Friday, July 8, 2011

Holiday UFO's

I have been working my way through my UFO (UnFinished Objects):
  • school trousers taken in
  • Liberty blouse length shortened and sleeves cuffed
  • swimming bag strap shortened
  • wool merino skirt hemmed
  • grey denim skirt finished
It's very satisfying to get things finished that have been hanging around for awhile! Now I can start something new!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

School Fete

We have a wonderful school fete at my children's primary school in October each year. I have promised myself that this year I will do more sewing for the fete. In order to do this I have made an earlier start than last year. I finished six aprons last nght. They are plastic coated fabric so easy to wipe down after activities. I bought the fabric at Darn Cheap Fabrics years ago and it has been gathering dust in my stash.

Very pleased with the finished products. My next "fete" project will be some bags. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Holiday Sewing

Well I was lucky enough to have last week off, mostly by myself!! I have been dabbling in the sewing room and have just finished this new addition to my wardrobe.

The pattern is Vogue 8249 and is out of print (although you can still buy it online). The front opening is very low so I would need to wear a singlet underneath it. I will probably wear it with skinny jeans (that's what they're called, not necessarily how they look!), and black boots or ballet flats.

I have a number of other projects started so I need to get busy!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Work Skirts

My Winter work wardrobe was looking decidedly shabby so I have made myself a couple of new skirts. I have photographed one which is a Simplicity pattern 2451. It is a fabulous pattern. Very easy and quite a flattering fit. The first version I made in a black wool blend didn't fit!! Let's just say I underestimated my width. Luckily it fitted my lovely friend Anna at work. My second version, in grey wool blend is thankfully a winner!

I have made another version from the pattern which I will add in the coming days.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

A Year Without Clothes Shopping!!!!

I have been very, very slack on the blog front! However, I have been very, very busy doing lots of other things on the home and work front. I have been planning on blogging since New Year's Day to document somewhere that my two sisters, my Mum, and my good self have decided to have a WHOLE YEAR off buying clothes, shoes and jewellery.

Sounds crazy I know, but between the four of us, we have enough fabric to clothe ourselves and everyone we know for quite some time! So, whilst I am still selling scarves on and at some markets, my focus this year is going to be on keeping my wardrobe updated. I plan to use up lots of lovely pieces of fabric from my stash as well as patterns I have owned for a long or short goes.....I did quite a bit of sewing over the January break and also in snatches since returning to work 4 days per week.

I made myself a lovely dress for my 40th birthday (not too long ago!)....I picked up the fabric as a remnant which cost me $20. It was a charcoal satin with metal threads so it crushed nicely.

Earlier in the year (sorry for the back tracking!)I decided to make myself an everyday dress for work using the same Simplicity pattern (2724) - it turned out OK. Maybe a bit busy for my liking.
Well I feel like I have redeemed myself by finally blogging. I have lots of other projects to share - just a matter of getting them photographed and online!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sunshine & Photographs

My sister and her two kids came down from the country for a sleep over last night. In between entertaining & feeding 5 kids under nine we managed to do a photo shoot of ebay items to sell and also of my new scarves to go on madeit. I was very excited to find out today that I can have a stall at the Daylesford Makers Market on November 6th (yes this Saturday) and the Sisters' market at St.Kilda Town Hall on December 11th - it should be a very busy market just before Christmas!!! My head is spinning just thinking about how many scarves I need to get made for my five upcoming markets!!!

I do love my birds.....

And this Liberty is fab!!! A birdseye view map...

When the kids were finally all in bed and quiet we peeped into my daughter's room to find her snuggled up with her younger cousin in the same sleeping bag - too cute!!!!
The visitors have now left and everybody is a little tired. I have a very busy date with my friend the Pfaff tomorrow!!!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Market Day

I enjoyed a lovely day at the Sisters' Market on Saturday with my friend Amanda. In between coffees, pretzels and lots of chat we managed to sell some scarves and dresses. A most successful start to my market campaign. I didn't realise how stressed I was about the market until I felt the relief once it was over!! At least now I can focus on other things for awhile - like my family, my very untidy house, overflowing ironing basket, school fete etc. etc. And what a glorious Sunday to spend with the family!!!