Thursday, May 31, 2012

Drum roll please...

Thanks for all the nice comments on the Beignet.  Based on my random number generator the lucky winner of the Collette Beignet skirt pattern is OzVikingPlease use my email address to send through your postal details.
A wet weekend is forecast.  While everyone around is feeling down about it, the little sewing fairy is struggling to contain her glee!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Beignet giveaway

 I finished this skirt a while back, but haven't had a chance to photograph it. I've rattled my chain about Collette Patterns before, so I won't go on. The Beignet is a clever design -a high waisted skirt with six panels, lined, 12 buttons and inseam pockets-and creates a flattering skirt.  But, and it is a big but, the initial fitting problems are immense.  I cut acres off my seam allowances and this complicatd completion of the lining panels. I'm pleased with finished product but I don't think I'll make another.

I had planned to return the pattern to Becky from whom I won the pattern gift voucher that purchased my selection of Collette patterns.  Becky has since purchased her own, so as a mini give away is in order.

If you would like to put your name in the hat, simply make a comment and follow the site.

My sewing has been rather slow of late. 
Blame work, blame school functions and just plain laziness!
I've made two skirts with my new favourite skirt pattern Butterick 5566 that can be worn with my recently completed jacket.  One is in the same tan ponte uses View D and other in a beautiful printed ponte uses View B.  Both skirts are sans lining at present, but I am ashamed to say that I've worn the first one twice already.  High on the weekend agenda.

Happy sewing!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

An insider's view

 I don't have much time for blog posts lately.  But a promise is a promise and I wanted to show off the inside view of my latest Ponte jacket.  Really there must be at least 5 metres of seam binding in this garment and I not regret a centimetre of it.  What isn't bound has French seams, not a finish I'd recommend for Ponte but it worked well enough on the sleeves and shoulders.
I've also included a photo of my nearly finished Beignet skirt.  Now here I have a confession to make.  I recut the panel with the bound buttonholes that were utterly awful.  Tonight I put together 10 self covered buttons.  I now need to make the six belt loops, attach them and sew 10 button holes.  Ah easy!!  I will donate this pattern back to the lovely Becky whose gifted me a Collette gift voucher.  Becky, I really do love my skirt but there is only Beignet in me!

Next up, I am finishing a leopard print trench that I started before I went to Europe; and will be cutting out some more workwear.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

New favourite jacket is an old favourite

 I need a new camera.  This rather grainy image doesn't do justice to my new favourite Autumn jacket - an old favourite for some of you.  I've used Burda 04/09 jacket 116 and can only conclude that this is a great pattern.  My fabric, a khaki/brown/black ponte is so comfortable to wear and holds up well after a long day at work.  It is rather late and I need to head off for bed, but wanted to post a wearing photo before I changed into the jamies.  The inside of the jacket is pretty impressive, so will post a more detailed review tomorrow.