Grainline Archer

Hello. I am back. I had lost my sewing mojo for a while but finally got down to making the popular indie pattern- Grainline archer. Whoa, I didn’t know so much work goes into making a shirt but the sew-along made it so much easier. I don’t think I would have been able to do it without the pictures to guide me along.

We shall call this one a muslin. Oooh, those pockets :/. I have some great chambray that I will try out next with this pattern. How hard is it to find affordable chambray in Melbourne. Golly! As this is just a practice run, I didn’t bother with buttons.  I still don’t have a tripod so I could take pics of myself in it so Betty Mannequin will have to do.

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Quick Review

Fabric : Poly Cotton

Notions: 10 buttons

Instructions: Grainline Archer

Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Time to complete: 1 day

Wear it? : Muslin

Sew again: Yes in a chambray

Japanese Sewing Book – Girls Style book – “L”

IMG_0317I’ve done a lot of selfish sewing lately so I decided to make something for my munchkin. Using the Girls style book I made the tunic top “L. I didn’t include the frilly part of the sleeve to make it more of a tunic top ans i also added contrasting pockets. The right pocket is a bit wonky but it not noticeable when worn.

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Quick Review

Fabric : “Drapey” Cotton and Checkered cotton

Notions: None

Instructions: I got the English version.Good diagrams but the instructions didn’t have much detail.Being a novice sewer, I  spent a lot of time reading the instructions and trying to figure them out. Ouch. My brain hurt after a while. With that being said eventually it all clicked and the clothes aren’t that hard to make.

Level: Adventurous beginner

Time to complete:

Wear it? : Yes

Sew again: Yes
Now, back to tackle that Simplicity 2444 again….

Kitenge Wax Print Fabric

One of the things I love about sewing is being able to experiment with different types of fabric and using them in whatever way you want. I love color and bold prints. Kitenge or Chitenge fabric is the beautiful and colorful fabric you often see African women wearing. The printing and bold color is done by traditional methods using wax. Its used in many different ways such as clothing, upholstery , carrying babies on your back, given as wedding gifts and can even be put up on walls as decoration.

At the moment there is a big trend of using this fabric with contemporary modern fashions. There are some great examples on Sika Boutique’s website.

I would love one of these babies. Too pricey for my pocket though! Luckily for me, my mommy dearest is currently in Africa and I’ve asked her to get some for me. I can hardly wait. Now I just have to find some patterns that would go well with the fabric. It seems to work well as a peplum top or something with a flared skirt as above. I’m thinking something like this:

ImageI think it will be easier to decide once I see the actual fabric. Have you used this type of fabric before. Any suggestions?

June Sew Along – Indie Pattern Month

June is Indie Pattern Month. This is a great sew-along supporting the independent  patterns out there. Drop over to the Curious Kiwi’s  or Modern Vintage Cupcakes blog for more information.

I’ve decided to tackle the Mathilde Blouse by one of my favourite sewing bloggers (and one of my inspirations) Tilly and the Buttons.

It’s a bit of a scary one, with tucks and darts (my arch nemesis) but I’m going to take it slow. That’s going to be hard for me. I get so excited when I’m sewing and all I want to do is see the finished product, so I tend to rush things a bit and make silly mistakes. Patience is a virtue.

Ready, Set, Sew!

Hello. I am Josie. I am a novice sewer. I’ve recently discovered sewing and the wonderful world of sewing blogs. This is just my little contribution. Here I plan to document my sewing projects – triumphs and failures (hopefully more triumphs than failures!)