Here, Oonapalooza NEVER ends…

So, I missed Oonapalooza… Even though I was so stoked when it was first announced, I just couldn’t wait to celebrate the wonder that is Oona, in global unity with other sewcialists. But what can I say? I had ridiculously busy summer so far, and the dog ate my homework, and blah blah blah. But it does not matter, you know why? That’s right, the title says it all.IMG_1301

This skirt was conceived in April. See, waaaaaaaay before Oonapalooza was announced. Because the hotness that is Oona is seared deep into my brain. I bought this fabric when there was still some snow on the ground. I desperately wanted to drape myself in some serious colour, hence the idea of a maxi circle skirt. I drafted the circle part, and to my horror I discovered that I was seriously short on fabric. At least 4 inches (10cm) in the waist (the waistband is the waistband of the hight-waisted pencil skirt from Gertie’s book).  Two weeks ago I happened to accidentally fall into a Fabricland, where they had this fabric on special. I cut that extra wedge that I needed, inserted the zipper (horror!), and discovered that now the band was too large… By about 4 inches… WTF? How??? I inserted a wide elastic into the back portion of the waistband. I feel like a toddler, but hey, it works…


PicMonkey Collage


So, by now you’re probably all dazzled by the lovely colours of the skirt, and the awesomeness of the greenery in the background. All the tomatoes, and swiss chard, my forget-me-nots, and the clematis, am I right? And you probably wonder how in this world can I maintain all that so effortlessly, right? Well, check out my ride, a huge help in my agricultural efforts.


IMG_1310And this is how I roll…


If you can’t eat ’em, wear ’em!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI went to Fabricland yesterday, came home with 3 meters of this. I just had to… Nuff said…

Self drafted. Yes, I can draft rectangles! I put in such large pockets that I could easily transport in them all the required ingredients for the pictured cupcakes.
So light!

I will share the rest of this deliciousness with my son. I’ll make him a shirt from what I have left, and then we’ll wear them together in public. It will be funny yummy!

We don’t need your education!

…actually we DO need that education, we’re just too eager to get started on the project to sit through all the lessons. I’m referring to “Design & Sew an A-Line Skirt” on Craftsy. I watched 4 episodes (out of 11) and then my fingers got so itchy that I just had to make that skirt NOW! I mean, how could I sit through all that, when the fabric that I purchased at the annual Yardage Sale at Textile Museum is burning a hole on my cutting floor?  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you ever feel like you transform  into one of those seek-and-destroy acquire robots, whose eyes lock on the target, and then pursue the target until it’s in the robot’s hands? You know that feeling? That was me when I glimpsed this cloth. I loved everything about it: the cozy but cool and light texture, the colours, the print, the informative selvage, and then the whole “one of a kind” aspect. It’s a screen print, so it’s possible that each fraction of the fabric looks slightly different than the other, right? Originally, I wanted to make a top out of this fabric, but I have been worshipping at the altar of Stacy and Clinton (of TLC’s What Not To Wear), and I’m sure they would recommend going crazy fabric on the lower part of my body, and something more subdued on top (deemphasize bigger chest, and balance it with more visible bottom yadda, yadda, yadda). So that’s how I made the call to use this print for the skirt.


In the process of making it, I was impressed with myself how good I got with inserting zippers. Even though the instructor called for an invisible zipper, I put a standard zipper in, and you wouldn’t even know that there’s a zipper there. Also, I matched the horizontal big navy line pretty well. Not so much with the rest of the print… Instead of doing regular hem, I used bias tape. I adore this skirt, but after wearing it for few hours I realized (yet again) that the recommended 1 inch ease in the waist is not a good idea for me. I just don’t need it for functionality, it only makes the skirt slide down and turn on my body…

I would love to watch the rest of that class some day. And maybe even insert pockets into another A-line skirt… Because there will be more A-line skirts! I do have more batshit crazy fabrics in my stash, and I’m not afraid to use them! I’m going home now, see you later!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPS. If you’re ever considering watching this course, the instructor has you draft the skirt in 2 pieces (front and back). I decided to add a bit more volume at the bottom, so I used the slash-and-spread technique, and I thought it would be a better idea to do it in 4 pieces… BTW, they cover this in another lesson, but I couldn’t have been bothered… So really, I have no idea how they do it.

