Wednesday, 10 August 2011

More sewing

I promise to return to knitting posts soon. But in the mean time I only have photos of sewing projects & fabric to share.

I randomly entered a Free Fabric Friday over at Sew Mama Sew. My first comment on a sewing blog. And would you believe it, I won! That was so strange seeing my name on the list of winners.

I was REALLY hard choosing a fabric, by I finally decided on this

It's Confetti White from the Happy Mochi Yum Yum collection. I think it may be a dress or peasant top for Mim this summer.

In the meantime she has this pair of overalls to roll around in.

I was given the pattern amongst a big pile of knitting patterns. It's rather cute, but realistically, overly complicated for babies' overalls.

And even though the pattern is a little old (from the early eighties), it's still a tight fit for her cloth nappied bottom.

 There are a few areas where the finish isn't too crash hot. But these are the first thing I've made from a 'proper' pattern since I sewed under supervision.

I AM pretty pleased with the inseam - it has snaps for easy nappy changes. That was a bit of fun with the hammer!

The next pair of overalls I make will be more like these, at Whipstitch. Cute, and not too fussy.

But before I sign off, here's another pic of a cute girl in her cute overalls.

Monday, 8 August 2011

A different type of needle

I'm such a fan of knitting. I love it's portability. I can knit just about anywhere - car, lounge, waiting room, centrelink queue, birthing suite. Aside from that, I have a certain level of trust in what I have knitted. I know that it won't randomly fall apart (my seaming has improved dramatically over the last few years). I know how to read patterns (and ignore them when necessary). And I have all the basic equipment ready to hand - a variety of straights, circs & dpns in many sizes, stitch holders, needle gauges, row counters, post-it notes, safety pins, crochet hooks etc etc.

However, when it comes to sewing - ie fixing together pieces of material, with a needle and thread and/or sewing machine - I've not always been such a fan. It's not particularly portable, and requires a decent amount of room on the dining table or floor (and the floor needs to be clean/swept too). I don't trust a seam I sew not to fray. I'm not too sure on when it's okay to treat the pattern as a guide, and when to follow it to the letter. I haven't had all of the basic supplies to hand. And I have flash backs to sewing attempts as a child: when I seamed straight over pocket holes (instead of going around); cut patterns out the wrong way; forgot to put right sides together; and could make no intelligible sense of a pattern without my mum to interpret.

I've come to realise, funnily enough, that I used to have the same attitude to knitting. And now I'm all grown up (ha ha), and sewing is starting to make a little more sense. I've also realised that it's a lot quicker to sew a garment than to knit it.

Here's my first sewing project. Made in one evening. It took longer to wash & dry the fabric. I don't want to think about how long it would take to knit something similar.

The pattern was rather simple, I downloaded it from here. Overall I'm happy with it, and will make another. A few issues, though. I think the print settings were a little off (I now make sure 'shrink to fit' is not selected). I was a bit rough, and though I pinked the hems, I didn't clip them around the curves, so there's a bit of a pucker under the arms. Finally, I need more practice hemming - the base of the pinafore is circular, and I could have been more careful lining up the two hems.

I love the buttons. I bought them ages ago from Made It, and they were waiting for the right project.

There has been knitting, and more sewing. But that will have to wait for another time.