Tuesday, June 23, 2015

THE QUIRKY PEACH SHOP

Hi Everyone! Just wanted to let you know that I am DESTASHING my fabrics, sewing books, and patterns over on Instagram. My new page THE QUIRKY PEACH SHOP has photo listings of the fabrics and sewing books so far - patterns will be added soon! If you have an Instagram account, just leave a comment under the item you are interested in with your PayPal e-mail address. If you don't have instagram, you can comment here OR e-mail thequirkypeach (at) gmail {dot} com

Books are in Like New or Very Good (if vintage) condition. All fabric has been measured and priced. If it has been pre-washed by me it says "Washed" in the description. This was with your regular old Tide detergent ;) Yardage is priced around $5ish a yard with factors like quality, weight, rarity, design, and more taken into consideration. Shipping is the buyers responsibility and will be sent first class or priority mail USPS. Payment required before shipment. If you have ANY questions or concerns you can leave a comment OR email thequirkypeach (at) gmail {dot} com

Thanks so much! You can visit the shop HERE :)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Coral & Gray Minoru Jacket




This jacket. This jacket has been an ongoing project since last June. That's 10 months people. That is an awfully long time to sew something. I am just SO happy to be finished! This was intended to be a wearable muslin, but the more I worked on it, the more I fell in love with it and wanted it to turn out perfect. This led to crazy things like redoing the cuffs a bajillion times until they were just right, or hand-stitching instead of machine stitching certain parts because it would look better. But I have to say, it turned out pretty fantastic, inside and out. Probably the best thing I have ever sewn, actually :)

 

The jacket is the Sewaholic Minoru, which has been in my stash for quite a while. The main fabric is a very soft gray cotton twill (I think) with poly floral print lining. I went with coral pink zippers and top-stitching thread. I may or may not have already had these perfectly matching boots and scarf in my wardrobe ;)




This jacket fits GREAT everywhere except the hips. When I started it, 10 months (and 10 pounds) ago it seemed like the finished measurements would be roomy enough for my junk in the trunk. In hindsight (teehee... hind-sight) I definitely should have graded out at the hips. I only have 4" of ease around the hips, which is okay, but when I put my hands in my pockets it is pretty snug. Oh yeah, pockets! I added the welt pockets from the Rigel bomber jacket pattern :)


Details At a Glance:

Pattern: Sewaholic Minoru Jacket

Fabric: Main - Gray Cotton Twill(?) and Lining - Floral Poly, both from Hancock Fabrics
Notions: Coral Zippers, Gray thread, Coral thread, Handmade label, interfacing

Size / Fit / Alterations:
- Cut a straight size 10
- Next time, I will add length to the jacket and grade out at the hips

Design Changes:
- Lined the hood, using a method similar to this one
- Added single welt pockets (pattern pieces from Papercut's Rigel bomber jacket)
- Omitted inside pocket
- Shortened cuffs, interfaced, and omitted elastic/gathers
- Contrast top-stitching to match zippers

Construction Notes:
Finish seam allowances in the hood/collar section well - they are not concealed in the lining
Hand-stitched main jacket / lining at collar instead of machine stitch-in-the-ditch
- Measure the zipper window in collar carefully :)   


And that's about all I can say about that. I am sure there were tons of other little interesting tidbits about the construction and what not, but it's been so long since I started that I forget most of it - haha. I am really proud of this jacket, and I am so happy it's finished!


What is the garment YOU are most proud of sewing? If you blogged it please include the link so I can check it out! :) Thanks for reading!

❤ Sally

Monday, April 13, 2015

Black and Blue - Hollyburn Skirts 1 & 2

Happy Spring Everyone! :) This is my latest sewing project, a Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt. The fabric is black floral cotton sateen, leftover from my Rigel Bomber jacket. I was so happy I had just enough to fit all the pattern pieces on, although some of them may not be quite perfectly on grain ;) 


The dress is a really straightforward sew - pockets, skirt seams, waistband, invisible zip, hem, done! This is View C, the shortest version, which I find to be a good length and I'm 6'0!! The only alteration I made was to nip in the waistband at the side seams. The straight waistband didn't sit quite right on my curvy waist. My favorite part is the bias bound hem - HAPPY YELLOW!


The skirt is so colorful, it goes with almost everything! I really like it with my new Maker tee by Megan Nielsen (worn here with my floral Rigel). My favorite pairing, however, is with a black and white striped top. I cannot get enough of stripes and floral! This boatneck knit top is from Target.




And a couple more detail shots - the fabric is just so pretty! 


This is actually my second version of the Hollyburn. The first one I made back in August of last year, in a solid "Tardis Blue" color to wear the premier of the new Doctor Who series with Peter Capaldi. 


I took some photos of the blue one back in February but never got around to blogging it. Funny enough, I am wearing the exact same top in a different color! What can I say - Hollyburn and boatneck stripes are a perfect pair :)



So what is your favorite skirt pattern? Do you have any go-to combos in your wardrobe? Are you a straight or curvy waistband sort of girl? Any photographed but unblogged projects in your queue?

Thanks again for reading! ❤ Sally