The long and short of it…

MIA for almost 3 weeks… not good for a rookie blogger. But fear not, Dear Reader, I have not flaked out. I’ve been doing things, but with less zip, due to the offspring’s 2 weeks off from school. Too long…

Inspired by my last blogged project fiasco (Butterick B5785), I’ve been studying. Back in February, I picked up a copy of Fitting for Every Figure by the editors of Threads. With a hypochondriac-like delight, I’ve been diagnosing all the ways in which my body does not correspond to that of a clothing industry standard, pouring over various improvements one can do to her clothes to make them fit better. Oh boy, what did I get myself into? I will be blogging about this highly anxiety-inducing topic at some other time.

I did manage to do a little sewing as well. I finished a skirt, the idea of which I conceived in January (the black number), and worked on a wearable muslin for McCalls M6713. I was hoping it will turn out to be a wearable, the work went along swimmingly, until I got to the bodice fitting. The pattern calls for the use of small raglan shoulder pads, and shoulder pads and I do not get along at all… So I cut off the hump on the shoulder which was meant to house the pad. This helped a bit, but still I was left with a dropped shoulder situation, which does not look good on my body at all… So I thought that maybe I should forget the sleeves and just go with the cute cap-sleeve, but the hole under my arm was just too big… I turned to the book to read about full-figured/full-busted petite adjustments, grumpily decided that this is too much at this time, threw the bodice onto my Can I Save It? Pile, and turned my attention to the skirt. Long story short, I have a long skirt (the black-red one):

Sorry for a crappy picture, working on a better photo location!

So what’s the short number, you ask? Well, I bought this pretty fabric last spring, and had no idea what to do with it.


The textured roses stick out about 1/4 inch, and I was not comfortable with adding that much bulk to any of my of my measurements… Until I realized that some extra dimension in the hip area would actually do nice things to my silhouette. So I made a rectangle, lined it with some bamboo jersey, made 2 darts in the back (did not want too much gathering happening there), added the yoga-pant waistband (hugs the waists so… spanx-like), and voila! Instant curves, kinda! Look!

My offspring made me the flower. Pretty, no? I figured a spring-like prop would be called for on this wintery photo!

So what is next? Working on some pant alternations, hope to have that ready for the next blog entry… But you never know, it could be another skirt… Keep warm people, this spring is………. (feel free to fill in the blank)!

Love me some Ikea!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANot so long ago, I discovered that Ikea sells fabric. Made it home that afternoon with about 10 meters, all intended for clothing. Nothing over $4/meter. One fabric that I was extremely excited about was this lovely chocolate-brown and blue paisley 100% cotton velvet. Oh so soft… That was about 50% of my purchase, since I wanted to sew EVERYTHING out of it! I thought a good item to start with would be a skirt, since I never wear skirts, and I really want to start. I wonder if there’s a reason that I forgot about why I don’t wear skirts? Oh well, we’re about to find out… I used Simplicity 5259, view F. To accommodate my “unique” dimensions, I had to add to the waist measurement, and then downgrade the hips from size 22 to 20. I also did not stick to 5/8″ hem allowance, since I find it so wasteful having to cut off all those enormous seams. I usually do quarter inch hems. I thought I did my math right, tried it on about a zillion times while sewing, but somehow the skirt came out about 2 inches too large in the waist. I can slip it off without undoing the zipper. Other than that, I love the way it turned out!


I had a little outing today, to which I wore the skirt. Amazingly, it did not slip right off onto the ground. The little slit in the front did not rip, even when I was jumping over snowbanks, huge slush puddles, and getting into vehicles that are so tall that they really should have ladders to get into. But I will take the waist in. Maybe I will leave myself a little room, just in case, but 2 inches is too much!

What’s that, you like my shirt? Thanks, I made it in January. The scarf in November.