I have had SO much wear out of my slinky black jersey Vogue 1250. Not as a dress, but as a draped top that goes with my fave grey wool Aline skirt, easily dressed up & down with different silk scarves, tights & boots.
|Am actually part way up a large rock, while supervising small children|
FunkBunny's fabulous Opp shop provided several metres of peacock blue ponte just as I was searching for some, so I cut out V1250 again, using a size 10 bodice and 14 hip from just above the waist/side darts. It works, but there's nowhere to hide...
So, after getting a thumbs up for the bodice enhancing fabric mass by DH, I went with my gut and added a large pouch pocket. It has transformed it from Vogue's image of sexy office wear to a more Japanese relaxed vibe - I was trying to channel Oanh's Lola, I admit it, and it's now practical - look ma, pockets!!! ;)
I considered a bottom hem band (again with the Lola channelling), but have left it off for now.
With some of the remaining ponte, I blatantly copied Blogless Anna's wonderful great wool (and pink chevrons!) shrugs from the Japanese sewing book Me&May.
For more details on the pattern, please drool over her version & it's binding, and for even more inspiration, Thornberry's made a few too ;)
The Shrug-a-lution has begun!
My other exciting sewing news is that I stitched both dress and shrug on my new to me Vintage Italian Necchi. This lovely, all metal, Italian design, assembled in Australia, 1960's machine made short work of both 10 layers of cotton and, with a ball point needle, switched gears to sew the ponte knit without a hiccup. Thanks Mike for pointing me towards the Necchi!
In non-sewing news, we went out for a family drive today - aka tire the boys out... and found a gorgeous old bluestone bridge. We then moved to the fabulous Woodlands Park, just next to Melbourne's Tullamarine airport, said hi to the retired thoroughbred horses, spotted dozens of large grey kangaroos and literally sat on one of 100 geocaches - what a perfect spot to spend time between flights!
|Yes, I am poking my sons with a stick to stop the photobombing|