September in Photos – disguised as a catch-up

I’m a bit shocked that it’s been a month since I last posted, that’s how quickly time has been flying by for me lately!

Work and life occasionally just become ridiculous and something has to give. I won’t bore you with details, this is a sewing blog after all but the good news is that last week I had a holiday and I am feeling super refreshed and now I feel like I am finally on top of all things so watch out world! :)

So, in brief, here is what I got up to these last few weeks:

I bought this sewing machine:

Barbie! And it’s wind up, it really “sews”!

I also bought this one:

Baby Singer – will post more about her soon

My newest cross stitch project is becoming recognisable:

Come to the dark side…

I worked on a vintage blouse as a combined WSBN Teal Deal/TMS Vintage Pattern project and sort of failed – Time was not on my side and also I think it will be too big but I have promised to salvage it for a second group photo shoot in November with the two other girls that missed out:

Completed night classes in NZSL 1a and enrolled in 1b – starting Oct 16th:

Yeah!

Got serious with planning our kitchen renovation:

Realised I had too many unfinished projects lying around so finally finished Lady Grey and then pulled out my finished Lolita Patterns Sugarplum. I made the Sugar Plum for Indie Patterns Month as a pattern tester but have only just now gotten the go ahead to show photos on my blog…so now I need to take some photos!

Evil sewing machine is evil

I flew up to Auckland for a work conference:

Look how cute my tiny room was!

Then I went on a holiday:

Ohh volcano!

I walked up a volcano!:

Mt Tongariro – Ketetahi trail. You can just see the one of the Te Maari crater vents smoking away in the background. Last year it got grumpy and spat some big rocks out, destroying the Ketetahi hut.

Finished Vogue 1250 – need to take some photos.

Worked hard to try to finish Rainbow Swallows Shirt Dress – it just needs hemming – and again, photos – the story of my sewing-life right now!

Bought some patterns – these are not all for me!:

By Hand London goodies thanks to Penny at dressesandme.com

Then I bought some fabric – this is ALL for me!:

L to R: Black and grey geometric printed silk, some sort of lining with embossed flowers, ribbed knit, 3 meters of each, total $33.00, yeah!

Hunted through my patterns for pretty dresses for Frock-tober – Harri “helped”:

“Make this one!”

Paired some fabric with patterns and then pre washed the fabric, this caused it to rain, but I got it all dry eventually:

Pretty, pretty, pretty!

Then I traced all these patterns, I want to make ALL OF THEM!:

Camouflage Harri supervised the tracing process – it was hard work, many naps were taken:

ZzzzZZzzz…

Then she decided that my paper bin needed emptying…otherwise how else would she fit inside?:

Caught!

Harri and I agreed that as a reward for all my hard work I should cut out a dress – I chose Papercut’s La Sylphide in tiny super cute owls:

Thn I remembered that I also have this dress still waiting to be sewn up – all cut out in a beautiful silk/linen blend, oops:

And finally, last weekend, because I was not in the mood for photos and daylight savings has got me dreaming about summer, I began to plan Vege Garden v2.0:

Current Vege Garden v1.0 – I have marked out the new garden space in blue twine but then I changed my mind and drew some pictures instead.

A grand plan

Getting into the details

Then I helped hack down some trees that were too close to our retaining walls. We will re-pave the lower area, a garden shed and glass house will appear sometime in the future:

Before…

…after!

I think after my new vege beds are in I will begin to investigate the possibility of having some chickens, I think I’d quite like some chickens :)

And that’s about it! :) Phew, regular service should resume shortly, happy sewing!

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Manequim 640 (September 2012)

There was a little bit of sewing on the weekend but I have to admit, we had such a beautiful weekend here in Wellington, instead of photographing my Simplicity skirt to share with you I went outside and got dirty in my garden instead!

Stage One of my Edible Garden has begun and I’ll share a bit of that with you later because I am sure there are a few of you who will be interested :)

For now I have a fantastic issue of Manequim to show you. I know I often say “this is an amazing issue” about Manequim but this issue really is amazing. I like so many items! After the disappointing last Patrones issue it really cheered me up.

Don’t believe me? Let’s take a lookie shall we?

