Knip-tastic: Refashioned Denim Mini-Skirt

Knipmode February 2009, Skirt 3What my hair looks like after 20 minutes in a motorcycle helmet. Denim from an old pair of men’s jeans. Belt carriers, original.

Knipmode February 2009, Skirt 3After 20 minutes on the scooter. I should’ve left the pockets off but they’re functional and I like that.

This next one’s gonna be a bit of a shocker.

When the necklines’ so low you need to string a dead animal around your neck to appear ‘decent’ in public.

When the only images of the garment are on a dummy, or worse, on an invisible dummy.

When leaning forward is no longer a socially acceptable option.

Accept that the finished garment will PG-13 on regular humans.

Knipmode February 2009, Skirt 3No I can’t iron it. The iron does bad things to it even on a low setting. Also, I know I look like a debt collector. From the Sopranos

I love this pattern and I really love the mesh-backed sports knit that calicostretch sent me way back in September, 2012 (I made this months ago but it’s been way to warm to wear it.) but I definitely need to do something about that neckline before I make the dress version. I’ve used the top for yoga and silks practice with Emily.

Knipmode February 2009, Skirt 3The contrast pockets looked cute when I sewed them in but they’re totally useless for co-ordinating the skirt with anything in a useful manner. But this has already been discussed in detail.

Previously on denim jeans refashioning.

Top Pattern: Knipmode September 2012 Top/Dress 27/28 (I’ve made the top but the dress version is pretty much straight down from the hem on the top-i.e. no tapering from the hips on down).

Fabric: Sports knit from

Modifications: Shortened it at the waist.

Skirt Pattern:Knipmode February 2009, Skirt 3

Fabric: Denim harvested from Carl’s old jeans (I used the original belt loops as is), Robert Kaufman Kitschy Kitchen remnant for the pockets, hammered hot pink silk lining (it’s silk, it’s invisible, ’nuff said), cotton remnant for inner waistband.

Modifications: None. Though I’ll shorten it next time because the tapered hem interferes with my stride and my ability to get off my scooter and park it while simultaneously defying gravity.

Knipmode 02/2009 and 08/2012 denim miniskirt and pleated topGreige. I feel cheated. As if I’d been tricked into reading a ‘women’s interest‘ rag. Carl tricked me into reading the Daily Maul yesterday. This feels worse-possibly due to the fact that it works in both English and Dutch. My spirit rebels.

Disclaimer: All non-self-generated images remain copyright of their original owners and are used here for the purposes of discussion, illustration and humour.

Wrap-Front Playsuit: Patrones 315, romper 31

PlaysuitNot a huge amount to say here. Love this playsuit. I’ve incorporated popper buttons (press studs? Snaps!) along the seam that runs from the inner left hem to the inner right hem. So it’s all cool. I’ve only worn it out once though. Over a bikini. So in that sense it is a bit of a blooper.

PlaysuitI won’t shorten it as much next time. Probably a good idea to modify the wrap front wrap drape as well. The actual garment has two little open-ended tucks at the shoulders that the pattern and the line diagram are missing.

PlaysuitI made the illustrations using Pebeo seta scrib markers. Similar to what I did here (but done months earlier. I made this romper and then winter arrived so there really hasn’t been an opportunity to wear it). Tutorial here.

Patrones 315 jumpsuit 31

Pattern: Patrones 315,  Playsuit 31

Fabric: Outer-some sort of poly-cotton nightmare that wrinkles like crazy but has a really cute embossed net pattern on it. Lining-cotton voile.

Modifications:

  • Shortened the top by 2cm (although 1.75 cm would have sufficed).
  • Cut the sleeves with selvedge ‘hems’
  • Added press studs snaps/poppers along the ‘A seam’ from inner left hem to inner right hem
  • Lined the shorts portion with cotton voile.

Cotton tights by Marilyn.

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Social Sessions. Make it so.

Social Sessions

Social Sessions will initiate in two weeks time. And continue for as long as there are takers. I aim to organise these on a fortnightly basis.

