Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Just Like Starting Over

Which also happens to be one of my favourite songs by John Lennon . . . . but in this case it relates to my sewing.  The title of this post could also have easily read 'Good News, Bad News, Good News', so let me explain!

The good news is - I have lost 30lbs in weight (woohoo!), the bad news is that this amount means that all my 'me made' clothes no longer fit - with the exception of a couple of skirts with elasticated waists that look rather neat still.  My gorgeous Sorbetto tops and cardigans are hanging off me.  In both cases the issue is my shoulders - which is interesting to note.  Oh, and because of my new sooper dooper bras, my bust point is about 1" - 1.5" higher.  I am quite the perky girl now!!  The final good news is that I can now plan a new wardrobe, using the knowledge that I have regarding what suits me/the colour combinations I like etc., so I plan on working on a small capsule wardrobe and expanding from there.  I think that I can eke out my clothes, including using some rather old RTW, to get me through the rest of summer, and my new wardrobe will feature Autumn/Winter clothing.  How exciting is that?!

I like the 6-piece Autumn Wardrobe on Artisan Square:
  • 1 jacket or cardigan in a dark neutral that is great for you (black, navy, brown, charcoal...)
  • 1 pair of great trousers in the same neutral
  • 1 skirt in another neutral (olive, plum, grey, stone, tan...)
  • 1 jacket or cardigan in the second neutral
  • 1 top in an accent colour
  • 1 top in either of the neutrals
As well as the four by four wardrobes on the Vivienne Files blog. I need to do some more planning and I can't wait to start!

In the meantime, I have made more socks:



More details on Ravelry.

A Fox Cowl:



This will be used to raise money for Galgos del Sol, a Spanish based charity that rescues galgos (Spanish greyhounds) once their owners have no further use for them.  They are often badly treated/injured/sick/abandoned etc.

And then I played around with a pattern called Princess and the Pea that uses old sweetie tins and scarps of fabric to make these gorgeous toys:






Did you see the tiny 'pea' glass bead) on the bed on the third photo?  Too cute for words!

What have you been up to?  Are you easing into your Autumn sewing?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

So, You Want to Make Bras?

Oh boy - I've been wanting to share this with you . . . . and now I can! The Fairy Bra Mother herself has been approached by Craftsy and has just returned from filming a bra making course.  Woooohoooo!

Craftsy Home Page

She has written about the upcoming course here and here.  So, although Beverly cannot release any further details (and I don't know anything else either) there will be a course later this year.

 Bra Makers Supply Home Page

I am so excited about this news.  I don't know any class details, but I am guessing that you will be to learn all the tricks and secrets that I learned on my course in Hamilton - this is such a fabulous opportunity.  As soon as I hear anything else, I will make sure I post it!

If you have never heard of Craftsy - follow this link and take a look around.  I have subscribed to a number of courses - Sewing the Couture Dress, Plus Sized Sewing, Garment Industry Secrets etc., etc., as well as some quilting and jewellery making classes.  It is a crafting person's heaven!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Another Weekend = More Bras!!!

Hey, step aside and let the addict have her fix!  Things are a little trying right now (we are having a deck built in the garden and that is causing us a little stress) - so I have retreated to my happy place to make pretty things - always a 'cheer me up'!!

Also, it turns out that the lovely lacey pink bra that I showed you last week . . . . .


Is somewhat uncomfortable to wear :(


That 'oh so pretty' gathered netting trim on the strap, runs along the armhole - and scratches like an 'I-don't-know-what'. Grr.  What a nightmare.  What is to be done?  I know, make a similar one with the trim where it should be - on the neckline!

So this is version two - I used the 'Classic Bra' pattern this time which used trim across the top of the cups, and some leftover netted lace from my moulded cup bra:




No more scratchiness!!

And then I made a couple of others.  I have been wanting to make a chocolate coloured bra for ages, well, at least since my course!  I paired up the fabric with some lovely coffee coloured lace that actually looks nude when I wear it:




And then I wanted to use up the leftover lace from my first turquoise bra.  Here is the original - using the finished edge of the lace to form the wings of the butterfly:


And on this bra the finished edge is on the top edge of the cups.


This means that when buying lace which is 5"/6" wide - there is a lot of leftover lace . . . . . so this is what I made!



I saved just a little lace with an edge attached to trim the bridge - I think it looks pretty good!

So there we have it - another three pretties to add to my collection . . . but still no knickers.  I really must concentrate on knickers!  And I will.  I promise!

How about you - are you easily sidetracked by projects that are quick and you know will turn out well, despite knowing you should be making something else??

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Guess What I Made this Weekend?!

Yeah.  Surprise right?!  I actually made two during the week, and then one yesterday and one today.  Let me introduce you!



I'm still learning about what fabrics work well together and I like the freshness of this white one with the aqua and green lace.  First of all, the pattern is called 'Shelley' from Bra Makers Supply in Hamilton (I think that I need shares in this company,what with the referrals and purchases that I have been making!!!)  All the fabrics and notions are also from Bra Makers Supply - apart from the gingham flower and beads, they are from my personal stash.  I used the blue and aqua lace on the blue bra here - what a difference there is depending on the main fabric that is used.  I love this bra!



At the same time that I made the white/green/aqua  bra above, I also made this one with the purple lace.  I picked up the lace on my trip to Ann's fabrics, it is a stable lace (no stretch) in a deep purple with white thread that means is picked up beautifully by the main fabric that is also in white.  The gingham flower actually matches somewhat better than it appears in the photo.  Honest!  It took me three evenings after work to make these two white bras - an hour or two each night.  Very simple but very effective!



