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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

I am such an idiot...

Okay, not *exactly* the same situation, but I cannot believe what I have done... 

Last week, I got ADSL installed at my home (finally!!). After 8 years of living off mobile 3G internet, this was a great luxury. I installed my wifi-modem-router-thingo with ease and was so excited to finally undust my laptop and refresh the antivirus software.

I then decided to upload all 6000 picture files from my laptop to Flickr.

Guess what happened next.

I decided to do a massive clean up of my Flickr account, and I DELETED HEAPS OF MY SEWING PHOTOS - THE PHOTOS EMBEDDED ON THIS SEWING BLOG. 

Today I got an email from 'Emma' who was referring to my blog for advice on 'Anna dress' and she kindly emailed to let know that lots of my photos weren't working.

I am so upset!!! Years of photos have been deleted from my sewing blog and I cannot recover them, because after the upload to Flickr was completed, I double-deleted the photos off my laptop.


If anyone knows how to recover double-deleted files from a laptop or recover deleted photos from Flickr, let me know.... but I am not very hopeful at this stage :(

EDIT: I was able to save my photos from and reuploaded them to the blog. 
Lucky I was only using the 'embed from Flickr' method from late 2013, otherwise there would be so much more collateral damage! Only one post couldn't be recovered. Not bad for a blog that has over 150 entrees. Thank you everyone for helping out! xoxoxox

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

'Handmade by Neeno' - at Camberwell Sunday Market, 5th July.

Hashtag: declutter, movinghouse, freshstart, minimalist, thriftshop, bargain, handmade, preloved, fashion, vintage, retro; LOL.

I am releasing my beautiful handmade dresses into the world... well, into Melbourne at least. Come see me and my friends at Camberwell Sunday Market this coming Sunday at Stall 210. 

All handmade dresses are priced to sell, so if you're a size 8 lady who loves retro and vintage style dresses, come and get them. Most of my dresses are cotton sateen, floral, lined and have handpicked zips, waist-stays and gathered skirts. 

As you all know, I have been moving around a lot this year and I'm happy to announce I have found a home I am ready to settle into. Said home unfortunately does not have an oversized BIR like my last, so sadly I have had to declutter. 

I've been decluttering since March! It feels so good. Half my RTW wardrobe went to the op-shop; I hope someone is showing all my too-short/too-bright/too-tight party dresses a good time!! And now it's time for me to let go of my handmade dresses and maybe make some pocket money to go buy more fabric.

Hope to see you on Sunday! 

Handmade items for the 'bargain bin' $6 or 2 for $10
Also selling Tony Bianco high heels (preloved and unworn)

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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Sewing life on hold...

So I moved into my rental in April and I unpacked a little. Soon I'll be moving again! Into my "permanent" residence.

The rental has been fun. It had plenty of room to set up a "lady lair" sewing room... but in an effort to reduce cleaning at the end of lease, I didn't set one up.

For the time being, all my fabric and sewing stuff are packed neatly under the stairs... along with most of my kitchen stuff. I literally unpacked 2 champagne glasses, 2 wine glasses, 2 plates - had to cancel a dinner party when I realised that my guests would be eating takeaway on paper plates.

Been looking on Houzz for inspiration and came across the photo below - hahaha... mine would be all labelled 'floral'!

Can't wait to get back into sewing!


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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

57 dresses.

Moving is such a pain in the ass. 

I'll be moving the week after Easter, and I've been diligently decluttering. Amazing how much stuff you hoard over time. I have trawled through eight years worth of crap.  

Why do I own a Super Mario costume?! What is this awful houndstooth and leopard print WIP? THROW! 

For someone who lives alone, I sure have a lot of stuff... so far I've donated two sets of crockery, a sack full of handbags and 5kgs of party dresses to the op-shop.

I have boxed up my sewing room *single tear falls from eye*; my books, DVDs, photo albums; my entire kitchen (except for 2 wine glasses, 2 champagne glasses, 2 bowls, 2 protein shakers and a couple of forks - priorities); and 85% of my wardrobe.

All my un-worn handmade dresses have gone into a Daiso space bag. Sadly, out of the approx 60 handmade garments that I have made in my time, I only wear a handful of them regularly so I packed most of them away, leaving only floral Anna and floral Vogue 8469 cos they're my favourites. My fabric stash filled a jumbo 104L box, hehe, so proud.

About to be sucked up!
Sealed. Now what?

Review of Daiso "compression bag" - it's great.. but I recommend getting the smaller size so you can fit them into a box after you seal them. I got the largest size there (1 meter x 1.1 meter) and now I have three giant-af bags that weigh about 5kgs each under my bed. No idea how I'm going to get them from one house the other! Having said that, the large one makes a great garbage bag. 

I'll keep you posted on my moving adventures...

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Where's Neeno?


I'm so sorry that it's been over 3 months since my last post. 

Just a quick update to explain my absence:
  • Christmas/New Years
  • work
  • moving house
I am in the process of relocating... to where? I don't know just yet, but I've had to keep the house tidy for inspections, and soon will have to bundle all my sewing apparatus and fabric stash into boxes; so I predict no sewing till after April.

In the meantime, please keep in touch on Twitter, Instagram, email.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Finished Project: My first, ever, midi-length dress; frock for Get Your Frock On!

Lets quickly skip past the fact that I made another Georgia (groan, groan, groan), and focus on the fact that this is my first, ever, midi-length dress. 

