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Posted 01 October 2011 - 08:18 AM
I was going to try to sew today but the house is a pigsty and DH is back in bed sick
Posted 01 October 2011 - 08:29 AM
Oh no Susan! Hope that you can still get some sewing done.
Posted 01 October 2011 - 09:12 AM
I'm swaying towards some retail therapy.
How are you going Naomi?
Posted 01 October 2011 - 09:36 AM
hi, i am new here
but would love to join in your sewing chat thread... love to chat sewing.. and i think all my friends and family are sick of hearing about it.. lol
Posted 02 October 2011 - 09:29 AM
Nice day for sewing here, wet and cold, so is may plan to stay in the sewing room all day
We had DS's 6th birthday yesterday, it went so well! Pics of the angry birds cake will be on my blog later today...
Enjoy your Sunday
Posted 02 October 2011 - 05:27 PM
Katherine - welcome
Not much has been happening here. DH cleaned my sewing storage area and I need to reorganise it because I cant find anything.
I did manage to sew a fabric keychain for ds1's daycare teacher who was leaving. I found the tutorial here http://www.theidearoom.net/2009/08/fashion...key-chains.html. I got some really cute stash starter fabric from spotlight for $7 a metre to make it.
I have a huge list of things I want/need to sew for birthdays, christmas and before baby comes. Fingers crossed I get them all done. I seem to spend most of my spare time on pinterest and not sewing.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 06:26 PM
ooo whats your pinterest link? (and anyone elses)
im ADDICTED to pinterest also... lol
but i am happy to sew i have actually made quite a few things i have been pinning, so i feel i have accomplished some things because of time spent on pinterest... lol
Posted 02 October 2011 - 08:53 PM
Katherine - Welcome. My sewing project at the moment is to actually sew and finish something LOL! I have a pile of spring outfits cut out for my DD but haven't finished any of them except for one little top.
anyonez-angel - Ooh I like that key chain. That is a fabulous idea for a gift.
threebubs - You did a great job with the angry birds cakes. They would be a hit in this house too.
Susan - Retail therapy sounds like a great idea. We went baby shopping today and put some baby things on layby. (I had given all of our baby things away.) I am feeling a lot better than what I did in the first trimester. I hate HG ! Now I think it is more like regular morning sickness. Sick in the morning and then feel yuck for the rest of the day/night but heaps easier to cope with. Hopefully that will ease too. Sewing has been a non-event for waaay too long. I am hoping to get back into it again now and catch up on what everyone has been sewing. I hope that your DH is feeling better.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 09:38 PM
Welcome Katherine. I'm trying to conquer a pair of Farbenmix pants for my DS. Not going too well but we are both surviving and I've put it away for the moment
Naomi - Hope it does pick up for you. Sounds horrible to feel that way. I had very little morning sickness or illness with my two. Just bad heartburn. Hopefully you can get into some sewing too.
I've blogged the hat I made. just so you know that I still do sew!
Posted 03 October 2011 - 08:28 AM
Pics of the angry birds cake are up on my blog, the final cake looked so good DS loved it!
Suez - will check out your blog, I am interested in trying a hat.
nayjay - yuk, I hate feeling like that, hope you feel much better soon. I had to shop for bub no 3 too, we gave all of our stuff away thinking we were done
Anyonez-angel - I haven't used Pinterest at all, is it any good? Fingers crossed I can get all my Xmas projects done too!
Katherine - I have some projects cut and ready to sew, mostly summer clothes for the kids. I have been sewing some things for a market stall I am having on Saturday - some bags, crayon rolls, baby rattle toys and a few clothes.
DD2 slept sooo badly last night, not sure if it was daylight savings or something else, but I feel wrecked so not sure how much sewing will get done here today....
Posted 03 October 2011 - 11:43 AM
I have been lurking, but haven't posted for a while as I had intended for my next post to include photos of my completed projects. However, getting DD to "model" things I've made was far more challenging than expected so it's only last night that I've managed to get some half decent photos taken. I have forgotten how to put them on Photobucket though so will get DH to help me with that tonight and then come back in and post them. They are nothing spectacular when compared to the gorgeous stuff some of you other talented ladies make, but someone might find them interesting.
Got a bit of a bargain yesterday. Took myself and DD off to Spotlight in Bayswater for a look. Didn't see anything truly thrilling, but got a 90cm remnant of nice floral cotton which I'll use to make DD a pillowcase dress from. It cost me $1.70. Quite thrilled with myself as once I've finished it should only have cost me in the vicinity of $3-$4 to make the dress. It's probably not exactly the material I would have chosen, but is cute enough and will do perfectly for hot summer days.
