Self-drafted faux-wrap dress

In the interest of sharing all the old projects I haven’t blogged about yet… here’s a dress I made today. I’m nothing but consistent!

And, disclaimer: we’ve lost the charger to our camera so all these photos were taken on Mr. Guy’s cellphone. Just now realising what a difference a nice camera makes – the lighting was PERFECT when we took these but they’re still much more glaring than photos taken with our actual camera.

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Muse – Gillian Wrap cardigan

You know how, every once in a while, you see a style/pattern that you had previously discounted and suddenly think “yes!”? And the more you look at it, and different versions of it, the more you want it? That happened to me about two months ago with the Papercut Coppelia wrap cardigan. But while there is many, many beautiful versions of it (this is probably my favourite), I also read some complaints about the fit, particularly around the sleeves (see here for an example).

So instead of spending the extra money (which I’ve been trying not to do, since we have a mortgage now) and faffing about with the fit, why not try and alter a pattern I already had that fit well, to match the style?

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Self-drafted shirtwaist dress from sloper

Okay, I have two things to admit to you all. One, I still have a bunch of garments I haven’t blogged yet – most of them from before I moved (2m ago), and I think the number is now 5 or 6. It’s hard to get around to take photos with the shorter days, and I think I probably need a tripod for the days where Mr Guy doesn’t want to take them. The second is that I have been doing more drafting and it is so much fun, I don’t even want to go back to patterns. I know something awesome will draw me back but for now the only plans I have for using patterns is togs and a coat.

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A slippery slope(r): Suzy Furrer’s craftsy classes

One day soon, I hope, I’ll get the hang of taking consistently good photos. I still can’t quite work out why sometimes my blog photos are awesome and I look awesome, and other times I look like hell. Is it the makeup (or lack of it)? Posing? Photographer? Lighting? ALL OF THE ABOVE, DAMNIT?

Anyway, you’re not here for my face (I don’t think), but my WONDERFUL sewing (cough). But I’m going to go ahead and say that I think today’s two skirts are wonderful – partly due to fabric, and partly due to the fit which I have almost perfect, thanks to Suzy Furrer’s craftsy class on skirt slopers. (Please note, I’m using affiliate links in this post. But trust me when I say that doesn’t change my opinion at all of the classes, I’d still be recommending them)

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“Whoops I forgot to name this before I posted it”. A striped Moneta

Happy birthday to me! I’m 27 today, and am celebrating by heading into town to have lunch with my mother, then having my parents over for dinner tonight (Indian curry, which is one of our specialties).

It’s been a busy two months or so, as Mr. Guy and I bought our first home and set about moving in and making it our own – he built a fence (so it’s almost completely dog-proof) and I planted some fruit trees. Hence my absence from the blog, and from sewing in general – I haven’t sewn in about 6 weeks and only unpacked my sewing room yesterday. Luckily I have a bit of a back log of projects I need to post!

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“I’ve Created a Muenster” Burger leggings

Oh migraines, how I loathe thee.  I had grand plans today of finishing my “0 degrees” dress and taking photos of projects I need to blog about already. At midday, however, I started getting that “I can’t see properly out of my left eye” thing that warns me of an impending migraine: I’m lucky enough not to get massive headaches with my migraines, but I do get a nasty aura that leaves me utterly useless, and very sleepy. Now, with the sun dipping below the mountains I’ve missed my chance of photos and all I want to do is go to sleep. Boo.

I did manage to get outside and go for a walk with Mr. Guy and the dog – so was able to take photos of one project. Excuse the less-than-inspired photos, I had a migraine!

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Space runner

More sportswear! In the last few weeks I’ve really felt like sewing with knits, and more sports leggings was the perfect choice: as mentioned last time, the two RTW pairs I have will need to be retired soon – the capri pair have been repaired about 10 times, and the long pair are only suitable for biking (the waist doesn’t sit high or small enough so I’m constantly trying to pull them up). Given that I bike to work every day and (occasionally) run on top of that, I needed more than just the leopard print ones.

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Blue Leopard Moneta

Okay, okay. I’m not quite sure where the time has gone – it’s been a month since I last posted. With the days getting shorter and the weather getting cooler, it gets harder and harder to take blog photos – and I now have a self-imposed “no screens within an hour of bed time” rule which gives me less time to write posts, and even less time to read them; I have >120 posts on my feedly to catch up on!

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