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Kit Construction

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1/10s, f2, 440ISO, autoWB, 3.82mm. Nexus6

This morning, E and I worked on building a “robot” from a kit.

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September 29, 2018 at 11:32 am

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Patterned Dolman Top

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1/320s, f5, 200ISO, autoWB, 50mm.

This is my favourite of the trio of tops that I recently finished. Because of the great print, it goes with orange, grey, red, and black separates. I picked up this fabric at a fibre gathering where a former quilter was getting rid of her fabric stash. This fabric reminded me of one of my current favourite makers, Sienna, of Not A Primary Color.

It wasn’t a very large piece of fabric so I decided to piece the shoulders by removing a strip from the top of the shoulder and adding in smaller scraps. This made the top slightly longer which was what I was hoping for. I created a narrow facing for the neck using the neck of the pattern and turned it under.

The fabric is very light a breezy and makes for a perfect summer shirt.

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September 3, 2018 at 5:15 pm

Yellow Camisole

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1/250s, f7.1, 400ISO, autoWB, 50mm.

With the remainder of light yellow fabric (content unknown as this fabric was gifted to me), I created a camisole to wear under the short dolman-sleeved top. Instead of doing what a smart pattern-maker would do (and take a basic fitting sheath top like the one used in my patap patterns), I freehanded this camisole. (I was inspired by True Bias’s Ogden Cami, which I like – however I feel that v-necks do not generally look great on me.)

I first faced this camisole with an old sheet but found that the facing was slightly too short (it ended at an awkward spot) so I turned it into a narrow facing by trimming it and turning it under. The straps were folded over and stitched (so that I didn’t have to turn a narrow tube) and then I pinned them in place to adjust the height before sewing them down.

As you can see from the photos, the armholes are too low and show my bra and the shoulder straps are set too wide apart, causing them to fall off of my shoulders when I’m wearing the camisole. My current hope is that this camisole will fit someone slightly wider around and that I can find a good home for this as I hate to “waste” a make. If I make this pattern again, I need to narrow the shoulder strap placement (closer to the neck).

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September 3, 2018 at 4:59 pm

Yellow Dolman Top

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1/320s, f5, 200ISO, autoWB, 50mm.

In my attempt to scrap-bust, I have been searching through my fabrics trying to match fabric with patterns. This scrap was quite small and it’s so thin that it seemed perfect for a thin and breezy summer shirt. I thought a simple dolman-sleeved top would make good use of this scrap and I even cut the selvedge as the hem.

For a woven t-shirt, the shirt does work out well – it fits over my head and while it’s not full-of-ease, it’s also not too tight. Perhaps it is a bit too short? Though for summer, it’s fine.

I hand hemmed the neck, and in retrospect, do not think I did the nicest job. It was hard to turn the cloth on a curve and keep the thread flat and I ended up with some gathering which I do not really like. I thought about fixing it and then realized just how much of a pain that it would be – and who will really care, besides me? So I think I’m leaving it as is.
Because the fabric is so thin, I realized it does need a tank top or camisole or dress to be worn under it. As there was a small bit of fabric left, I decided to make a camisole tank. To be continued…

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September 3, 2018 at 4:11 pm

Wiksten Jacket

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1/15s, f5.3, 400ISO, autoWB, 62mm.

I had to get up early today and it was actually cool enough to put on my Wiksten Oversize Kimono. I hadn’t photographed it yet, though it’s been done for months, because it’s been too hot to put on.

I used a twill that was given to me and a sheet (which had ripped) for the lining. Although I made the smallest size (from makingzine), it’s still very roomy. I shortened the sleeves slightly and had to piece the under collar so I ended up with very little of the twill left which is great. Because the jacket is very rectangular, it could also be considered a “zero waste” design.
The finished jacket is heavy, perhaps because I doubled the thickness of the pockets as well as adding interior pockets. Because it’s so large, I also found it awkward to sew. I did try to use both flat-felled and enclosed seams for durability.

As I haven’t really worn the jacket much (due to the heat), I can’t report on the its wearability. My first impression was that it’s too large. The designer has produced a new version of the pattern that is slimmer and includes shorter versions. However I also found that the Fabrics Store has a free jacket pattern which is quite similar. I made some updates to that pattern and have laid it out (I plan to keep the larger foldover collar of the Wiksten). Since I decided to use old jeans for the fabric, I’m now stalled taking the jeans apart.

I’ve been considering dying the jacket – there was some lightening or spots on the fabric and I’m also not too excited by the bright colour – it doesn’t really match my existing wardrobe, though it is growing on me. I think this has now spurred me to photograph some of my other completed makes.

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September 1, 2018 at 7:23 am

Together

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1/250s, f10, 400ISO, autoWB, 30mm.

While it wasn’t hot today, the kids still wanted to play in the pool. I didn’t last long, even though I’d taken a big bike ride in the morning.

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August 30, 2018 at 1:18 pm

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Cooling Off

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1/160s, f6.3, 100ISO, autoWB, 7.4mm. P7100

Friends visited this afternoon and with the heatwave this week, we cooled off in Cold Creek. E enjoyed riding one of the tubes down the channel towards the riffle.

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August 28, 2018 at 4:42 pm

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