Thursday, February 26, 2009

All sorts of news

Whew. It has been a while since I blogged and a lot has been going on. This week has been the first week in which the kids have been doing their 'full-time' hours at school. We've been building up to these hours for the last month. It is nice to finally have our schedule solidified. The kids are pretty tired and it will take them a while to adjust.

I am going to be a bridesmaid in a fortnight, which is pretty exciting. I've been busy organising Hens Day and Kitchen Tea activities, plus sewing a few little things for the bride-to-be to wear :) I'll get some photos up over the next week.

...and saving the biggest news for last.... On the weekend I purchased a second-hand Bernina Virtuosa 160 sewing machine. It is about 5 years old and is in brilliant condition. Technology has changed a lot since my old Elna Supermatic was made. The little bit of sewing I have done on the Bernina has been a real pleasure. I love the needle up/down function. Possibly better than sliced bread! I'm cutting out a skirt tonight, so hopefully I'll have more sewing photos up over the next few days.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Robert's calling

I've decided that Robert has a calling as a politician. He announced that Patch (his toy dog) was going to be putting on a show and we all had to go to Robert's room and sit on the floor. When we were all settled on the floor Patch said a few brief words and then Robert announced that the show couldn't go on until all of the things on his floor were packed away ... he then organised us all to pack away his mess while he looked on.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Amazing Applique

I have to share this link to an amazing applique that I found on FlickR

It has so much movement and character. Isn't it amazing!?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Monkey applique

Monkey appliqué on an Ottobre t-shirt that I'm working on. The t-shirt is to be a gift for a 5th birthday. The appliqué design is from Ottobre issue 01/2008. The shirt is made from pink 100% cotton double knit and the monkey is made from chocolate lycra and off-white double knit.

Next time I'll interface the light coloured appliqué pieces to stop the background from showing through.

This is my second attempt at the monkey appliqué. The first time around I used satin stitch and it looked hideous ... because of my rather old sewing machine I think. After some experimentation I decided that the open zig-zag looked a lot better.

Not sure what is going on with the dirty marks on the monkey ... I only noticed them after I completed the embroidery. I'll have to try washing them out and *fingers crossed* that they aren't permanent.
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Monday, February 9, 2009

First Handwriting

Last night while she was alone in her bedroom, Ruby (5)found some flash cards and decided to copy the words into her notebook. Other than writing her name, this is really the first the first time she has decided to do writing for her own pleasure.

Hasn't she done a good job!
Edited to say: I think I've fixed the picture issue now!

Friday, February 6, 2009

10 Gore Skirt - Ottobre 02/07 #8

I know, I know .... I'm meant to be making a trouser muslin so that I can get a good fitting pair of trousers. What can I say - I got distracted and made a 10-gore skirt instead! The pattern is from Ottobre Designs, Issue 02/07, design #8. The skirt is a 10-gore skirt with an invisible zip in the side seam and a rolled-hem. I made it in a poplin, which I purchased from Spotlight.
My aim was to make a comfortable and cool summer skirt. I've certainly achieved that! My hubby doesn't like the fabric. He says it looks like a daggy out of date 70's print. I kind of like the print ... it is visually lighter and brighter than a lot of things I wear. I generally wear Autumn colours. It is quite uplifting to wear and feels wonderful swishing about my legs.
My only complaint with the skirt is that it isn't hanging that well. The flare almost looks like pleats when I stand still. The fabric hasn't been washed yet and I'm hoping it will soften up in the wash and consequently hang better.
Alterations made:
I made up a size 44, however I had to take about 2" out of the waist. No adjustment was made from the hips down.
Things I'd change if I make it again:
I think the next time I make a gored skirt, I'll make one with an even number of gores to enable the zip to be at the centre back. This would make fitting and adjusting a lot easier.
The trouser muslin is still being made, and after making this 10-gore skirt, I know that I'll have to change the trouser muslin considerably.
As to the trouser muslin, I am still working on it. However, after making the skirt, I realise that the trouser muslin is one size too big, as I've cut out a size 46. (My measurements say I need a size 46 in the hips, but that clearly isn't the case.Posted by Picasa

Monday, February 2, 2009

Coming soon to a computer near you

Life has been pretty busy with school starting this week. On the sewing/crafting front I am working on quite a number of projects ... too many perhaps as I seem to be spending more time contemplating which one to work on rather than actually doing anything.

My quest for the 'perfect trousers' is still going, although it hit a bit of a snag. I didn't cut out a waistband piece as I thought that I wouldn't need the waistband when fitting the trousers. Wrong. It is a wide waistband and the front waistband has 'taken up' the dart that would normally be there. So tonight I have cut out the waistband and I'll need to attach them before continuing with the fitting.

I am also in the process of setting up my own Etsy store. When it is all up and running I'll let you know the details. My first items for sale will be some dichroic pendants. Actually, my stock of pendants has suddenly reduced as I've sold 4 of them recently from word-of-mouth. The following pictures are of the pendants that sold on the weekend. They are two of my favorite ones and I'm going to miss them! They have, however, gone to a delightful home and are just the right colouring for their new owner.

Other sewing projects on the go are a library bag for Ruby with a Miffy applique. I'm also in the 'thinking' stage of a new skirt for moi!
So much to sew and so little time!!!
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