Okay, I know it’s not technically midi; but it’s below the knee and bordering on calves territory, so that’s enough for me to call this a midi-Georgia . Just easing myself into the trend, guys, plus only had 1.5m of fabric ;)

It’s no secret that my love for Georgia is bordering on obsessive – this is my fifth Georgia – so with this version I was committed to perfecting the fit, everywhere.
I went into this project with the mentality that Clover unpicker and I would be spending a lot of time together.

Here we go....

Fitting the bodice - I pointed out in my last post that I noticed the bodice was sitting about 3cms above the underwire of my bra, therefore not doing their job as cups. It was challenging because adding 3cm back into the ‘length’ of the bodice was essentially reversing the SBA I had already done. I gave it a shot anyway, making sure that the 3cm added were above the apex, and making sure that it did not affect the measurement of the neckline. It seems to have worked.

Lengthen bodice
In both photos, I have my finger on my bra underwire.
You can see the difference between the last bodice I made and this bodice, where I have lengthened it by 3cm.

Lower back - I usually avoid RTW dresses that are fitted around the hips/lower back/bum area because I can guarantee that there will be unattractive drag lines; and when sewing, every pattern needs massive tweaking.

With this dress, there was pool of fabric in the lower back (no surprise), had to 'pinch it out'.
This adjustment does get easier and easier, but I figured it was time to transfer the adjustment to my pattern pieces.

Goodbye pool of fabric in the lower back. The purple dots is where I snipped.

The straps – I recall the original straps are quite long and I shortened them when I traced the pattern – here both straps the same length, but ended up taking out some length as I was fitting. 

Difference between left and right strap is 0.75cm.

Lengthening the mini-Georgia skirt -  I am a complete air head because the Georgia pattern comes with a knee-length version. Duh.  Anyway, I added 18cm to the mini-Georgia cos that's all I could afford with my yardage; was aiming for above-the-knee, but hello, look who can't do maths.

I rarely wear skirts/dresses that are mid-knee or below knee because anything longer than above-the-knee makes me look dowdy, and emphasizes the fullness of my calves, and not in a good way.

Originally I was aiming for above-the-knee, but added too much length. Decided to just go for it... it did look dowdy but after I pegged the skirt, I loved it.

Pegging the skirt and adding split/vent – I used my favourite pencil skirt as a guide and pegged (in?) the side seams. Of course this meant that the skirt could no longer be hitched up after having too many vodka-sodas... so I added a split/vent on the left side of the dress, cos I can't get enough of thigh splits.
I had to shave off some width at the hips as well.

Pegging! The purple dots is where I snipped.


Very proud of my hand stitching. Best so far.

If at first you don't succeed... just keep sewing randomly.

Had to unpick the zipper, but the result was worth it.

Finished project. Very happy ending.

This dress turned out exactly how I pictured in my mind. This is the dress I have wanted to make ever since I started sewing. This dress is why I am grateful that #isew.


I have never been able to fit anything RTW that has this fitted silhouette or is this length.
A small upper body and larger lower body means that anything that fits my bust, won’t fit my bum and vice versa; anything slightly lowcut will gape; lower back will have drag lines and a pool of fabric; and the length is always unflattering.

Skirt split.
Skirt split in action.

The inside seams were 'turned and stitched' on the machine, the lining was hand stitched using the 'fell stitch', and hem was finished using same method.

'Fell stitch' - practically invisible. Need to unpick my stay-stitching.

Still can't believe I forgot the pattern comes with a knee-length version. Facepalm.

Inside, understitching on the machine.

Project details -
Pattern: sounding like a broken record, but it's my all time favourite pattern, BHL 'Georgia'.
Size: Bust 2/6, Waist 6/10, Hips 2/6.
Fabric:  1.5m cotton sateen; selvedge folded the middle to fit all the pieces.
Notions: 16" invisible zipper, thread.
Cost: $25 fabric, $5 zipper.
Pattern Modification/Adjustments: as detailed in post.
Hours: roughly 13 hours; most of the time spent was on unpicking, adjustments and tweeting.
Completed on: Tuesday 14th October 2014.
First worn: Thursday 16th October 2014, to GYFO Melbourne Fundraiser.

I made this dress to wear to GYFO Melbourne Charity Frocktails fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer.
It was a fun night; the function was at Fall from Grace, a beautiful venue hidden behind a bookcase; entertaining us was Emily Williams; and there were awesome raffle prizes kindly donated by sponsors - skincare, wine, expensive candles, restaurant gift cards, movie tickets, kilos of chocolate goodies...

I'm gonna swing from the chandelier...
I'm blue, da ba dee da ba die... 
I ain't goin' no where, I can't be stopped now cos it's "Tim Tams" for life.

Bonus points if anyone can pick the lyrics in the photo captions.

I won one of the Arnott's Hamper!!!! I spent the following 4 days aggressively eating them on my lounge room floor, till my sister came and took the hamper away. This is the third "prize" I've won in my life, so got over excited: first thing I ever won was the Hanson 'Snowed In' CD when I was 10 years old, second thing I won was Gold Class movie tickets from a function last year, probably cos I was the only person there who used social media and knew what hashtags were uploading photos on to Twitter using their event hashtag, lol.

I have two events coming up in November, you bet your sweet ass I will be sewing something for them. Happy sewing!

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