I have also been busy getting things for DD's pending 2nd birthday party planned. It's in 3 weeks and we're having an Elmo theme (she loves him more than she loves us!) so have been project managing all of that. It was also my birthday in mid September and DH bought me a beautiful red wheelie case for my machine and a gorgeous pair of Singer sewing scissors in a replica vintage tin. Very lucky. I already have great plans of handing my beautiful scissors on to DD when she's older.
katherine85 - Welcome! My current project is an Oliver + S ice cream dress for DD. I am making it all out of the one fabric though. I hope to have it finished in the first or second sewing lesson of next term (we start back on 17th October). Then after that I'll sew up the Dr Seuss pyjamas I am making for my step sister and nieces for Christmas. They are just "boxer short" style pants and a white singlet with a piece of matching material appliqued on the front. I'm also going to use the leftover material to make them each a matching toiletry bag. Hopefully they'll like them. I've cut the shorts out, but don't have an overlocker so waiting until I return to lessons to do that and sew them up.
Anyonez-angel - I'm on Pinterest, but don't have any sewing stuff yet - just all ideas for the Elmo party! Once I get that over with I might start gathering some sewing stuff on there and then let you know my details in case you're interested in having a peek.
threebubs - Maybe the moons are out of alignment...we had a SHOCKING night with DD last night. I thought it might have been the set of teeth she's getting, but every time we went into her room she greeted us with a cheery "Hi Mummy!" or "Hi Daddy!" and when we eventually brought her into bed with us she was perfectly happy! Annoying! Not sure it's daylight savings though as she had her usual length nap yesterday at normal time. I'm hoping there's no repeat of the behaviour tonight!
Naomi - Pleased to hear you're feeling a bit better. I didn't suffer from nausea at all with DD, but have a friend who had quite severe nausea all the way through her pregnancies. It's dreadful - take it as easy as you can.
Hi to everyone else and hope you are all well. I'm off now to do some cleaning (boring!). Will pop back in tonight and post photos.
Posted 03 October 2011 - 11:55 AM
Hi all Ive blogged a few piccies some sewing related some not lol but I haven't managed to blog the two tops yet that i made but I will suez hubby says he doesnt like them, i do so pfffffffffft to him , he has not idea of fabric nor fashion sense anyway lol
got to get ready for work bye for now ! hi to all too
Posted 03 October 2011 - 07:16 PM
As promised, I have come back in to post photos of my projects to date. At my first sewing lesson I made a cushion for DD's room out of left over fabric I had from some personalised bunting she has in her room. This was my first ever zip insertion (couldn't do it again on my own now - would still need help!), but I was stoked I actually made something in one lesson!
My next project was the Make It Perfect flipsy skirt. It is spotty on one side with contrasting stripy fabric on the other. I was just going to do it as a single sided skirt, but my teacher encouraged me to give the reversible version a go. I chose not to inclue the belt that is part of the pattern as I didn't think it was that practical for a little girl's skirt and I was keen to just have a go at a simple, elastic waisted skirt for my first attempt. Apologies for the photos - as you can see it's still a bit big for her - hopefully she'll grow into it over summer! Also, excuse the "action" shot of her dancing to the Footloose movie ad in the stripy version. Is hard to get a photo of a toddler standing still!
My third project was a pinafore. My sewing teacher drafted up this pattern from a reversible pinafore I have for DD, although this one isn't reversible. She just used the reversible one to get the shape and style I wanted. It is fully lined and I would not attempt that again for a long time....it just about drove me insane with my beginner skills tested severely at some points. She usually wears this with a long sleeved tshirt, tights and boots, but I was snapping photos last night just before her bath, hence her wearing it with bare legs and feet.
Pinafore button loops
I've also made myself a pair of flannelette pyjama pants, but they are just your standard deal, so not worth posting up pics really.
As per my earlier post my current project is the Oliver + S ice cream dress and then I'll move on to Dr Seuss pyjamas. I also have some furnishing fabric to make some cushions for a table and chairs my stepdad is making DD for her birthday. Hopefully I might get those done before Christmas soon.
Anyway - hope you enjoy the pics and the more experienced sewers out there get a giggle and a bit of nostalgia waves over you making you remember your days as novice sewers!
Posted 04 October 2011 - 07:17 PM
WOW, what some gorgeous things being made!
so wish i had a little girl to make these skirts and pinafores and... im not even sure what an ice cream dress is...
good score on the reminant fabric!
love finding good things in those bins!
i use to sew only on those things- good cheap fabric to practice on!
but dont get to check my spotlight nearly as often as id like!
not sure what i want to make next... something will come to me.. always does
i should make a start on christmas gifts...
im making tea bag wallets as part of the gifts for teachers, and friends/neighbours and some family members
ive picked some fabrics out of my stash for them, and pattern ready.. just need to cut and start sewing...
and i want to make two DS cases for my boys who will be getting DS's for christmas... fabric is bought for those already
ill add up some pics of things i have just finished in my next post
Posted 04 October 2011 - 07:36 PM
maxshim - that cushion is very cute. I love the pinafore too. You get a fair bit accomplished in your sewing classes. I think I might need to go to some so they can show me how to do zips.
threebubs - that angry bird cake is awesome!! My ds would love it.
nayjay - when are you due?? Im having a lil boy at the end of Jan. Lucky you going baby shopping westill have everything so I have to just keep walking.
katherine85 - What are tea bag wallets?? My pinterest is http://pinterest.com/thatsmyflow.
