So nice I'm doing it twice

Friday, 29 April 2011

I'm going again people - I enjoyed Me Made March so much that I've signed on for Me Made June!

Here's my pledge:

I, Robyn sign up as a participant of Me-Made-June '11. I endeavour to wear at least one self made item each day for the duration of June 2011.

My pledge is the same as last time - one self made item a day.  It's supposed to be a challenge and it really will be - my wardrobe hasn't expanded much since March and the temps will be quite a bit lower so we'll see how we go.  If you're thinking about it I'd say give it a go - you'll get some really lovely support from other sewists and may even find a few new blogs to read.

Flying home tomorrow so hopefully this sewing blog will have some actual sewing on it soon!

Not sewing, shopping

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Thanks for helping me out with the dress pattern.  The consensus was that I should definitely glam up, but maybe try a different pattern.  So I'm open to suggestions, I love maxi dresses so maybe I'll head in that direction, what do you think about Simplicity 2219?  I really like this version.

Still enjoying my holiday but I really miss my sewing machine. There's a small indepenent fabric shop in town that I like to visit everytime we're here, this time I picked up a cool knit fabric for one of my new Vogue patterns and some stretch interfacing.  At night I've been madly blog surfing and browsing Etsy and these three fabrics are winging their way to me.  I can highly recommend this shop - excellent customer service and great fabrics.

I'm about to go on a cushion sewing marathon.  Two of those fabrics are for the kids and the other will be for our bed, bet you can't guess which one is for us ;-)

Opinions please...

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

I need your opinion please.
My 30th birthday is coming up and I'm in two minds about what to wear.  On the one hand I'd love to go a bit glam in Vogue 1102.

I'm not a big bow person so I'd probably leave the strap across the back and use a decorative buckle or pin to give it a bit of bling.  I even joined Pattern Review so that I could read all the reviews and everyone was very positive about the pattern.

Or do I forget about the glam dress and just wear my jeans and a nice top?

Bonus - the pattern is currently on sale!  What to do, what to do... 

New Toy!

Monday, 18 April 2011

This post is brought to you from my birthday present and favourite new toy - my laptop!

My 30th is coming up (just under a month) and my wonderful husband and three girls bought me a laptop for my birthday.  They gave it to me a little bit early so that I could take it on our holiday.  So there won't be much sewing related posting while we kick back and relax with walks on the beach, way to much food and drink and plenty of family time.

I've got a couple of projects on the go, some new patterns in the mail and a birthday dress to organise so the mojo is flowing and I can't wait to get back to my machine.

Wardrobe staple #1 - Simplicity 3686

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

I think this is the fourth time I've made these pants and there's another pair in the works.  Me Made March showed me that I'm really lacking in some wardrobe basics or staples - like black pants.

I bought this fabric from an ebay seller a couple of years ago and it has been sitting in my stash waiting to be sewn up, I think I might have enough left over to make a black work skirt as well.  It's a light weight black wool fabric with absolutley no stretch!  I cut a size 14, narrowed the leg slightly, added 2 inches to the length, attached cotton tape to the waistband to stop any potential 'growth' from body heat, and fully lined them.  Because they're made from wool I also used the lining fabric as the waistband facing, not the fashion fabric as recommended. 

I'm not sure what I've done but there's a little bit of pulling in the crotch region (hmmmm) that hasn't been there when I've made them previously so I'm assuming that it's something I've done during construction - I just can't think what.  I was tempted to blame the wrinkles on weight gain but I still have an older pair of these in rotation and I don't have any wrinkles in them and they're exactly the same size. 

Overall I like these pants, they're going to be great for work and I have another pair of these on my to do list.

A new woman

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Do you like my new do?  Maybe I don't want to know the answer to that!  My 30th is coming up and it felt like time for a change so I thought chopping off all my hair was a good idea.

On the sewing front I feel a bit overwhelmed.  I have so many ideas running around in my head but no energy to get anything done.  Does that ever happen to anyone else?

I've got a pair of pants on the go - the fly is in so the rest of the pants should come together really quickly, two dresses and a jacket cut out and a pile of fabrics and patterns all ready to go.  Now all I need is an extra couple of hours in the day. 

I did manage to finish and post my contribution to Quilts for Queensland - it's not perfect but I really like the way it turned out and hope the eventual recipient does too.

I was posting to get rid of all the pictures of me and instead I've just added more :)