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Sewing Ennui Thwarted

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At the end of the last post I was fretting that I had no sewing inspiration. It hasn't lasted long. A spot of stash shopping has done the trick.

I made a lightning visit into Tessuti the other day. With teenagers in tow, on a time schedule as ever, when I am in Sydney (one day, I will go to Sydney alone specifically to buy fabric, instead of having to wedge shopping in with other commitments. I live in hope.), I was in and out of there in 10 minutes. This is what I bought:


A digital printed ponte remnant. At 1.4 metres I can make a skirt out of this. Or else team it with some ponte in the stash to make a colour blocked dress.


I bought this remnant simply because I like it. Blues and purples look good on my daughter, so she will probably be the beneficiary.  She likes it too. Again, will probably team it with another fabric in a dress.

I bought a length of merino to make another Renfrew top, except it is not pistachio green as depicted here, but acid yellow. In the shop it seemed e…

All my own work, sadly

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After the ups and downs of bringing the Gabriola skirt project to a conclusion, I was looking forward to a nice, simple project to bring me back to an even keel. I thought Maria Denmark's new Olivia Oversized Tee project would do the trick. Sadly, no.
I always appreciate it when sewing bloggers share their wadders. There is always something to learn, but let's be frank, it is also comforting to know that when you make a howler in the sewing room, you are not alone. And so, in the interest of service to the sewing blog community, here's the story of a Simple Tee Gone Horribly Wrong.
Alarm bells rang straight away on this project. I brought this fabric out of the stash, where it has been since I consigned it after washing in January. I did not notice then, but it sure was obvious now that in the process this stretchy rayon knit's stripes had gone badly awry in one corner. I should have bailed right then, but what did I do? Yep, I ignored this fact, in the hope that it w…

MBM - Sewaholic Gabriola Skirt

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My daughter had her 14th birthday recently, so I asked her whether she would like me to make her anything to mark the occasion (I only sew for her on request, never on spec, because I know where those projects are likely to end up). She said yes, a maxiskirt, which was a bit of a relief. I was half expecting a repeat of the onesie trauma of last year.
Sewaholic recently released the Gabriola skirt pattern. The pattern is just lovely with some interesting seam lines to make the yoke, and a skirt that has a very satisfactory amount of swish and sway. Happily the daughter agreed.
The pattern notes on the website point out that the Gabriola is drafted with a pear shape in mind. They are not wrong. My daughter is not a pear, more straight up and down (a celery stick?), with minimal waist definition. When I chose the size to cut, I had to cut the hip  three sizes down from her waist measurement. Three sizes. Wow!
I was interested to see how such a difference between waist and hip in the si…