Moving on, at the same time I dug out the jacket I came across the cut out pieces of this handbag. (It's the Nairobi bag which was a free download from Hotpatterns several years ago). My current handbag is from the same pattern and is looking pretty sad. So (also an embarrassingly long time ago) I cut this one from curtain fabric. It stalled because I needed to get appropriate interfacing. This is J's and my signature favourite colour, and she LOVES butterflies, so this languishing in a box almost brought her to violence!
And of course the ongoing Alabama Chanin skirt. Mostly getting worked on at craft nights.
This is a dress I started for Isabella. Also a BWOF pattern (#136B from 01/09). I bought this magazine when she was less than a year old and had to wait for her to grow into it. And then another year or so to get around to it. I finally started a couple of weeks ago and when I got to this point I thought I should check the (suspiciously small looking) neck opening would fit over her head.
And last but by no means least (is anyone still reading?) the current genuine Work In Progress. It's been waiting a few weeks because I needed plenty of space for the pieces. Two of them, which each take up most of my dining table. (My sewing for me time has been severely curtailed of late by curtains, school holidays and the mammoth task of relocating all the kids to different bedrooms)
Any guesses as to what this might be? I LOVE patterns which are impossible to figure out at a glance! This is going to be a dress. This dress:
BackPapercut Patterns. I got mine from Global Fabrics in Dunedin.
This dress (the first of at least three projects I am planning to make) is by Cybele Wirren. (See her website here). I'm going to make a wide obi or corset style belt to wear with it. One side the same fabric as the dress, the other something funky.
The patterns are really interesting - as far as I can tell, they are more like industry style patterns, with varying seam allowances, and notches marking them. They're all printed on large pattern sheets, like magazine patterns, with each design in a different colour. My only quibble is that the two pattern pieces for this dress are very similar, and were printed so close to on top of each other that I had to check several times that I didn't mix them up. Minor quibble! Instructions are concise and clear, but brief. This is all you get, so not for beginners. Hugely fascinating for those with a little experience!
So there you go, yet another blog post proving that I have a short attention span and a constant need to get on with the next thing, sometimes well before finishing the last thing. Oh yes, and I've also decided that it's time I made myself a corset, you know, because. I have Norah Waugh's Corsets and Crinolines out of the library and my pattern from it enlarged and ready to start playing with. I got spiral steel boning from the States *ahem* several years ago.