Hello, it’s been a while, long enough for me to sit back and reflect and decide that I will be taking an indefinite blog hiatus. Not from sewing, never sewing, I’ve been sewing all my life, that will never stop, just the documenting will stop. I’m really quite pleased with my sewing/blog accomplishments over the years and have made some fantastic online friends, it has been an absolute treat however, I feel it’s time for me to move my colourful-self on.
You see this is how I operate; I set my mind on a goal and once I think I’ve achieved it, I then move onto something else. This has been the process all through my life. When I was in high school there was this girl who could run faster than the speed of light, nobody could beat her, she always finished miles ahead of everyone else and collected all the trophies, ribbons and medals. She was very inspiring to me, so much so that I made it a personal goal to try my best to out-run her. I got myself up out of bed extra early most mornings and trained with the sports teacher telling him of my secret goal and he was like hell yeah let’s do it and he pushed me to the point of throwing up. The big day finally arrived, we were all lined up at the starting line for the 400m track event- BANG! went the gun she took off like lightning and I remained focused, three people behind her until the 250m mark I picked up my pace and by the time we hit 100m I was well in front of her, running my arse off looking over my shoulder making sure she wasn’t anywhere near me. I finished 10m in front and broke the record. Goal accomplished. I then went into hospital with severe ingrown toe-nails and never returned back to serious track events. Next…
…I was in a woodwork class at school daydreaming away when I caught sight of my future brother-in-law who looked just like a rock star with his long curly hair and skinny long legs he was crossing the school yard with his electric guitar slung over his back walking toward the music block. From that moment I had an epiphany I wanted to play bass guitar in a band, and that I did. I saved all my money and bought myself a guitar and amp and played in a number of bands right up until I was seven months pregnant with my daughter. I became a kick-ass bass player, playing live shows and at one point even singing backup vocals *coughs* these were bands you would never have heard of, we were just kids having fun on the live pub circuit. Anyways, I felt I had reached my peak with the last band I was in before we disbanded and I went off to give birth to my beautiful daughter, my husband played drums in more important bands and something had to give now that we had a small human to take care of. For me it really was the best way to spend my teens, 20′s and into early 30′s, playing in bands and going to shows. I was happy with all that I had accomplished and felt it time to move onto my next venture. Next…
…I got heavily into gardening and witchcraft (the good kind) learning all about the benefits of herbs and plants, I summoned the gods for good vibes throwing a spell here and there, twirling round in velvet dresses and robes talking to crystals, reading, reading, reading, drinking mead and attending pagan rituals, nothing too serious all done in good jest. My god, my garden was so lush back then, now that I no longer have an interest my garden is indeed in need of a good spell or perhaps just a good watering. Ha!
Then came the blogging and once I found my niche I was head down bum up 100%. I feel like I have accomplished all I can here too, where now? I have no idea. I’ll see where life takes me. I’ll still show what I’m working on via Twitter and Instagram, Flickr but for now, I’m on an indefinite blog hiatus.
Many, many thanks to all my lovely and loyal readers, for all your lovely and encouraging comments, I hope I have entertained and inspired you in some way. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself, it’s just time for me to move on.
HAPPY SEWING, ALWAYS!!!!
Let’s just stop and talk about my new pants for a moment. I made these babies last week after finding 5m of this tweed fabric in the opshop for a crazy $10. Thank you baby cheeses. Hubby had a pair of golf pants made and I made these with the leftover. I believe they’re called paper bag pants? Whatever they’re called they’re my new favourite thing in my wardrobe. I need a pair in every colour now. My love affair for this type of pant stems from the 80′s- in particular, Culture Club/Sue Clowes, Bananarama, Vivienne Westwood blah blah blah. I spotted Saskia De Braw wearing a pair and it pretty much cemented the idea of making myself a pair not before self-doubt set in though; she’s Saskia, she can wear anything. Can I pull this off?
1: Saskia De Braw 2:Mikey Craig, Amos Pizzey & Boy George 3:Vivienne Westwood 4:Siouxsie Sioux
These were self drafted, a relatively easy make, just a big-man pant really, the top of the pants were cut higher than usual. I placed in a zip which is completely useless but a necessity to complete a professional looking pant— I think anyway. I lined the top half with black cotton and placed a channel in for the tie to travel through, sewed on the carriers for an additional tie to belt up which I can replace with rope if I want. You know the look I’m talking about.
Lovely deep pockets to sink my hands into and the welt pockets on the rear!! well, I had to make three pairs of pants for a customer last week and I was really chuffed with the welt pockets on all of them. I think it’s my new favourite thing to sew, they just look so spiffy, a real professional finish. I’m over the moon with how these turned out. Definitely the perfect fabric for this shape of pant.
The suspenders are from Ebay, they had to be these ones not the clip-ons. They’re perfect. I just needed to sew on some little buttons for them to attach too then I was done.
So what do you think? I think they’d be worth some serious dollars out there in retail world. I seriously love them. ***If you have similar fabric and want a pair you should totally get in touch with me I’d be happy to make you a pair. As long as we are never in the same room as one another I don’t care how many pairs I need to make.
Thank you for your lovely and encouraging comments on my daughters Mickey Mouse outfit. so, so pleased you liked it.
Happy Days indeed.
Madam here ^ was away all week on what she called one of the worst school camps EVER!! She called it Camp Shite!! Not worthy of our hard earned dollars, she told us to never send her to Camp Shite ever again because she missed us too much. Bless. While she was away I thought i’d surprise her with a new outfit. I scored this great Mikey and Mini Mouse curtain —among other fab fabrics, whilst wandering Sydney’s Flemington Markets with my friend. I used the top of the curtain for the skirt, the pleating already in place, all I needed to do was place the zip in and hem it. We love the tabs around the waistline.
The jacket on the other hand was a lot of work. I drafted it from another jacket, it’s not my best work, a lot of matching up. The top bodice facing is lined up with the graphics on the two front panels, the panel that runs down under the pockets is matched up to the body panel then the pocket then the pocket flap. So. many. layers. The matching up isn’t too bad I guess.
If I had used a commercial pattern the jacket would have been quicker to finish and I’d have fewer issues to contend with. I had to insert an extra panel on the front left piece because the jacket was too small and the pocket section was out of whack to the right side. NIGHTMARE!! I was so close to throwing it out and giving up. That added panel? Let’s call it a happy mistake, one that allows the jacket to be wearable.
I would love to have matched the sleeve patterns up to the front panels but the fabric was limited. The collar took four attempts to get to sit straight, so many little challenges that pushed my patience. Madam is over the moon and that’s all I care about. She looks amaze in it. I told her I was thinking of making overalls, she said she was glad I did separates so she can mix and match. More versatility. Smart girl my girl. Fitted overalls would have looked brilliant too I think and possibly less painful. I’ll put them on my to-do list.
A fun teen-grrrl outfit to be worn with lots of attitude we think. She loves the idea of knowing no one else will be wearing this. I tend to agree whole-heartedly.
These buttons are bloody brilliant, so easy to put together, just hammer them down and you’re done. My kind of buttons. I’m going to use them on everything now. Well, maybe not everything.
In other sewing news, I have lots of golf pants (plus-fours) to make for golfers. I made a couple for hubby and the golf club were like, what the hell! where’d you get those pants from? So I have some orders to fill. Anyways, I’m off to clean up my studio, Mickey Mouse scraps all over the shop.
Thanks for your lovely comments on my plaid lingerie set. You’re all so lovely.