Thursday, November 26, 2009

Skirt envy

There aren't so many designers where I love the majority of their stuff but Erin Fetherston is one of them. Her designs are just so beautiful. When I saw this skirt of hers from her Fall Winter 2009 collection...

Love at first sight! Isn't it the most gorgeous skirt you have ever seen! I want it so badly!

Lacking funds for designer clothes I made my own version of it. I found some 'silk' at my local rövidárubolt. I don't really think it is silk even though the label said 'selyem'. It's stretchy and beautiful and soft. It's wine coloured with black roses all over it. It's super heavy - this skirt is heavier than most of my items of clothing.... and it's a mini skirt!! This is probably cos I used two metres of fabric...

It's the most fun skirt for spinning around in! At first I was wearing some heels for the pics but after much spinning and getting dizzy - it's really hard for me to spin in high heels! - I changed to some shoes I bought in Morocco last year.

I never wear them because they are a few sizes too small and they make my toes curl up (those Moroccan salesmen..... they really know how to sell stuff!) but at least I can spin round in them. If I was an elf I would wear these shoes all the time.

I think it would be nice to make this up in a slightly lighter weight fabric. Give it a bit more puffiness. And maybe not out of a stretch - actually, I should just add more interfacing to the waistband of this one, give it some more structure.

I put in an 'invisible zip' at the back. Not sure what happened.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sparkly Black Leggings

I made these leggings a couple of months back. Well, I started them a few months ago. They have been done for a while though. I think I've only worn them once. András thinks they look slutty... I think they are hot! They just don't really match with my usual outfits. I made up a pattern myself. A bit of trial and error. I had to resew them quite a few times to make them tighter. Negative ease...

I don't know what happened with the following pics... The colours changed for a min or two.... *creepy ghost noises*.



I got the fabric from the big store near Keleti. Can't remember the name off the top of my head. They've got lots of stretch fabrics and it's really cheap but their staff are so nasty that it is hard to make myself go there. Sometimes though it's worth it, like when I find fabric like this. I love sparkles.

The Turquoise Zebra

I have been really loving retro looking dresses lately so I wanted to go for a fitted bodice and a full skirt. I only bought a metre and a half of the fabric so it's not quite as full as I would have liked (I'm trying to reduce the amount of fabric I have so I am trying to not go crazy and buy metres and metres of stuff which I won't use (like all the turquoise and black swimsuit fabric I have left over from my bikini - yes, I bought TWO metres of it to make a bikini... I just fell in love with the fabric... which actually happens to match this fabric kinda perfectly).

Anyway. So I got this dress done on Saturday night. I was sewing like mad to get it finished before I went out so I could wear it. I even temporarily sewed a belt on so it would sit in the right place! I should add belt loops.

I put a long (I think it's 60cm) invisible zip in the back so I can step into it - it's just so much nicer to not have to pull a dress over my head and mess up my hair....

I didn't use a pattern, just my bodice sloper which I think I need to adjust a bit - it has too much ease in it for my liking. I took it in a lot at the waist.

I moved the skirt side seams around to the front a bit because I put in some inseam pockets. I made a skirt in the spring with an inseam pocket which is right exactly on the side and it is so hard for me to find! These ones I have no problem finding. I lined them with black satin. It's so nice and silky on my hands :)

After making it I thought the length looked a bit too long for the bar I was going to so I attached domes so I can adjust the length!

I've sewn on about 4 of them so far - quite time consuming - and I was running out of time on Sat night so I just tacked up the rest (and undid it after getting the shorter skirted pics). I will get the rest of the domes sewn on next time I'm watching some Gossip Girl. I really don't like hand sewing - it's so tedious. I almost always hand sew hems though... It just makes things look so much nicer.

I think if it's long then it looks better with a wider belt. The ones in these pics look too thin.

I wanted to make a belt to go with it and I had an idea in my head. It's black satin with thick elastic inside it and two big hooks and eyes to close it.

It actually looks exactly as I imagined it BUT it doesn't look like I want it to when I wear it.... It's too puffy and makes my waist look bigger. So that was a bit of a disappointment. I do love my new dress though.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The machine that lies beneath....

This is the sewing machine which lives in the desk I sew at. It's built into the desk and was really hidden! It kind of pulls up and out.

I think it's rather beautiful. It's an old Naumann. Anyone know how old it is? It's pretty rusty and the foot pedal and cords are missing so I unfortunately can't use it.

I'm so curious about it's previous owner - it wasn't my landlord's machine. I found little scraps of fabric from things she made (I am just assuming she was a she) inside the hole and tons of pins. I wonder what she made... I have so many questions!

She had a magnetic thermometer on her machine! It kinda makes me wish I had bought a metal machine....

Friday, November 20, 2009

My new dress!

I went into one of the I love Textil shops yesterday. I know I shouldn't (I have faaaar too many half finished projects) but I really want a little black dress and I don't have any appropriate fabric in my stash. I couldn't find the perfect black fabric but I did see my new dress!!! I love love love this fabric! It's turquoise and black zebra print! I had to buy it. And it was only 390ft a metre.... can't beat that! And it's stretchy which = comfy. I have too many dresses which cause me pain if I eat anything.... I'm guessing it's some kind of cotton stretch twill. I love Textil isn't big on fabric labelling....

I started the dress as soon as I got home. So far the bodice is nearly done, just gotta add on the skirt, do the neck facing, add a zip and I'm thinking huge pockets so I don't have to carry a bag.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

So little progress...

I was just looking at my list of unfinished projects. I thought I was probably making some decent headway. I have only finished two of them! I just hemmed my leggings and put some elastic in the top so those are done as well as Jacob's pressie. I did have a go with my black deep backed dress but I think it possibly might be unfixable - I cut it far too deep and now it won't sit close to my body... My jeans I was making FRUSTRATE me. They are so unflattering. The rest of the things I haven't touched in months.

Monday, November 2, 2009

A present for Jacob

I started making this fabric book for Jacob - Hayley's baby - before he was born and I have only just finished it now. Jacob is now seven months old.... I couldn't figure out a nice way to stick the pages together and then finally I thought of blanket stitching.

Some of the things in it are memories of things Hayley and I did together, others are just random.

Thinking of when I was teaching Hayley how to drive manual always makes me smile :)

Hayley (on the left) and me. She loves denim skirts.

The bee was an idea of Andras'. He drew it for me. I think it's cute.

I made a little movie with Andras when I was making this book which had a ghost in it. So I just traced around the ghost onto fabric...

Hayley and I had goldfish for a very short time. Pig and Dog. RIP.

A little NZ-ness.

A message for Jacob!

I made a bag thing too out of the blue polka dot fabric.

This is the card I made to go with it. I have always loved making cards! I think it would be great to make cards for a living. I didn't have any baby coloured fabric so I dyed some white cotton with coffee (was out of black tea....). Later András was like "you know, you can use my paints...". I didn't even think of painting paper! The nappy, hair, eyes and dummy are felt.