Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Sail away with Mandy Hudson

When I was a young, voracious reader, I used to dream of adventures along the Hudson with Trixie Belden, Honey and the Bob Whites - in my dreams I had short curly hair (just like Trixie) and was a bit of a tomboy - well, not much has changed ;)
My absolute favourite book in the 34 books that I read in the series was The Mystery of the Ghostly Galleon (1979) with a genuine glow in the dark disappearing pirate ship!
Don't mind me while I climb the rigging and dream of pirate adventures...
The following book in the series (#28) was the Hudson River Mystery, where Trixie saw a Shark! - and I got to learn about cyanide poisoning and the dangers of eating apple pips (excuse me while I spit these ones out...)
The Hudson Pants are a casual lounging pant newly released by Kelli of True Bias and they have pockets!!! Perfect for storing all those clues I'll find while solving mysteries.
Seriously, I love pockets, and I love being comfortable. I've now made two pairs and will make more.
I'm a size 8 by TrueBias measurements and Kelli suggests going up a size if your fabric isn't very stretchy. I chose a fleece from Spotlight which has minimal stretch, and I wanted a comfy 'tracky dack' style, so I cut a size 12 for my green pair. They're a really comfortable fit, sitting on my hips and have been well tested as I've changed into them every evening for a week - it's chilly here!
PhotoBombed AGAIN! Can't a mum read or knit in peace...
I did forget that I'm 5'6 and that the pants are drafted for 5'5, so for my second pair, I added an inch in the leg length.
I went down to the size 10 for my black ponte (from Darn Cheap Fabrics) and added 2cm in height to the CB (tapering to the side seams) and 1cm to the CF, as well as removing 2 inches in width from the CB waistband for my sway back. I prefer the high rise of this version, but that's possibly just a winter thing ;) 
I can make my size 8, the black ones don't feel as loose as they look in these pics, so I'm sure they'll work in my 'correct' size. 
Did I mention that there are pocketssess!!! I extended the pocket facing/lining (both terms are used on the pattern/instructions) to the CF so that they wouldn't flap about, not that my green ones do.
I was a little overenthusiastic with stitching the waistband onto my green pair and didn't leave it wide enough for the 2+" elastic to slide through, so they have two pieces of 1" elastic. I widened the waistband of my black pair by 1cm so that I could avoid this (as clearly, I can't follow 3/8" seam allowances consistently!)
The Hudson pant is exactly as I pictured - and just what my wardrobe required - comfy, with pockets & the black pair is worthy of being worn out of the home, especially when solving mysteries ;)

I've styled it with Tessuti's Mandy Boat Tee, layered with a black knit for winter.
The Mandy is a one size fits all free pattern for drapey knits. I have taken the front in by 5cm at each side as I felt swamped by the width of the fabric, however I've left the back as drafted and really like the drape.
I didn't have enough of my gorgeous (seriously, this feels luscious!) striped knit for the sleeves, and my black jersey was the wrong shade, so sleeveless it is! It does make it much more versatile. I'm really loving it as a layer with my Mosses and jeans as well as these Hudsons.
I simply finished all hems with a twin stitch, and yes, that is a cropped front and mullet back - I'm recalling 1983 here!
Check out Rachel's very stylish version of the Hudson Pants at Boo Dogg and me, and I want a merino fleece version just like Busy Lizzie in Brizzy's!
Kelli has also published a Sewalong, details here
Ahoy There!! There be windy days ahead, get thee into some Hudsons!!

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Teal waterfall cardigan = Swoon

I do like teal. And when there's just enough left on the bolt of snuggly luscious wool knit at Rathdowne Remnants for a waterfall cardigan, well, how could I not indulge!

The pattern is Swoon's free Scarf Neck Cardigan, which comes in both women's and girls sizing. It's been made up recently (& locally) by MrsNickpea, Lara Thornberry and Sewn By Elizabeth, who was working on one at SewAway.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Mosses in AcCord

According to the dictionaries in Casa Maci, accord (the noun) is to agree or be in harmony with opinions, actions or characters - so, let's be in accord that MossesForAll is a valid aim ;)
Mosses For All!!!
 I missed #mossmakingmonth in April - and Thank You to Jenny for bringing it to my attention - and for facilitating my purchase of a remnant of fine black cord from Tessuti.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

It's the simple things in life DD2#4 #3

It's the simple things in life that make me happy - like daisies from the garden picked by a preschooler, a perfectly extracted cup of coffee, dachshund snuggles without shedded fur
... and chevrons on my shoulders.
The fabric is Jaywalk from Tessuti, the pattern is possibly my first TNT,  the asymmetrical (scooped) neck top #4 from Drape Drape 2 by Hikato Sato.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

MMMay14: The conclusion

I have really enjoyed participating in Me Made May 14 and have met so many other sewing bloggers/flickrites who style their outfits in really lovely ways - It's been so perfectly inspiring!
SDTank&TealSS, DD2#4Blue, YSREva&BurdaPJ, CDSS&DD2#4Red, SDTank&KoiMoss, MumsVest&MossGreen, TiramisuGrey
YourStyleRocks Eva & Burda Pants

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Revisiting Vogue 1250 and making her mine

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
I was intrigued about how it would work in ponte, would I be able to wear it as a dress??

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Half way through May #MMMay14

RenAlex&KMoss&CDSS, ClegsSS, CSS&Renfrew, SDT.
Top pic is V1250&ClegsSilkScarf 
The texta garments are MeMade, the pencil indicates RTW
One of my favourite online community events has to be Me Made May each year. This is the first year I've participated, but seeing sewists from around the world in their 'everyday' outfits is one of the most inspiring things - and of much more use to me for coordinating my wardrobe than any number of 'stylist' articles or photoshoots ;)

Week One had 4 days & was accompanied by Melbourne having a cold snap that took me completely by surprise - I couldn't remember what I wore last winter to stay warm!