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Sewing Dump : 1

Bad name I know!  So despite my lack of blogging action over the last 6 months or so I actually had quite a productive second half of 2012 in sewing terms.  I have just been too lazy/busy to write about it.  Over the next little while I hope to catch up and get back into the habit of blogging when things are fresh!  So to start me off I am going to do this ‘Sewing Dump’ a dump of images with brief descriptions of what I have been up to.  A couple of these projects I hope to re-blog in more detail later.  For now enjoy this dump!

{ and I apologise some of the photos are very average and taken in a hurry }

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Screen printed Ipad Cover/Clutch.  This one was made for my dear friend Bex however I have since gone on to make numerous more.  Hopefully in the coming weeks I will have some more available on my ETSY store. I was so happy with this project especially since this was my first one and there were no stuff ups – YAY!

Backpacks

Duffle style backpacks made for my twin nephews. These were so easy to make and turned out so cute!

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Wiksten Tank Plus Sleeves – I added cap sleeves to the Original Wiksten Tank pattern – sans pocket.  I was pretty happy with the result.  See my other Wiksten tanks here

 { Japanese cotton }

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New Cushions – it was time for an update! The adorable bunny at the front is from Karen Walkers new home wares collection available exclusively at Myer. The front right and far left are Ikea fabrics and the mottled grey in the middle is made out of a recycled drop sheet. My lovely sister-in-law who claims to be very uncreative saw this crazy drop sheet made from all sorts of recycled goodies and thought I might have some inspiration to make it into something fab.  Well she was right, I love it – this is probably just one of many creations I will be making from the drop sheet .  Uncreative … Pfft anyone who sees a mundane object like this and envisions a crafting opportunity must have some creativity!  { sorry for the grainy photo – iPhone at night }

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A Plethora of itsy bitys bags to place my Machine and a Dream products in. If you purchase something from my ETSY store you will be sure to have your item arrive in one of these!  Really this was just an excuse to use up all those bits of scrap fabric that are too small to be useful but too cute to throw out … turns out they are useful after all!

And so ends Sewing Dump : 1 – There will be more!

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Necklace Top

So after about 2 hours of rummaging through fabrics and patterns and the mess that is my sewing space I finally settled for a basic top from McCalls pattern M6519. I bought this black ikat print silk Country Road top (below) some months ago and I absolutely love it.  It is just a simple pattern design with a cute print and so easy to wear. The kind of top that you can throw on with some casual shorts or dress it up in the evening with skinny jeans and some pretty accessories.  I adore this sleeve length and it makes a nice change from the tank style that is so popular … Not that I want to diss my beloved Wiksten Tanks!

With this said I was looking to recreate this style in some other pretty prints.  Obviously I could have quite easily drafted the pattern straight from the top as there isn’t a great deal to it, but I decided to try one of my newer patterns for a very similar look.  McCalls M6519 has a slightly higher neckline at the front and no panel on the back. I love the high neckline with this particular print because it looks as though the top has it’s own built in necklace … which is why I have named it the ‘Necklace Top’.

I will definitely be making this style again. The most difficult part about the top was having to make my own neck and arm binding. Not usually a super skilled task with my clover binding maker but with the silky rayon fabric this lot challenged me. I made twice as much as I needed and I am glad I did because it meant I could be selective and only use the nice straight bits 🙂

Wiksten Tanks Times Three

Ok so as I mentioned I did happen to squeeze in a spot of sewing during April.  In fact I actually only did one night of sewing all month yet managed to produce three cute Wiksten tanks. I discovered this pattern online a while ago and have been itching to try it out. As I was packing for my holiday to Bali last month I suddenly realised how handy it would be to have a couple of cute little basic cotton tanks to take with me. Some easy tops that I don’t need to worry about ironing and can throw on with anything…but of course they had to be über cute to boot! So in true ‘all or nothing’ sewing fashion I made these 3 tanks the night before I flew out on holidays … Yes 3 tanks in one night!

I love this tank! Such a simple design that looks so effective on and works in so many fabrics. As you can see I used contrast binding on the arm holes and neckline, this was both for added cuteness factor as well as a time saving method. The contrast binding I used was pre-made and bought from the local fabric store. I should really sit down and make my own but for this last minute project the store bought variety worked wonderfully.

I must admit that I did ‘tweak’ the pattern ever so slightly, back in March I made one of these as a toile out of some cheap cotton. I am glad I did because as a result of my ‘mock-up’ I sized down from what the sizing recommended and I also scooped the back neck a bit. You can see from the photos that the red one was scooped even more than the other two.

This adorable orange Wiksten Tank was made using some floral folk print quilting fabric. I picked this doozy up in the clearance bin at my local fabric store while I was in there looking for the contrast binding.  At $2 per metre I am not complaining! Although the quilting cottons can be a little stiff when you first purchase them, after a couple of washes this one has softened up nicely. I tried to make them all slightly different so with this orange tank I added some of the contrast binding to the pocket edge.

The Red Wiksten Tank was made using a floral print Rayon that I picked up about a year ago … this fabric has been waiting for just the right project and I think I nailed it!  This top is the lightest and breeziest of the lot and an absolute dream to wear.   (sorry it looks a little creased in the photos) I decided to make this tank sans-pocket, for no other reason than just to change it up a little – definitely happy with my choice. I also extended the back of this one a tad, it works well with the soft way in which this rayon falls.

It is hard to say which of the three Wiksten Tanks is my favourite but if I had to choose I think this one would be it! This is a vintage piece if fabric that I picked up from the op-shop a few years ago now … the price tag still attached said $1.00. I love love love this print, at first glance it looks like a bit of a mish-mash of muted tones but on closer inspection it is full of the rich earthy hues that are so popular at the moment.  I can’t even count how many times I have pulled this little piece of fabric from my stash in the hope of being inspired to create something fabulous with it … I must say I am not disappointed with the result of this one. The cute polka-dot binding adds an obvious contrast to the tropical print yet ties in nicely. This version does have a pocket if you look closely but it blends in so well that it is hardly noticeable.

Final verdict … I think there will be a few (dozen) more of these in my wardrobe before the year is out. My next projects with the Wiksten Tank pattern will include a silk version  and maybe even a dress.

Happy Sewing!

Ps Thanks sister-in-law for the use of the cute coat hanger that I found in your wardrobe while house-sitting 🙂