Thursday, 30 March 2017

Fit to Flatter and OPAM tallies

'Never were such ruffles, or such embroidered cuffs and lappets!'
The Tailor of Gloucester - Beatrix Potter

What a week of sewing and none of it in my revamped sewing room! Jerome Janome and I headed off for a weekend together (days only) to a beautiful set of cottages in the peaceful bush where we did Lindsey Marsh's 'Fit to Flatter' workshop and sewed made to fit clothing! 
Such fun! 

Lindsay takes you through adjusting patterns to fit your body type and using a french curve to practising a pattern with a 'muslin' for fit and the final 'ta da'. A few of the women sewing together were the 'same size' by commercial sizing but such different shapes and all so uniquely and wonderfully feminine.

Instagram photo from the Quilters Angel who organised this wonderful weekend and made up our kits.
Thank you Lindsey and Steph at the Quilters Angel. Not a detail in this fantastic weekend was missed; kits, amazing food (I wasn't sure the dress would fit at the end of the weekend from the measurements taken at the beginning!), location, camaraderie and an overload of patience. 

My completed outfits were a Sweet Summertime dress and a Bondi Top (in washing) and because I bought extra fabric, not trusting Lindsey's generous allowances I have over 2 meters left- what on earth will I do with beautiful patchwork fabric!! 

Last month I sewed like crazy on a UFO cushion (from about 9 years ago) to post for OPAM ...then picked up a snuffle and forgot so another finish for the count. 

Tuesday sewing was back on track and my Red Rainbow Scrap Challenge houses are done - in by the skin of my teeth. The UFO basket is still being worked through and I'm enjoying some hand quilting as we stay inside avoiding the current weather.

Stay safe all Queenslanders being affected by Cyclone Debbie.



Friday, 24 March 2017

A little organisation goes a long way

See a pin and pick it up
and all the day you'll have good luck.
See a pin and let it lay 
and all your luck will pass away.

I must have let a lot of pins lay last week so this week have been very diligent about picking them up - so many that finishing the pincushion became an urgency! Happily it went without a hitch - is it the way the wind is blowing or the position your mouth is in that causes the gremlins to creep in?

I love it and am thinking I may need more pincushions...

If you need one too, the lovely design is by Anna Maria Horner and is on the US Better Homes and Gardens site as wild flower pincushion and the printable pattern pieces
here. Ignore 'not found' and click download.

I added a ladybird full of emery to keep my sparkling new and very beautiful glass headed pins sharp. 

In this floral mode, as well as celebrating with sweet pea seeds on St Patricks day, I whipped up the latest bonus Splendid Sampler block by Jane Davidson - 'Little Clover' for my Splendidly Smaller WIP. (the less said about my 'should be finished' Splendidly Scarlet the better at this point) 

While at the sewing machine lots of mending was done too - don't worry I won't share my patched shirts and pants with you!
The rest of the week has been taken up with gardening and reorganising inside. Bonnie, my Bluebird treadle now reposes in the sunroom where she has been fitted with a new belt (lots of *%#@) and may even be used for her original purpose.


So with space in the sewing room I was able move a filing cabinet (a bit more*%#@ because it was 5mm taller than the desk it is now squeezed under) to set up an efficient cutting/pressing station, with lots of space beneath for those inconvenient bits. With exercise in mind its located at the opposite end of the room to the sewing machine ... 4 steps away. 1250 return trips per day from the sewing machine to the cutting station should satisfy my fitbit!

The next day, while dropping excess bits off at Lifeline, I found treasure in this delightful little iron! Perfect!

Once again I'm set to face the sewing world!

Wishing everyone a lovely week.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Ham and Sausage

"I do so like green eggs and ham, thank you, thank you, Sam I am. "
Dr Seuss

A month anniversary since my last post! Somehow it seems much longer.  I nearly wrote yesterday and how lucky you are that I didn't - such doldrums. A couple of weeks ago a bug laid me really flat leaving me grumpy and querulous and lots of other unattractive things (the beloved doesn't seem to have noticed though - is that what I am always like?!?) and it came to a peak yesterday morning when nothing I tried to do came to anything. 
The outing I wanted to join was fully booked, the iron wouldn't clean after leaving filthy marks on my white fabric, the very easy pincushion pattern I wasn't following properly wasn't working how I wanted... you get the idea. By afternoon I was ready to throw phones and sewing machines and irons (and husbands) out the window. 

A few deep breaths and a cup of tea and I remembered my spare iron from a Spotlight sale and worked out a way of salvaging the pincushion. 

A few burnt fingers and I realised I needed a device to iron against when adding pellon to the pincushion interior in the salvage process.

A few google searches and I discovered I needed a ham - and could make it myself with materials to hand!

So with many thanks to Tilly and Kristiann, and Vinnies for a tucked away gorgeous shop sample of some Sanderson linen/cotton fabric, I got sewing. 

While making a ham why not make a sausage too!

Ta da!!! 
Wonderful how a small achievement can lift the mood and sweep the grumbles away

and the pincushion is back on track.

Have a lovely week.