Sunday, April 8, 2018

Jedediah Jeans for Jed 2018

Six days a week (often seven) Jed wears work gear.

Work gear is usually good clothes that have been well worn and patched.
I am a #patchingninja. 
This time, how ever, his last two pairs of jeans were still in good nick but all his work clothes were stuffed.
So rather than sew work trousers (which would be stiff and uncomfortable for the first few wears) I passed his good ones down to work ones and made him some new 'good' ones.
My go to pattern for Jed?
The Jedediah trousers
Not actually a jeans pattern but they look pretty 'jean-ey'
Especially in heavy, rigid denim ($6/m from Eliza's of Sunshine) with heavy weight top stitching thread.
My existing pattern was already altered for Jed's short legs
 The pocket stitching template is supplied with the pattern.
After my disastrous Liberty lawn pocket experience (they went to hole in weeks and required removing and replacing, no, I don't want to talk about it, thank you) I used a silky but strong cotton poplin from Eliza's of Sunshine left over from Zara's Christmas dress #scrapbusting and French seamed the pocket bags for extra strength.
The finished product.
Gnome sewing at its finest.
Comfortable, sturdy, well fitting jeans for my whiskery fellow.
~Jed's Verdict~
Perfectly tailored gnome trousers for my short arse stature.
Very comfortable.
To the point!

I am really pleased with this pattern. It is, physically a hard sew, with the heavy cloth and copious top stitching but considering what his favourite jeans cost and the last pairs did NOT last it is a workout I am willing to do.

I cannot recommend this pattern enough. From the sturdy pocket facings to the 'steam and ease' directions for the leg side seams.

Thanks for reading...
xx Nicole 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Lekala #4562 for Zara

More pretty sewing.
Do you recognise it?
I made one in rayon.
And Linen.
Lekala #4662
I sewed this up in a very pretty, nude coloured, self spot tulle.
This is actually my pattern, not a new sized pattern.
I used a scrap of satin binding for the neck and added a tiny gather at the front so I could use the scrap.
But Zara okayed it and there was plenty of ease.
I sewed it with French seam throughout as they were visible and a tiny narrow double hem.
I hemmed the front and back and then sewed the side seams.
~Zara's Verdict~
This is such a beautiful shirt, its such a dainty and stunning fabric. The colour is just stunning and with the lovely silk binding it is just such a fabulous piece. 
Thanks Mum. 

Thank you for reading...
xx Nicole 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lekala #7154 Hooded Jacket

The last jacket was such a success...
Zara requested another 
This time in black.
I picked up the fabric from Eliza's of Sunshine. It was a heavy weight rigid knit with quite a washed out finish.
I only purchased 2 m as it was super wide, $4/m.
So far I have cut Hudson pants for Elsa (to be blogged) this top and a pair of shorts and there is enough left to make something for the little girls.
The pattern is Lekala #7154 a unisex style sports jacket with unlined hood.
As always, with Lekala, you pop in your measurements and print off your custom size pattern.
The very sporty separating zipper came from here
(There are some seriously kinky latex fabric available too, if that is your thing)
Jokes aside, great seller.
After a month my zip had not arrived so I let them know, they refunded me immediately.
Another month passed and it arrived so I emailed them to send another invoice and was told to have them complimentary.
A great zip with a grippy toggle and very strong teeth.
I guess you need a good, strong, grippy toggle in certain situations...
Heavy duty eyelets and white cord echo the sporty vibe.
The pockets gave me no end of trouble, last sew, as I seriously over thought them.
This time, no worries!
~Zara's Verdict~
This hooded jacket is such an essential piece in my wardrobe.
I wear it over my work out gear and also over a cute tee and shorts.
The hood is large enough that is covers my head but not so big that it is heavy and pulls the jacket back when worn down.
Next up, some simple shorts.
Zara pulled out this 'Nana' pattern and declared it 'just the job'.
Some shortie shorts with a faux shoelace draw string.
In red...
And black with cotton webbing trim around the legs.
I don't really enjoy sewing knits so I try and make the finishes as professional and RTW as I can, to try and get satisfaction that way.
I am just as fussy with my pinning, pressing and stitching as I would with woven sewing.
That helps.

(But I would rather sew a shirt)

Thank you for reading

xx Nicole 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Hugo's Jean Pool (groan) KwikSew 2123

New jeans for Beamish Boy.
An emergency phone call from the handy man.
his jeans were too toight.
So I made him another pair.
Hugo's tried and true Kwik Sew jeans 
It is very handy to have a pattern I can sew up, without fitting.
I altered the pattern previously, lowering the waist and pinching out some hip fullness but leaving the ease through the legs.
I added back pocket flaps and double back belt carriers.
The fabric is super stretchy denim/wool from Spotlight.
Mandatory pose for Nana Deb.
~Hugo's Verdict~
Since starting my studies at university I have had the opportunity to wear my nice, smart Eglington clothes more often.
My jeans in particular have had a good work out, to the extent that I had entirely worn out the backside in a pair.
I guess I can now officially be called a 'shiny bum'.
Luckily, Mum came to the rescue and I went from one pair of 'good' jeans to a repaired pair and a new pair very promptly.
My new jeans are the same design which are super comfortable and smart.
The stretch denim fabric has a lot of give which is good for me to tackle the trek up and down the hills at Flinders.
I guess I am saying I really like my new jeans and hope I don;t wear the backside out of the too soon.
As do I, Beamish, as do I...

Thank you for reading

xx Nicole

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Style Arc Cara Blouse

Are you sick of me yet? #bloggingoverload
More pretty things for Zara.

The very pretty Style Arc Cara blouse.

Available in paper or as a PDF.
I had made it once before and I think she always looks so fresh and snappy in it.
The cloth is a vintage embroidered cotton that I inherited from someone else's stash.
It was a very narrow cut of fabric not to mention the embroidery did not go to the edges, there was quite a large gap down one edge.
It was quite bulky to sew and I didn't bother inclosing the raw edges on the back (as I did last time) I just sewed it per instructions.
My bespoke notions really came into play with this sew. I used black interfacing for the front band and nude non-curl elastic for the back casing (the nude elastic was horribly expensive but just the job to create the invisible  look under the eyelet)
I took the trouble to sew a narrow, double hem on the sleeves and the hem. It is fiddly but as it can flip and be visible I think it is worth it.
I think this is such a elegant blouse.
Sexily elegant, showing off clavicles rather then boobs #notthatthereisanythingwrongwiththat

~Zara's Verdict~
This Cara top is such a beautiful piece.
The fabric is just stunning adding an extra touch to the basic black colour.
A lovely piece and so easy to style.

Thank you for reading

xx Nicole