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( Jan. 29th, 2012 07:50 pm)
My linen cupboard was overflowing. I decided this was silly. One woman should not need more than a double wardrobe of bedding! So I had a bit of a cull. This delightfully fine linen was bought eons ago at Home Yardage when it still existed. I'd made this length into a sleeping bag liner that had been used only once. So it got evicted- but will now return as a nightdress. So Dr Q- I have one too!

These have been my much beloved summer slippers for quite some years. They are comfy, cool and absorbent. Rope soles and canvas uppers. Espadrilles! but in a mule form. I have resewn them to the soles several times but they are now really rather dilapidated. I've been looking for replacements actively over the last 18mths or so. I found standard espadrilles aplenty, but no mules.


then last summer I found these (bonus, they only cost $17) Which are close but really no cigar. those ribbons are designed to be tied around the ankle, botheration. One needs to, or the shoe falls off.


Unless.... one pulls them apart and remodels them into a mule!


I'm feeling pleased with myself. I'm stuck at home waiting a delivery and took it into my head to tackle this little project. I still have to finish sewing the other one but I'm posting this to give my arm a break.

I'm thinking the old one will get another run through the washing machine, get pulled apart and fully new tops and heel linings made. I reckon the rope soles still have some life in them.

When next I need summer slippers, I can just buy plain espadrilles and remake them. Yes one can buy other slippers- but they either have too much synthetic for my skin to tolerate or I don't like the styling. these are smart enough I'm happy to be seen outside the house. And the rubber coated soles are fine for a spot of garden pottering.

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( Jun. 20th, 2011 05:18 pm)
-Renting a flat with a strange layout (was part of a sexy old building)
-Led me to make room divider curtains. I happened to use white cotton damask(It comes in wide, and is heavier weight than sheeting)
-Which I folded away when I moved out.
-I then moved house 4 more times
-Then made a tablecloth, later 2 aprons out of some of the damask
-In the sewing room tidy up, I found the last bits of curtain
-So I cut them up into squares
-Some boring overlocker time later and I have a dozen white cotton damask napkins
-Which I used for my first experiment with starch
-Which worked nicely, and amused me :-)



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