Goldstream Peacoat

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If you are interested, head over to The Monthly Stitch to see my latest project, the Goldstream Peacoat by Thread Theory…I think I can make almost anything after this !!!

Funky Pants of Awesomeness!!!

My trousers are finished and I am happeeeeeee! I chose this funky digital print out of the remnant bin at Knitwit in Nedlands (Perth), I just had enough for the pants, but had to do a bit of juggling. The print is so busy I doubt people will notice (and no-one has yet), but I had to fit the pattern pieces in opposite directions on the fabric… can you tell? My first pair are these, Image They are the Wendy Pants by StyleArc and I made them about a year ago (I think). They have served me well and I really wanted another pair, so thankyou for the incentive Monthly Stitch gals 🙂

Image I wore the new ones this morning to church and will wear them again tomorrow to work, thank goodness I work with funky people and can do this sort of thing! Image It was a bit sunny in the garden to see what was happening, but the colours really jump out in the bright light…off to the shade,

Image that’s better. I finish with the bum pic, not my favourite angle, especially as I pulled up my top to show off the waistband (it’s wide), but here we go… Image

Notes- the fabric is a two way stretch, woven cotton and the only adjustments I made were to add about 3cm to the back rise (the first pair sat a bit low for my liking) and I took 5cm off the leg length as I am a shorty. The beauty of StylArc is the patterns are one size..yours 🙂

 

Weekend Sewing

I have been waiting for this weekend as I am looking forward to making The Monthly Stitch”s April Challenge, double of one of my favourite patterns. I bought this fabric remnant  DSC_0495 from Knitwit in Nedlands about a year ago, it is a digital print, stretch woven cotton sateen. The print is so busy it is mindboggling! So I got 1.5m for $15 (about a third of the price), I was happy and knew what I wanted to do with it. Okay, it has taken the April Challenge to actually motivate me, but the intention was there 😉
I am making my second pair of StylelArc Wendy trousers, a lovely pattern with a brilliant fit.download_large I made them about a year ago and was very happy with them. I washed the fabric this afternoon and think this time, I may not have enough for full length trousers, so I am thinking a pair of capris with tapered legs…watch this space!

Kay Whitt the wunderkind :)

My jacket is finished..yay! Image (not ironed in this pic, sorry).

The problems I had making it were completely of my own making and caused by it being my first attempt at pattern-matching (less said about that the better), anyway, I sorted them out and am very happy with the final result.

I kept the original tabs, all centred with the little flower and with royal blue buttons. I was worried the buttons would be overwhelmed by the pattern, but again I am happy I stuck to my original plan. Image Image

I haven’t used my overlocker for over a year (just went “off” the finish), but threaded it up and the inside came up beautifully 🙂 Image

Here I am with blue jeans and white jeans, the main items I will wear with this piece of clothing…

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Because the fabric is pretty heavy, when handsewing, I used my thimble (which I have rarely used enough to get accomplished, much to my Mother’s chagrin), I think I am a thimble convert! Image It is especially useful, as I use open-ended needles made for people with eyesight problems, they are a godsend as they need no traditional threading, the thread is literally pulled down over the top and clicks into position. Image Sorry about the blurriness, it was the best I could do with the camera ‘phone 🙂

Opinions please…

My Kay Whitt jacket is coming along quite nicely, although I have made a few errors which have needed correcting…anyway, here she is (with lots of pins)  Image

My question to you is about the tabs. I have made them all with a centred (or almost centred) flower, but I am a tad concerned that it’s all a bit too much. My daughter thinks I should leave it as she thinks it is pretty, my partner said to try white tabs (the buttons are going to be blue), but he too likes it as is.

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I tried them as a solid blue and they looked awful, overpowering and a bit cheap-looking… so what do you think, try the white?