24 August 2011

'Call me' party frock

This might be my proudest sewing moment to date! It's the Macaron Dress by Colette patterns and it's intermeeeeeeediate, which loosely translates to ( maddening )pockets, pleats and an invisible zip. I went in blind. I had to un-pick and re-adjust and un-pick and re-adjust. I didn't merge the bust, waist and hip measurements. I spent $26 on an invisible zipper foot that I had no idea how to use. I wanted capped puffed sleeves and no contrasting waistband. And for the last two weeks from measuring to sewing the final hem I was prepared for 'sack dress with dodgy zip job'.

  I'd seen from other versions of the Macaron that it could look a little boxy so took measurements with no room to spare. But when I came to fit the dress, the ends of the waist wouldn't meet! Luckily the pattern's generous 5/8" seams allowed a little room for those of us who forget to merge waist and bust measurements. Re-stitching a 3/8 " seam saved the day and gave the small waist I was after. Phew!

Now, if I was really clever I would have thought to create some sort of 'lift the flap' option for breastfeeding. There's no physical way to wrestle a boob out any opening without freaking out the other guests so its a short stint only frock. There was a lot riding on this dress. If it didn't work out I would have happily resigned myself to a future of kiddie clothes sewing...

... but the love I have for this dress, with its minty, retro telephones, silky cream fabric, little puffed sleeves, small waist and pockets, runs deep. So deep that I'd pay good money for it in a shop. Plus it goes with my new fringe. So, with anticipation and a little more confidence I'm venturing forth into the world of adult patterns. 

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22 August 2011

Pea Pod Baby Carrier

To be honest I'm a bit of a mad Ergo baby carrier devotee. I've recommended it to so many unwitting mothers that any day now Ergo will call and announce that, as their unofficial sales rep, 5c from every carrier  will be donated to me. So before this becomes an Ergo rant, I must press that no baby carrier (and we've tested a few) has compared to its comfort and convenience, especially for a mum who goes handbag / pram-free when she can get away with it.

Thus, it was for cosmetic reasons alone that I fell in love with the Pea Pod carrier designed by Sascha of Piccoli Piselli (a must-see blog for boy sewing inspiration) and went out and bought the same Heather Ross fabric and contrast. I'm highly imaginative, you know. There were no pre-expectations for the Pea-pod to compare to beloved ergo and no hard feelings if it just turned into pure hip-candy.

 and the verdict...
We love our Pea Pod! I followed Sascha's recommendation of making the shoulder strap wider over the shoulder area, than the original measurement for added comfort. So even with the weight distributed off-centre it supports this 10kg bruiser with surprising comfort. A great pattern with easy construction. Not to mention it's mighty purty too!