#FMSphotoaday Week Four (+2 bonus days)

November 22. Grateful: Some shopping vouchers – always grateful for a little bit of help at Christmas time!

November 23. Black: Everything on my desk that was black

November 24. A Sound you Heard: Can you see him? A beautiful Tui proudly (and noisily) greeting the morning

November 25. Sky: Grumpy afternoon clouds hail a windy (and possibly rainy) night ahead…

November 26. In the Cupboard: Backup drives for work, time to change them over

November 27. Tree: Christmas tree in Midland Park

November 28. Vehicle: Wellington’s famous electric trolley buses have been in operation since 1949 (Not these exact ones! These are the newest additions to the fleet)

November 29. Big: More Wellington sculpture – “Shells” (2002) is by artist Jeff Thomson, cast in concrete using corrugated iron as the mould

November 30. On the Wall: A sad but common site now in Wellington, “Earthquake Prone Building” notices must be displayed if a building is assessed to have a strength less than 34% of a new building and are required to be strengthened or demolished by a certain date, usually 10 – 20 years in the future

Check out December Photo-a-Day list here.

The Invasion of Cuba Quarter (or When 7 Sewing Bloggers Meet)

First of all, I just want to say a huge thank you to Wendy & Katie for helping me (pdf and photo instruction links no less!) with the RNHS Rugby Jersey button placket. My post was up less than 30 minutes! Isn’t the internet great?

I’ll tell you what else is great about the internetz, meeting other sewing bloggers from your city!

It began with an idea that quickly became a blog post or two, there was a whisper on Twitter and emails were shared. Not even the threat of rain could deter the 7 gorgeous sewing bloggers from (greater) Wellington (plus one cute baby) the chance to meet IRL.

The promise of tea and cakes probably helped too ;)

We began at the super girly tea room of Martha’s Pantry in upper Cuba, (they have a boys version across the street called Arthur’s…Arthur & Martha, cute no?)  for afternoon tea.

Martha’s Pantry tea and cake (and milkshakes)

It was a difficult choice, the selections on offer all looked so tasty. In the end I shared a pot of tea with Juliet and my cake selection was pink and sparkly!

Introductions began, tea was drunk, along with milkshakes, lunch was consumed and there was much chatter and laughter.

Kat’s Creaming Soda Milkshake in all its shaved chocolate and hundreds & thousands glory – it almost needs a halo of light surrounding it!

Myself, Juliet & Joy (photo by Nikki)

After we were all fuelled up we left with the intention of heading down Cuba Street to Minerva where they specialise in craft, fashion, textile and quilter’s books.

On the way however we got a little distracted by the cute display outside of Unearthed so in we went. One box of vintage patterns was spotted, followed by another, and then another and we played musical pattern box swapsies around the table.

Pattern digging at Unearthed (see what I did there?)

No one’s eftpos card was spared, here is what I came away with:

My Unearthed pattern finds

Yes these are mostly little girls patterns, don’t judge me, and don’t get any ideas, they were just too cute. I like the Home Journal pattern too, check out that gathered collar detail, but I am also a little creeped out that she doesn’t have a mouth.

Now I can’t un-see it and neither can you ;)

Global Fabrics Invasion

Global Fabrics was next  on our radar (Australian readers will know this as The Fabric Store) but despite their huge selection and much stroking of fabric we all left empty-handed.

The faux fur was so soft! (photo by Nikki)

And then finally we made it to Made on Marion and were reunited with Maryanne who owns this wonderful shop.

If anyone else is freaked out by the For Sale sign on the building, I know I was, don’t stress, Maryanne has assured us they are not going anywhere, yay :)

Stash Swap!

There was much on offer at the swap table and quite a lot of it found a new home.

More stash!

However despite all our best efforts to coerce donate our stash to each other we still had quite a bit left over at the end of the day so keep your eyes open for an exciting announcement this Saturday…

My Stash Swap selections

A future meet is already in the planning and there is discussion that we must wear an outfit using a pattern or made from some fabric that we acquired during this meet. I am thinking about what fabrics could make the Simplicity “walk-away” style dress pattern look fabulous!Or I can see the cotton as a pencil skirt…

There is always one who has to dash away early and misses out on the group photos, errm, that would be me! I was considering a Photoshop job but I don’t want anyone to think I was weird or anything ;)

Joy, Maryanne, Jo, Nikki, Juliet, Kat and Drake (photo by Nikki)

Rollcall!

Joy – A Charm of Magpies

Maryanne – Sent from my iRon and also of Made on Marion

Jo – Making It Well

Nikki – Nikki’s Stitches

Juliet – The Crazy Gypsy Chronicles

Kat – Modern Vintage Cupcakes

So many talented ladies all lucky to live in the same amazing creative city!

