Thursday, 26 June 2014

Ring your Bell

Wanna see my new baby?
She is soooooooo beautiful it hurts!
We have decided to call her "Dijonnaise" - But only if you say it with a bogan accent. 
A shout out to Tokyo Bikes is definitely deserved - I know I should have done more research, as this was only the second brand I test rode but I am sooo happy with my choice!.  The first one brand I rode was so disappointing (rusty chain, poorly adjusted brakes, reallllly heavy bike) the moment I got on a Tokyo bike - It was sold! Its been about a month and I'm still in love! I've been commuting everyday and its a joy to ride! (and gets lots of comments from other cyclists!).  The guys at the store, helped fit my lights and my heavy duty lock and there's a free first service at the 3 month mark to tighten up the cables.
Tokyo bikes are targeted as an inner city commuting bike- Road tyres, light frame, but also smaller wheels to make for a faster acceleration! Its really responsive and maneuverable! As I got a medium frame (they have S, M and L) it looks pretty good with the smaller wheels - the large frame looks a bit odd I think.

On another note - I'm loving the work of Sydney Cycleways at the moment! Doing some great work encouraging more people to get on their bikes ;)

Who doesn't love a pretty poster?!
In celebration of some new bike paths that have been just opened in Redfern we went to an event the other weekend, Mmm so much coffee! (Yes it was kinda cold!). 

Mmmm -  pedal your own smoothies

Yey! Smooth new bike path
 How great are fenders!, I've been riding through puddles on purpose and no dresses stuck in the wheels for me...yet.

Sunday, 22 June 2014


Since its been about a month since I last posted, what have I been up to ?

 PhD Progress Reviews & Marking  (they deserve the capitalisation!)

Its calmed down a bit this week and I set some evenings aside for some sneaky sewing - I'm getting much better with only sewing for a few hours - Otherwise I tend to frenzy and end up finishing a dress at 4am in the morning - he finish is as you guessed.. not great!

I've been making the Flora dress - two versions at once, because... that's how I role? - I saw this dress on another sewing blog and decided I really like the idea -

I'm quite flat up top I think the original flora wrap top would look a bit odd. I made the modified version out of a beautifully soft chambray (with polka dots!) from Tessuti.  The other dress I'm really excited about - I got this fabric from Fabric-a-brac! 3m of it (just enough as its quite narrow!)
I modified both bodice patterns with a 1 inch SBA  (I'm getting quite good at them I think! - Thanks Bluegingerdoll)

I made the straps out of a matching beige silk - and lined it with (synthetic as it turned out) satiny fabric.  I found out it was synthetic, when I melted the corner of it just as I had finished joining the lining to the zip (hence the label covering the hole - Oh Ruth...)

And an action shot! 
Yes its really cold at the moment! No pics without tights for the next few months! 
 What has June brought for you so far?