This is not a sewing thing it’s a hang out with cool people and widen your social circle while having fun thing. You can bring your partner, work friends, interesting people you meet at Uni/gym/activities-essentially anyone that you’d like to spend more time with.

Star Trek the Next Generation

You can even invite that cute guy/gal/other that you’ve been dying to ask out (but flubbed ‘cuz ‘date‘ is such a formal word). This is your chance to hang out with them in an informal setting and not have to worry about being at some restaurant trying to eat without getting anything stuck in your teeth and struggling to think of awesome things to impress them with.

The DauphinSo where’s this thing we’re going to in two weeks time?

Where: Joe’s Shoe Store.Joe's Shoe Store

Why:

  • it’s accessible by tram, train and bus so you don’t have to worry about driving there/home
  • you can get awesome pizzas delivered from Pizza Miene Lieber next door (and eat them at Joe’s), they have Gluten-Free options or you can visit any of the other awesome eateries in the area
  • the drinks are pretty durn good (they do cocktails and good whiskeys)
  • the atmosphere is relaxed and the crowd is friendly
  • they have an awesome toilet (that is always clean and never out of TP)

Outdoor eating area

When: Friday evenings, 6:00 PM onwards (you’re free to show up earlier/later with your friends, or with a book if you prefer).

The next 2 sessions are:

  • 25th October, 2013
  • 15th November, 2013

It’s a good way to relax, unwind and start the weekend-so put it in your reminder app/calender now. The weather’s warming up nicely and it’s time to get out there and meet some cool people already!

Disclaimer: All non-self-generated images remain copyright of their original owners and are used here for the purposes of discussion, illustration and humour. Featured image from here. All images linked directly to source.

MEETUP PSA

To all the awesome people that filled the meetup forms-you rock. Thank you. I can’t wait to meet you in person and have exceptionally interesting adventures with you.

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To all the anonymous weirdos that entered random sh*t (especially the creature that submitted the same form thrice under different initials):

fuckMy delete-button thanks you from the bottom of its little plastic heart for all the exercise it’s gotten this week.

For anyone that’s thinking of signing up for either meetup, I need your name (not your initials) and your email. I’m not sure why this needs to be explained but:

  • If I don’t have your email I can’t contact you about the meetup. And your ‘entry’ gets deleted.
  • I don’t interact with anonymous online weirdos. Especially not in real life. (BTW, you know you’re never actually anonymous on the the internet right? It records things like IP and location every time you fill a form. Yup, even those forms for commenting on other people’s blog posts =D I.e. blogger, disqus, wordpress and all the other commenting platforms. Even redditors can be traced if someone really wants to find them. I’m sorry if I’ve popped your imaginary privacy bubble).

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If you’re signing up for the Bendigo meetup, you can either meet us in Melbourne and get to the gallery with us OR you get to the gallery by yourself and meet us there. But you can’t do both (because you’re a person not a quantum particle).

Webcomic from xkcd. Cat gifs, unattributed, from this excellent tumblr on sweet, sweet couples romancing (mostly hetero, sorry). Possibly NSFW due to the presence of the odd kissing/making out gif and/or bare skin. Depends on where you work really..

Kristiann’s Big Day Out: Melbourne Meetup November 24, 2013

Kristiann Boos of Victory Patterns

Kristiann’s coming to Australia.

Give that a moment to sink in. Kristiann of Victory Patterns is coming to Oz.

So Maria and I thought we’d show her a good time Melbourne-style. Which involves dressing up and galavanting around town oogling exquisite artwork and browsing for patterns and fabric fuelled by nothing but the finest coffee, chocolate and modern cuisine.

Melbourne Australia

The National Gallery, the Melbourne Museum, The Fabric Store, Cleggs and Magnation are some of the stops on our itinerary. Lunch and dinner will be had in the city and we’ll head out for drinks after if people are up for it.

Everything will be public-transport-based (we’re sticking  to the city centre) so you don’t have to worry about parking/designated driving.

