Friday, 18 April 2014

Inspiration: Painted Pots

How much of a time suck is Pinterest? I was pondering some ways to jazz up our little garden - how about a splash of paint?  
<From left to right>
TOP: Painted PlanterDipped Neon PotAir Plant Cube Planter,  DIY Terracotta Plant Pots
Bottom: Crafted Life Painted planter DIY Painted Planters, Myers Maison PotsColour Dip Pot

I've already cracked out my white spray paint! Fingers crossed they don't turn out horrendously tacky! (You will never know if they do! A Lady Never Tells...)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Indie Stitches

Look what I found in my internet-ing last night: and even more exciting! They are based in AUSTRALIA !
I have been seriously lusting over the By Hand London patterns, however my dislike of waiting for international post and the fact that they only sell printed patterns, means I hadn't got my mitts on any of them. 
Thanks indie stitches for enabling my pattern habit... They have a cracking collection so pop on over and have a look!
Look what I got! 
The new FLORA pattern - looks like I got the last one as its now sold out at indie stiches - Yey!
The glorious ANNA pattern - there are some seriously lovely versions floating around the sew-o-sphere!
Now to continue my procrastination and think of what material to make these beauties up in!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Circle skirt sessions

You might remember the other week that I mentioned I had been making circle skirts? Well the pics have finally been taken! What do you think?
They certainly fill a definite gap in my wardrobe (lots of pencil skirts in there) and best of all are so uber easy to make!  They can be really really long, or really really short - I went for the more work friendly options!
All you need is some geometry, a zipper, lots of thread and patience for the hem, and your done!

Turn Turn Turn

Studying hard
More twirling!
Its soooooooo Big!
 Have you been sucked into a similar circle skirt making frenzy?? Have you escaped yet??

Friday, 11 April 2014

Inspiration: Geometric quilts

I was thinking of making some placemats the other day- of course they would either have to be floral or REALLY colourful as its me.   Floral might be a bit tooooo tacky (and the boy probably wouldn't approve)-So I set off into the internet aether with lots of colours on my mind!  Only to be shipwrecked by Geometric Island - <Okay I'll leave the metaphors alone now>
How prettttty are these ?? 
Images sourced from: Main Image, One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve.

I have never tried quilting! It seems to be such a huge commitment (let alone having to be soooooo neat!) that I've never psyched up to start one!
The fact that my Mum is an amazing quilter and that if you drop some (very unsubtle) hints - she has a tendency to give them to loved ones has nothing at all to do with it! 
Maybe some little quilted place mats would be a nice project? 
Have you succumbed to quilt madness? 

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Winifred Dress

So I'm definitely having a frenzy for collared dresses at the moment - See here and here!
When I first saw this pattern - I loved it - but was scared off by having to do a SBA. (Bluegingerdoll patterns are sized for a D cup - great for those bigger busted gals who are regularly left out from the big 3 pattern companies)
However I was following the Facebook sewalong group and I saw that Abby had uploaded a pretty awesome bust adjustment tutorial- So of course I changed my mind immediately and bought the pattern pdf!
What followed next was 3 hours of frustration - (that could easily have been avoided if I had thought about what I was doing!)
I found what size I was based on my bust measurement - an 8 ( first mistake), however I'm a B rather than a D so I decided to do a 5/8 inch small bust adjustment.
All went smoothly the pattern looked good- then I tried on the Muslin. I got it on (just) but literally had to cut my way out of it!  Because (as you all would have worked out instantly!) you can't pick your size based on your bust if your going to adjust it smaller!  
Next approach was to pick my size based on my bust size + how much I was going to take out in the SBA (as it obviously should have been done in the first place!). 
Armed with a size 12 instead, SBA was completed, muslin fitted perfectly and 2 hours later the dress was sewed up and done!!
Moral of the story.... Think think think about the adjustments before you start! But at least now I know how to do a SBA! Thanks Abby! 
Winifred dress and me squinting into the sun!
What do you think? This fabric is tonnes of fun! I wouldn't normally be drawn to the pattern and colours- but my housemate bought it (and 30m of other fabric home from her travels ) - best housemate ever- and it seemed perfect!
If you look close enough - the belt matches the spots!
What a nice and perky collar!

Back waistline shirring!
An awesome pattern, and awesomely comfortable dress to wear - Bluegingerdoll I am a fan!