Tuesday, 22 July 2014

V8806 Dress

Dear Bloggers,

I've had V8806 in my pattern stash ever since it came out and always thought it would make a good beach dress/swim cover up garment.

Of course it would make a good casual summer dress with hood as a fashion statement. At the end of our previous Aussie summer I dithered about thinking it would be great made up in my teal linen but at the end I could not, wanting to keep it for a shirt (it became the  teal linen Archer shirt) so the dithering continued.

Then in our autumn I joined a gym. There is a long cold corridor between the sauna and the indoor pool and I never bothered getting my towel out of my locker, preferring one dash to two but I  came up with the idea of making V8806 out of some double sided terry toweling from E.M. Greenfields, Sydney and make what is essentially a long hoodie.

Posing on my balcony early this morning, pretending it's summer..

Regarding the gorgeous terry toweling I knew this material, double sided and lush, was really too thick for sewing any sort of garment and that I should be making a poncho with a hood, if anything, but when I pre washed it the pile settled down a bit so I went ahead. Oh my! So hard. It took endless patience and a walking foot and much kicking of self. I eliminated the shoulder dart and the hood dart by folding them out before cutting and during construction I almost left out the zip to make this a throw on. But I was determined to finish it and finish it I did. I added two little round 'grommet' buttonholes that my Bernina can do to the hood on the outside of the hood edge hem allowance for a white drawstring to tie in visually with the zip. 

I love the pattern. As a dress in linen or hemp or bamboo it would be great. I love how the hood falls (see side view). I already have some hemp with this pattern's name on it. 

The pattern instructs you to line the bodice and hood to give a clean finish for the hood/neck junction but even on a summer fabric I think I would use only one layer for our hot summers and just bind the neckline in self bias.

The other thing is this dress needs pockets in the side seams but there was no way I was even going to do patch pockets on this toweling. The other problem with this dress is that once I have it on I don't want to take it off. That says something :))

It could become a house dress in the tradition of 'I don't know what I am going to wear today but I can actually open the front door in this if I have to'. Like in the fifties. Not everything about that era worn by our mothers or grandmothers was glamourous, kids.

Keep on sewing
and carry on..
Or words to that effect..


Winner July give away

Hello all,

Once again, in my year of give aways there is a winner. It was a close race with only a few contenders..

The winner is Paola of La Sartora, so Paola email me. It's Christmas in July for you!


Saturday, 19 July 2014


Two days ago a Malaysia airlines passenger plane, MH17. came down over the Ukraine.
The news bulletins say it was shot down by high tech missiles. A casualty of war, it seems.
Civilians are dead, mostly Dutch nationals going to south east Asia on Holidays. Australians coming back from Europe. Britons going about their business. The numbers and nationalities keep shifting as do the reports of who did what and speculation as to who is responsible.

I am sorry.

Sorry that there are missiles to fire. Sorry that this air route that flies over the grand river Dnepr in my mother's homeland will forever be part of this tragedy. Sorry for the senseless waste of lives. Sorry that there will be more as countries fight over oil, over power, over boundaries, over I don't know what...

I love Amsterdam. I love the city. I remember the hospitality I found amongst sewing friends in The Netherlands. I hope you and yours are all safe ..

Many have dreamt dreams of all men living in peace. You know that saying about not staying silent?

A Ukrainian preacher here said that our sorrow goes beyond words and it does...

Thanks for reading,