Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Jess W!

 Jess is the mistress of all things prim.  Another of her phase that we all have to live with ... :)  I gathered some essential prim (dare I not?) items like crushed walnut shells, heavy muslin and a metal clamp make-do.  I also stitched a mug rug for her (my current craze).  The pineapple stitchery is a freebie design by Sue Allemand.  Being the cat lover that she is, I knew I had to get her this kitty card.  These are prints by a talented local artist Emila Yusof.


 Another mug rug but this time for Margaret W.  The cross stitch is a freebie design by Plum Street Samplers. I changed the chart a little with MW's DD as the elder and her DS as the baby!  Stitched on Lugana 28ct evenweave with DMC floss.  The fabric is from a honeybun called Make Life by Sweetwater for Moda. Sorry about the pictures being a little dark despite being rather sunny outside.  I think I need to tweak some manual settings and see how that goes.

 I bought this book without knowing that it wasn't REALLY couture.  The techniques really looked impressive and quite polished to my untrained eye.  Ann of Gorgeous Fabrics panned it just a few days after I got my copy :(  Nevertheless it's really useful to me and I don't think I want to aim for real couture sewing as such although it is always good to know what's out there (famous words by Mulder).  I would be happy with meticulously made RTW (Ready to Wear) garments. 

 This is the start of Burda 8218.  I chucked this fabric aside as it was too sheer almost like organza.  The fabric was Glace by Three Sisters for Moda.  My friends say I could use a spaghetti T or a lacy camisole inside the blouse ... we'll see.  I've cut another piece or white cotton fabric since, this time thicker.

 I tried Hong Kong seam for the shoulder seams using the discarded organza like fabric.  I think I better stock up on some satin bias tape or some viscose lining.  Sure would be prettier and more comfy.  And it saves a trip to the shop to serge it before attaching the collar.

 I used the couture dart method as described in the book.  I needed to sew 6 darts for this blouse.   I am also using that same organza fabric as the interface for my facings.  I have not got the silk organza that it widely used in replacement of interface.  I need to make a trip to the fabric stores to get some essentials soon. The instructions for the Burda 8218 leaves a lot to be desired and for a newbie like me it zapped all the little brain power I had.  It was a rather mentally exhausting weekend.  For a more finished front facing I used Sunni's tutorial, which is very clever.

 To soothe my tortured grey cells, I worked on Mary Glover, still some catching up to to.  I had to unpick 'FINISHED THIS MARCH' as I used the wrong colour floss :(  It's now corrected.  When it rain it pours?  That's how the weather has been here in KL for some days.  There's a mini storm every evening starting at 4 pm.  The lightning show is just above my roof!

 Some clowning around with the T block.  It's a 3" block, a little too small for my liking but I think I may make another 3 just to convert it into a potholder?  I saw this just the night before on Taryn's blog.  I used this instructions.  I am using Kona's Rich Red and a white muslin.

9 comments:

  1. Oi, this is not just a phase. We are talking serious dedication here, lol.
    Many thanks for all the treats, esp pineapple.
    JessW.

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  2. You have matched your gifts to their recipients with thought and care. They are all lovely.
    I enjoy seeing your new garments and lament the fact that I have missed out on that skill. Believe me I have tried!
    Good to see that you are joining in the celebration of red and white.

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  3. You have been busy Barbara! I love your little mug-rugs, I can attest to the fact they could be very addictive! Your dedication to dress-making reminds me of the years when I would add to my wardrobe on a weekly basis. I didn't use Burda much, but loved the Vogue designs. I have kept all my patterns.
    Your cross-stitch as always is beautiful!!!

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  4. Such lucky friends to receive your lovely gifts.

    I'm sure you will soon have the same skills in garment making that you do in quilting and embroidery.

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  5. oh my! So much goodness going on here. The mug rug and stitchery are fantastic! Sorry about the unpicking:(
    I love the r&w T block...3" yikes that is small!

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  6. Those mug rugs are beautiful. It will surely provide me with inspirations for a mug rug exchange I have joined for later this year.

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  7. What wonderful gifts you put together! Nice work on Mary, I just finished the over one part and have started on the rice stitch.

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  8. What great gifts! Beautiful work on the garments, too. I need to catch up on Mary G, too, but am trying to finish up Anniversaries of the Heart. Love the quilt blocks!

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  9. I just love your mug rugs and am sure they will be treasured gifts. The T blocks are adorable and your MG sampler is coming along nicely. You make me think twice since I used to sew my own clothes but stopped. I just do not have the time to quilt, stitch, read and crochet as it is. Wish we had a few extra hours in the day...

    Hugs from Holland ~
    Heidi

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