Suezs - love that hat.
afm im going to make the same hat as suezs. DS1 went through my fabric today for the hat but none of it was good enough for him. He just wants a Thomas hat lol
Posted 04 October 2011 - 07:50 PM
here is a tea bag wallet
and i was going to fill it with a few different teas
and i was also thinking of changing the pattern a little so i can fit some of those coffee sachets in also
whether the use it in their bags for tea bags on hand or not.... its stilla nice way to present an assortment of tea flavours as a gift i guess....
was also going to make a tea cup and saucer candle to go with it i think.....
Posted 05 October 2011 - 01:33 PM
Have been doing DD's pillowcase dress while she's asleep. I have one thing to say....I HATE armholes and don't think I'll ever be any good at them!! Is there a trick to mastering them or is it just a case of practice, practice, practice?
Posted 10 October 2011 - 01:43 PM
Maxshim - yes practice makes perfect (or so they say!)
katherine - love the tea bag idea.
I did some sewing and made a little pair of rompers as a present. Just to wash, iron then blog!
Also ordered some of the new Amy Butler Lark with a friend so I should keep sewing down the stash. Good thing is the new lot of fabric will be delivered to my friend's house so I can sneek it home. although I guess DH will see the bank transfer - although cash - there's an idea!
Better go, work still flat out...
Posted 11 October 2011 - 05:50 PM
No luck with dropping back to part time then Susan? Work is a pain isn't it
Katherine - like the tea bag idea, why not just a teacup or mug to go with it instead of a candle - more useful that way.
Maxshim - well done, I think you need to start a blog to keep a record of it all!
Hi Cecily, 3 bubs and A-angel, nice to see you - will check your blogs when I have time...
Little bit of sewing here but DH is a bit cranky about sewing and computer time ( ) so not as much as I'd like. I've got some zippered pouches on the go and planning a doll quilt for a swap, but that is it so far.
I'll try to blog my finished star quilt tonight.
I need a name for it if anyone has any ideas, so I can make a label for it. it is on the bed in the spare room and I think it will live there because it is a little big for the couch and a little small for everyday use on our bed, and I want it to be out being used, not stuck in a cupboard.
Posted 11 October 2011 - 05:53 PM
Yea with time running out and haven't even sourced tea cups and saucers or candle making supplies I think a mug might be the way to go!
I'll upload some sewing pics of recent finished items once kids are in bed
Posted 11 October 2011 - 07:43 PM
I've been MIA for quite a while now. We've just got back from a camping holiday (had a fabulous time) and before that I was busy getting packed and with life in general. I'm hoping to be posting more often now.
katherine - I love the tea bag idea too. I might use this one for some christmas gifts I think.
becanne - looking forward to seeing the completed quilt. I agree that it should be out on display, looks fantastic from what I have seen so far.
maxshim - unfortunately practice is the best way. I love the little skirt you made and your other things but love the fabric on the skirt. Looks like your lessons are well worth the money.
anyonezangel - looking forward to seeing the hat.
cecily - cute owl skirt on your blog. Looks like you've been busy crafting and around the house.
threebubs - fantastic cake. Wish I was that clever with cakes.
Susan - Great hat. Hope you got your retail therapy in.
Naomi - Glad that you are feeling a little better. I hope you are enjoying your shopping for the new bub. It must feel like the first time again when you are in the shops. What a lucky baby, getting everything new.
AFM - I'm hoping to get started on some birthday and christmas presents over the next few weeks. I have traced off the sketchbook shirt pattern in 2 sizes tonight and and hoping to get it cut out tomorrow, that is if I can convince DS to play without me for a few minutes! I'm also having a practice run at this book sling for DD bedroom. I want to give it a go in some old fabric first as I think I can make it a little stronger if I do the rod casing differently. I want to make about 3 short ones to fill a space in her room. I have a few other projects on my to do list but have decided I need to finish things before I start something new.
Hope everyone else is enjoying their sewing.
Posted 12 October 2011 - 07:45 AM
well i said id be back with some pics.. but ended up feeling really crappy last night with cold and flu symptoms
appologise with the overload of pics, ive been very busy lately, and cant work out my favs, as they are all diff items, and im very happy witht hem all.. lol
i cant wait to wear this dress/skirt! love the colours
and especialy when i got the main fabric for $2 a metre!!!
ive made many infinty dresses now, but this is my most fave by far!!!
i finally got around to making this hobby horse for my son
i would have liked it ready for his 2nd birthday.. but i had troubles with the print out pattern (it printed at the wrong size, so when dad enlarged it for me.. it was still too small.. lol)
here are a couple of sock animal creations i have completed for a swap
these monkeys are destined to be donated to a charity auction (once they confirm what is going on... they have been very quiet atm... i might pull them and find a different auction to donate them too!)
i also have a couple of refashions i have done lately and some cloth nappies... but i wont bombard you anymore atm.. ill be back later
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