Monday, 28 July 2014

Little black Moneta

I did some sewing this weekend, I finished my black Moneta. I really enjoyed making this pattern. It went together so well as everyone in the sewing world seems to say. I found using the clear elastic was quite easy as well. i had never used this before
I shortened the bodice by 25cm but it meant it was more an empire line dress, which is fine but next time I think I will make the full length bodice so the waist is closer to my waist. I normally have to shorten everything. The instructions were very clear and it came together easily.
The fabric was a black I had in my stash. I didn't quite have enough for the sleeves so I decided to do lace sleeves. I think the effect is quite nice. I wish my photographer told me my bra strap was showing but he wouldn't have even noticed. He's also very tall so looks down on me.

I am happy with this dress. I like the neckline and its very comfortable. I think I will get a great deal of wear out of this dress.
Next time I will lengthen the bodice and also just lengthen the skirt a little. I think I will make quite a few of these dresses. They are comfortable and easy to sew. Great for layering as well.
Happy Sewing !

Friday, 25 July 2014

Lack of Sewing

There certainly has been a lack of sewing. Work has been totally consuming with parent teacher interviews, a new start to term and just getting back into the work routine. Life has certainly been a bit hectic and tiring, but I survived and am hoping to start some more projects.

I bought several Burda patterns to make some tunics.
I should do some winter sewing but winter lasts 5 minutes in Sydney and I think we may have just had winter in the last couple of weeks but I would love to make a cape, I may start this today. I find it hard to sew for winter. I'm not sure if its because we have such a short winter or just that as a Sydneysider I am just in denial about having any winter. Anyway I love this pattern and I had this fabric in my stash.
The pattern is Vogue 8959. The wool is a lovely mushroom colour and the lining is a quilting fabric I found. I'm going to make view A. For cool mornings I think this could be ideal. I still have to finish a few projects but with life back to normal I think ( hoping) my sewing enthusiasm will return.
Happy Sewing!

Thursday, 10 July 2014


 No sewing because I have been travelling. I had a wonderful time in Canada with my daughter. It was so wonderful to see her after 7 months and very difficult to leave, when I won't see her for another 7 months. I had so many plans to sew for the trip but  unfortunately these plans never came to fruitition but I do have some pants cut out and a half finished black Moneta dress which I will get to this weekend, hoefully. My plans are to start sewing when my head feels like its normal again, I hate jetlag.
For Australians if you want to travel then jetlag is part of the deal. The older I'm getting the more difficult it is recovering though.
Embracing Canada Day.

We had a lovely time. Now back to reality. I actually didn't buy any fabric this holiday, a bit sad but I didn't really look either. 
                                         Happy Sewing!