It’s gonna be a big day so start saving, sewing, working out, meditating and doing whatever it is you need to prepare yourself for this most extraordinary of adventures.

If you’re attending both meetups (the Modern Love Bendigo Meetup is the day before) you’re welcome to crash at my place overnight.

You do not need a blog to attend. Sign up here by the 15th of October, 2013. Registrations closed. Thank you for your interest. Watch this space for updates.

Previous meetups recapped here.

All images remain copyright of their respective owners. Featured image by Kristiann, cityscape used under commons attribution license off flickr.

Scott & Bailey

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Left: Perfect outfit on the blonde (Janet Scott). Modern, minimalist, grown up.

I got to bed at 3:50AM last night this morning after watching the series three finale of Scott and Bailey. British show, lady coppers, excellent wardrobe, good bit of eye candy for everyone. And unlike Luther (where I have to fast forward through all the creepy gory bits all the time) they omit the gore and get straight to the point: solving the case, being professional and having lives outside of work. Fair bit of humour too. Much of it provided by the lovable local idiot, Kevin, the rest pretty dry and involving the day to day interactions of syndicate police officers.

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I love Janet Scott’s wardrobe (for the most part).  The blouse at bottom left is too over the top for me (clovers and ruffles, what is this, Allanah Hill?) but for the most part it seems to be styled (well) by the burda style photo shoot stylist. All three seasons are peppered with a plethora of white shirts in various styles and silhouettes. Nothing here not to love.

Scott and Bailey

All boxes ticked.

Every episode passes the Bechdel test (in spades) and the drama outside of crime solving, such as it is, is of the mature adult variety (by which I mean grown up, not inappropriate).

Characters of both sexes are fairly realistically fleshed-out with a healthy dose of nuanced greys (except Kevin. Kevin’s pretty uniformly monochrome because every show needs a lovable idiot).

I recommend it highly and am already experiencing extreme withdrawal following my weekend binge. Methinks a Scott and Bailey marathon-meetup might be in order (I’ll bring the projector).

And while we’re on the subject of things I like, have a listen to Wise up Ghost by Elvis Costello and the Roots. If you’re in Australia I suggest buying it off the Google play store rather than iTunes (unless you like paying the ‘Australia tax‘*)-you can get it immediately instead of having to pre-order and wait for the ‘release day’.

*Yea the Australian government is aware of this and they don’t like it any more than the rest of us (why should a digital download cost more here? It’s not like it’s being shipped here).

Disclaimer: All images remain copyright of their original owners and are used here for the purposes of discussion, illustration and review. Don’t ask me where to find this, I am not your spirit guide (as those tend not to concern themselves with copyright limitations). Google might help though.

Guess who’s coming to the Modern Love Bendigo Meetup?

Modern Love Meetup Bendigo 24th November 2013

That map’s totally the right way up from where she is.. Totally. Because.

yoshimiandthemapIt’s Yoshimi! That’s right, the Modern Love Bendigo Art Gallery Meetup is now, officially, International.

Yoshimi’s blog, the flying squirrel was one of the first sewing blogs I came across back when I first started sewing. The fact that one of my earliest sewing idols is going to be here in Melbourne for this meetup is beyond exhilarating. Maria and I had a giddy over the phone geek out about the whole thing.

Which reminds me, I must sew something special for the occasion.

PS: WordPress.com has ads now (apparently they’re meant to be an ‘occasional’ thing). Because I hate ads (so much so, that I used the H word and started a sentence with because) I’ll either be moving to self-hosted, or sucking it up and paying for their adfree version. Obviously I’m hoping if no one clicks on the ads they’ll go away.  Just know that I am against them and am not getting compensated in any way, shape or form so you needn’t feel obliged to click on them.

Featured Image Credits: Detail of Evening Dress by Alexander McQueen, Fall/Winter 2008-2009. 
Courtesy of the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles
Museum Commission: Funds provided by Karen Coombs-Jordan (2010.5.73). 
Photography by Brian E. Sanderson The rest of the dress is here.
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