Thursday, 16 May 2013

My New Sewing Room & Mothers Day.

After almost 2 years of sewing in my lounge room next to the heater with the TV playing back-to-back episodes of Gossip Girl and Desperate Housewives in the background; graduating from the dining table to a sewing Horn; I have finally moved my sewing machine into my spare room! I finally have a sewing room!

It's much colder sewing in the spare room now that it's freezing in Melbourne, but I'm more motivated to start projects because I know I can leave my shit every where.. because it's my sewing room! When I was sewing in the living area, I had to tidy up after every session and sometimes I just cbf'd so I'd skip sewing altogether. Or I'd start a project late at night, nod off then have visitors the next day getting stabbed by pins in the carpet. Zz. 

Another huge plus is the light-coloured table I now use for cutting - it's awesome! I can easily see the pattern when I'm tracing.

I'm currently working on the Butterick 6582. My favorite versions are by Dapper Duds (love, love, LOVE the fabric and the alteration to the back) and Laika Doll (pink elephants, nuff said!).

The fabric is cotton sateen from Darn Cheap. I'll of course be making the full skirt version. I was very close to making the wiggle skirt, but I am still not confident with alterations around my hip/bum area.

Last week I made a toile/muslin to check the fit because the finished bust measurement was 91cm (size 6) and I'm 80cm. Muslin fit perfect though. To help gauge the fit, I basted a zipper on to the bodice and zipped myself up. Great solution when you live alone. 

The dress has facings but I'm going to fully line the bodice cos I find lining a dress easier than facing facings. Hehe. I'll see if I still feel that way after marking and sewing another six darts. Damn.

To be continued.... 

Mothers Day! I didn't get up to much with mum (compared to last year), this year I just took mum out for dinner at Simon's Peiking Duck Restaurant (thank you Pork Chops Nest for the recommendation!) and made her a card. I love Hallmark's personalised cards! Get on it.

Mum loves Asian cuisine (don't we all!) and I've never had peking duck (only roast duck, which up until last year I thought was peking duck) so I was really excited to try it. Mum loved it! We were hoping the owner Simon would come and throw pancakes at us but sadly he was busy with the larger tables. We did get to chat to him at the end of the night though, and got a photo too! 

Mum, Simon (owner), little sis, me.
Look at mum all rugged up!! It's seriously cold in Melbourne right now!!! My sister and I were freezing our asses off! I would share delicious food pics from the night on here... but they're on my Instagram... and this is a sewing blog so I'll try and stay on topic hehe.

I hope all you mums got spoiled on the weekend, breakfast in bed and the works :D

And to my own mummy - HAPPY MOTHERS DAY, LOVE YOU LOTS!

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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Away from Sewing: Surprise gift from I-Heart-Fabric, Kettlebells, Me-Made-Saturday, New Cotton Sateen.

Me-Made-Saturday, Megan Nielsen, #FMSphotoaday, Kettlebells.

It's Saturday night and I am buggered!!!

I really wanted to start on a muslin for the Butterick 6582 but the hot water bottle and bed is so much more inviting. In my defense I've had a busy week... so busy that a package arrived on the 26th April and I wasn't able to collect it until today!! Nine days later!

The package was from sweet Erin of I-Heart-Fabric. This girl is a sewing machine! Pun intended??

I met Erin in February when she came to Melbourne to see Swedish House Mafia concert. We really hit it off and keep in touch regularly via text, Twitter and Instagram.

Erin has sent me a Megan Nielsen dress pattern!!

I love it baby, thank you!!! I will step out of my comfort zone and finally make something with sleeves, just for you. Keep an eye out in the post this week for a little something-something to show my appreciation ;) Hint: We will soon be dress twins!

Me-Made-Saturday: M5850, cotton sateen version blogged here. Worn for the first time today.
Floral linen blend version blogged here.

Time got away from me and I wasn't able to officially pledge to take part in MMMay13 however I've decided to sporadically take part and pledge to wear at least one me-made garment on the weekend. Weak, I know, considering I wore 16 outfits last year however I simply do not have any me-mades to wear during the week at work :(

Along with the #MMMAy13 challenge, I'm also doing the #FMSphotoaday challenge for the first time on Instagram. Really enjoying it so far. Tomorrow's prompt is 'paper'... I predict I'll be snapping a pic of some pattern tissue paper!

Fitness time! I've started kettlebell classes on Saturday mornings, it's a great work out, I should be able to get into those Burda pants in no time, haha. I was highly amused last Sunday when I woke up and could not move a muscle in my body. I literally rolled out of bed. On to the floor.

After today's kettlebell class, I rushed home to get ready for a BBQ at SixInchHeel's for bub D's 4th birthday. Her two boys are super adorable and so well behaved.

Hrm, how is it that two girls that have 1000s of pics of dumprings and coffee on their iphones have never taken of photo together... SixInch, we're doing a selfie together next time!

Lamb rubbed w/ afgan spice, Aunty Neeno hanging with D,
L & D pointing at Spiderman birthday cake, NOM #lunch.

After the birthday, SixInchHeel and I headed out to Darn Cheap. Seriously, this woman is like my muse. Every time I see her, I have the urge to go buy fabric and go home and sew. Today I bought 5 meters of cotton sateen. Florals, of course!

The top floral I bought so I can be fabric twins with Erin, see her dress here. The other floral below, is same print as this (I bought few weeks ago after lunch with SixInchHeel), but in brown.

Can't wait to cut you all up!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far. I'm looking forward to the Julia Bobbin Mad Men Challenge reveal tomorrow! Can't wait to see all the dresses.

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