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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Little Black Moneta

I am hoping to sew a little Black Moneta this week. I am going to Canada next week to see my daughter. She has been away since last November, having a great time in the Ontario and now in Whistler. I am super excited to go and visit and I would like to sew a few new clothes. Hopefully that will work. The only problem is my dad is having a knee replacement this week and at 83 any operation is dangerous. I'm sure it will all be fine.

So I decided to try and sew the Moneta. I love all the versions out there and I'm hoping this will work out well. It's a lovely black knit, I don't know where from and I want to put some lace on the bodice. Anyway that's the plan.
Are there any fabric shops I need to visit in Vancouver? I'm only there for a couple of days then off to Whistler. Can't wait.
                                                              Happy Sewing!

Elle pants and Vogue 8952

I can't believe how long it is since I have blogged, time just flies. I have the usual excuses of work, exams, marking and reports but now they are all done, thank goodness. I also have a lovely gentlemen friend who is just wonderful and fantastic to spend time with, so consequently there is little time for sewing at the moment. I must say though I am very happy about the reason why the lack of time.

Anyway I finished these pants and top a while ago but was having trouble getting any photos done. The self timer isn't working so I thought I better put some photos up. I love these pants they are so comfortable, like wearing track pants to work. I used my Style Arc pattern Elle pants. I love this pattern. This is the fourth pair of pants I have made . I made a size 18 and just extended the seam over my round tummy. Other than that they fit really well.
The fabric is a ponte knit from a US on line store. I'm not quite sure which one. They are super comfortable.
The top I made in a black knit that I bought from Tessuti's. It is a lovey weight and drapes beautifully.
The pattern is Vogue 8952. I made view A. It fits really well the only problem I had was I put the front in on the wrong side. Note to self,  Don't sew black at night! I didn't realise till I had finished I had put the front in using the wrong side but you really can't tell. The only thing is the raglan I don't think fits properly.
I have worn this top quite a few times. I like the top I don't like the hem sides they are a bit pointy. I prefer a rounded hem. Generally a very successful outfit.
Sorry about the dead body look.   

The Vogue 8952 I think i will try view C next time.
                                       Happy Sewing!

Friday, 6 June 2014

Thank you and we're off again!

Thank you to freshcityfarm for their suggestion of looking at the youtube, "Threading your Bernina serger", what a brilliant suggestion. I no longer have a dark presence in my sewing room, I now have a lovely overlocker that sews beautifully and one I don't want to throw out the window.

I think frustration got the better of me and I just couldn't see clearly. So thank you very much. My sewing enjoyment has returned. Now to get sewing and finally make my garment for May.

                                                Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Frustration and Despair

 My item for May has caused no end of swearing and desperation. It isn't the pattern but my overlocker or serger.
Last year I thought I would buy myself a new overlocker, big mistake. My old one was about 25 years old and was tired. The tension was never right but it still worked ok and I could change thread easily. I deliberated and finally bought a new one at Bernina. I didn't have enough money to buy a Babylock and how I have lived to regret that decision.
I haven't made my new pants or top because I cannot thread this machine. It had white cotton which had worked but now I needed black. I have spent about 3 or 4 nights for hours and hours trying to thread this machine and nothing is working. I am going crazy. So then I just avoided going near it I'm just about ready to throw it threw the window. I really don't know what I am doing wrong.
It is driving me insane. Thank goodness you can't buy Babylock's on line because I would have one in my cart right now.
If anyone has any idea of what I'm doing wrong please let me know so my sanity can return and my sewing.
                                             Happy Sewing!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Sewing Lull

There was no sewing this weekend instead I had a wonderful weekend with my sons in Adelaide. My eldest son is based in Adelaide so we decided to visit. It was a very special weekend. It is rare with adult children to have them to yourself without partners etc, so  I cherished every moment. I knew it would probably be unlikely to happen again.

No sewing but I did go to the Button Bar in Adelaide and bought some beautiful buttons. This shop is amazing so many beautiful buttons. If you are ever in Adelaide it is certainly worth a visit. The shop is in Adelaide Arcade off Rundle Mall. I could have bought thousands of buttons, I love buttons, but I resisted and just bought these.
The 2 large buttons are mother of pearl and are absolutely gorgeous. The green /blue buttons are destined for a jacket and the others I'm not quite sure about but they will definitely be needed somewhere. Although I think the word need should probably be replaced. My sons did say what do you need those for, and my response is,  "there is nothing about need only want," as with most of my fabric choices. The needs of a sewing addict !