Ode to my sewing chair

Ah my old friend.

We’ve been through quite a lot haven’t we?

I still remember the day I chose you in Ikea. I think we’ve known each other for just over 4 years and it’s been a great journey.

I remember fondly that one screw out of four that always seemed to work it’s way loose. I’d find it on the floor (often with my bare feet) every other week or so and take up my screw driver to stick it back where it belonged. Even locktite couldn’t keep it in it’s place.

You weren’t the most ergonomic chair and your base developed that mysterious crack that is slowly getting worse.

When I couldn’t take your scratchy “wool” upholstery any longer I re-covered you in a beautiful Ikea canvas to match the ironing board so you’d feel pretty and loved.

Lately your seat cushion keeps coming off, I blame the ever increasing crack, so the time has come to say goodbye.

You see last week I did a terrible thing.

I entered a competition…and I won.

The prize?

A chair.

An amazing chair!

The New Zealand designed (and multi-award winning) Formway Be Chair!

In red!

It’s ok, don’t be sad, I’ll just scoot you over sideways as my spare for visitors and you’ll always have the ironing board for companionship.

Now, seriously, let me explain: My friend J and I went to the Zenith 1st birthday party last night.

The invite suggested that you use the actual invite (or up to three other pieces of paper) to make any item from their website and there were prizes for the best representations.

Amazing prizes.

So J and I thought, “Why not?!” and gave it a go.

Here are our chairs and the real chairs they are meant to look like:

J actually printed off a picture of real fabric and metal to make hers, it’s on the right and looks amazing!

I just chopped up my invite, going for a kind of cute caricature version.

We really didn’t expect to win anything but I got first and J got third place. It was a clean sweep for us and J is getting an amazing Buzzicube 3D, it’s so cute! You can sit on it, or put your feet up on it, so cool.

Ahh :) Thanks for allowing me a bit of indulgence. I can’t wait to sew sitting on my new chair.

Manequim 633 (Feb 2012) and smiles

You know what? You guys are awesome! I’ve been feeling pretty blue the last week, letting all the little things get to me but all your comments on my last post really cheered me up so I’d like to say a BIG thank you to all of you xx

The other awesome thing that happened to me this week, just when I was in the need for a little pick-me-up, was that I managed to win myself a sewing pattern online. I love winning things just as much as I love new sewing patterns but it doesn’t happen very often despite my extensive efforts.

I now have a copy of The Sidekick Sewing Pattern from Jodi at Sew Fearless, thank you so much Jodi, I love it and just as I said in my comment, I can’t wait to make up a funky “adult” version for me! :) I’m thinking about using up the last of my super funky Ikea fabric that came home with me from Perth.

You can grab your own version of this super sweet, and super handy pattern for just $10 here at her shop.

In other fun news, last week Zoe of ZoSews nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award. I haven’t had a chance to get around to it until today so I didn’t forget you Zoe, thanks so much, I really appreciate it! :)

Zoe and I share a love of nerdy maps, specifically ones that show us where all the sewing gems are hiding, kind of like a sewing treasure map! If you haven’t seen it yet, my map is here and you can check out Zoe’s Melbourne version here.

When I received my first blog award (The Versatile Blogger) I wasn’t too sure if blog awards were cool or naff, spam or genuine praise, so I played along anyway, but I’ve decided it’s fun to let others know how much you love their blog and share the linky love so here goes:

The ‘rules’ of the Liebster Award

1 – Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog. Tick!
2 – Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you. Tick!
3 – Copy/paste the blog award on your blog. Tick! Obviously, or you wouldn’t be reading this ;)
4 – Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs (with 200 followers or less). See list below – I tried to choose new blogs from my list that hadn’t already received the award.
5 – Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment. Will do.

My Liebster Blog Award nominees are:

(cue drum roll, applause and confetti)

  • SewingElle from He Cooks…She Sews! – Who can resist a mix of yummy food mixed up with beautiful sewing? Not me!
  • Kirsty from Rocket Sews – I discovered her recently while stalking the Minoru Jacket sew-along. I love her colourful print and all those extra details, go see!
  • Emily from Calico Stretch – We share a love of NZ Merino, and if you’ve never made anything from merino before it you should definitely try it, the most fabulous fabric in the world!
  • Kelly from Sew Alluring – Has just started learning to sew herself and is blogging her progress. I love seeing the sewing love spread and she’s already doing a fabulous job of a super cute apron ;)
  • …and last but by no means least is The Perfect Nose – Because we share our love of Manequim magazines and she has me dangerously close to re-subscribing to La Mia Boutique… ;)

Why don’t you go and check out one (or all) of the above blogs, you never know what amazing new inspiration you’ll find xx

Ok, let’s look at a new sewing pattern magazine shall we?

This month starts of with a cute trend of crochet dresses. I think the runway dress is a better example than the offered pattern. It is available on the Manequim website and it took me a little bit to find it but when I did I also discovered a whole pile of other free crochet patterns. Since I can’t crochet in English, let alone in Portuguese, I’ll probably be giving these a miss but you can check them out here.

I’m skipping a big section and jumping straight to the Nina Ricci inspired pages now. We only get 3 patterns in this section but I am really liking the lace dress. I just picked up a large lace remnant for about $3 and while it might not be suitable for an entire dress it’s got me thinking. I LOVE the draped sleeves on the top.

This skirt below is nothing new pattern-wise but as a bonus it’s in my size :)

Recently I have been noticing a lot of tie-front tops and blouses.I know it’s not a new trend, I’m a little slow on the uptake and by the time I get around to making one they’ll probably be off-trend again ;)

My Nana would tisk tisk at this model wearing blusa 168. There are two pictures of her in the issue sitting in this “unladylike” position, I’m no prude but it disturbs me. Her top looks kind of like the top part of the Lonsdale dress.

Another cute tie-front blouse and the fabric is so sweet!

I’m not a fan of when magazine issues try to tell you what you should wear at each decade of your life, however I do like these two dresses, even though they are meant for ladies in their 50s and 60s (whatever) Ohh butterflies! Oh and we’ve seen that green blouse before in a previous issue, I like that they are bringing in pattens from previous issues, although there are no references so you’d have to dig though your collection if it seemed familiar.

Next month looks nice, but you won’t be catching me in that grey sheer blouse without a bra on!

Ciao for now xx