I had a fantastic afternoon and after a recovery nap I was feeling super inspired and finished off all my piping for the Birthday dress. My enthusiasm lasted all weekend and on Sunday I sewed all day long. My dress is still far from finished and I’ll share some progress photos with you soon but I am really happy with it so far.

Thank you so much ladies for an amazing afternoon, I can’t wait for our next catch up! xx

Halp!

Phew guys! I had a HUGE sewing weekend, but that post is going to have to wait until tomorrow, work is crazy right now! We just won a big fat juicy job that I am super excited about but means a heap of work in very little time.

I’ve really missed whipping up a mid-week blog post during my lunch break or after work but it has all just been a bit too much for me over the last week or two and it isn’t looking any better for the next couple either.

I shouldn’t complain because if we weren’t crazy I’d be pretty nervous!

I am going to share with you all the fun of our Wellington Sewing Bloggers Meet Up tomorrow though, I just have to scrape together all my photos. Seriously, those girls! I needed a nap just to recover after I got home!

I am so ready for Christmas break…well not really, I haven’t done any shopping yet and I have a HUGE family Christmas dinner to plan (whose idea was it to host that?! Oh yeah, mine, haha!) but mentally (and I may just go a little mental) I am ready, bring on the joyous festiveness!

Ok, but for now, I need your guys help! I’m going to post this up on BurdaStyle and PR too but maybe one of you brilliant peeps can help me first.

I thought I had the RNHS Rugby Shirt button placket all worked out, I was going to use this tutorial from Two On, Two Off but when I looked at the pattern pieces on the weekend, mine are different. If no one can help me then I will calculate a new piece similar to the one in this tutorial but first choice is to make it up as cut…

Here are the placket pieces, there are two…

…and this is what the front looks like…

What do you guys think?

With the RNHS Rugby Jersey stalled I did make good progress on my Birthday Dress, much bias was cut for piping, so much bias was cut!

But the whole time I felt like I had a little Sewing Angel sitting on one shoulder, and a little Sewing Devil sitting on the other.

The guilt-ridden little Sewing Angel was tugging on my ear lobe and whispering that I should feel guilty for enjoying rotary cutting bias strips so much while Nerdy Husband went rugby-shirt-less.

But the selfish little Sewing Devil was jumping up and down and gleefully rubbing its tiny hands together, “Cut! Cut!” it chanted, a little look of sewing madness in its eyes, “Make that beautiful dress, make it!”

So bias strips I made. The good news is that I am loving the contrast colour I chose, difficult to photograph accurately, it’s a deep blue with just enough purple.

So if you have any ideas on how I can shrug off my guilt and get the rugby jersey finished asap or want to draw me a scribble so I can understand how to attach the button placket I would really appreciate it!

Happy Monday :) xx

#FMSphotoaday Week Three

November 15. In your Bag: Lippy, nail polish, small random things purse, camera, hand sanitiser, business card holder, loose change, access card & keys for work, house keys, purse, personal mobile, work mobile, headphones, memory sticks, notebook and a ‘baggu’ carry bag (because my camera and my phones live in my bag I had to use a bit of a dodgy camera to take this so please excuse the blurryness)

November 16. The View from your Window: From my seat at work, looking a bit grey outside today

November 17. The Last Thing you Bought: Lining fabric, thread & zippers for my next two projects – oh and some cute birdie fabric just because…

November 18. Happened this Weekend: Cooking dinner with my Hubby – his own Beef Stroganoff recipe

November 19. Something Awesome: My first ripe strawberry of the season and it is humongous!

November 20. Work/Play: The same but different!

November 21. What You Wore: Trying to get the washing dry before the rain shows up!

#FMSphotoaday Week Two

November 8. Something you do Everyday: A little bit (or a lot) of sewing – even if it is just 10 minutes of pottering in my room

November 9. Small: I am a little bit obsessed with collecting small scale sewing machines – this is my newest addition…

November 10. Can’t {won’t} live without: My car. Not very “green” but it takes me where I need to go

November 11. Night: Evening view from my lounge across the valley 21:30 (NZDT)

November 12. Drink: Mmmmm Ribena

November 13. Where You Slept

November 14. Man-made: Re-visiting the man-made giant kina (sea urchin) art work Nga Kina by Michel Tuffery in Wellington Harbour – looks like the installation is finished

Sewing Update

I have had a busy few days but I thought I’d share what I have been up to sewing-wise:

RNHS: Rugby Jersey

Not much progress to report. Everything is cut out, white drill has been acquired for the collar and button placket. I also found a tutorial for how to make the button placket since my photocopied Burda instructions tell  me to refer to another items instructions for how to make it…I did not photocopy that items instructions, not that it would have done me much good, we all know about Burda’s reputation for instructions… ;)

I need to finish it asap because even thought Nerdy Hubby hasn’t mentioned it for a while I will feel guilty if he pops into my room to see what I am up to and finds me cutting out a dress instead!

