Tag Archives: Staple

Rust Skirt

28 Jun

So I rightly figured that if I wore this skirt all day it would be pretty wrinkled from sitting at my desk. Happily, I snapped these before I left this morning.

This is halfway between Views E  & F of Simplicity 2605 and looking at it now I think next time I’ll just go with the shorter version which would fall just above my knees.

I’m really happy with how it worked out. I’ve already used this pattern to make view A and I think it’ll be another “go-to” pattern in my stash.

P.S. Not quite the Karen Walker in the previous post – but maybe some day.

TOTAL COST:

Pattern: $7.5

Fabric: $7.7 (1.1m @ $7/m – Centrepoint Fabrics)

Zip: $5.0

Thread: $4.5

TOTAL: NZ$24.70 / US$17.0

Khakis

23 Jun

So back in high school the first and only trousers I made were a pair of purple satin pajama pants. 12 years later here is attempt number two.

I’m pretty happy with the results. I used New Look 6190 and they ended up not too far off what’s on the pattern envelope. I bought this one about 4 years ago when I wasn’t quite so voluptuous so it was already cut out in a size 18. I adjusted this by adding 4″ to the hips (1/2″ to each seam allowance) which I carried down the whole length as it handily also equaled the 2 inches I needed to add to the thigh. The other adjustment was to add an inch to the crotch depth as I’m paranoid about showing butt crack (can you blame me, really?). Once sewed up, I had to take 3 inches off the hem. I may be 5′ 9″ but that height is not in my legs!

I used a cheap polyester drill as I just wanted to give these a go before making some black pants for work. They were super easy to construct and I got to put the green machine to work on the overlocked seams. Originally I purchased the fabric intending to make New Look 6949 but found I already had this pattern and it had a nice waistband which 6949 didn’t. Unfortunately this one uses just a smidge more fabric so I had to make the facing from left over fabric but I quite like the contrast.

TOTAL COST:

Pattern $- (From Stash)

Fabric $16.80 (2.4m@$7/m – Spotlight)

Thread $ 4.50

TOTAL: NZ$21.30 / US$14.7

PS. Found my package I left at the supermarket  so more sewing to come.

Yoke

22 Jun

For as long as I’ve been sewing I only ever seemed to make dresses and the occasional skirt, the reason behind this escapes me as I swear, 80% of the time, I’m to be found in comfy tops and trousers. As part of committing to sewing more and also wearing more of what I sew I decided to start with Simplicity 2594 (View A).


It’s also the first time I’ve sewn anything with a yoke, so I wasn’t sure how it would go but it turns out it was all good. View A has a bias cut front and back with the yoke cut on the grain. After checking out PatternReview.com, it seemed that this one has a lot of ease built in so cut it in a size 20, and went without a full bust adjustment. Does it look like the pattern envelope?

Pretty close. I chose a very light weight cotton I picked up cheaply as I wanted to try this more as a wearable muslin but it’s thin enough that it drapes ok, even with my ample bosom. The instructions were pretty straight forward, but with a heads up that step 17 is incorrect I just went with my gut and it came together quick and easy – even the yoke and back gathers.

This is definitely going to be one of my staples, I even picked up some lovely dotted cotton in both white and turquoise this afternoon but I was having a daft moment and left it at the supermarket checkout on the way back to the car. Fingers crossed I can collect it tomorrow!

Total Costs:

Pattern $7.50 (On sale)

Fabric $9.20 (2.3m @ $4/m – Centrepoint Fabrics)

Thread $4.50

TOTAL: NZ$21.50 / US$14.80