Sunday, 22 March 2015

No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of this Blog Post

Hello! Today I am going to share with you a collar that I made inspired by the lovely Rhonda Buss, of Rhonda's Creative Life fame. I made this using a tutorial that Rhonda shared on her blog as part of her Free Pattern Friday series. I was really inspired as this collar was just so cute and looked amazing on, yet was a very simple sew (find Rhonda's collar here and here).

My poor, long-suffering dummy. Apologies for all the fluff.

This was a quick make.  I didn't have to buy anything as everything was already in my stash.  I bought this really crazy tie dye fur fabric when it was on sale in Mandors in Glasgow. It is a bit of a wild mixture of white, pink, lilac and black. You get a better idea of the colours from the back.

I have a sort of love/hate relationship with this fabric, it is so awful it is great, but have never been able to part with it even though I didn't have a clue what to use it for.  I must have had it for about 10 years! Talk about being delighted when I read Rhonda's post.

The sewing part was fast. The pattern is just a 4" by the fabric width rectangle and the pom-poms two little 4" squares that you round off into circles that I cut off the end. The squares were trimmed into circles, drawn up into little balls using a running stitch and stuffed to keep there shape using a little kapok. The ribbon was hand stitched into place.
I took the advice and cut the fur using a blade so that I didn't damage the fluffy part and then zig-zagged the edge with all the hair tucked in. I didn't cut the other side off where they had chopped it off the roll in the shop and boy, does it make a difference.  Thanks, Rhonda for the great tip. Photos of the two methods below:

This was the razor cut. You can't really see the join.

Seamed using the cut edge. This took some work with a pin to get it looking furry I can tell you!

So I love the final outcome. This little collar makes me insanely happy and the colours really cheer up the miserable transition into Spring that we have been having. I am now on the look out for more fur in funky colours. This would make a fabulous gift to make someone, except this one. Me, me, me. Mine, mine, mine!

Me after a long day and covered in pen from marking the back of the fur. What a clart!

Apologies for all the big pics but I have borrowed a Mac to write this and I am missing all my photo editing software.

So have you worked with fake fur? What did you make?

Have a great week!


Sunday, 1 March 2015

Love is Like a Butterfly (Mabel)

I have a horrific work deadline this week so this will be a very short post. Still not had time to take the shots for my Wardrobe Architect. Although, talking of all things Colette here are some pics of my finished Mabel skirt. As I have written about in a previous post, I received this pattern from the lovely Friedericke of Naehen Ist Therapy blog as part of the Curvy Sewing Collective Holiday Swap. This was great for me as I have now lost my fear of sewing knits and have even got to grips with my overlocker again after losing the knack! Thanks, Friedericke.

Colette Patterns, Mabel - View C

This is made using view C, the longer pencil skirt with a 3-panel front and 2-panel back, plus attached waistband except I didn't see the point of a vent in a stretchy fabric so I folded the vent part back on the pattern piece and cut the whole back piece on the fold.  It is made up in a blue butterfly-print Ponte knit remnant from The Textile Centre on eBay. There was only 0.9m and it cost about 3 quid so this skirt must qualify for bargain of the year, pipping my snakeskin Ponte Gertie pencil skirt by a whole 50p. It was supposed to just be a potentially wearable muslin so another definite win. Because of the muslin status I made no attempt at pattern matching but it doesn't look too shady if you ask me.

So will I make this again - Yes! Will I sew with more knits? Try and stop me. This skirt took about 2 hours in total. My only problem was that I cut out the 2XL and after comparing the sizing with the Gertie skirt realised that I had to trim off a whopping 6 inches - 1 inch off each side seam piece and 2 inches off the front panel piece.  Plus I would like the skirt to sit a little higher in the waist. Now that I have some patterns to finesse I can see a lot of knit skirts in my life. Since they take such little fabric they are a cheap and quick fix. I even have some more fabric washed, lined up and good to go.

So who wins the knit pencil skirt challenge? Gertie or Mabel? Looking at the photos I will have to say I don't know but will definitely use both patterns again so maybe it is a draw.

Have you tried both of these patterns? What did you think? Or do you have a tried 'n' true pencil skirt pattern?

Hope you are having a good week wherever you are.