I made this lovely lilac bra on Saturday.  The lace is a stretch lace from Ann's Fabrics again.  I dillied and dallied for ages trying to determine what combination of fabrics to make this is - and I am really pleased with it.  It will be interesting to see if there is any difference between the  stretch lace on this bra and the rigid lace on the other three bras on this post.



The last bra I made was this delicate pink one, that I made today.  I cut out all the pieces on Saturday evening and timed myself making it this morning - 2hrs 20mins.  Not too shabby!  And that included sewing on the ribbon and pearl bow on the front.  The bows and flowers that I have used on these four bras are ones that I have previously purchased for card making - so check out your scrapbooking aisle for reasonably priced adornments. 

The lace for this pink bra is actually a gathered lace that I have had for years.  I carefully unpicked the stitches that held a band that gathered the lace, gave it a good pressing, and it has turned out beautifully.  It is more like an embroidered tulle and it all looks so very delicate.  The pale colour of this one means that it will get worn a LOT!

I saw that the lovely Carolyn had put up a post today about bra making and using the the proper findings (elastics, rings, sliders etc).  I cannot recommend enough how professional your bra will be if you use the correct bits and pieces.  You need a stretchy fabric for the back band of your bra - but some thing more stable to support your breasts.  Similarly, a good solid elastic is best for the band trim, but something more delicate for the neckline or straps is more appropriate.


And matching rings, sliders and hooks & eyes - gorgeous!!



I used white wire casing (I forgot to pick up the matching lilac - but you can buy it!), but I do like my other trims to match/co-ordinate.  One trick I did read about was about having all the colour up front, and then use neutral fabrics/trims for the back.  Apparently some of the more expensive RTW designers use that trick.  


I do like the insides to look as good as the outsides!!


So here we are - my fabulous four bras for this week!  Carolyn also linked to this video - although it deals with foam cups, some of the steps are the same as the ones that I have used for my soft cups.  I am hoping to be able to share some news for you pretty soon that will help those of you who want to learn how to sew the bras that I have made, but so not want to travel.

Next up really needs to be some matching knickers/boyshorts, so I think that I will concentrate my efforts on that during the next week or two - and then I can have (for the first time in my life) matching underwears!  How exciting!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Boob Camp - Wrapping Up

All good things come to an end - and so did Boob Camp.  But not before I visited Ann's Fabric's and took some photos of the gorgeous fabrics:







What an absolute riot of colour!  The shop carries a lot of stretch fabrics - great for bras, swimsuits etc.  I bought a couple of lengths of 6" lace that I have used to make the upper cups on two bras that I will post in the next few days.  The shop is absolutely overwhelming - in a great way!  If you peer through the doorway (OK, I did.  I got there about 30 minutes before opening time!) it looks like quite a small, compact shop.  Perfect when you only have a short period of time to shop because your sewing class starts soon . . . . . and then I discovered there was an upstairs.  And a downstairs.  And rooms to the back and the side.  Woohoo!

I also took a few photos of the displays in the Bra Makers Shop - what great inspiration these will be:





Well, it has been a great week - I have learned a huge amount and certainly feel confident now in my bra making abilities.  Although, I should let you know that on the last day, I totally messed up the black and red lace bra (and ended up having to finish it off at home) - there would have been so much unpicking needed that I just cut out two more cups - and that is the benefit of working with smaller pattern pieces!  Oh, and the dotty cream foam bra?  I somehow managed to sew the cups onto the band upside down.  Really.  I'm hoping that I won't be making those mistakes again!

So, back to reality and to the work that pays the bills!  I will be stalking Beverly as she takes part in Saskatchewan Stitches - a knitting/sewing/quilting extravaganza that takes place in Humboldt, Saskatchewan each May.  They have some great instructors, so next year I think that I will be packing up the car for an 8 hour drive to take part :)  What course to take next I wonder?  Perhaps a swimsuit?

I hope that you enjoyed these posts about Boob Camp - there was just so much going on that my senses were on overload and I have only manged to articulate a fraction of what went on!  I have three more bras to share with you - ones that I finished/made when I got home, and I am looking forward to making some regular clothes as well.  Incidentally, my bust point is now over an inch higher due to wearing better fitting underwear.  Who'd a thought?!

I hope that I have given you some food for thought - maybe even encouraged you to try making your own underpinnings.  I know that there will be many more bras in my future - and you know that I'll be sharing with them with you!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Boob Camp - Travelling & Socks

Having spent all day sewing (it was hell you know, sheer hell!!) I had the opportunity to go out and about locally.  So let me share some photos with you!

One evening I met up with friends in Port Credit for dinner.  It is due to these friends that Mr. SDSC and I came to Canada in the first place - Tim and I were Police Officers together in the UK so it was lovely to get together and 'swing the lamp'!


Can you see Toronto in the background of the above photo?  It is just about there!






I also had a trip to Ancaster - a little village just outside the main town of Hamilton.  I bought some gorgeous mohair/silk yarn to make a very luxurious scarf . . . . and got some lovely photos!






And I managed to finish another pair of socks . . . . .



It has been one busy week!  Tomorrow I plan on wrapping up Boob Camp with lots of photos of fabrics and some gorgeous bras that I am hoping will be inspirational for you!