We start with four formal maternity dress patterns. I don’t have any experience with maternity sewing but Melissa of Fehr Trade points out an interesting observation regarding the hems on the pattern sheets, being straight they may not be a true maternity draft. Still, nice to see some glamorous gowns for mums-to-be.

I love all the dresses in the celebrity style section. Gorgeous colours and cut-outs and nice detailing.

Dress 400 is probably my absolute favourite, princess seamed bodice with seams that run down the skirt and little cap sleeves with detail at the hip to mimic them.

Marni is the designer section this month and we are back to just three patterns but Blusa 398 is a definite favourite and multi-sized.

In the sporty section I can’t stop looking at these shorts. They have a cute retro look about them and piping! Who doesn’t like piping?!

The jacket is also great and the dress (multi-sized) is interesting in it’s details- It has some ties at the back and what looked like some sort of partial wrap apron style skirt.

I had a closer look at the flat pattern and sort of tried to assemble it in my head.

Dress 390 pattern layout to fabric

So I think this is how it goes together, and it looks like just piece 11 is the wrap bit. You catch the inner edge of 11 in the side seam between the front skirt (8 & 9) and the back skirt (10/10a), then it has ties on the outer finished edge that you tie around the back, this pulls the upper part of the side seam around to the back creating a small fold at either side and cinching in the waist. I quite like it and have added it to the queue.

Front & Back assembly of Dress 390

I love the caption for the “Chic 24hour” section, “In the rush of the day, it is not difficult to maintain elegance all the time. Manequim reveals the tricks and practical pieces you have to have to be always beautiful”

All these pieces are great, two jackets, two skirts and a top!

I am a bit miffed that for this jacket with interesting shoulder detail they stuck the models arms in the air!

We had the usual plus sized pattern at the beginning of the issue:

And an entire section aimed at the petite (under 150cm tall) but I am not sure if these items are petite in sizing or just recommended as flattering to the shorter woman.

It’s too early in the month to get next month’s preview but I think this issue will keep me busy for a while! :D

Did you like this post? You may enjoy one of these:

Manequim 638 (July 2012)

Manequim 637 (June 2012)

Manequim 636 (May 2012)

Patrones 307 & 308 (August & September 2011)

It’s catch up time again, for Patrones, please excuse the lack of words, starting with issue 307:

I’ve been a bit less enthusiastic about Patrones lately, I think it’s just been a little bit too casual and since I am back working full-time my eye is drawn more to work-appropriate patterns but there are still some great items.

Actually this dress (#11) would be great for work, the collar makes me think of a tuxedo and would look really nice in shiny black as a contrast.

And here is a full suit outfit complete with blouse – I like the pleated insert panel, adds a nice touch to a simple item.

Capes are everywhere here, or they were, now summer is slowly eradicating them along with the heavy coats, but I kind of want one…

A couple of flirty romantic dresses, I really like #27 even thought an empire line with pleats usually makes me look pregnant, maybe in a super light-weight fabric it would hang more flat.

…and some cute kiddies to finish off

Issue 308 is the Autumn Special:

A nice classic dress

The white skirt has some interesting pleating. I don’t know why, maybe it’s just me, but this model is looking really evil and what is with those glasses?! But I do really like the long vest/jacket, I need one of those.

Love the pleating and collar of this blue top (#20)

And this one is pretty fab too, Jacquie made an amazing version of this top and shares how she tackled the collar, you should got take a look.

Next month (or this month, when it finally arrives) is moving towards winter (but looking out the window today summer is settling in quite nicely), we have masculine winter trends, print dresses, a selection of skirts and chic coats for everyone.

Manequim 627 & 628 (September & October 2011)

Ahhhh slowly catching up…apologies that these images aren’t my usual quality, the scanner I am using is good at making copies of several pages but when I try to open them up in Photoshop for editing they are all cropped @ 19cm square.  I like to think I’m pretty good with image editing software and I know my fair share of tricks but after playing with these images on and off for two weeks (because I refuse to re-scan them again) I am stumped. So, here they are anyway ;)

Starting with Manequim 627:

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I really love the cover skirt, the side panelling is really nice, I think it would look amazing in black and white. And the yellow dress with knot/twist detail is something I’ve wanted to try for a white…not sure how I’ll get along with no English instructions for this one but they do have a nice diagram in the instructions.