Look! I found it!

Simplicity 2364 – DO NOT ASK ME WHERE IT WAS – because the answer is that it was in the exact place where I looked for it 10 times. I took it with me to Sunday’s Fabric Hoarders meet and cut it out twice in NZ Merino, one grey, one almost-black.

Birthday dress progress

My birthday was in June, like almost 6 months ago…so I should probably stop stubbornly calling it that, but I won’t. I have been asked about the birthday dress twice now, once in person, so I though I better update. I have narrowed it down to two dresses but I will be making both anyway ;)

I think I will make Simplicity 1802 first which I found fabric for on Sunday from the Fabric Warehouse.

The only reason why I hadn’t started this dress was due to lack of fabric. It needs 3.0 meters and I usually only buy between 2 and 2.5 meters when I am stashing for future dresses so that meant I had to buy something. Fabric shopping for a particular garment is actually quite difficult. I looked in all my favourite stores and was originally going to buy that zig-zag cotton sateen I saw in Arthur Toye but I just couldn’t get my head around the pattern matching.

Next I fell in love with an expensive print in the online Tessuti store, I even loaded up the required 3 meters into my cart but then baulked at the total, even with free shipping, eeek!

As I was umming and ahhing the online shop suggested another fabric I might like, the same print but in a blue/green (I had chosen pink/lilac) but it was sold out (seriously, why bother showing me if I can’t have it?!)…still I really liked it, a bit more than the pink, so I emailed to see if they were going to get any more into stock.

It took them 3 days to email me back with a “no” and by then both fabrics were sold out.

So it’s a good thing I snuck by the fabric shop on my way back from the sewing meet.

I really like the 100% cotton I have chosen, it has a sort of woven stripe running through it, is nice and floaty and, at $12/meter, a much better price than some of the other fabrics I was only so-so for. Only the top of the dress is lined in the pattern but I will also need to line the skirt and I just need to choose which solid colour to use for the piping, maybe the dark purply blue? What do you think?

Vogue 1161 on the other-hand, I have had fabric in hand for about 2 weeks.

I did intend to make this dress from the stash but when I saw this silk/linen in Global Fabrics I had to have it – DO NOT ASK ME HOW MUCH IT COST – the answer is too much, but I LOVE it. It is grey with shots of white through it and pinky/white/yellowy-tulipy-leafy-blurry-floral thingees on it.

Good description huh? ;)

It was a bit stiff off the bolt but it did relax a little after the first wash so I think it will be ok.

I have had a quick little play in Photoshop (or you can do it with Gimp too) and now I am really excited about both these dresses! What do you think?

A finished project

I did finish one project, actually a little while a go and despite wearing it really often I haven’t managed to get a photo of it yet so here is Scarlett doing an excellent job of modelling my new top.

It is from Burda 02/2009, top #108 and I made one about 2 years ago, as a copy of a rtw top (never blogged), in a grey merino that I wore to death. So now I have a new and very fun version to replace it.

I also have enough of the grey and almost-black merino from the Simplicity top to cut two more. It’s such a versatile top, I may as well sew them all up at the same time.

My only change this time was to add sleeve bands and a band to the hem just to finish it a bit nicer. Next time I will add a facing to the neck, instead of just folding it over, for more stability. I also used two short strips of twill tape on each shoulder seam to control any stretching there.

This is an interlock from Spotlight, the colour is called “flame” and it probably came from the children’s section ;) but how cute are those little guys all over it?! Check out my three favourites:

thecuriouskiwi:

Calling all Welly sewing/crafty bloggers! Let’s meet – for real – on November 24th for much sewing chatter and fun. Please click through to Kat’s original post for more info and we’ll see you soon! xx

Originally posted on Modern Vintage Cupcakes:

Hey there wonderful people! This one’s a post for those of you who live in Wellington (or near enough to Wellington to want to come here for a day).

Juliet, Nikki, Mrs C reckon it’s about time we all meet up and see who the “real” people are behind the blogs. So, we’ve organised a meet up for Saturday 24 November!

There’ll be tea and cake, browsing of sewing type stores, a fabric and patterns swap, and lots of awesome chats with other sewing/craft bloggers.

You know you want to be there! ;-)

We’ll be meeting up at 1pm on Saturday 24 November, in a nice central Wellington location.

Want to join us? (Coz we’d love to meet you all!) Send me an email for more details: macska at gmail dot com

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