Saturday, 4 August 2012

I'm Back!!!


I’m back! After taking a short few days weeks months sabbatical from my online journey of sewing,  visiting fellow sewing bloggers, and discovering just how clever our little community is,  I’ve finally jumped back on-board and feel as if I have come back home. 


Not much has happening in my little part of the world, except for a bit of a name change to my blog. Why??? What was wrong with Doobee, my childhood/adulthood nickname??? Well, apparently, it is connected to a particular easy smoking drug (which I won't name so I don't get inundated with spam mail on my first post back!!!). And to say that I was Creating with Doobee, well, I will leave it to your imagination.


So therein started the need for change, and 'Made by J' was born. With a new little logo to boot! 
Made by J
Enough of the dribble, this is a sewing blog afterall. And today I have been sewing a shirt. I thought a quick and much needed spring shirt would get my rusty brain working again. Boy, after hand sewing on the 12th button I was back where I belonged.

Butterick 5678, a semi fitted shirt with shoulder princess seams and a stitched rounded hem. I whipped up view B, with the roll-up option on the sleeve. Five other sewers have had success with this on PR so it was easy for me to have success with it once reading their tips. 
Front View
Fabric is a cool cotton shirting with a neat little black strip and a matching floral splattering printed overlay.
Close-up of collar and 4 buttons (out of 12!)

Front Princess seam

Rolled-up cuff detail

...and the back!
Excuse the poor photos, it is the end of a day sewing and the winter sun is setting early! But I am pleased with this shirt, and will be wearing it to work tomorrow (with the sleeves rolled down). The Princess seams give such a great shape to this shirt that it is hard not to enjoy wearing it. What is next on my list???? Well, I have a heap of fabric and still awaiting my latest little bundle of patterns from the recent online sale. Spotlight has opened a new store in my suburb, and as my DH tells me, I should just get my weekly pay check sent straight there!!! How rude (but true)... 









41 comments:

  1. Welcome back, Judith! What a great top. You've made a good start back. :)

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    1. Thanks, Shams! Not a touch on what you have been up-to over the past few months...

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  2. Lovely to see you back and a very pretty blouse to announce it. DH's can be so cheeky at times, I just remind mine how many pairs of skis he has :)

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    1. Hi Sharon - thanks for the welcome back, and for the ammunition against DH - his 'achilles heel' is his road bikes!!!

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  3. Sheeeeeeeeees back!!!! Yeah! Welcome back. Love your blouse. Very nice indeed. Great fabric and nicely tailored. Good to have you back.

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    1. Glad you like the blouse, BeaJay. It is GREAT to be back!!!

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  4. Great to see you back! That shirt is so pretty, I love the fabric and the cuff detail

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    1. Thanks, Suzy! Only 101 garments to go to catch up with you....

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  5. and a welcome back from me too - love the blouse looks beautifully made too.

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    1. Thanks! Probably could do with your great bra's underneath...

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  6. Great to have you back. Lovely lovely blouse.

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    1. Glad you like it, it was just the thing I needed in the work wardrobe...

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  7. Welcome back! I definitely look forward to reading more about your sewing adventures. Again, I really love the shirt and must try this pattern.

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    1. Thanks, L! It was a good, easy pattern so do give it a go...

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  8. Good to see you and your work again!!!

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    1. It feels good to be back behind the old machine again...

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  9. Glad to have you back. The fabric you used for the blouse is really Kewl!

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    1. Kewl! Great description of it...

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  10. Lovely blouse! What a way to start your return to blogging and sharing.

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    1. I know - jump right back in with 12 buttons!!! Crazy...

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  11. Lovely blouse. What do you plan to wear with it? (I am nosey because I find it hard to wear shirts through Winter).

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    1. Well, since it is for work (boring!!!) I will team it up with my black flat fronted pants, and a jacket or cardi ontop. Winter for us girls in Queensland can be really cold...

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  12. Great looking shirt! I especially like the print.

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    1. Unusual, isn't it. Just a tad different from the typical striped shirt...

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  13. Welcome back doobee I mean Judith :) Your delightful sense of humour has been missed :)

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    1. Thanks for the welcome back...Judith (aka Doobee)

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  14. I just love my Australian blog friends. Number one, you guys get up so early in the morning (lol). You made a very nice shirt. Thanks for commenting on my blog - makes me feel so international!

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    1. Early in the day - must be the time difference as 'me + early' usually don't work well together....glad you enjoy reading blogs from Across the Pond...

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  15. welcome back. good to know all is well !I really love to read aussie blogs.

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    1. And there are not that many of us Aussie Blogging Sewers around...we should make a list one day...

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  16. Welcome back - a great shirt to kick things off again.

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    1. I know, another shirt, but I do so love a shirt...

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  17. So glad to see you back and blogging once again! Welcome back.

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  18. Welcome back! Your new blouse is lovely, a great print, and I love the sleeve roll back detail. Very very nice!

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn! The sleeve does have cuffs with buttons as well so I can wear it either rolled, or out. Decisions, decisions...

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  19. Thanks, Andrea. I have been watching your summer sewing and just love it...

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  20. What a pretty blouse! I'm just now getting the nerve to sew blouses, fitted backs, buttonholes and the works. Love what you've done :)

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  21. So pretty. Nice job. Welcome back to blogland.

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  22. Glad to have you back again - look forward to your creations and witty posts.

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  23. I love your blouse .. So pretty and the fabric ,is just perfect for this pattern. Happy sewing..

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  24. Wow beautiful! The fabric really makes it. Inspiring

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