Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Today is my lucky day

I found out today that I was the winner of the Drape Drape 3 giveaway over at Fashion Incubator. Yay!

I never win anything, and when I do buy raffle tickets I always put them in someone else’s name, like my mum or my kids, to improve my chances!

So I am really really thrilled. I was thinking of what to make for this winter (after the Tessuti and Patternreview contests of course) and some of the styles in this book are really lovely.

Are you a ‘lucky’ person? Have you ever won anything by luck (rather than effort, that’s a whole different thing!)?

Monday, March 25, 2013

Here goes nothing!

Last night I cut into my fabric, without making a toile, of a pattern I have never sewn before, and which has received mixed reviews.

It is a basic shift style dress though, that essentially hangs from the shoulder without fitting the body, so I shouldn’t get into too much trouble.

And with no closures, pockets or fusing to do I should have something respectable by the end of the week.

And the best part is that I have enough fabric left for a pair of pants that I am thinking might be a goer for Patternreview’s Pantone Colour Contest.

Because I just don’t know what I would do with myself without a deadline hanging over my head!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sick kids and sewing competitions don't mix

Oh boy, this week has been a doozy! We have had high temps, doctor visits, wobbly teeth, dentist visits, last minute dashes to the chemist to stock up on medicine, no sleep, and now I have come down with whatever the girls have been battling with.

Hence, no sewing to speak of!

I was thinking that this Rebecca Taylor Vogue pattern might be the right choice for the Gridlock fabric, but those pleats on the front and back shoulder could make me look more Gridiron than Gridlock!

So I think I will save this pattern for another time.

Tick, tick, tick...............

Sunday, March 17, 2013

This aint the dress.....

Eeeyew! I wonder how long I have had old lady hands for!

It could be quite a nice dress, if I go down a size and if I make it in the right fabric, like say a nice lightweight black linen, but it’s definitely not the right dress for Gridlock.

I bought this pattern (a surprisingly restrained Anna Sui for Vogue) aeons ago and have always wondered how it would look made up.

I toiled the size 12 in calico, and I really just need to make a 10, and it will be quite a nice shift style dress.

All the pieces go together quite nicely, the instructions are straightforward and I really like the curved pocket detail on the front. The gathered neckline though just won’t work for the Gridlock fabric, which is way too thick, so I will have to look for a pattern that has no gathering, pleating and with only 2 weeks to go, not too many seams!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A big new project

Have you heard? Tessuti are having a sewing competition with $1000 megabucks prizemoney! Woohoo! And best of all you get to use this fabric to sew something for yourself! Woohoo again!

I was casting around for my next sewing project when I saw the comp announcement and bought my fabric straight away.

This of course does 1.break my promise to sew only from stash this year and 2. blow what little budget I had for notions and patterns for the rest of the year out the window. Ah well.

My fabric arrived yesterday, and now I just have to figure out what to make.

The fabric is divine, but what can best be described as spongey, so choosing the right pattern might take some time. My first thoughts are a dress, as that is what my wardrobe is lacking, so tomorrow I will brave the unorganised pattern and magazine stash to see what I can figure out.

Wish me luck. I may be gone for some time.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Blue ribbon day

Last weekend we had our annual Show, and I wasn’t going to enter this year but then decided to at the last minute, so had to figure out what I could sew quickly, at a good enough standard to enter the sewing section of the Pavilion Exhibits and be a useful garment for one of the kiddos!

This Burda tunic that I made for Miss C many moons ago has had lots of wear, so I figured making another in the same size would mean that Miss C would have a new summer top, and then I would have 2 tops to pass down to the twins. And I had all the fabric and notions on hand, and the pattern was already traced!

And it is also a super quick top to make and has plenty of potential for cuteness.

Burda tunic 03-2008-132B
And lo and behold, I ended up with a first prize and blue ribbon (although as I suspected last year, I was the only entrant in my particular section. And it is a good thing that sewing is the only craft that I have any skill in, as the competition in the embroidery and quilting sections was fierce!).

Apple print cotton remnant and vintage lace trim on sleeve and hem.

Vintage spot fabric used for facings.
We are very lucky to have such a great show for a small community ,so next year I am going to try to branch out and try something new, like photography or flower arranging where I will really find out if I have any talent!