Blog anniversary and fabric giveaway!

This fabric is cotton with a screen print design called Mud Ripples by Elizabeth Gandabuma

It’s my first year blog anniversary! and, like others, I thought a giveaway might be in order to celebrate. If you’d like to be entered in the giveaway for this gorgeous fabric (pictured above) from my friends at Nomad Art in Darwin, leave me a comment by 8 October (midnight AEST, giveaway winner selected by random number generator. I will ship world-wide).

I started sewing again when I couldn’t find a wedding dress*  I liked. I bought myself a new machine,  I discovered the sewing blogger world. I became totally addicted to sewing. I think my sewing skills have improved greatly over the last year. I love the creativity, the colours and the fabrics. I love reading about the sewing adventures of the many other bloggers that I follow. Writing the blog has been a great way to document my makes and get feedback. It’s a lovely online community to be part of. Continue reading

Vogue 8991 – Claire Shaeffer jacket – research and muslin

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Hi all, what glorious spring weather here in the bush capital. I got some great feedback on last my post asking for jacket pattern ideas for my wool boucle. Thank you everyone who commented.

I started doing lots of reading.

First to understand the quilting. I was amazed to learn that with Chanel jackets, the machine quilting was considered more desirable than hand quilting. Happy with that. Though I like hand sewing, there’s plenty of it in the jacket without hand-quilting as well.

I also had no idea about the ‘why’ of quilting. It is to provide stability to the loosely woven boucle without adding bulk or taking away from the softness and fluidity. The quilting also stops the pooling of the boucle at the hems.

Many talented sewists have made lovely jackets in similar styles. Jet Set Sewing has made some prize-winning jackets. Mel at Poppy Kettle made a beautiful one doing Susan Khalje’s class. Red Point Tailor has some good insights. I love Margy’s (Fool for Fabric) spectacular Guy Laroche jacket ( thanks Sue, Colourful Canvas) for recommending).

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Jacket pattern ideas needed

I need to find a pattern to make up this 20140910_013918……..French wool mix boucle!!

It took me forever to find a tessuti (fabric) shop in Como, but when I did it was heaven. (It always gives my fluent Italian speaking friend a chuckle when I tell her I’ve bought fabric from Tessuti.)

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There was a whole wall of silks, all made locally, many gorgeous boucles, a wall of wool, another of cotton and linen. It was so hard to choose.

This is what I came away with. A pink and sea green boucle and a perfectly coordinating Italian silk to line it.

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