I feel like the designer patterns section has gotten smaller these last few issues. There are as many looks as before, but les patterns. This month is Balenciaga and we get a really cute sheer top and shift dress.

In the “Day-to-Day” section there is a nice sporty skirt and funky 60s mod dress…and a jump suit…is it just me or is Manequim just a little obsessed with jumpsuits right now?

“Dresses of the Decades” is my favourite section this month, probably because I have been so busy researching the 1930s.

Yup! Definitely obsessed with jumpsuits…what is going on with that poor woman’s crotch? I’m not sure if the fly just finishes too high or if the crotch really is that low…cute top next door, love that sleeve.

Ok, let’s do another one shall we? Manequim 628:

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I thought this romantic skirt was a dress at first, maybe the original one is, but it wouldn’t take much to whip up a matching top. I’ve never tried a serious bit of pleating before, I saw that episode of Project Runway where one of the designers used a pleating board, they are very expensive but there are a few tutorials online of how to make your own.

Ok, I have to admit I am running out of words…this skirt panelling is fabulous and I like the wrap top detail. I need to find some spotty sheer fabric!

Aaaand more jump suits to finish! I’ll get the last two Patrones up soon because my next Manequim issue is waiting at the post office for me to pick up. Shall we take a guess at how many jump suits are in that issue? ;) I’ll guess two, any advance on two? ;)

Patrones 296 (September 2010)

Surprise! Super amazing bonus Patrones issue!…and it’s early! But I can’t sew anything from it just yet, there’s my wedding dress still awaiting amazing things. Cannot. Allow. Distractions!

But that’s ok, I can still share the goodies inside with you lucky readers!

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As I suspected I did not receive the extra Grandes issue but that’s fine because this magazine so makes up for it. First of all check out the amazing fabric on the cover dress, beautiful, I am so jealous, Perth fabric shops take note!

This issue contains lots of cute jackets and pants but I am feeling a bit all jacketed and panted out since the last issue and since it is ramping up to summer here I am in skirt and dress mode (or I will be properly in February when I return as a Mrs, joy!)

So lets start with a dress, how cute is this? It looks like a bustier over a blouse but it’s a one piece, yummy and a bit sexy with the pseudo corset front.

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These two outfits are cute too, the vest is nice and simple with a tuxedo twist in the collar and look: ruffles! You all know how much I love ruffles! Also I never thought check could look so good, must find some fabric just like this. The pants are ok, but I’m not a big fan of front pleats in pants (on guys or girls), reminds me too much of the uniform pants that were compulsory at my college (high school). First of all they were ridiculously expensive and secondly, due to the outdated pleats, they made us all look pregnant, just what a 14 year old girl wants. So there was a mass revolt and all the girls bought $19.95 black flare pants from Glassons. Since we were ALL wearing them (as in 350 students) they couldn’t do much about it and so it became the norm. 7th formers (Year 13) at the start of year camp would tell the new and uninitiated 3rd formers (Year 9) to go buy their black pants at Glassons. Ahh the memories.

Ok, so I’ll share one nice coat from this issue, beautiful and emerald green, the line drawing doesn’t do much for it but the model (slightly Uma Therman don’t you agree?) looks like she loves it! And so do I.

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This top is great, ruffley/gathery/ruchey goodness, very interesting and I love the pants, great pockets, I’d probably add a flare to the leg or make them wide leg.

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Patrones is still not above a little “wft?!” ala LMB style, mmm, nice!
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I am skipping a whole pile of pages (ahh someone else in a cooler climate will blog those I am sure) to SKIRTS! So many wonderful, wonderful SKIRTS! Short, pleated and pencil, they’re all in here and all of them are fabulous.

The plus section in this issue is pretty good too, here are my favourites, #’s 54, 55 & 56 amazing! And the jersey-licious dress #57 is really pretty, yummy colour choice too.

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Next months issue is a Party issue, I remember the last one was pretty good so I’ve got my hopes up already. We are promised ‘prom dresses’ (ohh), ‘soft textures’ (ok), ‘many proposals’ (huh?) and ‘a plus of elegance’ (I’ve got to stop using Google Translate for this! My Spanish speaking work colleague isn’t here today – yes, my work colleague speaks Spanish, you may worship me…actually she’s not much help with sewing terms but it’s fun to have her read them out aloud!) I guess we’ll see what the elegance and proposals are next month.